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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:29 am

Three Days to Kill

Carry on Spying with extra bad girl. Hey, everyone likes a bad girl.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:07 pm

Erica Ambler wrote:
Three Days to Kill

Carry on Spying with extra bad girl. Hey, everyone likes a bad girl.

Somehow this was one of the few Besson action vehicles that was not a financial success. Probably because he made an old has-been the lead?

Amber Heard only works when she gets to go completely over the top, so they at least got that part right.


On the subject of Besson, have you seen "The Homesman"? One of the better films I saw in the past year.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Sat Aug 29, 2015 4:39 am

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - apart from some curiously out-of-place scenes (they're tonally far too serious) with Napoleon Solo at the mercy of an ex-Nazi torturer, a chic and breezily fun 60s spy caper with at least a hint of the TV show.

The Bad Education Movie - amusing-ish big-screen version of the Jack Whitehall BBC3 sitcom.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Sat Aug 29, 2015 7:19 pm

Went to Tarantino's New Beverly Cinema for the first time for a double feature of SUSPICION and NOTORIOUS. Traffic jams almost fucked it over, but by a miracle once I made it to town I was able to find a parking spot just across the street from the theater and walk in two minutes before the screening started. Packed house with a very engaged audiences. Aside from the occasional laughter at old cinematic language techniques that seem outdated (Joan Fontaine taking a moment to sigh in happiness in an exaggerated manner), the audience really got into this so I was lucky not to have the reported audiences that go to screenings of old films and make fun of them.

I've seen NOTORIOUS plenty of times, even most recently with a blu-ray purchase last month, so it's no revelation watching it on the big screen this time. However, I've only seen SUSPICION once and that was many years ago, so it was a much fresher viewing for me. I don't remember being all that into this flick when I saw it back then, but I was fully engaged with this viewing. Maybe it's the crowd that really had an influence. Seeing Cary Grant's performance still have an impact on audiences is quite special. A true movie star. I still would have liked to see what Hitchcock had in mind with Grant actually being the antagonist. A lot of that still remains in his performance where you can tell he's really bastard, it's too bad studios were so fearful of ruining his "heroic" image that they forced a happy ending where he's totally cool and whatever we saw before was merely Fontaine's imagination. Weak. Still, up til that ending, the suspense really works.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:58 pm

Salomé wrote:
Erica Ambler wrote:
Three Days to Kill

Carry on Spying with extra bad girl. Hey, everyone likes a bad girl.

Somehow this was one of the few Besson action vehicles that was not a financial success. Probably because he made an old has-been the lead?



Kevin is the best thing in the film and the only reason I watched it; the plot is the usual Taken-bollocks and it's directed by McCunt who's next to herpes on my like-list.

Salomé wrote:
Amber Heard only works when she gets to go completely over the top, so they at least got that part right.

She's reliably dreadful, but with a bod like that it doesn't matter. I'm looking forward to her turn as Nicola Six though the fact that 'London Fields' has still not got a release more than a year after completion is not encouraging.

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On the subject of Besson, have you seen "The Homesman"? One of the better films I saw in the past year.

On my list of films to see though I didn't know Besson was producer.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Sat Aug 29, 2015 11:34 pm

He was. Same for "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada".
I suspect Tommy Lee Jones was only in that terrible mob comedy ("The Family") as a way to repay Besson for his financial backing of his work.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Sun Aug 30, 2015 1:29 am

When Worlds Collide

I'm sure everyone's seen this, but it's been more than a few years since I last watched it. Time hasn't changed my conclusion:  terrible science, some fine art and modelwork (clearly a favourite film of Derek Meddings), and a lightweight bunch of actors no one can remember or name. As usual, George Pal, the producer, is the star.

I forgot to add that this is a space film so religious even Gravity might like it. Gravity's Silhouette that is.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:36 pm

The Double

Richard Gere as a CIA spookhunter who retired even though Cassius, the most dangerous and ruthless KGB assassin of them all, had still to be caught. Gere's recalled to active duty 20 years later when Cassius resurfaces, which Gere thinks is a bit odd as - shock horror - he's actually Cassius. I'm spoiling nothing here as this reveal takes place in the first 30 minutes. I'm told it's even in the trailer. The film's real twist comes much later, far too late, in fact. Worth watching only if you're interested in script mechanics; this is film that got its structure entirely wrong.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:53 am

Erica Ambler wrote:
When Worlds Collide

I'm sure everyone's seen this, but it's been more than a few years since I last watched it. Time hasn't changed my conclusion:  terrible science, some fine art and modelwork (clearly a favourite film of Derek Meddings), and a lightweight bunch of actors no one can remember or name. As usual, George Pal, the producer, is the star.

I forgot to add that this is a space film so religious even Gravity might like it. Gravity's Silhouette that is.

Always a soft spot for the film even if it's not as memorable now. Trying to find it on DVD, like gold dust. The book had a sequel which if I remember from what I've read about it, was pretty far fetched by even the old standards.

Heard it was being remade at one point but that was ages ago
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:48 pm

The Big Sleep (1945/1946)

I put both '45 and '46 in the title because I watched both cuts back to back after recently re-reading the book. Overall I lean slightly towards the '45 version for some of the scenes cut from the '46 version that made it more faithful to the source material such as a scene where Marlowe visits the D.A. and the scene where Marlowe drops off Carmen Sternwood which in the '46 version was re-filmed to add Lauren Bacall to the scene while the in the '45 cut it was filmed much closer to the novel with only the butler answering the door. Regardless of version though this is a grand film and my favorite Bogart film.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:22 am

Foxcatcher

I had my own preoccupations in 1996 so the bizarre events that engulfed the du Pont dynasty that year passed me by entirely. As such, I found this film fascinating, particularly as it's full of an intensity that's rare these days. Would I have found Foxcatcher as compelling if I'd been better informed of John du Pont's life? I doubt it.

An interesting piece on Foxcatcher's genesis in Vulture:

http://www.vulture.com/2014/08/the-making-of-foxcatcher.html#
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:57 am

Strangways&Quarrel wrote:
The Big Sleep (1945/1946)

I put both '45 and '46 in the title because I watched both cuts back to back after recently re-reading the book. Overall I lean slightly towards the '45 version for some of the scenes cut from the '46 version that made it more faithful to the source material such as a scene where Marlowe visits the D.A. and the scene where Marlowe drops off Carmen Sternwood which in the '46 version was re-filmed to add Lauren Bacall to the scene while the in the '45 cut it was filmed much closer to the novel with only the butler answering the door. Regardless of version though this is a grand film and my favorite Bogart film.

Didn't know there were two cuts of it. Think I saw the '45 version then. But I agree, my favourite Bogart film as well!
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:35 am

Original The Mechanic (1972) with Charles Brosnson and some hot blonde guy.

Not bad, but having seen the remake with Jason Statham, I'd give the nod to that one.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:32 am

Ladies They Talk About (1933)



One of my favorite Pre-Code films. Shot by cinematographer John Seitz (Sunset Boulevard, The Lost Weekend), the film isn't full of just a bunch of talking heads.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:28 pm

Strangways&Quarrel wrote:
The Big Sleep (1945/1946)

I put both '45 and '46 in the title because I watched both cuts back to back after recently re-reading the book. Overall I lean slightly towards the '45 version for some of the scenes cut from the '46 version that made it more faithful to the source material such as a scene where Marlowe visits the D.A. and the scene where Marlowe drops off Carmen Sternwood which in the '46 version was re-filmed to add Lauren Bacall to the scene while the in the '45 cut it was filmed much closer to the novel with only the butler answering the door. Regardless of version though this is a grand film and my favorite Bogart film.

Likewise my favourite Bogart film and one of my all time desert island movies.....

I also agree that the earlier cut is marginally preferable, its nice that they actually tie the murders up properly and there is still plenty of spark and zing with Bacall it didn't really need anything more....

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Didn't know there were two cuts of it. Think I saw the '45 version then. But I agree, my favourite Bogart film as well!

I suspect unless you sought it out deliberately you will only have seen the later cut, The '45 prerelase print something of a rarity and even today not easy to find on dvd (afaik it was just released once on the 2000 ntsc disc). Basically Bacall's agent demanded they make more of her (after her career stalled) and they added more scenes of the pair while expunging some of the plot expositions moments (including a scene where the otherwise unresolved chauffeurs killer is identified).
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:29 am

The Hawks Big Sleep is absolutely masterful even though a great deal of it doesn't make a lick of sense - blackmailing a woman over "pornographic" images of her fully dressed, erasing the homosexual backstory of one of the killers, etc. I can't read Chandler without hearing Bogart's voice in my head, and I hope that's a reflection of the film's quality rather than a worrying statement about my mental health.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Wed Sep 09, 2015 3:09 am

HJackson wrote:
I can't read Chandler without hearing Bogart's voice in my head, and I hope that's a reflection of the film's quality rather than a worrying statement about my mental health.

It's hard not to hear his voice when reading the novels because Bogart and Marlowe are very similar in their cynical worldview. Plus Bogart and Hawks nailed The Big Sleep so well it makes it hard to imagine others even when reading the other novels which also had film adaptations (minus The Long Goodbye though because it is hard to get Elliot Gould and his facial expressions out of my head).
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:25 am

The Black Dahlia (2006)

Was mostly apathetic about this. Eckhart and Kirshner are great. Swank doesn't work at all for me. The most off-putting was some of the narration that felt completely unnecessary, like an action takes place and then we hear Hartnett delivering narration that pretty much tells us exactly what we already saw. Aside from some of De Palma's flourishes and Vilmos Zsigmond's nice photography, I didn't get much out of this. Disappointing.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:40 am

Misery - hadn't seen this for years ... excellent Stephen King adaptation with brilliant performances from James Caan and Kathy Bates. Suspenseful, but with a welcome streak of black humour.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Sun Sep 13, 2015 11:29 am

Dallied in some 1940s fare:

Secret Life of Walter Mitty/ Wonder Man

two Danny Kaye films that showcase his talents though I much preferred Mitty. For one thing the colour looks so vivid and the use of it as Mitty segues into his daydream is quite something. Wonder Man just seems to drag in places and is a bit much even for films of that time.
I've not seen the Mitty remake and funnily, just not inclined. Maybe when it eventually lumps onto Channel 4 one night I will. Danny Kaye was singular.

Hue and Cry

Billed as an Alistair Sim film, the great man is somewhat secondary to a cast of kids who uncover a criminal gang and set about foiling their fiendish plot. Classic Ealing, directed by Charles Crichton and now a good source of old London. The kids play amongst the bombed out ruins and towards the end the great army of children rush from all over. Chiefly it seems over Southwark Bridge with in the background a much changed landscape, for one you can see a power station (tempted to say Lots). But a fun film. For one thing there's the end battle where the children set about the criminals and a moment where at least three kids are bashing this man's head on the ground. Imagine if it happened now. For one the head would have split asunder and for another, it'd never happen.

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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:50 am

After a decade of directing clunkers, The Visit sees something of a return to form for M Night Shyamalan. Creepy little horror with a blackly funny streak.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:31 am

THE VISIT (2015)
directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Hugely entertaining, and a real crowd-pleaser. THE VISIT strives to be tense, funny and bit sentimental all at once, and the result is actually a very successful horror-comedy. Shyamalan's direction is clever and self-aware, poking fun of not only himself, but also the found-footage genre as a whole. He also does a great job directing the two young kids, who both have surprisingly good turns as brother/sister.

I really loved it. Probably the most fun I've had at the movies so far this year. It's great to see Shyamalan return to form.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:35 am

Black Sea - the claustrophobic nature of submarines usually makes for a reliably tense atmosphere for thrillers, and so it proves again in this Jude Law-starring 'motley salvage crew gradually turn on each other' tale.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:34 am

The Girl Hunters (1962)

Mickey Spillane himself plays Mike Hammer on the search for his missing secretary Velda while also hunting a communist assassin for a government agent. Spillane's no actor but given Mike is really a private extension of his creator he is perfect in the role and Shirley Eaton gets ample screentime as a politician's widow who spends most of her time poolside in a bikini. Fun film that is probably the most faithful of all the Mike Hammer adaptations to the source material.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Movie You Watched? Mark 9   Sun Sep 27, 2015 7:06 am

Hilly went further off the deep end to revisit The Love Bug and Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo after Dean Jones passed.

it's the latter I've seen more, veritably knackering my VHS copy back in the early 90s and via Julie Sommars starting my redhead fixation (and hard to get broads). All right, both films are for kids but...well, back in the day I wanted to be like Jim Douglas, rescue the girl from the lake she's crashed into, win the race etc. And I always liked Dean Jones in films as diverse as Beethoven or Clear and Present Danger.

As naff as it is, what Herbie Fully Loaded needed was at the end where ol' Herb is left alone on the racetrack for this figure with greying hair to walk up to Herbie, lay his hand on the bonnet and say: "Well done, buddy."

Don't worry, I've some proper films lined up all the same to watch like Under the Skin or whatever but may I say, here's to Dean Jones.

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