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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:24 pm 
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And, yov, "Once upon time in America" is my favorite movie, or was it before LOTR...



That's okay, I still like you. :D

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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:32 am 
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I've been on quite a bad movie streak of late with nothing but sub-C rating movies for weeks. Thankfully, within this batch of mostly duds is one shining masterpiece, only the 4th movie so far I've rated an A+. I had never heard of The Battle of Algiers and from what I gather it is little known but it's an astonishing movie. It's a highly realistic (almost documentary-like) telling of some of the events in the Algerian War of Independence of the 50s but its subject matter is, tragically, profoundly relevant in today's times. I pretty much want to post the whole movie as a response to the "Terrorist or Freedom Fighter" in Lammen right now. I would particularly love to hear Túrin's thoughts on the movie as it is very much up his alley as far as subject matter goes.



The Battle of Algiers A+
Cinema Paradiso B+
Fight Club B
Witness for the Prosecution C+
Chungking Express C
Diabolique C-
The 400 Blows C-
The Royal Tenenbaums C-
American History X D+
Cool Hand Luke D+
M D+
Once Upon a Time in the West D

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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:53 am 
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Spoilers for Witness for the Prosecution follow - don't read if you haven't seen it

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Why such a low rating for Witness for the Prosecution? Had you already figured out who was the villain was before she told everything? I was completely taken aback by that.

And just to clarify, you're talking about the classic version with Marlene Dietrich, not the recent remake?

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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:47 am 
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Yes, the Marlene Dietrich version.

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I did really like the finale but asides from that I found it pretty ordinary. Could've been an episode of a solid courtroom drama TV show. (In fact, I'd say I've seen much better episodes of courtroom drama TV shows.) Once I knew the big twist, it didn't leave me with much desire to see it again which is the biggest factor in my ratings.

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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
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I've never heard of it. I'll have to look into it.


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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
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Posting the next batch (only two more batches to go till I'm done so you better appreciate 'em while you have 'em :D) without much to say. Most noteworthy thing is that after the delight that was Raiders, Last Crusade was a huge disappointment. :nono:


Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? B+
Before Sunrise B
Memento B
Paths of Glory B
Grave of the Fireflies B-
Stalker B-
The Best Years of Our Lives C+
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade C
Hotel Rwanda D+
The Big Sleep D+
The Gold Rush D-

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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:21 am 
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I do enjoy your ratings. :)

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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
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The Charlie Chaplin Gold Rush, really? :scratch:

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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
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Thanks, Lali. :) :hug:

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The Charlie Chaplin Gold Rush, really? :scratch:



Is the :scratch: directed at my rating, or it's presence on the list?

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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:38 am 
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Your rating.

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‘There’s no greys, only white that’s got grubby. I’m surprised you don’t know that. And sin, young man, is when you treat people as things. Including yourself. That’s what sin is.’
‘It’s a lot more complicated than that -’
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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
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Chaplin was more appreciated in the USSR than in the USA when I was a kid (he was politically suspect, y'know), so I never saw the movie until I was an adult. Which means it probably doesn't get scheduled on TV much, either.

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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
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I'm curious what you did not like about Hotel Rwanda.

And why Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is even on the list.

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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:41 pm 
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Frelga wrote:
Your rating.


I think this is the 5th or 6th Chaplin I've reviewed for this list and I've disliked-to-hate all of them. His constant presence on the list is utterly baffling to me. There is nothing about them that doesn't feel extraordinarily dated. I absolutely do not get the love.
(The other silent movies on this list - Metropolis, Sunrise, The General, are all vastly superior to anything Chaplin managed. IMO!)

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I'm curious what you did not like about Hotel Rwanda.


Oh man, that's one of those that is obviously dealing with a very important and serious subject but yeesh, I thought just about everything was poorly done - bad directing, bad script, bad dialogue, bad acting. I get that due to the extremely tragic subject it manages to be very powerful for many but I found the film-making too crappy to be at all effective.

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Is Hotel Rwanda the one with Robert Redford? I'm too lazy to look it up.

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‘It’s a lot more complicated than that -’
‘No. It ain’t. When people say things are a lot more complicated than that, they means they’re getting worried that they won’t like the truth. People as things, that’s where it starts.’
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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
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No, Don Cheadle. It's about the Rwandan genocide.

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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
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Oh. Wrong movie entirely.

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‘It’s a lot more complicated than that -’
‘No. It ain’t. When people say things are a lot more complicated than that, they means they’re getting worried that they won’t like the truth. People as things, that’s where it starts.’
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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
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yovargas wrote:
Voronwë the Faithful wrote:
I'm curious what you did not like about Hotel Rwanda.


Oh man, that's one of those that is obviously dealing with a very important and serious subject but yeesh, I thought just about everything was poorly done - bad directing, bad script, bad dialogue, bad acting. I get that due to the extremely tragic subject it manages to be very powerful for many but I found the film-making too crappy to be at all effective.


I like you, yov, and you undoubtedly know more about film than I do, but I'll just say that I thoroughly disagree.

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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
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I feel like I'm giving less A grades as I go along. I haven't given any A's in the last two batches. Maybe that's just a coincidence or maybe the more movies I watch, the harder I am to impress?

The latest:
La Haine B+
The Departed B
The Pianist B
Lost in Translation B-
Roman Holiday B-
Stand by Me B-
The Shawshank Redemption B-
In the Name of the Father C+
Solaris C
Modern Times D+


Only 11 more movies to go to finish up this project!

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 Post subject: Re: IMDB Top 250 films
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Which Solaris?

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The one by a dour and artsy Russian director. I found its vagueness more frustrating than intriguing.

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