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

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Postby Precious Doll » Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:58 pm

Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017) Hiromasa Yonebayashi 5/10
Ferdinand (2017) Carlos Saldanha 4/10
I, Tonya (2017) Craig Gillespie 1/10
Kong: Skull Island (2017) Jordan Vogt-Roberts 2/10
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017) James Gunn 2/10
Big Little Lies (2017) Jean-Marc Vallee 7/10
The Boss Baby (2017) Tom McGrath 3/10

Repeat viewings

Rich and Famous (1981) George Cukor 4/10
Funny Face (1957) Stanley Donen 7/10
Anastasia (1956) Anatole Litvak 8/10
Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (1973) Samuel Fuller 4/10
You're a Big Boy Now (1966) Francis Ford Coppola 6/10
The Outsider (1979) Tony Luraschi 6/10
Fatal Attraction (1987) Adrien Lyne 7/10
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Darkest Hour (2017) Joe Wright 2/10
The Greatest Showman (2017) Michael Gracey 1/10
War for the Plant of the Apes (2017) Matt Reeves 2/10
The Shape of Water (2017) Guillermo del Toro 9/10

Repeat viewings

Portrait of a Lady (1996) Jane Campion 9/10
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949) Preston Sturges 5/10
Spoor (2017) Agnieszka Holland & Kasia Adamik 8/10
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) W. D. Richter 6/10
Edvard Munch (1974) Peter Watkins 9/10
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The Legend of the Demon Cat (2017) Kaige Chen 1/10
The Void (2017) Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski 1/10
The Villainess (2017) Byung-gil Jung 4/10
Unlocked (2017) Michael Apted 2/10
The Post (2017) Steven Spielberg 4/10
Coco (2017) Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina 7/10
On the Road (2017) Michael Winterbottom 4/10
The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis (2016) Francisco Marquez & Andrea Testa 4/10

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La Cienaga (2001) Lucretia Matel 7/10
Flash Gordon (1980) Mike Hodges 4/10
Quest For Fire (1981) Jean-Jacaues Annaud 6/10
Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965) Joseph Cates 6/10
Jules and Jim (1962) Francois Truffaut 7/10
84 Charing Cross Road (1987) David Jones 6/10
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Postby Reza » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:44 am

The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, 2017) 6/10

Guillermo del Toro's film, inspired by his love for the 1950s schlock film "Creature From the Black Lagoon", fits right into the hysterical mood prevailing in Hollywood USA. The screenplay not only takes "diversity" to kinky heights but touches strongly on sexual harrassment, racism, female empowerment and America's favourite obsession - paranoid anti-communism. Where del Toro succeeds in spades is through the brilliant period recreation of early 1960s Cold War era Baltimore via the film's production design, cinematography which bathes the film in hues of green and the romantic music score by Alexander Desplat. The simplistic plot is pure fantasy - an amphibious creature is being kept at a secret laboratory run by a sadistic scientist (Michael Shannon) who wants to dissect the creature. The Russians want to save it for their own reasons - some nonsense about wanting the creature for space travel or something. Before either of them can make a move the creature is kidnapped by a lonely mute janitor (Sally Hawkins) who develops feelings for the strapping creature. Helping in her mission is a fellow janitor (Octavia Spencer) and her neighbour (Richard Jenkins). The romantic aspect of the plot - the mute woman has sex with the creature - is not only absurd but seems to be making obvious points on race and diversity. Well acted film about two lonely individuals who find solace in each other is basically an excuse for del Toro to create superb visuals which stand out long after this rather silly film is over.

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Postby Precious Doll » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:46 pm

Loving Vincent (2017) Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman 5/10
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Martin McDonagh 4/10
The Wound (2017) John Trengove 7/10
The Lovers (2017) Azazel Jacobs 6/10
All the Money in the World (2017) Ridley Scott 6/10

Repeat viewings

Full Metal Jacket (1987) Stanley Kubrick 6/10
Slap Shot (1977) George Roy Hill 5/10
Easy Living (1937) Mitchell Leisen 6/10
A New Leaf (1971) Elaine May 6/10
Gimmie Shelter (1970) Albert Maysles, David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin 8/10
Nighthawks (1978) Ron Peck 8/10
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) John Sturgess 6/10
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Postby Reza » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:01 am

The Florida Project (Sean Baker, 2017) 9/10

Sean Baker's remarkable cinéma vérité-like film appears to be partially improvised especially most of the scenes with the young kids. Set in a seedy motel in Florida, the plot follows a 6-year old girl living with her rebellious mother who makes ends meet by scraping together a living by various petty schemes - hawking perfumes to tourists, stealing and prostitution. Her daughter, along with two other children, spend the whole day unsupervised exploring the neighborhood and getting into mischief. Helping the woman and her child get out of scrapes with the law is the gruff but decent manager (Willem Dafoe) of the motel. Sad but empathetic look at a section of society in America that does not figure prominently in mainstream films. This story is superbly acted, directed, photographed and edited and is one of the year's best films.

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Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig, 2017) 5/10

Adolescent angst in the life of a strong willed high school teenager who prefers to call herself "Lady Bird" (Saoirse Ronan). Greta Gerwig's semi-autobiographical directorial debut covers the girl's last year at high school and her interactions with her equally strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf), with whom she has a love-hate relationship, her gentle father (Tracy Letts), her chubby good natured best friend (Beanie Feldstein) and two boyfriends - one who is shy (Lucas Hedges) and the other quietly brash (Timothée Chalamet). This coming-of-age film has a strong performance by Ronan but there is nothing new here we haven't seen in other films of this ilk. I don't understand the critical raves the film has generated and I find it just as bland as any other film starring Greta Gerwig herself.

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I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie, 2017) 9/10

Extremely funny black comedy taken directly from the tabloids and presented as an exposé of the events and structured like a documentary. Various people give their version of the life and career of redneck skating champion Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) starting with her abusive, chain smoking and profanity spewing mother (the brilliant Allison Janney), who was the stage mother to end all stage mothers. The child through sheer talent grows up to become the only skater to land a triple axel, the most difficult triple jump in the sport. Unfortunately she is undone by the people in her life - she is saddled with an abusive husband (Sebastian Stan) along with her hardened mother - and her class which she proudly accepts but cannot understand why it is held against her. Her final downfall is caused by an attack on an opponent, Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver), orchestrated by her husband and another man. Just as she makes it to the Olympics team she is banned from the sport for life for her alleged part in the attack. Hysterically funny film, superbly acted, directed and edited, is a biting commentary on fame and it's pitfalls. At one point Harding says, "America, you know, they want someone to love, and they want someone to hate, and they want it easy". It was easy to make this redneck into a villain in contrast to the ice-princess Nancy Kerrigan who came from the right side of the tracks. A story about hope and tragedy and how both can undo a person's life. This is one of the year's best films.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (Martin McDonagh, 2017) 8/10

Three billboards outside a small town advertise the incompetence of the town's police chief (Woody Harrelson) in solving the rape and murder of a young girl. The grieving mother (Frances McDormand), who pays for the advertisement, unleashes a chain of events which involve the whole town. A racist cop (Sam Rockwell) reacts with violence, a mysterious stranger in town threatens the woman and hints at the crime and the police station is attacked with fire bombs. The brilliant screenplay takes unexpected turns as it delves into the trauma, grief and guilt of different townfolk including the woman's abusive ex-husband (John Hawkes) and father of the victim. Superbly acted film with McDormand and Rockwell forming a surprising and unlikely alliance just when matters turn from bad to worse. Extremely dark film with flashes of unexpected humour.

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Conspirator (Victor Saville, 1949) 5/10

Absurd melodrama has the unusual teaming of 16 year old Elizabeth Taylor, in her first lead as an adult, playing a naive 18 year old in love with a much older Major (Robert Taylor who was 38 but playing 31). Set in Cold War London and Wales the relationship runs afoul when she discovers he is a communist and tries to kill her. The only thing going for this ridiculous melodrama is MGM's teaming of their two most glamorous stars although most of the excitement took place when the camera was not running. Liz found their teaming most uncomfortable as her co-star made clumsy efforts to seduce her off the set while he had informed the camera technicians to focus above his waist in order to hide his "growing attraction" to her. Artificial and shallow film has an interesting supporting cast - a young Honor Blackman, Robert Flemyng, Wilfred Hyde-White, Marjorie Fielding, Helen Haye, Marie Ney and Thora Hird playing assorted British types.

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Night Without Sleep (Roy Ward Baker, 1952) 2/10

Lifeless mystery about a failed playwright (Gary Merill) who wakes up from a drunken stupor trying to remember which of three women he has murdered - his wife (June Vincent), his mistress (Hildegard Kneff) or a beautiful actress (Linda Darnell) with whom he also had an affair. The film's flashback within a flashback structure is confusing and the main character is so unappealing that one really does not care what went wrong for him or who he killed. A crashing bore that only gets points for Linda Darnell's beauty.

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Zero Hour! (Hall Bartlett, 1957) 7/10

"Our survival hinges on one thing - finding someone who not only can fly this plane, but didn't have fish for dinner". And this line of dialogue sets the tone for this dramatic and suspenseful film which was not only one of the first air disaster films, a percursor to all the "Airport" series (the first of which was based on the book by Arthur Hailey who wrote this screenplay) and was much later hilariously parodied by Jim Abrahams and the Zucker Brothers in "Airplane". A commercial plane flying across Canada faces disaster when some of the passengers and both pilots fall ill due to acute food poisoning. The culprit was the fish. The only person traveling on board who can fly a plane is a former Air Force pilot (Dana Andrews) who hasn't flown in years and blames himself for the death of his squadron members when due to a wrong decision they all crashed. Also on board is his son (also ill) and his estranged wife (Linda Darnell) both of whom find themselves occupying the pilot seats and attempting to fly the plane to safety. Helping them from the ground via radio is his former co-pilot (Sterling Hayden) who hates his guts. There is also a stewardess who flits about offering useless advice unlike Karen Black, who flew the Boeing 747 in "Airport 1975", and who is sorely missed. A lot of the serious dialogue in this film was used word-for-word to hilarious effect in the parody so listening to it here brings back amusing memories of that film. The tense ending as the plane comes into land with a sweating Andrews and a cool Darnell next to him barking instructions on the radio is both exciting and very funny. This high-budget B-movie works remarkably well despite all the more popular imitations that came later. It was after this film that FAA regulations forbade the serving of the same type of meal (fish, meat or fowl) to a pilot and co-pilot to guard against food poisoning.

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So This Is Love (Gordon Douglas, 1953) 3/10

Uninspired and rather bland screen biography of ambitious singer Grace Moore who gradually rises via musical comedies on Broadway to become a major star of the New York Metropolitan Opera. Lots of musical numbers with pretty Kathryn Grayson in fine voice but it's all very dull and by the numbers with no real drama to give the story a kick.

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All I Desire (Douglas Sirk, 1953) 7/10

Sirk strips bare small-town America's bourgeois life and it's dull ideas of morality - a theme he would perfect in a series of subsequent films during the decade. A second rate vaudeville actress (Barbara Stanwyck) receives a letter from her daughter inviting her to a performance of her highschool play. Ten years before she abandoned her school teacher husband (Richard Carlson) and three children and had run off from their small town after having an affair with a local store keeper (Lyle Bettger). Her dramatic return causes heads to turn - the store keeper wants to resume their affair - and tongues to wag. Her husband and one daughter are hostile, the elder daughter (Lori Nelson) is thrilled as she idolizes her mother and the young son is confused. Also incredulous, but charmed by her, is the husband's colleague (Maureen O'Sullivan) who is in love with him. Sirk's camera turns a microscopic view on these characters and takes great delight in stripping bare their repressions, fears and desires. Producer Ross Hunter insisted on the ending which somewhat rings false but is in keeping with 1950s mores in upkeeping family values. Stanwyck takes charge of the part and runs with it using her breathy voice to great effect. This was Sirk's first in a series of melodramatic films set in small provincial towns and he would go on to use dramatic colour and the staging of camera movements which would take this genre to great heights.

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Broken Lullaby (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932) 9/10

This film marked a complete but brief u-turn in the career of the great Ernst Lubitsch who until then had made a name for himself as a director of saucy operettas and sparkling sophisticated comedies bearing his famous "touch". In sharp contrast this film, based on the 1930 Maurice Rostand play L’homme que j’ai tué, is full of despair, guilt and sorrow in the face of horror. A frenchman (Phillips Holmes) kills a young german during the waning years of WWI. He suffers terrible remorse and decides to visit the dead man's family to reconcile with them in order to put to rest the terrible guilt. However, upon meeting the family - the old father (Lionel Barrymore) who hates the french, the devastated mother (Louise Carter) and the pretty fiancé (Nancy Carroll) - he is unable to confess and is mistakenly thought to be their son's friend and welcomed with open arms. He is looked upon by intense suspicion by the men and women of the small town who spread vicious gossip. The old man confronts his friends and puts a stop to all the hatred making a speech denouncing the war which took the lives of sons in both France and Germany. The film's anti-war message is loud and clear and Lubitsch superbly uses the medium of sound and his constantly moving camera to briefly depict the horror of war through a montage of marching boots and the sound of gunfire. His "touch" is very evident in the scene depicting the gossiping women as they pass words from window to window in the village which has almost a musical rhythm. The performances are in perfect pitch to the melodramatic material with Barrymore in great form who, for a change, keeps the ham in check. Holmes comes off rather theatrical with his body language but is moving nevertheless. This film needs to be rediscovered and held in the same esteem as the director's other classic films which are continuously revived. The story was remade as "Frantz" in 2016 by François Ozon.


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