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    Skull Island 3d- really wish there was a real imax near me, as seeing this in 3d on a huge screen is the way to go.
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    2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action - 2017 - 7/10

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    Five of ‘em. Two crowd pleasers, two “serious” works of outsiders in Europe, and one pass.
    “Sing” is about a competitive grade school choir. This will resonate with those who have been in band or choir, especially if you were in the 3rds or in the back rows.
    “Silent Nights” follows a refugee in Denmark. Sent me a mixed message on how to score money from guilty rich.
    ”Timecode” watches bored security guards dance before surveillance cameras.
    “Ennemis Intérieurs” (Enemies Within) is another story of outsiders. This time an Algerian, living in France for over 30 years, finally seeks citizenship. Why wait so long? And who are your associates? Claustrophobic, Orwellian.
    “La Femme et le TGV” features Jane Birkin as an aging woman exchanging letters with the engineer of the high speed TGV express. She seems locked in the bygone, analogue age, with her manual typewriter, rotary dial phone, china tea set.
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    The Love Witch - 2016 - 5/10

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    Well, I didn’t pick this puff. But, unlike the individuals who did select this - and who never read these reviews - I did not bail after twenty minutes.
    Because I have a taste for over-the-top folly. This is not “so bad it’s good,” but it veers close.
    Attractive witch moves to Eureka, into posh Victorian manor, to get over issues with her ex.
    Like glamour girls everywhere, our witch has trouble pulling guys, so she casts sex magick for the ole bait n mate.
    After sessions of heightened debauchery, spent males collapse and die.
    Oh, well. There’s more guys with organic wands where those came from.

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    Lush and saturated colours throughout.
    Females, wearing gowns and hats, congregate in a fantasy fern bar and sip tea while a harpist plucks.
    Our witch sports a hairdo Bobbie Gentry would envy, as well as retro blue eyeshadow which I have not seen since the 70s. (Car buffs - a 60s Mustang and a big ass 70s Impala stand out amidst boxy modern rides.)
    Fair amount of frontal nudity, male and female, mostly during wicca ceremonies.
    More graphic are her sketches and paintings.
    Romping and rutting is freaky psychedelic time, drowned with overloaded grind music.
    Acting is stilted and wooden across the board.
    My theory: There was only one camera, so the director shot everyone one at a time, then spliced.
    At two hours, this movie is also too long.
    I enjoyed, but again, I like cheesy flicks.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by tallowtree Click here to enlarge
    I had just decided to watch The Great Wall this evening when I saw your post.
    Now I can't wait.

    Thanks SS.
    Allegedly I'm not supposed to care if someone doesn't like what I like, but I would at least like to know that you were or weren't disappointed by my enthusiasm.
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    I really wasn't going to watch The Great Wall, but now I'm kinda looking forward to it. Thanks for tipping me
    over to the go side. And besides, there were plans, all downloaded and ready to go, to watch a 163 minute German movie (best not name it)
    until I read a viewer review of it. "Bleak. Too wordy, too long and the guy commits suicide at the end . . . "

    I don't know about suicide but I do wish this reviewer dude had died before writing that review.
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    20th Century Women - 2016 - 7/10

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    Coming of age story, time/location specific to 1979 Santa Barbara.
    Ma (Annette Benning) asks two other females to help raise (watch over) fatherless son.
    What really occurs, however, is the three females work out bad stretches using the son as listener, witness, Greek chorus. The teenage boy is fine because, unlike a man, he simply listens instead of trying to “fix” problems.
    Talky, yet this does not drag. Should girlfriends load this, guys ought to be able to tolerate.
    I caught a few minor errors, probably because I was in Southern California in the mid-late 70s.
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    Shampoo (1975)
    1h 49min - Comedy, Drama
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    Director: Hal Ashby
    Writers: Robert Towne, Warren Beatty
    Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant, Jack Warden, Carrie Fisher, Richard Nixon
    The trials and tribulations of a Beverly Hills horndog.
    Well made and still funny.
    Warren Beatty knew his strengths, Goldie Hawn was still adorable and this is where I fell in 'crush' with Julie Christie.
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    I fell in crush with Christie in Doctor Zhivago. That crush never went away.
    "Cecil Graham: What is a cynic?
    Lord Darlington: A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing."
    Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan
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    The Hustler (1961)
    2h 14min - Drama, Sport
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    Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Jake LaMotta, Vincent Gardenia
    Still excellent on all levels, especially the seedy atmosphere.
    In the late 60's, when I started 'exploring', I had a couple of occaisions to step inside a couple of the 'old school' pool parlors.
    Nothing friendly about them.
    In the 70's, when I got fairly good at 'keeping the table' while playing pool in bars, I never gambled on it, not even 'for a friendly beer', and it was because of this movie.
    It pissed off a few who claimed they couldn't win unless something was at stake, but nobody got their fingers broke.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by stvnsprngr Click here to enlarge

    Shampoo (1975)
    1h 49min - Comedy, Drama
    7/10
    How about that jail bait?

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    Fast And Loose - 1939 - 6/10

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    Breezy sequel to 1938‘s Fast Company. Same characters, different lead actors.
    Eccentric collector hires rare book dealers to buy rare Shakespeare manuscript from financially strapped tycoon.
    There is also a first edition Milton that goes lost then found then lost.
    Parties meet at the mansion, along with offspring, stock broker, gangsters, eventually the police.
    Correcto mundo. Killing. For books!
    Fast paced, a jumble of characters, assortment of motives, a plot that borders on gibberish.
    Rosalind Russell and Robert Montgomery endearing as book hounds.
    Amusing to see folks get riled up over the printed word, since so few buy actual books nowadays.
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    White Heat (1949)
    1h 54min - Action, Crime, Drama
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    Director: Raoul Walsh
    James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Fred Clark
    Iconic as hell now. Great lines, situations and performances.
    This was a high point in the post-war move to make crime movies as 'gritty' as they could at the time.

    The scene I always remember involves a chicken leg.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by stvnsprngr Click here to enlarge
    The scene I always remember involves a chicken leg.
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    This is one of my all time favourites; though the scene that always comes into my head is Cody Jarrett (Cagney) standing on top of the gas storage tower:

    "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"


    When I was a teenager (many years ago) I remember the BBC (at least I think it was the BBC) running a series entitled "The James Cagney Season".

    I'm pretty sure I watched all of them and this was definitely my favourite.
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    Tower (2016)
    1h 36min - Documentary, Animation, Crime
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    Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people.
    This is the granddaddy of modern mass murder in America.
    Director Keith Maitland has taken a distinctly unconventional style/approach to telling a story like this, but it is also distinctly effective, affective and powerful.
    Excellent music choices that feel incongruously out of place that, whether intended or not, made me think of how incongruously out of place it was to have sudden senseless death rain down on a peaceful campus.
    I remember the day it was on all three channels.
    Although Whitman is essentially ignored, other than his actions, it's also a good reminder that he wasn't Kurt Russell.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by stvnsprngr Click here to enlarge
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    The Hustler (1961)
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    Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Jake LaMotta, Vincent Gardenia
    Still excellent on all levels, especially the seedy atmosphere.
    In the late 60's, when I started 'exploring', I had a couple of occaisions to step inside a couple of the 'old school' pool parlors.
    Nothing friendly about them.
    In the 70's, when I got fairly good at 'keeping the table' while playing pool in bars, I never gambled on it, not even 'for a friendly beer', and it was because of this movie.
    It pissed off a few who claimed they couldn't win unless something was at stake, but nobody got their fingers broke.

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    After the success of this movie, one of the early UHF stations in Chicago started broadcasting a show with the real Minnesota Fats. He was certainly nothing like Jackie Gleason. I never could figure out how he got the nickname "Fats" short, thin guy who looked like he had never walked out of a pool hall. One place I used to frequent was also featured in The Color Of Money. It was an unassuming place on the second floor above a greasy spoon restaurant but a lot of money did change hands there so it seemed to always be open. So, you could shoot pool at 8am on a Sunday morning but, being Chicago, you couldn't get a beer until noon because that would be wrong.
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    Kong: Skull Island

    We saw this yesterday in 3-D at the theater, my first time in one since 2002. The popcorn's not as salty as I remembered.

    Anyhow . . . great effects, especially since this is the first time I've seen a 3-D movie! Kong was huge, the plot was small, the characters were thin. But the trailer for Ghost in the Shell, Good Grief, those 3-D effects were incredible!
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    Allied, with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotilliard.

    8/10

    Super story, well made. Marion Cotilliard was exquisite.

    Only thing stopping me giving this a 9/10 was Brad Pitt. Love the guy, think he's super, but he is at least 10 years too old for this role. Guy's supposed to be an RAF pilot/SOE operative. 53 years old is a bit of a stretch.

    Michael Fassbender would have been ideal for the role.
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    The Great Beauty - 2013 - 8/10
    AKA - La Grande Bellezza

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    Visually striking film of the compromised soul.
    Forty years previous, Jep wrote a well received book.
    That was his entry to the high life, free pass to the In-Crowd.
    He never wrote again, becoming a dilettante and coasting on his laurels.
    Dizzying array of sybaritic pleasures, contrast with the sheer futility of living.
    Point, all shall die. So why struggle to be heard, seen, appreciated?
    Jep, the gracious, ever-smiling wastrel, is repeatedly paired against creative stragglers, or humans falling into despair, or the frail and elderly, coming face to face with the summation.
    Tour de force, though overlong and not always enjoyable.
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    The Hustler! One of my late Uncles owned and ran a pool hall on one side of town when I was a kid. At the same time a friend of mine's Dad paid people to run one on the other side of town. Back then pool halls were more 'unsavory' than their current form. We had some great times, sometimes we even opened the one on Saturdays during the summer. Some real weird characters. A good hustler, even a low level one, can make quick money in the bars. I found this out later on while drinking and hanging out with a guy who made his money doing just that. Drink all morning, run out of cash, play pool for a while and right back to it. The guy would be hammered and still win!

    One thing I really enjoyed seeing him do was pile up small bills from playing, then put it in a shoebox. Stay up all night and then during rush hour drive around in his convertible throwing cash out into the traffic. Right crazy, I guess.

    Outstanding movie.
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    Okay . . . I need help with a film identification before it drives me insane! The Tower. There's a movie that, nearing its end, has the main character and his good friend up in that tower. His friend is something of a character based on Charles Whitman????

    Dang, I cannot find that name of that film.
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    Okay . . . I need help with a film identification before it drives me insane! The Tower. There's a movie that, nearing its end, has the main character and his good friend up in that tower. His friend is something of a character based on Charles Whitman????

    Dang, I cannot find that name of that film.
    I don't recognize that plot and right now, any search for movies featuring the tower result in articles about the new doc.
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    Thank you, Wyn, that looks like a tense type of movie there! But it's not the one I'm grasping for.
    This one was something of an arthouse thing, not total arthouse (that word comes so close to arse*ole it's dangerous).
    I'm gonna get this title if it's the second last thing I do.
    Dying being the last, I guess.
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    YES!
    "The Delicate Art of the Rifle" 1996

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    It was quite a while ago, and I'd like to see this one again.
    It's definitely strange.

    Did see Tower (2016) as well. The young woman who stayed . . . that part.
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    Taxi (2015) a.k.a. Taxi Tehran

    Iranian director Jafar Panahi gets around being banned from making films in Iran by posing as a cabbie and using a dash cam to record conversations and events in and around his taxi. It's hard to tell the actors (are there any?) from the pickups. And does it matter? I especially liked the pirate-movie salesman section. The whole thing is interesting, and makes you think about some of the topics after the film's over.
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