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errhrerhrh, daft cow

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Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:34 am
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gets me every time!

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Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:38 am
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Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:42 am
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The Shout sounds terrific. I'll try to find it...

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Also, first post updated with links. I'll do my best to keep up with that as I press on.
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Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:59 am
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Please share thoughts once you do! I'd love to know what you think of it.

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Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:00 am
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Please share thoughts once you do! I'd love to know what you think of it.
Your thread will be the first place I come. :)

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Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:02 am
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What a disappointment. Seeing the screenshots from this & knowing of the delightfully fantastical premise (plus James Mason <3) seemed to be the perfect combination of things to reel me right in. Unfortunately, this introduces itself as a love story of epic proportion yet is void of any & all emotion. Poor chemistry, poor handling of the material, poor everything. The reason I feel compelled to mention this at all is because christ, it's fucking beautiful. Those dark blues, light greens, faded neutrals, & that lighting make it almost worth the two hours. Otherwise, SLEPT THRU.

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Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:15 am
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Yeah, it's weird. He's not much of a director.

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Not at all. Shame, too, because I had a great deal of interest in The Picture of Dorian Gray until now.

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Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:18 am
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Not at all. Shame, too, because I had a great deal of interest in The Picture of Dorian Gray until now.

I haven't seen that other thing, but don't deny yourself the excellent fun of Dorian Gray, you silly bird.


Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:02 pm
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You'll be sorry if it's awful!

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Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:03 pm
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:shifty:

No seriously, the dialog is razor sharp and it's impossible to not love George Sanders' performance.

*hides in ribbon-proof bunker just in case*


Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:10 pm
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Ed is quite correct about that version of Dorian Gray.

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We'll see about that.

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Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:18 pm
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I've had The Shout on my computer for ages. Should watch it at some point, but then you would get partial credit for my expedited viewing now, so I should probably put it off for a few years.

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Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:06 pm
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You'd love it probs. Watch soon! I already give myself credit for everything you do so it changes nothing from my end.

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cinematic reckoning :bow down:


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:P
don't know what to call this thing, but not the previous title.

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I've watched too much to say anything in depth about all, so some categorical rankings on my past two days:

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sergeant york |hawks, 1941|
hawks manages to suppress most of the sentimental rubbish that could've easily accompanied this film given the heroic storyline & instead releases an earnest & engaging perception of alvin york. very exciting film.

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people will talk |mankiewicz, 1951|
a hymn to human propriety.
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landscape suicide |benning, 1987|
a fascinating documentary of a seemingly docile landscape where heinous tragedies took place, as well as a survey of the narrative assets of cinema.
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what have you done to solange? |dallamano, 1972|
coincidentally, a neat pairing with landscape suicide. a contrast of a rural backdrop & the violent tragedies lying over its soil.

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the errand boy |lewis, 1961|
it's a jerry lewis movie.
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the criminal code |hawks, 1931|
lesser hawks, but still worth the watch. interesting to see how he handles the material.

the hope davis
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shotgun stories |nichols, 2007|
i just can't.

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the hope davis

brand new category that's sweeping the nation

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don't know what to call this thing, but not the previous title.


You'll still have to explain it to Smalley.

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what does hope davis mean

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i'm surprised she's paid attention to enough to inspire an in-joke

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it started with "hope [he/she/it] dies" and then somehow veered off into hope davis because fuck language

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Yay. Sergeant York surprised me too. Could have very easily veered towards straight propaganda (and I'm actually still not entirely convinced it isn't at times), but it's earnest in exploring the ideological arc of this particularly character, and he remains a strong emotional center, so it never entirely loses its perspective. It's also just so damn well made. Fuck.

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Yay. Sergeant York surprised me too. Could have very easily veered towards straight propaganda (and I'm actually still not entirely convinced it isn't at times), but it's earnest in exploring the ideological arc of this particularly character, and he remains a strong emotional center, so it never entirely loses its perspective. It's also just so damn well made. Fuck.

I've found this true of most of the WW2 era Hawks films to be honest - Air Force also really rises above its roots to great things as well.


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Yes, love Air Force. Looking forward to watching it again so Fist can see it.

Does Ceiling Zero fit that category as well, by chance? It's playing at the AFI theater around here in the upcoming weeks so I'm debating whether we should spend money on it or just grab it from KG.

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Ceiling Zero is a dry run for Only Angels Have Wings (aka the greatest movie ever made).

That means it's amazing.


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Like the sound of that :D.

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Ceiling Zero is a dry run for Only Angels Have Wings (aka the greatest movie ever made).

That means it's amazing.


We're seeing the latter on 35mm next month tooooooo

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ooh i love the quick mini-reviews!


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A surprisingly expressionistic work from the later Master of Suspense, The Ring is a film to be admired for its modest details, such as the assortment of emblematic notions of it's title name - most obviously the boxing arena in which the film takes place, the fairground shots in the opening & later sequences with rides in spinning motion much like the jealousy of the two males involved, the familiar image of tickets reeling from a spool, the matrimonial binding of two of the leads, & a suggestive snake bracelet placed upon the bicep of the woman, the top point of the love triangle. The story is layered by extreme close-ups depicting moods without words, effective montage & metaphor, & especially the promising observant effects such as a scene played out in a reflection of water, & in another, a character's inebriation is indicated through a warped POV shot where he sees things that may or may not be a reality, thus enhancing his fear & rage. This efficiently exercises what Hitchcock would later be known for, setting a scene, evoking a tone, & elevating the tension at key moments - in this case, building strain on the big fight scene. In this stimulating sequence, more POV is utilized as well as expert lighting to emphasize that the boxing ring is both distant & not so distant from the respective worlds of the two fighters. This may not coincide with Hitchcock's more trademark masterpieces, but it is enchanting to watch a film which I believe may have been his first sign at becoming confident in his craft.

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That's a great paragraph, so descriptive. I need to see most of Hitch's earlier works.

Shame that the two Hitch-as-subject films last year were such utter garbage. Irrelevant, I know!


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Right though? I'd love to see a great film based on his life &/or work. So much potential! Won't bother seeing the ones from last year though, ick.

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I wouldn't say I had high hopes for Hitchcock, but it was soooo much worse than I ever thought it'd be. Laughably bad, one of the worst films I saw last year. The Girl is fucking poop.


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You keep making me want to watch things.

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You keep making me want to watch things.

So awful when people do that. ;)

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shotgun stories |nichols, 2007|
i just can't.


Our streak of agreeing on next to nothing continues. Boo.


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Well, I adore Punch-Drunk Love. So, like, y'know.

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:) I said "next to" for a reason

We also agree on Singin' In The Rain and Moulin Rouge. BUT THAT'S IT! AFTER THAT YOU ARE ENEMY!


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that's how i like it :twisted:

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Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:27 am
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did you take more screengrabs of What a Way to Go? i can't wait to see what caught your eye


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I did, just by force of habit. Not sure if I'll write much in depth since soo sleepy, but I may have a small entry for it a bit later on :).

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Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:01 am
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The Ring is swell.

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The Ring is swell.

Feel this way about any of his other silents? Only other I've seen is The Lodger, which I find phenomenal.

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Feel this way about any of his other silents? Only other I've seen is The Lodger, which I find phenomenal.

Only two I've seen lol. I hear The Farmer's Wife is good!

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Will have to grab that then. I already have Downhill & The Manxman, but.

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