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Old 25th January, 2015, 01:49 AM
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"The...Rose" is in my queue at Netflix, thanks for the recommendation. I'll watch "Casino Royale" (1967) this weekend. A 48 year old flick, I'm sure I haven't forgotten one tiny detail.
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Old 27th January, 2015, 12:36 AM
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I struggled through to 1:03 of "Casino Royale," sheesh, what a stinker. Guess I'm a little smarter since 1967? Avoid at all costs.
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I've only ever read negative things about that film, which seems a little surprising for a film with Peter Sellers, David Niven, et al. (the score is reputed to be excellent!) Perhaps too many stars to allow it to work properly? Haven't watched it yet, but will, got to see what went wrong. I very much enjoy "The Pink Panther"(1963) and "A Shot In The Dark"(1964).

==================================MUCH LATER==============================

Decided to cue up "Murder at 1600"(1997). Another "bad" film that I'm not sure I watched all the way through. However, ever since watching "Streets of Fire"(1984), Diane Lane catches my attention !

-- Well, not bad for a Wesley Snipes action film ("Passenger 57"(1992) is better), and Diane does fine as a secondary. This was released at a time that two better films on a similar theme were available, one being "Absolute Power"(1974) and I think the other was "No Way Out"(1987). Still, better than I remembered, though clearly the lesser of the three.

-- Just finished "Murder ...", ultimately, not bad, just have to let ones hair down a little, definitely not a highbrow film !
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Old 28th January, 2015, 02:27 AM
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It's sooo old fashioned, slow moving, ridiculous and David Niven is an incorrigible toff, short for "toffee nose" meaning upper class butthole. The B actresses aren't good looking enough, the complaints go on and on. Let it "gain value" in MGM's vaults. Ha!

I agree, "The Pink Panther" and to a lesser degree "A Shot in the Dark" are far superior films.

Highbrow doesn't cover the spectrum of human experience. I think Diane Lane is yummy, Wesley is pretty much Wesley. "Passenger 57" barely made it into the "good" category, a little worse and kablooie, not worth watching.

The only want to see flick on hand is Luc Besson's(can't beat his directing prowess with a stick) "La Femme Nikita" (1990) 7.4 at imdb. Remade in the US as "Point of No Return" (1993) with Bridget Fonda, who I find alluring. Only got 5.9 at imdb---maybe I like good looking violent women, as long as they're not beating me up?
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"La Femme Nikita" is a high recommend, whereas "Point Of No Return" is purely for people who want to look at Bridget Fonda (which I can understand ). IMO, "Point..." is just a blatant ripoff -- perhaps intended as a "star" vehicle for Bridget? She's been in some good films including "Jackie Brown"(1997) and "A Simple Plan"(1998). She was also in "Doc Hollywood"(1991) which I find a very much fun watch.

Saw a really odd one last night, "The Woman In Black"(1989). Think I need to watch the second half again though, definitely missed something. 'Course, maybe that's what comes of viewing in the wee hours of the morning?

-- Watched the second half again and yes, I missed a lot. A very well crafted/acted ghost story. Have yet to see the Radcliffe remake, but will eventually check it out.
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Old 29th January, 2015, 02:29 AM
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Upon seeing "La Femme Nikita" again I noticed that Anne Parillaud's character development isn't believable. Do people change from vicious killer animals to truly loving humans inside of ~two years? Not in real life I fear. She pulls it off magnificently, she's a great actress and you can't help but completely accept her transformation. Being beautiful helps her believability, of course. I've known(briefly) a few murderers, couldn't feel comfortable around them at all. Maybe I'm prejudiced?

Wasn't crazy about "A Simple Plan," I hated that sheriff with a passion by the end and Ms Fonda barely registered. "Jackie Brown" was very good, but I don't remember Bridget Fonda in it. I'm beginning to think that she's not a good actor, what a shame. Her father sure as hell wasn't any good. She was quite striking as a young woman, she's 51 today. Time is a cruel mutha.

"The Woman in Black" gets good marks at imdb, mebbe I check it out if its a Netflix item.
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Note: To anyone who actually does get a kick out of "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension"(1984), check out "The Ice Pirates"(1984), another very wild ride. I love both!
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To me, the star is a complete unknown, but the cast sports some folks I really like: Max von Sydow Wowsa!, uncredited) Anjelica Houston(she's John Huston's daughter, who knew? He's sure an easily hated man), Ron Perlman, John Carradine who had SO much more character than his more famous kids, and Bruce Vilanch.

Bad imdb rating.... wth, I'll grab it if Netnutz has it.
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I actually enjoyed Ice Pirates. I thought it was a great flick because it didn't take itsefl too seriously.
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I struggled through to 1:03 of "Casino Royale," sheesh, what a stinker. Guess I'm a little smarter since 1967? Avoid at all costs.
You watched the original 1967 version? Yeah, David Niven was a LOUSY James Bond; he just lacked the presence to carry the role. OTOH, I really enjoyed the 2006 remake with Daniel Craig.
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Cherry 2000 was not too bad either.
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Agreed, "Cherry 2000"(1982) is a well above average post-apocalypse film. Includes a great Laurence Fishburne cameo and other very capable actors.

PS. And if you happen to like Laurence Fishburne, "Deep Cover"(1992) is a very good film that doesn't seem to get much mention.
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Old 1st February, 2015, 02:35 AM
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I added "Woman in Black," to my Netflix queue even though Daniel Radcliffe is very hard to divorce from "Harry Potter," I squirmed through five minutes of him in the Brit tv show that has him as a doctor in 1900's Russia. Couldn't watch it, unpromising. I also added "Ice Pirates" on both of your recommendations.

Alas, "Deep Cover" isn't available. Rather than honestly admitting "we don't have it," Netflix offers to "save it to your DVD queue." Love 'em more everyday. "Add" and "Save" are totally different things.

I have "Good Hair" on tap, but my hopes aren't really high. I think Chris Rock is a genuine national treasure as a stand-up, I didn't look carefully enough, this is a movie. We'll see.

I added the 2006 version of "Casino Royale" as DVD #17. There's a note "not compatible with some DVD players," looked it up--no definition. Thanks guys, I just tossed my DVD player, now have a brace of BD players. Netflix gets better and better, just like all big bizzes.
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The 1989 "The Woman In Black" is very hard to get one's hands on, I understand the DVD was pulled upon announcement of the new version -- a complicated situation. Since I generally expect the remake to be the lesser, my hopes aren't high for the Radcliffe version, but I'll definitely view it.

"Deep Cover" deserves more respect than that, but business is business and if the demand isn't there, I can understand the shelf space being assigned to something else. Part of the reason I don't trust film delivery services to deliver the films I care about! It's better to have your own copy, despite the film industry's objection. I fail to see why it's best to cow-toe, they are money counters, nothing more!

My only exposure to Chris Rock was his performance in "The Fifth Element" which is a film I enjoy, but frankly, his contribution is the least part for me (in fact annoying). However, sans script, stand up can be an entirely different thing. On the other hand, Milla Jovovich is a completely different story -- I know she's largely panned, but she consistently works for me -- I'm a fan!

If you haven't seen the Daniel Craig "Casino Royale"(2006), then you haven't seen the film truly inspired from the Ian Fleming novel of that name. Frankly, the novel is better, but that's film for you!
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Milla Jovovich's body is the true star of "The 5th Element," hottie or what? Bruce Willis is great in it too, Chris Tucker played the "disc jockey" from beyond hell.

Chris Rock's "Never Scared" (1994) concert at the DAR Hall in DC is beyond funny as mere mortals pull it off. Don't miss it. The "Good Hair" movie's DVD made far too much noise for comfort in my "utility" DVD player in the PC. Somehow, I don't fear I missed a must see.

Watched "Dream House" (2011) with Daniel Craig, Rachael Weisz and Naomi Watts instead. Gets bad ratings at imdb, I thought it was great. There's a turn around in the plot roughly half way through that caught me by delighted surprise. Rachael Weisz looks better in this than any other role I remember, tongue dropping. Highly recommended.
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You may well be right, but frankly, every film I've seen her in, her role has worked for me. I've yet to see her in a negative light. Could be there's a symbiosis of some sort, but whomever she is, she's clearly someone I'm inclined to stand for.

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My only exposure to Chris Rock was his performance in "The Fifth Element" which is a film I enjoy, but frankly, his contribution is the least part for me (in fact annoying). However, sans script, stand up can be an entirely different thing.
My apologies for confusing Chris Rock with Chris Tucker! It was Chris Tucker that played in "The Fifth Element". Thanks for the "Dream House" tip (I'm a Weisz fan), will check it out!
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Looking at her bio on imdb, she's an experienced actor plus a supermodel (world's highest paid for a year or two), singer, and let's face it a total babe. She has an indefinable (by me, at least) talent that makes her a valuable asset to every production I've seen her in.

Frankly, I've found Chris Tucker to be the most annoying(McConaughey is very close second) modern actor on earth. Jackie Chan can be truly funny, can Mr Tucker? Chris Tucker was Hollywood's highest paid actor for a spell. Has a reputation as a clean mouthed stand up comedian. Whoop-de-doo. Do kids attend stand up comedy not made by Disney?

Missing Chris Rock's (2004, NOT 1994, sorry) "Never Scared" hour long show simply can't be done by a self respecting adult. Does he swear on stage? You owe it to yourself to find out. I'd love to have half of his comedic IQ, the man is a genius. Really, not a figure of speech.
I'm trying to say that the universe will frown upon you if you miss this. Hint.

Rachael Weisz in "The Bourne Legacy" (2012) isn't as beautiful as she is in "Dream House" (2011). I think this is by design, one year can't remove a woman's beauty. Thinkin' about it, it must be deliberate, Jeremy Renner is a GREAT action hero, but the man ain't pretty, fwiw.
Don't know if I wowed the film before, to me it's FAR superior to the three Matt Damon efforts, which garner great imdb ratings.
"The Bourne Legacy" knocks the original Bourne flicks out of the water, imdb didn't like it so much. A must see, imho.
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Thinking of Milla, kinda of a laidback film I like is "The Million Dollar Hotel"(2000). Been awhile now so I should probably take a fresh look. I very much like "Ultraviolet"(2006), but to see the whole thing you have to watch the DVD, the BD is abridged. I also very much enjoy "Resident Evil"(2002), easily the strongest of the series. The second ":Apocalypse"(2004) occurs as especially weak to me, but winds up some loose ends and is OK in a completionist sense. The third ":Extinction"(2007) is quite good and the fourth ":Afterlife"(2010) is the last I've seen and I thought it weaker, but still better than ":Apocalypse". Guess I should get hold of a copy of ":Retribution"(2012) and bring myself up-to-date. I also watched "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc"(1999) and thought it an interesting take and well done. Note: none of these titles are likely to be of great interest unless you happen to be a Milla fan. The real stretch are the "Resident Evil" sequels.

Have decided it's high time I brought my "The Three Musketeers" collection up-to-date and that will include checking out her 2011 version. I currently only have the 1993 release with Rebecca De Mornay (which is very good.) Want to add the 1948 and 1973 versions as well.

BTW -- My introduction to Rachel Weisz was "Chain Reaction"(1996), a film I continue to greatly enjoy. I later saw her in "Titanic"(1997), but no fault of hers, I don't much care for it. If the subject matter has appeal, check out "A Night To Remember"(1958) -- superb!

PS. Just watched a pretty darned good flick called "Prey"(2007). Guess it comes down to what ever works for you, this film does for me. A very nice effort!
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Netflix asked me for my password (couldn't find it easily) as I tried to find "The Million Dollar Hotel." Passwords sent to you can take forever and a day. Out of pure prejudice I've avoided the "Resident Evil" franchise. Dunno why, mebbe 'cause there's too much evil about in real life? Added "The Million Dollar Hotel" at position #6--it's "A very long wait." "Added "Ultraviolet" to queue, she's one extremely fine looking woman, whut can I say?

Jeanne d'Arc was so screwed over in real life that I can't bear to watch the story again. Wait, Luc Besson directed? Maybe, we'll see.

Out of desperation I watched "Fried Green Tomatoes" on my favorite, Netgludge again last night. It's been many years, I didn't remember it as being so sad, or that Kathy Bates was so superb in it. I saw it in a theater with a serious gf the first time, lessening the sting of "chickflickness." Remember movie theaters? It's been many years.

I'm watching "The Bourne Legacy" again tonight, for probably the fifth time. Really like that flick!

You mentioned studios raking in the cash. You're right, dvd's and ESPECIALLY bd's are overpriced. Maybe I'm a sucker, but I have no bootlegs or other less than full priced movies. I feel that the folks who put in the sweat and took the money-risk should be paid. This means a modest collection of one thousand movies might cost as much $20,000.
I have far less in my small collection. It's always freakin' something!
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I've been collecting movies since VHS became an available format and I strongly recommend buying used over new when practical -- can save you a bundle! Of course, rental/NetFlix/OnDemand/etc can make good sense too, though it tends to more constrain viewing options!

BTW: "Resident Evil"(2002) is highly recommendable. Both Milla and Michelle do a great job and both script and cinematography are excellent -- if you like Milla, don't miss this! (Unless you just can't stand zombi movies -- "Shaun Of The Dead"(2004) anyone?) Another good film is "Silent Hill"(2006) with Radha Mitchell (the "docking pilot" from "Pitch Black"(2000), another very good film.)
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