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  • onetetonetet 1,754 Posts
    Electrode said:



    I watched this with my Dad while he was recovering from food poisoning this morning. I didn't expect a war-themed morality drama to be this concise (standard 90-minute length), but it sure packed a punch.

    Great film. BTW, this might be of interest to some here, David Simon cites this as a favorite movie -- and both the film and its source novel as primary influences on THE WIRE. Apparently most of the threads in the Wire about how beaurocracy (dys)functions were informed by conversations comparing Baltimore government (and police, and schools) with PATHS OF GLORY. My film fest did a nice event recently where he presented the film and signed copies of the re-released novel (he wrote the introduction).

  • thropethrope 750 Posts
    Junior said:
    magnetic said:


    This is like the precursor to the movie Heat done by the same director they both have similar themes.
    Ex-Con/master thief willing to drop everything in his life when the circumstances arise.
    I actually prefer this to Heat.

    Yep same here which always gets me accused of film elitism by friends but I much prefer Mann's early work. You seen LA Takedown - his first attempt at Heat (same story, much smaller budget)? Also prefer that to Heat.




    you prefer the low budget, poorly acted television version of Heat ? that seems pretty asinine bro....

  • I watched Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven last night. Excellent movie.

  • JuniorJunior 4,853 Posts
    thrope said:
    Junior said:
    magnetic said:


    This is like the precursor to the movie Heat done by the same director they both have similar themes.
    Ex-Con/master thief willing to drop everything in his life when the circumstances arise.
    I actually prefer this to Heat.

    Yep same here which always gets me accused of film elitism by friends but I much prefer Mann's early work. You seen LA Takedown - his first attempt at Heat (same story, much smaller budget)? Also prefer that to Heat.




    you prefer the low budget, poorly acted television version of Heat ? that seems pretty asinine bro....

    Over a high budget, over acted, over long, jumbled plot wankfest of a movie? Sure, give me the cheap, streamlined, version anyday of the week.

  • RisingsonRisingson 696 Posts

  • HarveyCanalHarveyCanal "a distraction from my main thesis." 13,234 Posts



  • pcmrpcmr 5,591 Posts
    FunkyFlatulent said:
    I watched Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven last night. Excellent movie.
    just copped on VHS
    the oscar nod and freeman/hackman (great actors but can pick corny movies) made me never consider it though i love westerns
    will view it this saturday

  • magneticmagnetic 2,678 Posts


    Had this burnt on a data dvd finally got around to watching it last night.
    The usual Troma Pictures fare mixing the violence with humor,and a touch of social commentary believe it or not.
    Read online that they remade it recently and made it all serious and torture-porn like :roll:
    I can bet they didn't include the Mother's evil sister Queeny.
    Stop messing with cult classics.



    Watched this as well, i saw part 2 in the 90's but never seen the OG.
    Thought it was effective for a low budget production,The stop motion animation looks cheesy now
    Apart from that it was entertaining.

  • CinisterCeeCinisterCee 863 Posts
    HarveyCanal said:

    I just watched The Graduate!



    It was better than I expected. I really liked this movie.

  • pcmrpcmr 5,591 Posts

  • JuniorJunior 4,853 Posts


    Another one that seems to have passed me by until now, possibly since it stars Peck who, a few key movies apart, I'm not the biggest fan of. Really enjoyable paranoia thriller which has a fantastic set up involving amnesia and almost manages to carry that all the way through the finale. Great Quincy score as well.

  • djkingottodjkingotto 1,704 Posts
    Sweet Sweetback's Baadasss Song.

    i enjoyed the sample spotting, but found it to be sort of a hard one to watch.

  • HarveyCanalHarveyCanal "a distraction from my main thesis." 13,234 Posts


    Watched this one for the first time last night. Decent movie, but total facemelt on the soundtrack.

    b/w

    "I'm from New Orleans. Don't bullshit me!"

  • onetetonetet 1,754 Posts


    from this box set:


    Interesting 1962 UK drama limited to one large apartment, with jazz as a central focus. Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck appear as themselves and get a bunch of screen time. The Othello-derived plot, which borders on psychological thriller, has one jealous musician doing everything he can to cause jealousy and friction between a couple as he fancies the lady in that relationship. The couple happens to be interracial, as do several others on screen, and while the film is certainly conscious of presenting this, it does not belabor the point. Refreshingly, the focus is on the psychodrama and the music, not on the race of the characters. Crisp photography, and very well-done despite one over-the-top performance.



    On paper, this should be an amazing film, but I can see why it was one of Catherine Breillat's last to get a DVD release. 1979 effort co-stars Joe Dallesandro and Marie-Helene Breillat (Catherine's sister) and features original music from Serge Gainsbourg, but felt belabored and boring to me (and I'm a Breillat fan).

  • DB_CooperDB_Cooper Manhatin' 7,823 Posts
    Junior said:


    Another one that seems to have passed me by until now, possibly since it stars Peck who, a few key movies apart, I'm not the biggest fan of. Really enjoyable paranoia thriller which has a fantastic set up involving amnesia and almost manages to carry that all the way through the finale. Great Quincy score as well.

    Yeah, Mirage was quite good. I also ride for Cape Fear (the non-Wahlberg original), Spellbound, Gentleman's Agreement, and Guns of Navaronne as far as Peck s concerned.

  • DB_CooperDB_Cooper Manhatin' 7,823 Posts
    Just saw this last night:



    A bit slapsticky at times and you can tell the English dub left a lot to be desired, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

  • JuniorJunior 4,853 Posts
    DB_Cooper said:
    Junior said:


    Another one that seems to have passed me by until now, possibly since it stars Peck who, a few key movies apart, I'm not the biggest fan of. Really enjoyable paranoia thriller which has a fantastic set up involving amnesia and almost manages to carry that all the way through the finale. Great Quincy score as well.

    Yeah, Mirage was quite good. I also ride for Cape Fear (the non-Wahlberg original), Spellbound, Gentleman's Agreement, and Guns of Navaronne as far as Peck s concerned.

    Yeah there's just something a bit disconnected about him, slightly too reserved. I think that image is used really well in Cape Fear when it's played off against the wildness of Mitchum and Spellbound where he's meant to be a little bit off but in general I can't relate.

    Return/Way of the dragon is an odd one. I find the opening twenty minutes or so of slapstick to be pretty painful but once it settles down it's decent and you can always keep yourself amused with the stereotyped accents when the action flags.
    Always admired the way Lee teases the audience before unleashing the moves. Total belief that when he does kick into gear all will be forgiven.

    Plus, as a bonus. Chuck's prewax back foliage is a great reminder that he was once just an ordinary man too.



  • the whole trilogy needs to be experienced.

    life changing experience.

    those who know, know all too well.

  • ElectrodeElectrode Los Angeles 3,087 Posts
    Quite a few, so I'll spare upping the posters:

    'The Yakuza', 'Friends Of Eddie Coyle', 'Giant', 'The MacIntosh Man', 'Bridge Too Far', 'Ghidorah', 'Rodan', 'The Bravados' and 'Contempt'. Co-sign 'Mirage'. I recommend 'Arabesque', too.

  • onetetonetet 1,754 Posts


    I'm a 70s and 80s horror nut so I'm not sure why I didn't get to this one sooner... Jamie Lee Curtis and, er, David Copperfield in a teen slasher flick set on a fraternity-sponsored train trip. All the right elements for shlocky good fun are present, with unnerving use of masks at times. Reminded me at times of the original My Bloody Valentine.

  • JuniorJunior 4,853 Posts
    Yeah, fan of Terror Train, first time I watched it I spent the whole thing convinced that [SPOILER] David Copperfield was going to be the killer [/SPOILER] mainly because he's so damn creepy.

    Thinking of Terror Train and many of the other eighties slashers that popped up round then like Slaughter High and Prom Night, I love how so many of them are set up around the "when bullying goes wrong" premise. Unlike, say, Friday 13th where the kids are just a little bit wild and, you know, smoke weed and have sex before being slaughtered, the avenging protagonists in these films are fuelled to kill by some really nasty misjudged practical jokes, often more unpleasant to watch than any of the slaughter that follows.

  • DB_CooperDB_Cooper Manhatin' 7,823 Posts
    Junior said:
    the avenging protagonists in these films are fuelled to kill by some really nasty misjudged practical jokes, often more unpleasant to watch than any of the slaughter that follows.

    AKA The Carrie Effect.

  • JuniorJunior 4,853 Posts
    Yeah thinking about it I guess you could credit Carrie with kicking that off but crediting De Palma with something which isn't a pastiche just feels wrong ya know?

    Latest old movies.



    To be honest I think I've seen all of this in different snippets but never sat through the whole thing. Shit is eerie. Sure the acting is pretty terrible and it all feels hacked together but somehow the combination of the electronic score and the footage of all those ants really works. Just wish the studio had let Bass keep his original planned ending.



    Or Fear Eats Soul if you're not German. Um, it's Fassbinder so I kind of knew what to expect but still a powerful little film that overcomes some pretty broad character brushstrokes and really leaves an impression. Great use of still shots as well.

  • rootlesscosmorootlesscosmo 12,848 Posts


    I revisited Colors last night. (This is not exactly apropos this thread, as I'd seen it before, albeit a long-ass time ago).

    It was free on Comcast (lots of decent, free full-length, no commercials movies are On Demand).

    I always remembered it as a pretty bad-ass LA cop movie.

    The pieces were all there: Hopper behind the camera, Herbie on the score, Penn, Duvall, Cheadle, Wayans.

    But it's kinda boring. A passable LA cop drama, but with a pretty damn corny/unrealistic story.



  • Bizarre but enjoyable Hong Kong movie

  • HarveyCanalHarveyCanal "a distraction from my main thesis." 13,234 Posts



  • EscalanteEscalante 197 Posts
    I have never seen One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest and my girl blasted me for it so it's now on the Netflix cue. She's never seen Blazing Saddles so that's also on the list.

  • RisingsonRisingson 696 Posts
    HarveyCanal said:



    this just got remade with Jason Statham playing the lead! Pathetic

  • rootlesscosmorootlesscosmo 12,848 Posts
    has Statham ever done a good movie?

  • RisingsonRisingson 696 Posts
    rootlesscosmo said:
    has Statham ever done a good movie?

    Snatch was great, I liked The Bank Job aswell......
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