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Honestly, I didn't like anything about this movie. This man doesn't look like Bond...
Was this is your first time watching a Daniel Craig as Bond film?

... I'm still thinking I'm missing something...
As in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre?



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Classic Artists: The Moody Blues (Jon Brewer, 2006)
6.5/10


I have to recommend the great "Classic Albums" documentaries on some of the greatest albums ever.. They introduce the band and their beginnings, talk to the members, go inside the songs, sometimes with demos, and then in the studio, when they isolate certain tracks, and a ton more... Pink Floyd, The Doors, The Who, Steely Dan, Black Sabbath are just a few great ones.



THE VIRGIN SPRING
(1960, Bergman)
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Set in medieval Sweden, The Virgin Spring starts with Karin (Birgitta Pettersson), a young woman sent to take candles into church by her parents, Töre and Märeta (Max Von Sydow and Birgitta Valberg). But when their day turns to misery, they have to think about their response against those that caused it.

With this film, Bergman extends one of his main themes, which is the questioning of God's purposes in the things that happen to us, and end our days in misery. But on his way to that questioning, he walks us through a valley of dread and death. It is a bit of a tough watch, as things unravel, but Bergman keeps us focused on our main characters: Töre and Märeta, and how they think, rethink, and think again of their reactions to tragedy.

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Both thumbs way up for this one! It's really my favorite Bergman, and put von Sydow squarely on my radar......... for life. He always gave first rate performances. And Sven Nykvist's cinematography was wonderful.





Cool concept, but flawed execution. Shame
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The Omega Man (1971)
+++ ((viewing enjoyment rating *patent pending*) the pluses is for talking myself into adding another half popcorn lol)
I was in First Grade when this came out. I literally grew up with this. HEARD about it. Saw the References and all the WannaBes and Parodies. But never saw it.

And now.
Having forgotten ALLL of it, I had found a link for Fredrick and while bouncing about ensuring a good one. . . Oh, wait, Chuckie? . . . Holy Mommy's Second Cousin's Beautician's perk coiffures!! Anthony ZERBE!!??!?!! I am watching this -- RIGHT NOW.
End credits run. I begin.

Holy Snits and Snackers! Bubbles and Girdles!! That was SOOOO frickin-dee-lickin COOL!!
It was ALSO a pretty [email protected] SOLID storytelling. And the fact that I had FORGOTTEN every SPOILER ALERT! aka Sh#t Going Sideways and the Ending --- and it was all spanking new instead of knowing Every [email protected] Thing when it came out in VHS when I WOULD have watched it, magnifying my viewing pleasure.

As I stated, it was solid storytelling. And some pretty decent directing, raising the quality bar of this Drive-In Gem. From the get-go of no Credits, just a camera is panning down to Chuckie having just another day. Listening to his 8-Track, cruising with the top down, along the corridored empty streets of LA. And then WHY they're empty. And THEN the credits hooked me entirely. I enjoyed the Twilight Zone dedication to a man trying to cling onto normality aka his senses and the plague of Night Dwelling Religious Zealots he wars with. ([email protected] neighbors, am I right?)
There was also something I really appreciated in the Timeline of the film. Made in '71, and they set it in '77. The result of a Germ Warfare from a global war that had escalated from initial conflicts that actually occurred between Russia and China in '69 and the rest of the world kinda wondered, and out popped this lil parable -- or more correctly, remake within a line of remakes of, what I would imagine an excellent book went the "Action Hero" route.
I gotta say, [email protected] FINE choice of routes, indeed, for this specific remake and pretty [email protected] happy to see it with new eyes and with the appreciation I have now from being a member here for as long as I have.

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Talk Radio - (1988)

I think I'd seen this before - but regardless, it was well worth seeing again. A real tour-de-force by Eric Bogosian as Barry - a talk radio host with an abrasive style and little regard for anyone's feelings. His heart is in the right place, but his offensive style ruffles feathers. It's when it comes to ruffling the feathers of various neo-nazi and white supremacist groups that he creates danger for himself. Barry is trying to reconcile with his ex-wife, is getting dead rats and death threats in the mail and his show is on the verge of going national (he often fights with his boss, played by Alec Baldwin) so these pressures begin to leak through into his rude radio persona. Things are about to get even crazier and more deadly dangerous than usual. Directed by Oliver Stone.

7/10


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Age of Consent - (1969)

I spent every second of this hating it. Some of this was to do with James Mason's "Australian accent" - which veered around all over the place and just had me wincing. Another had to do with people from outside of Australia trying to capture and represent Australian culture - which was about as accurate as Mason's accent. This is a Michael Powell-directed film with the great actors (the second being Helen Mirren) so you'd expect something decent - but I found nothing to like. The leering and crude sexuality was the final nail in the coffin for me. This was made just prior the the Australian New Wave of cinema that started in the 1970s, and I think that new wave may have been a direct response to films like this about "Australia" made by non-Australians.

3/10


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Frozen River - (2008)

Edge of your seat stuff in the second half of this drama about a struggling white family living near an Indian reservation, where the matriarch decides to throw in with an Indian lady smuggling people across the border into the U.S. You want her to succeed so much, despite the fact she's doing the wrong thing. In the meantime disasters close in from every side - from the family house burning down, no presents for Christmas, cars cracking through the ice, a bag with a baby in being mistakenly thrown out the window and the ever-present threat from cops who can bring everyone's life crashing down if they catch on. Pretty good stuff. The script was nominated for an Oscar, as was Melissa Leo's acting.

7/10
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5/10 Heath ledger acting is great but i think he could have been given more, other than that didnt like it. I wrote a thing on it but scrapped it im not good at writing reviews.






A plague wipes out most of the world's population and leaves a bunch of infected cultists, who have to stay out of the light, and Charlton Heston, who thinks he is the last man on earth and can't find a shirt. Well, he's not the last man on earth and he eventually finds a kick ass, shiny blue jumpsuit with a bright red holster. He's just the last man having any fun - driving cars over cultists, shooting cultists, living in a penthouse. This is what I expected from The Omega Man and I liked it. Kinda cheesy but good cheese. It fits right in line with a lot of what Heston was doing in the late 60's through the 70's.





Kid Detective (2020)

This is the story of a 13 year old child detective who after his secretary goes missing spirals into a life of despair and hopelessness. Adam Brody is amazing in this and this is the sort of film that had the theaters been around might have found legs because it's such a quality mystery/dark comedy.

This is easily in my top ten of the year I strong encourage people to seek this out.




I haven't written on this thread for a while. Actually, I haven't watched movies in a while. The blame goes to this new computer game called New World. Anyways, there's one film I watched before the release and just now watched another while the servers are down for maintenance.

The Cave (2005)

A passable monster film inside, surprisingly, a cave. It's not worth the third or fourth watch this was, but for some reason I found myself watching it again. I think Piper Perabo may have something to do with it.

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Security (2017)

A decent B-action that should have been made in the 80s (it tries so hard to be an 80s film, and I surely would have liked it a lot more back then). Oddly stacked cast for a film like this with Antonio Banderas and Ben Kingsley. Something like Die Hard meets Home Alone meets John Woo and Jean-Claude van Damme. Stupid but somewhat entertaining.
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TOUCH OF EVIL
(1958, Welles)



"I'm always thinking of her, drunk or sober. What else is there to think about, except my job, my dirty job?"

Set in the US-Mexican border, Touch of Evil follows the investigation of a car bombing that kills a wealthy businessman and his girlfriend. Even though he's on his honeymoon, "Mexican" agent Miguel Vargas (Charlton Heston) tries to assist in the investigation, which is led by Captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles), a veteran but shady officer that might have other motivations in mind.

Objectively speaking, this is a pretty good film. Welles does a great job both behind and in front of the camera. His Quinlan is certainly despicable, but still layered. There's so much thing that he does with his expressions and his stance that communicate so much. As for his direction, what can be said? From the impressive opening shot, you know you're in for a technical treat. He uses some techniques similar to the ones he used in Citizen Kane, low angle shots, pans and zooms, but he also manages to create a good deal of tension, especially regarding the fate of Vargas' wife, Susie (Janet Leigh).

However, one can't deny the context of some of the other decisions made for this. As good as Heston's performance is, his casting as a "dark-skinned Mexican" is... problematic, to say the least. Moreover when he ends up being the *only* "honorable" Latino character in the film, while the others are all thugs, criminals, or prostitutes. There are some things I can give a pass, chalk it up to just a sign of the times. But there are others, like the implications of a single throwaway line in the ending, which kinda neuters any goodwill the film could have.

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20 years ago this was rather groundbreaking. A girl wanting to play soccer is the norm now. Way too much of the Indian wedding party. Knightley stunningly beautiful at age 17.



Gosh, many many years since I saw this movie. Excellent. Really holds up.
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Kid Detective (2020)

This is the story of a 13 year old child detective who after his secretary goes missing spirals into a life of despair and hopelessness. Adam Brody is amazing in this and this is the sort of film that had the theaters been around might have found legs because it's such a quality mystery/dark comedy.

This is easily in my top ten of the year I strong encourage people to seek this out.

Really liked this one as well.



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Il posto - 7/10
This could have been a better movie, but it lacked focus. Initially, you think it was going to be a romantic movie, and it's when I was most interested. Then she disappears for quite a while, while Olmi shows a lot of scenes that add nothing to the story, usually with characters who never appear again, who's conversations are inane. Like a fart interrupting a nice conversation.



TOUCH OF EVIL
(1958, Welles)





Set in the US-Mexican border, Touch of Evil follows the investigation of a car bombing that kills a wealthy businessman and his girlfriend. Even though he's on his honeymoon, "Mexican" agent Miguel Vargas (Charlton Heston) tries to assist in the investigation, which is led by Captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles), a veteran but shady officer that might have other motivations in mind.

Objectively speaking, this is a pretty good film. Welles does a great job both behind and in front of the camera. His Quinlan is certainly despicable, but still layered. There's so much thing that he does with his expressions and his stance that communicate so much. As for his direction, what can be said? From the impressive opening shot, you know you're in for a technical treat. He uses some techniques similar to the ones he used in Citizen Kane, low angle shots, pans and zooms, but he also manages to create a good deal of tension, especially regarding the fate of Vargas' wife, Susie (Janet Leigh).

However, one can't deny the context of some of the other decisions made for this. As good as Heston's performance is, his casting as a "dark-skinned Mexican" is... problematic, to say the least. Moreover when he ends up being the *only* "honorable" Latino character in the film, while the others are all thugs, criminals, or prostitutes. There are some things I can give a pass, chalk it up to just a sign of the times. But there are others, like the implications of a single throwaway line in the ending, which kinda neuters any goodwill the film could have.

Grade:
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Full review on my Movie Loot and the PR HOF4.
It's in my Top 50 but yes, your reluctance to go all in on it is perfectly valid and understandable. At least to me. The brownface is flagrantly offensive and the characterizations come off like something Tarantino (not a big fan obviously) would write. I'd like to think that all the praise and all the love for this is due to Welles' artistry and expertise.