Last Seen Movie - The Latest Movie You Have Seen; ratings

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Postby Uri » Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:13 am

This mark is the definition of nostalgia, isn't it?

Precious Doll wrote:Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) Irvin Kershner 7/10

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Postby Precious Doll » Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:51 pm

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Rian Johnson 4/10
The Glass Castle (2017) Destin Daniel Cretton 1/10
Red Christmas (2017) Craig Anderson 4/10
The Devil's Candy (2016) Sean Byrne 4/10
Dark Night (2017) Tim Sutton 4/10
Mudbound (2017) Dee Rees 7/10
The Florida Project (2017) Sean Baker 9/10
Ma' Rosa (2016) Brillante Mendoza 6/10
A Blast (2014) Syllas Tzoumerkas 6/10
The Yellow Handkerchief (1977) Yoji Yamada 6/10
When You Read This Letter (1953) Jean-Pierre Melville 7/10

Repeat viewings

Alice Sweet Alice (1976) Alfred Sole 7/10
The Cardinal (1963) Otto Preminger 4/10
7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) George Pal 6/10
Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) Irvin Kershner 7/10
The Star (1952) Stuart Heisler 6/10
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Postby Reza » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:37 am

Man With the Gun (Richard Wilson, 1955) 6/10

Stranger in town (Robert Mitchum) is hired by townfolk to "tame" and drive out gunmen causing mayhem. Adding to the man's problems in town is his estranged wife (Jan Sterling) who runs the local saloon. Standard Western scenario is well exceuted, acted and starkly photographed by Lee Garmes.

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Postby Reza » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:36 am

The Laughing Policeman (Stuart Rosenberg, 1973) 8/10

Gritty police procedural set in San Francisco after a bus full of passengers are all shot down by a mysterious killer. The plainclothes policeman (Walter Matthau) on the case discovers his partner was also on that bus and killed when he was supposed to have been on sick leave. Tautly directed and written with authentic looking characters and filmed on actual locations. One of Matthau's rare dramatic parts - he was, at the time, shuffling through assorted Neil Simon comedies - and he is superb and ably supported by a great cast playing various cops (Bruce Dern, Anthony Zerbe, Louis Gossett Jr.).

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Postby Reza » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:36 am

Porgy and Bess (Otto Preminger, 1959) 7/10

Gershwin's controversial 1935 black folk opera finally came to the big screen as a full blown musical with stylized sets and familiar score pretty much intact if partly changed to dialogue. The story centers on the residents of a slum called Catfish Row where they live in a perpetual state of poverty, violence and drugs - Porgy (Sidney Poitier), a crippled beggar, is in love with Bess (Dorothy Dandridge), a tortured drug addict and floozy who, in turn, is the mistress of Crown (Brock Peters) who is a violent hoodlum. Surrounding them are equally colorful characters - the dandy drug pusher Sportin' Life (Sammy Davis Jr. who has fun with the part but comes off too much like a member of the Rat Pack in this period piece). Both Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll (who gets to sing the standard "Summertime") play supporting roles. The film is overloaded with black stereotypes but this rare film (which has been suppressed more often than shown since it came out in 1959) has a magnificent score and a great cast even though both leads come off looking like movie stars. One also needs to ignore the difference between the film's spoken dialogue (with perfect diction) and liberreto (sung in cringingly broken English). The film won an Oscar for Andre Previn for adapting the music score.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 2017) 6/10

It's been a very long time coming - Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) brandishing a lightsaber high above his head and standing in familiar dramatic pose ready for battle. Unfortunately that image comes at the end of a very long movie which just goes on and on. And despite the noisy action I kept dropping off to sleep during the first hour which sets up all the characters. There are three main stories running simultaneously along with mini bits going on to the side with some of the peripheral characters - cute but annoying little furry creatures plus the usual suspects, R2D2, C3P0, Chewie and Yoda. There is a lot of spectacle throughout punctuated by the obligatory John Williams score. On a desolate island the budding Jedi, Rey (Daisy Ridley), tries to persuade a reclusive Skywalker to come back with her to rejoin the fight with Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and the Rebels. She also tries to "convert" the evil Kylo (Adam Driver) back to the "Force" leading to a fantastic gladatorial battle with lightsabers as Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) watches. Meanwhile Leia and the brave but reckless Poe (Oscar Isaac) try to find a safe haven for the Rebel Army and Finn pairs up with Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) to infiltrate the First Order battle ship where they bump into a scoundrel (Benicio Del Toro) who helps them. There are far too many characters - all very politically correct, of course, in their diverse ethnicity - and too much goes on all at once that it becomes a little difficult to keep a track of what is happening between the various battles involving hurtling spaceships. Although an over stuffed plot is pretty common with all middle installments of trilogies. There is a strong sense of melancholy running through the film - all the scenes with the late Carrie Fisher are poignant. However, it is Mark Hamill whose presence is front and center of this eighth installment and he gives an excellent account as the wizened old Jedi who provides the requisite gravitas not only to the budding Jedi but holds this production together through sheer "character" presence happily recalling his role as the moral center of this series. This could have been a far better film with tighter editing and a less inclination to throw everything and the kitchen sink into the mix with far too many cooks stiring the broth.

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Force of Arms (Michael Curtiz, 1951) 4/10

Old fashioned WWII yarn dealing with the Italian campaign. Battle heroics during the first half has a Sergeant (William Holden) saving his platoon followed by the second half where he romances a WAC (Nancy Olson). This very ordinary film and the bland leading lady cannot dampen Holden's magnetism and great screen presence. This was probably an attempt to cash in on the success of Holden and Olson's teaming in the previous year's "Sunset Blvd" but the producers forgot that it wasn't Olson but Gloria Swanson who created the actual sparks with Holden in that classic. Strictly routine.

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Desperate Search (Joseph H. Lewis, 1952) 5/10

Strictly a programmer with Howard Keel trying his hand at drama in between his actual calling as a great musical film star. Two kids survive a plane crash in the British Columbia wilderness and their father (Howard Keel), step mother (Jane Greer) and bitchy mother (Patricia Medina) flap around trying to rescue them. Good location work, some lectures on feminism and alcoholism in the script, a menacing mountsin lion and the three stars make this predictable rescue drama bearable. Otherwise strictly routine.

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Dark Passage (Delmer Daves, 1947) 3/10

Third (of four) and worst teaming of Bogie and Bacall. Extremely talky script that tends to bore instead of providing thrills in this tale of an escaped convict (Humphrey Bogart) who gets a face makeover in order to find the murderer of his wife. He is helped by a sexy babe (Lauren Bacall), who materializes out of nowhere to offer help, and two shady characters - shrewish Agnes Moorehead and small-time crook Clifton Young - who cause him hindrance. The film's big gimmick is not being able to see Bogart for the first hour as the events are seen from his point of view with just his voice heard on the soundtrack. The film is shot on location on the streets of San Francisco which is the only plus in thus film noir which is full of hot air.

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About Time (Richard Curtis, 2013) 3/10

When the supporting cast - Bill Night, Lindsay Duncan, Richard Griffiths, Richard E. Grant - prove more interesting than the two insipid leads - Rachel McAdams & Domnhall Gleeson - the film is a total washout. The silly time traveling scenario is rather foolish. All the best parts are between Gleeson and the wonderfully droll Nighy who steals every scene.

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Postby Reza » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:33 am

Distant Drums (Raoul Walsh, 1951) 4/10

Routine action adventure set in the Florida everglades during the 1840s. Gary Cooper and a group of cavalry men storm a fort, rescue prisoners and blow up an arms arsenal stolen by seminole Indians. Chased by the "savages" the group trek through the dangerous everglades. Max Steiner's thunderous score accompanies them while stock footage of alligators, snakes and flamingos add colour. The spectacular Florida locations are interspersed with fake backdrops but filmed in spectacular colour which adds much to what is essentially a rather tepid actioner. Cooper has the requisite star presence but is as wooden as always.

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Kings Go Forth (Delmer Daves, 1958) 5/10

In France during an offensive against the retreating Germans an American lieutenant (Frank Sinatra) and a cocky captain (Tony Curtis) both fall in love with an American girl (Natalie Wood) who was raised on the Riviera. She in turn loves the captain who rejects her when he discovers she is a mulatto. A cocktail of war heroics and soap opera with racial undertones remains unconvincing due to the screenplay playing it too safe and lovely Natalie Wood totally miscast. The role had originally been written with Dorothy Dandridge in mind who would have been a better choice. Unfortunately due to censorship they would not have been able to show love scenes between her and the two male stars which was easily possible with Wood who was making inroads then as an adult star in Hollywood. Elmer Bernstein's score is a major plus.

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The Man From Colorado (Henry Levin, 1948) 5/10

Two friends return from the Civil War and one (Glenn Ford) suffers from PTSD while the other (William Holden) tries to look out for him as his violent tendencies increase. Ellen Drew plays the woman they both love. The film, although set in the old West, shows the deep psychological effects of war on returning soldiers. The film came out a few years after WWII ended and tries to deal with the problem faced by returning vets.

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The Fastest Gun Alive (Russell Rouse, 1956) 7/10

Psychological Western has a great performance by Glenn Ford as a soft spoken, gentle but tortured man who is suddenly called upon to draw a gun against a crook (Broderick Crawford) who calls himself the fastest gun alive. Going against everything he believes in, after a traumatic incident in his past, he is goaded by the townfolk to defend them much to the dismay of his pregnant wife (Jeanne Crain). Completely out of place is an energetic dance number to accomodate young Russ Tamblyn. One of many films about cowardice that came in the wake of "High Noon".

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Breakheart Pass (Tom Gries, 1975) 6/10

This film mixes a number of genres - a detective murder mystery set on a train in a Western setting - and evokes a number of films like "The Lady Vanishes", "Ten Little Indians" and "Murder on the Orient Express". Based on the thriller novel by Alistair MacLean who also wrote the screenplay. A group of disparate individuals find themselves traveling on a train bound for a fort. The train is carrying desperately needed medical supplies for an outbreak of diptheria at the fort. The passengers - a Utah governor (Richard Crenna), his aide (Charles Durning), a sheriff (Ben Johnson), a wanted criminal (Charles Bronson), a major (Ed Lauter), the fort commander's daughter (Jill Ireland) and a cook (former light-heavy weight champion Archie Moore). When passengers start getting murdered the criminal turns detective to solve the mystery. Action packed film is fairly routine but has enough spectacular stunts which keeps the plot moving at a fast pace. Bronson, then at the height of his fame, is stone faced as usual and sleepwalks through the film. Ireland has yet another thankless part in support of her husband. Yakima Canutt's final film as stunt coordinator features some amazing work on top of the speeding train.


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