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Postby Penelope » Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:19 pm

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew From London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes (1965; Ken Annakin) 7/10

Enjoyable, if overlong, comedy adventure set during the early days of aviation. The various nationalities are treated with a rather racist brush, though Jean-Pierre Cassel, Gert Frobe and Alberto Sordi provide most of the laughs, as does Terry-Thomas as the mustache-twirling villain. Terrific air-to-air cinematography.
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Postby danfrank » Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:41 pm

Man on Wire (James Marsh, 2008) 7/10
Nice artfulness to it; compelling; middle third sagged a bit.

The Reader (Stephen Daldry, 2008) 6/10
Winslet (lead!) and Kross were great; no directorial vision or flare; rather abrupt transitions; presumed psychological complexity of the book not adequately conveyed on screen. Early scenes with Kross were the most compelling.

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Postby rain Bard » Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:52 pm

Un Secret (Claude Miller, 2007)

5/10

The multi-nested flashbacks don't seem to add to the story- I think it could have been pretty powerful without them. Good acting is almost obscured by hurried cutting.

Sparrow (Johnnie To, 2008)

8/10

Probably rated higher on a second viewing. This is glorious, pure cinema from an always-interesting but uneven director. This time he's at the top of his game, perhaps taking a page from Bresson in his choice of subject matter: Hong Kong pickpockets. But this is more of a delightful dreamworld than a gritty look at society's underbelly.

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Postby Penelope » Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:37 pm

Bedtime Stories (2008; Adam Shankman) 5/10

Barely passable.
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Postby Cinemanolis » Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:34 pm

Che - Part 1 6/10

I respect what Soderbergh is trying to do, and Del Toro is compelling, but it was just boring. I doubt if i'll see Part 2.

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Postby Bog » Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:52 am

88 Minutes (2008) - 2/10

For now, couldn't even make it through this thing, may try again cause I have the time and am a glutton for punishment...but I also have Wall-E sitting there staring at me, so Al's chances are slim.

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Postby rudeboy » Sun Dec 28, 2008 4:11 am

Inkheart (2008) - 6.5/10

In Bruges (2008) - 7/10

Starter for 10 (2006) - 4.5/10

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Postby Big Magilla » Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:50 am

Doubt 8/10

Much better than I expected. Shanley's long hiatus from directing since Joe vs. the Volcano helped.

Little is done to expand the play but little touches like the bleakness of Buffalo and even the boring food on the nuns' plates help to give it a good dose of realism.

I didn't care for Streep in the trailer, but the character and the performance grew on me during the course of the film and Hoffman is a good choice for the part of the priest. He doesn't look sleazy at all, phony as can be, but not sleazy. Amy Adams is an actress who always underwhelms me, but here she fit. Viola Davis is terrific in her brief role.
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Postby Sabin » Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:06 am

You Can't Take It With You - 7/10

Wrote a little more about it above. It's fun until it becomes a little preachy at the end. Mostly I just love the scenes between Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur. Have to what her in everything that I can.
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Postby Eric » Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:44 pm

Doubt (**) ... Davis' role is a by-the-numbers scene-stealer, which she executes dutifully. Streep is fussy and interesting to watch, but (possible spoiler) I didn't end up buying her confession of doubt, and was left wondering whether I was actually supposed to doubt her doubt. Hoffman is nothing special, and Amy Adams is aggressively underwhelming.

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Postby Reza » Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:34 pm

The Long Duel (Ken Anakin, 1967) 5/10

Usual absurd hijinks in the North West Frontier Province during the Raj.....but enjoyable because of the cast...Yul Brynner, Trevor Howard, Harry Andrews and a very young Charlotte Rampling before she discovered Visconti, Cavani and Ozon. Also a pleasure to see India's distinguished stage star Zohra Segal in a bit part.

The story is set in the region from where I come....the NWFP...and I always find it amusing how Hollywood (and the West) treated ''us''. We were always the villains and we remain so to this day...going by what is happening in the north of Pakistan and in Afghanistan. Let's face it ''we'' could never be brought down by the might of the Raj then, and even today's modern technolgy and all the politics of the West are hardly making inroads in coming to terms with the people of this region. And yes the people of this region are religious but they are not fanatics as the western media so gleefully portrays them.

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Postby Penelope » Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:31 pm

Doubt (2008; John Patrick Shanley) 7.5/10

Despite Shanley's tendancy to underline all the symbolism, the movie is quite riveting, thanks particularly to the performances. This is first time in years that I've actually liked a Philip Seymour Hoffman performance, and Adams continues her run of fine performances; both Hoffman and Adams are, unquestionably, Leads alongside Streep, who is good, though I kept feeling echoes of The Devil Wears Prada in this turn. The highlight, unquestionably, is Viola Davis, who in her one scene provides a lifetime of sorrow and resignation.
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Postby Big Magilla » Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:01 pm

Burn After Reading 6/10

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 8.5/10
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Postby Cinemanolis » Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:47 pm

Australia 5/10

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Postby barrybrooks8 » Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:40 pm

I've Loved You So Long

8.5/10
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