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cinemaspeak59

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  1. The Quick and the Dead (1987) Next: Petronius
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Next: John Buchan
  3. The Skull (1966) Next: Nicholas Pileggi
  4. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Most definitely, Rohmer is an acquired taste. I’m thankful he gave us such a prolific body of work.
  9. Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds perfectly expresses the themes in John Hughes' seminal 1985 teen movie The Breakfast Club.
  10. I haven't seen the remake with Helen Mirren. The first time I saw The Roman Spring, Leigh's character, though no longer young, was still attractive & desirable, and the subtext was that her and Paolo had a powerful sexual bond. It didn't go beyond sex, but for Karen Stone, this sustained her, and made life worth living. Karen Stone was a doomed character, perhaps depressed, and looking for any spark she can get.
  11. I recently saw re-watched this. I find it timeless, as characters deceive themselves, and rationalize away things that may have never happened. It's Rohmer at his finest.
  12. I like The Mission Impossible films starring Tom Cruise. They have great action sequences, clever plot twists, and rely alot on old school espionage techniques. The latest one was Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018).
  13. I know what you’re saying. It’s only recently that I’ve come to gain an appreciation for Hedy Lamarr. She shares with Greta Garbo a certain mysteriousness, allowing viewers to ascribe to them whatever they wish.
  14. Come Live with Me (1941) An MGM comedy starring Hedy Lamarr & Jimmy Stewart. Hedy is a wealthy Viennese refugee living in New York. Her worst fear is realized when she’s threatened with deportation, unless she can get married within 7 days. She has a willing, wealthy suitor, but he has a wife, and Hedy, being a kind soul, does not want to be a homewrecker. Enter Jimmy Stewart, playing a broke, down on his luck writer. Jimmy and Hedy find themselves sharing a lunch counter, courtesy of a serendipitous rainstorm. Before you know it, they’re married. Both get something from this living apar
  15. Lawrence, that's a damned good question. As you pointed out, keeping the narrative simple, and avoiding excessive exposition, would have aided the movie. Ambivalence isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially with horror. Perhaps Peele has a sequel planned. The best I can think of is that the "Tethered" survive simply by killing any above-ground person, it doesn't matter who it is.
  16. Excellent review, TB. This picture sounds intriguing, especially seeing Zachary Scott play the heavy. I remember him in Born to Be Bad (1950), getting trampled on by Joan Fontaine. I like your description of Lucille Bremer as "luscious". It's a mystery why she never became a bigger star. She was strikingly beautiful, and a great dancer. Perhaps MGM gave up on her too soon.
  17. Apocalypse for sure. That red line formed by them holding hands looked endless.
  18. 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 he
  19. A film with an intriguing time loop device is Berkeley Square from 1933, starring Leslie Howard and Heather Angel as lovers separated by different centuries. That film has a spiritual & uplifting conclusion. Time loops can suffer when filmmakers try to present airtight logic and excessive exposition as opposed to letting things play out simply and allowing the audience to invest in the characters.
  20. I think you've highlighted the plot holes in Us. Peele was attempting to make socio-political statements about materialism, race-relations, class. The subterranean doubles work remarkably well together. They don't discriminate according to race. Class distinctions don't exist. They are the definition of tribal. So maybe they aren't so advanced after all. Similar issues were explored in the original Star Trek, and Us is resurrecting arguments that were made in 1960's, when American fissures were so prevalent - Vietnam, civil rights, feminism. Today it exists on a global scale, with immigration
  21. The Brass Bottle (1964) Next: Claudia Cardinale
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