Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by jamesblakefan#1, Mar 22, 2010.
LOL. Your avatar. Looks like a real life character from the next Ice Age movie or something.
Haven’t seen the pharmaceuticals you mention, but I think Jolie is a good actress. Thought she did a great job with Pitt in the Mr Mrs Smith and also earlier in those fantasy adventure films where she rides horses and speaks British.
LOL, Your avatar. Looks like the surgeon who saw Poobs lying on the operating table. Or something.
That wasn't a horse. It was Sigourney Weaver.
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers - (1946) Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin*, Kirk Douglas, Judith Anderson (aunt)**
* Charles Bovary in Madame Bovary
** Mrs Danvers in Rebecca
Also, the young Martha was played by Janis Wilson who played Tina in "Now, Voyager".
El Norte (1983) - a Guatemalan boy and sister flee persecution and go through a harrowing journey across Mexico and cross over into San Diego. Tragic and touching.
Acco to the review by Ebert, who likens it to The Grapes of Wrath, the film makers themselves had a harrowing time filming in Mexico, were held to ransom.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) Certainly has a lot more holes than I remembered,but still a pretty solid action flick
Well played and well made. Depp doesn't always fare well when he plays older men (e.g. Sweeney Todd, Mortdecai) but he gets it right here.
Saw The Ballad of Narayama (1958) again, after two years. Touching and beautiful movie about an old Japanese practice of old people being left on the to top of Mount Narayama to die upon turning 70.
Based on an old custom called Ubasute, abandoning the elderly in some remote, desolate place to die, during times of famine or drought.
Last entry on this ... June 8th, 2013
Late Spring (1949) - Nice Ozu film...
I need to go on an Ozu binge soon.
Saw The Intern. It was very so-so, not special- like one of those light dramas on the Family Channel.
I read the book, "Black Mass", by Lehr and O'Neill about ten years ago, which provided a great insight into the dark side of the FBI. Like Russian and American intelligence agencies, the FBI will go to great lengths to protect their assets. In America, CIA assets are generally known as agents or informants, while the personnel who are really employed by CIA are known as officers. This causes confusion at times, because a CIA agent is often a criminal or asset who was only paid for information.
In FBI parlance, their people are called agents. A guy like Bulger is a confidential informant. Things are more complex in Russia. Regardless of the case, they all take the attitude that someone might be a "bad guy," but it is their "bad guy."
I might see "Black Mass," but feel like I have already seen the story many times. I took many film classes in college, which made me more cognizant of the filmmaking process, at the expense of being able to lose myself in the dream state that "movies" are designed for. For me, films are too often a dull unveiling of my expectations.
I love Ozu. A friend from Russia once gave me a collection of Ozu DVDs, perfect in quality, dubious in legality. I think I will watch one.
Saw Remember the Night (1940) last night. Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. Nice light movie.
The last was - The Night of the Hunter - along with Cape Fear - two great films and both with Robert Mitchum!
came short to my expectations...still sorta liked it (probably becos of my bias to the genre)
Stroszek (1977) - Interesting film,not sure it fully clicked with me,but was certainly worth a watch...
Of Human Bondage - 1934. Leslie Howard, Bette Davis. Rather sad movie based on Somerset Maugham's novel.
Ah, a Herzog movie.
Seems Ebert liked it a lot.
I really should be getting some extra sleep before my morning appointment, but since it's been a while and I'm nowhere near drowsy yet....
It's among Malle's better movies but as is the case with nearly all of his fictional output I find it rather soulless. As I've said before Malle's true calling was as a documentarian, and one could say Au revoir was one of his attempts as such in a more fanciful manner. But he does check off all the right points of tribute to the French Resistance. Another plus: the lovely Irene Jacob making her film debut as the boys' piano tutor.
Glad you enjoyed both. Hope your mom eventually came around regarding Paradise.
Not quite a masterpiece, but it's probably Gilliam's best movie after Brazil. Also Robin Williams probably had his best "serious" role here, which is both telling and maddening because I really can't think of another talent of his caliber (which is to say almost no one) in cinema who had such an extensive history of mediocre and downright bad scripts.
If you liked Ivers you should also enjoy Lang's Scarlet Street which is even better. Looks like Moose has given you a few more noir recommendations.
I'm surprised that you've seen the Kinoshita movie twice because almost everyone I've talked to says he/she saw the later Imamura one (which I've yet to see myself). It's indeed a fine movie, though I do question whether such a stylized mise en scene is appropriate for such serious subject matter. Thankfully the custom of ubasute seems to be less a historical tragedy than folklore.
Speaking of stylized Japanese movies Seijun Suzuki is well known among cineaste circles (which unsurprisingly include Tarantino) for such oft-kilter yakuza fare as Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter. But the best movie of his that I've seen is not a crime flick but rather a youth melodrama called Everything Goes Wrong. I discovered it fairly recently and was stunned at its (atypical) sharp social critique and emotional range, though his trademark nihilism that informs his better-known output is still very much in evidence. Highly recommended.
Late Spring is arguably Ozu's best film, but don't just stop there. There are lots more worthy Ozu titles but a few must-sees are the silent I Was Born, But... and his first talkie The Only Son, both of which I place above the overrated Tokyo Story. And I've always had a soft spot for his valedictory An Autumn Afternoon, which I briefly covered on the Kubrick thread:
1. Is the 1983 version supposed to be better in some way. I just checked out and find that it won the Grand Prize at Cannes. But Vincent Canby's review which reveals details of this version is quite shocking. It literally turned my stomach and dissuaded me from watching it. Review has spoilers.
2. btw, this practice of 'ubasute' is very much alive in India to this day where old people (probably mostly illiterate women from poor families, and mostly ill and possibly suffering from dementia) are abandoned at religious places up in the mountains far from their home, during festivals. I once read that on an average 3000 people are abandoned every year during the Kumbh Mela. They do not remember where they are from, or cannot give details so cannot be sent back.
Yes, she did.
Why do you call it soulless ?
is San Andreas fault any good ?? and also if that magnitude of earthquake hits for real,,,,,was the Movie very accurate portrayer of what would Really happen ?????
Sicario. This is a great film - even if the basic story has been done many times before. It has some truly amazing cinematography sequences. For a Hollywood film it's one of the best films so far this year imo.
Saw Kurosawa's Seven Samurai again. Art in its purest form.
Hoping to catch Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' and M Night Shyamalan's 'The Visit' and desperately hoping they both make a come back.
As well as Villenuve's 'Sicario'.
Army of Shadows / L'armée des ombres (1969) - Melville. Based on Joseph Kessler's book based on his experiences in the French Resistance. Starring Lino Ventura and Simone Signoret.
Signoret was the first French person to win an Academy award for her role in Room at the Top (1959).
Kikujiro no Natsu (1999) - Nice Japanese movie about a boy searching for his mother. Saw it in 2013, saw it again last night.
Went to see The Martian by Ridley Scott. Great sci-fi movie and one of Damon's best ever performances.
Saw Beetlejuice. Keaton was great there, the best role I remember him in.
Truck Turner (1974) - Isaac Hayes was a badass in this...
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) - Jennifer Jones, William Holden. Romantic movie set in Hongkong.
American Pop (1981)
Must remember to check that out online (doubt it will come to the cinema in my town)
This too, saw it a couple of weeks ago.
Really good film.
I caught a bit of X-Men: First Class this morning too on TV.
so its far far better than Interstellar then?!?
I think it might be a different style. The Martian sounds more like Apollo 13, whereas Interstellar sounds more like Contact (but I have watched neither The Martian nor Interstellar).
It is more realistic than Interstellar which was like a Fantasy movie. You spend much more time on Mars than on space traveling. It's probably the best Matt Damon performance I've ever seen.
Better than Saving Private Ryan?
It's not the most challenging role he's done but try entertaining the audience on your own as an astronaut left behind on Mars. It wasn't dull for one moment and most of that had to do with Matt's great performance.
Sicario was great though I still think Mad Max Fury Road is the best film in 2015, have yet to see anything top that but Sicario is definitely top 5.
I don't think so. They have different purposes as sci-fi. The Martian is more realistic, while Interstellar shows the wonders and dangers of distant space travel.
Besides, where did I imply it was far, far better?
I love NY, with Sunny Deol and Kangana Ranaut. Supposedly set in NYC and Chicago, but they screwed up the filming of a scene supposedly in Chicago airport. It was actually in Bangkok airport and was given away by some signs in Thai language.
Is that an India matinee idol? Actually sounds like an orange juice we have around here. LOL
by saying it was good. sorry, but i thought Interstellar was very subpar...
Or Dole Pineapple?
Yes, in a certain community, men in entertainment shorten their names or adopt nicknames like Sunny, Happy, Lucky etc. Sometimes the names naturally "map" into these, sometimes not. In this case, not. His real name is Ajay.
That's the one! Sunny Delight! LOL
Did he pick that name to resemble the orange juice brand?
It was a nice movie with good music. I think Kikujiro should have adopted the kid though
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