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

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Postby Reza » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:08 pm

Tumhari Sulu (Suresh Triveni, 2017) 7/10

Vidya Balan has cornered the market in Bollywood, once ruled by the likes of Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil, playing ordinary middle class characters with a lived-in appearance. These are characters the public can easily identify with. Sulu (Vidya Balan) is a bored frumpy homemaker but ambitious and with big dreams. She enjoys entering radio contests which she often wins. Her husband manages a dysfunctional tailor shop and her son sells dirty magazines to make a buck. Her life changes when she expresses an interest to be a Radio Jockey, a job she gets when the owner (Neha Dhupia) of the radio show unexpectedly offers it to the "sari wali bhabhi. The job entails talking to horny and lonely men in a sexy voice. The plot, which veers into melodrama, has the superb Vidya Balan who manages to keep it afloat with her natural humour and charm. And it's refreshing to see a Bollywood heroine with minimal makeup and allowing herself to look "fat" and photographed at angles that emphasize her "full" figure while dressed in unflattering clothes. The screenplay may meander but the star makes it all worthwhile.

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The Perfect Marriage (Lewis Allen, 1947) 3/10

Extremely corny film about a couple (David Niven & Loretta Young) who decide they are bored with each other on their tenth wedding anniversary. Friends and in-laws get vicious as they create further doubts in their minds. The two stars look bored to be in this extremely silly film.

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Geostorm (Dean Devlin, 2017) 5/10

Typically hokey plot which is an excuse to destroy prominent cities around the world via CGI effects as the hero (Gerald Butler who looks drunk throughout) comes to the rescue. The world is in peril after it is discovered that someone has tampered with assorted satellites which are helping to control the world's climatethe. Mr Hero, who helped create the satellites, is called in to save the day. The tampering suspects are the President of the United States (Andy Garcia) and his second in command (Ed Harris). Helping to sort out the mess are the inventor's brother (Jim Sturgess) and his girlfriend (Abbie Cornish) who has the inside track as she is part of the Secret Service. It's all nonsense but has a certain fascination due to the scenes of disaster where excessive heat and cold create havoc.

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Miss Grant Takes Richmond (Lloyd Bacon, 1949) 3/10

Dull comedy with Miss Grant (Lucille Ball) hired by Mr Richmond (William Holden), a bookie posing as a realtor, as his dim witted secretary. While he pulls his scams she turns the table on his plans and gets him involved in providing housing for homeless people. Holden, just a year away from full fledged movie stardom, plays well opposite Ball but the material is too boring for them to create the right kind of sparks. Skip this comedy.

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The Fuller Brush Girl (Lloyd Bacon, 1950) 7/10

This film came just before "I Love Lucy" and appears to be her audition tape for the show. Nobody was better at physical comedy than Lucille Ball and she takes the silly material and runs with it. A dumb telephone operator (Lucille Ball) gets fired from her job and with her equally dimwit boyfriend (Eddie Albert) gets involved with two murders for which they both get framed. Both stars are hilarious as they get into one scrape after another with both the police and the hoodlums after them. The highlight of the film is Lucy impersonating a burlesque dancer on stage. Extremely silly material that the two stars turn into something quite hysterically funny. The later tv show used a lot of the gags from this film with the star playing her part with superb comic timing. Well worth a watch for fans of her tv shows.

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The Gay Falcon (Irving Reis, 1941). 5/10

"The Falcon" is basically "The Saint" under a different name because Leslie Charteris (author of The Saint) was giving the studio problems so they got the star George Sanders to continue playing the character but under a different name. Low budget B-film series has the droll Sanders as a detective solving the mystery of a series of jewel robberies. Debonair and witty, he breezes through this rather pedestrian first entry in the Falcon series. Wendy Barrie plays his fellow sleuth while Gladys Cooper appears as one of the matrons whose jewels are stolen. Average mystery-thriller.

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The Price of Fear (Abner Biberman, 1956) 6/10

Twisty little B-noir with murder and blackmail part of the complicated plot. A man (Lex Barker) is framed for two crimes - a hit-and-run, committed by a woman (Merle Oberon), and the murder of his business partner by a crook. His alibi, a taxi driver, disappears but the man's wife is not averse to some blackmail of her own. It all comes together on a train ride where justice is served in violent fashion. Oberon, in slumming mode at the end of her screen career, makes for a lady-like femme fatale while Barker is bland as the man who is in big trouble. There are far too many convenient coincidences in the screenplay but the nasty characters and a fast moving pace holds interest.

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Beloved Enemy (H.C. Potter, 1936). 7/10

The Irish "troubles" of 1921-22 is covered in this fictionalised version of Michael Collins' attempts to find a way for peace between Ireland and England. Extremely atmospheric film - a prestigious Samuel Goldwyn production - which has at the centre a doomed romance between the Irish rebel (Brian Aherne) and the daughter (Merle Oberon) of a British diplomat (Henry Stephenson). Superbly shot by Gregg Toland on wonderfully authentic sets created on the backlot. A wonderful supporting cast - Donald Crisp, Jerome Cowan, Karen Morley, David Niven - play assorted British and Irish characters. It took Hollywood 60 years to finally come up with a true screen biography of Michael Collins when Liam Neeson played the part in 1996.

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Affectionately Yours (Lloyd Bacon, 1941). 3/10

Silly screwball with Merle Oberon divorcing her reporter husband (Dennis Morgan) to live a life of stability with stuffy Ralph Bellamy. The plot revolves around Morgan's crazy antics to win his wife back while sexy colleague Rita Hayworth anxiously hopes that he fails. Morgan gives an energetic performance but Oberon is too lady-like to get into the proper spirit of a screwball. Hayworth is great snappy fun and on the verge of stardom. Interesting to see in support Hattie McDaniel and Butterfly McQueen together again after "Gone With the Wind" sadly again playing maids.

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You Gotta Stay Happy (H.C. Potter, 1948) 6/10

Amusing screwball has a daffy rich girl (Joan Fontaine) running away from her newly married husband and hiding out in the hotel room of a pilot (James Stewart). The farcical plot involves the girl getting drugged and on a plane journey to California accompanied by the pilot's sidekick (a funny Eddie Albert), a cigar smoking chimpanzee, an embezzler and a young couple who can't stop smooching. After predictable misunderstandings the couple get together at the end. Stewart is a natural in such material but Fontaine is equally game (she was pregnant during the shoot and wears mostly men's clothing to hide it) and shows great comic timing in a film she was not particularly happy to be a part of but did as a change of pace after three heavily dramatic films. Great fun.

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The Sunshine Boys (John Erman, 1996) 4/10

Neil Simon adapts his play into this television version by updating the plot to the present times. The two acrimonius vaudeville comedians - played on Broadway by Sam Levene and Jack Albertson and in the big screen version by George Burns and Walter Matthau - are now comedians who were a hit during the 1960s and played here by Woody Allen and Peter Falk. The latter's niece (Sarah Jessica Parker), also his agent, decides to reunite the duo in a film and with great difficulty gets them to agree. Predictably they both get into an argument, disrupt the filming and get fired. The material was pretty hokey to begin with allowing one character to ham his way through while the other plays the straight man. Falk has the annoying part (with his face made up to look very old) and as the story progresses he gets totally insufferable. Allen holds in his usual neurotic tics and is very good but as former comedic partners the two actors have no chemistry and appear to be in two separate films. Whoopi Goldberg has an unbilled cameo as Falk's nurse trading barbs. This rather old fashioned piece of theater now needs to be put to rest.

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One Minute to Zero (Tay Garnett, 1952) 5/10

Routine and overlong action film set during the start of the Korean war. In between bouts of artillery fire and air strikes a Major (Robert Mitchum) romances a war widow (Ann Blyth) who works for the United Nations. There are many documentary-like exciting battle scenes but it begins to drag after a while.

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7 Women (John Ford, 1966) 8/10

Ford's last film is unique as it centers on primarily a group of female characters. It's a hard hitting film totally devoid of his usual sentimentality and cornball humour. Set during the strife of 1935 on the North China-Mongolia border. An American mission is run by a prim missionary (Margaret Leighton) who is also a repressed lesbian. Also part of the mission are her assistant (Mildred Dunnock), a young teacher (Sue Lyon), a male teacher (Eddie Albert) and his pregnant and hysterical wife (Betty Field). The arrival of an emancipated, chain-smoking doctor (Anne Bancroft) causes an immediate clash with the head missionary who is appalled at her brazen profane manners as she mocks religion. Also joining the group are two ladies (Dame Flora Robson & Anna Lee) who have escaped the massacre at the nearby British mission. Soon the camp is beset by cholera, in fighting amongst the women, an emergency birth and an attack by a marauding group of Mongols who kill all the Chinese children and hold them hostage. Tense and melodramatic story proves to be one of Ford's most entertaining and exciting films with Bancroft and Leighton standouts in an excellent cast. Like most of Ford's films it is totally set-bound and the story has strong Western overtones. And which other film has the distinction of having both "Lolita" and "Mrs Robinson" as part of its cast.

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Let's Do It Again (Alexander Hall) 7/10

Loose musical remake of "The Awful Truth", Leo McCarey's classic screwball comedy. The two stars here cannot be compared to Irene Dunne and Cary Grant but they acquit themselves with great aplomb in this fluff. A wife (Jane Wyman), fed up with her husband's (Ray Milland) womanizing, decides to teach him a lesson by making him jealous with another man. It backfires and they get divorced. So she tries to win him back before the divorce decree becomes final after a month. Charming comedy has both stars reteaming after their previous dramatic success - "The Lost Weekend" - and surprisingly both have great comic timing. Wyman is witty and very sexy - dressed to her teeth in lavish Jean Louis gowns - and in great voice during the musical sequences where she proves to also be a superb dancer. Milland (looking old) is amusing reacting to Wyman. This is a superb Technicolor production which both stars manage to keep afloat due to their sparkling screen chemistry.

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Thunderbolt (Josef von Sternberg, 1929) 8/10

Static but superb gangster film - it was von Sternberg's first talkie. Before the director found a muse in Marlene Dietrich he made three superb films with burly George Bancroft who here plays the notorious gangster, Thunderbolt. The film is a love triangle between the gangster, his moll (Fay Wray) and the young man (Richard Arlen) she is in love with. Caught and imprisoned he frames her lover on a bank robbery charge and both men get to face each other in cells. Superbly acted by Bancroft who predictably plays it tough but shows the man's vulnerable side in his interactions with the girl, a dog and the mother of his rival. He has a great sense of humour shown in his interplay with the prison warden and other cell mates. Bancroft's booming voice is used to great effect in this early sound film. He was deservedly nominated for an Oscar for his rich performance. There are some great scenes set in a speakeasy with black performers on stage where von Sternberg's camera glides through the room capturing different conversations using the medium of sound to good effect. The film is also an excellent showcase for Fay Wray who brings a world weary mature touch to her part.


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