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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 5/11/2008 11:37:33 AM   
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Drat and double drat..curse you both with your knwoledge of the cinema!!!
I forgot about those true classics. Fred and Ginger movies..Busby Berkley etc. Which is the one with Lullaby of Broadway in it? That number actually gives me goosebumps.  I should have said...I don't like most musicals of the 50s and 60s.

Change that to "most musicals made after 1955" and I might just agree with you.  I saw Finian's Rainbow the other week (not quite an oldie), which is a complete mess, barely has a scene that doesn't outstay its welcome, and yet, somehow, sort of works. Coppola's decision to update it from '40s America was astonishingly witless, but Astaire is a joy, Tommy Steele is fine - after one's adjusted to the fact that he's a human cartoon - Petula Clark does a decent job and much of the score remains terrific.
 
'Lullaby of Broadway' is in Gold Diggers of 1935. And you're right, it's amazing.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 22/11/2008 4:38:05 AM   
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Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard - the man screenwrites amazingly, and it was interesting to see such a disparate performance from Holden (as compared to the mighty The Wild Bunch)

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 23/11/2008 12:58:08 AM   
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The Great Escape (for the umpteenth time) - Elmer Bernstein's score is classic, and the film is so well done.

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RE: Top 10 Sexiest Animals - 23/11/2008 5:10:15 PM   
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42nd Street




42nd Street is one big WANK (I'm sorry, but it had to be said). It's still a moderately entertaining film, though.

I just watched Goodbye, Mr. Chips with Robert Donat. I liked the film quite a bit, and character of Chips is one who you support to the very end, superbly portrayed by Robert Donat. The film isn't perfect, though. The performances from the child actors are all horrible; thankfully they're not the focus. Also, the film felt like it was showing mere snippets of what could have been a longer, better film. In this respect, the 2002 version is superior, but Robert Donat is legendary.


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RE: Top 10 Sexiest Animals - 24/11/2008 8:23:52 AM   
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The Blue Dahlia 1946
Dir; George Marshall
Writer: Raymond Chandler
Starring: Alan Ladd,Veronica Lake,William Bendix

I just went over to imdb to check the date on this and noticed a remark on one review that said Chandler didn't like Lake or her acting and called her Moronica Lake.It pains me to say this because I'm a huge fan of Chandler but the only thing moronic about this film is the story,it's pretty silly.I know the studio changed the end but that's no excuse for the numerous other highly unlikely scenerios in the rest of the movie.I thought Lake was fine in this considering what she had to work with and she did a much better job than the terribly melodramatic Doris Dowling.Ladd wasn't his usual self,looking a bit lost and unsure of himself at times while Bendix' performance,which was obviously geared toward the intended original climax,was very good but ended up looking overplayed and out of context with the rest of the film.The support players for the most part were pretty average except Howard Da Silva as Lake's husband and prime suspect who was the only one who managed to convey any sense of suspense and Tom Powers who was truly outstanding in a smaller role as the rather laconic Police Chief.
Altogether a pretty poor effort.6/10

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 30/11/2008 10:28:50 AM   
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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 5/12/2008 1:32:27 PM   
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just watched Psycho :)

man Norman Bates is a fcuked up character. love that last scene :)

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 5/12/2008 6:38:03 PM   
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Johnny O'Clock (1947)

Director/Writer: Robert Rossen
Starring: Dick Powell, Lee J. Cobb, Evelyn Keyes

My first thought on seeing this listed on FilmFour was "Surely that can't actually be the guy's name?" Actually, yes, as it turns out. The fruity hammer-in-the-faceishness of the name, thankfully, stands in contrast to what is actually a dark and very interesting noir character study.

Dick Powell, for my money the most underrated actor of the 1940s, exudes shallow charm as the ridiculously-named titular character, a wealthy casino-partner with a silver tongue and a heart of plastic. He is matched scene for scene by the cigar-chomping barrel o' flesh that is Lee J. Cobb, a police detective convinced that Johnny is mixed up in a murder-suicide case. The morality at play here is interesting indeed - Cobb excels as an honest cop trying hard to do his job, but at the same time, it is obvious to the viewer from the off that Johnny is not a cold-blooded killer, so the audience's sympathies hang in the balance, waiting for one of them to slip up.

Powell and Cobb are given a witty and surprisingly modern script, and they do it justice. The plot is perfectly adequate, if a little lacking in punch, but the genius is in the dialogue. The standout scene of the movie without a doubt is when Powell and Cobb come face to face in the interrogation room, where the standard noir tough-talk is given new life by Rossen's knack for speech patterns and the actors' sparkling delivery. An interesting element of the story is Powell's ambiguous relationship with the flatmate he describes as 'my man', Charlie, whose later behaviour gives yet more hints as to the nature of their relationship. I usually think people who claim to see gay plots in classic movies are looking to hard, but this one hit me smack in the face. Obviously, this is all thrown out the window for the requisite happy(ish)-ending.
Overall, a stylish, well-written and acted drama (and look out for a young Jeff Chandler in his first screen role as gambling crony Turk).

8/10

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 6/12/2008 2:14:31 AM   
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The Sting (1973)

One of my favourite films of all time, I introduced my fiancee to it last Saturday and he loved it! Now I just I have to get him to watch Gone With the Wind with me...although seemingly, he's not for turning on that one.

The Hustler is getting it's first viewing tommorrow as well...on a bit of a Paul Newman roll at the moment!

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 6/12/2008 3:57:21 PM   
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Le Samouraï (The Samurai)  (1967)

This was the first time watching this. I've watched a couple of Melville's before, and, while not as extraordinary than Army of Shadows was, it is definitely worth a watch. It's minimalistic without being dull, and very much effortlessly cool and iconic.




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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 30/1/2009 5:04:53 PM   
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Le Samouraï (The Samurai)  (1967)

This was the first time watching this. I've watched a couple of Melville's before, and, while not as extraordinary than Army of Shadows was, it is definitely worth a watch. It's minimalistic without being dull, and very much effortlessly cool and iconic.





I've got this on DVD for months but couldnt get round to watch it. Must check it asap

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 5/2/2009 11:45:30 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Mogwai

Le Samouraï (The Samurai)  (1967)

This was the first time watching this. I've watched a couple of Melville's before, and, while not as extraordinary than Army of Shadows was, it is definitely worth a watch. It's minimalistic without being dull, and very much effortlessly cool and iconic.





I've got this on DVD for months but couldnt get round to watch it. Must check it asap

You really should. It's the sort of film that you need to watch more than once in order to take it all in.
Alain Delon's performance is one that I would rank among the top 10 of all time. It's easy to see why he's considered to be one of the great icons of French cinema.

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 23/3/2009 1:38:19 AM   
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White Heat (1949) 10/10 A cheeta powered rollercoaster ride of awsomeness!
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 10/10 the finest example of British film making ever.
Vanishing point (1971) 7/10 great little offering from grindhouse
High Noon (1952) 2/10 so iritating from the get go with an apalling script, the extra point is for Cooper's performance he's really good the film is another matter.


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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 23/3/2009 3:02:27 PM   
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2/10 is a bit harsh, but the 9 I gave it in my review thread is too high, as the film is pretty boring...

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 23/3/2009 6:03:54 PM   
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The Paradine Case (1947)

It doesn't really hold up particularly well and none of the characters are particularly appealling. The acting is solid, particularly from Gregory Peck, but nothing special. I can definitely see why this is one of Hitchcock's "forgotten" films.

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 3/4/2009 1:15:00 PM   
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It Happened On Night  8/10

have added loads of Oscar winners to my to watch list and this was the first a watched with the mrs last week.  We both enjoyed it and can see why at the time it won the awards.  however the first half of the film is a bit slow, but there are some good twists and turns by the end and you really start to rrot for the characters and want them to get together by the end, which is hard for a rom-com to do.  And also has sharpe and fast dialog which you just don't get anymore.

Oh and Claudette Colbert is just so sexy and for the time it does have some risky shots of her getting undressed.

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 3/4/2009 3:01:57 PM   
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It Happened On Night  8/10

have added loads of Oscar winners to my to watch list and this was the first a watched with the mrs last week.  We both enjoyed it and can see why at the time it won the awards.  however the first half of the film is a bit slow, but there are some good twists and turns by the end and you really start to rrot for the characters and want them to get together by the end, which is hard for a rom-com to do.  And also has sharpe and fast dialog which you just don't get anymore.

Oh and Claudette Colbert is just so sexy and for the time it does have some risky shots of her getting undressed.

Glad you liked it; nice review too. If you want more of the same, you might enjoy Midnight, with Colbert and Don Ameche, and Libeled Lady, starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy. Both are screwball comedies with a nice romantic angle.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 7/4/2009 3:41:01 PM   
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Scarlet Street.

I liked it a lot more on my second viewing.  It's incredibly depressing, Chris Cross is such a pathetic character and seeing characters manipulate and lie to him through the film as he tries to break out of his depressing lifestyle is horrible.  Edward G Robinson's acting in this is fantastic. 


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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 8/4/2009 11:28:13 PM   
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Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh)
By many considered to be the best silent movie ever made. It at least is one of the most influential films ever made. It`s a great attempt by Murnau to, for the first time, tell a story of a silent film without intertitles. There aren`t any dialogues either, this film is pure a mixture of great visuals, brilliant revolutionary camera work and a real atmospheric soundtrack. That`s the way the story is told here. The atmosphere that the soundtrack creates fits the images perfectly and is as a soundtrack should be. Dialogues are almost not needed.

The revolutionary and influential camerawork is jawdropping. A fluently flowing camera, a camera that goes through glass doors, the list goes on and on. It`s almost too much to mention, so much to enjoy.
And we haven`t even mentioned the breathtaking performance Emil Jannings gives as the old man in the lead. The way he expresses emotions with his face only (without saying a word) is unprecedented.
The ending that was forced upon Murnau by UFA is a small downside on the film but doesn`t take anything away from the power of the film.

By many, Sunrise and Nosferatu are considered to be the best and best known work of Murnau, but rightly deserves to be up there with those movies.
A true must for every cinephile, if it is only for its historical value that it must be seen.

8,8/10

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 13/4/2009 7:59:02 AM   
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Just watched KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL

It was alright. I enjoyed the main character (can't remember his name) and it was fun to see a young Lee Van Cleef. The story wasn't a bad idea but it just didn't have the space it needed in a B-picture. I didn't dislike it but I probably wouldn't watch it again.

+2 (on a scale of -10 to +10)

Going to start 36 HOURS right now. Seems like a fascinating premise, I hope it's good. Not a big James Garner fan.

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 13/4/2009 2:16:46 PM   
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10/10
The Thin man
10/10
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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 13/4/2009 10:34:24 PM   
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From Russia With Love
A truely enjoyable Bond movie that with its theme`s about the Cold War really is a product of its time. That makes it somewhat dated but at the same time gives it its charmes.
Sean Connery is obviously great as Bond and I loved seeing some of the legendary Bond characters that I already knew from the Austin Powers movies (yes indeed I had never this one, as so many Bond movies, before ;))
I did feel that the pacing of the story could`ve been a bit higher. But overall I did enjoy this second 007 film.

7,7/10

Goldfinger
Speaking of legendary and well known James Bond things: this film is full of them. From this one of course I also knew a lot of things but I never saw it in total. So it was really cool to see all those cool characters, quotes and scenes as a whole in the film.
Goldfinger is the perfect James Bond film (even though I haven`t seen that many so far): of course Sean Connery as 007, a brilliant villain, a great story with a high-paced story, great action scenes and an excellent score.
So far the best Bond film I`ve seen. Excellent!

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 14/4/2009 6:57:17 AM   
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Bringing Up Baby
This is what screwball comedy is all about 10/10
Both Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn are wonderful
I love the bit in the restaurant where she accidently rips his coattails, and he steps on her dress and rips it off, subtly covering it with his hat, standing behind her and they walk out it unison
The leopard swap is funny too. Plus the part where they all get arrested

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 14/4/2009 11:40:55 AM   
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High Noon (1952) 2/10 so iritating from the get go with an apalling script, the extra point is for Cooper's performance he's really good the film is another matter.



I fully agree with this  I think i gave it 3/10 when i watched it (purely for cooper).

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 15/4/2009 12:46:58 AM   
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Battleship Potemkin

8.5/10

I'm not generally a huge fan of silents, seeing as my enjoyment of movies often comes from verbal dexterity etc etc., but this film managed to almost completely transcend that. Astoundingly naturalistic for a time when most pictures featured willowy-looking types slathered in make-up, this could easily be taken for a documentary. Energetic and accomplished direction from Eisenstein, who skips over the limitations of the period so lightly it's as though they aren't even there. Battleship Potemkin certainly does not suffer from static or laboured composition, and its techniques do not at all grate on the eye as they do in some pre-talkies.

All in all, an astonishing and exciting film from a very talented director.

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 15/4/2009 3:24:21 PM   
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Kiss me deadly - entertaining with some memorable moments and quite brutal at times but overall left me with an underwhelmed feeling.

I confess - Decent hitchcock which improves as it goes along, especially in the courtroom. What leaves the film limping a tad, is the undercooked performance from Clift who sleepwalks through the film, except for the odd moment where hitchcock must have poked him with a broom to remind him to actually bother to act and not just stroll around looking like the handsomest priest ever.

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 15/4/2009 11:14:57 PM   
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Rebel Without A Cause
A film that was already legendary before it was releases because hero-to-be James Dean died 4 weeks before the premiere. That absolutely added to the mytical status of this masterpiece, of Dean and the character he plays.
That doesn`t take anything away from the fenomenal tour de force that he gives of a character to wich young people back then (and the many years since) could identify. The story obviously has a lot of things that you can identify with and has situations that almost anyone can find something in that he or she can recognise. That makes the film so timeless and so intereseting, even now.


The whole is beautifully filmed with a lot of contradictions between scenes in light and dark and great use of colours, where the bright colours used for the lead characters are quite striking.
The scene with the fight between Dean`s character and his parents, wich is (not shot-for-shot of course) done again by John Cassavetes in A Woman Under The Influence almost 20 years later, was one of the highlights of the film. Brilliant.

Nicholas Ray gaves the world of cinema a brilliant and timeless masterpiece that has become one of the most important and influential films of  the `50s (and maybe even of all time). 50 years after its initial release it still stands as a house.

8,5/10

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RE: The Last Classic I Watched... - 18/4/2009 12:22:29 AM   
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High Noon (1952) 2/10 so iritating from the get go with an apalling script, the extra point is for Cooper's performance he's really good the film is another matter.



I fully agree with this  I think i gave it 3/10 when i watched it (purely for cooper).

TRM this looks like the begining of a beautiful friendship

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 20/4/2009 9:59:23 PM   
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Pierrot Le Fou
To celebrate today`s release of one of the dvd`s that I`m looking forward to the most this year (Masters Of Cinema version of Une Femme Mariée) I decided that today it was time to revisit one of Godard`s other masterpieces: Pierrot Le Fou.

As is normal with Godard, here again it isn`t really (or not alone) about the story itself, about two old lovers (Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina) who meet again by coïncidence and make a roadtrip together, that is just the beginning.
The film is a mix of a lot of things: a political statement, a satire of the Western consumption society, an aversion of Hollywood and as said a pretty "normal" story about, as Godard called them, "the last romantic couple".
Driven by the gorgeous cinematography from living legend Raoul Coutard, using a wide range of different colours and colour filters, it is a mix that works perfectly. People that want an ordinary story get their bit, but cinephiles looking for more than just that and are familiar with Godard`s work and standings on issues get a lot more than that.
An absolute masterpiece in wich you can discover new things with every viewing.
This is Cinema with a capital C, an absolute must-see for every film lover.

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RE: Recent Classics and The Great Musical Debate spinoff - 5/5/2009 12:11:24 AM   
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Ministry Of Fear - Fritz Lang (3.5/5)

Anatomy Of A Murder - Otto Preminger (5/5)

Somewhere In The Night - Joseph Mankiewicz (3/5)

Le Doulos - Jean-Pierre Melville (5/5)

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