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    "The Illusionist" (2010) animated film
  1. 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."
  2. Detroit

    First Trailer Release Films of Kathryn Bigelow, Point Break (1991), The Hurt Locker (2008), Zero Dark Thirty (2012).
  3. "Second": The Illusionist, (2010) aka L'illusionniste, director Sylvain Chomet, (available in English too, but little dialogue)
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. DreamWorks Animation

    For a I do like the Po! Kung Fu Panda News updates on Dreamworks, the animation workers are being pinched and apparently pinching back ... NBCUniversal completes purchase of DreamWorks Animation; Katzenberg payday tops $390 million Aug 22, 2016 LA Times NBCUniversal to cut 200 jobs in DreamWorks Animation takeover Sept 15, 2016 LA Times (200 jobs is 10%) Animation Workers Reach $50 Million Settlement With DreamWorks Animation Oct 17, 2016 Variety In the last article "DreamWorks and other companies violated antitrust laws by conspiring to set animation wages via nonpoaching agreements." (Includes Pixar; Lucasfilm; The Walt Disney Co.; Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks; Blue Sky; and ImageMovers) Dreamworks releases Trolls Nov 4, 2016 in the US, voiced by Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake.
  14. Films about Trauma and Resiliency

    Good topic for a film listing. Maybe they can be compiled at the top. Johnny Got His Gun (1971) and Days of Wine and Roses (1962). Plus I liked already mentioned All Is Lost.
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