Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by jamesblakefan#1, Mar 22, 2010.
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.
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.
^^ 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
The Conversation (1974, Gene Hackman). Great pic, but I still haven't got a couple of things. Did the murder actually take place in the hotel. If it did, how did they get the body down without anyone the wiser.
Trivia: what's common between Dog Day Afternoon and The Conversation ?
Answer at end of post.
Hadn't even heard of it. But am now getting it, thanks for the recommendation.
A: Both have John Cazale in a supporting/side role.
It's a Disaster
Four couples meet for Sunday brunch and find our thereis a major attack / end of world event...and they lock themselves in the house. It is a very good comedy with great script. Reminds me of Carnage.
Sharknado, Kane of shark and tornado flicks.
Just saw Kikujiro. Touching and hilarious. The man and the boy are both amazing. A Japanese movie about a kid who goes on a search for his mother.
Also saw The Lost Weekend (1945 Best Pic, Best Director for Billy Wilder, Best Actor for Ray Miland). About an alcoholic. Sad.
Ray Milland was in Dial M for Murder (and also Love Story).
Just saw Network ( form 1976 or is it 1975..?)
WOW .. its a sharp movie . Prophetic in a way .
Throne of Blood - Kurosawa's adaptation of Macbeth.
The arrows in the final scene were actually being shot at Mifune.
I saw the 4-D version... all of the ice in my drink melted.
Dead Man Walking - Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon. Intense.
So what the name of the first movie. Can you give an IMDB or wikipedia link ?
The Conjuring :twisted: :shock:
Directed by Pavel Lungin
Yes to combine business and green thinking is not ok.
Ronin - De Niro et al. Tight, tense, the car chases had me on edge.
The section on Production on wikipedia is particularly interesting - cinematography and car chases.
Thanks for recommendation, Mike.
brad pitt got nominated for his performance!
Very good; the themes explored in the movie are deep and thought provoking. 8/10.
Mud was beautifully shot, as well.
Manchurian Candidate (1962) - Interesting cold war psychogical thriller. Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury.
Harvey speaks very well, must say. Good performance by Lansbury. I read that Sinatra bought the rights to the movie in 1964 and did not allow it to be shown till 1988 (so it was unknown for 24 years). This was due to JFK's assassination.
Directed by the same guy who directed Ronin.
The Night of the Hunter (1955) (d by Charles Laughton). The only movie that Laughton directed. Interesting movie about a serial killer, had me on edge.
Saw that a few months back. Interesting. Isn''t that the one with the fat boy who was good with stats or numbers ? I found the flick boring till he arrived. Then it was fun.
Debbie Does Dallas... Again. Two thumbs up for Vivid Entertainment.
The new Wolverine. I was so excited to see it but it was a letdown like a made for TV movie.
Yes, I forgot to mention that. Good cinematography.
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