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

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Postby mlrg » Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:46 pm

The Post - 4/10
All the Money in the World - 3/10
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Postby Precious Doll » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:47 am

Flavia, the Heretic (1974) Gianfranco Mingozzi 4/10
Molly's Game (2017) Aaron Sorkin 4/10
Marshall (2017) Reginald Hudlin 5/10
Lady Bird (2017) Greta Gerwig 6/10
Fun Mom Dinner (2017) Alethea Jones 4/10

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The Sundowners (1960) Fred Zinnemann 7/10
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) Douglas Sirk 9/10
He Ran All the Way (1951) John Berry 6/10
Sammy Going South (1963) Alexander Mackendrick 5/10
The Garden of Allah (1936) Richard Boleslawski 4/10
Stage Door (1937) Gregory La Cava 7/10
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) Robert Ellis Miller 8/10
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Postby Reza » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:33 am

Hell's Half Acre (John H. Auer, 1954) 8/10

Interesting and very offbeat little noir set in Hawaii and filmed totally on location. A retired ex-syndicate partner (Wendell Corey) takes on a murder rap and goes to prison when his girlfriend (Nancy Gates) shoots a blackmailer - the murder sequence is quite memorable. Later when she too is murdered he goes on the lam looking for the killer in a seedy part of Honolulu known as "Hell's Half Acre", a very crowded tenement area housing gamblers and prostitutes. Meanwhile arriving from the mainland is the man's wife (Evelyn Keyes) in search of him having thought he had died a hero at Pearl Harbor. The action all convenes in the seedy section of town as more murders take place, the wife is drugged, menaced and almost raped, a couple of eccentric characters add colour - a female taxi driver (Elsa Lanchester) and a drunk floozie (Marie Windsor) - and the story ends on a very bleak but memorable note. The ending is not quite "Chinatown" but brings back strong memories of the classic Polanski film. This film needs to be re-discovered as it is one of the gems of the noir genre.

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Postby Reza » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:32 am

The Long Night (Anatole Litvak, 1947) 6/10

Hollywood liked remaking french classics and here they tried hard with this one - it took the European emigrée director, Anatole Litvak, to attempt a remake of Marcel Carné's "Le Jour Se Lève". RKO bought the rights of the original and then had the audacity to try and destroy all the prints of the original film. Luckily during the 1950s copies of the 1939 classic re-appeared and it's status was restored while this version not only flopped but virtually disappeared. It is an interesting attempt but censorship destroys the gritty quality of the original story and of course nobody in Hollywood could come upto par with the classic version's cast in particular the great Jean Gabin and Arletty. A man is shot on the stairs of a tenement building and the killer (Henry Fonda) holes up in an apartment as the police close in on him and start shooting at the room from all sides. A flashback reveals how he came to this predicament having become involved in a love triangle with an innocent young girl (Barbara Bel Geddes) who in turn is the mistress of a seedy magician (Vincent Price). Also involved is the magician's assistant (Ann Dvorak) who falls in love with the man with whom she has an affair. Although Fonda is good he cannot match Gabin's magnificent tough performance as the world weary man caught between the love of two women. Price is amusing as a bitchy snob while Bel Geddes (in her film debut) and particularly Dvorak (whose character in the original was a hardened prostitute but here watered down due to censorship) are excellent. The hard hitting original was banned a year after it's release by the Vichy government as it considered the story too demoralizing. After the war's end it was re-released to even greater acclaim. This noir remake, which has a different ending, is an interesting companion piece to the very bleak original.

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Peking Express (William Dieterle, 1951) 7/10

You cannot really go wrong with a plot that involves a train carrying a group of passengers in danger. It also helps that this is an updated remake of Josef von Sternberg's "Shanghai Express" but this time set during the communist era. The plot was the result of that charming time in America's history where everything that reeked of communism got a number of people hot, bothered and petrified. So Hollywood got into the act to churn out an endless supply of anti-communist films which was one way that the studios and their employees assured the witchfinders that they were true blue Americans. As with the original the train carries a disparate group - a WHO doctor (Joseph Cotten) on his way to operate on a patient, his ex-lover (Corinne Calvet) now with a shady past, a young rabid communist reporter (Benson Fong), an old priest (Edmund Gwenn) and an Oriental outlaw (Marvin Miller) and his gang who stop the train and hold everyone hostage. Cotten and Calvet play well together even though the sexy and smouldering Calvet is no Dietrich from the original film. Ignore all the preaching and this is an enjoyable action packed film.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, 2015) 8/10

Quirky coming of age drama which is a John Hughes-Wes Anderson hybrid. "Me" (Thomas Mann) is a geeky high school student who is harshly self critical and prefers being "invisible". From childhood he and his buddy, Earl (RJ Cyler), enjoy making movies which are funky parodies of classic films. His life suddenly comes into the limelight when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a schoolmate who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Their gradual offbeat friendship helps him come out of his shell while his gentle but bristling humour gives her the strength to cope with her illness. The trio of characters - quirky white kid, his unlikely black friend and the terminally ill cancer ridden girl - make for an unusual combo but which hit all the right buttons making this teen weepie an uplifting tale full of bittersweet moments which are often very funny and full of heart. Winning little film is lovingly directed with great wit.

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Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi, 2017) 1/10

The screenplay unfortunately takes a breezy and tongue-in-cheek approach much to the detriment of this particular franchise - not that the previous two installments were any better. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the extremely bland superhero with flowing golden locks, matches wits with his form-shifting step-brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston looking like a waxwork) when they are both informed by their almost catatonic sage-like father (Anthony Hopkins) that they both have a sister, the death goddess Hela (Cate Blanchett), who arrives to take over the throne of Asgard. Thor is banished to the far corners of the Universe where he is imprisoned by the Grandmaster (a flippant Jeff Goldblum) and forced to participate in his gladiatorial games - fighting the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) his former colleague and the one with the giant green penis. The relentless buffoonery pales against Blanchett's campy turn rolling her eyes, annihilating complete armies and dripping venom with every line of dialogue - she looks great though. One of the worst Marvel super hero films with absolutely no redeeming factor. Oh yes, for some unexplainable reason another Marvel hero also makes an appearance - Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) - who briefly banters with both Thor and Loki before disappearing. A complete mess.

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The Prince Who Was a Thief (Rudolph Maté, 1953) 6/10

Colorful but fun-filled swashbuckler has Tony Curtis in his first lead performance (which made him an instant star) as a Bronx accented Moroccan Prince kidnapped at birth and raised as a thief. Typical Hollywood version of the "Arabian Nights" where everybody is dressed in colorful veils, pantaloons, turbans and decked with jewels and swearing by the Almighty "Allah" or calling each other a camel as an insult. The action packed plot has Curtis romancing a street urchin (Piper Laurie who would form a team with Curtis in a number of Universal productions) and his cousin, a Princess (Peggy Castle), while trying to regain his Princedom by using a stolen giant pearl to get to the throne by usurping his evil Uncle. Pure hokum has dazzling (but very fake) production values and a sense of joie de vivre which is exuberant and fun in an old fashioned way.

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Please Believe Me (Norman Taurog, 1950) 2/10

Silly nonsense with prim Brit, Deborah Kerr, inheriting a Texas ranch of cattle who is chased by three men for her money on the boat crossing across the Atlantic. Hollywood still didn't know quite how to fit a star like Kerr into their projects. She was but a few years away from full blown stardom whuch she found with Hawaii, Pearl Harbor and that beach frolic with Burt Lancaster. Skip this dull froth.

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Die! Die! My Darling! / Fanatic (Silvio Narizzano, 1965) 7/10

Grand Guignol hoot with Tallulah Bankhead off her rocker as a religious fanatic old hag holding prisoner her dead son's ex-fiance (Stefanie Powers as the relentlessly battered victim) in her large dilapitated house in the english countryside complete with sinsister servants (Peter Vaughn & Yootha Joyce) in tow. Great addition to the series of similarly themed 1960s horror films starring legendary screen actresses from Hollywood's past. Creepy, gripping and suspenseful Hammer horror film with one of Donald Sutherland's early roles, here cast as a simpleton gardener grunting out his dialogue. Bankhead's last film.

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Split Second (Dick Powell, 1953) 6/10

Taut B-film variation of "The Petrified Forest" with escaped convicts (Stephen McNally and a wounded Paul Kelly) holding a disparate group hostage - a reporter (Keith Andes), a self centered wife (Alexis Smith) in Nevada for a divorce, her current squeeze (Robert Paige), a tough talking dame (Jan Sterling) whose been round the block and an old desert prospector (Arthur Hunnicutt). They all find themselves holed up in a deserted old town in the middle of the Nevada desert where the Government is about to test explode an atomic bomb. The convict leader sends for the doctor husband (Richard Egan) of the woman to help his wounded friend. As the clock ticks the suspense mounts - will the convicts kill the hostages or will they all perish in the atomic blast. The film has a memorable ending.

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Stallion Road (James V. Kern & Raoul Walsh, 1947) 6/10

This was the late President Ronald Reagan's favourite film. He plays a veterinarian rancher who competes for the love of another rancher (Alexis Smith) with his close buddy, a jaded novelist (Zachary Scott). Good natured story with appealing stars is highlighted by a dramatic anthrax breakout endangering both horses and humans alike. Scott is particularly good playing against type with all the film's witty lines.

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Postby Reza » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:21 pm

Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017) 10/10

Daniel Day-Lewis oozes charm and sophistication as a star English couturier in his second collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson. Here he plays a confirmed (but hetrosexual) bachelor, fussy and a perfectionist. He fastidiously presides over his London fashion house with his sister (Leslie Manville) and confidante. His controlled reserve is brought into question when he falls in love with a German waitress (Vicky Krieps) who becomes his muse, assistant and model. As he becomes more and more controlling she has to find ways to re-establish her emotional mastery over him. This almost dream-like film, set during the early 1950s, perfectly fits into the mood prevailing during 2017. Man as a controlling sexual predator. While Day-Lewis is no vulgar American Harvey Weinstein, there is an element of a sexual predator hidden within the confines of his stiff British demeanor. The film also invokes strong memories of Hitchcock's "Rebecca" with Day-Lewis as the mysterious Max de Winter, Krieps as the innocent Joan Fontaine character and Manville playing the almost silent and very still Mrs Danvers. The film's outstanding production design and stunning costumes superbly create the 1950s British milieu. Day-Lewis who has said this is his farewell performance as an actor is simply majestic - he speaks here in his own accent after 30 years - as he preens theatrically creating yet another mesmerizing, difficult and unlikeable character you can't help liking. His two female co-stars, while clearly overshadowed by Day-Lewis, still manage to create their own space opposite him particularly the marvelous Lesley Manville. Her deadpan face and still body speak volumes and she makes a strong impression as the imperious sister who knows and understands the many moods of her moody and charismatic brother. This is one of the best films of the year and Anderson's masterpiece.

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Downsizing (Alexander Payne, 2017) 3/10

A shrunken man makes out with a one-legged Vietnamese dissident on a boat going down a fjord in Norway. How's that for an image? That's just one moment of many such promising moments in the screenplay that fail to achieve any real form of coherence in this satire by director/writer Payne. Here he takes on the concept of the "Land of the Giants" and tosses in the World enviornmental crisis, middle class materialism, the danger of cults along with digs at middle-brow banality. There's simply too much going on and it's all very bland starting with Matt Damon himself. A terribly bland actor to start with he seems to be playing himself - the movie is pretty long and it quickly becomes a bore watching him do basically nothing. He decides to participate in an experiment which has caught on with a lot of people in the world - to survive impending food and environmental crisis humans are being miniaturised and get to live in tiny controlled environments which are set up as luxurious housing communities. Since they are only five inches tall they can enjoy every luxury at a fraction of the cost. Damon, struggling with the hardships of everyday living, decides to jump in with his wife (Kristin Wiig, not given enough to do) only to discover that he is alone when he wakes up after being shrunk. His wife backed out at the last minute and wants a divorce. His aimless and dull life gets a bit of a kick after he meets two Eurotrashy neighbors (Christoph Waltz and Udo Kier - both very funny but jarring) and a cringeworthy Vietnamese cleaning woman (Hong Chau) who borders on broken english caricature and with whom he forges a relationship. She is an extremely grating presence but has one hilarious scene which involves the "F" word spoken repeatedly. One keeps waiting for scenes where the small people interact with normal human beings but the screenplay instead ends on a heavy note with talks of doomsday and survival. This is a major misfire from the director of "Sideways" and Nebraska".

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Postby Reza » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:20 pm

The Girl From Jones Beach (Peter Godfrey, 1949) 3/10

Silly comedy with Eddie Bracken upstaging Ronald Reagan much to the detriment of the plot - an advertising gimmick of finding the "perfect" woman which has been painted by a glamour artist (Ronald Reagan) and dubbed the "Randolph Girl". Only the woman on the canvas is a composite of 12 different girls all clamouring to be named. Enter a pretty but prim school marm (Virginia Mayo) who finds via a scandal that wearing a sexy swim suit has certain benefits as well and it's ok to be a beauty with brains. Bracken is the pal whose suicide shenenigans unfortunately form a major part of the plot. Reagan and Mayo make a good screen couple though.


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