What was the last movie you watched?

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  1. Sentinel

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    Elite, which is the pompous/overblown moment ? The one where she meets the philosopher. I was wondering that this is the only part in the film when she reveals a part of herself, her thoughts. And the scene in which she dances like a girl.
     
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    Her

    computers develop consciousness here, but this serves the film as a tool to reveal how humans project their emotions and needs onto their love objects. Well made and well worthwhile.
     
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    Very insightful review of Forbidden Games. Beautiful movie. The innocence and purity of childhood in the face of war and bereavement.

    I am not sure what you refer to as the misplaced scene -- are you referring to the fight over the crosses? I thought it showed how adults are fighting over the very thing that has brought two children closer, how childish adults can be even in such hard circumstances.

    Brigette Fossey (Paulette) went on the act in several other movies and seems to have a good career. Georges Poujoly (Michel) played the small-time crook in Elevator to the Gallows and did some other small parts. He died of cancer at the age of 60.

    Rene Clement also directed Purple Noon (Plein Soleil) which I have on one drive. Guess I'll be seeing that soon.

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    Michel sure is in for a good thrashing in the end. I am not sure what really happens in the end with Paulette? Does she land up going to a concentration camp or what ? She doesn't seem to be Christian (that is implied at least). Does adopting Michel's last name help him track her in some fictional future ? Does it save her from the camps ?
     
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    All-Star Superman, only knew the comics, not the video.
     
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    Le Grande Illusion - 1937 (Renoir) - Wonderful and very interesting, I will have to see it again to understand the social issues better.

    I hope to see Rules of the Game tonight. What other movies of Gabin have you liked ? (I have French Cancan with me, not yet seen). I also have your other recommendation, Fires on the Plain.

    Thanks.
     
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    The late Ebert was decent, but I really can't say I've learned a lot from reading his stuff. His friend and colleague Jonathan Rosenbaum is a more insightful critic, and of course you can't talk about 20th-century film criticism without mentioning Pauline Kael. David Denby is perhaps Kael's most direct successor, the one who can (or could) strike the right balance between highfalutin obscurantism and insipid blurb PR.

    On the more theoretical (and foreign) side André Bazin is essential reading for just about every film student.

    Anytime. :) There are many more worthy Japanese directors (I hate the term "auteur") that I haven't mentioned. Others have already given a shout-out to Mizoguchi, another titan of Japanese cinema. To that I'll add Masaki Kobayashi, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Keisuke Kinoshita, Shohei Imamura, Masahiro Shinoda and Seijun Suzuki for starters. Also the Zatoichi series are great fun, most of the movies featuring Shintaro Katsu as the eponymous blind masseur/swordsman.

    And of course there's anime, with Miyazaki (the elder one, obviously) hovering over the competition.

    Then you'll also like the same director's Bob le flambeur (Bob the Gambler). You shouldn't expect edge-of-the-seat thrills because this is far from a standard heist movie (not that Le cercle rouge was either), but it's a very charming, almost nostalgic portrait of the City of Light and underground chivalry, thanks in no small part to the suave Roger Duchesne as the title protagonist.

    If you're looking for suspense then try The Wages of Fear by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Here Clouzot might well have surpassed the Master of Suspense himself (Hitchcock).

    No problem, glad you enjoyed them.

    As for Gabin's other movies, apart from French Cancan Renoir's La bête humaine is another one I can recall off the top of my head. Also Max Ophuls' Le plaisir, though he was only in one of the three parts (it's an omnibus film). But as you may know he was very prolific, these are by no means his only distinguished roles.
     
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    ^ I do believe I've seen Wages of Fear a few years back. Is it the one with the long truck ride, and in the end the truck is coming down the mountain ...

    Bob Le Flambeur is very much on my high-priority list, and no ... i am not into edge-of-the-seat thrills. I have had enough. I like more relaxed movies like the ones you have mentioned.

    Thanks for mentioning the various critics. And the other movie recommendations.
     
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    Enough Said (2013) - someone here recommended it but i can't find the post.

    Funny movie about divorced people, their affairs, their children. Laughed a lot.
     
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    Yes, that's the one. Clouzot's suspense is not exactly of the edge-of-the-seat variety either, but rather sustained suspense. I really can't think of anyone else that did it so skillfully, again not even Hitchcock himself.

    And no problem about the tips. Glad to be of help.
     
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    Miyazaki is the one who did Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro. There's another one I saw, Ponyo. Not sure if its Miyazaki too, but good.

    Loved them all. I'd love to watch Spirited Away again.

    Just checked .. all three are by him.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayao_Miyazaki#Filmography
     
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    Black Swan

    Surprised Natalie Portman was actually good in her performance considering she is a terrible actress.
     
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    Crash (2004)!

    An ensemble of Don Cheadle, Thandie Newton, Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Terence Howard, Tony Danza, William Fichtner, Matt Dillon Shaun Toub, Jennifer Esposito, Ryan Philippe & of course Ludacris and many more that I fail to name on top of my head.

    Intertwining stories about racism, victimization, intinctive impulses, prejudices, resentments AND consequences. Also the nagging HMO issue (universal healthcare huh!).:cry:
     
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    Saw and liked it a lot. Great flick.
     
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    Bob Le Flambeur (Bob the Gambler/High Roller, 1955) d. by Jean-Pierre Melville.

    (NonP, I did also see Rules of the Game (Renoir). Sadly, I did not "get it". Either i lack knowledge of the context, or am too new to films. Seemed to become a bit of a comedy at the end).
     
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    The Sting (1973). 8.5/10
     
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    There will be blood: 8/10

    PTA and DDL is the perfect combo. Joaquin Phoenix can't be ruled out too with his work with PTA. Amazing actors and director.
     
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    Le Samourai (1967 ) - Jean-Paul Melville. With Alain Delon as Jef Costello. Excellent film about a contract killer.
     
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    The Lone Ranger

    Yeah, I heard all the bad things about this film, but I really thought Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp would be enough to save it and make it worth watching....WRONG. This film is not the worst I've ever seen, but close. Do not waste your time.
    3/10
     
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    I saw Texas Chainsaw 2013 edition and it was pretty bad.
     
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    So bad? :-?

    Still have to watch any movie with Depp in it :)
    Cannot be worse than the vampire one.
     
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    If you want to watch a Depp movie, try Blow (about the drug trade) or Public Enemy (about John Dillinger). I am not a Depp fan, though.
     
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    Le Doulos (1962, Jean-Paul Melville). This film precedes Le Cercle Rouge and Le Samourai.

    Gangsters, trenchcoats, fedoras, pretty complicated plot, friendship among gangsters, informers. Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo (reminds me a lot of Roy Scheider) and another chap who looks like Rowan Atkinson aka Mr Bean.

    Next is probably http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_deuxième_souffle_(1966_film)
     
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    Le deuxième souffle - (1966) Jean-Paul Melville.

    Escaped gangster goes in for one last caper. Very interesting. Melville's last B&W film.
     
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    Classic Film, I really enjoyed it. It had a great Ragtime soundtrack that helped start a Ragtime revival, but technically since the film was set in the 1930's, a Ragtime soundtrack is historically inaccurate.

    I saw "The Room" yesterday with all my friends and I was stunned. I've never in my entire life seen a movie so amazing. It's a real shame it took me so long to see it.
    Acting = Oscar Worthy. Tommy Wiseau has a great supporting cast to back him up
    Plot = The plot twists are sick and leave you at the edge of your seat desperately wanting to know more
    Camera Work/Special Effects = Jaw-Droppingly stunning. You really get to know how San Francisco looks.
    Soundtrack = 10/10! The smooth Jazz soundtrack sets the mood for all the tantalizingly sexy love scenes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwrRkOSIoLs

    Tommy Wiseau truly gives us a Masterpiece. It's not everyday you see someone who writes the story, produces it, directs it, and is the main star in it! Of course Tommy Wiseau can easily pull this off, because he is a genius, and a sex symbol. I want to thank Tommy Wiseau from the bottom of my heart for giving us this wonderful film. It has inspired me to play football more often, and to never ever trust those close to me. If only more people would love each other, the world would be a better place...:cry:
     
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    Ever watch Ragtime with James Cagney?
     
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    The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones

    (I prefer the whole HP thing)
     
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    Yes I have, I remember I wanted to see it once I got finished reading the book. It dragged on at times, but still a very good film. I'll always have fond memories of the Evelyn Nesbit (Elizabeth Mcgovern) nudity scene :smile: But the great James Cagney did a marvelous job as the Police Commissioner in what may have been his last film...I think the Film itself was pretty popular with the critics and was nominated for a lot of awards.
     
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    I watched the Lone Ranger, and apart from it being a bit long, I thought it was good. The ending is fantastic. Also this film made Quentin Tarantino's top 10 movies of the year. If anyone hasn't watched it yet, I would recommend it.
     
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    Saw Fires on the Plain (Nobi, Japanese move, Koni Ichigawa) last night. Extremely interesting, and very, very bleak. I've seen dozens of holocaust and war movies, but I can't remember seeing anything like this ... to see what starvation can do to a man.

    A lot of Japanese movies of the earlier centuries do have famine and starvation as part of the theme one way or another.
     
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    Only the good die young?
     
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    Premium Rush, love this fun bicycle flick. 31 million gross is so undeserving.
     
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    Lots of fun, I agree.
     
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    12 years a slave...8/10

    Powerful acting from Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender.

    Brad Pitt's introduction was awkward, didn't fit in at all for me. Would have preferred Benedict Cumberbatch to have a bigger role.
     
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    August: Osage County - Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts

    Very intense, about an old woman with cancer and drug addiction (seemed like dementia to me). I'd recommend it to anyone who has old parents.
     
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    Directed and starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman

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    Is this the sequel to Jack sells his house ?
     
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    Wolf of Wall Street

    .....and the Oscar for best achievement in film editing goes to...someone else.
     
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    Oh my, I loved that actor

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    Watched Psycho last night. Had only seen the remake. Damn, it's just so good.
     
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    Saw The Artist a couple days back. Loved it.

    I suppose if you don't like old B&W movies, this may not make much sense to you. It's about the transition from silent to talkies. Just like the wonderful musical Singin in the Rain. Coincidentally, Jean Dujardin looks very much like Gene Kelly who was in SITR. The dog Uggie is of course excellent, but then i am a dogt.a.r.d :)

    Also, saw Hugo, which I loved, too. Ben Kingsley.

    Hugo and The Artist (like SITR) are two movies that I could watch every year.

    I was thinking that movies like Artist make me realize how much can be done without words. Maybe they should have more silence in movies.

    Take Le Samourai for example. There's almost nothing spoken in the first 15 minutes, and there's no need to.

    Contagion sucked. Yet another virus outbreak movie.

    The Academy must be full of old nostalgic degenerates like me :D who like movies about movies, and movies about the old times.
     
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    Saw 25th hour, cried.
     
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    Is that the one in which Federer wins his 25th Slam ?

    Not a dry eye in the whole universe :D
     
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    Dallas Buyer's Club - Excellent movie. Great acting, very fascinating story.

    The Escape - Horrible acting, horrible soundtrack. Story is interesting, but this was tough to watch.
     
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