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Date viewed:  2/19/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

Alec Guinness in incredible here, in what has to be one of my favorite performances by an actor, ever.  The rest of THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI is appropriately “epic,” but I was surprised how quickly I was bored with the “commando” stuff compared to Guinness’ character’s behavior in the prison.

Rating:  8.5

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Date viewed:  2/18/11

Venue:  Home (NWI)

Mostly a Tarantino riff by Carnahan, but that’s OK, everybody has to start somewhere.  The characters were entertaining enough, and the story was somewhat original, but still, it isn’t much more than a curiosity for people like me who’ve become fans of the director (A-TEAM notwithstanding).

Rating:  5.5

NIGHT AND THE CITY (1950)

Posted: May 11, 2011 in 1950s, 9.0, DVD, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/17/11

Venue:  Home (DVD)

Jules Dassin is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors.  The guy was way ahead of his time, and his movies have a sense of realism that is missing from even the (generally accepted) greatest movies of the period.

The fact he was blacklisted during the making of NIGHT AND THE CITY is a fucking travesty.

Rating:  9.0

THE LOVED ONES (2009)

Posted: May 11, 2011 in 2009, 8.0, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/16/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

A great extreme horror movie from Australia.  I heard quite a bit of hype prior to checking it out, but it lived up to my expectations.  It manages to be both glossy and depraved in a way I can’t recall another movie pulling off.

Rating:  8.0

THE PARKING LOT MOVIE (2010)

Posted: May 11, 2011 in 2010, 6.5, Home, New, NWI, Tally

Date viewed:  2/14/11

Venue:  Home (NWI)

A funny little documentary filled with people (both the parking lot attendees and their customers) I would probably dislike if I met them in person.  The guy in the hat above — yeah, he’s one of the “good” guys.

Rating:  6.5

A BRIDGE TOO FAR (1977)

Posted: March 18, 2011 in 6.5, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/13/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

Despite having some of the coolest actors of the last 50 years, ABTF left me a little cold.  Maybe it’s the SAVING PRIVATE RYAN effect, but I found ABTF clunky and downright confusing.  There are too many characters, too many different military operations going on.  I suppose I prefer my “epics” to concentrate on one character.  The scope of some of the action  is pretty damned remarkable though.

Rating:  6.5

INSIDE MOVES (1980)

Posted: March 18, 2011 in 7.5, DVD, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/13/11

Venue:  Home (DVD)

Richard Donner has made some really good movies over the last 30 years, but he’s also kind of hit-or-miss.  INSIDE MOVES demonstrates his better movies haven’t been accidents, because this is a story that easily could’ve been boring and/or overly sappy, but instead it’s pretty enthralling.  There is some flat-out wonderful character work by David Morse and John Savage here.

Rating:  7.5