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Old 11-28-17, 07:37 AM   #1851
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The Little Foxes (1941) with Bette Davis, Theresa Wright and Herbert Marshall, directed by William Wyler. 10 out of 10, easily. Highest recommendation. Superb print from the Film Struck streaming service.
Another Part Of The Forest (1948). Hellman's play adapted to film regarding the Hubbards some years prior to The Little Foxes. Again, a fine ensemble cast, with Duryea being his usual slimy self, and Blair--in her first expanded screen role--pretty as a picture. There is an adequate print on youtube. TCM premiered it last March with a fine transfer but declined to run it for the on-demand feature. bastards
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...first American movie I've seen in years where I had to stop and think about it.
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Remains of the Day (1993) -- 10/10

Hadn't watched this in years and it was as good as I'd remembered. If there's such a thing as a perfect movie, this is it. Achingly beautiful, emotionally rich and complex without ever being maudlin or manipulative.

Anthony Hopkins' performance has worn well, far better than his excessively mannered Hannibal Lecter character, who became more insufferably caricatured with the movie Hannibal, which was more entertaining as an example of Grand-Guignol absurdist theater. Brian Cox played a more convincing Lecter in Manhunter.

And, upon revisiting the movie, it's also achieved renewed political and cultural resonance with the current trend toward fascism in many governments around the world. When I first watched the movie years ago the subplot about Nazi appeasement and collusion felt like an historical curiosity but not particularly relevant. But it's relevant again.
10/10 is a little high for me...i definitely give it a 9 and maybe a 9.5 if it catches me in the right frame of mind. both emma thompson and anthony hopkins are fantastic and the respect/tension between them is a masterclass in acting. the unsaid speaks louder than the spoken in this film. christopher reeves offsets the staid british manner just enough to be supremely effective. and yes, the book is a must-read as well as ishiguro slowly undoes the seams in the fabric of whatever society he writes about. the movie is a slow burner but one that stays with you,
encompassing fears, regrets and mistakes we've all had or made.
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Old 11-28-17, 07:26 PM   #1854
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^ Read Ishiguro's novel.

I too feel it is a perfectly adapted film.

Have you seen Never Let Me Go? Another sublime adaptation of Ishiguro's novel of the same title. And one of the more believable disturbing dystopian realities any author has put upon a page.



great adaptation for remains of the day. i'd watch it tonight but i lent my copy to my son. time for me to play repo man because this thread really has me in the mood to watch it.

read never let me go but haven't seen the movie.

waiting for ishiguro's the unconsoled to be made into a movie. another haunting (but longer)
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Old 11-28-17, 07:29 PM   #1855
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dead poets society-8.5

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Old 11-28-17, 09:46 PM   #1856
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Hell or High Water (2016) - IMDb

9/10

Imagine "No Country for Old Men" (2007) with the Tommy Lee Jones character replaced by Jeff Bridges in his Rooster Cogburn character from "True Grit" (2010).
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I watched The Ref for the first time. Kind of a Christmas comedy movie with Denis Leary and lots of bickering. The "happy ending" didn't seem quite believable, but this wasn't a deep thinking movie. 7/10
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Old 11-29-17, 11:04 AM   #1858
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I get you about a frame of mind. If my muse forsakes me (happens often: one of several reasons I do not "rate by number" cinemawork), I can't get going hardly any interest. If however she is in the neighborhood? I can fall deep easily. That said....

The dude Ishiguro densely packs so much inferred internal narrative into his words. I think people would be amazed how physically thin in hand the TROTD book really is. I am. You mentioned Reeves' contribution. Indeed, I think it's his finest role. James Fox, too. (youtube "a question of attribution." it's in two parts, and not long. great britishness from james in this, as well as "her majesty."

See NLMG. (knowing you read this is a tremendous pleasure.) Some rearrangement of this--to me--great story happens for the sake of "on-screen continuity," or maybe expedience, but none of the pathos is lost. Do write your impression/s regarding it.

The Unconsoled had placed upon it many holds at the library last I checked. But I'll get to it before the winter is out.
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I get you about a frame of mind. If my muse forsakes me (happens often: one of several reasons I do not "rate by number" cinemawork), I can't get going hardly any interest. If however she is in the neighborhood? I can fall deep easily. That said....

The dude Ishiguro densely packs so much inferred internal narrative into his words. I think people would be amazed how physically thin in hand the TROTD book really is. I am. You mentioned Reeves' contribution. Indeed, I think it's his finest role. James Fox, too. (youtube "a question of attribution." it's in two parts, and not long. great britishness from james in this, as well as "her majesty."

See NLMG. (knowing you read this is a tremendous pleasure.) Some rearrangement of this--to me--great story happens for the sake of "on-screen continuity," or maybe expedience, but none of the pathos is lost. Do write your impression/s regarding it.

The Unconsoled had placed upon it many holds at the library last I checked. But I'll get to it before the winter is out.
totally on both counts. i remember seeing the movie back in the day and then being intrigued by reading that
jeff bezos-the founder of amazon (only then an internet book concern)-said it was his favorite book. out of the
millions of books his company had access to, a newish (published in 1988) ishiguro novel was the one. hadda
pick it up and then proceeded to read ishiguro had written. gotta catch up on a newer novel or two in the
post-nobel glow.

i was lazy, didn't search it and couldn't remember if it was christopher reeve or reeves. it's reeve. my mistake.

this thread had me agitated and couldn't wait to reclaim my video copy of the remains of the day.
plunked down the $2.99 on amazon and watched it. it caught me in the mood. 9.5.

the unconsoled is like 3 ishiguro novels in one. it weighs in at 535 pages. a veritable feast.

i'll hafta watch never let me go in the next week or two.
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One of my favorite books. It is kind of like reading someone experiencing a frustrating bad dream.
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I watched A Midnight Clear. It's been a few years since I had last seen it. WW II movie set right before the Germans launch the Battle of The Bulge. Also has a kind of underlying Christmas theme. Stars a young Ethan Hawke and Gary Sinise. 8/10

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the new Murder on Orient Express. I feel this story has so much more potential but the overacted, annoying and 'too french' Poirot really ruins it.
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The Big Sick.

Semi original/semi true romance story. Comedian Kumail Nanjiani story of meeting his wife.
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It Happened One Night (1934) - IMDb

9/10
A romantic comedy that was made in just 4 weeks, with both lead actor and actress expecting it to flop.
But then it swept the Academy Awards for:
- Best Picture
- Best Actor in a Leading Role (Clark Gable)
- Best Actress in a Leading Role (Claudette Colbert)
- Best Director (Frank Capra)
- Best Writing, Adaptation
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Old 12-03-17, 12:00 AM   #1865
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I saw "Justice League" yesterday. I give the recliners at the theater a 9/10 and the movie about a 6/10. Gal Gadot is fine. Amy Adams is even better. The story sucked. The effects were cool.
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Saw Lady Bird this past weekend. Good movie. I could see it getting some Oscar buzz.
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City of Industry (1997) -- 8/10
One of the great revenge movies, by one of the great directors of movies about conflicted characters with no clear good guys (John Irvin, who also did When Trumpets Fade, an underrated HBO movie). Not to everyone's taste but it's been one of my favorites for years. Even on commercial TV with editing it still comes across well. Less stylized and histrionic than Reservoir Dogs, but equally believable tough guys. I like it as well as Ronin, with similar slow-burn brooding characters.

The closest the taut script comes to a misstep is when Famke Janssen's character tells Harvey Keitel's vengeance minded character "You don't look like a killer." When did Harvey Keitel ever not look like a killer? I've always wondered whether that line was supposed to be a joke, but delivered so subtly it's hard to be sure.

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Batman Begins -- 7/10, upon re-watching.
I made the mistake of watching Batman Begins after having been a big fan of The Dark Knight. So the first of the Christopher Nolan trilogy seemed weak and tedious. But I watched it again on network TV this weekend.

While it's still much weaker than the outstanding The Dark Knight (few action movies are nearly as good as that one), Batman Begins seemed better the second go 'round. First time I watched it I'd have given it 6/10 at best. The chronology is still muddled in the beginning. Much as I like Liam Nesson I found him unconvincing as Ra's al Ghul. He didn't have the gravitas and supreme arrogance needed to lead a band of covert disruptors over centuries. Neeson is better at playing lone assassins, the self sufficient type, but not a leader. And Christian Bale as the young Bruce Wayne lacked the edge of persuasive darkness and perversity he'd showcased so brilliantly in American Psycho. A minor thing, since the Bruce Wayne character was still evolving. But Katie Holmes was better than I'd remembered as Rachel, although Maggie Gyllenhaal really owned that role.

Still a bit too long with some unnecessarily detailed background development during the first third. But better overall than my first impression, mostly because my expectations were so high after watching The Dark Knight first.
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Watched a couple of fairly recent sci-fi movies via Amazon Prime. Both were very good, well worth watching again. Sci-fi, horror and fantasy are great for sneaking in commentary on politics, religion, culture and human foibles, and these two movies don't disappoint in terms of making statements.

The Girl With All The Gifts -- 9/10
I've always loved zombie movies, especially those that defy the genre and add twists. And "Girl" is among the most twisted I've ever experienced. The closest thing to it is the original Swedish production of "Let the Right One In". Sennia Nenua as Melanie is an absolute wonder, and if you've seen Lina Leandersson in LtROI, you'll recognize the comparisons -- while LtROI is technically a vampire movie, the characters are more similar than different.

"Girl" is marred only very slightly by an improbable ending, and perhaps being a tad derivative of LtROI and some George Romero tropes (not that it's a bad thing to be inspired by the master of the genre). Trying to avoid spoilers here and the movie is still well worth watching. I will definitely watch it again soon.

Arrival (2016) -- 7/10
I'm really torn between giving this one 7 or 8 out of 10. It was so close to being a great movie. But the writer and director built a solid skeleton, then spent all their time on really nice skin and clothing and forgot to add any meat to the bones.

It's stylish, beautifully done and Amy Adams is marvelous -- the character she plays is strong, vulnerable, smart, quietly expressive, tough, determined... damn near the perfect woman, the one you'd always regret losing. She makes it so easy to overlook how hollow the movie is inside.

If only the writer and director had considered making a movie about an event of worldwide significance to the human race that included more than just one fully formed character. Unfortunately it comes across as a gorgeous, poetic, beautifully melancholic monologue.

And "The Girl With All The Gifts" succeeds in that very aspect lacking in "Arrival". The characters are fully formed, complex, and as Sgt Parks says, neither saintly nor evil, good nor bad, just trying to survive in a world gone mad.

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Moonrunners (1975) about moonshine runners. It has the mature and religious subject matter that makes a plot and was removed from the TV version Dukes of Hazzard, and car chases in 70s barges with sloppy handling. It's more romantic action drama than slapstick comedy.
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I watched the Christmas classic, The Shop Around the Corner. This is Jimmy Stewart's other Christmas movie. Although it is really only deals with Christmas as a backdrop to the end of the movie's action which occurs on Christmas Eve. It is the kind of movie where all the conflicts are resolved gently. 7/10

**Almost forgot to mention. Lots of interesting old bicycles in the movie.

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The Big Sick.
8/10 if you're looking for something quiet and realistic. Not depressing, either, as the title may imply.
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