I dare you all to watch Steven Seagal movies for a week.
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Plein Soleil or Purple Noon. 8/10. Loved seeing Delon and his depiction of Ripley (that sprezz), sadly the end...anyway much better than the last attempts, can't decide which movie is better this or Wim Wenders film.
@Roy Al Majewski is also on my list, seems like he has something intense for H. Bosch
The man who shot Liberty Walance - John Ford (1962)
Loved this story about idealism up against realities, law against lawlessness, the system or the individual as the pillar of society, it is eternal since it points out the human condition; we live between what we want, what we dare and what we can achieve.
I don't think anyone could get away with this script today; the three characters, Wayne, Steward and the local marshal (Andy Devine) would be moulded into one, since they all represent differens sides we all carry in us, and the story would have been about how do we, even though we are complex, manage to tame the beast inside - and to what prize, (or do we)?
Love the easiness that Ford does the direction; it's like you don't notice him and at the same time he is so present; tender in the use of shadows and trustworthy in the instruction. A great director.
And I love the acting. James Steward is just the best male actor in his generation; he has such a register and is so Ranse Stoddard, the young attorney who truly believes that the law should build the land and solve the conflicts among people. The subtle moves, the almost underplayed way he's acting is just damned good and convincing.
John Wayne does not reach him to the knees. He is rough and brutal; even though he shows some tender sides it is difficult for such a unsophisticated actor to give the full depths in this character. A hard and unsentimental man give his love to the weakling? Nah, do not compute that.
And then there is quite a bit a humor in this drama, that balance out the dark and pessimistic sides.
And touching elements; since there is also a strong emotional drive in the movie, it's about how fare is a person willing to go for the ideas he believes in, what is inside when it really matters? And here Wayne and Steward change position in the movie, Steward is the idealist who comes to term with his principles, and Wayne the cynical who gives up his loved one for the man who's showed better. And the woman, Hallie ( Vera Miles) they both love, who does she love? The cactus rose she leaves on the coffin is more than moving.
Mea gusta this film.
Just saw this and I agree with your comment.
It was good but I think I liked Bellezza a bit more.
Maybe Sorrentino's movies are too heavy on symbolism.
Btw Harvey Keitel was very fit well beyond the age of 50 (Bad Leutenant/The Piano era).
Probably going to be my last post for a while. Some interesting films I watched recently
Well done low budget western about a killer who comes to town where seemingly everyone suspects he's the intended victim.
Samurai flick about authority, power, and betrayal.
1930's crime flick with a slight comedic edge. I can't think of an Edward G. Robinson performance that has ever been less than stellar. Unsurprisingly, he pulls off this performance very well. Bogart was still a supporting actor at the time unfortunately, so his role is a bit small.
James Cagney pulls off his trademark lovable underdog role here as a boxer looking to be a somebody to match his childhood sweetheart's up and coming dancing career.
German WWII submarine flick. Very well done. One of the few ~3 hour long films I found interesting throughout.
Largely unknown Russian WWII flick based off a true story. A commander in a small village outpost is given an all female unit. Over a few days they bond completing their non-combat duties, but Germans are spotted and they are expected to destroy the enemy.
das boot is das shee-it. i saw the 4 hour director's cut and was completely riveted.
i watched the sound of music over the holiday - there's a very clever motif of the whistle as "order without reason". it comes up twice: in the beginning captain von trapp is "managing" his family, and then the governess turns the whistle on him and dispenses with it, signaling the end of overbearing rationality in a household full of kids.
the second time is at the end, when the von traps are fleeing austria and the nazi youth rolf catches them and threatens to turn the family over. von trapp challenges rolf but the young goose-stepper uses the whistle to signal the nazis anyways.
i had never noticed the metaphor before but it's very clever how the domestic drama at the heart of the story is mirrored in political and historical subtext.
Absolutely. Das Boot is a fantastic movie. Tense, gripping, claustrophobic and riveting. You really feel as though you're stuck in a steel tube in the Atlantic. The movie grabs hold of you and doesn't let go until the end. I'm not normally really immersed in a movie but I was immersed (small, watery pun) in Das Boot.