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3 Women (1977)

Another character-driven masterpiece from Robert Altman. Duvall and Spacek are both brilliant, as is Janice Rule, who although not featured as much, is equally as important in this as the previous two are. As guessed, it was pretty odd but this made it all the more watchable, especially with the obvious inspiration coming from Bergman. On a personal note, it has that great American 70's feel to it, which I love and with a main theme of loneliness and isolation throughout, 3 Women really hit every note for me. Its heart-breaking, haunting and complex but its also not without its comedic moments.

Apparently this is all based on a dream Altman had and this rings true as 3 Women has a very surreal atmosphere, all the while still being very realistic and easy to relate to, which added a sinister vibe for me. It wont provide all the answers you're looking for and instead leave things open ended but for me, that serves to make this even more memorable.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Ultimate Avengers (2006)

Bridget Jones Diary (2001)

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Jeepers Creepers (2001) -
Anime fan, anime profile.

Nothing good comes from staying with normal people
Oldboy (2003)

Sick! Twisted! Themes of suicide, mental illness (possible result of inbreeding in the family ) and incest are mixed with a vigilante punishment that does not fit the crime, revenge for that punishment, self-mutilation and a warped definition of honor within a culture. Aside from all that, the fight scenes are really cool. There are some neat surprises along the way. Overall, the film ties everything together very nicely. It does what it intends to do, fairly well. I will not be watching the Brolin remake.
Yeah, you're not missing much. The original is a great movie and the fight scenes are awesome, not only because of the way they're shot and the level of brutality, but they fit with the setting of the country they're in. Korea have very restrictive gun laws, hence no one is carrying firearms but are instead armed with blugdeoning tools. What I hoped would happen in the remake was that they would go by the same reasoning when Brolin got realeased into the US. Go with what's easily available. If there's a chance to get guns, get guns. But also realize that they run out of ammo and that they then work very well as clubs. Instead they go straight for the most famous scene, he grabs a hammer and then it's just a bad recreation.
Why not just kill them? I'll do it! I'll run up to Paris - bam, bam, bam, bam. I'm back before week's end. We spend the treasure. How is this a bad plan?

Think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?
What ya think of The Cowboys, Matt?? That's a long-time favorite of mine since I was a kid.

+++ I really wanted to like this more than I did. Maybe a rewatch might help.

Twentieth Century (1934)
+++ John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in a Howard Hawks film where the secondary actors seemed to carry the film a little more than the stars. Still, a fun lil film.

(MULTIPLE REWATCH) Major League (1989)
+++ A sports comedy from the eighties that sill makes me chuckle.

Nothing good comes from staying with normal people
Metropolis (1927) Dir. Fritz Lang (2010 complete edition)

".... ......... .. ..... ........ .. .... ...... ...... ... ... ..... .... ........... ...." Get it?

I've had a limited and very mixed experience of the silent era. One went into my top 10 favourite movies while another resulted in me getting woken up by my film history teacher after I'd fallen asleep 40 min into Battleship Potemkin. I also realized that it takes a bit more effort to watch a silent movie on account of not having audible dialog. You can't sit with something else while also watching because you need your full attention on the screen to follow the story. Quite obviuos really, but I hadn't considered it before.

In a futuristic city cept running by massive machines, a large part of the populous must work to keep the machines going. Massive teams work in 10 hour shifts, then rest for 10 hours and then back again for another shift. While they work, the upper class frolic in their social clubs and sports arenas. One of these is the son of the founder of the city, who one day decides to follow a beautiful girl into the depth of the city's underground macinepark. There he witnesses his father's legacy and decieds to do somthing about it.

It's a very well told dystopic, sci-fi thriller about the equality of man and has a very nice pichfork and torches kind of an ending. I loved the old special effects, especially around the tramsformation scene. I'm not really sure how they did it, though. Painting directly onto the film or somthing, maybe?

While it won't enter my top 10, it was a entertaining 2,5 hours from the mother of modern sci-fi. I'm curious as to how the feel of the movie changes if you were to see the 1984 version with the modern soundtrack by Giorgio Moroder. It's shorter by about an hour and change, I know that, but does the new music lend itself well to the movie or is it just a choice of style? I'll have to come back to you on that, but for now, I think this version's hard to beat.

And for you who are wondering, this is my comlpete list of seen silent era movies:

Sunrise: A song of two humans (1927)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Das cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)
A trip to the moon (1902)
The arrival of a train (1896)
The Gold rush (1925)

Madness is the emergency exit…
This looks interesting, can you elaborate on your rating?
The Good Neighbor (2016) follows Ethan and Sean , two high schoolers hoping to undertake a social-psychological experiment through their first documentary. Ethan’s "brilliant idea" is to bug the home of his elderly neighbor, Harold Grainey (James Caan), and film how he reacts to a series of pranks created to make him believe he is being haunted. It feels innocent enough at first, but when Harold's reactions do not match the boys' expectations they begin to question what is actually happening inside the home across the street.

James Caan was as usually great & convincingly played his part of an eccentric old man who lives alone & doesn't like to get bother by anyone. The 2 main young lead also shines in their roles. Overall, a pretty well done good thriller, IMO with a shocking & moving twist & finale. Loved it and worth a watch for sure.

Care for some gopher?
Ma-eum-ui gohyang A Hometown in Heart (Yoon Yong-Kyu, 1949) -

Since his mother abondoned him when he was three, 12-year old Do-seong lives amongst monks at a small mountain temple. He longs for his mother, who is said to live in Seoul behind the mountains. One day a young widow arrives at the temple. The both become attached to one another. Conflict arises, when suddenly Do-seong's mother appears at the temple ...

A very powerful, subdued drama from the early time of Korean cinema. The movie is very well directed and the cinematography is nothing short of gorgeous. Combined with its short runtime of just 77 minutes, it makes for great little watch.

For those of you interested, the Korean Film Archive put this film on Youtube (along with more than 100 other Korean movies, ranging from 1936 to 2002 - check their channel out!):

"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the war room."

I've always depended on the kindness of strangers
What ya think of The Cowboys, Matt?? That's a long-time favorite of mine since I was a kid.
I loved it! I had been meaning to see it for a while, and I finally did

I actually heard about Dern's character, so I knew what was going to happen after the "They'll hate you forever.." --- "But they'll love me in Berkeley!" -- still good.

"The Internal Bleeding Dance." - Violet
The Searchers (1956)

Must have been one heck of an adventure film back in the 1950s. I liked it. John Wayne was not overpowering, with a great big cast of interesting characters around him. Comedy bits were very amusing.
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"I may be rancid butter, but I'm on your side of the bread."
E. K. Hornbeck

Nothing good comes from staying with normal people
North by northwest (1959) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Smarmy comment followed by quip at gunpoint followed by urrghh...

I don't like Cary Grant in this. He's supposedly portraying a advertising excec caught up in a criminal enterprise by way of mistaken identity. He's picked up at gunpoint by two heavies and his only response is some form of quip I can't even remember two hours after hearing it. You're a gloriefied salesman, not James Bond.

And that's the rub, right there. Grant thinks he playing a secret agent/spy, not a guy mistaken for one. Someone botched the explanation when they piched his character to him.

They take him to a estate where he meets the big bad for the movie. They think he's a man man named Kaplan, he doesn't agree, they think he's lying. So, they decide to kill him by forcing a bottle of booze into him, getting him into a car and then they plan to push it of a cliff. But Grant's to manly to be brought into oblivion by just a single BOTTLE of brandy. He's still cogent enough to push the heavy out of the car and drive off, surreptitiously getting caught by the cops. When he trys to tell the police what happened, even his mother scoffs at his bull**** story (one of the only actor I liked btw).

The story was okey, but no more. The female lead and the actress playing Grant's mother were good, they put in a solid performance, but in the end Eva Marie Saint went all damsel-in-distress unfortunatley, so of course Grant had to save her, which was extra annoying as...
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she's the actual secret agent, the one who's actually been trained to handle such situations.

As I started writing this review I had it at a 3.5, but as I kept writing it slipped and is now a 2.5. Sorry Camo, this wasn't a favourite for me.

North by Northwest is a masterpiece
Couldn't agree more. That's too bad Clazor, thing is i think a few of Hitchs films grow on you but i wouldn't say NBNW was one of them. Either NBNW, Vertigo or Notorious is my fave from the 15 i've seen. I read a good essay on Vertigo the other day and it has made me want to rewatch it, as well as a few i haven't seen. So i have a rewatch of Vertigo as well as Rebecca, Shadow of a Doubt and Frenzy for the first time soon.

28 days...6 hours...42 minutes...12 seconds
The Magnificent 7

Decided to watch the original. It was pretty good, I felt the final shootout was poorly done though. Characters are dropped for a lot of the fight, then turn up near the end just to be shot. The cast does very well for themselves though and elevates this to be a decent remake of an all-time classic.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels -

I really enjoyed this one, the rivalry between Martin and Caine was fantastic and they work well off each other. I had a lot more fun watching this than I anticipated. With con artists being the man characters, you can expect twists and turns in this one.
"A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it's the only weapon we have."

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Hardcore Henry (2015)

It's gimmicky, but for a one and done I thought it was a lot of fun. Nonstop action and violence, it'd make a nice double feature with Crank.