Archive for June, 2008

1949

June 24, 2008
Netflix Criterion DVD
UK
English / German / Russian
104 Minutes
Film-Noir / Mystery / Thriller
Carol Reed [Oliver!]
#24 They Shoot Pictures Don’t They Top 1000 Films Of All Time

“Solo Filmschool” movies are those on the big list of the 1000 best films of all time, which the crew over at TSPDT keeps track of and updates from time to time. The version of the list I used is from January 2010. My plan is to work my way down the list, watching all of them on DVD (if available), regardless of how slow-moving, or out of date they might appear at first. If a highly-regarded and serious film class is not available where you live, you could do a lot worse than using this list as a jumping off point.

~~
~~

THE THIRD MAN is the subject of Cinebanter Podcast Number 54. After you’ve seen the movie, listen to the spoiler-filled review by Tassoula and I by clicking the play button right here:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Show Description:
• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 THE THIRD MAN Discussion
• Break
• 16:23 To Sum It Up
• Break
• 16:47 The Last Five®
• Break
• 25:36 Average Matt
• Break
• 32:10 Tassoula’s 5 Favorites from SIFF
• Break
• 49:29 Show Notes
• 51:56 Credits and Outtake

~~
~~

An American pulp fiction writer goes to Vienna to meet an old friend and finds that he has disappeared in sinister circumstances.

An unintelligent but tenacious writer of Westerns arrives in post-war Vienna to join his old friend Harry Lime, who seems to have met with an accident…or has he?

Oscar Winner: Cinematography Robert Krasker
Oscar Nominee: Director Carol Reed, Editor Oswald Hafenrichter

#18 All Time Halliwell’s
#49 All Time IMDB
**** Halliwell’s
**** Ebert
**** Maltin
8.5 IMDB

THE THIRD MAN

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Comments No Comments »

2007

June 17, 2008
Netflix DVD
USA
English / Arabic
85 Minutes
Documentary
Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg

A Witness To Evil. A Force For Peace. An Unbelievable True Story.

7.8 Metacritic
7.7 IMDB

Tags: , , , ,

Comments No Comments »

2005

Man Push Cart Photo

June 12, 2008
Netflix DVD
USA
English / Urdu
87 Minutes
Drama
Ramin Bahrani

7.1 Metacritic
6.9 IMDB

Tags: , , ,

Comments 1 Comment »

2005

June 7, 2008
April 6, 2005
DVD (Thank You, Lilly)
USA
English
147 Minutes
Action / Crime / Thriller
D: Frank Miller [300]
D: Robert Rodriguez [El Mariachi; Desperado; From Dusk Till Dawn; Grindhouse]

In corrupt Basin City, three men — an honest cop, a tough ex-convict and a man on the run — try to protect the women they love and suffer for it.

Sweet extras on the DVD. All greenscreen edition. Really a cool flick.

7.4 Metacritic
8.4 IMDB

SIN CITY

Tags: , , , , ,

Comments No Comments »

2008

June 7, 2008
Milpitas CA — Century Great Mall
USA
English
113 Minutes
Action / Comedy
D: Dennis Dugan [The Howling; Hill Street Blues; Can't Buy Me Love; Parenthood; NYPD Blue; L.A. Law; Big Daddy]
W: Adam Sandler & Robert Smigel & Judd Apatow

~~
~~

YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN is the subject of Cinebanter Podcast 53. After you’ve seen the movie, listen to the spoiler-filled review by Tassoula and I by clicking the play button right here:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Show Notes:
• 00:32 SEX AND THE CITY Discussion
• Break
• 08:47 To Sum It Up (SATC)
• Break
• 09:02 YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN Discussion
• Break
• 19:22 To Sum It Up (ZOHAN)
• Break
• 19:55 The Last Five®
• Break
• 44:00 Listener Last Five (12-year-old Charlie)
• Break
• 50:26 From the Queue
• Break
• 56:46 Show Notes
• 57:41 Credits and Outtake

~~
~~

Lather. Rinse. Save The World.

5.3 Metacritic
5.7 IMDB

YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN

Tags: , , , ,

Comments 1 Comment »

2007

Netflix Streaming
USA
English
86 Minutes
Documentary
David Stenn [Hill Street Blues]

Compelling untold story about a chorus girl who was sent to what she thought was a casting call with hundreds of other girls and ends up being raped by an MGM executive in town for the hedonistic convention in 1937. The studio owned the property, the doctor who examined her, the newspapers, and even the one eyewitness who was parking cars that day. She was 16 years old and a virgin. She never recovered. We see her now very old having lost none of her anger towards what happened to her.

Unfortunately, this great 45-minute story is padded with some of the worst documentary filmmaking I’ve ever seen. The filmmaker films himself waiting for a meeting with the woman in question, Patricia Douglas, in a hotel room in Las Vegas. He films her daughter and incredibly gay grandson. He films himself going to the grave of the MGM executive. He interviews a Fox News legal analyst and a Hollywood District attorney about what went wrong with the prosecution.

It could have been a shorter PBS-level film. It shouldn’t have been stretched out to nearly 90 minutes. It was unsuccessful in its attempt to explain the morals of the 1930s in Hollywood.

6.3 IMDB

Tags: , ,

Comments No Comments »

2004

June 1, 2008
Netflix DVD
USA
English
87 Minutes
Drama
Nicole Kassell

What’s The Worst Thing You Ever Did?

After spending 12 years in prison, a pedophile is paroled and attempts to cope with his own desires and the hostility he meets.

The Woodsman is the “From The Queue” part of Cinebanter podcast #53 which is here .

***^ Ebert
B- Gleiberman
7.2 Metacritic
7.4 IMDB

THE WOODSMAN

Tags: , ,

Comments No Comments »

I’ve been told by snobby computer people-in-the-know that Blogger is so very 2005 and I should upgrade to WordPress. Let’s see how this goes.

All of my more than 1000 past movie review postings can still be found from the old Blogger page which is here.

Both Blogger and WordPress pages are hosted at www.michaelvox.com so I don’t see any issues with pages disappearing. I’m just getting used to WordPress. In fact, I’m not sure how to add a blogroll to this template. But I’ll try and keep a steep learning curve.

Issues I’m Dealing With:

–when I update a link or template or anything else, it says “changes saved” or whatever, but it doesn’t update the page itself until I come back to this edit screen, make a change of some kind in the text box, and then save. I’m sure I’m missing some equivalent of Blogger’s “republish entire site”

See ya,

MichaelVox

Comments No Comments »

Written by Michael W. Cummins