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LA Confidential - Curtis Hanson  (1998)

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Jackie Brown - Quentin Tarantino (1997)

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Back in the late 1980's early 1990's I went through a big Cornell Woolrich phase.  I read a bunch of his books with such alluring titles as Night Has A Thousand Eyes, The Bride Wore Black, Waltz Into Darkness, The Black Curtain, and The Black Path of Fear.  This film was loosely based on that last novel.  It begins, as these things will, with a down on his luck war veteran stumbling into a job as chauffeur for a mobster type with a beautiful, oppressed wife.  Vet/chauf naturally falls in love with the dame and hatches a plan that will whisk them both off to carefree Cuba.  "What could go wrong?", you may ask.  "MURDER", the movie answers.  The first two-thirds of the film are pretty good, but the final third takes a pretty radical departure from the book and was very much WTF? viewing for me.  Still, there are some interesting and, at times, compelling touches throughout.  Robert Cummings is, as usual, a bland tower of oatmeal.  Peter Lorre is very good, not overdoing it but always providing a sense of impending violence.  I've never heard of Steve Cochran, but he was very good as the bad guy.

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An Inspector Calls - Guy Hamilton (1954)

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Traffic - Steven Soderbergh (2000)

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Too Big To Fail - Curtis Hanson (2011)

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Amazing Grace - Sydney Pollack (2018)

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Incandescent, intense and absolutely inspiring. A must see.

Yesterday - Danny Boyle (2019)

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From the sublime Aretha to the ridiculous, worst ever Danny Boyle film.

Without the music this would have been nothing, with embarrassingly squirmish dialogue and facepalm attempts at humour. Just my opinion, of course.

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Pollack is one of the reasons Amazing Grace hasn't made it to the big screen until now. He neglected to bring clapper boards -- necessary to synchronize sound and picture -- to the filming so the film basically sat in the can until producer Alan Elliott, through the use of digital technology, managed to sync up the sound and film in 2010.  The other principal reason was Aretha herself but after she died her executor cut a deal with Elliott so the film could come out. 

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1 hour ago, Brad said:

Pollack is one of the reasons Amazing Grace hasn't made it to the big screen until now. He neglected to bring clapper boards -- necessary to synchronize sound and picture -- to the filming so the film basically sat in the can until producer Alan Elliott, through the use of digital technology, managed to sync up the sound and film in 2010.  The other principal reason was Aretha herself but after she died her executor cut a deal with Elliott so the film could come out. 

I knew there had been major problems synchronizing the image and sound, that had only been overcome recently.

I'm just glad someone put this out. Of course I've had the record since it's release but seeing it is a whole new level of involvement.

Does anyone know anything about the energetic choir leader , Alexander Hamilton ?

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Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice

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The House Of Mirth - Terence Davies (2000)

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Is it allowed for a sixty year old to really, really, enjoy this film? It's a fun film to watch.

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The last three nights -

A Most Violent Year - J.C. Chandor (2014)

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A Most Wanted Man - Anton Corbijn (2014)

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Sicario - Denis Villeneuve (2015)

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An interesting documentary about the world of industrial musicals.  The story is centered around Steve Young, a writer for David Letterman's shows, who got into these little known musicals when he had to seek out oddball records for skits on the Letterman show.  He gradually became interested in and then obsessed with the music in these old trade show souvenirs.  The film takes us along as Mr. Young meets fellow record collectors in this specialized field and as he meets some of the performers (including Florence Henderson and Martin Short) who worked in these industrial shows and he even gets to meet some of the composers of the shows, who are like legends in his eyes.  The film is a little slow at first, but it has a couple of goods surprises, a little sadness and a boffo ending.  The following song plays an integral role in the film, so if you can appreciate music like this, you might enjoy this film.  I sure did.

 

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The Assassin - Hou Hsiao-hsien (2015)

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I've now watched this three times but am still unable to follow the storyline.

It hardly matters as the visual splendour more than compensates for the murky plot.

 

7 hours ago, jlhoots said:

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The trailer looks very interesting. I hope it lived up to your expectations.

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9 hours ago, duaneiac said:

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Well that was really, uh . . . something.

Like “Reefer Madness”.

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On 9/19/2019 at 1:31 AM, duaneiac said:

 

An interesting documentary about the world of industrial musicals.  The story is centered around Steve Young, a writer for David Letterman's shows, who got into these little known musicals when he had to seek out oddball records for skits on the Letterman show.  He gradually became interested in and then obsessed with the music in these old trade show souvenirs.  The film takes us along as Mr. Young meets fellow record collectors in this specialized field and as he meets some of the performers (including Florence Henderson and Martin Short) who worked in these industrial shows and he even gets to meet some of the composers of the shows, who are like legends in his eyes.  The film is a little slow at first, but it has a couple of goods surprises, a little sadness and a boffo ending.  The following song plays an integral role in the film, so if you can appreciate music like this, you might enjoy this film.  I sure did.

 

There's a really good radio show about marketing on CBC called Under The Influence hosted by Terry O'Reilly (no relation) which covered that topic a couple of years back -- and it's available here:  https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-70-under-the-influence/clip/12424026-when-madison-avenue-met-broadway-the-world-of-industrial-musicals-an-encore-presentation

Lots of the music stands, if you drop the lyrics...

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