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Postby abcinyvr » Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:51 am

Unashamedly...

Scrooged 8/10

I admit it, I love this movie and have seen it more than a dozen times - but not for several years. The rest of the cast outshines Murray - including Carol Kane, John Forsythe, Robert Mitchum, Bobcat Goldthwait (seven Oscar nominees in all). The film moves very fast and doesn't get bogged down sticking too closely to the Dickens short story. Very funny even when I know all the lines: "Have you tried staples?", "The bitch hit me with a toaster".
And, granted, Groundhog Day is a better version of the cranky Bill Murray story. But I still prefer this.

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Postby Okri » Sat Nov 29, 2008 9:58 am

Penelope wrote:
Okri wrote:Red Lights (Cedric Kahn, 2004)

6/10 (maybe 7/10)

Solid first half hour, terrible second half hour, great final forty-five minutes. But that second act was atrocious.

What's wrong with the second act? I loved this movie from beginning to end.

I didn't buy anything in it. In fact, it was so bad I nearly turned the film off. The things that bugged me in the first act just came into fully formed "oh, come ons" in the second act.

MAJOR MAJOR SPOILERS (highlight the following to read)

[color=white]1. We're supposed to believe our main character, Antoine, doesn't drink all that often. But going to pick up his kids from summer camp is so trying that he feels the need to go to every bar along the way. Really? I'll buy it if I have to, but it didn't strike me as being completely plausible.

2. After his wife disappears, he's frantically trying to look for her. When he misses the train, he drives to the next town, so he's clearly very concerned. When he gets there and has missed it, he GOES TO A BAR, tries to buy a guy drink, and generally behaves as an ass. Again, really?

3. The film repeatedly telegraphs the fact that Antoinne will, in fact, run into the prison escapee - the radio, the bartender, the road blockade, so the aforementioned moment in the bar, which already pissed me off, becomes even more unbearable (you can practically hear the film screeching to a halt) when it finally happens.

4. Of course, he has to give the guy a ride. By this point, I was in no mood to ignore the implausibility of the situation, nor did I buy the psychological motivation. I expect this from a bad Hollywood horror film, not a "brilliant, sinister, French thriller" - courtesy Stephen Holden

5. Speaking of implausiblity, we're eventually asked to buy that the man Antoine picks up raped and assaulted his wife on the train.


Additionally to all that, the second act is marked by a sheer lack of tension. There's a great image in the end (the bloody escapee and Antoine's terrified faced) which convinced me to continue on, and I'm glad I did, because largely speaking, the final act is terrific, but sakes alive, I hated that half hour.[/color]

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Postby dreaMaker » Sat Nov 29, 2008 7:08 am

Taken (2008)

8.5/10

Though it has a bit of conventional and predictable moments, the film itself is brilliant, i enjoyed it.

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Postby Penelope » Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:48 pm

A Brief Vacation (1973; Vittorio De Sica) 8/10

Unhappily married factory worker (Florinda Bolkan, in a marvelously understated performance) goes to a sanatarium in the mountains to recover her health, and discovers a new life. A bit thin--especially the male characters--but still extremely moving, and ultimately heartbreaking.




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Postby Penelope » Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:33 am

Okri wrote:Red Lights (Cedric Kahn, 2004)

6/10 (maybe 7/10)

Solid first half hour, terrible second half hour, great final forty-five minutes. But that second act was atrocious.

What's wrong with the second act? I loved this movie from beginning to end.
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Postby flipp525 » Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:05 am

Cinemanolis wrote:Blossoms In the Dust (1941) 7/10

One of my favorites.
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Postby Okri » Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:05 am

Red Lights (Cedric Kahn, 2004)

6/10 (maybe 7/10)

Solid first half hour, terrible second half hour, great final forty-five minutes. But that second act was atrocious.

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Postby Cinemanolis » Fri Nov 28, 2008 5:05 am

Perfect Strangers (1945) 7/10
Lili (1953) 6/10
Mr. Wonderful (1993) 5/10
Blossoms In the Dust (1941) 7/10
The Norman Conquests: Table Manners (1978) 8/10
Get Smart (2008) 6/10
In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2008) 6/10

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Postby dreaMaker » Fri Nov 28, 2008 4:07 am

O, Fantasma

4/10

Hm, interesting plot, very hot actor and not so good movie.

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Postby barrybrooks8 » Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:47 pm

Taxi to the Dark Side

More educational about the situation than anything. Sickening, and embarrassing to say the least. Not sure if it's better than No End in Sight.


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Postby Penelope » Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:12 pm

La Ronde (1950; Max Ophuls) 10/10

Dazzling, dizzying comedy about sex, with a splendid all-star cast, brilliantly directed.
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Postby HarryGoldfarb » Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:57 pm

Don't ask why did I see them...

Journey to the Center to the Earth
May I say I had a fun time (though now it feels like lost) watching Fraser doing the same thing he seems to know at acting plus crappy visual effects, bad editing, a corny story targeted to adolescents with some degree of mental retard and in the end another big production about nothing, another proof that in Hollywood is easy to spend some money in films that have no intention to achieve not even the smallest degree of artistry?
It doesn't deserve a star rating, it's just fun, specially if you're some kind of depressed

The Chronicles of Narnya: Prince Caspian
I got to it quite late, after all the summer hype... I could have waited longer. If the first film failed to impressed me, the second one, well... is a little bit more boring. An unappealing (or underused) young cast, bad visual effects (even worst than in the first installment) and an uninvolving/predictable story make this film an instant "if you haven't seen it, don't mind". It doesn't bring anything new to the genre, it doesn't improve the style and it seems the producers were too afraid of changing the formula. A shame cause I thought I was a sucker for this genre... I know I'll forget it sooner than I expect...
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Postby Cinemanolis » Tue Nov 25, 2008 5:22 pm

Cinemanolis wrote:This year i am especially excited since one of the 3 favourites to win the Best Picture award in the Greek competition (and thus be Greece's entry for next years' Oscars) is a film written by a friend of mine, directed by another friend and starring (in a supporting role) another friend. Fingers crossed...

Well the festival is over and the Awards for greek films were given yesterday.

I am very happy to say that my very good friend Christos Loulis won the Best Supporting Actor award and another very good friend won the Best Screenplay award. Three more friends (not very close though) won awards: Tony Lykouressis won the Best Director prize, Minos Matsas the Best Music Score award and Evi Saoulidou the Best Actress award. The first 4 won for the period film 'Slaves In their Bonds', while Evi for the film 'Without'.

'Slaves in their Bonds' won the following awards

Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Music Score
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
Best Sound

but in the final award of the night there was a major upset and the film 'Without' won the Best Picture award, which automatically makes it the greek submission for next year's foreign language film oscar.

I would rate 'Slaves In their Bonds' with 6,5/10 but i think it would have a good chance at the oscars since it is a big production. Well...

For the record here is a short preview trailer of the film
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn4GM8SrVlk

and some videos of my friend Christos Loulis

A spot for the campaign against drinking when driving
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtS-Cj0ZTgc

a TV series spot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr7ZunXwzTc

a photo shoot for the naughty ones (you know who you are)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22_aJ5_yCUw&feature=related




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Postby Damien » Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:57 pm

The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli; 1953)

10/10

Still the greatest musical of them all. I've lost count of how many times I've seen it, and it reveals new riches and nuances every time.
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Postby Big Magilla » Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:05 am

Burke's Law, 6/10

This TV series which began in 1963 was the height of sophistication back then, but more importantly gave prominent roles to a host of actors and actresses whose big screen performances were either winding down or had not yet taken off. Case in point, an episode from December, 1963 I just watched in which 84 year-old Jane Darwell, who was concurrently silently playing the little old bird woman in Mary Poppins, her last role, was feisty and funny as a wheelchair bound landlady who talked a lot, 78 year-old Edward Everett Horton as a woman chasing widower and 61 year-old Elsa Lanchester as the jealous secretary who may have murdered his latest conquest with the aid of 32 year-old Mama's boy Nick Adams.
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