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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #31200 on: May 04, 2021, 12:26:26 AM »
Is there a commentary with the Criterion edition of that?

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« Reply #31201 on: May 04, 2021, 03:25:50 AM »
Is there a commentary with the Criterion edition of that?

I'm not sure. I have this box set and have been working through it chronologically, not watching (or listening to) any of the extra stuff this time around, and sorry, not able to check right now:

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« Reply #31202 on: May 04, 2021, 03:38:09 AM »

This movie is at once hilarious, absurd, brutal and even touching. I'm not sure there is any character in cinema more pathetic than the one Charles Grodin created here. This movie doesn't aim at the meaning of life. But what it does aim at, it cuts so very deep. Half-way through I thought, "yeah, this is a pretty funny satire"; by the end I couldn't get over the punches thrown one after the other.
They really don't make films like this anymore (even though they remade this one, apparently). I should also mention that this is also a kind of Jewish movie, the way Portnoy's Complaint is a Jewish book/movie, and in a cultural milieu that doesn't exist anymore either.   
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« Reply #31203 on: May 04, 2021, 05:34:54 AM »

   




Completing the trilogy with Salting The Battlefield





There is salvation in the final film of this trilogy. The excellent movement in plot, character development and drama are all moved along nicely. It is well done and befits the quality of the opening film.
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« Reply #31204 on: May 04, 2021, 05:42:05 AM »
I think I have 2 of those in my Netflix queue. 'Page 8' looked familiar from an long past viewing. Will have to watch those.
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« Reply #31205 on: May 04, 2021, 05:52:50 AM »
I think I have 2 of those in my Netflix queue. 'Page 8' looked familiar from an long past viewing. Will have to watch those.

They are worth your time, Olivier.
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« Reply #31206 on: May 04, 2021, 02:24:58 PM »

This movie is at once hilarious, absurd, brutal and even touching. I'm not sure there is any character in cinema more pathetic than the one Charles Grodin created here. This movie doesn't aim at the meaning of life. But what it does aim at, it cuts so very deep. Half-way through I thought, "yeah, this is a pretty funny satire"; by the end I couldn't get over the punches thrown one after the other.
They really don't make films like this anymore (even though they remade this one, apparently). I should also mention that this is also a kind of Jewish movie, the way Portnoy's Complaint is a Jewish book/movie, and in a cultural milieu that doesn't exist anymore either.   
Sorry for the big poster here but, man, what a poster!

Oy, what a film! I've started watching it, almost by accident, after reading your description... and couldn't stop. Grodin is painful/wonderful.

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« Reply #31207 on: May 04, 2021, 08:42:10 PM »
(I was trying to joke that I was so fixated on Andrea and Olga that I didn't even notice Tom)

Ah, my attempts to cultivate detachment must be having some effect. :)

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« Reply #31208 on: May 05, 2021, 02:30:59 AM »
Oy, what a film! I've started watching it, almost by accident, after reading your description... and couldn't stop. Grodin is painful/wonderful.
I’m so happy you did. I gotta get more people to watch this. People: the whole thing is on YouTube! Just search it! Actually I can’t get the movie out of my head. Grodin is astoundingly good, like, jaw-dropping-ly good. These scenes must be great for acting classes - they’re so excruciating and funny. The script, by Neil Simon, is knife-sharp, but it doesn’t have any of Simon’s usual sentimentality. I think that’s on Elaine May. I think it’s May who makes the whole thing what it is - plus the actors.
I love these 70s movies, like Bob&Ted&..., that are kind of forgotten yet you can tell made a big splash at the time. Remember when people used to talk about movies as important cultural/artistic artifacts? Anyway, thanks for the comments. Glad you could watch.

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« Reply #31209 on: May 05, 2021, 07:49:06 AM »


A local celebrity in North Carolina!  I enjoyed that video and remember seeing a 'moonshine exhibit' in Mt. Airy's (home of Andy Griffith) local museum that had a section on 'Popcorn' and others (parts of Thunder Road, the film w/ Robert Mitchum about running moonshine in the mountains was made there).  For those not familiar w/ Maggie Valley - located in western NC near Asheville.  Dave :)

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Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton (October 5, 1946 – March 16, 2009) was an American Appalachian moonshiner and bootlegger. Born in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, he grew up, lived, and died in the rural areas around Maggie Valley and nearby Cocke County, Tennessee. He wrote a self-published autobiographical guide to moonshining production, self-produced a home video depicting his moonshining activities, and was later the subject of several documentaries, including one that received a Regional Emmy Award. Sutton committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in March 2009, aged 62, rather than report to federal prison after being convicted of offenses related to moonshining and illegal firearm possession. Since his death, a new company and associated whiskey brand have been named after him. (Source)

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« Reply #31210 on: May 05, 2021, 01:07:07 PM »

      I watched the first half or so of The Sand Pebbles last night. I think this film is underrated. The cast is superb, especially Candice Bergen and Richard Crenna. Steve McQueen was nominated for an Oscar and this is probably the best thing he ever did, though I might put Tom Horn up there.
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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #31211 on: May 06, 2021, 12:53:59 AM »
Legends of the Fall





This was my first time to see this film. A very good story and, yes, it contains wonderful cinematography.
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« Reply #31212 on: May 08, 2021, 01:20:54 PM »
Well, a couple of oldies burned to DVD-R off the TCM channel years ago - talked Susan into watching the films (and she did enjoy):

Dr. Erlich's Magic Bullet (1940) w/ Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger, Donald Crisp, and many others - I've been watching this film since I was a kid and especially after reading the classic book (many times!) Microbe Hunters (along w/ another favorite about Louis Pasteur w/ Paul Muni) - short synopsis below.

The Magnificent Yankee (1950) w/ Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Eduard Franz and many others as his law clerks - short synopsis below. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr (1841-1935) fought in the American Civil War and was a Supreme Court Justice from 1902-1932, living into the first term of FD Roosevelt, dying in his mid-90s - an amazing span of US history!  I've always enjoyed Louis Calhern who played mainly secondary roles in the many films that are familiar to me, but he is the STAR in this one - both of these movies are highly recommended!  Dave :)

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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #31213 on: May 09, 2021, 01:21:56 AM »
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This is a very fine psychological thriller. It is well constructed and is very well acted out by the three main protagonists. I have long been a big fan of Isabelle Huppert. I think that she is a very fine actress and she excels here. This one gets a strong recommendation from me.
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« Reply #31214 on: May 09, 2021, 01:35:03 AM »
reading the classic book (many times!) Microbe Hunters

After reading that book in my early teens I decided to become a microbiologist. Eventually I didn't but I have very fond memories of the book and I might re-read it soon.
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« Reply #31215 on: May 09, 2021, 03:20:34 AM »
Greta





This is a very fine psychological thriller. It is well constructed and is very well acted out by the three main protagonists. I have long been a big fan of Isabelle Huppert. I think that she is a very fine actress and she excels here. This one gets a strong recommendation from me.

Yes, Isabelle Huppert is one of my favourite actresses.

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« Reply #31216 on: May 09, 2021, 03:24:42 AM »
Yes, Isabelle Huppert is one of my favourite actresses.

The first movie I saw her in was The Piano Teacher and I was awestruck. She was fun in I Heart Huckabees.
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« Reply #31217 on: May 09, 2021, 03:26:28 AM »
The first movie I saw her in was The Piano Teacher and I was awestruck. She was fun in I Heart Huckabees.

Yes, The Piano Teacher was also my first exposure.

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« Reply #31218 on: May 09, 2021, 06:14:32 AM »
After reading that book in my early teens I decided to become a microbiologist. Eventually I didn't but I have very fond memories of the book and I might re-read it soon.

Hi Andrei - I'm sure there are plenty here that likely read that book (or the many other ones of the same genre) - when I went to the University of Michigan Medical School in the late 1960s (WOW!), the curriculum for the first two years was pretty much subject based (e.g. anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, etc. - microbiology was a second year course) except for Neuro which was their first attempt to present an 'integrated' subject, i.e. neurologic anatomy, physiology, and clinical matters were included - looking at their curriculum HERE, appears that this concept comprises much of the current program.  Dave :)

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« Reply #31219 on: May 09, 2021, 06:31:14 AM »


     I've been on a "lost films" hunt, and I find you can stream the Michael Mann junkathon The Keep, though only in standard definition. A couple of films I want are probably out of reach for good, The Magic Toyshop and Hedda.

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