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Postby Penelope » Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:13 pm

Beloved Enemy (1936; H.C. Potter) 6/10

Romantic melodrama set during the Troubles, as a Michael Collins-like rebel (Brian Aherne) falls for an English lord's snooty daughter (Merle Oberon); stars are out-acted by the supporting players.
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Postby Penelope » Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:32 pm

Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998; Patrice Chéreau) 6/10

What is with movies like Rachel Getting Married and this one: a bunch of great actors giving great performances, but at the service of a ridiculous, pretentious script that never really makes any sense, and offers characters that are so distasteful you keep hoping Jason Vorhees will turn up to bring it to a quick end. That said, the last few minutes are breathtaking.
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Postby rain Bard » Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:52 am

A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin, 2008)

Truly a lovely film. Desplechin adds a Bergman (at his least dour) influence into his mix and it makes for a wonderful dynamic. I had to avert my eyes during some of the most graphic medical/hospital materil because I'm extra-squeamish about that stuff, but I still want to see the film again. And to revisit Kings and Queen, which had rubbed me the wrong way back in 2005.

8/10

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Postby criddic3 » Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:32 am

Santa Claus: the Movie (1985)

A strange film in some ways. On the one hand, it's an elaborately designed and expensive fantasy film. On the other it's a mismash of sweet-natured (but often distant) Santa, a somewhat dialed-down Dudley Moore as an elf and an over-played executive-wants-to-ruin Christmas played by John Lithgow. The wierd thing is that, for all of the visuals and activity, it never feels important. Not a terrible movie, really, but I rarely felt anything for any of the characters who get lost in all the costumes and effects. Also, the songs are lackluster at best. For a family Christmas film, it should have been more lively and charming. More like the much-less expensive Elf or The Santa Clause, which may not have been grandiose, and were somewhat sitcomish, but they had more consistent charm factors than this one does. Miracle on 34th Street it's not.

I'd give it a ** out of four stars.




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Postby dws1982 » Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:09 am

Yesterday I watched John Ford's They Were Expendable, partially in observance of Veteran's Day, but also because it had been sitting on my shelf for awhile and I wanted to see it again. (It had been over five years.) I still think it's one of Ford's three or four greatest films, even though he said in some interviews with Lindsay Anderson (who was a great admirer of the film) that he didn't like it, although he indicated that he hadn't watched it, and just resented that the film tore him away from his unit. A few years later, he told Anderson that he had watched it and that he (Anderson) was right about it, although several years after that, he claimed not to like it. Either way, it's a masterpiece, one of the most heartbreaking war movies ever made.

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Postby Penelope » Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:26 pm

Rachel Getting Married (2008; Jonathan Demme) 6/10

Terrific performances by Anne Hathaway and Rosemarie Dewitt barely compensate for the amateurish script and an 8 year old cinematographer who found dad's stash.
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Postby paperboy » Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:51 pm

Burn After Reading

Trailer: 9/10
Brad Pitt: 9/10
Film: 5/10

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Postby rain Bard » Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:36 pm

Monika (Ingmar Bergman, 1953)

The earliest Bergman film I've seen so far, and one of the better of the dozen or so of his films I've seen. Since I'm currently immersing myself in Murnau, it's hard not to see echoes of Sunrise (and City Girl) in the pastoral scenes, but in throughline it really feels more like Vidor's the Crowd if updated to a pessimistic post-War Europe.

7/10

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Postby dreaMaker » Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:02 am

Indiana Jones: The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

8/10

It would usually be 7/10, but hey, we had Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, John Williams and the brand of Indiana Jones.. :)

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Postby dreaMaker » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:13 am

Die Hard 4.0

7.5/10

Kill me, but i enjoyed it. :)
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Postby barrybrooks8 » Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:40 am

Happy-Go-Lucky

6.5/10

I didn't love Sally Hawkins, and I don't think she'll make my year-end list. I felt kinda bad for the audience, as I think most of them were duped by the trailer which made it seem more laugh out loud and pop-song filled, rather than the Mike Leigh dramedy that could have used subtitles for those not used to watching EastEnders. A couple of great moments, including ones with Eddie Marsan.
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Postby dreaMaker » Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:34 pm

Mirrors

8/10

Surprisingly good! Very eerie and spooky, with a great score by Javier Navarrete!

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Postby kaytodd » Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:45 pm

Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme)

7/10

Dragged during some parts, especially the wedding rehearsal dinner and the wedding and reception scenes. It was the most fun and coolest wedding I have ever seen but they spent, IMO, too much time on it with scenes that showed various people having fun but not developing characters or moving the story. But what a great wedding!

Very good performances. A lot of needlessly melodramatic scenes but it worked for me because the actors do such a good job. The scene late in the film when Rachel comforts her sister when you were not sure how Rachel would react to what her sister had just done made me tear up a little. I think Rosemarie Dewitt deserves a supporting Oscar nom more than Anne Hathaway deserves a leading nom, though both are very good. She was good as Don Draper's beatnik girlfriend but I did not suspect she had such talent. When Anne and Rosemarie were on the screen together, I was looking at Rosemarie.




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Postby rain Bard » Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:05 am

City Girl - silent version (Murnau, 1930)

Thanks to Damien for inspiring me to make sure I watched this on my current F.W. Murnau kick. Wonderful film and, as he says in another thread, a fascinating comparison piece to Sunrise. The scene in which the couple run through the fields when they first arrive on Charles Farrel's father's farm is clearly one of those magical scenes in all cinema. I'm almost certain I'd rate this film even higher if I were to see a decent copy, not the highly-dupey VHS version I rented.

8/10

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Postby dreaMaker » Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:56 pm

Quantum of Solace

6.5/10

Fun, but clumsy sometimes...


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