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Old 01-04-2008, 02:32 AM   #781
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North By Northwest is probably Hitch's most entertaining film, but I'd hesitate to call it much of a cinematic or artistic achievement. By comparison, Rear Window succeeds on all levels. But I think I can watch NxNW more often.

Cary Grant never lets you down. The most watchable screen personality ever, and will never be topped. There is no one else capable of such class, and yet willing to make a total ass out of himself if the story requires it.
I have to confess that I've just never been able to get into Vertigo until the makeover begins towards the end. I know it's just me and that makes it even more annoying.

And a huge 'YES' with regards to Cary Grant. The man was the smoothest criminal to ever grace the silver screen and even if he did appear in a few clunkers they were worth watching just for him alone. Not many actors I can say that about.

It's worth watching a lot of his films that he made up until 1946's Notorious where he played his widest range of roles, after that he largely settled back into the Cary Grant persona that he's most famous for. I recently watched Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) and Father Goose (1964) and while neither picture were exceptional his performances made them so much more enjoyable.
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Cary Grant never lets you down. The most watchable screen personality ever, and will never be topped. There is no one else capable of such class, and yet willing to make a total ass out of himself if the story requires it.
Could never see the appeal of Cary Grant, personally For my money, one of the dullest major leading men in Hollywood history.
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Could never see the appeal of Cary Grant, personally For my money, one of the dullest major leading men in Hollywood history.
History says you are wrong. I don't know how many or what films of his you've seen, but his sense of humor and charm are pretty much equalled by no one. Of the classic actors only Gable comes close, and he doesn't have anywhere near the long-term appeal of Grant.

MS, I agree that pre-war Cary is where it's at. You look at Holiday, None But The Lonely Heart, Bringing Up Baby, Sylvia Scarlett, Only Angels Have Wings, Suspicion, His Girl Friday, Notorious...hard to believe the range he had and is rarely given credit for.

And then, of course, there's The Awful Truth. God that film is funny, and ultimately moving as well.
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
The rewatch after seeing it at the cinema back in March confirms it's place in my top ten of 2007. Absolutely gorgeous to look at, Twyker masterly brings the emotions, reactions and feelings of scents to a primarily visual medium without ever missing a beat. As I've said before the set design is flawless throughout the whole film, bringing to life the sights and smells of 18th Century Paris. Props also to Ben Whishaw who fearlessly inhabits a character so fundamentally likeable and even manages to pull the viewer into his diabolical project. He is given many scenes without dialogue and conveys his emotions perfectly without ever having to exagerate.

Also, with full knowledge of the climax in mind I was able to spot a few subtle hints along the way that make the climax less completely out of left field and actually make it seem the logical conclusion. Not bad for an ending that had everyone in the same screening as me look around at each other with WTF expressions.

House of Flying Daggers
Another film that's beautiful to watch, this lacks the poetic elegance of Hero but compensates by being so much more immediate and visceral. It's prompted me to go out and get Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero and this on DVD ASAP (e-Bay of course) as every time I watch any of them my admiration grows considerably. I wonder if the same will happen with Curse of the Golden Flower and Fearless, both of which I felt were inferior to these three.
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You know, I felt the Zhang Yimou films were both extremely overrated, and I couldn't understand all the critics preferring them to Crouching Tiger. I think it stems from a snobbery about Lee because he had worked in Hollywood already, whereas Yimou had this legacy of very humanist films all in Chinese . And he does have some great stuff in his filmography-- To Live (which I own), Raise the Red Lantern, Ju-Dou, etc. Unfortunately, for all the great images, I thought there was a serious lack of depth in Hero and HOFD, whereas the characters really stuck with me in CTHD.

Hero was a very entertaining action movie that didn't resonate very much, and HOFD was just so ridiculously melodramatic I couldn't take it seriously. I also thought the fight in the trees had about 1/10 the poetry of the bamboo fight in CTHD.

Curse of the Golden Flower was visually great as well, but didn't stand out very much either.
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Did not know Magnolia is about 3 hours long. I'm about an hour into it and diggin' it so far.

Tom Cruise plays a good cocky asshole.
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[B]Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
The rewatch after seeing it at the cinema back in March confirms it's place in my top ten of 2007. Absolutely gorgeous to look at, Twyker masterly brings the emotions, reactions and feelings of scents to a primarily visual medium without ever missing a beat. As I've said before the set design is flawless throughout the whole film, bringing to life the sights and smells of 18th Century Paris. Props also to Ben Whishaw who fearlessly inhabits a character so fundamentally likeable and even manages to pull the viewer into his diabolical project. He is given many scenes without dialogue and conveys his emotions perfectly without ever having to exagerate.

Also, with full knowledge of the climax in mind I was able to spot a few subtle hints along the way that make the climax less completely out of left field and actually make it seem the logical conclusion. Not bad for an ending that had everyone in the same screening as me look around at each other with WTF expressions.
freaky film. loved it.
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In The Mood For Love

I think I might be ready to give this one a 10/10 now. Even after my rating system revision.

The second viewing did wonders.
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Did not know Magnolia is about 3 hours long. I'm about an hour into it and diggin' it so far.

Tom Cruise plays a good cocky asshole.

Why are you stopping this movie to give us an update?

Fix your attention span YLB.
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In The Mood For Love

I think I might be ready to give this one a 10/10 now. Even after my rating system revision.

The second viewing did wonders.

I still like 2046 better, but that may be because I'm living in more of a dream world.

Zhang Ziyi FTW,
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Why are you stopping this movie to give us an update?

Fix your attention span YLB.
I paused to get some food right then.

What a classic movie that was. I mean, it's a whole lot to digest at a time: the character relations, how they all connect, the themes of forgiveness, regret, parents/children, and then frogs fucking coming out of nowhere.

I can rarely sit still during a movie of or around 2 and a half hours, this one being no exception, but I tried to focus and enjoy this as much as I could. And it delivered.

I also loved the central theme of it all: "Shit happens, and you've gotta deal with it. These situations don't pull the strings, but your decisions ultimately do."

Right movie at the right time for me. Awesome.
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You know, I felt the Zhang Yimou films were both extremely overrated, and I couldn't understand all the critics preferring them to Crouching Tiger. I think it stems from a snobbery about Lee because he had worked in Hollywood already, whereas Yimou had this legacy of very humanist films all in Chinese . And he does have some great stuff in his filmography-- To Live (which I own), Raise the Red Lantern, Ju-Dou, etc. Unfortunately, for all the great images, I thought there was a serious lack of depth in Hero and HOFD, whereas the characters really stuck with me in CTHD.

Hero was a very entertaining action movie that didn't resonate very much, and HOFD was just so ridiculously melodramatic I couldn't take it seriously. I also thought the fight in the trees had about 1/10 the poetry of the bamboo fight in CTHD.

Curse of the Golden Flower was visually great as well, but didn't stand out very much either.
Out of the three I prefer Crouching Tiger overall, as you said it resonates the most and manages to be much more beautiful without assaulting the senses like Zhang Yimou's films do (for example I felt the fight in the leaves between Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi in Hero was just too much).

I'll also agree that come the conclusion of House of Flying Daggers melodrama does take over and knock a spectacular film down a few places. But the way the scene segues into a blizzard was well done. I really don't think that there was ever intended to be much depth though, as the bulk of the film was action scene - running scene - angsty scene - repeat, but done so well and entertainingly that it warrants repeat viewings just for the fun of it.
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Juno. 8/10.

I mainly ranked it that based on the performances. Ellen Page was fantastic and I've always loved Alison Janney and she definitely doesn't disappoint here ("As soon as you move out, I'm getting Weimeraners!" was just hilarious). Jennifer Garner was perfectly cast as well.

Definitely leans on the cutesy side and the dialogue is frankly ridiculous at times. But I found that it got better as the movie went on (the worst bits were right at the start in the convenience store and when she called her best friend). It got a little less Gilmore Girls and a little more human after that. A little.
I agree about Ellen Page, now I get what all the hype about her is about. It is like a gritty Gilmore Girls ( much too much intentionally abnormal ways of speaking ) and that part of it got annoying- like you I felt it got better as it went along and it was touching towards the end. Wraps up teen pregnancy in a completely implausible way but it is just a movie.

I really didn't care for Jason Bateman, I get why they cast him in that part but ugh he was so wooden. I get that his character is supposed to be stunted and unhappy but it still seemed completely uninspired.
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There Will Be Blood.

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10 drools.

My lame review:

I do not know what film I've seen that I can compare it to. Citizen Kane, maybe? Not for technical aspects, but just for the character study. Someone like Laz will likely think of a better comparison, with his greater depth of film knowledge.

Just an astounding performance by Daniel Day Lewis, and Paul Dano holds his own, which is saying something.

The ending was risky; scenes like that are easier to....accept?.....when on the written page, but I thought it worked.

The score was fantastic, as well, reminded me of Kubrick here and there....

I loved it, look forward to seeing it again.
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