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Everything posted by NickAndNora34

  1. Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) *Number 1/26 for Criterion Neo-Noir Collection* I had never heard of this film before a few days ago, upon checking the new additions to the Criterion Channel website, but this was more fun than I had previously anticipated. The film follows a duo of detectives who are searching for a cotton bale in which a large sum of stolen money is hidden. These two detectives are great; I really enjoyed the two of them. There were a couple shootouts, some comedic moments, and some.... shall we say... bare necessities on display (not that I mind; I just don't think I'm
  2. Kind of a similar topic, but the Criterion Channel is currently offering a 26-film "Neo-Noir" collection; several movies from the 70s, 80s, and present day. I am very excited to watch all 26 (minus the four I've already seen).
  3. A Place in the Sun (1951) I had a fairly good time with this drama; I understand the times in which it was produced and released, but I wish they had gone a little deeper with some of the plot-lines. All in all, a decent watch; I am quickly regaining my love for Elizabeth Taylor. Harvey (1950) Jimmy Stewart is one of the most charismatic and charming people who have ever graced the screen (in my opinion), and this was certainly no exception. There were parts of this that genuinely made me laugh out loud; Jesse White as the male orderly as the hospital, really stood out to me
  4. @ everyone: I'm afraid to tell you all this, but I just watched Citizen Kane for the very first time last night, and I did not love it... There were certainly moments I enjoyed, but I think I hyped it up too much in my own brain, so when I finally watched it, I was underwhelmed. This film is certainly not without merit, though. I can see how it is widely regarded as one of the best films of all time.
  5. I just concluded my 12th watch of Bogdanovich's "Noises Off" (1992)... I have no words to defend my actions, other than this movie cheers me up and is a good distraction. Plus, what a cast: Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Julie Hagerty, Christopher Reeve, Marilu Henner, John Ritter, Nicollete Sheridan...
  6. i love anna kendrick! i think she is quite gifted, especially comedically.
  7. I think there are so many different streaming platforms and film opportunities available these days that it can be quite hard to tell people apart. There are so many people "in the business" as some call it, that it can sometimes be overwhelming. That being said, I think there are a few people I can get behind calling true "stars;" something that is quite reassuring is a lot of the young people in my film club are familiar with the classics and even have been known to praise some excellent examples of film released pre-1970.
  8. BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (1955) *Score: 7/10* Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, Walter Brennan, Lee Marvin. Tracy stars as a one-armed war veteran who stops off in a small desert town with the intentions of awarding his war buddy's medal to his son, but ultimately finds out there might be something sinister within the town and amongst some of the townspeople. From the minute he steps foot in the town, he is immediately met with a very cold reception; some of the men in the town even go so far as to subtly threaten him and discourage him from trying to do what he c
  9. PHANTOM THREAD (2017) *Score: 3/5* This is one that has been on my list for a long time now, and I finally got around to watching it; unfortunately not one of my favorite movies, but I really appreciate the visuals and the score. I am too far into Paul Thomas Anderson's filmography at this point to turn back now, so I must finish the rest of his work (as far as feature length films go).
  10. Hi, I am alive lol. BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999) I recently watched this and rated it 4/5 stars; I had no idea going into it that I would enjoy it so much, yet here we are. I can't exactly describe just what it is that made me like it; I just do.
  11. I didn't really feel like anything I could say about it hasn't been said before. I wasn't really in the mood to discuss it further lol but I can if you want
  12. BICYCLE THIEVES (1948) *Score: 4/5*
  13. DIABOLIQUE (1955) *Score: 4/5* I watched this just last night, and was pleasantly surprised. There was a twist, which I am embarrassed to say I understood way too late. Excited to watch more Clouzot. UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964) *Score: 3.5/5* My second Demy film; I love the way he used color. Catherine Deneuve is quite charming in this, and I am stoked to see more of her filmography. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014) *Score: 4/5* I was recommended this by one of my film club friends for our "secret cinema" biweekly event (like secret Santa, but with movies). I act
  14. BEFORE SUNRISE (1995) *Score: 3/5* Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy both gave fine performances in this but I wasn't overly impressed; probably not the typical sort of movie that I enjoy watching. I am glad to have finally watched this, though. And, as I am a completionist, I will be watching the other two in the trilogy as well at some point. SICARIO (2015) *Score: 3.5/5* I'm not sure if I paid as much attention as I should have during this one, but I thought it was pretty solid. Emily Blunt was good, as was Josh Brolin. THE KING OF COMEDY (1982) *Score: 3.5/5* This
  15. Real life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac played twins Delphine and Solange in Jacques Demy's 1967 French musical, "Young Girls of Rochefort."
  16. This is next up for me (as well as Tale of Hoffmann)... I just recently rewatched Black Narcissus and watched The Red Shoes for the first time, and thoroughly enjoyed both.
  17. THE FOX AND THE HOUND (1981) *Score: 3/5* This is another one of Disney's animated classics I remember watching often as a child; my younger brother absolutely loved this movie, which explains why it's so familiar to me. I was never one of those kids who cried at a lot of movies, and this one never broke me (to the best of my memory; I could be wrong, I don't know if I can actually remember that far back), but I remember being touched by Tod and Copper's friendship-turned-sour. One aspect I quite enjoy is the casting of Pearl Bailey as "Big Mama" the owl. Her song "Best of Friends"
  18. THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989) *Score: 3.5/5* Starring: Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Kenneth Mars, Samuel Wright, Buddy Hackett. One of the classic animated Disney movies I remember growing up watching... I absolutely adore the score from this one (Alan Menken really knows what he's doing, huh). I really enjoy the whole underwater aspect of this one; the bright colors and bubbles and sea creatures all assist in giving me a shot of pure serotonin. I mean, there's a reason why this one is high up there for a lot of people.
  19. PULP FICTION (1994) *Score: 4/5* Despite the story being non-linear, I was able to piece together the plot for the most part, and enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. This is not my favorite Tarantino by any means (Hateful Eight #1), but I am attempting to finish his directorial filmography. I have 3 remaining: Death Proof, Reservoir Dogs, and Django Unchained. I think I am most excited for Death Proof...
  20. TAXI DRIVER (1976) *Score: 2.5/5* I don't really know how to explain myself with this one, other than I found myself indifferent to the plot and the characters. Sorry, Scorsese. THE BIG HEAT (1953) *Score: 3.5/5* Noir starring Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame. I enjoyed this one. There were certain elements that made it seem sort of ahead of its time in a way (I won't go into details so as not to spoil the plot for those who haven't seen it). This one was solid.
  21. This is the first film in which I have strongly disliked a Bogie character. I don't absolutely love either Dix or Laurel, but I feel like I dislike Dix more... His behavior became extremely irrational and explosive, and I honestly had no idea whether the outcome would be positive or negative... Pretty solid film, though. I can put my dislike for Dix aside to admit that lol.
  22. oh ok lol. and yes, it can be a bit much to scroll through. I use a site called Letterboxd (movie logging site) because they have a function where you can see movies available on specific streaming sites. That's the only way I've found so far...
  23. I started subscribing to the Criterion Channel about 5 months ago, and I can honestly say that it is well worth it (in my opinion). There is a very good mix of things every month; American and foreign, modern and classic; I would suggest checking it out
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