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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - Waking Life Now Reviewed (28/05/06) - 22/7/2006 11:25:11 PM   
Boring Prophet


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Thanks for giving Waking Life a review, even if it didn't particularly appeal to you. Not that many people know about it.

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - Waking Life Now Reviewed (28/05/06) - 22/7/2006 11:33:03 PM   
Leomuse


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Boring Prophet

Thanks for giving Waking Life a review, even if it didn't particularly appeal to you. Not that many people know about it.


I still consider **1/2 out of **** to be a borderline positive recommendation. I did like many aspects of it.

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - Waking Life Now Reviewed (28/05/06) - 24/7/2006 4:14:40 PM   
Boring Prophet


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Oh, ok. I suppose it's roughly equal to about 3/5.

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Leomuse’s Tapes - Hitchcock and Horror Now Reviewed - 25/7/2006 11:45:14 PM   
Leomuse


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From: The Valley of the Dolls
43.)
Theatre of Blood
1973
Douglas Hickox
104 minutes
UK
1st viewing
Date viewed: Thursday 18th July 2006
 
"It's him all right. Only Lionheart would have the temerity to rewrite Shakespeare!"
 
  
 
An entertaining camp though clever horror romp with Vincent Price as a resurrected theatrical actor taking revenge on his critics by murdering them in ways reminiscent of Shakespeare plays. Very funny and often rather sickening, it is let down by a disappointing ending and a bland Ian Hendry. Vincent Price is fantastic in this role.
 
Rating:
7/10
 
 
44.)
Strangers on a Train
1951
Alfred Hitchcock
101 minutes
USA
1st viewing
Date viewed: Sunday 23rd July 2006
 
"Don't worry, I'm not going to shoot you, Mr. Haines. It might disturb Mother."
 
  
 
A brilliant premise is brilliantly handled on film by Mr. Hitch, thanks to his usually great direction, some superb and often creepy shots, a great script and one hell of a performance from Robert Walker. Walker's performance may be the best I've ever seen in a Hitchcock film. The finale is arguably one of the most exciting ever filmed. Just a brilliant thriller.
 
Rating:
9/10


< Message edited by Leomuse -- 29/8/2006 1:48:57 PM >

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - Hitchcock and Horror Now Reviewed - 26/7/2006 12:20:13 AM   
Leomuse


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Hitchcock ranked:

1. Rear Window  [1954]  -  ****
2. Strangers on a Train  [1951]  -  ****
3. Vertigo  [1958]  -  ****
4. Psycho  [1960]  -  ***1/2
5. Dial M for Murder  [1954]  -  ***
6. The Birds  [1963]  -  **1/2
7. Mr. & Mrs. Smith  [1941]  -  **

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - Porn, Piranhas and Penis-Heads N... - 8/8/2006 11:29:20 PM   
Leomuse


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From: The Valley of the Dolls
45.)
Blowup
1966
Michelangelo Antonioni
111 minutes
UK/Italy
1st viewing
Date viewed: Friday 28th July 2006
 
"No, we haven't met. You've never seen me."
 
  
 
David Hemmings plays an arsehole photographer who wanders around not doing much except for being a penis-head and taking photographs of random folk. When he takes a photograph of Vanessa Redgrave and her partner in a park, he gets a lot more than he bargained for when he later realises that he may have inadvertedly shot a murder. What does he do? Shags two girls who tear apart his studio, go to a concert and then eventually inform someone about his discovery - though the man has taken drugs. Despite the fact that the film is a bit of a mess and what some people would entitle "pretentious" (the final few minutes would probably receive the greatest amount of criticism from those people), it is somehow engaging despite the fact that Hemmings' character is an unlikeable doodie-head. I honestly don't know why I liked it as much as I did. It was just sort of cool.
 
Rating:
7/10
 
 
46.)
Piranha
1978
Joe Dante
094 minutes
USA
1st viewing
Date viewed: Friday 28th July 2006
 
"Terror, horror, death. Film at eleven."
 
  
 
Yes, I realise it's supposed to be knowingly bad and it's supposed to be funny, but it's just not entertaining. I laughed very few times throughout and was just bored with it for most of the runtime. Plus the piranha effects are awful, which doesn't help.
 
Rating:
2/10
 
 
47.)
Boogie Nights
1997
Paul Thomas Anderson
156 minutes
USA
1st viewing
Date viewed: Monday 7th August 2006
 
"What can you expect when you're on top? You know? It's like Napoleon. When he was the king, you know, people were just constantly trying to conquer him, you know, in the Roman Empire. So, it's history repeating itself all over again."
 
  
 
Absolutely a modern masterpiece. PT Anderson's ensemble piece about a group of folks in the adult entertainment industry's rise and falls in the advent of video is fantasically directed and acted with one hell of a script. Wahlberg, Reynolds, C.Reilly, Moore, Graham, Molina, Jane, Seymour Hoffman, Cheadle, H. Macy - all superb. Funny, dark, thrilling - everything about it is just brilliantly done. This may be my new favourite film of the 1990s.
 
Rating:
10/10


< Message edited by Leomuse -- 29/8/2006 1:49:47 PM >

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - Porn, Piranhas and Penis-Heads N... - 9/8/2006 3:02:32 PM   
Spider


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More nice reviews, I didn't find Boogie Nights quite the masterpiece that some have proclaimed it but it's certainly a great film, and I wouldn't mind seeing it again to re-evaluate.

One thing thats nagging me, are you recording more films off the TV at the moment, and if so are they being added to the list or are you sticking with the original list?

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - Porn, Piranhas and Penis-Heads N... - 9/8/2006 7:49:14 PM   
Squave


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Evening Leomuse, I highly recommend Goodfellas or Donnie Brasco for your next viewing, both fantastic films in their own way and the best two examples of gangster films in the nineties. In my opinion.

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - Porn, Piranhas and Penis-Heads N... - 9/8/2006 11:50:18 PM   
Megalo-who?


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Just get Crash watched.

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Leomuse’s Tapes - All the President's Men Now Reviewed - 13/8/2006 9:26:46 PM   
Leomuse


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From: The Valley of the Dolls
48.)
All the President's Men
1976
Alan J. Pakula
138 minutes
USA
1st viewing
Date viewed: Sunday 13th August 2006
 
"Now hold it, hold it. We're about to accuse Haldeman, who only happens to be the second most important man in this country, of conducting a criminal conspiracy from inside the White House. It would be nice if we were right."
 
  
 
Now, as a teenage Brit, I can't say that I was particularly familiar with the whole Watergate scandal thing. Despite this, I found this film to be very engaging. Hoffman and Redford are excellent in the lead roles, as is Jason Robards as the editor of the Washington Post. The chemistry between the leads is one of the main reasons why the film is as entertaining as it is, as is the great ways that each piece of information is revealed. The script is great, with some very nice amusing touches. Towards the end, the film also becomes successfully tense, despite the fact that I knew that neither of the two was going to come to any harm. I have a feeling though, that further knowledge of the scandal and the long-term effects of its reveal may have helped me to appreciate the film more.
 
Rating:
7/10


< Message edited by Leomuse -- 29/8/2006 1:50:05 PM >

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - Porn, Piranhas and Penis-Heads N... - 13/8/2006 9:31:01 PM   
Leomuse


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Spider

One thing thats nagging me, are you recording more films off the TV at the moment, and if so are they being added to the list or are you sticking with the original list?


I am adding to the list.

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - All the President's Men Now Reviewed - 15/8/2006 3:04:46 AM   
Mycroft


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Leomuse

48.)
All the President's Men
1976
Alan J. Pakula
138 minutes
USA
1st viewing
Date viewed: Sunday 13th August 2006
"Now hold it, hold it. We're about to accuse Haldeman, who only happens to be the second most important man in this country, of conducting a criminal conspiracy from inside the White House. It would be nice if we were right."


Now, as a teenage Brit, I can't say that I was particularly familiar with the whole Watergate scandal thing. Despite this, I found this film to be very engaging. Hoffman and Redford are excellent in the lead roles, as is Jason Robards as the editor of the Washington Post. The chemistry between the leads is one of the main reasons why the film is as entertaining as it is, as is the great ways that each piece of information is revealed. The script is great, with some very nice amusing touches. Towards the end, the film also becomes successfully tense, despite the fact that I knew that neither of the two was going to come to any harm. I have a feeling though, that further knowledge of the scandal and the long-term effects of its reveal may have helped me to appreciate the film more.
Rating:
***



Get hold of the book post haste! Its amazing how cinematic and exciting the whole story is. There's alot missing from the film (obviously) that the book goes into, its just such a fantastic build up from the lowest levels right to the President you'd swear it was all fiction.

< Message edited by Mycroft -- 15/8/2006 3:06:34 AM >

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - Rio Bravo Now Reviewed - 16/8/2006 3:05:44 PM   
Leomuse


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49.)
Rio Bravo
1959
Howard Hawks
141 minutes
USA
1st viewing
Date viewed: Tuesday 15th August 2006
 
"Hey you! How do ya like them apples?"
 

 
This was a pretty successful Western. It's very entertaining and Dean Martin is very impressive. His character's arc was very interesting, I thought. The gunplay is very impressive, with the explosive finale being a standout. There are a few problems which I feel bring it down. The romantic plot feels as though it was added simply because many other Westerns have them. I thought that it felt out of place, though I liked Angie Dickinson's performance. A singing sequence that comes about two thirds of the way through the film was understandably there because of two of the film's stars, but it's still annoying. The film does feel too long also. I still liked it though. This was actually the first John Wayne film I've seen. He's alright.
 
Rating:
7/10


< Message edited by Leomuse -- 29/8/2006 1:50:32 PM >

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Leomuse’s Tapes - 2 Good Documentaries and 1 Goodfellas... - 9/9/2006 3:42:25 PM   
Leomuse


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Joined: 30/9/2005
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50.)
Glastonbury
2006
Julien Temple
138 minutes
UK
1st viewing
Date viewed: Friday 18th August 2006
 
 
 
A bit more performance footage, particularly of Radiohead, would have been nice.
 
Rating:
7/10
 
 
51.)
Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman
2006
Kevin Burns
115 minutes
USA
1st viewing
Date viewed: Friday 18th August 2006 
 
 
 
An informative and very entertaining account of almost every aspect of the legacy of the original superhero. The fact that not everything was praised was a nice touch for a documentary like this.
 
Rating:
8/10
 
 
52.)
Goodfellas
1990
Martin Scorsese
145 minutes
USA
1st viewing
Date viewed: Sunday 3rd September 2006 


 
It's pretty fucking good.
 
Rating:
10/10

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Leomuse’s Tapes - Narc Now Reviewed - 15/9/2006 9:05:46 PM   
Leomuse


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53.)
Narc
2002
Joe Carnahan
105 minutes
USA/Canada
1st viewing
Date viewed: Tuesday 12th September 2006
 

 
In a recent review of Goodfellas, I stated that Ray Liotta had never performed better in a film. I take that back. This is his best performance to date and an example of how versatile he can be when given some decent material to work with. I hadn't seen any of Jason Patric's work other than The Lost Boys and Speed 2 before this, but he too delivers a fantastic turn as the disgraced narcotics officer trying to earn a desk job by helping with one last case. The two actors have great chemistry together. This gritty thriller employs a visual style that is vaguely similar to the one seen in Tony Scott's recent films, though it is handled a lot better here, and for the most part, is a lot less frenetic. The washed out colours are a nice effect with cool blue colours being utilised the most. This may actually be the bluest film I've ever come across. Carnahan's direction is fantastic.The investigation and interrogation scenes are handled well, as are a few flashback sequences. The opening sequence, that shows how Patric's character has ended up in this particular situation is one of the best of any film from this decade so far. Surprisingly ruthless but also thrilling, I feel that it is one of the best chase scenes I've ever seen. Though not particularly original, I think that this film is the best representative of the cop thriller genre in a long time and it is now my personal favourite film of that genre.
 
Rating:
9/10


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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - Narc Now Reviewed - 15/9/2006 9:09:11 PM   
Leomuse


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I've decided that from now on, any taped film that also happens to be part of my 150 film quest will be removed from this list and they will only be reviewed in that particular thread.

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - Narc Now Reviewed - 15/9/2006 9:17:33 PM   
Boring Prophet


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Your review of Narc was spot on, I thought it was great.

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - Narc Now Reviewed - 16/9/2006 5:48:41 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Boring Prophet

Your review of Narc was spot on, I thought it was great.


Indeed. Brilliant film and Liotta has never been better.

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So, sir, we let him have it right up! And I have to report, sir, he did not like it, sir.

Fellow scientists, poindexters, geeks.

Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!

Much more better!

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Leomuse’s Tapes - The End - 4/10/2006 6:59:01 PM   
Leomuse


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Well, I'm afraid that I have failed what I set out to do. This thread will now die. I just don't have enough time to keep trying to watch all these films and review all of them by a certain time. I need to focus more on my schoolwork and other things. I'll be ending my other quest thread also (the one in Top 10s). I'll still watch all of these films eventually. To those who left feedback, thank you very much.

That's all, folks.

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - The End - 4/10/2006 10:33:57 PM   
Spider


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A sad day indeed, both your quests threads were very entertaining reads. I don't really understand, surely you will watch some films even with your work? I don't think you ever set a date for this thead so it could keep going couldn't it?

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - The End - 5/10/2006 5:11:32 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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Could you not just update when you see a listed film, even if it isn't for another 6 months?




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So, sir, we let him have it right up! And I have to report, sir, he did not like it, sir.

Fellow scientists, poindexters, geeks.

Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!

Much more better!

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - The End - 5/10/2006 7:07:53 AM   
Leomuse


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I will watch some films obviously but I've just pretty much lost enthusiasm for doing the two threads anyway.

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RE: Leomuse’s Tapes - The End - 27/8/2013 6:03:44 PM   
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Rotten Tomatoes forum send me here.

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