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 Posted:   Aug 13, 2023 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

A Good Year is the last Ridley Scott film I like (I'm not a huge fan). I have the German Blu-ray (no Blu-ray release in the US or UK), I also recorded it from Film Four (well, looking for the disc & putting it in the player sounds like hard work). I think it works a treat. Imagine, Russell Crowe is a young boyish charming rogue, 17 years later...& he's eaten a lot of pies, whereas his love interest Marion Cotillard still looks a bit of alright.

 Posted:   Aug 13, 2023 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

...Ridley Scott film I like (I'm not a huge fan)...

I've just scanned his IMDB: Director listing and reckon I've seen only half-a-dozen of his films but acknowledge that like many other well-known/respected directors he has a strong following. I was disappointed with Black Rain (1989) on second viewing but thought The Martian (2015) enjoyable, if rather basic and obvious. I keep intending to give Gladiator (2000) a second viewing (I've had the DVD for >20yrs) but won't bother with either Alien (1979) or Robin Hood (2010) again.

 Posted:   Aug 13, 2023 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)


Excellent Fritz Lang directed film noir with an all star cast (Dana Andrews, Ida Lupino, Rhonda Fleming, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, George Sanders, Sally Forrest, Howard Duff, John Drew Barrymore). The patriarch of a media conglomerate suddenly dies, leaving the enterprise to his neer-do-well son (Price). Price creates an executive position (meaning the person who will do all the work), and offers it to the head of the department who can first break a serial murder case. Barrymore is the psychopathic killer, Andrews, Mitchell and Sanders are among the heads in contention who scheme against each other. Lupino is a columnist who enjoys playing them against one another. Forrest is an office girl who Andrews decides to use as bait for the killer. And Fleming is Price's unfaithful wife who's having an affair with one of the department heads. Quite a stew! But it all works very well with a witty script and excellent acting.

 Posted:   Aug 13, 2023 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)



 Posted:   Aug 14, 2023 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

The Town That Dreaded Sundown(1976)6/10
With Ben Johnson and Andrew Prine

An apparent true story. In 1946 a sack wearing nut murders 5 people. All the townsfolk shit themselves, as you would. Johnson's Texas ranger is called in to catch the crim- he is never caught!!
Filmed in semi documentary style- i.e. every now and then some falla narrates the proceedings, in case you're having trouble keeping up. It was an uneven affair, with scenes of attempted suspense (one or two worked) sitting uneasily with some of comedy relief and as a result diluting the story. A shame as it had potential. Period detail was good and most of the cast were from IKEA or. Mfi. Johnson and Prine added some class. Music was on the chappy side, what I recall.

 Posted:   Aug 14, 2023 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE? (Lasse Halström, 1993) 8/10

It's about Gilbert Grape and what's eating him.

TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese, 1976) 10/10

It's about a taxi driver.

 Posted:   Aug 15, 2023 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

THE BOSTONIANS (1984) – 8/10

Director James Ivory has provided a good summary of his film (and the Henry James novel upon which it is based:
Verena Tarrant (Madeleine Potter), a charming, impressionable, and penniless young girl, gifted with the ability to move audiences in Boston by her oratory on the subject of women’s immemorial suffering at the hands of men, comes under the influence of Olive Chancellor (Vanessa Redgrave), a fastidious, intellectual, lonely (and perhaps lesbian), rich spinster. They vow un-dying friendship and total dedication to the Cause. No sooner have they done this than a fox, in the person of transplanted Mississippi lawyer Basil Ransome (Christopher Reeve), enters the hen-house. Basil sees Verena’s commitment as wrong-headed because it seems to him to come from outside her—to be inspired and abetted by Olive—rather than coming from Verena’s deepest convictions, from her own mind and heart. He is sure Verena’s true—if unsuspected—vocation is to please a man; in short, to please him. The struggle begins—on the man-hating Olive’s side to keep Verena for herself and the Cause, and on the part of Basil to get Verena away from what he regards as an unnatural and “morbid” entanglement.

I generally find most of the Merchant-Ivory films to be pretty dry stuff, but after seeing THE EUROPEANS (1979) a number of years ago, and now THE BOSTONIANS, I find these American-set films to be more to my liking than those set in England or India. This one in particular crackles with some good verbal exchanges between Reeve and Redgrave—the chauvinist vs. the suffragette. Sharp, but still within the gentile tones of the 1870s. The top-flight cast also includes Jessica Tandy as the elderly Miss Birdseye, a doyen to the suffragettes, and Wallace Shawn as Mr. Pardon, a magazine writer looking for a story. This is one of Christopher Reeve’s finest acting jobs, as he gives his best Rhett Butler interpretation—right down to an impressive Southern accent.

In his autobiography, Reeve wrote that “Ismail [Merchant] could only afford to pay me $100,000, less than a tenth of my established price at the time. I insisted that the money was not an issue, that this was the kind of work I ought to be doing, but my agents told me, 'If you do that picture with those wandering minstrels, it will be one foot in the grave of your career'. ... I cheerfully ignored their advice." Merchant at least knew what he could afford; the film grossed just $1 million in the U.S.

One thing that every Merchant-Ivory film has is fine production values, and the locations, Oscar-nominated costumes, and other accoutrements in THE BOSTONIANS are no exception. Richard Robbins’ score, which makes extensive use of a solo fiddle, was released on LP by Audiotrax Records in Great Britain, but has not been re-issued on CD.

 Posted:   Aug 15, 2023 - 9:38 PM   
 By:   Adventures of Jarre Jarre   (Member)

Uncut Gems - 6/10

If the Safdies' mission was to create the cinematic equivalent of an exposed nerve ending, they've succeeded, possibly to their detriment. It's as if they wished the magic macguffin of this movie to help them emulate JJ Abrams's style of action, minus the swerving cameras, but with all the constant yelling and running around indicating something "interesting" happening, indelible to Abrams's ethos. Adam Sandler plays to his strength of boisterous childishness, this time with a dramatic turn as a hapless, Charlie Brown (without friends) cursed, gamble-junkie in a New Yawk world gone full Keystone goomba. His escapades unravel even when he succeeds (in his own terms, at least) in overwhelming bathos until the last minute, which is treated like a cosmic joke of a zoom-in shot that I guess was meant to be profound (?), but comes across as dulled as the ticking timebomb plot that preceded it. There is some hint of introspection regarding his asshole kids doomed to be just like their deadbeat dad, the new girlfriend's unfinished tale, and the unknown trajectory of an NBA superstar's career blessed with a goofy artifact. This is a hidden comedy, worth laughing at instead of with, whose main character could have used a laugh track as a score to help avoid his own misfortune.

Gamora and the Adult Babies: Phase 5 - 6/10

Well, it's official. I must be dead inside. This is one confused jumble of a movie with plot armor that only a plot hole can cut through, characters who act anachronistically when it suits them, a galaxy that isn't really in need of guarding, and an invincibly nerfed villain without purely evil intent whose machinations play more like a inevitable manual of corporate science rather than a diatribe it pretends to be. The songs this go-around serve only for the sometimes-diegetic purpose of its denizens commencement to headbopping and toetapping. The much-vaunted animal cruelty, used to justify a hard PG-13, is nothing that hasn't been executed with more effective malice in certain PG rated tragedies of old. Jokes landing and misfiring in equal measure made me wonder if this was written by a Family Guy devotee. Overall, a nice, above-bland time was had, but not one worth repeating in fan-ish fashion anytime soon.

 Posted:   Aug 16, 2023 - 1:58 PM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Dick Barton Strikes Back**(1949)5/10
**He didn't really strike back. More like a limp wristed slap.

Barton is on the trail of a gang using sonic manipulation to wipe out whole towns. It climaxes( using the word loosely) in Blackpool, using the tower as an amplifier.
At 1h15m it was drawn out a bit. Some of the fights were off camera( ow, ow, take that, slap). Plenty of I say, what ho on display. Barton lived upto his name and came.across as a bit of a dick. Music was too loud most of the time. Peter Wyngarde had an early role without sideburns and flares.

 Posted:   Aug 16, 2023 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

DINOSAUR 13 10-10

This is a documentary from 2014 about Sue the T. Rex and the people who discovered her. If you love dinosaurs, like I do, you will love

 Posted:   Aug 16, 2023 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

MEG 2: THE TRENCH (2023) – 6/10

This sequel to 2018’s THE MEG is a step down from the original, even as it ups the ante of incredible situations that the hero must face. That hero is diver, oceanographer, and environmentalist “Jonas Taylor” (Jason Statham). Last time out, he had proved that what destroyed the ship and crew he once captained was indeed a giant prehistoric shark—a megalodon, stirred up from the deep by some explorers probing the Marianas Trench. The shark is now a captive of some ocean research outfit run by “Jiuming Zhang” (Jing Wu), with whom Taylor works.

While exploring some other ocean trench, the two come across an ocean-floor outpost manned by men illegally mining rare earth minerals. The pair and their crew are attacked by the miners and left stranded in the undersea outpost after their diving craft are destroyed. That’s just the start of an adventure that also includes:
  • a plot to use a nonprofit charity to disguise the billions to be made from the illegal mining
  • a “mole” at the ocean research outfit who furthers the above scheme
  • the small daughter, “Meiying” (Sophia Cai), of Zhang constantly being put in jeopardy
  • the escape of the meg from captivity and the appearance of three other megs
  • an attack on a seaside resort by the megs and a mammoth octopus

    All this is accompanied by a lot of only-sometimes-convincing CGI, married with somewhat-more-convincing physical effects. There won’t be any acting awards coming from this film, with Jing Wu providing the only emotional moment in the film after one of his co-workers dies. The good news is that the film doesn’t suffer from sequel-bloat, coming in at just 3 minutes longer than its predecessor. Harry Gregson-Williams returns from the original to score the sequel. The score is OK by action-movie standards.

    This U.S.-Chinese co-production cost about the same as the original--$129 million. While the original grossed $530 million worldwide, this sequel’s two-week total is $264 million, so it still should be profitable for Warner Bros.

     Posted:   Aug 16, 2023 - 4:57 PM   
     By:   Solium   (Member)

    DINOSAUR 13 10-10

    This is a documentary from 2014 about Sue the T. Rex and the people who discovered her. If you love dinosaurs, like I do, you will love

    Was this the documentary about the legal battle over the ownership of the T. Rex skeleton between the paleontologist, land owner and native Americans and the eventual raid by the FBI who took it from everyone? What tragic story! Fascinating documentary though.

     Posted:   Aug 16, 2023 - 5:09 PM   
     By:   Solium   (Member)

    Godzilla Raids Again: 2.5-5

    Very lackluster sequel to one of the greatest monster films of all time. The story is a mess alternating between several subplots about Japanese air defense pilots aiding fisherman in finding schools of fish and a group of criminals on the run intermixed with Godzilla battling another Kaiju. None of these plot elements intermix organically and it often feels like three or four different films in one.

    Godzilla is really goofy looking in this film with an exaggerated overbite. Godzilla and Anguirus (who comes out of nowhere) duke it out really oblivious to their surroundings. The fight scenes are okay but there's something odd about the film speed like they manipulated it for effect. I often couldn't tell if I was watching men in rubber suites or stop-motion animation. One thing I did like was how Godzilla and Angurius seemed to fight like animals instead of wrestlers like in later Godzilla films and I don't think that style was ever used again.

    In the end Godzilla is "cornered" in a frozen mountainous valley of some sorts and he repeatability gets pummeled by rockets while he just stands in place doing almost nothing to defend himself, much less try to escape. The ending was such a snooze fest!

     Posted:   Aug 17, 2023 - 4:34 AM   
     By:   Rameau   (Member)

    Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)

    I was visiting some relations & we all watched this (a mindless action film was required). I always enjoy it & I did last night, probably my favourite MI film. Also, I noticed the score for the first time (Lorne Balfe) & it seemed pretty good, very rare for me to do that in a modern action film, I might even buy the CD (but he should have had bongos in the main MI theme). I won't see the new one 'till it's released on Blu-ray.

     Posted:   Aug 17, 2023 - 1:42 PM   
     By:   henry   (Member)

    DINOSAUR 13 10-10

    This is a documentary from 2014 about Sue the T. Rex and the people who discovered her. If you love dinosaurs, like I do, you will love

    Was this the documentary about the legal battle over the ownership of the T. Rex skeleton between the paleontologist, land owner and native Americans and the eventual raid by the FBI who took it from everyone? What tragic story! Fascinating documentary though.

    Yes, that's the one. It was tragic, but I was glued to the screen the hole time.

     Posted:   Aug 17, 2023 - 2:09 PM   
     By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

    A Night in Casablanca(1946)6/10
    With The Marx Brothers.

    A gang of Germans are looking for treasure in Casablanca. The trio get involved to good and bad ends.
    I hadn't seen this one for years and while it might not be up there with their best, it still has plenty of gags and lines.Several made laugh out loud . Some were sign posted but still raised a smile.

     Posted:   Aug 18, 2023 - 2:41 PM   
     By:   MusicMad   (Member)

    Heart of Stone (2023) ... 3-/10

    About 10 years ago I watched the original series of The Fall and found an actor I'd never heard of who was so compelling that he made my skin crawl. Okay, the series starred the wonderful Gillian Anderson but as the antagonist Jamie Dornan was perfect. I read he then starred in something called Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) and assume his career has been on a downward trajectory ever since. Otherwise why sign on for this?

    Mindless (a.k.a. mind-numbing) action scenes linked by some tripe about a secret organisation which aims to protect the world from baddies who evade the legal authorities, powered by all-seeing computers, and fronted by a super action heroine.

    The opening sequence, very reminiscent of True Lies (1994), and the plot twists which followed held our attention but the chase/shoot/destroy scenes every few minutes soon became very tedious.

    Lots of lovely scenery helped pass the time I was awake; the score by Steven Price (a name new to me) blended with the onscreen antics and was totally forgettable.

     Posted:   Aug 18, 2023 - 2:45 PM   
     By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

    A Prize of Gold(1955) 6/10
    With Richard Widmark, George Cole, Nigel Patrick, Mai Zetterling, Donald Wolfitt,

    In Berlin Richard and George hatch a plan to rob some Nazi gold.Naturally it all goes tits up.
    Despite having a cracking cast it was a little lacking. Not a lot of excitement, really. The details and planning of a large robbery were skimmed over rather lightly. Widmark was his usual dependable self- though he managed to get a good hiding off a Brit ( Nigel)- huzzah! Cole played it straight for a change. Malcolm Arnold's music was less in your face and didn't sound like everything else he did.

     Posted:   Aug 18, 2023 - 3:35 PM   
     By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

    The Disaster Artist (James Franco, 2017)
    Great movie... for those who have seen The Room (Tommy Wiseau, 2003).

     Posted:   Aug 19, 2023 - 2:06 PM   
     By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

    Die, Monster, Die(1965) 5/10
    With Boris Karloff

    Boris is experimenting with radiation- making plants and fruit grow to greater size- but with disastrous results.
    On the rubbish side. The story was limp. The film had trundled along a fair bit before you were aware that there was supposed to be a main story thread running along. And yet it was still watchable?! Nicely shot, good colour and sets. Nice use of mist and swirling moorland fog. It just didn't add up to much.

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