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Old 01-24-18, 02:44 AM
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My Favorite Year, (1982) one of Peter O'Toole's best and one of my favorite movies. 10/10; every minute is a joy. Great supporting cast too.
aw cr*p. it's leaving in two days. i gotta watch it tomorrow.
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Old 01-24-18, 02:47 AM
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Suppose to be one of Fellini's weaker films. So that means it's still great. I think it's one of his best.

The Shape of Water is suppose to take place in Baltimore? Found that funny. The reviews on IMDB were not as kind as some of you are.
Today's cinema, as well as music is unbearable.

Watched An Unmarried Women last night (1977) hadn't seen that in a while. I will flip the DVD, but still a good flick.
i find amarcord to be his third best film behind 8 1/2 and la dolce vita. you can put the last two films in my top ten and i won't quibble about which one is rated higher. they're both a 9.5+ for me.
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Old 01-24-18, 02:54 AM
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Nice list. Blow up is a trip. Especially the end.
The Third Man is a movie many people, including myself had to watch a few times before it sunk in. The closing shot is one of the best in all of Cinema for me along with the background zither music.
it was a great day/night of movie watching. i appreciate antonioni's open-ended movies not tying up things in a neat little bow but it freaks most people out. the city/streets shots in the third man are a thing of wonder. and who knew sewers could be so dramatic and gorgeous in b & w? the third man worked for me the first time i saw it but i get how some would need multiple viewings. i had to watch blow-up 3x's before really connecting with it and that was after watching/loving/connecting with l'avventura. i did rip through roger ebert's the great movies editions i & ii and those help to prepare you/appreciate for the majesty you are about to watch.

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Old 01-24-18, 08:42 AM
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Macario, 1960, 10

Gabriel Figueroa's amazing cinemotography, alone, is worth a 10.

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Old 01-24-18, 02:31 PM
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aw cr*p. it's leaving in two days. i gotta watch it tomorrow.
It is worth making the effort. I think I will watch Sunset Boulevard tonight for another great movie about movie stars, when movie stars were something special.
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I just saw The Accused for the first time in probably 30 years (first and only time I ever saw it was when it was first released on VHS). I had forgotten how good Jody Foster is in the role of the victim. I had also forgotten how absolutely terrible Kelly McGillis is in the role of the Assistant DA.
I dunno, 7.5/10?
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Old 01-24-18, 07:57 PM
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Russian Ark; 2002; 8/10
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Old 01-25-18, 03:14 AM
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It is worth making the effort. I think I will watch Sunset Boulevard tonight for another great movie about movie stars, when movie stars were something special.
sunset boulevard. so good. so old-school freaky.
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Old 01-25-18, 10:37 AM
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If you do not possess a healthy attention span, then, do yourself a favor and skip this movie because you will be bored to tears.

Silent Light (Stellet Licht); 2007. I rate this movie a 10, admittedly, for somewhat personal reasons. However, I don't really see how I could otherwise give it anything less than a 9.5 in any case.

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Old 01-25-18, 06:05 PM
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The Searchers (1956) - IMDb
I've never really been a John Wayne fan, (I saw many of his old westerns on TV when I was a kid).
I always felt like he wasn't really an actor, but just played himself in every role.
But I've kept finding this film recommended as a classic, so I finally watched it.
10/10

I thought there was something odd early in the movie about his relationship with his sister-in-law.
I checked the trivia on IMDB, and sure enough, the director intended it.
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Old 01-25-18, 09:22 PM
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Since the word, FAKE, finds itself so much in the national conversation and ethos these days, I thought this find rather apropos and consonant with the times in which we find ourselves.

I'm totally fascinated with the persona of Orson Welles. He truly must have been larger than life. And, as is the case with any great artist, I would rather watch, or listen, to their most eccentric offerings or even what some would call failures, than most of the stuff that passes for "great" work in these days.

F is for Fake; 1973. Of course, some things are impossible to rate.


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Old 02-05-18, 12:23 PM
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Saw Birdman in a theater the other night w/ Antonio Sanchez drumming along in person (he did the soundtrack). It was a cool event but the drumming in person was louder relative to the movie and some of the dialog got swallowed up a bit.

I liked the movie the first time I saw it, and liked it more this time. My wife didn't like it at all the first time so I went with another friend this time.

I would say 8/10; the 'being out there doing it' vs 'analyzing/writing about it' vibe really hit home this time.
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Old 02-11-18, 08:30 PM
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La Camioneta: the Journey of One American School Bus.
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Old 02-12-18, 02:59 PM
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Captain America - Civil War. 8/10 Thought I would hate it as I've gotten tired of the superhero genre but it was pretty entertaining and certainly better than some of the more recent ones.
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Old 02-15-18, 08:54 AM
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Bubba Ho-Tep -- 7/10
Worth a non-critical watch just for the absurd premise and because Bruce Campbell makes everything better.

Unfortunately the movie misses some of the gloriously obscene stuff from Joe Lansdale's short story/novella. And the stuff that remains was edited out of the broadcast TV version.

It could only have been better in the hands of a young Sam Raimi from the Evil Dead era, with more preposterously gory and campy horror. Don Coscarelli's approach was a bit too tame and respectful of the source material. Not a good thing in this case. Like many writers, Joe Lansdale creates intriguing characters and scenarios, but seems to lose interest in following through. A director should regard Lansdale's stories about like the Jason Bourne novels for the movies -- something to be reinterpreted and adapted liberally to make a better movie.

But Bubba Ho-Tep is still a bit of campy fun, mostly because of the excellent casting, particularly Bruce Campbell as Elvis, playing himself as an Elvis impersonator so nobody catches on that he's really Elvis. Not many actors could pull off that sort of ironic metahumor, but it's Campbell's stock in trade.
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^ I never heard of this film, but just the thought of Bruce Campbell playing Elvis makes me laugh.
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Old 02-20-18, 12:09 AM
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rififi from 1955. an 8.5.
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Black Panther solid wow start to finish! Definitely will go see that again. 8/10
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Spiderman Homecoming 8/10 I thought Tom Holland nailed it. Favorite portrayal of Spiderman to date. Thought Marisa Tomei was an odd choice for Aunt May but I'm not complaining. Not even a little.
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Being There. Great.
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^yah...good underrated stuff. i give it a solid 9.
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Comet, 10/10
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Star Trek Beyond (2016) -- 6/10

More like Beyond Belief. Foolishly to go where an unmanned probe could have gone and avoided destroying the Enterprise yet again for no particular reason. This is why we can't have nice things when fanboy producer/directors meet with lawyers and accountants to milk franchises dry.

Almost zero build up of tension before the climax occurs in the first third of the movie.

This cast may have the least chemistry of any version Star Trek yet. Even the embarrassingly lame Star Trek: Enterprise TV series was less bad. The only saving grace of Star Trek Beyond is the theme song isn't as terrible as Star Trek: Enterprise. That song could induce a diabetic coma.
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American Made (2017) - IMDb
It is based on the true story of Barry Seal.
He was a pilot used by the US govt, then hung out to dry when they were done using him.
It has been years since I read the whole story about him, but I remember what happened to him in the end is accurate.
The govt made the intelligence he gathered public, (resulting in the cartel putting out a contract on his life).
Then they sentenced him to community service, which required him to be in a publicly known location every day.
Effectively, they gave him a death sentence.
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LBJ (2016) - IMDb

Directed by Rob Reiner, with Woody Harrelson as LBJ.
The most interesting performance I've ever seen from from Harrelson, who is unrecognizable in makeup.
I've always detested LBJ due to his pulling the US neck-deep into Vietnam, then not having the guts to admit his mistake.
It is easy to forget that it was his administration that enacted the Civil Rights Act, Medicare, & Medicaid.
The movie essentially ends with the enactment of the Civil Rights Act in mid-1964, and makes only a passing mention of Vietnam.
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