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8/10
Watch at least until Mother Gin Sling is introduced
7 April 2020
You have to see the gambling palace! This enormous set is drenched in desperate atmosphere. Physical size and hundreds of exotic, costumes extras make it so memorable. In size It's comparable to a 007 finale but no bland chrome and identically costumed minions. The story is messy due to censor cuts. Overblown and stylishly wonerful.
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Out of Blue (2018)
7/10
Police procedure meets the expanding universe
6 April 2020
Many people don't comprehend and reflexively report they've encountered the worst.... Intelligence, curiosity are not the same as pretention. Complexity is not necessarily boring. Expanding a genre to involve the metaphysical is what made Twin Peaks ground breaking. My 7 reflects some weak cinematic technique. Clarkson and the script get an 8. At my age and thousands of genre product hours I give extra points for ambition, innovation, and risk. An acquaintance recounted how Obama claimed he had campaigned in 57 states therefore proving he wasn't that smart. I think this acquaintance might a written one of the above sub 5 score reviews. This is a well made film with a committed cast and some difficult subject matter & characters. You might not like it but denial of quality craft is poor reporting. 25 odd years ago I went off on Cronenberg's Crash. I didn't get it and felt cheated. I knew it was quality though I never felt like investigating further. A 4.3 score is not a fair evaluation of the movie's merits. Obama knew there are only 50 states.
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9/10
A year after TAMI, equally great
10 March 2020
Back in the 90s I set out to find a copy. It was explained to me copyright issues kept it being released. In early 00s I found a unauthorized DVD with both films by way of Japan. It's all performance here, very little of the stupid packaging that TV appearances cluttered the performers. And no lipsynching! I saw this at a large urban theater in 65 with girls screaming in the audience. Kinda cool memory. Now quality print on YouTube.
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Contagion (2011)
7/10
Jennifer Ehls is my fave and she's billed fifteenth.
5 March 2020
As I write this Coronavirus has entered the consciousness and memories of this 2011 film are not pleasant. So it's a tough rewatch today, as I suspected its even better than memory allowed. The prosecution's focus on culture vulnerabilities and dedicated public pros is the same takeaway as first viewing.
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8/10
This is really underrated. Think Liebowski, Blue Dress, True Rom.
2 March 2020
You could have fun making a drinking game of facial verbal tics displayed here. This is so meta and welcome to do so. The Robert Moses take is an example of how ambitous this film is. Not quite Chinatown, LA Con successful but a real run at it. Ed Norton and ensemble really deliver. Bruce is splendidly arrayed for a crucial part.
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Hunters (2020– )
1/10
Insultingly bad! One star for being mostly in focus.
21 February 2020
Ya gotta be putting me on. This is trash and not any sorta fun kind. I don't understand any positive reaction to this hokum. I don't get it and don't want to. The comic book sensibility has devolved into nonsensicality.
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Love Birds (2011)
7/10
Easy charm, warm & fuzzy flannel.
21 February 2020
Warning: Spoilers
7 is a little high but so few romcoms deliver as much as this one does. So it earns it by comparison. The leads are pretty wonderful and I have an affinity for Auz easygoingness. I make no apologies 4 corny.
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Be Cool (2005)
1/10
Get Shorty to this pos?
17 February 2020
This has got to be one of the worst sequels ever. Superman 2 to 3, Trial of Billy Jack, Godfather 2 to 3. This is worse than those.
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Les innocents (2006 TV Movie)
8/10
Understated mood poem of grief.
25 January 2020
I've watched this twice and marvel at the lead performance and the directorial control of mournful feeling in these beautiful Parisian settings. Chabrol comes to mind, of course, but he had a wicked humour that's not here. I've not read Simenon and only know a couple Maigret iterations. Very effective tv drama.
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Body & Soul (1993– )
8/10
Get the habit!
13 January 2020
What a wild career K.S. Thomas has had. I found this doing a 'Brit' search of Prime this week. There is a real woman sensibility apparent here. Adult, reasoned,understated, effective. My mother took me to see The Nuns Story when I was age 6. Rather minimalist for a Catholic preadolescent but sacrifice for the spiritual life is kinda baked into the C cake! Some know if which I speak! 1993 is still early in Brit tv production value fortunes. The cinematography kinda sucks. Choices made can only be for budget constraints. I didn't dig the look. But Scott transcends every screen second. Don't believe me? Please just... I gotta go but more people should see this and not annoy me with clever non habit forming reasoning.
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5/10
Sadistic appeal for people who like burning flesh
30 December 2019
Sensational sadism, ridiculous, overheated genre cliches, crafted with some talent and intensity. Obligitory reflective moments are as convincing as a typical Christian movie. Somewhat memorable time waster.
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Mrs. Columbo (1979–1980)
2/10
No Levinson Link- Colombo connect in name only! Rate 2 for being in focus.
15 December 2019
Total POS. No Colombo connection in character, mystery format or entertainment attitude. If yr a Colombo fan- Skip it. Any praise for this is more mystery than what's in the show
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What They Had (2018)
9/10
Great film...how can it find an audience?
30 November 2019
Elizabeth Chomko, cast and crew have created something extrordinary. Downer subject, cold climate, intimate ensemble scenes. I loved it! I'm afraid there's little patience for this genre even in the "critical community". This is not a message movie. Tackling the messy substance of contemporary living is not a message. Highly recommended to adults 50+.
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Killer Looks (2018)
5/10
Amateurish, softcore vibe that some might find fun
29 November 2019
I give it a 5 cause I like the genre and the unspectacular but attractive women. Film score, perfomances, dialogue are all charmingly bush league. Unfortunately I've spent 80 mins on worse
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3/10
I can't understand any of the love...most annoying kid til Justin Chatwin, War of the World
28 November 2019
Not one rave acknowledges the incredible miscasting or construction of the kid character. From start to finish this annoyance can't be justified. All the fun cameos can't overcome the central hole in the screen.
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Columbo: Forgotten Lady (1975)
Season 5, Episode 1
8/10
1975 Sunset Blvd with Janet Leigh aged 48, in a black unitard.
20 November 2019
If yr a fan this is great ep. From an elderly 2019 perspectIve it's extra rewarding. Janet Leigh starred in many ageless classics. %wise her career has more hits than most. John Paynes last credit with heyday studio to Karlson/Mann B's to tv work trajectory, it means something to me. There's unexpected moral complexity and empathetic, delusional beliefs present that appeal to people with many years of memory.
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6/10
Sort of a high end Hallmark film
15 November 2019
If you're looking for a feel good commodity entertainment this should fill the bill. Talent, committment, beautiful location, quality production elements are all here. Predictable character arc, quirky, likable supporting characters. It checks all the boxes! My cynicism is split between this manipulative story and and my emotions falling right in line with it's beats.
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7/10
Above average Monogram B thanks to Pitts and hip script
7 November 2019
Allowances made to poverty row productions; this is really fun. I'm saddened by a recent read that many aged under 20 have never watched a b&w film. They'll never know the charm of, " Go on, take a powder. "
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The Missing (2014– )
7/10
Admire it but it's dreary humorlessness lacks humanity.
7 November 2019
Confusing structure, intriguing, unpleasant mystery, dissolution of marriage; have I sold you on it yet? I dunno but... Talent on camera and behind, There's a maochism at work here that I can't get with.
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2/10
Stylish, mid budget, POS. I pity the fool calling this movie good.
2 November 2019
You wanna take 90 minutes of yr life to absorb unmememorable, casual murder for entertainment, WELCOME. Comments of praise here are pitifully ignorant. The lead is an embarrassing stiff and so's the support. Ethnic stereotypes abound. Story stucture? Fuggitaboutit. This should go straight to Rifftrax and get the ridicule it deserves. The elephant... is an enthusiastic audience for this trashy, nonsensical vio!ence. I got the creeps! If I didn't love movies so much.... . I'm ashamed to be associated with reviewers who praise this film. Laughable!
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Jack Irish: Dead Point (2014 TV Movie)
8/10
This and 3 earlier tv films are very good. Hour long tv series less so.
30 October 2019
I stream a lot of stuff. I find some Australia/NZ shows particularly good. Underbelly, Westside, Outrageous Fortune, Place To Call Home are memorable with storytelling, acting and soundtracks that are in the best examples of this tv golden age.
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Corner Gas Animated (2018– )
8/10
Better for exaggerating the original
16 October 2019
I don't even like Canadians but really dig this show. Original, animated and even give a pass to the movie.
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Inspector Montalbano: Un diario del '43 (2019)
Season 13, Episode 2
8/10
Soprano fans..yes it's Uncle Junior
12 October 2019
Solid ep featuring Dominic Chianese as a visiting American. His dialog is dubbed by a Sicilian actor but still boasts his screen presence. I love the series in general and was happy to see Dominic guesting here.
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8/10
My favorite non English speaking series.
11 October 2019
Every episode is a feature film. Visually beautiful, great casting, musical language, solid mystery construction, expressive of human frailties. A little creepy with lots of older men with beautiful young women. Sure the formula shows thru after a few eps but I never tire of the country and expressive characters.
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The Wire: Old Cases (2002)
Season 1, Episode 4
10/10
F#&k! When they ask u....
9 October 2019
This is one of the great eps. One of the exemplary, great eps of all long form dramas. If U don't know what I'm talking bout, I don't know why you've read this far. As an evangelist for The Wire episode 4 is the one that hooks ya.
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