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tedprior

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  1. I'm sad to see how little of this week's schedule is easily available to me. I own Laura and Ministry of Fear. Detour is in the public domain. The rest of the list isn't available on iTunes or streaming, and I've not seen any of it (except the neo noir, Night Moves). How are The Glass Key and Mildred Pierce not available on blu ray yet?
  2. Being in Australia, I don't have access to TCM, so I'm taking a 'whatever I can get access to' approach. That does mostly leave me watching the ones I've seen before, as I have them on blu ray, a few on Hulu/Netflix, and buying some from iTunes. Unfortuantely, most weeks we will only have access to 3 to 5 of the films - Hopefully they line up well with the movies specifically talked about int he Daily Doses and the podcast.
  3. Perth, Western Australia. Twitter: @edwardjgrugiii Letterboxd: tedprior
  4. It's not in the public domain, unfortunately. I was able to get a copy from iTunes here in Australia.
  5. The final Daily Dose of the week was the film I was most anticipating. I hadn't managed to see Dark Passage before, and with Bogie and Bacall and fantastic and underrated director Delmer Daves at the helm, I was sure this would be an excellent film. It did not disappoint. While I'm sure some people would find the POV cheesy or dated, I found it fun and very effective. Of course it immerses you in the action, it puts you right alongside for the prison escape, the incident with the driver, and the makes the mysterious woman who comes to his rescue all the more mysterious, especially with his inner monologue over the scene. It's all very immersive.
  6. Wow! What a tremendous opening. My favourite of the four we watched this week. As already mentioned, it's like it started in act two or three, and went from there. And even still, it never stopped being an exciting or interesting film. The fact that we, the audience, get to see the cold and matter-of-fact way Bette Davis kills this man clues us in to her being a villain right from the start, the fact that we don't see the lead-up to the killing puts us right in the thick of the mystery.
  7. After an extremely positive reaction to M, La Bete Humaine didn't really work so well for us. It can be hard to view these films as they would have been seen at the time, of course, and filter out all the we have seen that came after it. Perhaps part of my problem is that we watched it right after M, which felt new and innovative in spite of its age. The opening was probably quite interesting and thrilling at release, and, metaphorically, it suggests a kind of inevitability, which is a common feeling and theme in noir. Unfortunately, I found it overlong and not all that inspiring. I largely found the camera work to be fairly disinteresting. It particularly jumped to mind in the dancing scene, where a static camera stood in place for a long time, and I thought about what a Fritz Lang or even a Hitchcock would do with a scene like that... The story had moments that I enjoyed, but not enough to rise above what was just an adequate story, for me. Anyway, I am glad to have seen the film, but it left me feeling fairly cold, and I can't imagine revisiting it.
  8. A bit late to the party because we (my wife and I) decided to watch the entire film where possible, rather than just the opening. This was my first time watching M, and what an incredible film it is. I had previously been a little hesitant to watch it as I thought the subject matter might turn me off too much, especially recently having a two year old child, but no, it's a fantastically effective and entertaining film. The opening is particularly effective in setting the tone - Is this the first example of the trope of the child singing creepily? The movie as a whole is an interesting mix of being often very tense, especially when Lorre is stalking on the street, and the reaction of the citizens which is almost comical... Or at least light hearted at times. I won't spoil it here, but the climax of the film is unexpected and thrilling.
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