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Postby rain Bard » Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:55 am

Continental, a Film Without Guns (CANADA: Stéphane Lafleur, 2007)

5/10

Well, at least it's not heavy-handed, hypocritical, and stylistically all-over-the-map like Crash, but though this "hyperlink drama" has a well-crafted unity to it and some darkly comic scenes, it ends up feeling a lot like a big ol' nothing.

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Postby Penelope » Sun Nov 23, 2008 9:58 pm

Le Sauvage (1975; Jean-Paul Rappeneau) 8/10

Thoroughly entertaining screwball comedy with Catherine Deneuve as party girl who flees her obsessed fiancé and winds up with reclusive islander Yves Montand, who has a big secret of his own. Story is a bit slight, the comedy over-the-top, the ending a bit abrupt, but the two stars make for a winning team.
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Postby Hustler » Sun Nov 23, 2008 9:48 pm

Herbstzeitlosen, Die (2006) Switzerland Official entry to the Academy Awards. 7/10

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Postby Sonic Youth » Sun Nov 23, 2008 9:41 pm

Mmmm, football...

Giants 37-29 victory against the Cardinals (2008; National Football League) 10/10




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Postby Penelope » Sun Nov 23, 2008 7:18 pm

Capricorn One (1978; Peter Hyams) 6/10

I was bored and it was on. (What, you think I'd be watching football?) Still has holes in the script, and the acting is pretty blah at times; yet it remains pretty entertaining: the action scenes--especially the final chase between the helicopters and the biplane--hold up very well.
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Postby Penelope » Sun Nov 23, 2008 9:27 am

Hôtel des Amériques (1981; André Téchiné) 7/10

Unsettling, and slightly disjointed, melodrama with two lonely souls condemned to Biarritz in the off-season falling in love. For much of the movie, I thought Patrick Dewaere's character was a repressed homosexual, pining for his best friend, and using Catherine Deneuve to "prove" his heterosexuality, both to others and himself, but by the end I'm not sure if he just wasn't nuts.

Poor Patrick Dewaere. I'd never seen a movie with him and so looked him up after the movie. Such a handsome and talented man. Broke my heart.
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Postby Sabin » Sat Nov 22, 2008 1:27 pm

The Visitor
6/10

The first scene had my eyes rolling. Thankfully it wasn't for too long. I was more moved by Richard Jenkins' performance in 'Burn After Reading'. It's a fantasy no doubt and an act of safe liberal projection that climaxes in reassurance, perhaps a little problematically so. It's also a relative model of restraint and for that I was grateful. Damn near everyone's role is underwritten; Hiam Abbass is wonderful in hers.
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Postby Eric » Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:18 am

I hope one star means "masterpiece."

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Postby Reza » Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:01 am

The General (Buster Keaton, 1927) 2/10



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Postby Penelope » Sat Nov 22, 2008 12:33 am

A purely by accident Elizabeth Banks double feature (I didn't realize she was in the second one):

Zack & Miri Make a Porno (2008; Kevin Smith) 6/10

Role Models (2008; David Wain) 6/10

They kind of balance each other out: Smith is, hands down, a vastly superior director than Wain--at least Smith knows how to shoot a movie so it looks professional, and as a writer, gives deeper characters for his actors to play (especially Ms. Banks, who's thoroughly radiant here)--but Role Models is, without question, the more laugh-out-loud, consistently hilarious film (though I could've gladly done without the homophobic jibes--at least Smith has the graciousness to include us gays in on the joke).




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Postby Sabin » Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:58 pm

From earlier...

Tropic Thunder
5/10

Too low or way too high. Parts of it were fun but 'Tropic Thunder' becomes its own Tropic Thunder after not too long. It reveals itself as a self-absorbed celebration of its own assholery by the end of it, kind of a big mess. Robert Downey Jr.'s motormouthed persona hasn't gotten old for me but this is genuinely the first time since 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' that he's done anything new.
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Postby Reza » Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:30 pm

Sex and the City (Michael Patrick King, 2008)**

Taken (Pierre Morel, 2008)**1/2

Love and Death on Long Island (Richard Kwietniowski, 1997)**




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Postby abcinyvr » Fri Nov 21, 2008 8:31 pm

Cinemanolis wrote:House of Games 4/10

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne 7/10

Ironweed 6/10

Ugh, House of Games, what garbage (and I saw it twice) - and Siskel and Ebert chose it as the best film of that year!

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne and Ironweed are excellent books as well.

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Postby abcinyvr » Fri Nov 21, 2008 8:21 pm

Big Magilla wrote:The Tracey Fragments - 1 0ut of 10, only because 0 out of 10 isn't an option.

I had to read a synopsis of this dreadful Canadian film by Bruce McDonald’s from Maureen Medved’s novel on the IMDB to figure out what I had just sat through.

Bruce MacDonald only had two good movies in him, Roadkill and Hard Core Logo. Too bad.

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Postby abcinyvr » Fri Nov 21, 2008 8:18 pm

Sabin wrote:'Wild Reeds'
10/10

Saw this one again. One of the best movies of the nineties. Just beautiful. Techiné is very successful in creating novelistic experiences out of film and this one is especially poignant.

Agreed, it really does stand up. I rented it again a year ago or so after having not seen it for years.

Last movie seen: (not counting Synedoche NY which I saw this aft) was The Roaring Twenties 6.5/10 (had not seen for 22 years). Interesting to see Cagney end up the good guy. It took Bogart a bit longer to get those roles.


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