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

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Postby Reza » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:04 pm

One Minute to Zero (Tay Garnett, 1952) 5/10

Routine and overlong action film set during the start of the Korean war. In between bouts of artillery fire and air strikes a Major (Robert Mitchum) romances a war widow (Ann Blyth) who works for the United Nations. There are many documentary-like exciting battle scenes but it begins to drag after a while.

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7 Women (John Ford, 1966) 8/10

Ford's last film is unique as it centers on primarily a group of female characters. It's a hard hitting film totally devoid of his usual sentimentality and cornball humour. Set during the strife of 1935 on the North China-Mongolia border. An American mission is run by a prim missionary (Margaret Leighton) who is also a repressed lesbian. Also part of the mission are her assistant (Mildred Dunnock), a young teacher (Sue Lyon), a male teacher (Eddie Albert) and his pregnant and hysterical wife (Betty Field). The arrival of an emancipated, chain-smoking doctor (Anne Bancroft) causes an immediate clash with the head missionary who is appalled at her brazen profane manners as she mocks religion. Also joining the group are two ladies (Dame Flora Robson & Anna Lee) who have escaped the massacre at the nearby British mission. Soon the camp is beset by cholera, in fighting amongst the women, an emergency birth and an attack by a marauding group of Mongols who kill all the Chinese children and hold them hostage. Tense and melodramatic story proves to be one of Ford's most entertaining and exciting films with Bancroft and Leighton standouts in an excellent cast. Like most of Ford's films it is totally set-bound and the story has strong Western overtones. And which other film has the distinction of having both "Lolita" and "Mrs Robinson" as part of its cast.

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Let's Do It Again (Alexander Hall) 7/10

Loose musical remake of "The Awful Truth", Leo McCarey's classic screwball comedy. The two stars here cannot be compared to Irene Dunne and Cary Grant but they acquit themselves with great aplomb in this fluff. A wife (Jane Wyman), fed up with her husband's (Ray Milland) womanizing, decides to teach him a lesson by making him jealous with another man. It backfires and they get divorced. So she tries to win him back before the divorce decree becomes final after a month. Charming comedy has both stars reteaming after their previous dramatic success - "The Lost Weekend" - and surprisingly both have great comic timing. Wyman is witty and very sexy - dressed to her teeth in lavish Jean Louis gowns - and in great voice during the musical sequences where she proves to also be a superb dancer. Milland (looking old) is amusing reacting to Wyman. This is a superb Technicolor production which both stars manage to keep afloat due to their sparkling screen chemistry.

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Thunderbolt (Josef von Sternberg, 1929) 8/10

Static but superb gangster film - it was von Sternberg's first talkie. Before the director found a muse in Marlene Dietrich he made three superb films with burly George Bancroft who here plays the notorious gangster, Thunderbolt. The film is a love triangle between the gangster, his moll (Fay Wray) and the young man (Richard Arlen) she is in love with. Caught and imprisoned he frames her lover on a bank robbery charge and both men get to face each other in cells. Superbly acted by Bancroft who predictably plays it tough but shows the man's vulnerable side in his interactions with the girl, a dog and the mother of his rival. He has a great sense of humour shown in his interplay with the prison warden and other cell mates. Bancroft's booming voice is used to great effect in this early sound film. He was deservedly nominated for an Oscar for his rich performance. There are some great scenes set in a speakeasy with black performers on stage where von Sternberg's camera glides through the room capturing different conversations using the medium of sound to good effect. The film is also an excellent showcase for Fay Wray who brings a world weary mature touch to her part.

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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

Repeat viewings

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
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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

Repeat viewings

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
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