DIR Robert Altman
SCR Robert Altman, Susannah York
DP Vilmos Zsigmond
CAST Susannah York, Rene Auberjonois, Marcel Bozzuffi, John Morley, Barbara Baxley
York must have gotten screen writer credit for her children’s book read in the film.
Hey, my Bergman is still the biggest at 28 !
Robert: I though Auberjonois was excellent in Images; I wonder why he didn’t do more serious roles. He was a better actor than Benson would indicate.
Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense
This is a jazz documentary that basically covers many jazz musicians who came on the scene from the 80s until the present moment. Personally, I felt the filmmakers chose worthy musicians to highlight; however, I wish there was more of an overarching vision or plan to the documentary. In a way, the musicians spoke about whatever they wanted to say—although most of it related to jazz in the contemporary world. (OK, that provides a framework, but more focus would have strengthened the film.)
City of Fear (Dir. Irving Lerner, 1959) 9/10
A jailbird picks up a cylinder of what he thinks is heroin but is really cobalt 60, a highly radioactive element. He’s afraid of the cops, they’re afraid of the cobalt 60. Though City of Fear never demonstrates it literally, it touches on how the media can cause panic in the public and how that panic can’t be controlled once it’s out there. Very enjoyable, and at 75 min, your time is well spent.
“my Bergman is still the biggest at 28”
hahaha! i’m pretty sure that a contributor here has seen all of Bergman’s features.
i will beat your ‘score’ by July. You heard it here first ;-)
by non-web viewings?
^^yeah! by non-web viewings!!
i’m full of hot air though. i don’t have time! i have at least 20+ films lined up to watch first ;-)
The reason I ask is because many of mine were VHS – they might be online, but not on DVD.
^^mostly dsvd for me Robert, some video, and maybe 3-4 at a Bergman retrospective.
YENTL I LOVE this movie.
The Secret in their Eyes: 8.5/10
The Big Combo 1955
DIR Joseph H. Lewis
PROD Sidney Harmon
SCR Philip Yordan
DP John Alton
CAST Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Brian Donlevy, Jean Wallace, Robert Middleton, Lee Van Cleef, Earl Holliman, Helen Walker, Jay Adler, John Hoyt, Ted de Corsia, Helene Stanton, Roy Gordon
ED Robert S. Eisen
PROD DES Rudi Feld
MUSIC David Raksin
Great Raksin score and quintessential Alton cinematography – note the odd angles and lighting. And yet, there is something amiss here versus other noirs I’ve seen – actually prefer Gun Crazy over this.
Robert – Gun Crazy is great. One of my favorite noirs.
I think it is the the way the dialog and plot work that messes with The Big Combo.
I would analyze it more but: Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.
It’s just a noir….
A Prophet (Dir. Jacques Audiard, 2009) – 6/10
It was well made with good performances, but seemed too familiar. Other than the angle w/ the Arabs and Corsicans, I’m not sure what distinguishes this movie.
Coincidence. Just watched Gun Crazy for the first time last night. Yes! Much awesomeness!
The thing that distinguished A Prophet to me was the theme of the outsider learning the ropes and achieving power by clever, subtle networking right under the old guy’s nose.
I, Vitelloni 8/10
Das Boot 6/10
THE MAKIOKA SISTERS — 8/10
" I am Love" 10/10
Laila — George Schneevoigt 8.5/10
Sleds chased by wolf packs, “Perils of Pauline” style cliffhangers, great cinematography. Another silent gem from Flicker Alley
Judex — Georges Franju 9/10
Francine Berge in the Musidora role is worth the price of admission.
I generally don’t take to these “homage” exercises. If it’s a classic why believe you can improve on it. Franju manages to modernize the film technique without mocking the roots.
A fine film that should be a little better known.
Phantom India (Louis Malle, 1969) – 10/10Lost Persons Area (Caroline Strubbe, 2009) – 10/10
“The Life of the Dead” – 7/10
Don’t bother googling, it’s free to watch on LA SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE
Deep End(Jerzy Skolimovski) 9/10