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Everything posted by laffite

  1. joe

    He wasn't throwing the ball away, he saw the guy. I think that's a general consensus. It was a bit of the prayer considering the pressure but that too makes a great quarterback, when under duress give yourself at least a chance at it. If memory serves he didn't have much to lose anyway, wasn't the clock running out on that play ... ??? That was a SB, wasn't it?
  2. Concise might be a stretch when there was nothing at all. How about reticent. Unless you count the period. That was quite resounding, come to think of it.
  3. joe

    Finally, something truly worthwhile. Silence.
  4. request for darkblue

    I don't really follow this so I can't know anything but let me suggest the following and then someone can comment: Jimmy Dore does not deny the Russian connection, he just thinks that it is not a good issue for progressives. He feels that that the issue while perhaps discrediting Trump which he (Dore) might want, the main beneficiary would be the Clinton Democrats which he feels are virtually no different than traditional Republicans, i,e., the Corporate Establishment. Indeed, he continually asserts (usually quite boisterously) that it is a non-issue because after all the USA has been interfering with elections for decades. So progressives should stop getting on the Russian thing bandwagon and talk about what progressives really want, i.e., things like single payer, student loan debt forgiveness,etc., as well as other measures that would would help average Americans. Yes? Like I say, I'm not pushing this, just curious ...
  5. I Just Watched...

    In a Better World (2010)---An intense drama touching upon two families, each with a young son who is being severely bullied at school. The idea of bullying is the point of departure for a look at related issues, especially the idea of revenge. The original Danish title was actually that single word---revenge. It was changed (the new title is somewhat of a stub IMO) for the International release, probably for the better, at least for the USA IMO since the original title would probably conjure the notion of an actioner with a minimum of delicacy instead of what it is, a rather heavy-hitting soap opera that deals with the inevitable emotional upheaval with a modicum of nuance here and there. The movie asks how does one handle this sort of humiliating experience. This theme is enlarged by the fact that one of the fathers is a doctor who treats patients at a Sudanese refugee camp and has to deal with roving warlords. Back home this father makes what what comes across as a wise decision in turning the other cheek when he himself is bullied and lightly pushed around by a neighbor mainly because the offense was relatively light weight but could have escalated into something of a serious and perhaps far-reaching consequence. So what do you do when such discretion is lost on your 10-year-old son who thinks you're a coward and calls you a wimp? The teleplay makes clear (tacitly) that domestic corporeal punishment or no dessert for a week is not the answer, it wants to mean business and point to a more non-visceral response. This episode is thematically important and hits home with its direct simplicity and urgency but is subservient in scope to what these two young boys are up to. There is backstory where a mother has died of cancer in one family, and a separation is in progress in the other, both that take a toll on the two young boys, who both (actors) have apparently received a great deal of credit and deservedly so, since they both are new to the screen. But its the work of a Danish actress named Trine Dyrholm that quite bowled me over. She pulls off an incredibly charged scene where she stumbles upon the neighboring boy in the hall of a hospital towards whom she has an uncontrollable and justifiable anger coarsing through her veins, which during the present and devastating acting out suddenly realizes that she is talking to a child, a child the same age as her own. The struggle in betraying a sudden compassion in such a circumstance is extraordinary. Wisely, the teleplay imposes an interruption to the scene, otherwise the whole thing might have been ruined by either over sentimentality or rank incredulity. As is, it is terrific and I still have not been able to quite get it out of my mind. Danish, (in mostly English, and Danish), this movie won both the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film in 2011. ***1/2 Netflix (4max)
  6. coffee movies

    Slightly OT, but this thread is reminding me of Mrs. Bridge. If I remember correctly this pent-up, delicately sensitive and chronically non-confrontive about anything the least bit tasteful that should arise type of person would at the first sign of unpleasantness suggest nervously a nice cup of tea. This little ploy of timorous evasion was the immediate answer to every problem. Okay, so it only happened one time I think and the movie was definitely not about tea, but the incident sure helped define her character.
  7. I Just Watched...

    ...a fascinating admission ... how interesting !
  8. I Just Watched...

    I wish I could remember this one better, though I recall enjoying it a lot, more than expected. Your criticisms are right on but it was fun anyway. Joan Crawford personas are not reticent by any means but I don't think I know a more voluble Joanie than here. But I found her appealing, as well as the rest of the cast.
  9. coffee movies

    I remember while aboard ship those very tall stainless steel urns with the small cylindrical coffee level indicators. I don't remember the taste that well but I don't remember complaining either.
  10. What Are You Watching Now?

    You know how to live.
  11. I'd like to thank all the little people!

    Wonderful compilation, Tom.
  12. I Just Watched...

    Her real name is Gloria Jean Schoonover (1926- ) and appears to have been a little sweetheart. I had never heard of her either.
  13. I Just Watched...

    Summer Interlude (1951) Much of this early Ingmar Bergman film is an elaborate flashback of the event indicated in the title. An accomplished ballerina reflects on a love affair of her youth. They meet and soon are lovers (they both admit that up to this point they have never kissed another before but it doesn't take long before they're rolling in the hay) and we get nearly overkill sequences of hackneyed depictions of exhilerating young love : running on the beach, jumping into each other's arms, copious gropings, falling over each other with utter joy, endless kissing and hugging, excited expressions of mutual endearment ; it becomes withering after a while. Despite some light foreshadowing of something else to come, I began to see the movie as an apprentice effort by this great master as he improvises an innocuous love affair as a sheer movie making exercise. The recollection is cut short by tragedy and the story returns to the present. Everything changes and bleakness replaces happiness. Dark personal imprisonment replaces innocence and freedom. The story moves to conclusion with some interesting new characters and some trenchant dialogue. I'm no expert on Bergman but intuitively I wouldn't be surprised if the second half of this early movie might just be some of his best stuff. This is almost two movies in one. The ending might surprise. Notes: 1) In the flashback, she has an uncle who fits, categorically, the definition of slime in the sense of preying on young girls. He wants to be her "protector." A conversation seems to indicate that something sordid has passed between them. "I shouldn't have let you touch me," she says. Is this literal or figurative? The relationship between them is not developed. The decadence of the remark is jarring. 2) In a somewhat humorous vein, the young lover says to her, "I love you so much I want to eat you up." She says, "Where would you start?" "I would start with your brains and work down to between your thighs. I have a cannibal friend who told me about this." Yike! And thirdly, there are some lovely ballet sequences that are beautifully weaved into the narrative, including an instance near the finale which is quite telling (and moving). There is a wonderful scene when he barges in on her as she practices. The camera is stationed on the floor showing close ups from her knees to the floor as she fires away with some elaborate pyrotechnics of exquisite lower limb maneuvers of the art. Through this marvelous camera setting, he is visible across the room sitting in the background reproaching her for thinking more of her career than about him. The camera work there is inspired. This movie should be included in any discussion about ballet in cinema. Certainly recommended and with an added caveat ; don't give up too early; do but hang awhile, it's worth it.
  14. I Just Watched...

    Personal Shopper (2017) I don't know much about ghost stories but I have been gravitating to them of late. This one is the most realistic one I have run into so far. A woman's twin-brother has passed away and she is preoccupied with an oath they had made, whoever dies first will try to pierce the divide and leave a sign for the other. There is a rather sadistic soundtrack consisting of a free-floating sonar-like program but instead of underwater, we get a generalized array of ambient tracks from whatever locale our POV character happens to be at the time and at an extremely high decibel level. If the idea is to keep the viewer a little on edge, it succeeds. There is an extraordinarily realistic visitation scene which frightens. There is a sequence where an unknown texter is harassing the survivor, which under the circumstances, is more than a little eerie. The denouement is predictably unclear except perhaps for especially perceptive viewers of which I do not belong. But an explanation is there that seems quite convincing (I had to read it from a review) which I give the movie credit for. It's not just a scary story that leads nowhere.
  15. I Just Watched...

    Indiscreet (1958) This came from Netflix, somewhat serendipitously it seems, given a recent discussion of the comedy of Cary Grant on I believe this very thread. How apropo. If it weren't for the spectacular presence of Ingrid Bergman I might have gotten a little restive with this one. I can't remember last when so arrestingly smitten by whatever magic that emanates from this woman. Never mind the details as you can probably see them for yourself, the overall amply reveals the considerableness of the parts, suffice to to say she is a complete picture of a complete woman. Only a Cary Grant looking the way he does deserves her. The necessary conflicts in any story were slow in coming, however, and it was getting dull. Cary Grant was rather boring at first but it wasn't his fault. Until she is on to him he is content to be his staid, rather dull, charming self and even the eye candy elements might be starting to wear thin (though I wouldn't be the one to ask). When things start to finally happen things liven up, including Grant. In fact they both do and it's a relief to finally see them loosen up with each other and get real. That final little set up, the ruse that promised perhaps a screwball element in the otherwise conventional teleplay, is a little anticlimactic but no matter, it serves the purpose. From there a short way to a totally satisfying ending. It's certainly had it's desired effect on me. Had I been called upon not to betray an occasional proclivity for sappiness, I would have failed. And happily so. And an added bonus ; the extraordinary allure of Ingrid Bergman that will remain with me for a long time.
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  17. I LIKE them, but.....

    Yes, quite serious, if you please He had astonishing screen presence and that covers him. It makes him passable in comedy but that's it. I don't seem him as appealing in anything remotely screwball or slapsticky. He certainly was not "born" to this type of thing. He has a magnificent sophisticated demeanor that would make him ideal in a comedy in that vein. He would be a master in urbane repartee. I would like to see him in something like that. Perhaps he has done something like that that i am unaware of. Recommendation?
  18. I LIKE them, but.....

    Agree generally, but didn't mind her in the Falcon. I think the role called for someone more than just beautiful so cerebral was she but having Bogie fall for her like that was a bit of a stretch. Astor is my all as Edith Cortwright in Dodsworth.. Perfection!
  19. I LIKE them, but.....

    That was the idea. It was the schtick, the overly dramatic, highly sensitive prima donna. It was all so very intentional and she pulled it off in a way that would have been extremely difficult for anyone else IMO. Not for everyone, though. BTW, Cary Grant in comedy, a total flop. He had no comedic talent. At least in the ones I've seen so far (which I admit is not many).
  20. Cats

    "...oooooweeeee, Steve McQueen is the Big Chase, ya-huey !!!!"
  21. I Just Watched...

    Most memorable to me is that lovely opener at the lake. Very breezy scene and ... natural. Wonderful to watch Carole here. She goes fishing but meets a guy with a sandwich. I like Kay Francis but was she miscast? She was bizarre in an attempt at acid coldness.
  22. I Just Watched...

    I liked her as the Contessa. Maybe it's because I'm under the impression that she's putting on an act for ClarkG who she remembers well enough. She looked like she was enjoying the role and I liked the way she hammed it up. Even that big oft phony sounding belly laugh.
  23. I Just Watched...

    Noir's first canine fatale?
  24. I Just Watched...

    I enjoyed the "melodrama" aspect of this, just the right touch to appear "operatic." I was sufficiently interested in the story not to have noticed that anyone was trying to out do anyone else . Bette was better but she doesn't win anything. (Compare Old Acquaintance, where Davis is splendidly level headed versus Hopkins ultra ridiculous over=the-top histrionics. Bette wins that one hands down. ha.) The look on Bette's face when learning of betrayal was extremely good (sitting on the couch). A precursor of the method it seemed to mean to me, so to speak. (Note: aficionados can react to this: in both films the early scenes seemed arbitrarily reeled up to go faster in order to generate exhilaration not only for the characters but perhaps for the audience as well. I'm surely wrong about this but geez those people were moving fast.)
  25. I Just Watched...

    He referred to it as one of the great "double takes" of all time, can't remember the exact quote. Marie's quip about the Civil War is another fine thing in that film.

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