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7 hours ago, Brad said:

Like “Reefer Madness”.

For me, it wasn't even enjoyable in that "so over the top it's funny" manner.  The movie seemed to me like a really weak episode of The Wild, Wild West, (y'know from that period when Ross Martin was out of the show for medical reasons and James West had to do even more of the work himself) with Vincent Price's character running around turn-of-the-century San Francisco engaging in various chases/fights/escapes in the midst of a Tong war as he tries to break up a kidnapping/yellow slavery ring and free several nubile, young, imprisoned Asian women.  Sorry, it doesn't make any better sense than that.  The story is confusing, the pacing is bad, yet somehow Vincent Price manages to retain his dignity and soldiers through it all like the professional he was.  It's rather fitting that the movie literally ends up in the sewer

Spoiler alert:  No opium is actually eaten in this film.

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Here's what I love about movies in the 1940's.  They could take Hedy Lamarr and George Sanders and cast them as characters in a story set in 1850's Maine and no one would question the fact that they both have these odd, definitely non-Maine accents.  Hedy Lamar is cast as a poor but bad girl (named "Hager", not even "Lindquist" or something which might have explained the accent) who grows up to be a woman who uses her feminine wiles to move up in the world by getting men (including a father & son duo) to do her bidding and, frequently, marry her.  George Sanders is cast as a lumberjack.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Maybe this film was steamy stuff in its day, but it's pretty tepid tea today.

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3 minutes ago, duaneiac said:

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Here's what I love about movies in the 1940's.  They could take Hedy Lamarr and George Sanders and cast them as characters in a story set in 1850's Maine and no one would question the fact that they both have these odd, definitely non-Maine accents.  Hedy Lamar is cast as a poor but bad girl (named "Hager", not even "Lindquist" or something which might have explained the accent) who grows up to be a woman who uses her feminine wiles to move up in the world by getting men (including a father & son duo) to do her bidding and, frequently, marry her.  George Sanders is cast as a lumberjack.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Maybe this film was steamy stuff in its day, but it's pretty tepid tea today.

Yeah, that's a good movie to just look at and say ever-changing "wow"a about damn near every second.

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Obsession - Brian De Palma (1976)

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First time seeing this (it's on Youtube) and I'm happy to report it's not as bad as I expected.  It's not good, but I've sat through worse movies.  Of course, I'm willing to forget a lot of cinematic faults for just the few minutes here of Harry Nilsson singing the gorgeous "Remember".  Why hasn't this bit of Beatles ephemera been given the full Criterion Collection treatment?

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The Parallax View - Alan J Pakula (1974)

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This weekend:

Joker & Ms. Purple

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On 10/3/2019 at 5:48 PM, jlhoots said:

This weekend:

Joker & Ms. Purple

Upon further consideration I believe I'm going to pass on The Joker.

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On 2019-09-24 at 3:21 PM, duaneiac said:

...with Vincent Price's character running around turn-of-the-century San Francisco engaging in various chases/fights/escapes in the midst of a Tong war as he tries to break up a kidnapping/yellow slavery ring and free several nubile, young, imprisoned Asian women.  Sorry, it doesn't make any better sense than that.  The story is confusing, the pacing is bad, yet somehow Vincent Price manages to retain his dignity and soldiers through it all like the professional he was.  It's rather fitting that the movie literally ends up in the sewer

Spoiler alert:  No opium is actually eaten in this film.

This does sound pretty horrible.  I'm not quite sure where they got the chutzpah to claim this was based off of de Quincy's book, more like coincidentally they both discuss opium addiction, though de Quincy tries to deglamourize addiction (and while my memory is foggy, I think he claims there are positive uses of opium when used in moderation, though enabling one to kidnap young women didn't make the list for some reason).

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Two old movies on TCM:  Valiant and Safe in Hell.  The former only interesting because it's Paul Muni's first movie and is an early talked from 1929-- which means it's really static.  Safe in Hell is something else again.  A pre-code William Wellman film, I recommend it highly. 

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30 minutes ago, medjuck said:

Two hold movies on TCM: 

What is a "hold movie"? Or is that a typo? Serious question.

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1 hour ago, JSngry said:

What is a "hold movie"? Or is that a typo? Serious question.

I think he meant old. 

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2 hours ago, Brad said:

I think he meant old. 

Right.

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I thought so, but Joe, you're a film industry vet, so I wasn't sure if it was a term with which I would not be familiar.

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8 hours ago, JSngry said:

What is a "hold movie"? Or is that a typo? Serious question.

It's a movie you hold between your knees. 

 

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Best Of Enemies - Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville (2015)

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Luce - Julius Onah (2019)

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Much ado about nothing.

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On 10/13/2019 at 2:34 PM, medjuck said:

Two old movies on TCM:  Valiant and Safe in Hell.  The former only interesting because it's Paul Muni's first movie and is an early talked from 1929-- which means it's really static.  Safe in Hell is something else again.  A pre-code William Wellman film, I recommend it highly. 

Yes, Safe in Hell is something else indeed! ( Dorothy Mackaill sadly only shows up for a second dressed like this) Struck me odd how there was no credits at the beginning of the film. Never have read why this was the case, as I can't think of another film that did that from the 1930s (or 40s, 50s, etc) Did ya know Dorothy Mackaill  was British? I sure never did. Gave up movies in 1937, but....naturally, her last 2 acting roles were on the original Hawaii 5-0! I about choked when I looked up an old lady that called the police in a 1976 episode and saw her name! She died in Hawaii, no better place to die.MV5BMTczMDY5NjAyM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjM4

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There Will Be Blood - Paul Thomas Anderson (2007)

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Dolmite Is My Name -  Craig Brewer (2019)

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His best since Bowfinger.

Now watching

Rosemary's Baby - Roman Polanski  (1968)

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On 9/14/2019 at 3:26 PM, kinuta said:

The House Of Mirth - Terence Davies (2000)

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How is this kinuta? I wasn't even aware that there was a movie made. The novel it's based on is superb!

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