Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by jamesblakefan#1, Mar 22, 2010.
The English version of the film gives subtle hints that the villain is homosexual. Great movie.
Seems some audiences are very sensitive about noticing this kind of thing -- some reviews also points this out, although I thought that was just part of his game. He mentions that Rope also has homoerotic overtones.
Just saw Rashomon -- very interesting. One thoughtless action by a male ruins at least two lives. Although that was not what the movie was about.
The Boy In the Striped Pajamas - Heart-breaking story of an 8 year old (and his mother) who discover the horrors of the camp next door. Actually he doesn't understand what's going on -- the smoke from the chimneys, the people disappearing etc, but the viewer gets it. The boy doesn't get it even in the end.
A Separation (Original: Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)
I am so glad I watched this movie from Iran. The direction, the plot and most importantly the acting is so good. I am sure if this script was given to some Hollywood producer, it would end in the bin, but the way this film was made is amazing. Without trying too hard, the movie gets you involved in the story and again the acting is the best I have seen in a while. Highly recommended.
Fist of the North Star
An animation with a lot of violence A movie about the world after a nuclear war has ended all plant life; the movie had great potential which is partly lost as it seems it was edited in haste.
Anatomy of a Murder (d by Otto Preminger). Definitely worth a see if you like courtroom trial movies. Two hours and forty minutes. James Stewart.
^ I saw A Separation a few months back. Very nice, and loved the ending. Highlights how children have to ultimately bear the brunt of marital discord/separation. I also saw the directors other movie (About Elly) but i had very bad sub-titles.
Geezers kicking butt. As silly as it sounds, a laugh here and there.
Yes A separation is great movie and the cultural backdrop they show is excellent with top notch performance, i am glad its just not another hollywood movie.
On topic i recently watched Texas chainsaw massacre1974 what a sick sick film.. Marilyn burns screaming caused me the worst horror
Just got back from Europe yesterday and last night we did a FU MANCHU marathon - started with the Karloff versions from the 30s all the way thru the Chrstopher Lee Hammer ones!!!! Awesome stuff.
Today (pouring rain this morning so no tennis until later) we are watching all the QUATERMASS flicks - even the crappy ones with Brain Dunleavy as QUATERMASS -
The Conjuring- not as good as a similar movie Insidious. Still worth your time.
i thought it was much better than Insidious, honestly. i did appreciate Insidious though. it took horror in a good direction. it was a little all over the place though. hopefully the sequel is good.
but yeah, i recommend watching The Conjuring as well. worth one's time.
In Cold Blood (1967) - about the 1959 murder of a family, and finding the culprits with almost no evidence/clues to link them. Based on the book by Truman Capote, won 4 Oscars incl one for Best Director.
Seem to be some deviations from what actually happened. Later a movie called Capote (2005) was made about Capote's research into the murder.
I saw Helen Mirren promoing the Red 2 opening last week on "Kelly & Michael Live" and as she says "It pays well!"
Mirren's work in "Prime Suspect" is currently on display in reruns on my local PBS station...much better than the ordinary TV drivel elsewhere. I'm really loathing reality TV!
Also, I only saw the last half-hour of "Intersection" on the tube today and I'm sad I didn't tune in earlier. I never saw it in original release ('97?). Great cast...Gere, Stone, Landau, Davidovich and directed by Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond)!
I'm just saying it looked stupid and ridiculous much like a Michael Bay movies.
It's also got Idris Elba in it, and let's just say he's been in some bad movies. I think he's a good actor, but he makes questionable movie choices.
I think the girl in the lead has a great voice and I am surprised she is not more famous. Movie: 7/10
I had it for a while, and I finally decided to watch it. Wow, I was surprised that I would enjoy this movie so much. 8/10 !!!
Saw Pacific Rim last weekend.
It was definitely better than the two Transformers films I've seen (1 and 2) which isn't saying a whole lot because it was still pretty much forgettable. I was really surprised Del Toro made a film like that to be honest after Pan's Labyrinth and the original plan for him to direct the Hobbit films.
My wife wanted to see it (she's a huge Sandra Bulloch fan), and we haven't been to a theatre in a long time. I figured it'd at least be good for the popcorn...
Since I wasn't expecting much, I was pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be hilarious. Not sure it was worth $11 entry and $20 popcorn and drinks, but had a good time.
^^ tell the wife to bring the big purse, throw a few bottles of soda in there. Maybe some Milk Duds (who came up with that name??) as well.
In 1928, Milton J. Holloway took over F. Hoffman & Company of Chicago, the original manufacturer of Milk Duds chocolate covered caramels. The Milk Duds name came about because the original idea was to have a perfectly round piece. Since this was found to be impossible, the word "duds" was used. The word "milk" was used to reflect the large amount of milk in the product.
L.A. Confidential - nice, enjoyed it.
I might watch The Untouchables tonight since someone mentioned it, or perhaps another Hitchcock movie. I might also watch The Treasure of Sierra Madre soon since i read that the villain in In Cold Blood (who mentions that movie) actually had a role in it when he was a kid -- Robert Black.
I watched Dial M for Murder last week, for the third time. Most ingenious plot ever.
Fateless (2005) - a semi-autobio movie about a boy from Hungary who spent several years at Buchenwald. It was the first camp to be liberated, by the US Army in April 1945.
Yeah, I loved that.
ROBERT BLAKE............Beretta!!!! (He was also in the Little Rascals as well).
Two other great Blake flicks are Electra Glide In Blue and Tell them Willie Boy is here .
Seems Robert Blake was suspected of bumping off his wife -- pretty sad story. Had a tough childhood being abused by both parents, iirc.
But he rather impressed me in In Cold Blood. I remember that scene when there is rain falling on the window, and it looks like there are tears on his face.
I watched madagascar 2. It's been a while!
Aside from the stunning quality of the animation, it is actually an incredibly intelligent film with a ton of 'wink wink' moments if you just happen to be on the same page with the writers.
Naw he did it and got away with it.......had a civil trial after that found him guilty and liable for her death......he was sued by his step kids in the case.
Intense actor - check out on YouTube his interview with the idiot Piers Morgan - you can see Blake starting to boil
^^ let's be clear here; a civil trial does not require evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.
And let's be fair. I saw Blake only a few weeks ago on a local golf course hunting for the real killer.
Lucky, OJ was banned from those golf courses while searching for Nicole's killer.
The Killing (d. by Stanley Kubrick) - enjoyed the unraveling of the plot, and delighted by the finish. Gone with the wind
The Conjuring and Despicable Me 2...
Despicable Me 2 was a fun movie, really good.
But The Conjuring... I am so glad I went with some friends. It was a really good movie and it was truly frightening.
Reservoir Dogs (d. by QT) - I was quite disappointed at the end, seemed to look very promising at the start.
"Hero" starring Jet Li. Not only is it my favorite martial arts movie, it's one of my favorite movies of all time. It has rich, beautiful visuals in every scene. The story is full of intrigue and twists, and there is romance, drama, and awesomely choreographed action on top of all that. Five star movie!
Saw Pacific Rim some days ago. I loved the battle scenes, but the plot was full of cliches. Won't name them so as to not spoil, but for those who have seen, you know what I'm talking about.
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, 101 Reykjjavik, and Donnie Brasco.
Welcome to the Dollhouse, d. by Todd Solondz. A sometimes painfully funny black comedy about a schoolgirl named Dawn Wiener (for those itching to crack the Weiner jokes, note the spelling and the fact that the movie came out in 1995), who is bullied on all fronts and receives little rewards at the end. It's not as "honest" as some reviewers would have you think (bullying in real life is generally more subtle than Solondz portrays in the film), but it's still better than most teen comedies with fairytale endings. Recommended.
I wouldn't put Oharu up there. It starts with promise, but as the plot thickens it strains credulity to the point where melodrama takes over Mizoguchi's pet message about the travails of women.
But I'm glad to see a shout-out to Sansho the Bailiff. It's probably the director's greatest work, and one I'd consider among the very best in any genre if not for the questionable casting of Yoshiaki Hanayagi as Zushio.
Truly a scary film.
Good movie. One of those where you have to pay attention
The Dark Knight Rises.
It's a pretty good film, with the last hour being particularly compelling.
Pacific Rim. Great summer blockbuster type movie. If the plot was not so cliche, it would be perfect.
Visually it is one of the best I have ever seen. Completely awesome. Just don't expect much storyline and you will be happy.
Piranha 3D was on last night.
Didn't think I would enjoy it but I totally did. It's so over-the-top bad it's good. It's basically fish + gore + boobs. Awful movie that ended up being so hysterically entertaining.
The Pledge (Sean Penn, Jack Nicholson). A man possessed by a pledge to find a serial killer.
In The Heat of the Night - Enjoyed it a lot, shocked at the discrimination -- did not know that stuff was prevalent even in the late sixties, however, could not piece together a couple things.
Why did the murderer not leave/hide the body in the field. Why drive it to the city and dump it there. Was the spot random or deliberate ?
How is the murderer linked to the crime ?
Last thing I saw in theaters was The Host. Horrible, what a waste of time but it was on a date so it's not like I had a choice. Movies in general, Major League the other night.
A Man For All Seasons (1966 ) - 6 Oscar Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director. About Sir Thomas More (played by Paul Scofield). His last words are so beautiful and true.
Sir Thomas More: [talking to the witnesses for his execution] I am commanded by the King to be brief, and since I am the King's obedient subject, brief I will be. I die his Majesty's good servant but God's first.
[to the executioner]
Sir Thomas More: I forgive you right readily.
[he gives him a coin]
Sir Thomas More: Be not afraid of your office; you send me to God.
Archbishop Cranmer: You're very sure of that, Sir Thomas?
Sir Thomas More: He will not refuse one who is so blithe to go to him.
[he kneels and puts his head on the chopping block]
I am not sure whether these are his actual words or written for the movie. Most sources only mention this:
I die the King's good servant but God's first
The name of the movie comes from what Robert Whittington wrote of him in 1520:
Thomas More was sainted in 1935.
An Inconvinient Truth.
Very violent. It's like Good Fellas meets The Fast and the Furious.
I just laughed my way through Dog Day Afternoon.
^ I liked Drive.
Loved Drive to death.
But the thematic sequel Only God Forgives is hard to digest, hard to like. Saw it last nite, still trying to process it.
Have you watched Kikujiro?
Saw the 3-D version of "An Inconvenient Truth" --- feels like the world will end when Gore is coming towards you.
Kids as well as adults would like this one. 7/10
World War Z
I had read the book before watching this movie just to prepare myself. The movie is different from the book in one major way, the Zombies are fast; this makes the movie more an action film. But I understand why this direction was taken. The book is okay but not great. Movie is a solid 6.5/10
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