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Postby Precious Doll » Sun May 27, 2018 7:38 am

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Precious Doll wrote:Lawrence of Arabia (1962) David Lean 4/10


Care to elaborate?


I first saw the film back in the very late 1980s or very early 1990s on the big screen after it had been restored. I appreciate what I'm about to say places me in a tiny minority but I found the film, as beautifully crafted as it is, to be a bore. I should also mention that I saw it at a film festival and given the very heavy schedules that attending film festival entails I had always felt that my dislike of the film may due to film festival fatigue or overload.

I purchased a Blu Ray of the film a few years ago so give the film a second go. I can't say that this viewing was any better. Aside from being bored by almost the entire enterprise and film plodded from one incident to the next and despite the talk their was no real sense of character, with only Omar Sharif rising above the material. That said there are some impressive set pieces like the attack on the train when Lawrence is shot and one his traveling companions getting stuck in a sinkhole but as a cohesive whole I found it a failure. Certainly, it's beautifully made but it leaves me cold and unfulfilled. Funnily enough my partner had never seen it and he was equally unimpressed. We both agreed that at least it is better than Doctor Zhivago (a film I have no intention of giving a second viewing to).

I certainly admire David Lean but do prefer his more intimate films that his sprawling epics and I do view A Passage to India an intimate rather than epic. I don't think he ever made a better film than Brief Encounter.

Watched another longish film starring Peter O'Toole tonight, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and O'Toole is so much better in this. Even though it is a bit hap hazard as a musical its a beautiful adaptation of its source material. O'Toole and Petula Clark (simply wonderful in the film) are great together.
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Re: Last Seen Movie - The Latest Movie You Have Seen; ratings

Postby mlrg » Sun May 27, 2018 6:31 am

Precious Doll wrote:Lawrence of Arabia (1962) David Lean 4/10


Care to elaborate?

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Postby Precious Doll » Sun May 27, 2018 1:02 am

Return to Montauk (2017) Volker Schlöndorff 1/10
Manifesto (2017) Julian Rosefeldt 2/10

Repeat viewings

The Maltese Falcon (1941) John Huston 8/10
M.A.S.H. (1970) Robert Altman 6/10
Blossoms in the Dust (1941) Mervyn LeRoy 6/10
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) Paul Newman 7/10
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973) Gilbert Cates 6/10
China Seas (1935) Tay Garnett 6/10
Niagara (1953) Henry Hathaway 4/10
The Kindergarten Teacher (2014) Nadav Lapid 8/10
Jubilee (1978) Derek Jarman 9/10
Libeled Lady (1936) Jack Conway 6/10
The Tempest (1979) Derek Jarman 9/10
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) David Lean 4/10
The Informer (1935) John Ford 7/10
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Postby Precious Doll » Sun May 20, 2018 3:36 am

Kaleidoscope (2017) Rupert Jones 4/10
Tully (2018) Jason Reitman 4/10
The Boys from Feng Kuei (1983) Hsiao-Hsien Hou 7/10
Cute Girl (1980) Hsiao-Hsien Hou 4/10
The Green, Green Grass of Home (1982) Hsiao-Hsien Hou 4/10
55 Steps (2018) Bille August 4/10
Antiporno (2017) Sion Sono 4/10

Repeat viewings

The Touch (1971) Ingmar Bergman 4/10
The Reckless Moment (1949) Max Ophuls 6/10
Cannery Row (1982) David S. Ward 7/10
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) Fred Schepisi 7/10
Caught (1949) Max Ophuls 6/10
Becket (1964) Peter Glenville 6/10
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Postby Precious Doll » Sun May 13, 2018 1:47 am

Unsane (2018) Steven Soderbergh 4/10
The Misandrists (2017) Bruce La Bruce 5/10
The Insult (2017) Ziad Doueiri 7/10

Repeat viewings

The Silver Chalice (1954) Victor Saville 5/10
The Rainmaker (1956) Joseph Anthony 6/10
The Green Ray (1986) Eric Rohmer 8/10
Easter Parade (1948) Charles Walters 6/10
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) Anatole Litvak 6/10
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) Martin Scorsese 6/10
Sleeping Dogs (1977) Roger Donaldson 2/10
Slacker (1991) Richard Linklater 7/10
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Postby Sabin » Mon May 07, 2018 12:20 am

/Being John Malkovich/ (1999) Spike Jonze 10/10
Wrote a blog piece about this recently then deleted it. Ultimately, the place for my thoughts is here, I think. I don't know if BJM plays better today than when it first debuted in 1999, but it takes on a whole new meaning. Or rather, its original meaning becomes more clear. It's a devastating portrait of male ego. I could go on about all the choices that I adore about this film. Mike D'Angelo makes an excellent point about how completely, hilariously random many elements are. For example, so many of the choices are thematically purposeful, but they're immediately followed by something random. Malkovich tunnel: purposeful. New Jersey Turnpike: random. But today in the #MeToo era, Being John Malkovich plays like the ultimately portrait of a disempowered man. Look at Craig's final fate: he's forced to live inside the daughter of two women, looking at this burgeoning Matriarchy for years to come. He's pathetic and he's condemned. Meanwhile, Lotte is the ultimate snowflake. She pays the rent by healing the trauma of animals. She gains power through questioning her gender. In Being John Malkovich, there's nothing more powerful than a snowflake on a search for meaning...and I love that.

There are times when I think THIS (not Eternal Sunshine...) might be Kaufman's magnum opus. For instance from a writing perspective, he spends the entire first act laying out this love triangle. Imagine if Craig didn't find the Malkovich portal? He might then read a book on pick-up lines, right? Instead, he finds the Malkovich tunnel, which is totally incidental. But the players have been set in motion. From then on, everybody in the film is relentlessly pursuing something (or somebody) else in a journey ripe with discovery and betrayal. The reveal of Captain Merton gets a demerit or two in my book for being just a little too silly. But the lines of reggies shelling out bucks just to be somebody else for a few minutes... well, it's the new app. It's just another thing, invading somebody's privacy, and nobody really cares. They're just mindless drones lining up. Admittedly, it's a bit facile, and Jonze and Kaufman wisely background it to the love triangle.

Never loved this film more than I do today. Best of 1999.
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Postby Precious Doll » Sun May 06, 2018 1:14 am

Loving Pablo (2017) Fernando Leon de Aranoa 4/10
Aurore (2017) Blandine Lenoir 5/10

Repeat viewings

All This and Heaven Too (1940) Anatole Litvak 6/10
The Model Shop (1969) Jacques Demy 6/10
For Ever Mozart (1996) Jean-Luc Godard 6/10
Sideways (2004) Alexander Payne 10/10
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Michael Curtiz & William Keighley 6/10
That Cold Day in the Park (1969) Robert Altman 7/10
Portrait of Jennie (1948) William Dieterle 6/10
Forty Guns (1957) Samuel Fuller 6/10
Angel of Vengeance/Ms. 45 (1981) Abel Ferrara 7/10
Angel Baby (1961) Paul Wendkos 6/10
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983) Terry Jones 5/10
Black Sunday (1977) John Frankenheimer 5/10
Rachel, Rachel (1968) Paul Newman 7/10
Das Boot (1981) Wolfgang Petersen 8/10 (208 minute director's cut)
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Postby Reza » Sat May 05, 2018 8:00 am

La Muerte de un Ciclista / Death of a Cyclist (Juan Antonio Bardem, 1955) 9/10

A couple, involved in an illicit affair, knock down a cyclist on an isolated road and drive on after seeing he is hurt but alive. He is a Professor (Alberto Closas) and his mistress (Lucia Bosé) is the wife of a rich man (Otello Toso). Their relationship begins to deteriorate when the cyclist is found dead and the woman is blackmailed by an art critic (Carlos Casaravilla) who is part of their social circle. Bardem creates an atmosphere of intrigue, dread and fear - which was a swipe at the oppressive Franco regime in Spain at the time. This was was one of the early Spanish films to detract from Franco's vision of cinema and Bardem mixes neo-realism with thriller elements from Hollywood. The tense mood is straight out of Hitchcock - Will the lovers be caught? Will the blackmailer succeed? Will her husband discover the truth? Will the couple have a pang of conscience and turn themselves in? Bardem flirts with all these dilemmas leading up to an ironic if melodramatic end which appears to have been the result of the harsh censors at the time. The actors are all superb with Lucia Bosé a standout playing the cold selfish woman who is clearly more in love with her social position than with the two men who flank her life - her lover and her husband. The film is a marvel of production design and superb camerawork which captures the characters different moods using deep focus and glaring close-ups. Classic film and a must-see.

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Postby Reza » Sat May 05, 2018 8:00 am

A Million Ways to Die in the West (Seth MacFarlaine, 2014) 5/10

MacFarlaine spoofs the Old West but he's no Mel Brooks as the film's tepid jokes make obvious. A cowardly sheep farmer (Seth MacFarlaine) is dumped by his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) for a rich dandy (Neil Patrick Harris) and then falls in love with a sexy cowgirl (Charlize Theron) who is the wife of a black clad murdering bandit (Liam Neeson). His best buddy (Giovanni Ribisi) is a virgin in love with a hooker (Sarah Silverman) who refuses to have sex with him. Slapstick nonsense allows Theron to show her comedic skills although MacFarlaine's character is too obnoxious and the jokes, although coming fast and furious, are somewhat stale and lifted from other movies and tv shows from the past.

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Postby Reza » Sat May 05, 2018 8:00 am

Frontera (Michael Berry, 2014) 7/10

It's always a pleasure to see Ed Harris on screen. He is a stately presence and one of the best character actors on screen. A prank results in the accidental death of a woman (Amy Madigan) and an illegal Mexican immigrant (Michael Peña) - he crosses over into Arizona - is accused of killing her. Matters take a turn for the worst when his wife (Eva Longoria) crosses over too, gets molested and arrested. The dead woman's husband (Ed Harris), a former lawman, tries to solve the mystery. The plot is ripe with melodramatic contrivances but the fine cast underplays and director Berry brings wonderful gritty quality to this modern oater with lovely scenes shot on dusty orange plains as Harris rides on a horse, eyes squinting, cheeks hollow and deep voice whispering out his dialogue.

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Postby Reza » Sat May 05, 2018 7:59 am

Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony & Joe Russo, 2018) 6/10

This is the greatest hits version of the Avengers - everyone and their french poodles get to appear - as they band in groups to combat the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin) who is collecting six coloured "infinity stones" (don't ask...) to fit into his glove which will make him all-powerful. It's Marvel comics so we go along with this shit as written. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is the first to tangle with Thanos in outer space. With New York under attack we quickly get to see the Avengers pairing up - Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) - who seems to be having the equivalent of erectile disfunction because he has trouble transforming into the angry green giant - Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) discussing pregnancy with Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) and trading quips with Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Meanwhile in Scotland - Vision (Paul Bettany) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) are attacked by the cadaver-like henchmen of Thanos and to their rescue come the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie). In space the Guardians of the Galaxy (Chris Pratt, Zoë Saldana and their assorted companions) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) battle it out with the "big man on campus". Wakanda gets a look-in with Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and his tribe where a major battle - shades of "Zulu" and "The Lord of the Rings" - is fought with most of the Avengers including War Machine (Don Cheadle) joining in. Too many cooks crammed into the film as they stir the broth which goes on and on from one battle to another with a number of major characters getting killed as Thanos manages to get his glove filled with the infinity stones. The film ends on this somber note with a post-credits scene where Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) manages to send a distress signal thus leading the story into an epic sequel promised for 2019. This film is bigger, darker but repetitious with it's non-stop scenes of battle and mayhem making it terribly monotonous and instantly forgetable.

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The Man in the Net (Michael Curtiz, 1959) 7/10

A man is caught in a "net" - a bad marriage which segues into a manhunt when he is accused of murdering his wife. Old fashioned melodrama is satisfying despite the potholes in the plot. A successful Madison Avenue advertising executive (Alan Ladd) chucks in his job, moves to the countryside and starts a fresh life wanting to be a painter. He also wants to get his wife (Carolyn Jones), a dipsomaniac, away from the big city where she suffered a nervous breakdown. The marriage collapses because his flighty wife wants the rich life, wants to move back to the city and creates an image in the community that she suffers spousal abuse. When she mysteriously disappears the townfolk form a lynch mob headed by a sleazy cop (Charles McGraw) forcing the husband to go on the lam. Helping him hide and solve the mystery are five children who have befriended him and a sympathetic friend (Diane Brewster). Ladd gives a lifeless performance sleepwalking through the role - he was only 46 at the time but looks 60 and tired and would die a few years later at age 50. Jones has a flamboyant role playing a drunk floozie and seems to be giving a Bette Davis impersonation from the camp classic "Beyond the Forest" - one sympathises with her stuck in a dull marriage to the stone-faced Ladd. Striking camerawork by John Seitz who sets up noir-like shots.

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Postby Reza » Sat May 05, 2018 7:59 am

Sirocco (Curtis Bernhardt, 1951) 6/10

Once upon a time there was a place called Casablanca where everybody came to Rick's Cafe - the locals, the expatriates and even the occupying Nazis - and the owner stuck his neck out for nobody. This film also has an exotic backdrop - Damascus in 1922 during the French occupation of Syria. A gunrunner (Humphrey Bogart), who sticks his neck out for nobody, supplies ammunition to the Syrian rebels barely keeping one step ahead of the law headed by a French cop (Lee J. Cobb). When he falls in love with the cop's mistress (Märta Torén) matters come to a head - should he escape with her or help the cop hookup with the rebels to broker peace. The film scores major points for creating the correct Middle East atmosphere although shot on the Paramount backlot - the old Damascus alleyways, citadel, underground tombs, the cafe where everyone gathers for drinks - but the screenplay is a letdown as it tries desperately to invoke memories of Bogart's previous classic. Here he plays a slipshod version of Rick and while Torén does not have the mystery of Ingrid Bergman she is quite attractive in her own right and plays well opposite Bogart. The film's best performance is by Cobb who mercifully underplays throughout as the relentless but humane cop hoping to find a solution to all the violence around him. The film is beautifully shot by Burnett Guffey who would go on to win two Oscars for "From Here to Eternity" and "Bonnie and Clyde".

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Postby Reza » Sat May 05, 2018 7:58 am

Paratrooper / The Green Beret (Terence Young, 1953) 4/10

Standard B actioner about a British parachute training school with a Canadian (Alan Ladd) joining up and locking horns with a bunch of Brits played by Leo Genn, Stanley Baker, Donald Houston and Harry Andrews who all go through the motions with every cliché intact in the screenplay. Albert R. Broccoli produced and a number of his team here - director Young, screen-writer Richard Maibaum, cinematographer Ted Moore and stuntman Bob Simmons much later joined up for the Bond films.

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Postby Reza » Sat May 05, 2018 7:58 am

Hell on Frisco Bay (Frank Tuttle, 1955) 4/10

Stale revenge drama with a cop (Alan Ladd) who comes out of jail and seeks the man who framed him. The film is stolen by Edward G. Robinson as the sociopath racketeer who thumbs a finger at the cop. Joanne Dru is decorative as a torch singer while Fay Wray makes a comeback as a has-been actress in love with the crook's stooge (Paul Stewart). Ladd is typically tough but stiff throughout.


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