I agree. About halfway through the remake I leaned over to my wife and suggested that Denzel's character was the actual villain of the story.
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I actually was disappointed by The Magnificent Seven. Other than the scene with the hearse (probably up there as one of my favorite scenes in film history) and the magnificent score, I found it very difficult to watch. Then again, I also found The Great Escape (also by Sturges) a little flat as well, and these appear to be his biggest hits. Maybe his films are just not my style.
On the other hand, even though Seven Samurai is like 3 hours long, it's pretty engrossing (although the last bit is kind of repetitive because you get this faceless horde of an enemy and no information about them).
The original and best IMHO good ensemble cast, soundtrack and great choreographed stunts the sky diving is wild. Also who ever the board riders were they wee impressive for Bhodi and his crew.
Entertaining for a Saturday night at home. Can see where they extracted certain of Bhodis surfing ideas and expanded on them for the second film. Recommended.
And I need to check out Point Break again.
Just finished the Director's Cut of this:
I remember seeing the poster for this in '87 and thinking it just looked silly, but I still went to see it and have seen it many times since. A guilty pleasure maybe, but I do have a weak spot for Verhoeven's satire laced sci-fi flicks.
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Anyway, I happened to catch some of Robocop on cable this week, and was surprised how violent it actually was -- especially given there was a line of kids' toys sold at Toys'R'Us at the time. Perplexing.
It's funny how Verhoeven was such an art house director in his native tongue, then managed to turn out such delicious schlock overseas.
Taxi - Jafar Panahi (2015)
Panahi is a famous, but heavy censored Iranian director, here he plays him self as taxi-driver in Teheran. We get to meet different people who is charming, but all in different ways suffering under the oppression - but vitality alway finds it's way. His niece is very charming in all her opposition. The movie is made with long takes from dashcam. It might sound boring, but actually it works well. When Panani won the Golden Bear in Berlin for this movie, he was not allowed to travel to receive the prize; he send his niece.
A warm, witty and humanistic movie about the human need to survive and to be human even in an inhuman society.
The return - Andreij Zvyagintsev (2003)
Two brothers have to cope with unstable father who shows up after 12 years, testing the bonds between them.
Stunning and beautiful movie - superb photo and a homage to Andreij Tarkovskji; the most brilliant director of the USSR. Very touching and moving movie - without ever getting close to be sentimental. A true piece at joy and sadness.
Had fond memories of this from my first watching of it, sometime in the early 80's. Cool, at times slightly surreal, neo-noir from John Boorman.
One thing I noticed this time around, was how Walker's suits (which we never see him change, and not counting his two tweed fits) gets progressively darker as he works his way through the movie.
'You died at Alcatraz all right. Goodbye Walker.'
'Yeah, goodbye Chris.'
"I have to thank my wife Helen, because we have a 12-year-old daughter Francesca, [and] she said to me, 'Why don't you make a film our daughter can see for once?' So we did!"
Like Point Blank above, this is also based on The Hunter novel by Donald E. Westlake. I seem to remember that I liked it well enough back in 1999, but watching this on the same day as Point Blank was probably a mistake, as it really doesn't compare favourably. I also checked some of the scenes from the 2006 Directors Cut, but even with a different look (to the better) and a lot of changed scenes and an altered story line (not all of it an improvement), it's still rather mediocre compared to the '67 version.
'I've got a few minutes.'
'So go boil an egg.'