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Breakfast at Tiffany's

As I'm more or less solidly in my middle age now (45), I guess I felt I should start embracing all the "classics" of my culture and history, in art, literature, and film, just so I can justify that I tried to take it all in and smell the roses and whatnot, although I agree with Noam Chomsky that most of the so-called "classics" aren't anything special other than the first of their genre to garner widespread awareness and approval, and aren't really any better than the other pop-schlock stuff that critics dismiss, so consume whatever you enjoy.

Anyway, I really wanted to watch Casablanca, but it's not available for streaming on Netflix, and this was the first in the "also recommended" queue. So I thought "What the hell, I've got laundry to fold."

Man, this movie is bizarre. These are supposed to be struggling socialites or something...and all I could think is how sumptuously they lived. That ratty NY pad would go for a few thou. And the writer guy who hasn't worked for years other than as a boy-toy for fairly attractive rich senator's wife or whoever. I mean, gosh, if this is down on your luck and awash in a world gone mad...and then I thought...oh, yeah, I'm glimpsing through the anthropological scope into a world of Hollywood mythology which fed on itself and both amplified and distorted reality. It also reminded me, that at one point, fine suits and evening gowns were the only sort of apparel anybody wore in America.

So, down the rabbit hole. The comedy...well it's not funny at all (and I love Blake Edward's Pink Panther movies), it's all sort of sad and off-kilter. I had to research that the Capote novel is really way more bleaker and hardcore, and I get the feeling that the people in this movie are basically like lower-upper class Romans...people who don't ever actually have to toil and work or anything, but for whom the ever-present threat of Plebian existence threatens to drown their star-studded cocktail party. I.e. courtesan prostitutes or royal guard types, not quite rich enough to lord it over anybody else.

Of course the Mickey Rooney role is offensively unfunny, it's been addressed elsewhere. This is of course, a solid white movie. Everyone smokes and drinks like a hobo off their methadone. It's insane. This was mainstream culture once.

So, while interesting, I'd have to say that as entertainment, it's sort of like some vile, excruciating torture...I found the characters false, ingenuine, unbelievable to the extreme, superimposed over this lap-of-luxury technicolor cinematography...the look of the movie is fantastic!

Then we get to that last 3 minutes, where she throws the cat out of the cab into the rain, where I'm thinking "Oh no you did NOT! I don't care how poorly you treat other people, but you do not do that to an animal!": the point where in real life, even if it was Audrey Hepburn, I'd be like..."I...HAVE...HAD...ENOUGH...OF....YOU!!!"

Although, to it's credit, that's what Peppard's character does, and it totally turns the movie around, because for about two minutes, it's this existential work of art...and it got me thinking...is this what love is really like? Underneath all the glitz and pretense, these cave people fought their instincts through the veneer of civilization long enough to make it stick?
Good thing those THE END credits come up quickly, because my next though was, good luck brother...the next day, she'll be just as crazy and just as wandersome.

Anyway, it did make me think and feel something, I guess that's why it's a "classic". From now on, I'm only watching the last three minutes though.


Yep.

There is a great graphic look to much of it. I thought it was made a couple years after it actually was, largely because of the stylishness.

But other than that, the pixie dream girl is an annoying head case. I never much cared for Mickey Rooney to begin with, but that part is just so awful.
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Ribtor wrote: Dune (1984) human waste from start to finish. I can't recall a worse movie. Was I supposed to be laughing when the villains said their lines? I think all the money went into the interior set design. None went to special effects.


It does have Sting in a codpiece.

Maybe Peter Jackson will turn his attention to this series next..
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Jackie Brown.

Good movie. Well-written. Enjoyable.

I just don't think it seems to fit in with other Quentin Tarantino movies.
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matt wrote: Jackie Brown.

Good movie. Well-written. Enjoyable.

I just don't think it seems to fit in with other Quentin Tarantino movies.



"Good movie. Well-written. Enjoyable. I just don't think it seems to fit in with other Quentin Tarantino movies."

Exactly.
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Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) A perfect antidote to crap film-making. Near perfect cast, music, story, humour and drama in one film. Another of Woody Allen's tributes to Bergman.
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matt wrote: Jackie Brown.

Good movie. Well-written. Enjoyable.

I just don't think it seems to fit in with other Quentin Tarantino movies.


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watched "top five" ... the chris rock that everyone was raving about last year

i must say i quite liked it, enjoyable and reasonably honest

okay, not like richard pryor honest, but pretty honest by today's standards
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47 Ronin

Not great, but not bad either.
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the imitation game

sexually assaulting history for the sake of oscar bait

well-made, though ... entertaining
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harmontown, on netflix

an interesting look at the messed-up nut behind "community"

after being fired by sony he started a podcast that became really popular so he took it on tour, and the doc is about that tour

smart and talented, but not someone i think i'd like to hang out with
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Lust for Life (1956) Kirk Douglas. Reasonably accurate bio-pic of Van Gogh. Anthony Quinn won an Oscar as Gauguin.
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Yeah. Whenever I recall that movie, it's Quinn's lines I remember.
And I know I haven't seen it in almost 30 years.
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Ribtor wrote: Lust for Life (1956) Kirk Douglas. Reasonably accurate bio-pic of Van Gogh. Anthony Quinn won an Oscar as Gauguin.

I remember a story about John Wayne razzing Kirk Douglas for playing an artist, saying it wasn't manly enough or some such thing. Kirk had to remind John that they were actors.
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The Good Shepherd (2006) Fictionalised account of early days of OSS/CIA counterespionage. Film characters are based, sometimes very closely, on real people. Too long and slowly paced. I found it watchable for the subject matter if not for the film making. DeNiro directed and wants to make sequels to bring the stories to the fall of the USSR. An all star cast.
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Grabbers (2012): Irish comedy-horror. The monster won't eat you if you're drunk enough. Not terrible, not great, worth a peek if you're not looking for anything too mentally taxing (which is the reason we watched it).
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Night Shift (1982) Ron Howard's first movie under his own name. His brother played a geeky prom dude. I think Ron was in it, too - there's a scene near the beginning when Winkler passes a couple making out on the street. His back is to you, but the red hair gives him away.

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user wrote: Night Shift (1982) Ron Howard's first movie under his own name. His brother played a geeky prom dude. I think Ron was in it, too - there's a scene near the beginning when Winkler passes a couple making out on the street. His back is to you, but the red hair gives him away.

"I wash my hands and feet of you!"


I was a Keaton fan back then.

"The Great Escape" (1963) Probably the smug-est war film I've seen. Too simplistic an account of the story. The successful escapees were Dutch and Norwegian, but you wouldn't know that from this production. McQueen, Coburn and Garner are there because of box office. Why did Coburn attempt an Australian accent? Almost a cartoonish portrayal of the Germans. This is a movie begging for a re-make.
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i watched that too ... it's worth it to see steve mcqueen tear-assing across germany on a motorcycle

but yeah, it's the product of that period in hollywood where portrayals of the war had become rose-tinted and silly ... early flicks tend to be grittier

maybe by then the vets were hitting middle age and were wanting to put it all behind them
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I was never particularly impressed by McQueen. I was pretty let down by that movie and Steve doesn't save it.
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user wrote: Night Shift (1982) Ron Howard's first movie under his own name. His brother played a geeky prom dude. I think Ron was in it, too - there's a scene near the beginning when Winkler passes a couple making out on the street. His back is to you, but the red hair gives him away.

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Cheryl Howard ...
Girl Kissing Boyfriend in Front of Apartment (uncredited)

Ron Howard ...
Annoying Sax Player / Boy Making out with Girlfriend in Front of Chuck's Apartment (uncredited)
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Ron even got his sister involved?
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user wrote: Ron even got his sister involved?


Wife.
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:P

Took the bait!
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Satan Met A Lady (1936) Bette Davis, Warren William. Pretty bad comical telling of Dashiel Hammett's Maltese Falcon.

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Good enough for what it's supposed to be.
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Ribtor wrote:
user wrote: Night Shift (1982) Ron Howard's first movie under his own name. His brother played a geeky prom dude. I think Ron was in it, too - there's a scene near the beginning when Winkler passes a couple making out on the street. His back is to you, but the red hair gives him away.

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I was a Keaton fan back then.

"The Great Escape" (1963) Probably the smug-est war film I've seen. Too simplistic an account of the story. The successful escapees were Dutch and Norwegian, but you wouldn't know that from this production. McQueen, Coburn and Garner are there because of box office. Why did Coburn attempt an Australian accent? Almost a cartoonish portrayal of the Germans. This is a movie begging for a re-make.

Didn't they already do that?

I'm joking, of course, but in looking that up I saw that--while still VERY early in the development process so nothing may come of it--someone is working on a remake.
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My Man Godfrey (1936) Carole Lombard, William Powell. Poke in the eye of the rich during the depression. But only a gentle poke.
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Birdman. Enjoyed it, but not sure it was Best Picture-worthy. I'll have to think about that some more. Ed Norton's character totally made the film for me.
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Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead. Just about everything you'd expect from a movie with that title.
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Million Dollar Baby (2004) Great film making. Great everything.

Margin Call (2011) "Wall Street" for grownups. No easy villains just good acting and stuff. Effective use of music and photography in a talky type film. Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci.
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A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014).

While funny AND fun, this movie was rather relentless in its attempts to illustrate the title.

Seth MacFarlane plays Albert, a rather time-wise displaced sheep farmer in 1882 Arizona. While he goes on and on (and on...) wisecracking about those titled ways, his love interest is Louise (Amanda Seyfried), a schoolmarm who came to town a couple of years ago and whom he had been attempting to woo--badly--since she arrived. Shortly after the movie begins the couple have an out-of-time moment where Louise tells Albert that "it's not you. I have to work on myself" (or words to that effect) to break their relationship so she can start seeing (openly?) Foy (Neil Patrick Harris) who runs a successful "high-end" moustache parlour. Arguments ensue which ends with a minor climax which features Albert and Foy in a "duel".

In the meantime Anna (Charlize Theron) rides into town. She is the badly used wife of Clinch (Liam Neeson)--a notorious outlaw 'round these parts--but she is hiding out in Albert's town while her husband and his gang do bad stuff elsewhere. Anna and Albert have a "cute meet" after which she befriends him in his pursuit to get Louise back by doing things like playing Albert's new girlfriend when they all meet at the county fair and the town dance. After Albert was challenged by/challenged Foy to a duel, Anna uses the week before it to try to train Albert in gunplay (she is, of course, an expert which Albert completely is not which Anna explains with "My daddy taught me to shoot before I could even walk") and during which they discover that they have a lot of things in common.

Unexpectedly Clinch and his gang shows up in town. After being told that some guy had been seeing his woman by the gang member who was watching over Anna, Clinch walks into the town bar to announce that unless that guy meets him at noon tomorrow then he and his gang will start shooting up the town. Some hijinks ensue where Albert gets chased out of his sheep ranch and ends with that duel which Albert wins (using some anachronistic knowledge) and he gets Anna.

What? You didn't expect that ending from the start? Anyway I "gave" that away to point out that that unsurprising conclusion is hardly important. There are a number of cameos by various actors ([spoiler]like Christopher Lloyd. BTW: the tricked-out DeLorean that was seen briefly was made by/for MacFarlane long before this movie was made[/spoiler]), some of which worked, others not as well (Gilbert Gottfried as Abraham Lincoln?). Be sure to watch to end of the credits for an uncredited cameo.

Anyway: an entertaining two hours. I wouldn't go out of your way to catch it but it was pleasant enough.
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Public Enemies (2009) I thought the film was a mess. I don't understand the positive reviews.
Depp was fine as were the rest of the cast except I found Christian Bale's accent hard to understand at times. Does anyone know what region that accent was from, and is it authentic? I know Mr Bale puts a lot of work into that and I admire him for it.
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I just finished reading The Best Of Me and decided to watch the flick. I really liked the book even if it didn't end the way i wanted it to. However, i thought the movie stank. I didn't think the actors fit the profile i had in my head from reading the book. There were little things that were different that bugged me. Like, in the book, the woman has 3 living children. In the movie, 2. There is no point in changing that. There were other minor things, but you get the point. I think i made it halfway through and shut it off.
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Casino Royale (1967) Stinker. Bad movie-making at just about every level. Embarrassing.
On the plus side though; nice looking women and "The Look Of Love".
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I've seen most of it, but I did not get the point...was it supposed to be funny?
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If you were very high, I suppose. I only got part way through my copy and I really wanted to watch it.
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matt please rename thread to "movies ribtor hated"
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lol
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MacArthur (1977) Gregory peck. Bio-pic covering Gen Douglas MacArthur's career from leaving Corregidor to his sacking by Truman.

Magicians (2007) Mitchell and Webb. Low key and amusing brit-comedy about a pair of magicians, one of whom accidentally cuts off his wife/assistant's head in a guillotine trick gone wrong.
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The Hustler (1961)

Paul Newman plays a pool hustler that gets too caught up in trying to break another big time hustler. It was on TCM. And I found out the that's where the Fast Eddie's chain got its name.
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