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James Woodcock
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Posted: 12 September 2020 at 7:37pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Le Mans 66 (Ford vs Ferrari)

Loved it. Did Americans have trouble understanding half of what
Christian Bale was referring to? He was just spouting forth Britishms
none stop.

Pillock, long drive round the Wrekin etc. This is the type of inventive
language I think a lot of films lack with their fixation on the F word.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 17 September 2020 at 5:23am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

CAT BALLOU (1965)

Having been rewatching Ken Burns' VIETNAM WAR, and having reached the penultimate episode, reminding us, among other things, of Jane Fonda's unforgivable actions in and on behalf of the North, this movie has lost a lot of its charm. Had to keep reminding myself this was an earlier Jane.

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Michael Penn
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Posted: 17 September 2020 at 6:21am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Fun movie. Lee Marvin was terrific in it. I just never much liked the two other male leads. Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye are wonderful! And, yes, this is not Hanoi Jane. Hmph. Boy howdy, though, did they ever used to sell Jane Fonda's sex appeal in those days. Nothing at all subtle about the original movie poster!
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John Byrne

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I well remember my 10th grade Physics teacher (Hi, Mr. Odinsky!) complaining about Lee Marvin winning the Oscar for Best Actor for CAT BALLOU. When I finally saw the movie, I could not imagine what his problem was. Not only was the role a complete change of pace for Marvin--and in many ways actually parodying characters he'd played before--I thought he was excellent at it.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 18 September 2020 at 4:13pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN (1967)

Third and last of the theatrical Harry Palmer movies. Starts off well, in the “realistic” style of the first two, but after about the first third becomes an unfocused James Bond wannabe.

Leading lady Francoise Dorleac was killed in an automobile accident four months before its release.

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Paul Kimball
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Posted: 18 September 2020 at 4:17pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Bringing up Baby with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, a lot of fun.
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 19 September 2020 at 10:57pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply


GOODFELLAS (1990)

30 years later, still superb.  Unpleasant subject matter to be sure, but told in an intoxicating, howlingly funny way.  Ray Liotta's narration alone is brilliant--maybe one of the greatest examples in film (for me, right up there with Malcolm McDowell's in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE).

Still feel it got robbed by DANCES WITH WOLVES for Best Picture.  And I like that movie!  But no one talks about that one today, they way they talk about GOODFELLAS...



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James Woodcock
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Posted: 20 September 2020 at 4:44am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I can't remember if it was Goodfellas or Casino, but I
watched one of this type of film when I was younger.

There were a couple of scenes that I found really,
really disturbing - a guy who had his head put in a vice
and a guy who was baseball batted to death.

I never wanted to watch anything like that again and
swore off watching anything in the organised crime genre
that seemed to come at it from that direction.

I'll watch things like HEAT, but that's my limit for the
genre.
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Doug Centers
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Posted: 20 September 2020 at 7:34am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I watched GOODFELLAS again about a week ago, still love it!
 
Like Shaun said, the narration is unique and just works. Henry explaining in detail what and how he's going to cook a meal ( which sounds delicious), while everything else is happening was amazing.

The scariest character for me was DeNiro's Jimmy. The scene where he sent Karen down the street to pick out a dress, impacts me the most.
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John Byrne

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X - THE UNKNOWN (1956)

Much better than its budget and premise would suggest, this low key British sci-fi outing started as an addition to the Quatermass mythos, by Hammer stalwart Jimmy Sangster. Until Quatermass creator Nigel Neale decided he didn’t want other writers using his character.

Dean Jagger joins Forrest Tucker and Brian Donlevy as part of Hammer’s small stable of lesser American actors—not all in this film!

The story concerns a mass of mud-like substance, radioactive and at least somewhat intelligent, forced up from the center of the earth where it formed in the earliest days of our planet 100,000,000 years ago. (Yes, that’s the correct number of zeroes.) Everyone concerned takes it all very seriously, with not a trace of tongue in cheek.

Under the heading of Times Change, I was made somewhat uncomfortable by a scene where Jagger’s character goes to a local church to question a young boy who has seen the monster. The vicar singles the lad out of his group of pals with an arm around his shoulders, and holding him close, leads him across the church to Jagger. What was a perfectly innocent moment when filmed had predatory aspects added by the decades.

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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 21 September 2020 at 4:05pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply


KING KONG (2005)

Overlong, bloated, over-produced & -stylized, empty CGI spectacle.

From the start, 15 years ago, I knew the pacing was abysmal, but on this latest viewing, I realized just how poorly written and acted it was as well.

Perhaps a master class in how NOT to do a remake.



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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 21 September 2020 at 4:47pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I saw Kong in the theater just to admire the SFX but even so, by the 3rd or 4th CGI-laden romp with various jungle creatures, I yelled out at the screen "enough already!"
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