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The Long Riders (1980)








This is on the current westerns list. I figured I'd like it since I love early Walter Hill. His first 6 movies must be one of my favorite 6 movie stretches of any director: Hard Times, The Driver, The Warriors, The Long Riders, Southern Comfort, and 48 Hours. Not talking great cinematic art here, just great guy movies. Cool casting idea with this movie with sets of brothers playing sets of brothers. It was a very good watch.



Life (2017)

The cast was stellar enough to make me watch this, but I felt like I shouldn't have even finished it. Others may like it because there wasn't anything truly terrible about it, but I couldn't shut my brain off for this one to try and allow for some insensible stuff to take place



Rio Bravo (1959)

I'm sure I'm in minority here but I pretty much hated this one. It's like YA fiction of the 50s offering absurd and silly role models for teenage boys. I remember liking it when I was in single digits but now it just annoys me. I'd watch a B-grade spaghetti over this any day.

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Solid film. Quick little movie to knock off for the Western countdown. A couple of mercenaries go to Mexico during a rebellion and end up escorting a woman to Vera Cruz...along with about 3 million in gold bullion.



A bit of a catch up post...

Blow-up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966)

A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)

The Lodger: A Story of London Fog (Alfred Hitchcock, 1927)

A Man There Was (Victor Sjöström, 1917)

Underworld (Josef von Sternberg, 1927)

The Docks of New York (Josef von Sternberg, 1928)

A Girl in Every Port (Howard Hawks, 1928)

Cops (Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, 1922)

The Playhouse (Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, 1922)

The Red Shoes (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 1948)

Spider-Man: Far From Home (Jon Watts, 2019)

Before Midnight [Rewatch] (Richard Linklater, 2013)

Boyhood [Rewatch] (Richard Linklater, 2014)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920)

Psycho (Gus Van Sant, 1998)

Purple Noon (René Clément, 1960)

The Deep Blue Sea (Terrence Davies, 2011)

El Camino (Vince Gilligan, 2019)

Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, 2019)

Mother (Bong Joon-ho, 2009)

The Skeleton Dance (Walt Disney, 1929)

Emak-Bakia (Man Ray, 1926)

Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-ho, 2003)

Do The Right Thing [rewatch, cinema] (Spike Lee, 1989)

The Witch (Robert Eggers, 2015)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonaugh, 2017)

The Goat (Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair, 1921)

Le Doulos (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1962)

Okja (Bong Joon-ho, 2017)

Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-ho, 2013)

Cat People (Jacques Tourneur, 1942)

Ivan's Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962)

High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, 1963)

Us (Jordan Peele, 2019)

Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017)

Man of the West (Anthony Mann, 1958)

The Fall (Jonathan Glazer, 2019)

Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke, 2018)

The Insider (Michael Mann, 1999)

The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder, 1945)

Freaks (Tod Browning, 1932)

Serpico (Sidney Lumet, 1973)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [rewatch] (George Roy Hill, 1969)

Thief (Michael Mann, 1981)

Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955)

The Souvenir (Joanna Hogg, 2019)

The Seventh Continent (Michael Haneke, 1989)

Animal Kingdom (David Michôd, 2010)

Election (Alexander Payne, 1999)

Blade Runner 2049 (Dennis Villenueve, 2017)

You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay, 2017)

Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2014)

Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Longergan, 2016)

Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, 2016)

The Lost City of Z (James Gray, 2016)

Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford, 2016)

Arrival (Dennis Villenueve, 2016)

Interstellar (Christopher Nolan, 2014)

Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick, 2015)

Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski, 2018)

If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, 2018)

Meek's Cutoff (Kelly Reinhardt, 2010)

Melancholia (Lars Von Trier, 2011)
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Solid film. Quick little movie to knock off for the Western countdown. A couple of mercenaries go to Mexico during a rebellion and end up escorting a woman to Vera Cruz...along with about 3 million in gold bullion.
That looks good





Norman (2016)
(Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer)


This is an absorbing film with elements of both mystery and tragedy. Norman (Richard Gere) is presented as a "fixer"-- really a wannabe facilitator, name dropper and noodge who continuously tries to ingratiate himself into matters of high level Jewish-Israeli business and politics. We don't learn much about Norman other than he is mostly a phony whose obsession is to be involved with powerful people.


I was never a big fan of Gere's, but his portrayal is so good in this role that it might be considered his crowning achievement. There are powerful performances in the film by cast members Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen, and Steve Buscemi.

The story line is occasionally confusing, and some of the background is left to the imagination. But the picture keeps one glued to a drama that promotes wonder at how it will all end.

Doc's rating: 8/10



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Neds (2010)

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The British do a real fine job with troubled youth films and this was no exception. This one felt like it went on forever but it was still very good. A little more charisma from a character or two would have helped. Sometimes, for some reason, when I watch a DVD, the subtitle option is on. Usually I just turn it off but this time I left it on and I definitely needed them. I think I had this on my watchlist due to a Chypmunk post.



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Neds (2010)

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The British do a real fine job with troubled youth films and this was no exception. This one felt like it went on forever but it was still very good. A little more charisma from a character or two would have helped. Sometimes, for some reason, when I watch a DVD, the subtitle option is on. Usually I just turn it off but this time I left it on and I definitely needed them. I think I had this on my watchlist due to a Chypmunk post.
About subtitles – the last time I needed them was also for the Glasgow accent, in Under the Skin .



Joker (2019)



Great. Enjoyed this very much. See the tips to other films. I thought the story was well portrayed and Phoenix fitted the role perfectly. I say this as someone that can't stand fantasy/superhero movies.

Solid




About subtitles – the last time I needed them was also for the Glasgow accent, in Under the Skin .
My native tongue. Films like "Sweet Sixteen" can be in and out depending on how much I've talked to my folks. Funnilly enough I can see and understand a Kevin James film and still know it's "****e"