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

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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

THE WAR GAME (1965)

Posted: March 8, 2011 in 1960s, 7.0, Home, New, NWI, Tally

Date viewed:  2/12/11

Venue:  Home (NWI)

Somebody on Twitter mentioned being an admirer of Peter Watkins, who directed THE WAR GAME and several historical docs.  The name was new to me, but I was glad to find this on NWI.  THE WAR GAME is a fairly shocking pseudo documentary about the potential nuclear fallout in Britain after WWIII.  Of course I have no technical knowledge of such things, but THE WAR GAME feels entirely authentic and believable.  Scary shit.

Rating:  7.0

THE AMERICAN (2010)

Posted: March 8, 2011 in 2010, 7.5, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/11/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

I heard this was more meditative than high-octane, and that definitely is the case.  There are maybe 2 or 3 actions scenes, and the rest is straight character study, but it’s good character study.  Clooney is one of those rare actors who can entertain without doing much of anything, and even though the script tests that theory (externally), THE AMERICAN is still beautiful to look at and extremely satisfying.

Rating:  7.5

EASY A (2010)

Posted: March 8, 2011 in 2010, Blu-Ray, Home, Previously seen, Tally

Date viewed:  2/10/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

2nd viewing within a couple weeks b/c my wife hadn’t seen it.  She liked it, but strangely enough I think I like it more.  The John Hughes shout-out gets me every time.

 

LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1947)

Posted: February 21, 2011 in 1940s, 7.0, Home, New, NWI, Tally

Date viewed:  2/10/11

Venue:  Home (NWI)

Easily my least favorite Orson Welles movie (but I still haven’t seen them all), LFS looks like it was pieced together from a variety of sources.  The studio clearly had it’s way and the end result is disjointed and sloppy at times.  It’s the rest of the movie — when Welles is nearly firing on all cylinders (like the final “funhouse” showdown) — that makes LFS a worthy watch.

And I love Welles as an actor, but man alive, that Irish accent…

Rating:  7.0

SUGAR (2008)

Posted: February 21, 2011 in 2000s, 8.0, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/9/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

A great sports movie that is about much more than baseball.  The performances, which appear to be mostly from nonactors, are about as real as they get, and it manages to be uplifting in a realistic way.

Rating:  8.0