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

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Postby Reza » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:00 pm

Faithless (Harry Beaumont, 1932) 5/10

Bankhead is miscast as an irresponsible heiress who loves a poor man (Robert Montgomery), loses all her money, marries him and resorts to prostitution to keep them living when he loses his job. Dreary MGM pre-code film is made bearable by the two stars who have great chemistry.

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Thunder Below (Richard Wallace, 1932) 7/10

Steamy pre-code has sexy Tallulah Bankhead driving three men wild in the jungle - her macho, egotistical and uncouth husband (Charles Bickford), his friend and assistant (Paul Lukas) and a competitor (Ralph Forbes) in the oil business. Pure nonsense is an excuse for Bankhead to use her whiskey-soaked voice to charm and two-time her husband who is going blind. All six of the star's melodramas during this period (1931-32) seemed cut from the same cloth but her vivacious over-the-top personality, frank sexuality and tough demeanor make these films seem fresh and still very modern.

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Happy Death Day (Christopher Landon, 2017) 1/10

A self centered student is brutally killed on a college campus by a masked person and gets to relive the murder over and over again until she can find who killed her. Extremely stupid slasher film with shades of "Groundhog Day" and a whiff of "Irreversible". Violent and bloody film has a very lame explanation at the denouement as to why she was murdered in the first place. Mindless trash.

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Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) S. Craig Zahler 2/10
The Man With the Iron Heart (2017) Cedric Jimenez 1/10
The Room (2003) Tommy Wiseau 1/10
Swinging Safari (2018) Stephan Elliott 2/10
We Don't Need a Map (2018) Warwick Thornton 4/10

Repeat viewings

A Summer Place (1959) Delmer Daves 7/10
The Rain People (1969) Francis Ford Coppola 6/10
The Warriors (1979) Walter Hill 4/10
Rollerball (1975) Norman Jewison 4/10
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) Jacques Audiard 4/10
Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) Roger Vadim 4/10
At Long Last Love (1975) Peter Bogdanovich 3/10
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Postby mlrg » Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:51 am

Darkest Hour - 4/10
The Florida Project - 3/10
I, Tonya - 5/10

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Postby Precious Doll » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:27 am

Sweet Country (2018) Warwick Thornton 7/10
Logan (2017) James Mangold 3/10
The Suspect (2013) Shin-yeon Won 1/10
That Day, On the Beach (1983) Edward Yang 7/10
Phantom Thread (2017) Paul Thomas Anderson 8/10
A Single Rider (2017) Zoo Young Lee 3/10
Yourself and Yours (2016) Sang-soo Hong 6/10

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Prince of the City (1981) Sidney Lumet 7/10
The Edge of Love (2008) John Maybury 6/10
Trapeze (1956) Carol Reed 5/10
Kid Galahad (1937) Michael Curtiz 6/10
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) Laurence Olivier 6/10
Blue Collar (1978) Paul Schrader 8/10
A Violent Life (1962) Paolo Heusch & Brunetto Rondi 7/10
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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

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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

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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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Postby Reza » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:01 am

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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Postby Reza » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:01 am

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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Postby Reza » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:00 am

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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