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I seen three really good movies this time around

Cabaret - Did not like as much as I though I would. I really liked the songs and the characters(especially Lisa Minnelli), but I was a bit bored. I was tired when watching this so maybe the opinion will change. I feel happy to have finally seen it and this movie was made really well and not in a "money-makes-the-world-go-round" attitude.


Sling Blade - I watched this one on Sunday, and it had a vibe I never really felt before in a movie. I enjoyed Karl(Billy Bob) very much and also his relationships with other people especially the kid. I found him really amusing due to his behavior and how he likes "fried potaters". The movie looked a bit dated due to how it looked, but that does not change my opinion on how much I liked this.


Rosemary's Baby - I watched this one for the first time so that I could prepare for Halloween. In fact I knew it was coming that the old people were going to be the villains when I saw Rosemary act suspiciously throughout the film. Another film with an new vibe I never seen before, I really felt the Halloween spirit I wanted so thanks for that. I do not remember the rape scene in the dream, but my favorite part is where Rosemary is rearranging Scrabble words to figure out a twist that the old man was the son of a Satanist. Then the ending felt emotional as she knows of her acquaintances' schemes but could not escape it.


La Belle Noiseuse - I had so much free time that I decided to watch this... Jacques Rivette succeeded again to impress me as its concept of an aging painter finishing his piece with a younger woman being his model was executed in such a novel way. It almost feels like an extended Joy of Painting episode except there is a story to it and that there are mistakes being made in everybody's lives here(not just happy accidents). Like other Jacques Rivette films, this one is a film that has a lot to think about throughout, and the actions are really satisfying to watch.
This is the longest movie I have ever seen at 4 hours dethroning Gone With the Wind by 16 minutes, which the latter ironically overthrew Celine and Julie Go Boating(another Rivette film) by half an hour.


What to watch next: Duelle a second time, Psycho and The Shining in prep for Halloween, La Dolce Vita, The Long Goodbye, Out 1, Double Life of Vernonique, NoroÓt, Band a Parte (This should be even cooler than Quentin Tarantino is said to be) and the "Five Other" Moral Tales by Eric Rohmer(probably should wait till summer).



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The Razor's Edge - (1946)

Before the Bill Murray flop there was this adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's novel, and I really enjoyed it because it's more weighty than a lot of 1940s films. It principally involves itself with the life of a man, Larry Darrell (Tyrone Power) who has decided earning money isn't for him - and dedicates himself solely with figuring out his purpose in life, whether life has a purpose at all, and what it all means. He travels from Europe to Tibet, and leaves in his wake a fiancť, Isabel (Gene Tierney) who didn't agree with the direction he was taking. This comes close to what's explored in another film I watched from the same era - 1938 film Holiday. It seems around this time there was a push against a vision of man as just a money-making machine, with no spiritual depth. When Larry comes home, Isabel has married someone else (called Gray - played by John Payne) but still loves her former flame. So Larry's engagement to widowed and troubled Sophie (Anne Baxter) is what drives the drama in the story's final act. The film concerns itself with honesty, seekers, and that spiritual depth that must have been at the forefront of everyone's mind again once the dust had settled from a terrible conflict (notably - in the book Larry has just fought in the First World War.) I really enjoyed it - a really fulfilling movie with both drama and a philosophy, which is fine. That's what I like. Anne Baxter won an Oscar for her portrayal of a tragic figure - it's a part full of emotion and much drunkenness.

8/10
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Sole Survivor (1984, Thom Eberhardt)

Early 1980s supernatural horror, reminiscent of 'Carnival of Souls' (but nowhere near as good imo). The story follows a TV producer who ends up the lone survivor of a fatal plane crash and soon after starts to be haunted by unsettling encounters with strange zombie-like people and voices in her head calling her by name. We don't know whether they are real or just hallucinations caused by trauma and her sense of guilt coupled with heavy use of antidepressants mixed with alcohol. The opening 15-30 minutes or so were pretty effective, setting up an intriguing premise and eerie atmosphere. However, in the second half the movie fails to flesh out its ideas in any cohesive, meaningful way, and the creepy vibe loses much of its edge. It's almost like Eberhardt pulled out all his best cards too early and then just ran out of imagination. OK movie but ultimately disappointing because of the squandered potential.



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Is there? Thereís definitely enough material for a play.



Apparently there is, most recently in 2012 starring Jessica Chastain:


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I'd like to see that now. We'll see if they do another revival.
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X - I noticed something about Ti West's movies. At least the ones he's directed which is nine total. In every single instance the audience scores at RT were demonstrably lower than critics scores. Even this one. 75% audience as opposed to 94% critics. I've seen five of his nine and I thought I was an outlier because I was left a little bit underwhelmed by most of them. Even this one. It's not bad but there's nothing really original here. And I get that it's a homage to so many past horror classics and grindhouse films in general. I'd personally like to see what the end result would be if West relinquished control of the writing duties and maybe tried adapting a promising script. That way he could concentrate on directing it. I think that would give people a clearer sense as to his film making expertise.

A group of aspiring pornographers make their way to an isolated Texas farmhouse with the intent of filming a skin flick and tapping in to the burgeoning adult home video business. The elderly owner of the property has no clue as to their intentions but when his doddering wife wanders off and observes the group's activities it triggers an unexpected response.

You can basically tick off all the movie influences involved including Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th and West does a good job of recreating the exact vibe. Certainly clearer than anything Rob Zombie, for instance, attempted several times. But it doesn't really refine West's intent or even help define his particular skill-set. I think as far as his filmography goes this could be seen as Ti West in a holding pattern.

75/100



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X - I noticed something about Ti West's movies. At least the ones he's directed which is nine total. In every single instance the audience scores at RT were demonstrably lower than critics scores. Even this one. 75% audience as opposed to 94% critics. I've seen five of his nine and I thought I was an outlier because I was left a little bit underwhelmed by most of them. Even this one. It's not bad but there's nothing really original here. And I get that it's a homage to so many past horror classics and grindhouse films in general. I'd personally like to see what the end result would be if West relinquished control of the writing duties and maybe tried adapting a promising script. That way he could concentrate on directing it. I think that would give people a clearer sense as to his film making expertise.

A group of aspiring pornographers make their way to an isolated Texas farmhouse with the intent of filming a skin flick and tapping in to the burgeoning adult home video business. The elderly owner of the property has no clue as to their intentions but when his doddering wife wanders off and observes the group's activities it triggers an unexpected response.

You can basically tick off all the movie influences involved including Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th and West does a good job of recreating the exact vibe. Certainly clearer than anything Rob Zombie, for instance, attempted several times. But it doesn't really refine West's intent or even help define his particular skill-set. I think as far as his filmography goes this could be seen as Ti West in a holding pattern.

75/100
Interesting.
I saw this as a major breakthrough for him, not only integrating his influences seamlessly enough to me that I felt like this film was one of them, but really bringing everything together and delivering all the way through for once.
This is still my second-favorite movie of the year.

By the way, watched your namesake last night, will be writing it up in my thread in a few days.



Interesting. I saw this as a major breakthrough for him, not only integrating his influences seamlessly enough to me that I felt like this film was one of them, but really bringing everything together and delivering all the way through for once.
Even though I used the term "holding pattern" I can see why some would see this as a progression of sorts. It's definitely a more polished product but I still feel we haven't heard him speak in his own distinctive voice. HIs previous outings did leave me a bit underwhelmed and came off a little ... I don't know ... featureless maybe? I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm not sure the "quintessential Ti West" film exists.

By the way, watched your namesake last night, will be writing it up in my thread in a few days.
Cool. Looking forward to it.



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A United Kingdom - (2016)

Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) is living in Britain, but is heir to the throne of the kingdom of what will be called Botswana - to Ruth Williams, he's just a jazz loving, handsome and intelligent guy. When they become inseparable, there's only one recourse - to marry, despite attempts from outsiders to bar the union. This is kind of like the real-life version of Coming to America, except our king's wife is white - and the fact that this marriage is biracial causes a world-wide political storm. Britain is dependent on South African gold at the time this is happening, and it's South Africa that does everything to try and oust Seretse - eventually getting him to travel to Britain, where he's refused entry back into his own country. Separated, the couple begin a campaign for justice that will last years. What we have here is some dull, uninspired filmmaking - but the story being told is so uplifting and rousing that you'll want to cheer by the time the film ends. A great love story that more people should really know about - it's history worth teaching.



6/10


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The Black Dahlia - (2006)

I've been fascinated with this ever since it came out and got some of the most scathing reviews I've ever heard. I was surprised by how average it really was - which I guess is an unpardonable crime for a filmmaker of Brian De Palma's status. It tries to pack a lot of the novel into it's two hours (this was originally envisaged to be a miniseries with multiple big stars, directed by David Fincher.) What we get has lackluster performances and a plot which constantly veers off track and loses what should have been a constant focus. There are many cul-de-sacs to get lost down, considering how many red herrings and reveals there are and Josh Hartnett isn't equipped to lead us in a story like this - we needed a little innocence, but someone with more clout. Freaky real life murder - a mystery that's fascinating, but not a lot of that comes through in the fictional account.

5/10


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The Big Sleep - (1978)

What a bizarre thing this is. This version of Raymond Chandler's famous novel features an old Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe - all of the action transported to what was a contemporary setting in '78. It's also packed with big names - Oliver Reed, James Stewart, Edward Fox and Joan Collins to name just a few. Mitchum is far too old and ugly to play the detective - when young ladies are going ga-ga over him, it doesn't make sense, even in context. In any case, the actor doesn't appear to be present, and it feels like he's performing the role under hypnosis. The rest comes off like somebody is directing an amateur play, making this Big Sleep one of those bad movies you have to see to believe. I never knew this existed. It's Michael "Death Wish" Winner's baby - and an ugly baby to boot.

3/10



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The Big Sleep - (1978)

What a bizarre thing this is. This version of Raymond Chandler's famous novel features an old Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe - all of the action transported to what was a contemporary setting in '78. It's also packed with big names - Oliver Reed, James Stewart, Edward Fox and Joan Collins to name just a few. Mitchum is far too old and ugly to play the detective - when young ladies are going ga-ga over him, it doesn't make sense, even in context. In any case, the actor doesn't appear to be present, and it feels like he's performing the role under hypnosis. The rest comes off like somebody is directing an amateur play, making this Big Sleep one of those bad movies you have to see to believe. I never knew this existed. It's Michael "Death Wish" Winner's baby - and an ugly baby to boot.

3/10


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So, I am a big fan of the novel. And of Chandler in general. But specifically the novel. I think the Bogie/Bacall film is a good film in a vacuum, but if you read the novel you'll understand why that film leaves a lot of meat on the bone that's hard to just let go of.
But this. I mean, part of me wants to see it because a film like The Long Goodbye is such a wonderful out-of-its-time interpretation of Chandler's source material... but on the other hand, this whole thing with like really old men, from a mating perspective (I mean Mitchum is SIXTY-TWO in this film), being a sexy draw for young women and easily commanding their affection, it really turns me off these days in most cases (one exception, oddly is Atlantic City with Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon, where that May/December thing for some reason feels like it makes some sense). And Mitchum was a fairly weathered-looking man by that point.
I dunno, I think I'll pass on this one, honestly.



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So, I am a big fan of the novel. And of Chandler in general. But specifically the novel. I think the Bogie/Bacall film is a good film in a vacuum, but if you read the novel you'll understand why that film leaves a lot of meat on the bone that's hard to just let go of.
But this. I mean, part of me wants to see it because a film like The Long Goodbye is such a wonderful out-of-its-time interpretation of Chandler's source material... but on the other hand, this whole thing with like really old men, from a mating perspective (I mean Mitchum is SIXTY-TWO in this film), being a sexy draw for young women and easily commanding their affection, it really turns me off these days in most cases (one exception, oddly is Atlantic City with Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon, where that May/December thing for some reason feels like it makes some sense). And Mitchum was a fairly weathered-looking man by that point.
I dunno, I think I'll pass on this one, honestly.
Yeah, when I read that in the novel Philip Marlowe is 33 the discrepancy really stands out, and as you say, if anything Mitchum looks older than his age. He refers to General Sternwood as "the old man" and I think the odd comment like that should have been tweaked considering they both look the same age. But, as long as you know that this actually happened - you can add it to your mental file of cinematic oddities. I'll have to read the novel. I really need to see Atlantic City too - I've been wanting to see that for years.



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Yeah, when I read that in the novel Philip Marlowe is 33 the discrepancy really stands out, and as you say, if anything Mitchum looks older than his age. He refers to General Sternwood as "the old man" and I think the odd comment like that should have been tweaked considering they both look the same age. But, as long as you know that this actually happened - you can add it to your mental file of cinematic oddities. I'll have to read the novel. I really need to see Atlantic City too - I've been wanting to see that for years.
The novel may shock you, it did me. Just in terms of the taboos it takes on despite it being 1939. They couldn't put any of it in the movie in 1946 so the movie follows the same beats as the book, more or less, but has a very different central plot.
I liked Atlantic City. Something about the way Lancaster is and the Sarandon's character makes it make a little more sense. Nice movie too. Louis Malle.



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Hot Water (Fred Newmeyer & Sam Taylor, 1924)
6.5/10
Grimcutty (John Ross, 2022)
5/10
A White, White Day (Hlynur PŠlmason, 2019)
6/10
Speedy (Ted Wilde, 1928)
7/10

Speedy (Harold Lloyd) takes his date (Ann Christy) for a date at Coney Island before trying to save her dad's business and get Babe Ruth killed in his cab taking him to Yankee Stadium.
Slither (Howard Zieff, 1974)
- 6.5/10
Teenager (Gerald Seth Sindell, 1974)
5/10
Dressed to Kill (Roy William Neill, 1946)
6/10
The Good Boss (Fernando Leůn de Aranoa, 2021)
6.5/10

Business owner Javier Bardem likes to micromanage his factory and employees' personal lives, but he finds ot can come back to bite him in the ass.
The Woman in Green (Roy William Neill, 1945)
6/10
Winterbeast (Christopher Thies, 1992)
- 5/10
Rosa Rosae: A Spanish Civil War Elegy (Carlos Saura, 2021)
6/10
I Know Where I'm Going! (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1945)
+ 7.5/10

Desperate know-it-all Wendy Hiller tries to travel to a Hebrides island while navyman Roger Livesey takes some enjoyment in her getting her face smashed with water for her foolishness.
The Road to Galena (Joe Hall, 2022)
5.5/10
Corvette Summer (Matthew Robbins, 1978)
- 6.5/10
Togo (Israel AdriŠn Caetano, 2022)
5.5/10
The Sound of 007 (Mat Whitecross, 2022)
+ 6.5/10

History of James Bond's 60 years in movies is told through its music and songs by actors, critics, songwriters and singers, including Shirley Bassey who sang two including the iconic "Goldfinger".
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (Ken Annakin, 1965)
7+/10
After Ever Happy (Castille Landon, 2022)
5/10
Halloween Ends (David Gordon Green, 2022)
5.5/10
High Noon (Fred Zinnemann, 1952)
7+/10

Just retired and married marshal Gary Cooper decides he must defend himself, his wife (Grace Kelly) and his town against outlaws who have arrived and sworn to kill him.
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Jungleland (2019)

This was a tight little story about 2 brothers (Charlie Hunnam and Jack O'Connell) trying to get ahead under difficult circumstances. They are dreaming of a fight career for the younger brother but he has had to turn to illegal fights due to the past of his brother/manager. Good interaction between the mains but a rather predictable last 3rd. Good I'd say, and doesn't hang around which is refreshing.








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Star 80 - (1983)

On August 14th, 1980 Paul Snider shot and killed Playboy Playmate and actress Dorothy Stratten - Snider was her husband, but Stratten had outgrown the small-time pimp and con-man, and had started a relationship with director Peter Bogdanovich. This film is a dramatic retelling of what happened, with Mariel Hemingway as Stratten and Eric Roberts as Snider - and being a true story, it's not an easy watch. There's a certain kind of discomfort you get, watching Roberts embody such a slimy character - and seeing his private moments only heightens that feeling. I wouldn't say that everything in this is precise, but Bob Fosse's film is interesting and intimate. It's primarily about control, and shows us a relationship that involves a modicum of love, but one that is mostly about the control Snider has over what he sees as his ticket to the big time. Does this man even have the ability to love? Some personality disorders preclude it, but his jealousy is real. Anyway, this film feels a little exploitative, so it's really hard to rate - it's a good film aside from that. It's structured in a faux-documentary kind of way, but crosses over into straight narrative to bring us this story directly.

7/10


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Troll Hunter - (2010)

I'm sorry, but I just don't get it. I've tried a few times, since this film was so warmly received on it's release - but a found footage film about trolls is too ridiculous for me to enjoy. It makes absolutely no sense - these massive creatures roaming around, and yet nobody really knows about them until this film crew tags along with a troll hunter and records his activities. It loses me as soon as we get to the first troll. My mind goes "too silly" and shutdown commences, where my mind still sticks with the film, but only in a 'lets get this over with' sense. They're that easy to kill but have lifespans beyond 1000 years? I can't invest myself at all. To all you Troll Hunter lovers reading (and I know there are many) - simply, no.

4/10


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BrŁno - (2009)

I find Borat to be an extremely hilarious creation - a character for the ages. BrŁno much less so. This film still has the requisite humour and the situations Sacha Baron Cohen gets his character in has me grimacing so much my face hurts after watching. That style, where he purposely develops extremely embarrassing and awkward moments, always sets me on edge. As usual, there are many moments where I can't help but express my surprise and fear out loud. But for all of the comedy and commentary on modern culture, BrŁno still struggles a lot character-wise, and isn't as endearing as Borat. You get the feeling that this man is repeating himself here, and needs to move on to something new (but not Grimsby - that was awful) before he starts completely stuck.

6/10







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[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