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Old April 2nd 09, 16:27   #681
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Lifeboat (1944)
Hitchcock takes one set, a small group of people and weaves magic. For some reason people thought this was propaganda for the Nazis when it was released, but it's actually an indictment of all of humanity.
I think anything made in 1944 would have been viewed through the lens of the war -- quite inappropriately, no doubt.

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My problem with political movies was summed up in my review of The Battle Of Algiers. In that film the director took a stance, yet tried to appear as if he was making a non-biased film all the while giving away his bias with musical manipulation.
Hmm, I took it the opposite way. I felt Pontecorvo was clearly biased in favor of the Algerians throughout (they did help make the movie, after all), and revealed his sympathy for both sides through the music. Every time there's a bombing, you get the same sad music playing afterward, no matter who's dying in that particular scene.
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Old April 2nd 09, 16:59   #682
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The Strangers (Unrated) (2008)
The Strangers unfortunately suffers from the gore horror backlash that has been taking place among non-horror fans for a few years now. The funny thing, The Strangers isn't even close to gore. I had to read a few reviews and listen to one idiot whose name has a Rope in it declare The Strangers nothing but another entry in the useless torture porn genre. Apparently nowadays a horror film that focuses on the suspense and actual scares and doesn't show hardly any violence, no gore and one scene that is more tame than anything you'll ever see on Wednesday nights on CBS is torture porn to the extreme. Idiotic breakdowns of this film aside, the Strangers is actually a good little horror flick. It's a bit predictable, but I did like the way the suspense was built, how they held back on the gore and blood, but I had a problem with a few key points near the end. Still, a fun horror flick that is not torture porn in any way.
Yea, this is one I really like too. Can't imagine it was referred to as torture porn. I'm assuming that's a reference to hostel and Saw type movies, which while I love horror movies, those type are definitely not for me.


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Hitchcock takes one set, a small group of people and weaves magic. For some reason people thought this was propaganda for the Nazis when it was released, but it's actually an indictment of all of humanity. The tight cloistered feel could have been tedious, but Hitchcock keeps the suspense flowing and the ending is a nice call-back to the beginning and a finale on the allegorical meaning that Hitchcock was getting at all film long.
My lover and I both saw this as kids, and we picked it up recently for a good price (haven't had a chance to watch yet, it's in the "need to watch pile") and we've been wondering we would like it as much as adults. Nice to hear you praise it, gives me hope we will like it as adults also.

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Arsenic And Old Lace (1944)
Cary Grant runs all over the place hamming it up to the nth degree, sometimes to the detriment of the film. When he's not doing that the movie is very funny, the aunts are hilarious, Teddy is funny if a bit overkill while Raymond Massey is a great Frankenstein. I had a lot of fun.
Don't really like Cary Grant at all, matter of fact, his prescence in movies generally ruins it for me, however, this is one where he doesn't annoy me at all, perhaps because he isn't displaying his usual arrogant airs, a very darkly macabre funny movie, and yes, the aunts are absolutely fabulous
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Old April 2nd 09, 17:30   #683
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Hmm, I took it the opposite way. I felt Pontecorvo was clearly biased in favor of the Algerians throughout (they did help make the movie, after all), and revealed his sympathy for both sides through the music. Every time there's a bombing, you get the same sad music playing afterward, no matter who's dying in that particular scene.
I don't recall there being any sympathetic music played when the French were the victims, that was one of my main beefs with the film. Maybe I'm wrong, but it is a film I plan on going back to at some point so I'll look more into that the next time.

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Yea, this is one I really like too. Can't imagine it was referred to as torture porn. I'm assuming that's a reference to hostel and Saw type movies, which while I love horror movies, those type are definitely not for me.
It was local critic and former host of At The Movies, Richard Roeper who referred vehemently to The Strangers as just another torture porn entry. I tend to hate torture porn, so that's why I got all defensive about this one because it's not even close to torture porn.

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Don't really like Cary Grant at all, matter of fact, his prescence in movies generally ruins it for me, however, this is one where he doesn't annoy me at all, perhaps because he isn't displaying his usual arrogant airs, a very darkly macabre funny movie, and yes, the aunts are absolutely fabulous
I'm actually the opposite, I tend to really like Grant's arrogance and am not so much a fan of when he hams it up.
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Old April 2nd 09, 17:45   #684
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I don't recall there being any sympathetic music played when the French were the victims, that was one of my main beefs with the film. Maybe I'm wrong, but it is a film I plan on going back to at some point so I'll look more into that the next time.
I could be wrong too, but my history prof made us watch it two or three times; I think it's the same music.
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Thanks for bringing my attention to The Stranger. As a big fan of the genre I'm always on the look out for something new.

I got my new Jazz Icons DVD box set in the mail (a continuing series of DVDs with performance footage of legendary jazz musicians from primarily the 60s). This one has Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Roland Kirk, Nina Simone, Lionel Hampton, and Oscar Peterson.

Last night I watched The Gathering. Yep, I've started to embark on yet another viewing of our favorite show. Like listening to Back in Black by AC/DC or drinking Swiss Miss hot cocoa, sometimes it's nice to just revisit an old favorite.
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Okay, I'm about to tout another film on Turner Classic Movies. Coming up Tuesday morning, 4:30 am EDT, is The Bed Sitting Room It's not available on DVD, and is very rarely shown on TV. Made in 1969, directed by Richard Lester, the man who directed A Hard Day's Night, Help, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, How I Won The War, and several more fine, innovative films. This film is VERY weird. It is SO weird, that no one would let Lester direct again for 4-5 years! It is a surrealist, post-apocalyptic film, staring lots of British comedy greats, like Peter Cooke, Spike Milligan, Dudley Moore, Roy Kinnear, and more.It is sort of like Waiting For Godot, re-imagined by Monty Python. The title comes from the strange mutations that take place. One character transforms into a bed-sitting room! So, if you can, take this rare opportunity to check it out. I look forward to seeing it again, and adding it to my DVD collection...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064074/
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Last night I watched The Gathering. Yep, I've started to embark on yet another viewing of our favorite show. Like listening to Back in Black by AC/DC or drinking Swiss Miss hot cocoa, sometimes it's nice to just revisit an old favorite.
Just mid way through season 1 again myself. Back in Black is probably my fav post-Scott DC album, with higway as best. Fairly traditional choices
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Just mid way through season 1 again myself. Back in Black is probably my fav post-Scott DC album, with higway as best. Fairly traditional choices
do i detect antipathy for Johnson? for shame.

enjoying B5 myself too, but i never stop watching it anyway.
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do i detect antipathy for Johnson? for shame.

enjoying B5 myself too, but i never stop watching it anyway.
Brian Johnson is cool, but he doesn't hold a candle to Scott.
Yes when it comes to rock 'n' roll, I'm that guy that always glorifies the early years, the original, the first. So poo-poo on Sammy Hagar as well
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Brian Johnson is cool, but he doesn't hold a candle to Scott.
Yes when it comes to rock 'n' roll, I'm that guy that always glorifies the early years, the original, the first. So poo-poo on Sammy Hagar as well
these days Hagar comes across as the real rocker and Roth just seems like a sad old man, but i'll agree on Roth being awesome way back when.

completely disagree on AC/DC, Johnston rules.

another example, as great as Glenn Danzig was during The Misfits early years, my fave album is American Psycho and that was during the Graves era.
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