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#964824 - Fri Feb 01 2013 03:20 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: ladymacb29]
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Originally Posted By: ladymacb29
I watched "The Iron Lady". I didn't think it was very good. It zipped around so much in time that you never really ended up caring about what was happening at all.

I would have preferred the movie picking one specific time period or crisis (maybe Falklands War?) instead. It just felt entirely too rushed and like they made a 10 hour movie and just cut out most of it to fit into the allotted time.


I had a go at the film but agree with your criticism. Perhaps it was the zipping that meant I didn't feel compelled to watch it all the way through -- and so didn't.

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#964825 - Fri Feb 01 2013 03:29 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Zippy826]
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One of my favorite quotes from a Woody Allen movie was in "Take the Money and Run". When he was going to rob the woman in the park and ended up talking to her, he said "After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her, and after half an hour I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse." I think his earlier movies were some of the funniest ever made. "Bananas", "Sleeper" and "Love and Death" are also hilarious.


I love Woody Allen films and find it easier to eliminate a few than try to pick favourites. His later stuff has fallen a bit below expectations, I think; "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", for example, was singularly souless and there was no excuse for it - good story, good actors...just no soul or quirk. It should have been another "Hannah & her Sisters" but fell down all the way. Sometimes I think that a Woody film without Woody starring in it is just a waste of time. He's the magic.


I watched "Midnight in Paris" recently, thinking it would be just as disappointing, I was wrong. It wasn't Annie Hall or Bananas but despite the lack of Woody it has a little magic. It has quirk! I recommend it -- especially if you've been missing Woody recently.

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#964826 - Fri Feb 01 2013 03:32 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: agony]
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Originally Posted By: agony
"Double Indemnity" This one is as good as I remember it.


Always worth watching!


Originally Posted By: agony
"Inglourious Basterds" Well, that was fun.


lol, I can't tell how serious you are being.
I liked that film! I really didn't think I would but it was ... different. smile


Edited by Chavs (Fri Feb 01 2013 03:35 AM)

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#964827 - Fri Feb 01 2013 03:46 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: jabb5076]
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Originally Posted By: jabb5076
The last one I watched was "War Horse." There are so many movies about WWll, and not nearly as many on "The Great War." To view the horrors of war primarily through the experience of a horse was an inspired concept (I don't remember the name of the book's author) and I thought it was well done and enlightening. The several horses the filmakers used to portray the war horse of the title were absolutely amazing!


War Horse. Wow.

I could be critical of things, I started the film like a grown-up but...well, maybe I was raised on too many Black Beauty books and TV programmes but... this film won me over totally. Once I gave in to it I gasped at the shocking bits and crumpled at the emotional bits and really felt I'd been on a journey.

Just a great story. A great watch. smile

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#964830 - Fri Feb 01 2013 05:37 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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Originally Posted By: agony
"Notorious". Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Claude Rains. I find the whole thing is spoiled a bit for me because the relationship between Grant and Bergman is so mired in the gender politics of the forties. I could see a young person watching this movie now and not being able to figure out what is going on - why did he do that? Why did she do that? We just don't have the concept of the "soiled woman" anymore, not the way they did then. Fantastic performance from Claude Rains, though - he's the bad guy, but he's the character you feel most for.


Agree on the characterizations. I find that this is one of the Hitchcock's that showed how well fitted he'd be doing a television series, what with using projected backgrounds to save location shooting costs (there's the wild Bergman drunken driving scene and it seems all the outdoor Rio shots were stock footage on screens behind the actors) and all the angle shots in the mansion to get across that the place was huge on the inside showing his ability to manage soundstage set-ups. If it weren't for researching the cameo in this one I would have missed that he was the segue actor to cover the approach of Grant and Bergman to the punch bar to get drinks at the party scene. Two points here: 1) why did Hitchcock have that look-a-like walk in front of Bergman's Miami home in the film's opening chapter?; and, 2) that research revealed that Hitchcock became aware of his cameo's impact with this film and never again waited past a few minutes of the film to appear (he learned that many viewers were distracted from the tale trying to espy him).

Now for a four film Clint Eastwood non-Western set that should be fun ("Play Misty...", "The Eiger...", "Coogan's..." and "The Beguiled") from an American Icon Collection with a bunch of bonus material. See ya in a few days...


Edited by mehaul (Fri Feb 01 2013 05:38 AM)
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#964892 - Fri Feb 01 2013 10:43 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"Play Misty for me" and "The Beguiled" are by far my favourite Clint Eastwood movies.

Chavs, I loved "Inglourious Basterds". Fun from start to finish. I still haven't made my mind up about "Django", though. I enjoyed myself while watching, I know that.

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#964945 - Fri Feb 01 2013 05:06 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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I'm a big Quentin Tarantino fan and I loved "Inglorious Basterds" too. I'd put it right up there with "Pulp Fiction" as his two best movies. I also enjoyed "Django Unchained" very much.

Tarantino's films are not for everyone because of the often over the top violence and language, but if you appreciate great dialog and interesting characters, you can't go wrong with any of his movies.

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#964947 - Fri Feb 01 2013 06:42 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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I've got "The Beaver" here from the library and was planning on watching it tonight. I think I'm just gonna go with "Pulp Fiction", though - I'm sure there's a copy on the shelf.

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#964962 - Fri Feb 01 2013 09:52 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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Just finished a four-hour adaptation of "Les Misérables" -- in French with subtitles. This is NOT the 2012 film, of course, but a black-and-white movie filmed in East Germany (even though it's in French) and released in 1958. Definitely the most faithful to the book.

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#964967 - Fri Feb 01 2013 10:20 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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I actually can't remember the name of the movie but it kept me guessing till the end.

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#965112 - Sat Feb 02 2013 09:09 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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It's been a few years since I've seen "Pulp Fiction" but I think it still is the very best movie of its kind. I can understand people not liking that kind, but if you are going to do this sort of thing, this is the way to do it.

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#965712 - Tue Feb 05 2013 09:47 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"War Horse". I believe I've mentioned earlier that everyone should watch it. I've seen it 4 times now (it keeps showing up on sat tv, but I can't help myself and watch it anyway - not sure whether I'm really addicted to the horse, or the boy lol).

I liked Pulp Fiction and InglorB's (despite the fact that I really don't like Mr. Pitt). Not sure what that says about me ~.

hmmm, re: the Hays thing. Lots of folks and their movies were affected by that one, including Mae West and also was considered the ultimate demise of a comic book "heroine" (Betty Boop). Sad really.

Watched the most recent Men in Black. Didn't mind it at all. Of course, I sort of have a slight "crush" on TLJones. And Sam Elliott too (but I digress).

The recent Spiderman wasn't bad (hubby bought the movie, since you can't "rent" anything anymore unless it's PayperView). Was less melodramatic than the ones with TobyM.

Last week was apparently an "Aubrey" week on classic movies watchable on tv. Watched 3 in a row on the weekend: "My Fair Lady" (I have a soft spot for that one since some nice boy in grade 5 asked his mother to ask my mother if he could take me to the movie - with his mother as the "escort/chaperone") - still not sure WHAT he found interesting enough in me for that amount of effort LOL. Then "Wait Until Dark" (the movie where she was blind), then thirdly "Always". If you've seen that last one even once, you can't help crying no matter which point in the movie you tune in to for the second time. The cool part, is that the movies were all COMPLETELY different in plot/portrayal (they also played other movies of her classics such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" etc, but I could only stay awake for 3) but that just proves how truly VERSATILE an actress she was. Ms. Doolittle might have been a chameleon in that movie, but so was Audrey as an actress
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#965714 - Tue Feb 05 2013 09:51 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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I just caught part of "Love in the Afternoon" the other day, and there she was again.. Just like a flower - Mr Cooper, not so much.

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#965722 - Tue Feb 05 2013 11:45 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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I watched The Pirates! band of Misfits. with the boy. Good fun smile


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#965727 - Wed Feb 06 2013 01:02 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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The Eastwood Icon Collection:

"Coogan's Bluff" - Entertaining and of historical reference when showing the 60's pre-hippie pad of Flowerchild Linny Raven. Was this a popular movie just 'cause o' Clint? Think so but it did lead to a TV series "McCloud".

"The Beguiled" - A movie unlike any other of his works.

"Play Misty for Me" - Surely this goes on everyone's list of best movies at some level. It sure did lead the modern genre of stalker films.

"The Eiger Sanction" - his example of a spy film. I liked it for the vistas shown during the mountain climbing scenes. But the story seemed to falter for a reason, so why did I like it? A review of the credits shows that John Williams wrote the score. This was the year he also wrote "Jaws", so he was at a high point in his composing. A rewatch and I noted how much his music added to the climbing drama and brought the viewer along as it soared high above the ground. Brilliant but mostly an unrecognized bit of his (Williams) work.


NON-Eastwood:

"The Magnificent Seven" - Another film that usually places somewhere on everyone's "watch list", with reason.


Edited by mehaul (Wed Feb 06 2013 10:11 AM)
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#965749 - Wed Feb 06 2013 08:37 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"Always". If you've seen that last one even once, you can't help crying no matter which point in the movie you tune in to for the second time.


I love, love this movie! I cry at even the mention of it.
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#965880 - Wed Feb 06 2013 11:18 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: mehaul]
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"Jason and the Argonauts" (1963)
Not true to the established myth (but what's a myth if not to be played with?) and yet still a moral tale teaching that with commitment comes success. Possibly the best thing to relate about this movie comes from stop-motion animator extrordinaire himself, Ray Harryhausen: "I think this is my best effort." 'Nough said.
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#965990 - Thu Feb 07 2013 03:45 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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This one really doesn't count, because I didn't finish it - "The Beaver". Yeah, yeah, it's heartwarming and sensitive and all, but something came up so I had to pause it and it sat in the DVD player for three days and every time I thought "I should finish that movie" something more appealing would come up, like organizing my sock drawer.

I guess after living twenty years with a depressed person I reached my limit of watching other people's depression.

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#966093 - Fri Feb 08 2013 06:51 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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This one's a bit of a cheat because it was a documentary on TV last night - but it is a film, was made as a film, funded as a film...

Dreams of a Life

In 2006 bailiffs entered a London flat only to find the resident was deceased.

The TV was still on, the heating was still on, there were Christmas presents wrapped and ready to be handed out, but the remains were unrecognisable, a skeleton, and had been there for about 3 years without anyone noticing: a) a decomposing body or b) that their sister and friend Joyce has disappeared.

Whatever picture comes to mind about what Joyce must have been like to have been able to slip away in such circumstances, forget it. She was 38, beautiful, talented, popular, ...but this only emerged after a long search by the film-maker. This film talks to the people who came forward during that search and slowly tries to piece together the story.

Baffling, interesting, and sad. Excellent piece of work.

Repeated tonight on (British TV) Channel 4 - available on the Ch 4 player @
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dreams-of-a-life/4od




Originally Posted By: agony
"Play Misty for me" and "The Beguiled" are by far my favourite Clint Eastwood movies.

Chavs, I loved "Inglourious Basterds". Fun from start to finish. I still haven't made my mind up about "Django", though. I enjoyed myself while watching, I know that.


Oh good! I'll look forward to seeing Django then. smile






Edited by Chavs (Fri Feb 08 2013 06:57 AM)

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#966119 - Fri Feb 08 2013 11:44 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"Cat People" (1942) - Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Elizabeth Russell
Trivia first: In the bonus material we find out that Tom Conway is George Sanders older brother and that they'd fled from St. Petersberg to England to avoid the Russian Revolution. If you've seen the remake with Kinski and McDowell you essentially know the plot of this one and even some scenes in that are faithful copies of the original. This one has an interaction of a larger cast. It portrays the human/panther without ever showing it. We just see shadows of the action and shots of the aftermath, the way the better scary movies are done (without the gore). This is also the origin of a thing called the "Lewton Bus" which is a substitute startlement thrown in to cut the suspense when it gets too tense.


"The Curse of the Cat People" (1944) - same cast plus Ann Carter as the young girl
Not at all a human/panther scary movie. This is much more like "Heidi"! Scene: several years have passed since the first tale and all seems well except for a young girl struggling to adjust to life. This really is so much like "Heidi", I think some might even like it more. Instead of the Alps it takes place in Tarrytown (Sleepy Hollow). Instead of the Foster family there's the Farrens, a bizarre mother and daughter team. Instead of the goats there's the imaginary friend. Christmas, running away... Not a scary movie at all. The studios blew another one by putting the wrong tag on it. If you can, catch it.
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#966185 - Fri Feb 08 2013 08:26 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"Scarlet Street" 1945

This is on a collection called "Classic Film Noir" - I haven't heard of any of the movies on it, so wasn't expecting much.

Edward G Robinson, Dan Duryea and Joan Bennett in a love and murder triangle, of a sort. Duryea is unbelievably greasy, Bennett is totally heartless, and Robinson so sympathetic that I was cheering for him to get away with everything and spend the rest of his life happily painting. Highly enjoyable.

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#966342 - Sat Feb 09 2013 04:40 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"Detour" 1945 Tom Neal, Ann Savage. Incredibly low budget, and with a fairly implausible plot, but this one is like the distillation of film noir. Ann Savage is astonishing - and looks exactly like Elizabeth Perkins.

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#966547 - Mon Feb 11 2013 12:18 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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"The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" 1946. Not really noir, this one, but more of a melodrama. Kirk Douglas' first film role and doesn't he just own it. His character rings true from start to finish - weak, drunk, and petulantly in love with Barbara Stanwyk. I kept forgetting that Lizabeth Scott was not Lauren Bacall - an amazing resemblance.

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#966573 - Mon Feb 11 2013 11:32 AM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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My DVD watching is confined to whatever the juniors feel like watching on any given day. Recently it's been the Pirates of the Carribean series, 1-3 (none of us liked the 4th one), and the Lord of the Rings movies for the nth time!

I also recently watched and thoroughly enjoyed War Horse and The Aviator, and got a laugh out of the silliness of the whole Police Academy series, which my youngest boy put on one after the other over a couple of evenings. I guess you could say he was mildly hooked.

Next on my list: The Artist, Les Misérables ...
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#967140 - Tue Feb 12 2013 11:31 PM Re: The last film you watched ... [Re: Chavs]
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I just saw Zero Dark Thirty incredible movie the best 2 & a half hours i have ever spent watching a movie

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