Citizen Rules...Cinemaesque Chat-n-Review

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I enjoyed that one, but it's been some time since I've seen it, so another viewing is long overdue.
I seen in in the Personal Recommendation III which I really enjoyed as I found a lot of great movies, more so that what I usually find in the main HoFs. I wish we could do it again sometime.



I seen in in the Personal Recommendation III which I really enjoyed as I found a lot of great movies, more so that what I usually find in the main HoFs. I wish we could do it again sometime.
I'll have to join one of those someday. They look fun.



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Room at the Top (Jack Clayton 1959)

"An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter despite falling in love with a married older woman."

Love this film!

In the first scene when we meet Joe (Laurence Harvey) I thought I had him pegged as being the handsome cad...a guy who used women, chewed them up and spit them out onto the cold pavement, all without a mere thought of remorse. In the first scene it did indeed look like he would be the guy you 'love to hate'. I mean he did seem predatory at first, with his stalking of the daughter of the richest man in town. He was kinda creepy with his hellbent plan to marry her for money and social status, two things he sorely lacked.

But it was Joe's meager beginnings in a dirty northern England work town that made him who he was and as the film went along we could see that the war and the loss of his family and his early life had shaped him into the person he was and that then creates some sympathy for his character.

Along the way he does begin to change and realize that love is more important than money. But what I really liked is that the film never made that change in Joe clear cut, he was still a cad but a cad that could be understood.

Simone Signoret as Alice the older, married French woman that he falls in love with, made for a very realistic (for film) love story. She's very personable in this and their relationship felt dynamic. I liked the time the film spent on it.




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I'll have to join one of those someday. They look fun.
I was just now thinking whatever genre theme wins the next Countdown, it would be neat to do a Personal Recommendation around that theme. Cricket did do just that for the Foreign Language countdown.



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I don't know if you're aware, Citizen, but Signoret won the Oscar for Best Actress for this film.
I didn't know that...Have you seen Room at the Top (1959)? I highly recommend it.



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I was just now thinking whatever genre theme wins the next Countdown, it would be neat to do a Personal Recommendation around that theme. Cricket did do just that for the Foreign Language countdown.

I quite like this idea.

Also, Room at the Top is excellent.



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Originally Posted by Citizen Rules
I was just now thinking whatever genre theme wins the next Countdown, it would be neat to do a Personal Recommendation around that theme. Cricket did do just that for the Foreign Language countdown.
I quite like this idea.

Also, Room at the Top is excellent.
I've been thinking how we could do a Personal Recommendation Comedy edition...I'll ask Cricket if he wants to do it, if he doesn't want to I could do it...just so the comedy countdown gets supported (assuming it wins).

Room at the Top
was a really neat hidden gem, thanks for choosing it for me in the last Personal Recommendation....those were really fun



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The Player (1992)
Director: Robert Altman
Writer: Michael Tolkin(screenplay)
Cast: Tim Robbins Greta Scacchi Fred Ware
Genre: Comedy Drama

'A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected, but which one?'

The Player is right up my alley, it was a fun watch. As a plus, I was glad to explore more of Altman's filmography as I haven't seen many of his movies. The Player reminded me of another favorite movie, by the Coen Brothers,Barton Fink.

What I really liked about The Player was the insider story of a Hollywood movie executive who listens to movie pitches and green lights only a handful of films...I want that job!!! OMG that was so cool to see someone actually performing this movie job on screen. I loved the inside look at the movie business, very cool.

I also loved the detail of the sets at the studio, and I loved spotting all the stars who made cameos and there was a lot of them!. Tim Robbins is a favorite actor of mine and I liked him here he's quite good and personable which makes his story all the more relatable.

I liked that the story was part comedy and never intense. I dislike intense, realistic crime thrillers, though I do like old 40s-50s film noir. Luckily this film had a lighter feel to it, which suited me. I thought the ending twist was pretty clever too and it gave the movie a film within a film feel.

The Player is one film I'd like to revisit again.