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Neighbors
6.5/10.

Not my usual kind of movie, but having frat-boys balanced by fairly-responsible parents made it watchable for me. Some very good laughs, including some creative uses for dildos and whoopy cushions.
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I imagine that a 95 minute version of the story would be more lean, so I can understand that criticism.

I liked the idea behind the flashbacks. I just wished they were better incorporated into the show in a way which didn't involve them breaking the tension of it. Also, while I enjoyed some aspects of the main woman's flashbacks, I felt like some of them repeated what we already knew about her and could've been cut from the show.
Yes, I think that the problem is that
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the flashbacks tell us more about her character and maybe why she is on the island. But the flashbacks don't give you much information about what is going to happen or who is behind it all so, as you say, it breaks the tension and also doesn't add any tension.



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I just watched The Voyeurs (2021) on Prime. Directed by Michael Mohan, The Voyeurs is an erotic thriller about a young couple (Sydney Sweeney and Justice Smith) who start to spy on their sexy neighbors (Ben Hardy and Natasha Liu Bordizzo). The obsession' grows and things spiral out of control. This is the kind of movie that I honestly thought they didn't make anymore, but I'm glad I was wrong. The Voyeurs is a sexy, fun, and twisty delight. My rating is a
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Great film. Nicholson was marching toward superstardom. And I agree about Karen Black. I had a big crush on her in those days. Also liked her in Family Plot, although it was an atypical Hitchcock. She had a much wider range than people gave her credit for.
Black was nominated for this too...the only nomination of her career





Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, 1927

In this silent film, a man (George O'Brien) is seduced by a woman (Margaret Livingston) visiting his town on vacation. When the woman convinces him to do away with his wife (Janet Gaynor), he agrees. But when it comes time to do the deed, the man cannot go through with it. Following his wife to the city, the two reconnect over the course of the day. But tragedy may still be in the cards for the couple.

Another one of those movies that almost everyone considers a great film, and I find myself perfectly inclined to agree.

This is a film that repeatedly excels at efficiently getting to the heart of an emotion. Whether it's a pulse-pounding sequence of the man rowing his wife out to the middle of a lake while their frantic dog howls inconsolably, or a quietly sweet moment where the couple watches as a young man and young woman get married in a church, this movie has great emotional frequency. And there's a tremendous range of emotion as well, ranging from drama and tragedy to borderline slapstick comedy as a man repeatedly "fixes" the falling shoulder straps of a young woman in a dance hall.

There's also just a really gorgeous look to the film, and while I'm not sure "impressionistic" is the right word, I loved the way that the style of the film seemed to follow the emotions of the main characters. In one sequence, they stare into each others' eyes and the street behind them dissolves into beautiful flowered woods . . . . until they come back to reality and the cacophony of honking cars as they have walked into the middle of the road to kiss.

I suppose the only real sticking point for me is the fact that, you know, this guy planned to murder his wife. The story has a borderline folk-tale sensibility, so this wasn't a horrible element. But still . . . almost-murder. And she forgives him VERY quickly. By the end, the woman from the city who seduced the husband is the only one really regarded as a villain, but to me this feels incredibly dated. He's the one who made vows. He's the one who was actually going to kill someone. Pushing all of the guilt onto the "seductress" feels a bit too easy, and seems to relieve the husband of his guilt in the name of a happy ending.

A really charming film, and yet another movie on the list of movies I should have checked out years ago.




Bright light. Bright light. Uh oh.

Extinct (David Silverman & Raymond S. Persi, 2021)
6/10
Prey (Thomas Sieben, 2021)
+ 5/10
Fv˘king with Nobody (Hannaleena Hauru, 2020)
5.5/10
Kate (Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, 2021)
6/10

Hitwoman Mary Elizabeth Winstead is poisoned and has 24 hours to get her revenge.
Twenty Something (Aphton Corbin, 2021)
- 6.5/10
Twenty Plus Two (Joseph M. Newman, 1961)
5.5/10
Hay Foot (Fred Guiol, 1942)
+ 5/10
Don't Breathe 2 (Rodo Sayagues, 2021)
5.5/10

Blind Stephen Lang is being rampaged against so it's his turn again.
Blood on Her Name (Matthew Pope, 2019)
5.5/10
Unpregnant (Rachel Lee Goldenberg, 2020)
- 6.5/10
We Need to Do Something (Sean King O'Grady, 2021)
+ 5/10
Cinderella (Kay Cannon, 2021)
6/10

Whatever problems there may be, this a decent, feel-good musical.
Wild Indian (Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr, 2021)
6/10
Boardinghouse (John Wintergate, 1982)
4/10 Extended
Out of the Blue (Leigh Jason, 1947)
6/10
Back to Burgundy (Cédric Klapisch, 2017)
- 6.5/10

When their father dies, three siblings inherit his vineyard and have to figure out what to do with it.
Blind Chance (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1981)
6/10
Far Cry (Uwe Boll, 2008)
5/10
Dirty God (Sacha Polak, 2019)
6/10
His Master's Voice (György Pálfi, 2018)
- 6.5/10

I probably overrated it, but this convoluted sci-fi/family mystery has style to burn.
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Natural Born Killers (1993)


9/10


A very interesting movie, i have never soon a movie make killing people look so attractive. The cinematography was also very interesting and made me dizzy.




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Immoral Tales - (1973) - France

Oh Walerian Borowczyk, every time I watch one of your films I swear it will be the last lest I go mad. I'll explain why I watched Immoral Tales for the first time last night. It begins around 1994, when I read an article in Shock Express about Polish film director Walerian Borowczyk, and it was good enough for me to keep and read numerous more times over the years. Borowczyk was controversial, and the author, Colin Davis, was determined to give him his due. On the strength of the article, I decided that I would indeed search out and watch some of his work. It would be a few years - I hadn't even heard of the internet and Borowczyk films weren't exactly the kind of thing you'd pick up at the local K-Mart wedged between Batman Returns and JFK.

I don't remember if I'd ordered it online once the internet really became a thing, or actually found it in a DVD store that sold more arthouse kind of films. I think the latter. But I got The Beast, and despite having read about it more than once it still shocked and surprised me. Not so much the 'eroticism' of the film - I was expecting that - but his own personal style, which is unique to say the least. Borowczyk's films range from bizarre animation to unfathomable art to pornography, and I couldn't get a grasp on what I'd just been through. He's the kind of director where you're repulsed, and then much later on you realise his movie is living on inside of your head - and some distant subconscious part of you is nudging the other part and declaring him a genius. "More like a madman," the conscious part will protest. It goes on and on. In the meantime, a good cinephile buddy of mine had latched on to Borowczyk - discovering him by himself. I'd kept him to myself.

So in due course we watched a documentary about the man (I wish I could remember it's title) - and as is often the case it stirred our curiosity. We ended up getting and watching Blood of Dr Jekyll (Docteur Jekyll et les femmes) which was released in 1981 - having a riotous time of it, because the movie (like all Borowczyk movies) was so damned weird. I don't know where we landed as to appraising it that night - but enough time has passed for my subconscious mind to declare it a masterpiece.

So, last night I watched Immoral Tales - a film I'd been reading about for over 20 years. I think many critics labelled the man sick in the head after releasing it. I can't even begin to sort out a rating. My first reaction is to give it 3/10. I really don't know yet, so I give it a :

Borowczyk/10
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Can't exactly tell you, it's just not for me. Maybe it's too wholesome, maybe the music just doesn't inspire me at all, I dunno, it's just a turnoff for me, kinda like the musical for people who wish life would go back to being the way it used to be. Or something like that.
Yeah, I felt similarly about it; it felt like Wise was afraid to upset audiences by setting a Musical in a Nazi-encroached Austria, so he decided to overcompensate for that by making it really sugary and light on conflict, which is a shame, because the most engaging scene by far was the one where Mary and the Captain get into the confrontation about her "loose" care of the kids... but then the film immediately reversed that the next scene when he heard his children singing for the first time, and it's like a switch just got automatically flipped in his character, from "uptight" to "warm". I remember thinking "No, don't do that; you were finally getting interesting, movie!". Also, it was definitely a victim of Hollywood's "longer is better" mentality at the time, since there was absolutely no need for it to be almost three hours, since they could've easily told that story in no more than two (probably less than that, even); maybe if they hadn't sung almost every single song twice, they could've.





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'New Order' (2020) - Directed by Michel Franco


Cautionary tale, but a very realistic one based around an uprising and insurrection of people power warring against the upper class elite of Mexico. Violent, brutal, slightly disturbing but a good watch.

7.8/10


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'The Great Silence' (1968) - Directed by Sergio Corbucci


Classic Western in the snow. Kinski as a menacing bounty hunter fighting off those that seek revenge against him. One of my favourite Westerns, it's right up there with 'High Plains Drifter' and 'Once Upon a Time in the West'. Surprising but brilliant ending.




Rear Window (1954)

I'll probably anger lots of folk in here by saying this wasn't anything special. It's an old-school romantic comedy with a half-baked murder story as a dressing. Some of the dialogue is funny, but everything feels so fake. It's a moderately easy watch, but I wouldn't recognize it as the masterpiece it's claimed to be.

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Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (2013)


"The cocaine's kicking in!"
I think this was my second Sion Sono (the other is Suicide Club which I love), and I seriously need to catch up with his work some more. It's a little too long, honestly, but it builds a magnificently insane world. It's definitely one of the best films about making movies.
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'The Great Silence' (1968) - Directed by Sergio Corbucci


Classic Western in the snow. Kinski as a menacing bounty hunter fighting off those that seek revenge against him. One of my favourite Westerns, it's right up there with 'High Plains Drifter' and 'Once Upon a Time in the West'. Surprising but brilliant ending.

I'm a big fan of that one. Here's what I wrote on it last year:

https://www.imdb.com/review/rw5991087/?ref_=ur_urv





Night Moves, 1975

Private investigator, Harry Moseby (Gene Hackman) is hired by a woman named Arlene (Janet Ward) to find and retrieve her wayward step-daughter, Delly (Melanie Griffith). Harry has little trouble tracking Delly down. But things prove to be more complicated than a simple runaway situation, and Harry must contend with feelings of unease about what's really happening in Delly's family.

I'm a fan of both classic detective films and neo-noir type films. I can definitely see why this is considered a great example of a neo-noir. In fact, a line of Harry's right at the end ("I didn't solve anything. It just . . . sort of fell in on me") really sums up the fatalism of the genre.

As the magician detective at the heart of the story, Hackman hits just the right note as a man who is smart enough to figure things out, and smart enough to survive, but who is also clearly walking the line of a kind of despair. A major subplot of the film involves the fact that Harry's wife is being unfaithful to him, with the nature of his work as the main thing that comes between them.

Something that I thought the film handled very well was the character of Delly. She is the very model of the "teenage seductress"---brash, flirtatious, assertive. More than one adult in the film is more than happy to take advantage of her exercise in rebellion. But she is, ultimately, a child. In fact, the progression of Delly's character through the story provides a wonderful counterweight to Harry's seen-it-all weariness. Neither she nor Harry fully appreciates the scope of what they've fallen into.

The plot is also a great example of neo-noir storytelling, where events and characters might be connected, but then again might not. It's the kind of film that both satisfies the detective film desire to see something solved and closure gained, but at the same time posits that so much of what happens is wasteful, needless, and arbitrary. The last act particularly nails this dynamic.

A very solid neo-noir.





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Two Women (La ciociara) - (1960) - Italy

Sophia Loren won an Oscar for her portrayal of Cesira in this - a woman trying to find a safe place for her and her 12 year-old daughter to stay as the Second World War starts to ravage Italy. Directed by Bicycle Thieves' Vittorio De Sica. I thought it was okay - maybe I'd think better of it if my version wasn't dubbed in English and the transfer a little cleaner.

Based on the Marocchinate, which was all kinds of awful.

6/10


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Ocean's Eleven - (2001)

I love a good heist film - where characters are up against nearly impossible odds stealing riches beyond anyone's imagining. When it all pans out - you get to see just how clever their plan is. (Usually things go wrong from the outset - to our horror.) This film earned $450.7 million at the box office, and they should make a film about a group of people that steal that. Today/tonight I'm hoping to squeeze in Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.

7/10



Black was nominated for this too...the only nomination of her career
I always liked her. Though maybe she was a little hammy.



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Malignant is a prank movie wrapped up in a James Wan shine. If it was intentional then it was brilliant, if he was sincere then it was insane. I have no idea.