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Recently I saw two parts of Mad Max, two were IMO better - after that, I saw her as the last one.
Certainly, Mad Max is an icon of his time, it has a unique atmosphere - which has been transferred to pop culture.
For example, one of my favorite games is Fallout - which draws a lot of money from the Mad Max universe. The film is suspenseful and slightly exaggerated. There are twists and turns, and there are touching moments. The brilliant performance of Mel Gibson and an unforgettable atmosphere, where all items were covered with dust and the smell of the wasteland was flowing from the screen.
Strong 8/10







3rd Re-watch...it's not my favorite Woody Allen film, but I do think it's his masterpiece. Woody has won 3 Oscars for screenplays and 1 for directing and I think his screenplay and direction for this film is better than his work that won Oscars. As always, he pulls superb performances from his cast with standout work from Martin Landau and Alan Alda.








Crimson Peak really surprised me. I knew beforehand that it was a gothic horror of which I am not usually a fan. I don't really care for the costumes, the dialogue, or the big bulky houses. I had also read that it is a psychological horror. I disagree, it's actually just a ghost story, nothing psychological about it. The only reason I gave this a shot is because it was directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro and I have enjoyed other work by him, such as Pan's Labyrinth and The Orphanage. I now have a third movie of his to add to that list and am looking forward to more.
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I've watched almost nothing in the past couple of months that wasn't for the HoF so I guess I'll post the handful of things I've seen that were unrelated to that.

Behindert (Stephen Dwoskin, 1974)

Slap Shot
(George Roy Hill, 1977)

Gumby: The Movie (Art Clokey, 1995)

The Black Pirate (Albert Parker, 1926)

Skinwalker Ranch (Devin McGinn)


Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, 1988)

High Life (Claire Denis, 2018)

Air Conditioner (Fradique, 2020)

Pig (Michael Sarnoski, 2021)



Bright light. Bright light. Uh oh.

Escape from the Bronx (Enzo G. Castellari, 1983)
5/10
The Operative (Yuval Adler, 2019)
5.5/10
Combat Squad (Cy Roth, 1953)
5/10
Limbo (Ben Sharrock, 2020)
6.5/10

Syrian friends Vikash Bhai & Amir El-Masry find themselves in a strange situation in Scotland awaiting asylum status. Almost everything is surprising in this comedy/drama with nice human touches and cinematography.
Deluge (Felix E. Feist, 1933)
6/10
Volleyball (Foot Film) (Yvonne Rainer, 1967)
3/10
Jim Hanvey, Detective (Phil Rosen, 1937)
6/10
The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 (Joshua Zeman, 2021)
6.5/10

The search for the mysterious, legendary 52-hertz whale is brought up to date with surprising results.
The Phantom (Alan James, 1931)
- 5/10
The Overnighters (Jesse Moss, 2014)
6.5/10
The Unseen River (Pham Ngoc Lan, 2020)
5/10
The Last Mercenary (David Charhon, 2021)
6/10

Retired French spy Jean-Claude Van Damme gets involved with all kinds of craziness when his son does too.
Too Many Women (Bernard B. Ray, 1942)
5/10
Krabi, 2562 (Ben Rivers & Anocha Suwichakornpong, 2019)
5.5/10
Undercover vs. Undercover (Koon-Nam Lui & Frankie Tam, 2019)
5/10
Boys State (Jesse Moss, 2020)
6.5/10

Powerful, if a bit obvious, learning process for Texas teenagers at their own political convention.
Bartkowiak (Daniel Markowicz, 2021)
5/10
A Father's Legacy AKA The Old Man and the Pond (Jason Mac, 2020)
+ 6/10
Walk the Dark Street (Wyott Ordung, 1956)
5/10
In the Earth (Ben Wheatley, 2021)
6/10

During a pandemic, an axe is heading for the leg of scientist Joel Fry, but who or what is wielding it? Crazy [or normal?] Wheatley film..
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[Snooze Factor Ratings]:
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford


In America, even evil men can be considered national treasures.
Phenomenal cinematography by the great Roger Deakins.



Hereís looking at you, kid.
The Green Knight




Gorgeous film that gives a modern interpretation of the 14th century tale of ďSir Gawain and The Green KnightĒ. Lots of lore and ďsymbologyĒ throughout the film, that seem to take on multiple stories of King Arthur and the Round Table, navigating through all the subtexts and clues I found quite hard but the overall plot is quite apparent. Would love to read more into this and give it another rewatch.



To live in fear or die with honor.







SF = Z



[Snooze Factor Ratings]:
Z = didn't nod off at all
Zz = nearly nodded off but managed to stay alert
Zzz = nodded off and missed some of the film but went back to watch what I missed
Zzzz = nodded off and missed some of the film but went back to watch what I missed but nodded off again at the same point and therefore needed to go back a number of times before I got through it...
Zzzzz = nodded off and missed some or the rest of the film but was not interested enough to go back over it



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A masterpiece and the greatest Arthurian adaptation. It was worth the delay to see in theaters because, to Scorsese meme for a second, this is cinema.
I didn't realize this was out yet. I'm very intrigued and this is a story I'm a big fan of.
I had an affection for the one with Sean Connery that came out when I was young and ran on HBO when I was 12 years old.



Torn Curtain -


I couldn't get into this Hitchcock spy thriller, which follows American scientist Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman) and fiancťe Sarah (Julie Andrews) as they try to sneak a nuclear bomb-stifling mathematical formula out of East Germany. Speaking of formulas, all the elements are in place for a successful movie of its kind like clandestine conversations, searching for contacts, chase sequences, etc., so what's missing? Lead characters worth giving a darn about, I guess. Paul Newman seems bored and out of his element as Armstrong, and since he doesn't seem invested in the character, I couldn't be either. To be fair, Armstrong is just not that interesting and provides little to work with, so I can't fault Newman that much for his performance. As for Andrews, she's given even less to do and is essentially along for the ride. As a result, each sequence I mentioned is only entertaining in theory. The highlight, despite a heavy use of rear projection that has not aged well, is a getaway sequence on a commuter bus. The whole time, I couldn't care about whether Michael and Sarah would make it, so I was left examining what makes the sequence successful and how it compares to similar ones in other Hitchcock spy movies as if I were in a screenwriting class. The latter, though, may be the overarching problem: Hitchcock has done this movie many times before and better. I will say it is a nice-looking movie overall and while the leads disappoint, most of the supporting players do not, especially Ludwig Donath's eccentric German professor Lindt and Lila Kedrova's dramatic Countess Kuchinska. Unfortunately, it's not enough to save this from being one of Hitchcock's most middling efforts.
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Brick - (2005)

Popular movie here, so much so that it would feel superfluous to detail what it's about or who made it. The kind of noir where I like to get the whole plot down-pat so I can just sit back and enjoy the visuals, performances and soundtrack. I never get tired of watching Chinatown, and so it might be for this. Recently, after watching A Man For All Seasons I gave it an 8 - but then got pretty obsessed with it, and have since regarded it as a '10'. I feel a similar potential with Brick. Dark, beautiful and stunningly original considering it's well-trod source.

8/10
'Preciate the heads-up on this one. It's a very interesting production, mostly because, as you say, they were on a shoestring budget-- which of course shows. But I was impressed with what they did with what they had.

I loved the dialogue, which was oftentimes right out of the '40s & '50s noir. The idioms and slang were refreshing in contrast to the unending barrage of gutter language in most contemporary films.

And too, the story was solidly noir, despite the many sunny and outdoor locations. But for me the juxtaposition of the adult noir/mystery and the teenaged looking actors was a minor, but grating annoyance. The premise would have been easier to swallow if writer/director Rian Johnson had bumped it up to maybe college aged.

For example Gordon-Levitt as the teenaged shamus looked ridiculous with his adolescent moppy hair style. To me it really detracted from any poise or believability of his character. Also the femme fatale could not always bring off the vampy characterization that the role likely required.

I eventually turned it off at about the halfway mark, but that was probably influenced by the late hour. Still, all of the top participants in this unusual picture went on to have very successful careers. Brick was a helluva project, and very nicely done.