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

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Postby Reza » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:42 pm

Our Very Own (David Miller, 1950) 5/10

The film is a time capsule catching America at mid-20th century in a story dealing with the daily life of teenagers, the introduction of television in households - the film was shot in 1948 - and handles the subject of adoption in a rather archaic manner treating it as a stigma. A young girl's (Ann Blyth) life gets a jolt when in an angry exchange with her younger sister (Joan Evans) discovers she was adopted by her loving parents (Martin Milner & Jane Wyatt). Her family, boy friend (Farley Granger) and best friend (Phyllis Kirk) are all very supportive but she insists on meeting her birth mother (Ann Dvorak in a flashy bit) causing a crisis in the household. It all works out in typical 1950s fashion with Blyth discovering the worth of the parents who actually brought her up. There are interesting bits throughout - the young teens interacting at a birthday party, the family getting a television installed with the annoying kid sister - little Natalie Wood - who gets the entire opening 20 minutes of the film as she makes a nuisance of herself with the visiting mechanic. Wood carries off the part with ease and was still seven years away from adult stardom.

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Postby Reza » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:41 pm

The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017) 7/10

Corny but exhilarating musical based on the rags to riches life story of P.T. Barnum with more than a few liberties taken with his actual life. With the musical genre sadly dwindling on the big screen this dazzling, energetic feel-good attempt is a breath of fresh air even if it uses all the stale clichés in the book to achieve something that is akin to a glittering Broadway show which so many around the world can never hope to view. It does it with the help of the marvelous Hugh Jackman who plays the title role with a joi de vivre that is infectious in it's charming capacity to enthral an audience. The film's underlying message is a plea for diversity and a stress for humanity to accept each other and live in harmony. Of course it IS a fantasy and never more so than in the country Barnum found his immense fame. His circus consists of a midget, a bearded lady, the world's tallest and fattest man, a couple of black trapeze artists, a tattooed man - all of whom are treated as freaks by the white folk, never to be accepted as part of society except as a freak show to be seen at the circus. The impressario uses them to climb the ladder of success and provides his wife (Michelle Williams) and two daughters an enriched lifestyle even though "polite" New York society does not accept them as equals. The film's many songs are tuneful but instantly forgettable - the Oscar nominated "This is Me", an anthem which the circus performers sing in defiance wanting acceptance and the catchy "A Million Dreams" which the young Barnum sings with his childhood sweetheart before he makes it big. The musical's spectacular showpiece is the soaring ballad "Never Enough" sung by the "Swedish Nightingale" (Rebecca Ferguson) who is being promoted on the New York stage by the showman and who also comes between him and his wife causing a dent in their happy marriage. The plot moves like a Bollywood film with scenes extracting equal measures of laughs and tears interspersed with songs. Fast paced film is nothing but schmaltzy fluff which does what it starts out to do which is to entertain just like the Greatest Showman himself.

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Carrie's War (Coky Giedroyć, 2004) 7/10

Charming and atmospheric adaptation of Nina Bawden's novel. Children's story about the adventures of a young girl and her little brother when they are evacuated from London during the Blitz and go up North to rural Wales and live with a family - a strict pastor and his sister - who take them in. Touching film with eccentric characters - an old aunt (Geraldine McEwan) is a highlight - and the lovely Welsh countryside make this a most pleasant viewing.

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Annihilation (Alex Garland, 2018) 7/10

Psychological science-fiction story that steam rolls glimpses of various films from the past - "Stalker", "Jurassic Park", Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "Return to Oz" and "Alien" with it's basic structure resembling the old haunted house films of yore with either spooks or a deranged killer out to get the stupid folks who venture in. It is all presented in a cerebral manner and comes off eerie and horrific with moments of suspense, awe and an ending that is like a drug induced mind-trip. A meteor hits a lighthouse on the Florida coast and a strange shimmering light envelops the surrounding area which gradually starts to grow. A number of Government based expeditions are sent into "the shimmer" all of whom never return until one man (Oscar Issac) comes back in a catatonic state and goes into a coma. His wife (Natalie Portman) - a biologist and former soldier - accompanies a group of four women - a psychologist (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a surveyor (Tessa Thompson), a paramedic (Gina Rodriguez) and a linguist (Tuva Novotny) - into "the shimmer" which is a wonderland of flora and fauna that has started genetically mutating. The plant life has begun taking on a human shape while the wild animals are not only ferocious but can make guttaral sounds like the humans they kill. The expedition becomes a harrowing game of survival with a finalé involving cheesy CGI psychedelic effects, alien forms and colorful tumor-like mutations. The ambiguous ending caps what is an interesting entry in the genre.

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Postby Reza » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:40 pm

American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson (Ryan Murphy, Anthony Hemingway, Gwyneth Horder-Payton, Daniel Minahan, John Singleton, Matt Bomer & Nelson Cragg, 2016) 9/10

Fascinating 10 part tv series which recreates the sensational O.J. Simpson trial when he was accused of brutally murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her lover Ron Goldman. The film perfectly captures the media frenzy surrounding the case with most of the drama centering not only on the accused, O. J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.), but mainly on the flamboyant characters in court - the defence team led by Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance), Robert Shapiro (John Travolta), F. Lee Bailey (Nathan Lane) and the prosecuting team led by Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) and Christopher Darden (Sterling K. Brown). Other prominent characters who play a role in the drama are the D.A. Gil Garcetti (Bruce Greenwood), Simpson's close friend, Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) and Al Cowlings (Malcolm Jamal Warner) who drove the vehicle down the L.A. freeway with Simpson in the back seat holding a gun to his head as the police gave chase. All of the drama - the freeway chase and the court trial - was caught on live tv. The film won Emmy awards for Outstanding Limited Series, Best Actor for Courtney B. Vance, Best Actress for Sarah Paulson and Supporting Actor for Sterling K. Brown. Additional nominations went to Ryan Murphy, John Singleton and Anthony Hemingway for directing individual episodes, to Cuba Gooding Jr. for Best Actor and both John Travolta and David Schwimmer for Supporting Actor. A riveting film.

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Murder By Death (Robert Moore, 1976) 8/10

Amusing parody of various detective characters from the world of fiction in particular those created by Dashiel Hammett (Nick Charles, Sam Spade), Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple) and Earl Derr Biggers (Charlie Chan). The plot has a hint of Christie's "Ten Little Indians" / "And Then There Were None" - the world's best known detectives are invited by a mysterious host (Truman Capote) to his spooky fog-bound mansion (the front doorbell is a loud and hysterical female scream voiced courtesy of Fay Wray from the original "King Kong" in 1933). Gathered and confined together in the dining room they are told that a murder will occur at midnight and the murderer is amongst them. A prize of a million dollars is offered to the detective who can solve the murder. The guests are a distinguished lot - Dick & Dora Charles (David Niven & Maggie Smith), Sam Diamond and his assistant (Peter Falk & Eileen Brennan), Inspector Sidney Wang and his adopted son (Peter Sellers & Richard Narita), Jessica Marbles and her wheelchair bound nurse (Elsa Lanchester & Estelle Winwood) and the famous Belgian detective Milo Perrier and his chauffeur (James Coco & James Cromwell). The guests are served by a blind butler (Alec Guinness) and a dumb cook (Nancy Walker). The jokes (screenplay by Neil Simon) come fast and furious, often in bad taste and liable to give today's humorless and oh so prim and proper American youth a serious coronary attack. The superb cast is game and run through the silly but very funny situations with tongues firmly in cheek. Sir Alec Guinness is a standout giving a perfectly droll performance which suddenly drifts into hilarious camp (trivia: it was during this film's shoot that he was offered the script of "Star Wars"). Great fun.

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Postby Reza » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:39 pm

Where Eagles Dare (Brian G. Hutton, 1968) 9/10

Old fashioned war thriller written especially for the screen by Alistair MacLean - the novel came soon after. Boy's Own adventure has a team of British agents infiltrate the impregnable "Schloss Adler" / Eagle's Nest, a German headquarter to rescue a downed American General during WWII. The suicidal mission involves the rescue, destruction of the castle and an escape which is next to impossible. The team soon realise they may have a spy amongst them which adds to the danger. Richard Burton is the dashing leader with Clint Eastwood the munitions expert amongst a group of six. Helping them (and adding colour and a bit of romance) are lovely Mary Ure and voluptuous Ingrid Pitt. Ignore a lot of the fake front and back projection and sit back and enjoy Burton's marvelous voice as he gets most of the film's dialogue, Eastwood's action packed scenes and particularly the film's famous set-piece at the end which involves a cable car and a fight to the death on its roof followed by a death defying leap between two cable cars. This hit film rescued Burton's almost dead film career - he was drinking heavily off the set and lamenting his failing marriage (to La Liz) - and after years on television helped kick-start Eastwood's career as a movie star and director. Great fun and a must-see.

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Coco (Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina, 2017) 8/10

If the after-life is going to be anything like the colorful and mariachi infused wonderland (as kitschy as Disneyland) shown in this charming Pixar film then going to meet one's maker shouldn't be such a dour, creepy and frightening prospect. Give me music anytime over fire and brimstone and rivers of honey and milk. The film, an ode to Mexican culture, has a plot revolving around the "Día de Muertos" (Day of the Dead) which is the joyful celebration of one's dead family members who supposedly return for a day to join in the festivities. Miguel, a little 8-year old boy, is born into a family of shoemakers and is forbidden to pursue his love of music. He idolizes an old deceased singer-actor, Ernesto de la Cruz (voiced by Benjamin Bratt), and the film is the child's journey into the land of the dead to try and discover if the beloved singer is his great-great grandfather who abandoned his wife and little daughter Coco (who is Miguel's great grandmother now almost senile) to go pursue his career as a musician. He is helped on this exciting and often danger-filled journey by the almost dead and forgotten Héctor (voiced by Gael García Bernal) and a tripping dog called Dante. The complicated plot involves a race to the death by returning to the land of the living before old Coco totally forgets her dead papa who needs to be remembered by her in order for him to get to return every year on the "día de Muertos". Confused? Well you gotta watch the film to understand and enjoy. The film is a feast of colours with the afterlife a continuous series of lavish parties which look like a combination of the parties thrown by William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies at their castle-like home in San Simeon California back in 1920s Hollywood and the ones described by F. Scott Fitzgerald in "The Great Gatsby" where the likes of Frida Kahlo appear dancing with a chorus of papaya seeds. The fantastic colourful creatures from Mexican folk art - the alebrijes - appear in the form of flying lizards and gryphons swooping across the sky like planes. At it's heart the film celebrates the joy of family and togetherness a concept that is sadly in decline the world over. Winner of two Oscars - Best Animated film and Best Song which went to the rather boring anthem-like "Remember Me".

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Dolores Claiborne (Taylor Hackford, 1995) 6/10

Did Dolores Claiborne (Kathy Bates) kill her rich invalid employer (Judy Parfitt)? Why is the detective (Christopher Plummer) hell bent on convicting her? Is it because he also thinks she killed her husband (Davif Straithairn) eighteen years before and for which she was acquitted? And what is the pill popping, hard drinking New York reporter (Jennifer Jason Leigh) trying to block out from her memory now that she has returned to be by her mother's side after fifteen long years? Stephen King's story is not about horror but takes the form of a psychological thriller as the past and present merge for both the mother and daughter as they try to seek closure in their strained relationship. Shot on location in Nova Scotia the chilly environs mirrors the mindset of both women as they painfully grapple with their haunted past. Well acted film.

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Small Town Crime (Eshom Nelms & Ian Nelms, 2017) 8/10

Like a sweet wine with a tangy after-taste this neo-noir goes pretty smoothly along it's languid way. An alcoholic ex-cop (John Hawkes) gets way in over his head when after yet another drunken binge wakes up in a field to find a dead prostitute. Hoping to redeem himself he turns into a gumshoe and when more dead bodies turn up he finds himself looking for another young prostitute who may hold the key to the mystery of the two assassins who are chasing him. Convoluted plot moves along at a steady pace as the amateur detective comes across assorted colorful characters - the dead prostitute's pimp (Clifton Collins Jr) and grandfather (a kick-ass Robert Forster), both of whom join in as avenging vigilantes after blood. The film's success rests on the superb Hawkes who makes a highly improbable cop or detective yet nails the character through sheer gumption. Wonderful little film shot on location in small-town Utah.

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Bequest to the Nation (James Cellan Jones, 1973) 7/10

Is a national hero akin to being a saint or is he allowed to sin? That is the question troubling young Master George Matcham (Dominic Guard) as he arrives at the house of his uncle, Lord Horatio Nelson (Peter Finch). Having recently visited the discarded and utterly dejected and distraught Lady Nelson (Margaret Leighton) he arrives at the London house his Uncle shares with his mistress, the loud and vulgar Lady Hamilton (Glenda Jackson). The story, based on the play by Terrence Rattigan, covers the period just before during and after the famous Battle of Trafalgar. Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton were like rock star celebrities of their time féted by crowds on the street with the vain Admiral strutting in his uniform covered with medals with his loud and obnoxious mistress by his side. He was a man with feet of clay - an uncompromising and wily opponent on the high seas but totally infatuated by the woman people commonly referred to as a whore. Once a great beauty, painted by George Romney who made her his muse, she is now a boistrous drunk and the life of every party which she insists on disrupting with her wicked tongue. Glenda Jackson, then at the peak of her career, plays the part with her characteristic boldness - she was on an incredible high coming off a number of projects with Ken Russell - and is not afraid to go over-the-top. Finch in comparison is rather subdued but manages to show us what a "hero" is all about and plays the part almost tongue-in-cheek. The film ends with his famous victory and death at Trafalgar followed by a scene between the two women in his life - the dignified Lady Nelson, in widow's weeds, and the drunk and bitter Lady Hamilton. The Admiral's bequest for his mistress was never carried out after his death and Lady Hamilton ended up twice in debtor's prison followed by exile and a life in abject poverty ending in death in Calais. This film is an interesting companion piece to the 1941 classic version of the story - "That Hamilton Woman" - with Laurence Olivier as Lord Nelson, Vivien Leigh as Emma Hamilton and Gladys Cooper as Lady Nelson.

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How Green Was My Valley (John Ford, 1941) 10/10

Exquisite adaptation of Richard Llewellyn's novel about a family of Welsh coal miners. The story is narrated by the youngest son, Huw (Roddy McDowall), and it is through his eyes we view episodes in the life of the family and the village in Wales. The Morgan family consists of the proud father (Donald Crisp) of five sons, the stern but loving mother (Sara Allgood), the lovely sister (Maureen O'Hara) secretly in love with the poor village preacher (Walter Pidgeon) and the sister-in-law (Anna Lee) who becomes a widow. The film is filled with memorable and poetic moments - all the scenes between the two lovers, the family at the dining table or seen washing after a day inside the mines, little Huw learning how to box and later getting a whipping by the school teacher, the tragedy of the mine collapse with the entire village waiting in anguish to see if their loved ones are dead or alive, the sister's marriage to the mine owner's son as the preacher is seen in the distance. Extremely heartwarming and emotional film finds hope in even the most anguished moments. The film was nominated for 10 Academy awards and won 5 - for Best Picture, Crisp for his supporting role, Ford for his direction, the cinematography of Arthur Miller and for the authentic sets - an entire Welsh village was created in Hollywood. This is Ford's masterpiece and one of the enduring classics from Hollywood's golden past. A must-see.

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In This Our Life (John Huston, 1942) 6/10

Overwrought melodrama has Bette Davis in one of her typical "bad girl" roles which allows her to shamelessly chew the scenery with eyes popping out of her head as she gets to mouth vicious dialogue at other characters. Stanley (Bette Davis) is a spoiled southern girl and used to getting her way in life. On the eve of her wedding she dumps her fiancé (George Brent) and runs off with the husband (Dennis Morgan) of her sister (Olivia de Havilland). The hysterical plot later also involves boozing, suicide and murder. The stars get good support from Charles Coburn (as the rich Uncle with incest in his eye), Billie Burke (as the invalid mother), Hattie McDaniel (as the cook) and Ernest Anderson (as the cook's son accused of a hit-and-run). Unusual to see director John Huston at the helm - though he gets Walter Huston to make a cameo appearance as a bartender opposite Davis in a brief scene.

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White Mischief (Michael Radford, 1987) 9/10

Witty and extremely decadent account of the "Happy Valley" set - a group of hedonistic fun-loving group of friends - in Kenya circa 1940. Ignoring the war in distant Europe they lived life to the full in a haze of alcohol, drugs, orgies, wife swapping, cross dressing and gossip. The wild group is ruled by the Earl of Erroll (Charles Dance), a penniless and shameless cad who has bedded every woman around. The drama heats up with the arrival of an elderly rancher, Sir Henry "Jock" Broughton (Joss Ackland) and his ravishingly beautiful and much younger wife Diana (Greta Scacchi) who has married him for his money. She is immediately attracted to the Earl and both soon get involved in an open affair watched by the entire set including her quietly seething husband. When the Earl is found brutally shot suspicion naturally falls on the cuckold husband. The story is lavishly filmed and stunningly shot by Roger Deakins with beautiful costumes and a lovely score by George Fenton. The film relies on atmosphere which Radford is careful to nurture throughout as the large group of eccentric characters could easily tip this true story into camp. Each character gets a brief but vivid arc in the story - a rough-hewn local farmer (John Hurt) also in love with Diana, Lady Alice de Janzé (Sarah Miles) a drug addicted promiscuous woman who was one of the Earl's previous conquests and still in love with him (her scene in the morgue with the dead Earl is one of the film's outlandish highlights), an elderly local landowner (Trevor Howard) who uses a peep hole to spy on a naked Diana as she bathes, his bored wife (Geraldine Chaplin) who is having it off with her black servant and Lady Delamere (Susan Fleetwood) who is discarded by the Earl in favour of Diana. The actors are all superb particularly Joss Ackland as the angry old man who finds himself the laughing stock of the set, Greta Scacchi as the sexy wife and especially Sarah Miles who makes every one of her scenes count - shooting up with a syringe, walking around with a python draped around her neck, the infamous scene in the morgue or mouthing witty dialogue in an extremely bored way. Superb entertainment and a must-see.

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Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, 2010) 9/10

At the will reading of a recently deceased Canadian citizen of Middle Eastern birth, twin siblings are charged with the task of finding and delivering letters to a father they believed was dead and an unnamed brother they never knew they had. And so begins a suspenseful and very graphic journey into the unknown for the two siblings where they attempt to unlock the secrets of their mother’s past and discover a parent and sibling they had no clue about. This exquisitely crafted film, of course, has a lot more to the story than this simple but intriguing setup may suggest. The director moves the plot like a thriller as we delve into the past of the deceased woman while also following the voyage of discovery of the daughter and son as they try to piece the devastating puzzle which, years before, was their mother’s life. Both Wajdi Mouawad (on whose play the film is based on) and filmmaker Villeneuve made a deliberate decision not to specify the exact location where the story unfolds, which usefully sidesteps any accusations of political bias and allows them to make a more universal statement about the destructive and cyclic nature of religious and ethnic hatred. The film was nominated for an Academy award in the foreign film category.


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