cinemaspeak59

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    ONE word titles

    Greta (2018)
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    ONE word titles

    Mafioso (1962)
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    Recently Watched Horror

    I don't eat popcorn so you don't have to worry about sharing.
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    Recently Watched SF & Fantasy

    I’ve read where others also said her performance lacked something. Her character had her memory erased and didn’t know who to trust, so she was confused, angry and had a chip on her shoulder. She didn’t have the strong family support of Wonder Woman. I find Brie Larson to be a compelling actress, and thought she hit the right notes as Captain Marvel.
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    Recently Watched Horror

    Unfortunately, I haven't seen this yet, though I've heard mostly positive things about it.
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    Recently Watched SF & Fantasy

    Avengers: Endgame (2019) After last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, I had a feeling the next film would have a time travel plot to reverse the destruction wrought by Thanos (Josh Brolin). Sure enough, Avengers: Endgame features a space-time portal known as the Quantum Realm (a perfect name). Even without the prized Infinity Stones, Thanos, aka The Mad Titan, is still quite a force. All the characters from the Avengers universe get screen time, but the focus is on the originals: Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and to a lesser extent The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). The 3-hour running time doesn’t feel interminable because of the nimble pacing, and the various side stories of the characters dispatched to far off galaxies and time zones. The third act, in which everyone gets a shot to take down Thanos, is a cacophony of battle sequences that confirm why these movies are so much fun. As for the ending, I won’t spoil anything except to say it feels just right.
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    Recently Watched Horror

    I agree. I also enjoyed It Follows and Hereditary.
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    Recently Watched Horror

    I'm also looking forward to The Lighthouse, Eggers' follow-up to the creepy & excellent The Witch
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    Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97

    Doris Day was one of the most talented performers we've seen. She will live forever in her movies, music and humanitarian work.
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    ONE word titles

    Cronos (1993)
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    IT'S MOVIE "TIME"!

    La Notte (English Translation The Night) - 1961
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    Noir Alley

    Nightmare Alley (1947) I saw this much-discussed noir yesterday and liked it very much. The most chilling character, the most cunning and ruthless, was Helen Walker’s pseudo doctor Lilith Ritter. When Stan Carlisle (Tyrone Power at the top of his game) is working his chicanery in the nightclub, in front of the well-heeled social set, Helen Walker’s smile says it all: In a room full of suckers, she’s just nabbed the biggest one of all: Stan Carlisle. This is just one of many memorable scenes. I liked the night exteriors of the carnival, the fog-shrouded atmosphere the filmmakers created. The most tragic character, poor drunken Pete (Ian Keith), makes the most of his closeup; he talks to Stan as if he sees Stan’ future, a gleeful look that says Stan may well be on the way up, but it won’t be long before he’s occupying the gutter, the same as Pete. There was also an effective transition from the fleabag carnival to the bright lights of Chicago Eddie Muller mentioned, in his concluding remarks, that the hopeful ending was added by 20th Century Fox studio boss Darryl Zanuck, an ending which was superfluous, but didn’t blemish the film. Yes, the film still resonates, perhaps even more so today. Great supporting work by Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray and Mike Mazurki, who plays a slightly less deranged character than he did in Murder, My Sweet (1944).
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    Long Titles (6 words + up)

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
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    ONE word titles

    Ivy (1947)
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    Exercise in noir

    I'm also a fan of 70s police procedurals. It was sort of a golden era for them. There were so many, Hawaii Five-O, The Streets of San Francisco etc.
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    Exercise in noir

    I like all of them, my favorite is the second one, Have You Ever Met... The first one sounds macabre and has elements of humor. HAVE YOU EVER MET A LOAN SHARK WHO SAID "DON'T WORRY YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY ME BACK"..? UNLESS HE WAS DEAD OF COURSE. I'm getting a noir vibe here, also themes of the Coen Brothers. The other two could work very well as short films.
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    CHEW THAT SCENERY!

    Here's a few that like chewing the scenery: Ernest Borgnine Miriam Hopkins Robert Downey Jr. Al Pacino - who can forget Scarface
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    Secrets of Women (1952)

    Secrets of Women (1952) This early Ingmar Bergman film, also known as Waiting Women, examines the experiences of three sisters-n-law, sitting at a table, as they anticipate their husbands’ return. The unfolding flashbacks reveal the distinct forms relationships take. The first story explores the enervating effect of a passionless marriage. As told by Rakel (Anita Björk), we see what happens when she’s visited by a former lover. As hard as she fights it, her resolve gradually melts away in the face of sexual desire. When Rakel reveals her affair to her husband, he disowns her. Then he throws her out. And then he threatens to shoot himself. A thread of absurdity runs throughout the whole affair. The second vignette deals with Marta’s (Maj-Britt Nilsson) pregnancy from a playboy painter who is wary of settling down. This installment is rendered in dream-like imagery, with a sequence in a Parisian dance hall being particularly evocative. Having a child is presented with a rare stream of consciousness, as we get to hear Marta’s thoughts and witness her fears as she enters the hospital, alone. The final story features the legendary duo of Eva Dahlbeck and Gunnar Bjornstrand stuck in an elevator. Presented with this rare chance for intimacy – as things have gotten rather predictable for the married couple – they instead engage in funny and wicked verbal jousting, asking difficult and embarrassing questions about sex & infidelity, and making claims about private investigators and numerous lovers on the side, with Dahlbeck seemingly getting the best of it. You can see how this paves the way for the brilliant 1955 Smiles of a Summer Night. The three vignettes show women making compromises, at times at the expense of their own happiness. The mood, however, remains upbeat. Well-acted and well-written, I found this film a sensitive and insightful look at the lives of its female protagonists. And of course, Gunnar Fischer’s cinematography is always a plus.
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    Adapt Ability

    The Quick and the Dead (1987) Next: Petronius
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    Adapt Ability

    To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Next: John Buchan
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    Adapt Ability

    The Skull (1966) Next: Nicholas Pileggi
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    Long Titles (6 words + up)

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
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    I Just Watched...

    I liked this for some of the same reasons you stated. Vittorio Gassman’s character wasn’t written as necessarily likeable or sympathetic, but the actor’s performance grows on you, and you appreciate his happy, carefree ethos. The film is a high-water mark for commedia all’italiana. And what an ending.
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    I Just Watched...

    This film stayed with me for a while. The sequence at the club, with the festive air of New Year’s Eve, as Domenico waits, and waits, for his date, was mesmerizing. The ending was quietly powerful, and somewhat Kafkaesque. A great film indeed.
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    I Just Watched...

    I haven’t seen all of them either. From the Six Moral Tales, I’ve seen My Night at Maud’s, Claire’s Knee and Chloe in the Afternoon. The last film from Comedies and Proverbs I saw was The Green Ray, which I loved.

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