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meg 

over 4 years ago

Somewhere Sofia Coppola

Jaded movie star gets life lesson from hanging out with his kid – existing in the vacuum of fame can be a lonely/empty thing without family and other meaningful shit now can’t it…. (who knew?) – that well worn old treadmill of life’s lessons (101) wasn’t enough to carry this slow moving self indulgence which had more tinny notes than a harpsicord.

2.5/5

Caligul​a

over 4 years ago

Last Year at Marienbad (1961, alain resnai) – 9.5/10

Tales from the Golden Age (2009, romanian, multiple directors) – 7.5/10

Jazzalo​ha

over 4 years ago

King’s Speech (60/100)

A Serious Man (82/100)

@Robert

I’m glad you didn’t like The Ghost Writer.

Joks

over 4 years ago

Jonah Hex – why? Morbid curiosity, tha’ts why, and it is as bad as the critics said. At a ‘lean’, and undeniably merciful, 75 mins(including credits), i’m sure this film was hacked in post-production to try and salvage the wreck, but nothing could be saved here. Jonah Hex is a shit boring character with dumb and unimpressive ‘powers’ that aren’t even explained, but the idea of a supernatural western is kind of cool on paper, except it doesn’t work on any level here. the acting is terrible, the visuals bland, the fight scenes and make up are totally unimaginative, and the shots are edited with all the grace of a chainsaw tearing through bone and sinew. It’s perhaps more than obvious, then, that talents the size of Brolin and Malkovich are completely incongruous with their surroundings, but even Megan Fox is out place here, albeit not for the same reasons. it’s almost even below her level too; key word being almost here, certainly. All in all, i haven’t seen a studio movie this formless in quite some time. 2/10, and that’s being generous.

Robert W Peabody III

over 4 years ago

Factotum 2005
DIR Bent Hamer
EXEC Christine K. Walker
SCR Charles Bukowski, Bent Hamer, Jim Stark
95 Min

Terrible on so many levels.
The pole dance at the end was very good.

1/10

Robert W Peabody III

over 4 years ago

@Jazzalo​ha

Yeah, The Ghost Writer was only good.

Joks

over 4 years ago

^^yet you still gave it 8.5/10? how does that work? Guess we are different but to me a 8.5=a high quality film. i rarely give that score out personally.

Dennis...Brian

over 4 years ago

Robert are u a Bukowski fan?

I thought the taping up scene and the job interview scene (“The book is about everything.” “Everything, even my wife?” “Yeah she is in there too.”

the firing scene “You took my time…”

and a number of other scenes were very well handled. I also think Dillon outdoes Rourke (from Barfly) by acting the role instead of being a caricature (what is with 80s heart throbs playing a writer known for being ugly?)

Robert W Peabody III

over 4 years ago

For any good scene there are many terrible scenes such that overall it isn’t worth watching.
How about the scene where he is trying to get his paycheck?
Dillon went in and out of character several times, imo.

On further reflection, I’m giving it a point for the pole dance.

Anonymouse

over 4 years ago

The Knights of the Round Table. 65/100.

Dennis...Brian

over 4 years ago

I haven’t seen it in some time (since the theater I believe) but I dont remember anything terrible

I know it represented the novel well, and that is a good thing.

The best bet with Buk tho is Bukowski on Tape (which is my favorite film of all time btw)

Robert W Peabody III

over 4 years ago

You’ve seen Bukowski: born into this directed and produced by John Dullaghan right?

Susanna​-Cole King

over 4 years ago

THE VIRGIN SUICIDES – 9/10

katz

over 4 years ago

Winter’s Bone 2010
Debra Granik

After watching this one can feel more grateful for one’s life, family and cough neighbours. Well wrought film but I missed many of the finer nuances to do with the connections, relationships, grudges, transgressions etc which the film was trying to convey to me because I couldn’t understand half of what these wonderfully depicted hard assed crackers were mumbling about.

As has been well documented Jennifer Lawrence is excellent, and so is John Hawkes as her not-so-one- dimensional uncle. I liked the authentic feel….well, I think it’s authentic. I’ve never been to the Ozarks Missouri and I sure as hell ain’t going there now :)

7.5/10

katz

over 4 years ago

yeah Baghead is great ♥ fun

The Red Shoes (1948, Powell & Pressburger) – 10/10

Mr Scorsese’s ravings are more than justified. Even the melodramatic turn at the end does little to spoil this thing’s brilliance. But watch the restored version. I didn’t. Had I done so, my rating would have been a little better.

Dan8700

over 4 years ago

>But watch the restored version. I didn’t. Had I done so, my rating would have been a little better.

Indeed, I strongly advise you to track down the ITV (or Criterion) Blu-ray of this masterwork, it’s a “different experience”. ;)

Dennis...Brian

over 4 years ago

Peabody I thought Born into This was okay as a talking head doc

I did not learn much and there was no power behind it plus it concentrated too much on some of his douchier friends, Bono, Penn

Nothing beats the real thing. 3hrs of The Charles Bukowski Tapes showed every flaw and every grace I had read about. The scene where he drives around lamenting the absence of whores in a familar neighborhood. “You take away a city’s whores you take away its life.” is my favorite doc scene of all time and there is a number of others from here that would almost make that list.

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Robert W Peabody III

over 4 years ago

a city’s whores you take away its life

haha: a city’s life = homosexual narcissism
Although I’m sure he liked them for their lack of hypocrisy.

Okay, I’ll look for these: The Charles Bukowski Tapes

Edit: didn’t have to look far, they’re on Netflix:
Writer Charles Bukowski rants, raves, muses and delivers full-blown monologues on everything from God to writing in the 52 clips that make up Barbet Schroeder’s Charles Bukowski Tapes. Filmed while Schroeder was directing the Bukowski-penned Barfly, the segments reflect the director’s desire to capture the author in the frank, reflective, often hilarious conversations they shared during their frequent evenings together.

Dennis...Brian

over 4 years ago

Barbet Schroder directed

and the book Hollywood by Buk is based on his experience being filmed here and making Barfly

its full of funny asides about Penn, Hopper, Rourke and others

Caoimhín

over 4 years ago

Jaded movie star gets life lesson from hanging out with his kid – existing in the vacuum of fame can be a lonely/empty thing without family and other meaningful shit now can’t it…. (who knew?) – that well worn old treadmill of life’s lessons (101) wasn’t enough to carry this slow moving self indulgence which had more tinny notes than a harpsicord.

Wow, you don’t say? And I’m reading how Coppola’s the new Antonioni.

Robert Hamilto​n

over 4 years ago

Black Swan — 6.5/10

While Natalie Portman delivers a captivating performance, everything and everyone that surrounds her is heavy handed. She deserved serious Oscar consideration, but the film shouldn’t win any other awards.

Jirin

over 4 years ago

Vagabond – 9/10
Why is this woman not placed higher in the ‘canon’?

Rabbit Hole – 8/10
This is the sort of movie where it’s okay to be predictable and formulaic, because the subject matter demands strong performances over anything else, and that’s exactly what it delivers.

Coppola is being compared to Antonioni? I suppose they both like to communicate their themes visually, and don’t shy away from slow scenes that do so. Beyond that I can’t think of any valid comparison.

Robert W Peabody III

over 4 years ago

Why is this woman not placed higher in the ‘canon’?

You’ve seen Cleo, right?

Post-Kyo

over 4 years ago

Repo Men 1.5/10 – didn’t even finish it. Total piece o’ crap.

Post-Kyo

over 4 years ago

Repo Men 1.5/10 – didn’t even finish it. Total piece o’ crap.

Robert W Peabody III

over 4 years ago

The Shooting 1967
DIR Monte Hellman
EXEC Roger Corman
PROD Monte Hellman, Jack Nicholson
SCR Carole Eastman
82 Min

The viewer’s mind races while not much happens on screen.
Wiki: As The Shooting was never released theatrically, and had sparse television showings, it initially had a very limited core of fans. Those critics who did manage to view the film were extremely enthusiastic….

9/10

Susanna​-Cole King

over 4 years ago

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – 7.5/10

Jirin

over 4 years ago

Yeah, Cleo is the only film of hers that really gets mentioned on lists. If she’s got other films on the level of those two, she deserves to be on the New Wave A-list.

Z. Bart

over 4 years ago

Francesco Maselli’s “Open Letter to the Evening News” (1970). Occasionally fascinating, often ponderous, and remarkably grainy Italian agit-prop film about a hard-drinking and lascivious coterie of Marxist intellectuals who write an ill-advised missive announcing their intent to open fire on American servicemen in Vietnam. An amazingly cool premise, though the execution is clunky. The narrative arc is non-existent, and there are too many characters to keep track of (the females topless, randomly, as often as not). Some stunning framing, thoughn and I do feel the film would add something significant to a triple feature with “La Chinoise” and “Z.”