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    "The Illusionist" (2010) animated film
  1. Starman

    Starman is a good choice for Valentines Day. Ladies like Bridges. Karen Allen is gorgeous. Has plenty of romance and explosions with aliens. And a road trip theme for honeymooners. Not overly cerebral/somber like Arrival was. From the maker of Halloween but not so scary, only rated PG. A crowd pleaser for V-day.
  2. Room (2015)

    I came across Room at the library and so watched it last week (along with Star Wars I, II, IIIĀ½ & VII and The Case For Christ) going in cold, not having read anything, only seeing part of a 60 seconds review by David DiCerto of 'Reel Faith' who liked it. No one I knew saw it. And I just now skimmed the A&F discussion above, not the links, and did not find written here that something sitting on my mind about the film. Tell me if I'm crazy. When the film ended, mostly I liked it quite a bit. The overall story, the boy & mother, the aftermath, all of it. Enough to think I'd like to tell people at work or friends about it. And what I didn't like wasn't something I put my finger on immediately probably because what was good in it overshadows that. After the movie, I read about the writer Emma, and how she influenced the making of the film. And that she's a Canadian feminist with previous work popular in the lesbian community. So it made me reflect on the film for possible bias reflecting her life orientation. Suddenly I thought, in Room, all the key white men are losers. Now is that crazy or legitimate? Of course old Nick had to be a primo loser. Not problematic. But the next white man you get to meet a little bit is the cop driving the car to first arrive when the escaping boy is found. Compared to his female cop partner, the man comes off like an ignorant taxi driver at best. The female cop is sensitive, solves the crime immediately, and astounds the white man cop. The male cop is such a numbskull while looking over his shoulder toward the two in back, what he says is laughable. The next adults we meet who are experiencing pressures of the story, not the flat healthcare people or crowd control guys, we meet are the 3 grandparents. The real father (Robert) leaves the film marked as being strongly prejudiced against the child we've all come to love. He's been divorced, replaced, and can't see past the rape. If any white guy in the film might shine it would have been the father/grandfather. Next, the step-father (Leo) acts much nicer than the real father but he looks like he just stepped out of a Western or a prison film of which he did not play lead, looking sort of dishevled, mussed up, even deranged. In fact I read that Leo almost played the part of old Nick. Leo really contrasted the middle class surroundings. The only adult man that we meet for any bit of time who seems admirable is the helthcare worker visiting their home and he was never a 'white boy from Ohio'. I grant that the writer Emma worked to make the boy, mother, grandmother, lady cop etc all seem real. Those characters were not all-powerful, they had troubles of their own to face and overcome but the viewer ends up seeing the worlds of these characters work out well enough in the end and we like them afterwards. Not so the men. This reflects the bias of Emma Donoghue who also greatly controlled the filming. "In 2012, (director) Abrahamson and Donoghue spent one week at her house in London, Ontario as they revised the screenplay. She served as executive producer and was included in major filmmaking decisions." Should it spoil the film? It does somewhat for myself, not entirely.
  3. I nominated Angel and the Badman a realistic conversion story of renegade John Wayne (the Badman). The ending isn't a given until it's over, he waffles a bit. First a Quaker family takes him in when he gets injured. He recovers and due to the influence of the family, though torn, he tries to finish his previous business more diplomatic than his norm, like without killing anyone. Another time he does good deeds for the same family by getting a stingy upstream neighbor to share water. The nasty neighbor gets a real general change of heart from it, and you wonder why Wayne doesn't notice it more and if he could possibly leave his wild & criminal cowboy life. He even half-heartedly attends a meetin' though it was probably in part because he liked the family daughter played by Gail Russell (the Angel). Then he relapses. That's enough details. The way typical Western film hostilities are resolved is unique. Wayne ends up giving up the guns for a simple life with the family and his girl of course. You are left with: "Only a man who carries a gun ever needs one."
  4. Detroit

    First Trailer Release Films of Kathryn Bigelow, Point Break (1991), The Hurt Locker (2008), Zero Dark Thirty (2012).
  5. "Second": The Illusionist, (2010) aka L'illusionniste, director Sylvain Chomet, (available in English too, but little dialogue)
  6. Title: Angel and the Badman Director: James Edward Grant Year: 1947 Language: English IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039152/?ref_=ttexrv_exrv_tt YouTube Link: Link to the A&F thread on the film: NONE
  7. Richard Widmark

    Agreed. A couple noirs with Widmark for comparison (recently watched), Night and the City (Dassin '50) and Kiss of Death (Hathaway '47). The first of the two was liked better, the second being Widmark's first role. In Kiss of Death he played this really off-the-chain nearly psycho criminal that strongly contrasted the other performers, he's maybe even out of place or maybe the others seem wooden to you if you watch it just to see Widmark. His maniacal laughing reminded me of the laughing by one of Roman whipping guards in Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. By the time Widmark did Night and the City he had really improved or maybe that role and directing better suited him. His wild-boy facet are in both films but more enjoyably so in Night and the City. I put that one off because sometimes sports genre films are tiresome, this one is anything but tiresome.
  8. Fritz Lang

    Yes! The triangle with Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan & Paul Douglas . Very memorable arrangement and performances between those three. Enjoyable to see Marilyn Monroe with a supporting role as well. It was a surprise this month to have stumbled across two used DVDs of early 50s noir, 1951-52, Clash by Night (Lang) and Detective Story (Wyler). Unexpected treats. And that's couple of good years in film to explore too.
  9. RIP Sharon Jones Left here on November 18, 2016. Was nominated for her first Grammy in 2014, Best R&B Album category, for Give the People What They Want.
  10. The Films of the Coen Brothers

    Saw The Hudsucker Proxy last night. Very funny, enjoyable. Not comparatively well admired here though, to other Coens at least. I've only seen half of the films in the list. My faves are in the earlier years, adding Blood Simple and Raising Arizona to the one last night as favorites. Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink and Fargo are in the queue. The brothers took a left turn out of Fargo.
  11. The Haunting (1963)

    What struck me after watching The Haunting for the first time last night is that it's rated G! Primarily it was fearing for your life, secondarily the horrors of sexual angst.
  12. Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    Darn. The coupons worked for me. Both of them. After reading Overstreet's post I found a page of excluded items on B&N site. It's long. No way would all of it fit on a coupon. The words Criterion Collection is not written on the two 15% coupons above in the exclusions but it is on the long web site exclusion list, however a cashier may ignore the web list like mine did. Link http://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/terms-and-conditions/coupon-exclusions The Music Room, from India, never heard of it before, that's why this forum is interesting, such tastes around here, arcane yet noble. I may order it, my sister has three children by a man from India (divorced) and they travel there often. Seems B&N could get anything to your local store in a few days. Cutting a swath down the mid-USA, The Music Room is in B&Ns in Ann Arbor, Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, St Louis, Atlanta, New Orleans, Austin, Dallas. There is a The Music Room mid-USA dead zone for B&N stores in my area, that's Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, Jackson, Birmingham....country where many neighbors think the front lawn doubles as a driveway. Thanks for the idea.
  13. Leonard Cohen

    National Film Board of Canada is putting this at the top of their app's listings today. A 44min music documentary in 1965 visiting his hometown of Montreal.
  14. Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    B&N 50% off Criterion starts today. November 1, 2016 With one of the coupons below you can get Dekalog blu-ray for $42.50. Less is you are a "member" INSTORE CODES -- Click for printable 15% Off Single Item (A) Store Only Exp ??12/31/2017 15% Off Single Item (B) Store Only Exp ??12/31/2017