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Ne le dis à personne (Tell No One) – Guillaume Canet
A decent contemporary French crime drama that’ll keep most pinned to their seats.
Intrigue and more intrigue – if you like that sort of thing.
Some of the pursuit and evasion sequences are really quite gripping.
Very well cast and acted. Well directed and edited. Production design and art direction both strong. Sound design good. Soundtrack choices are a bit hit and miss. The cinematography is solid but lacks mood.
I won’t say anything about the ending.
I re-visited this from my youth just for Hellen Mirren. Groundbreaking for its time but the acting was horrible. I guess this puts it in the same category as Sweet Movie and I hated that movie.
“Battlefield” By William Welles 9/10
“Sawdust and Tinsel” By Ingmar Bergman 9/10
“Manhattan Murder Mystery” By Woody Allen 7.5 maybe 8/10
Ice Storm – 4.5/5
The Godfather 5/5
Just saw Synecdoche New York for the second time.
Kaurismaki’s “Calamari Union”. 92/100.
Wes Anderson meets Godard.
RED DESERT by Antonioni (92/100)
Very good presentation of the mind of someone who’s not entirely all together. The images of the industrial wasteland and the electronica also contributed much to the state of Monica’s Vitta’s mind. I loved the “orgy” group sex scene in the shack on the pier – pretty risque for 1964. I’m going to have to run down a copy of Zabriskie Point next. And good versions out there?
hey, to the person who saw Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer….I had forgotten completely about that film. That’s definitely one of the most demeted movies ever. Much more realistic than that stupid American Psycho, which I hated, both in book version and on film.
Monster’s Ball ****1/2 out of 5
Carl Cross: I completely agree with your review of Ne le dis à Personne. I felt the same way. Entertained, though left a bit cold. Also, the couple in the film are supposed to be childhood sweethearts, about the same age. The guy obviously has at least 10 years on the woman. Actually, according to imdb, 15 years. Anyway….little details like these get to me as a viewer.
Guillaume Canet did a pretty good job, otherwise. I saw him in Ensemble, C’est Tout, and didn’t make the connection until later. So young!
I just watched the Criterion release of Europa. I feel mixed about it. The performances were good, though so far I haven’t seen anything by LVT that has really knocked my socks off. Some gorgeous shots, yet…. I don’t know. Maybe I need to watch some of his more work before I can fully understand him and perhaps revisit Europa later. I remember seeing on here someone comparing it to the work of Guy Maddin, but I’d have to say I’d take Guy Maddin any day.
Animal House 3/4 stars, some moments are just too gold. Bruce Almighty 3/4 stars. Jim Carrey is a true talent, and the outtakes alone will have you on your knees. (Sammy Davis! Nuff Said!, Not to mention the scene with steve carrell:)
My Boy Jack. not bad, i’d give it a 3/4. it was interesting to see danieal radcliffe doing something other than harry potter.
Kiss Me Deadly
I did not expect Kiss Me Deadly to be as good as it was. Easily one of the greatest noirs ever, if not the very best. I suck for not knowing Tarantino bit the suitcase scene in Pulp Fiction from this.
When Harry Met Sally
I didn’t know Meg Ryan used to be hot!
Kicking and Screaming by Noah Baumbach.
Eric Stoltz is hilarious in this.
25/100 [in traditional film terms]
HOWEVER, in terms of “how great was this awful, schlocky film?” I would have to give it a 8.5 out of 10.
It was no Troll: 2, but it did provide over-the-top acting, a slew of quotable one-liners and plenty of low-budget special effects.
High and Low – Kurosawa 9 out of 10
Meg Ryan was plenty hot up until the cologen lips issue, which was probably right after Proof of Life came out and Russell Crowe dumped her. She would almost definitely look a lot better today had she avoided plastic surgery on the whole.
Excellent. One of the best films I’ve ever seen.
Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams 10/10 …. One of the best films I watched this year!!
a scanner darkly.
81 / 100
the concept of a dystopian future is so appealing! for all the haters that love to bag on keanu, THIS type of film is his kind of material— his acting is dry, monotonous, and shapeless, but that’s what his character in darkly needed. we were able to rely on downey jr. and harrelson were able to provide us with the compensation we needed out of character development and foundry, if you will. the movie was not as drugged up as i expected, which was both good and bad, but mostly good because i’m madly in love with winona ryder.
Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black 7/10
A Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch double feature. It was wonderful. That is all. :-)
Carol Reed’s The Third Man. 9/10. I saw a midnight showing in a small theater in Vienna, which I feel like is probably the ideal way to see it for the first time. So many things from this film that are still rolling around in my head: Joseph Cotton’s sad, boozy, befuddled performance; those strange and grotesque faces of the supporting characters; and, of course, that sweet-ass zither music.
Punisher: WAR ZONE (5/10)
Not the greatest film ever and it actually got worse as it went on. Even with the overall dropping quality and as many almost endings as LOTR:TROTK, it was rather true to its graphic / comic book roots and it does feature the man/myth/approaching legend status of Ray Stevensen.
Just finished it.
After listening to the commentary for it:
Black Snake Moan (second time watching – on BR this time) 4/5
Great performances all around, and lots of atmosphere, plus the music is great. It’s a Southern Gothic on film, fulfilling many of the requirements of that genre.
Synecdoche, NY: D