Last Seen Movie - The Latest Movie You Have Seen; ratings

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Postby Reza » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:02 pm

We Live Again (Rouben Mamoulian, 1934) 5/10

One of Goldwyn's prestigious productions, based on the novel "Resurrection" by Leo Tolstoy, is a vehicle that tried to launch Russian actress Anna Sten as a rival to Garbo and Dietrich. This and her subsequent films all flopped and she never became a star although she is not bad at all. The studio's mistake was to groom her for a year - teaching her english - which transformed her into yet another bland starlet. She speaks perfect english without any accent thus robbing her of the exotic quality which both Garbo and Dietrich became famous for. This is a superb production, otherwise, with topnotch behind the scenes technicians - Maxwell Anderson, Thornton Wilder and Preston Sturges all had a hand in the screenplay, it is beautifully shot by Gregg Toland, scored by Alfred Newman, lavish costumes by Omar Kiam and sets designed by Richard Day and Sergei Soudeikin who was the principal designer for the Metropolitan Opera. The plot revolves around the love affair between a Russian aristocrat (Fredric March) and a peasant girl (Anna Sten) living on his country estate. They are childhood friends who grow up to become lovers during a one night stand after which he leaves for a number of years without knowing she became pregnant. Years later they meet while she is on trial for murder and he sacrifices his lifestyle by giving away his property to the peasants on his land and follows the condemned girl to Siberia. A rare Hollywood film where the leading man endorses communism. March looks incredibly dashing in his Russian army uniform - as he would a year later opposite Garbo in "Anna Karenina", another Tolstoy adaptation - but his hammy performance is a major hindrance. He seems to be emoting in a silent film with exaggerated facial expressions playing to the gallery. In contrast Sten gives a lovely natural performance. The only thing going for this ponderous film is the undisguised socialist message and a chance to see Anna Sten in a major Hollywood production built specially for her by the studio.

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You Belong to Me (Wesley Ruggles, 1941) 5/10

This plot today - courtesy of Dalton Trumbo - would have feminists up in arms. Silly screwball has layabout millionaire (Henry Fonda) and doctor (Barbara Stanwyck) meet cute on the ski slopes when they both take a tumble in the snow. She treats him, he proposes marriage whichbshe accepts and then proceeds to get jealous at the drop of a hat when she treats her male patients. When he finally decides to work as a clerk selling ties she is ready to give up her career for him to live happily ever after. To do what....darn his socks, cook food, have his babies? As with most of the output from Hollywood's golden age it was the pairing of two huge studio stars that created magic - despite the silly shenenigans both Fonda and Stanwyck display sparkling chemistry in this their third and last teaming.

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In Our Time (Vincent Sherman, 1944) 7/10

WWII story set in Warsaw just before and after Poland was invaded. The intensely romantic screenplay also touches on class distinction, strong held traditions by the aristocracy and their forced adjustment to the changes brought about by war. A companion (Ida Lupino) to a vulgar antique dealer (Mary Boland) catches the eye of a Count (Paul Henreid) and they fall in love. Their union is strongly opposed by his mother (Alla Nazimova), sister (Nancy Coleman) and uncle (Victor Francen). Their lives are forever changed once the country is invaded by the Germans. Erratic film has it's fingers in too many pots but at it's center is a strong effort to make America aware about the plight of Poland not unlike how the film "Mrs Miniver" spoke up for England. The film's inspirational lines about fighting for the future prove ironic considering Poland's fate later under communism. Well acted rousing propaganda film with the two leads in fine form.

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The Lady and the Mob (Benjamin Stoloff, 1939) 6/10

Amusing if rather silly farcical comedy with Fay Bainter, as an old society dame, taking on racketeers to uphold American values. Bainter is great fun as the dizzy woman matching wits with crooks and her prospective daughter-in-law (Ida Lupino). She even gets to make a patriotic speech declaring that America will never tolerate a dictator - with the World at war the script writers decided to throw in a jibe at Hitler. Lighthearted harmless fluff allowing Bainter the chance to let loose after a string of dramatic performances.

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Deep Valley (Jean Negulesco, 1947) 8/10

Superior melodrama, one of many wonderful B-pictures from Warner Brothers, has outstanding atmosphere. A stuttering, long-suffering girl (Ida Lupino) lives with her un-loving embittered parents (Henry Hull & Fay Bainter) in a shack in the wilderness. She keeps busy with her dog going for walks and staring at a group of prisoners constructing a highway next to the sea - the film has glimpses of the famous Pacific Coast Highway under construction. When a prisoner (Dane Clark) escapes she provides shelter by running away with him to a cabin in the forest. Love blossoms between the two and is a brief respite for them before the police close in. Lupino's luminous performance gives this intense and moody melodrama a lift and the romantic scenes with Clark are superbly acted by both. Despite the bleak and downbeat plot this is a superb little film that needs to be rediscovered. Lupino's last film at the studio is superbly shot by Ted McCord and scored by the great Max Steiner.

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Faithless (Harry Beaumont, 1932) 5/10

Bankhead is miscast as an irresponsible heiress who loves a poor man (Robert Montgomery), loses all her money, marries him and resorts to prostitution to keep them living when he loses his job. Dreary MGM pre-code film is made bearable by the two stars who have great chemistry.

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Thunder Below (Richard Wallace, 1932) 7/10

Steamy pre-code has sexy Tallulah Bankhead driving three men wild in the jungle - her macho, egotistical and uncouth husband (Charles Bickford), his friend and assistant (Paul Lukas) and a competitor (Ralph Forbes) in the oil business. Pure nonsense is an excuse for Bankhead to use her whiskey-soaked voice to charm and two-time her husband who is going blind. All six of the star's melodramas during this period (1931-32) seemed cut from the same cloth but her vivacious over-the-top personality, frank sexuality and tough demeanor make these films seem fresh and still very modern.

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Happy Death Day (Christopher Landon, 2017) 1/10

A self centered student is brutally killed on a college campus by a masked person and gets to relive the murder over and over again until she can find who killed her. Extremely stupid slasher film with shades of "Groundhog Day" and a whiff of "Irreversible". Violent and bloody film has a very lame explanation at the denouement as to why she was murdered in the first place. Mindless trash.

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Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) S. Craig Zahler 2/10
The Man With the Iron Heart (2017) Cedric Jimenez 1/10
The Room (2003) Tommy Wiseau 1/10
Swinging Safari (2018) Stephan Elliott 2/10
We Don't Need a Map (2018) Warwick Thornton 4/10

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A Summer Place (1959) Delmer Daves 7/10
The Rain People (1969) Francis Ford Coppola 6/10
The Warriors (1979) Walter Hill 4/10
Rollerball (1975) Norman Jewison 4/10
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) Jacques Audiard 4/10
Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) Roger Vadim 4/10
At Long Last Love (1975) Peter Bogdanovich 3/10
“Those Koreans. They’re so suspicious, you know, ever since Hiroshima.” Constance Langdon (Jessica Lange) from American Horror Story: Season One

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Postby mlrg » Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:51 am

Darkest Hour - 4/10
The Florida Project - 3/10
I, Tonya - 5/10

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Postby Precious Doll » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:27 am

Sweet Country (2018) Warwick Thornton 7/10
Logan (2017) James Mangold 3/10
The Suspect (2013) Shin-yeon Won 1/10
That Day, On the Beach (1983) Edward Yang 7/10
Phantom Thread (2017) Paul Thomas Anderson 8/10
A Single Rider (2017) Zoo Young Lee 3/10
Yourself and Yours (2016) Sang-soo Hong 6/10

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Prince of the City (1981) Sidney Lumet 7/10
The Edge of Love (2008) John Maybury 6/10
Trapeze (1956) Carol Reed 5/10
Kid Galahad (1937) Michael Curtiz 6/10
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) Laurence Olivier 6/10
Blue Collar (1978) Paul Schrader 8/10
A Violent Life (1962) Paolo Heusch & Brunetto Rondi 7/10
“Those Koreans. They’re so suspicious, you know, ever since Hiroshima.” Constance Langdon (Jessica Lange) from American Horror Story: Season One

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Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017) Hiromasa Yonebayashi 5/10
Ferdinand (2017) Carlos Saldanha 4/10
I, Tonya (2017) Craig Gillespie 1/10
Kong: Skull Island (2017) Jordan Vogt-Roberts 2/10
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017) James Gunn 2/10
Big Little Lies (2017) Jean-Marc Vallee 7/10
The Boss Baby (2017) Tom McGrath 3/10

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Rich and Famous (1981) George Cukor 4/10
Funny Face (1957) Stanley Donen 7/10
Anastasia (1956) Anatole Litvak 8/10
Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (1973) Samuel Fuller 4/10
You're a Big Boy Now (1966) Francis Ford Coppola 6/10
The Outsider (1979) Tony Luraschi 6/10
Fatal Attraction (1987) Adrien Lyne 7/10
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Darkest Hour (2017) Joe Wright 2/10
The Greatest Showman (2017) Michael Gracey 1/10
War for the Plant of the Apes (2017) Matt Reeves 2/10
The Shape of Water (2017) Guillermo del Toro 9/10

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Portrait of a Lady (1996) Jane Campion 9/10
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949) Preston Sturges 5/10
Spoor (2017) Agnieszka Holland & Kasia Adamik 8/10
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) W. D. Richter 6/10
Edvard Munch (1974) Peter Watkins 9/10
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The Legend of the Demon Cat (2017) Kaige Chen 1/10
The Void (2017) Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski 1/10
The Villainess (2017) Byung-gil Jung 4/10
Unlocked (2017) Michael Apted 2/10
The Post (2017) Steven Spielberg 4/10
Coco (2017) Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina 7/10
On the Road (2017) Michael Winterbottom 4/10
The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis (2016) Francisco Marquez & Andrea Testa 4/10

Repeat viewings

La Cienaga (2001) Lucretia Matel 7/10
Flash Gordon (1980) Mike Hodges 4/10
Quest For Fire (1981) Jean-Jacaues Annaud 6/10
Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965) Joseph Cates 6/10
Jules and Jim (1962) Francois Truffaut 7/10
84 Charing Cross Road (1987) David Jones 6/10
“Those Koreans. They’re so suspicious, you know, ever since Hiroshima.” Constance Langdon (Jessica Lange) from American Horror Story: Season One

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Postby Reza » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:44 am

The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, 2017) 6/10

Guillermo del Toro's film, inspired by his love for the 1950s schlock film "Creature From the Black Lagoon", fits right into the hysterical mood prevailing in Hollywood USA. The screenplay not only takes "diversity" to kinky heights but touches strongly on sexual harrassment, racism, female empowerment and America's favourite obsession - paranoid anti-communism. Where del Toro succeeds in spades is through the brilliant period recreation of early 1960s Cold War era Baltimore via the film's production design, cinematography which bathes the film in hues of green and the romantic music score by Alexander Desplat. The simplistic plot is pure fantasy - an amphibious creature is being kept at a secret laboratory run by a sadistic scientist (Michael Shannon) who wants to dissect the creature. The Russians want to save it for their own reasons - some nonsense about wanting the creature for space travel or something. Before either of them can make a move the creature is kidnapped by a lonely mute janitor (Sally Hawkins) who develops feelings for the strapping creature. Helping in her mission is a fellow janitor (Octavia Spencer) and her neighbour (Richard Jenkins). The romantic aspect of the plot - the mute woman has sex with the creature - is not only absurd but seems to be making obvious points on race and diversity. Well acted film about two lonely individuals who find solace in each other is basically an excuse for del Toro to create superb visuals which stand out long after this rather silly film is over.


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