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    Faults (2014)
    1h 29min - Comedy, Crime, Drama
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    Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lance Reddick
    I wasn't aware of Winstead until "10 Cloverfield Lane" but she's got 'screen charisma' and I was interested in her previous stuff.
    Orser is a character actor I've seen many times and though he appears to be an accomplished, studied actor, he has, for me, no 'screen charisma' at all.
    He's got the lead in this so it was with mixed feelings that I watched this slightly bizarre/creepy tale of an unpleasant, washed-up, cult expert who takes on a 'deprogramming' challenge.
    Winstead is good.
    Film is not bad, not great, but others without the Orser bias may enjoy it more.
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    The Seven Five (2015)
    This doc on the police corruption in East New York City's 75th Precinct is a great watch! The talking head sections, relating the truth of what happened are, for a change, of real interest and very animated. The various accents and facial gestures of the main speakers alone were enough for me, but the whole scenario is just so over the top I couldn't stop smiling, then I couldn't stop laughing as it all escalated over the course of the film. Outrageous outside the confines of the law story!

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    The Seven Five (2014)
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    Outstanding, both in production and substance.
    If this were a plot for a movie, and I don't see any way it can keep from being one eventually, it would be too unbelievable to be believed.
    This is the real "Prince of the City".
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    Deepwater Horizon 8/10

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    Movie great, BP Sucks. brought a tear to my eye.
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    The Seven Five --

    If this were a plot for a movie, and I don't see any way it can keep from being one eventually, it would be too unbelievable to be believed.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah! I kept thinking about this put together as a movie too, and kept coming up with that same answer.

    Latino accent guy with beret - I coulda watched that one talk about his experiences all day long.
    Forget the why.
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    House Of Bamboo - 1957 - 6/10

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    Sam Fuller movie, often pigeon holed as Asian Noir is more suitably Tourist Noir.
    Ex-soldier (Robert Stack) arrives Tokyo after buddy summons him for crooked money.
    Buddy is dead and Stack begins selling “protection.” Rich visuals in this section.
    Eventually he gets recruited into a small gang of Army ex-pats led by Robert Ryan.
    Lost man in unfamiliar city is Noir enough.
    Numerous logic errors, though.
    Wouldn’t authorities notice a crew of tall, white faced gaijin committing robberies?
    Writers mention a homoerotic angle - maybe, maybe not.
    I think they are trying to make a ho-hum plot seem interesting.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by OverThere Click here to enlarge
    The Seven Five --
    Latino accent guy with beret - I coulda watched that one talk about his experiences all day long.


    Yes. He was fascinating. Charming and as malevolent as any crime movie villain.

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    And like I said, unbelievable:

    Dirty cop and drug dealer launch cigar line named after Brooklyn precinct
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    Take My Life (1947) 8/10
    Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Francis L. Sullivan, Marius Goring
    Ronald Neame (Director)

    A stylish, fast-paced (only 76 minutes) little British noir from the legendary Rank Studios penned by the author of Marnie and photographed in German-Expressionist style.
    Suspense/Thriller/Mystery worthy of comparison with the best of Hitchcock.
    First outing as director for Ronald Neame (The Man Who Never Was, Tunes of Glory, Gambit, to name only a few).
    A sheer delight in every way.
    Don't read about it -- you don't want to know the plot beforehand.
    Just see it!
    Recommended for film lovers of all ages.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by seneca Click here to enlarge
    . . . as a result of a stint writing copy for the video company chiefly responsible for the preservation and video release of this kind of movie in the last twenty years -- SWV . . .
    Call me envious regarding your Something Weird gig.
    You must have seen a fair number of "candidates" that never made the production cut.
    Most might have been dreck, but I bet there were a few gems that might have suffered clearance obstacles.

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    MR James: Ghost Writer - 2013 - 6/10

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    Presenter Mark Gatiss narrates the life and works of premier ghost story scribe, M R James.
    Excerpts from stories, talking heads, location shots of Cambridge and Eton.
    A scholar, and solitary man. Typical of most writers, James himself is not particularly compelling.
    Forays into his sexual inclinations are idle speculation.
    Time filler.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Vultural Click here to enlarge
    You must have seen a fair number of "candidates" that never made the production cut.
    Most might have been dreck, but I bet there were a few gems that might have suffered clearance obstacles.
    You pinned the tassel on the pastie there, V. Most was dreck, but I don't mind dreck when there might be a prize inside the box. I was like a kid in a candy store! And the truth is, during the VHS era there wasn't much in the way of "clearance obstacles." The commitment was to preserve intact as far as legally possible. But when the DVD era began, that changed. The DVD distributor had Disney as parent company. Enough said on that score. The DVD-R line, which remained self-distributed, remained true to the original commitment.

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    Patriots Day (2016)
    R - 133 min - Drama, History, Thriller
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    Director: Peter Berg
    Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon
    Excellent.
    The fascinating forensic procedural of the manhunt is the dominant focus with Wahlberg's fictional character at the center.
    For the most part, Berg sticks to 'just the facts, ma'am' with the exception a pyrotechnically enhanced street fight and Wahlberg's fictional character being continually in the right spot at the right time.
    Suspenseful and exciting.
    As with "Deepwater Horizon", one hopes the details haven't been fiddled with as there was much that surprised me.
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    Hidden Figures (2016)

    Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.

    Solid ****. I love any movie about the space program. Makes math look exciting.
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    Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing (2016)
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    Very well made and focused primarily on the victims, it is very 'affecting'.
    There are graphic images of the damage and the consequences.
    The authenticity of "Patriot's Day" seems to be solid, so one can choose the doc or drama.
    I would recommend this as a companion to "Patriot's Day", but it could be a bit much in one sitting.
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    Anyone dared to venture here yet? ----

    Think Luis Bu˝uel spliced with Hieronymus Bosch.

    We Are the Flesh a.k.a Tenemos la carne (2016)

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    Forget the why.
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    Night Of The Demon - 1957 - 6/10

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    Old school ghost tale based on M R James’ classic, “Casting The Runes.”
    American professor come to London for conference on supernatural.
    He runs afoul of devil worshiper and realizes a curse has been placed.
    Moody, atmospheric film, with adversaries polite and well mannered.
    Dana Andrews fine as skeptical American joining forced with colleague’s younger niece.
    Fortunately, there is no icky romance which would be de rigueur nowadays.
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    The girl with all the gifts
    Enjoyed movie, a bit aka 28 days mixed with the omega man, if you like apocalyptic movies
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    Patriots Day

    Whoa Daddy! Whip it out all the way!

    You'll laugh, you'll cry, your heart will pound and your mind will race.
    Really, it's all there, slick as a whistle and as smoothly produced as mother's milk.
    I loved every percussive, in your face, emotionally charged second of it.
    YES!!!

    Good thing I read your reviews here, or I woulda just wrote it off as fluff from Hollywood.
    Forget the why.
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    Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
    1h 36min - Drama, Film-Noir
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    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner ("Adam 12"), Barbara Nichols
    A tale of a shark and his pilot fish.
    Once in a while the studios got it right, very right. The finest craftsmen aligned with dedicated talent.
    I once called Wilder's "The Apartment" a perfect movie and I'm putting this on the same shelf.
    Watching it today, there's nothing out of place, no deviation from its dark trajectory.
    This is why the world is a lesser place without another Lancaster movie coming out.
    This is one of the best things Curtis did.
    This is 1950's black and white New York.
    Music by Elmer Bernstein

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    Arrival 2016
    PG-13 - 1h 56min - Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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    Director: Denis Villeneuve
    Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
    To make science fiction plausible on film is difficult, as is making a science fiction story go deep.
    They do both.
    Watching this felt like seeing 'grown up' science fiction treated with respect.
    Very satisfactory.
    I thought of Terrence Malick several times.
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    J.J.: "I love this dirty town." - Great movie, great story, perfect performances!

    Arrival (2016)

    Had such a good time viewing this movie. No complaints from this clown at all. Maybe that "time" should read "times" in this case.
    The effects never overrode the importance of the story itself, and talk about yer mataphor-laden.


    La La Land

    I tried, I honestly tried not just once but twice over the course of last night to sit through this movie. The second time there was alcohol involved for Pete's sake! Still turned me way, way off. Others may find something here. I found nothing whatsoever other than an actual hatred for the lead actors. Oh Golly, Ryan Reynolds. Could this guy even get a job as a wooden Indian outside a cigar shop with a performance like this on his resume? That's a little harsh, but I honestly thought I was gonna vomit and it wasn't the alcohol's fault at all. Fluff, far from the fantastic experience promoted, not even decent fluff.

    Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated). Right.
    Forget the why.
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    Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes - 2014 - 5/10

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    Give the comedian an A for effort in her one-woman show.
    Ms French charges about the stage, reacts to huge "BOYS!!" signs, while giving a personal history tour.
    Growing up, her family, and her body image - the latter, at length.
    Laughs are rare in the first hour. This is more memoir, though not always memorable.
    At times, she seems to pause a second or two, waiting for applause or laughter that never comes.
    Females I watched this with giggled during the “mother daughter” section, the last 20 minutes.
    This ain‘t Vicar Of Dibley, it ain’t French & Saunders, and it sure as hell ain’t Ab Fab.
    This live show was wildly popular, nevertheless.
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    La La Land
    This lasted until I heard the music starting up.
    The last musical I actually liked was "All That Jazz".
    Maybe it's my failure to 'imagine' but, not since I was a kid have I been able to accept people bursting into song and dance unless they're in a setting where it might be conceivable that people might burst into song and dance: nightclub, theater, studio, etc.
    "Singing in the Rain" made sense; "Paint Your Wagon" did not.
    So 'La La' might be technically perfect as per the 'movie musical formula', but I'll be taking someone else's word for it.



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    Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes - 2014 - 5/10
    I gave her fifteen minutes and realized it was for dedicated, forgiving, fans only.
    Dara O Briain's "Crowd Tickler Live' will, in contrast, make new fans.
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    Christine (2016) 7/10
    Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts
    Antonio Campos (Director)

    "Based on true events" we are told up front, and this viewer was aware of the "true event" the movie was based on, and found himself anticipating that "true event" throughout the movie -- which worked against the effectiveness of the movie, it seems to me, inasmuch as I love Rebecca Hall and she was terrific in the role, and yet I found the movie strangely unmoving in the end, and I don't think that was the aim of the filmmaker.

    So I do not mention the "true event" here and urge anyone without that foreknowledge to view the movie without it and report back as to whether he/she was moved by this well-made biopic about an overwrought reporter for a small news station in Florida in 1974.

    It could be me, and not the movie.

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    La La Landfill (2016) 5/10
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    La La Land

    I tried, I honestly tried not just once but twice over the course of last night to sit through this movie. The second time there was alcohol involved for Pete's sake! Still turned me way, way off. Others may find something here. I found nothing whatsoever other than an actual hatred for the lead actors. Oh Golly, Ryan Reynolds. Could this guy even get a job as a wooden Indian outside a cigar shop with a performance like this on his resume? That's a little harsh, but I honestly thought I was gonna vomit and it wasn't the alcohol's fault at all. Fluff, far from the fantastic experience promoted, not even decent fluff.

    Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated). Right.
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    This lasted until I heard the music starting up.
    The last musical I actually liked was "All That Jazz".
    Maybe it's my failure to 'imagine' but, not since I was a kid have I been able to accept people bursting into song and dance unless they're in a setting where it might be conceivable that people might burst into song and dance: nightclub, theater, studio, etc.
    "Singing in the Rain" made sense; "Paint Your Wagon" did not.
    So 'La La' might be technically perfect as per the 'movie musical formula', but I'll be taking someone else's word for it.
    As morally confused as it is artistically confused.
    In a word, a mess.

    Except for the song "The Fools Who Dream" -- whose refrain "Here's to the mess we make," in a wild bit of inadvertent self-referentiality and unintentional irony, toasts this very mess of a movie itself -- the tunes are pedestrian and the choreography uninspired.

    There is the kernel of a bittersweet romantic comedy here, but by Woody Allen or the Coen bros., and not a musical -- certainly not this musical.
    The ending was so embarrassing it enraged me. If you've never been quite sure what bathos is (bathos=failed pathos), then perhaps you should watch this movie right through to the bitter end.

    That this movie has received such critical and popular acclaim convinces me that Kevin McCarthy's words of sixty years ago were all too true --
    "They're already here!"
    And their spawn, or rather the spawn of their spawn, made and love this movie.

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    Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)
    PG-13 - 1h 19min - Documentary
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    Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work.
    If you like this sort of thing, you'll like this thing.
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    Heaven Can Wait (1943)
    1h 52min - Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
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    Director: Ernst Lubitsch (1942 "To Be or Not to Be")
    Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn, Marjorie Main, Spring Byington, Louis Calhern
    Henry Van Cleve presents himself at the gates of Hell only to find he is closely vetted on his qualifications for entry. Surprised there is any question on his suitability, he recounts his lively life and the women he has known...
    Complete balderdash and utterly charming.
    Still.
    I liked this a lot when I was a kid, probably because the Devil was in it, albeit a most unusual Devil.
    I believe a great deal to do with its success back then and the way it still has weight now is due to the breed of actor working then: actors who learned their craft and skills in the theater, in particular, how to sell 'it', no matter what 'it' was.
    One of the better Hollywood portrayals of 'The Gay Nineties' era (without sniggering...).


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