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 Posted:   Jul 11, 2010 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

Pelle The Conqueror : 10/10

Red Violin : 9/10

Nice to have good transfers of these 2 on DVD. -g-

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2010 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   Marlene   (Member)

LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring 10/10

Have seen it many times - always a delight.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2010 - 11:18 AM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)



I just added and watched another 70's drive-in classic to my dvd collection:
BLOOD ORGY OF THE SHE-DEVILS (1972). What a wonderfully loopy, sexy,
and colorful supernatural souffle! The 1970's was THE decade for horror films,
when horror films were FUN. 10/10

Den

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2010 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

BELOVED INFIDEL (1959)
Directed by Henry King
Score by Franz Waxman

Soapy but engrossing biopic about the relationship between Sheilah Graham (Deborah Kerr) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Gregory Peck). Would fit in a double-bill with A STAR IS BORN. Waxman's score is great, but tends to overpower things from time to time.

7/10

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2010 - 2:16 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Mary, Queen of Scots - (6 + 1)/10

Highly enjoyable - if a little questionable re: historical accuracy - film. Superb w/s print, beautiful colours, crisp picture. Everyone involved seemed to be enjoying themselves but it's a shame that they didn't cast a true Scot in any of the lead roles.

1 extra point for John Barry's superlative music score ... absolutely perfect. You can't watch this film and think the music could have been any better ... in any scene.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 11, 2010 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)


Okay, I fixed my ratings (see above). Yes, I meant on a scale from 1 to 10,
I rate those titles 10. I love my 70's Eurohorror drive-in flicks!
Anyway, strange rating system. Everyone rates movies differently, I guess.
Personally I prefer Leonard Maltin's old rating system - Four stars **** to
BOMB. Some folks use 5 stars for the best possible rating.

Den


I agree, the 10 rating system is strange and too difficult for me. I stopped trying to use it after awhile and prefer to use a 5-star rating system instead. Though I do like Maltin's "BOMB" rating. Haha!!


Quiller, the way you had it was fine, as the title of the thread clearly says to rate the movie 1-10. Who cares if a few finicky people feel the need to see a redundant fraction (5/10, 9/10)? The max rating is already a given. I prefer the 1-10 scale, since it gives more room to micro-grade a film. 1-5 doesn't offer enough choices to accurately reflect how I feel about a film. Using the 1-5 scale, if I thought a movie was slightly above-average, putting a 3 would be too low, a 4 too high, and a 3.5 too low. With the 10 scale, I could use 6, 7 or 8 to reflect to what degree I felt it was above average, and further micro-grade by putting 6.5, 7.5 or 8.5.

Seven Pounds - After an hour, I felt like I'd been watching it for two hours. A very slow-paced film that keeps you boringly guessing what's going on. Fairly emotional with a decent score, but not as good as I thought it would be - 7.5

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2010 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Cryogenix - I WAS that finicky person! And I was only joking anyway.

MONSTER'S BALL (USA 2001): 8 OUTTA 10, ya hear?

A nearly great film. The performances are so good (Halle B is fine, but Billy Bob T is just startlingly brilliant) and there's a really convincing believabilty to it for the most part. It's so good that my minor quibbles loom too large in what is otherwise near-perfection. Minor quibbles - I felt that just occasionally, especially towards the end, it was just a little TOO subtle. I'm glad I wasn't brandished over the head with a message, but a little bit of directorial join-the-dots would have helped. And there's one scene which didn't convince me, although I've read all the "motivation" theories behind it. But it's still a great movie. Thumbs up. I'll give it an 8, out of a possible maximum of 10.



 
 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2010 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)

Cryogenix - I WAS that finicky person! And I was only joking anyway.

MONSTER'S BALL (USA 2001): 8 OUTTA 10, ya hear?


I didn't pay attention to who said it. I rarely look at the poster's name.
Doesn't really matter anyway.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2010 - 12:23 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Torn Curtain - 3/10

Not helped by a poor 4:3 picture but this film is ropey. A feeble storyline with a distinct lack of suspense ...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2010 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)

Life After People - A 3-disc set from History, which takes us through various cities and stages of the world's evolution (or de-evolution) once people are no longer around. It's not about how we die, it's about what will happen when we're already gone, starting from Day 1 and going a million years into the future. Each disc contains multiple parts/titles, and each title resets the clock to Day 1 and focuses on different areas of the world and different elements of life, death progression, decay, etc that are likely to happen. It's very cool and interesting. Great CGI effects. Dramatic and also humorous at times - 10

http://www.history.com/shows/life-after-people

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2010 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Life After People - A 3-disc set from History, which takes us through various cities and stages of the world's evolution (or de-evolution) once people are no longer around. It's not about how we die, it's about what will happen when we're already gone, starting from Day 1 and going a million years into the future. Each disc contains multiple parts/titles, and each title resets the clock to Day 1 and focuses on different areas of the world and different elements of life, death progression, decay, etc that are likely to happen. It's very cool and interesting. Great CGI effects. Dramatic and also humorous at times - 10

http://www.history.com/shows/life-after-people


I saw this on the telly, & now have the DVD. All those high rise buildings, windows long ago fallen out, now each floor its own little jungle. I find the end, in Times Square, now just grass, all traces of man gone, quite moving.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2010 - 3:23 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

APPOINTMENT WITH VENUS (GB 1951): 6/10

David Niven must rescue a cow from Nazi-occupied Channel Islands.

Yep, that's what it's about. Quite charming and quaint really, and the locations are nice. It's a bit like a minor Ealing comedy/ adventure. Pleasant, but not terribly memorable.

Good Benjamin Frankel score. The film is fairly light, and his music is by turns sprightly, complex, and deadly serious. Some parts wouldn't have been out of place in his later CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2010 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   mrscott   (Member)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice / Rated PG for fantasy violence and mild language
Before you go any further, know this. This movie is aimed at and suitable for a 12 to 14 year old audience. Now if you go and you are not in that age group you have no one to blame but yourself. While he has been in several good films since his Oscar, actor Nicholas Cage has also chosen projects like Bangkok Dangerous (2008) and Ghost Rider (2007) to star in and the results were disastrous, at least for those of us in the audience. His current projects for upcoming films include another National Treasure sequel, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (a remake of a 60’s TV series) and a sequel to the above mentioned Ghost Rider. Apparently he wants to compound his mistakes. In The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, NC plays the good guy sorcerer. Alfred Molina takes on the part of the bad guy Sorcerer. The Apprentice is portrayed by Jay Baruchel. Jay is 28 but playing a 19 year old and is from Canada which is a way the film makers are trying to apologize for making the film in NYC where it takes place instead of Vancouver, Canada. After starting out with a couple of set up scenes, the Apprentice makes his appearance. He is a teener in College studying Physics. NC knows JB is THE CHOSEN ONE and must train him to defeat evil and make sure the people of the world don’t become slaves of evil doers. What follows is a combination of Harry Potter Lite and Ghostbusters Liter. Lots of special efx make a steady appearance and what little plot there is goes in exactly the direction anybody over 18 can easily figure out. Love interest is provided by cute Aussie actress Teresa Palmer. Lots of action involving power ray blasting fights between AM and NC happen periodically with no one ever receiving any injuries or death. Big dragons are on the attack. Metal sculptures come to life and charge around with homicidal intent. The teener who can save the world is constantly at odds with the Sorcerer because his training is getting in the way of his dating. Woe is me! The film title comes from a segment of the Walt Disney film Fantasia released 70 years ago. The scene where M. Mouse, the janitor, dons Sorcerer garb and gets the mops to do his work is an all time classic. That scene is recreated in an updated live action sequence. While I am looking forward to another National Treasure sequel there is no way they can entice me to see the Ghost Rider II which will probably be directed by M. Night Shayamalan. Now you know how I feel.
Rated 1.9 or 2.9 if you are in the recommended age group out of 4.0 Fantasia 2000’s (which was the last time MM turned up again as The Sorcerer‘s Apprentice) NOTE MM is a much better actor than Jay Baruchel.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2010 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

NEXT -- 8/10

What one might call a "guilty pleasure", although I have no guilt in loving it. I did think it was lame that the movie gave 0% motive for why the bad guys did anything. Thomas Kretschmann is always a good bad guy but his talent was wasted on this one. It's a lot of fun though and Nicolas Cage is great...and Jessica Biel...yup. ... Based on a Philip K. Dick story, which are always interesting at the least.

Mark Isham's score is thunderous and moving -- he wasn't lazy on this one. Sadly the score release has nowhere near enough material. But some is better than none.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2010 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

The Omen (remake) 7/10

I bought the blu-ray and having seen the original quite a few times I have to say this remake is pretty faithful to the story and the original cast. The cinematography was good as well as the locations and I was surprised how well they made a story which was written in the 70's translate to modern day without it losing any of its strength. Only in the last reel, with baylock and the conclusion I felt it was all rushed to get to that last shot. As opposed to the original where you had a bigger impact. I'd given it 8/10 if that was done better and 9/10 if the score had been a bit more memorable. As it stands, not a bad remake and a hair rising DTS track.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2010 - 3:49 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Saturday Night Fever - 2/5

Wow. Finally saw this movie after years of waiting, and was left very disappointed. It looks like it's going to be a flashy and fun movie about dancing and funky music. Instead, it's a dark, dreary (sometimes even depressing) movie filled with unlikeable characters. The film oozes atmosphere, which I like, and the Bee-Gees soundtrack is great. (I say that as someone who normally doesn't care for disco.) And one could clearly see that Travolta was destined for stardom. But the rest of the movie is just not particularly good. Very disappointing.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2010 - 7:53 PM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)

Saturday Night Fever - 2/5

Wow. Finally saw this movie after years of waiting, and was left very disappointed. It looks like it's going to be a flashy and fun movie about dancing and funky music. Instead, it's a dark, dreary (sometimes even depressing) movie filled with unlikeable characters. The film oozes atmosphere, which I like, and the Bee-Gees soundtrack is great. (I say that as someone who normally doesn't care for disco.) And one could clearly see that Travolta was destined for stardom. But the rest of the movie is just not particularly good. Very disappointing.


I saw this for the first time last year. I didn't get why it was so great. The BeeGees songs gave it energy and made it tolerable, but the story was clunky and boring. Staying Alive was even worse. Thank God It's Friday is where it's at for disco films of that period.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2010 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. 7/10. (Yes, 7/10. No Meyer-dissing from this corner.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2010 - 2:16 PM   
 By:   mguevarra61   (Member)

Arnaud Desplechin's "A Christmas Tale" on Criterion Blu-Ray. 9/10.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2010 - 8:44 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

LA CASA DE LAS MIL MUÑECAS (HOUSE OF 1000 DOLLS) (Spain/Germany/GB 1967): 0/10

Vincent Price is a magician who captures girls and turns them into prostitutes.

Not as good as it sounds. In fact, this must be dear old Vincent's worst film. Sub-standard co-production, the only thing it really has going for it are some hilariously inept fights, like when the hero frightens off the dangerous thugs by turning the garden hose on them. Make no mistake - this is terrible.

 
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