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^ Possible but I was watching it with a relative and she is the type to keep asking questions about what is happening and so on during a film, so that kept me awake...



I mean, the film is racist. Not because it says "every native" is like that but because it WHOLLY embraces the worst stereotypes of natives that were used to commit genocide (sub-human monsters that rape and cannibalize any that aren't there own, kidnapping a white woman, etc) and only used the laziest means to hand wave it by wasting the great Zahn Maclarnon to step in as a token Native American and say "these things aren't like us."

If there was a movie about a bunch of former Nazis hunting down some horned, well poisoning, children stealing Jewish monsters and had Seth Rogen pop up to say "these things aren't really Jewish," it probably would've caught a lot more heat.

That said, despite being racist and the equivalent of "I have a black friend," as well as having all of the pacing and filmmaking issues that are inherent of a first time director and the DTV market, the cast and violence make it entertaining enough to pass the time with.

Dragged Through Concrete is a much better film from Zahler that actually confronts the racism ideologies instead of using them as set dressing.
I haven't seen any other Zahler film. Did you like Brawl in Cell Block 99?
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The Day of the Jackal (1973) - 8/10

While I'm not huge on police procedurals normally, I enjoyed my time with this film quite a bit. Maybe not as much as I thought I would, but it certainly offers a decent bit to like.

This film does a fine job at showing how the two main characters, the Jackal and Lebel, work to opposite purposes. The former works at carrying out the assassination, while the latter works at trying to stop him. As the films rolls along, the Jackal gets closer and closer to the president as bodies keep piling up around him. This is set against the procedural elements of Lebel trying to track him down throughout the film. This element persists all throughout the film and grows in intensity the further you get into the film, specifically during the last act once Lebel begins running out of time to stop the Jackal. Both the Jackal and Lebel were smart, competent characters, which made them an enjoyable pair to watch.

Though you'll probably side with Lebel, both characters can be hypnotic to watch. With the Jackal, I found myself drawn to the sense of solitude he displayed throughout the film. When he had to kill people, for instance, he went about these acts with a sense of tranquility. He'd calmly move to them and murder them fairly quickly, without them being able to scream, fight back, or resist. It's clear he's had enough experience with his profession to the point he knows exactly how to handle any situation which arises. The occasional slip up will come off as a huge surprise. Not only to the viewer, but also to the Jackal since it's implied he almost never runs into them. Overall, I found it interesting to watch the Jackal go about his task and deal with the various problems which arose along the way.

I don't have much to offer in the way of flaws, except I did feel the film's runtime at certain points, especially during the middle. However, I imagine it will flow smoother with another viewing. As it stands, this film currently stands at a low 8/10 for me, but I may enjoy it more if I watch it again.



I haven't seen any other Zahler film. Did you like Brawl in Cell Block 99?
I did. It flirts with racism but its more like how early Tarantino used it rather than trying to say anything about it other than "these characters are bad people."

It's problems are more with the way it evokes grindhouse cinema in random fits and spurts but does nothing aesthetically or creatively that captures the essence of the era. It has all the pitfalls of modern low budget DTV filmmaking (flat cinematography and ugly color filters lazily slapped on).

I thought it was tedious (took 90 mins to even get to the prison) and hackish.

DAC is the only one of his that I liked quite a bit with very few misgivings (there is a couple of unforgivably bad scenes with Don Johnson and Laurie Holden) and I hope he continues on that path. It's his least popular film though.





It's called "Sementes Podres" in Brazil, which literally translates to Ripe Seeds. Pretty good movie
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I don't post from my phone, so I can't help you, but maybe @Yoda can help.

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Hellzapoppin' (H.C. Potter, 1941)
6/10
Psychomagic, A Healing Art (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 2019)
5/10
Desperate Search (Joseph Lewis, 1952)
5.5/10
Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself (Frank Oz, 2020)
7+/10

Breathtaking, unique, emotion-inducing experience where the magician may perform the greatest trick ever and it's not remotely what you think.
Tension (John Berry, 1949)
6/10
Safe Inside (Renata Gabryjelska, 2019)
5/10
Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw (Mark L. Lester, 1976)
6/10
What Would Sophia Loren Do? (Ross Kauffman, 2021)
6.5/10

Italian-American Jersey Girl Nancy Kulik grew up idolizing Sophia Loren, and in her later years, she gets a nice treat.
Stunts (Mark L. Lester, 1977)
6/10
Bring Me a Dream (Chase Smith, 2020)
4/10
East Side, West Side (Mervyn LeRoy, 1949)
5.5/10
The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (Chuck Jones, 1965)
6.5/10

Animated MÚnage Ó trois involving a dot, a line and a squiggle.
The White Tiger (Ramin Bahrani, 2021)
6/10
Fugitive in the Sky (Nick Grinde, 1936)
+ 5/10
Take the High Ground! (Richard Brooks, 1953)
5.5/10
It Should Happen to You (George Cukor, 1954)
6.5/10

Uncommon woman Judy Holliday learns how ro "become somebody" in NYC, but documentary filmmaker Jack Lemmon, who loves her, doesn't really approve.
Born to Kill (Robert Wise, 1947)
6/10
Blonde Cobra (Ken Jacobs, 1963)
+ 4.5/10
Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello, 2019)
6/10
It Could Happen to You (Andrew Bergman, 1994)
+ 6.5/10

Romance between bankrupt waitress Bridget Fonda and unhappily-married NYC cop Nicolas Cage involving a lottery ticket plays out as a fairy tale, but we'd all be better off if it were reality.

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Act Naturally (2011), a comedy about two estranged sisters who inherit a nudist resort from their father. It was amusing and enjoyable, a charming and pleasant comedy. My rating is a 7/10.




Rope (1948, Alfred Hitchcock)



"Am I a trembling creature or have I the right?"
"No, you're just a creepy psychopathic Jake Tapper lookalike committing a senseless murder just for kicks and then purposefully doing everything you can to get caught"

Definitely one of the better Hitchcocks I've seen so far, this one feels like it was shot in one continuous take - it's almost like watching a play enacted live on stage. Fascinating premise, lots of suspense, excellent performances by the cast - an unmitigated classic, for sure. I still kind of expected more from the ending, which was just a tad too transparent and obvious to me.



I'm Your Woman (2020)

This was quite entertaining and kinda neo-noir in its dialogue and situations.

Hood turns up to wife>hood gives wife a baby (as she cannot conceive naturally)>hood goes missing>women has to deal with the situation (baby and a missing husband).

Rachel Brosnahan does exceptionally well in portraying the "worm has turned" wife and I thought this was a good film despite never having heard of it or of any of the actors!




Rope (1948, Alfred Hitchcock)



"Am I a trembling creature or have I the right?"
"No, you're just a creepy psychopathic Jake Tapper lookalike committing a senseless murder just for kicks and then purposefully doing everything you can to get caught"

Definitely one of the better Hitchcocks I've seen so far, this one feels like it was shot in one continuous take - it's almost like watching a play enacted live on stage. Fascinating premise, lots of suspense, excellent performances by the cast - an unmitigated classic, for sure. I still kind of expected more from the ending, which was just a tad too transparent and obvious to me.
This one isn't top-tier Hitchcock for me, but it's still pretty darn good and a lot of fun. Aside from the technical marvel of seeing Hitchcock "pretend" it's one shot, Stewart is always a joy, and John Dall is wickedly good.



VAMPIRE'S KISS
(1988, Bierman)
A film with Nicolas Cage



"Oh, Christ! Oh, Christ, where... where am I? Where am I? Where, where am I? Oh, c... Christ, where am I? I have become one. A vampire. Oh, God..."

Vampire's Kiss is not perfect; most notably, the subplot with the secretary is awkwardly executed. Despite that, he film is definitely worth it only to watch Cage crank it to 11, while making others wonder if Loew has changed or has he always been like this. If we look at Cage's career evolution, we might end up wondering the same about Cage; has he changed or has he always been like this? I think this film provides the answer.

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JULIE & JULIA
(2009)

First viewing. Charming little biopic by the late Nora Ephron. Meryl Streep and Amy Adams are terrific, specifically Streep who I truly believe is the greatest actress that ever lived. Excellent performances by Stanley Tucci and Chris Messina as the supportive husbands respectively.

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JULIE & JULIA
(2009)

First viewing. Charming little biopic by the late Nora Ephron. Meryl Streep and Amy Adams are terrific, specifically Streep who I truly believe is the greatest actress that ever lived. Excellent performances by Stanley Tucci and Chris Messina as the supportive husbands respectively.

Yeah, I was surprised how much I liked this. I kinda wanted to see this because I do think Streep is the best living film actor and certainly one of the best film actors ever and I like Amy Adams and I grew up watching Julia Child on TV, but I couldn't see how this was going to be an interesting movie. It is, although it has some studio-movie flaws, and while Streep just shocks me yet again, the movie really rides on Adams' shoulders.



Instant Family (2018)

This was fairly "alright" treaded the line between emotion and farce quite well but fell off either side a few times. Heart-warming story though.




This one isn't top-tier Hitchcock for me, but it's still pretty darn good and a lot of fun. Aside from the technical marvel of seeing Hitchcock "pretend" it's one shot, Stewart is always a joy, and John Dall is wickedly good.
Yeah, for me too - I mean, it's not on the level of Psycho, North by Northwest or Vertigo but it's up there among the runners-up for sure.



It Should Happen to You (George Cukor, 1954)
6.5/10
It Could Happen to You (Andrew Bergman, 1994)
+ 6.5/10
So we should be getting It Would Happen to You in 2034, right?
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Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself (Frank Oz, 2020)
7+/10

Breathtaking, unique, emotion-inducing experience where the magician may perform the greatest trick ever and it's not remotely what you think.
I was so intrigued by this (and the fact it was worthy of a rare 7) that I just watched it. It's great. Very emotional in parts. No idea how some of the tricks were done but a real human experience and one that must have taken meticulous planning. Also, is it my imagination or did Bill Gates pop up at one point?