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Old March 22nd 09, 01:46   #671
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Hands down, the best boxing film ever made was The Set-Up, made in 1949, starring Robert Ryan, and directed by Robert Wise. It takes place in real time, and is innovative in many ways, inventing techniques common today. Rocky? schlocky...

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Old March 22nd 09, 08:07   #672
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No way. I liked Million Dollar Baby, but Raging Bull is a perfect movie in every way.
Raging Bull is a very hard film to watch, i own it on DVD and have watched it twice in 5 years, no character has one redeeming feature, i respect it as an important film, but i don't like it.
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Old March 24th 09, 00:05   #673
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I'm off for 11 days, most of it will be spent at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. I just wanted to alert those folks who get Turner Classic Movies That a rarely shown film, rarer still because it is the letter-boxed version, will be on Friday, at 3:30pm, EDT.

The film is Billion Dollar Brain, Michael Caine's third outing as Harry Palmer, reluctant spy. Like the first two films, The Ipcress File, and Funeral In Berlin, it is based on a Len Deighton novel. Unlike the first two, it isn't played entirely straight. It is directed by one of my favorite, slightly mad, British directors, Ken Russell. Not silly satire like In Like Flint, but subtly over the top. Also, it has strangely pertinent parallels to recent events... Costars are Karl Malden, and Ed Begley Sr. Check it out, if you get the chance.

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Amadeus (1984)
Outside of one major, "huh" moment and some light breaks in narrative structure, a beauty to watch. Genius when handled correctly can be exhilarating and frustrating to watch, and Milos Forman perfectly captured that in Amadeus. But, genius wasn't all we were given, because F. Murray Abraham brought complete jealousy to the table as well. The music was excellent and really moved the picture, basically I had a lot of fun with this.

The Birds (1963)
Hitchcock's last great film, or so I'm told. It works as a horror film because Hitch really knows how to build the suspense, but of course since it is Hitch there are plenty of allegorical jumps that one can make. Unfortunately Hitch once again used a static background driving shot, the one thing in a movie he was never able to make look the least bit good. But otherwise, a great swansong, of sorts, for Hitch.

Manhattan (1979)
I care nothing for Manhattan the city, so right off the bat the many attempts to romanticize it fell flat for me, because I don't find it to be a remarkable city in any way. Outside of that, this was another great Allen picture. He has a way of using ridiculous characters to reveal truths about relationships that most of us would rather ignore. Manhattan was all about that false outer layer we all try to project and how that may be what stops us from ever truly finding happiness, and how it may lead us to pass up a sure thing because of our rigid adherence to our outer image. And, in typical Woody fashion it was was funny with all kinds of great eccentric one liners.

East Of Eden (1955)
I would be interested to know why anyone thinks James Dean was a decent actor, let alone a good one? He is atrocious in East Of Eden, flailing all over the place, imping Marlon Brando in the worst way possible, and that's what he felt like, an F level Marlon Brando. Dean literally dragged what could have been at the very least a borderline good movie into the dredges with his terrible performance. The lead actress also reminded me too much of a not quite so ugly Kathy Griffin, and that's never a good thing. Still, some things were done right, but on the whole a very mediocre film.

Stroszek (1977)
Probably my favorite Herzog and I feel his best of what I have seen. He rips the American dream as seen through the eyes of foreigners to shreds, but he balances that by also lambasting German society and the Germans who try for the American dream. I know Bruno S. isn't really an actor, but I love the guy, he is so funny whenever he needs to be and his interesting speech syntax creates some unique dramatic moments with him as well. Oh yeah, lots of humor, something I really wasn't expecting from Herzog, tremendous movie.

Xin Buliao Qing (1994)
A sweet love story, but that's about it. I liked it on the whole and its integration of music as well as the acting of Anita Yuen stropped it from falling too far into its own conventions. But, I couldn't help but think, "I've seen this story done so many times before and I know exactly what is going to happen at every turn."

Da Hong Deng Long Gao Gao Gua (1991)
Beautiful film, with luscious set designs and costumes. Great cinematography and use of the camera to create a prison like atmosphere as well. All the actresses were good, but Li Gong stood out most of all, but that should be expected. One of the best takes on loneliness and how it can destroy a person over time that I have ever seen, easily one of the best films of the 90's.

Woyzeck (1979)
The first Herzog that I didn't think was near perfection. A lot of people rave about Klaus Kinski's performance in Woyzeck, but I couldn't help feeling it was the same ole same old from Klaus where where plays a guy who is crazy in someway. It looked great, and a lot of it did work, although I didn't like the slow motion ending, Herzog's first misfire in my eyes.

Kung Fu Panda (2008)
A lot of fun, I really liked the clean unfettered look of the animation. Not the best in any regard, but I laughed a lot, enjoyed the fight scenes and was happy with what I was watching.

Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens (1922)
My first Murnau, and it was a very good one. I took the film as one giant argument about how purity and virginal qualities will always overcome the darkness while wanton lust will be swallowed whole by it. Orlok epitomizes the allure of the Dracula myth, because he is repulsive, yet he enraptures everyone around him with ease. There were a few instances where the fast motion didn't quite work, but otherwise a well crafted, very good horror film.

Jeder Für Sich Und Gott Gegen Alle (1974)
More excellence from Werner Herzog. This movie questions society and our view of society to the extreme. It questions little things like why we drink out of one mug as opposed to another all the way to large things, like why women play the role they do in our society. All of this questioning is provided by Bruno S. in another great performance, his first actually. I'd put this right behind Stroszek, Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo as far as Herzog is concerned, but it is an amazing film.

Big Fish (2003)
To get it out of the way, this was visually appealing with lots of outstanding Burton visuals. The first half was excellent and was a lot like Finding Neverland in its glorification of the imagination. The second half was much different and not for the better. Imagination was no longer imagination, it had to be tied into the real world and real world dynamics and became far too schmaltzy and sentimental. That first half was really something special though, it's a shame Burton couldn't keep it up for the entire film.
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Old March 27th 09, 00:36   #675
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Supernatural is pretty good this season. I love me some Winchester boys.
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Supernatural is pretty good this season. I love me some Winchester boys.
Supernatural is about the only programme that I make the effort to see every week

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Amadeus is one of my favorite movies ever. Mozart, costumes, scenery-chewing- what's not to like?

The other day I watched The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, starring Brad Pitt as the former and Casey Affleck as the latter. Very good, but slow paced and long so would only be of interest for fans of westerns or the legend of James, though the movie is really about Robert Ford. Affleck gives an excellent performance and seems a way better actor than his brother.
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This seemed as good of a place as any to post this, I have a new poll running at my blog. At some month in the unknown future I will only reviews films from whichever decade wins the poll. So vote and stuff!

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It just amazes me that more people aren't watching this show. I mean, who wouldn't want to see a series where you hear "dick" or "douche" or at least once an episode?

And I adore Ruby. Though I like the newer version, I must admit.

And the Ghostfacers always make me laugh my ass off.

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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.

Paprika (2006)
I didn't love Paprika, but I did like it. Visually it was appealing and I did like the free interpretation style of the storytelling. I wish the story would have been a bit more cognizant, because most of the time it felt like Kon was just saying to hell with the story and going for the visual experience, sometimes that worked, other times it didn't. But, I still liked it.

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. 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.

Cobra Verde (1987)
My trek through Herzog continues with yet another great film. Not at the level of Herzog's best, but a great cold look film. Sometimes a movie doesn't need sympathetic moments or musical cues to get the point across, and Cobra Verde is not sympathetic in any way towards slavery and yet by taking such an amoral stance Herzog forces you to truly confront how abhorrent slavery is without the usual moral trappings.

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)
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. The Wind that Shakes The Barley is the opposite of that. It refuses to take sides, it refuses to label either side as in the right, all Ken Loach does is take you down the same path as the characters and allow you to experience what they do. There are moments when you can take either side's view, but Loach never tells you to take a side, he shows even the greatest of ideals can turn into total ugliness.

Toy Story (1995)

This does work on every conceivable level, even if there is one too many Randy Newman musical montages. The voice work is superb throughout, it looks fantastic and the theme is timeless, yet presented in a fresh way. One of my favorites as a teen, and it still holds up today.

Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (Howl's Moving Castle, 2004)
I've never understood the dislike for this Miyazaki gem, it's a fantasy tale and yet from some reason or another a lot of people wouldn't let themselves be taken in by the fantasy. Instead they attacked the fantasy elements, asking them to make sense in a real world setting and that's not how fantasy operates. I loved the fantasy, the animation, the theme of appearances and the characters. The lead character was a tad too weak at times, but a very minor flaw in a great movie.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
I can relate to towns like Endora and characters like Gilbert. I've met guys like him and visited towns like Endora all the time when I was a cross country mover. Outside of the unsympathetic and badly done plight of the movie, I thought this hit all the right notes in regards to character drama and such.

Il Y A Longtemps Que Je T’aime (I've Loved You So Long, 2008)
This is a performance film, because you remove the two sisters and you're left with an awkwardly paced movie that has a bit of a cop out ending. But, Thomas and Zylberstein are very good and you believe their relationship, at times their chemistry is the only thing giving the film any momentum. Still, a decent debut effort from Claudel.

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.

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
Smart and hilarious. Whether it was Keenan Wynn, Sterling Hayden, George C. Scott or Peter Sellers it's been a long time since I laughed so hard during a movie. Wynn's refusal to steal from a coke machine, the President's phone call with the Russian Premier, everything George C. Scott did, I could go on and on with how funny Dr. Strangelove is. Not just funny, but smart and with something to say, possibly Kubrick's best film, although I still think I'd put 2001: A Space Odyssey above it.

The Seven Year Itch (1955)
The film that launched Marilyn Monroe's career into another stratosphere. Beyond her sex appeal it is a funny movie at times, but I never quite felt that the message on men that Wilder was going for jived with how his camera and script treated women, especially Monroe.

Battlefield Earth: A Saga Of The Year 3000 (2000)
Terrible, that's really all there is to it. There are movies that are so bad I love them, this is one that was so bad it made my head hurt. The early looks at a desolated Earth were cool, but that's the only positive in the entire film, and there are far too many negatives to list.

Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans (1927)
Excellence through and through, from this film alone I can see why Murnau has such a legendary reputation. Brilliant use of shadow, spacing, framing and movement. Beautiful imagery and a truly beautiful story. It's always a good sign when I start begging with my TV for something to not happen in a movie and feel delighted when my wishes come true. Of course Murnau later wrenches with me and tricks me into thinking my wishes were dashed. Easily in my top 10 of all time.

Irma La Douce (1963)
The first Billy Wilder film that I didn't think was all that good. Jack Lemmon was a big reason for that, his constant histrionics and uber hamming it up in every scene did not work for me at all. This is the first film I've seen of his where he's been out of control, it's almost as if Wilder just let him go and decided not to reign him in at all. The film also goes on for fifteen minutes too long, but there were some things to like. Shirley MacLaine was charming as Irma and I liked the technicolor look of the picture, but the story and Lemmon's acting really turned me off.
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