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Phil Karlson, 5 Against The House, 1955

Apart from Novak, who's particularly gorgeous in this buddy-flick-meets-heist-movie (though that's not her singing: it's Jo An Greer, who also dubbed Gloria Grahame in Naked Alibi and Susan Kohner in Imitation of Life, amongst others), and Brian Keith, whose unhinged Korean war vet might have been inspired by William Bendix in The Blue Dahlia, the real star of the show is the multi-level parking garage where the movie begins and ends. Excellent! The movie's a bit uneven, with Alvy Moore's smarty-pants oneliners curiously at odds with Keith's brooding violence, but well worth a look. Watch out for a sweaty cameo from William Conrad (hands up who remembers Cannon?)
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Dan Warburton wrote: that's not her singing: it's Jo An Greer, who also dubbed Gloria Grahame in Naked Alibi and Susan Kohner in Imitation of Life, amongst others)
Jo Ann's a favorite, and the voice on the original Hokey Pokey by Ray Anthony (which was the B-side of The Bunny Hop), a voice that took me years to track down and identify.

She also sang for a hot Rita Hayworth, here from Miss Sadie Thompson and Pal Joey:

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Thomas Vinterberg, Jagten ("The Hunt"), 2012

I suspect Vinterberg would agree with Hitchcock's avowed intent to "put the viewer through it", though the Master of Suspense never went in for the kind of emotional torture of the Danish director's celebrated Festen ("The Celebration"). After a couple of spectacular flops - which I haven't seen, though I am a little tempted by the Lars von Trier-scripted Dear Wendy - Vinterberg returns to the happy hunting ground of child abuse. Yessiree, after Donald Trump there's nowt like pedophilia to get folks well roiled up, and when our hero - the splendid Mads Mikkelsen - is unjustly accused of such by the cute (though not when she doesn't smile) daughter of his best friend, you know you're in for a rocky ride. Even the lovable pet spaniel has to descend into the Maelström. Great ending - who fired the gun?
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Dušan Makavejev, Montenegro Or Pigs and Pearls, 1981

Marianne Faithfull's "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" sort of gives the game away at the outset, but Susan Anspach isn't so much a bored / frustrated housewife as a woman under the influence - in the first few minutes she eats all four wiener schnitzels she was making for dinner, poisons the dog's milk (and tells the mutt he has a choice of whether to drink it or not - the clever hound refuses) and sets fire to her own bed with her and her husband (the mighty Erland Josephson) in it! When she tries to accompany hubby on a business trip she's detained at the airport for being in possession of a horrendously sharp pair of garden shears, and then finds herself whisked away to a sleazy nightclub run by a bunch of psychotic Serbian sex traffickers.. As it turns out the last verse of the Faithfull song isn't appropriate for the ending, which I won't spoil for you. Crazy shit.
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Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy, 2008

Great little film, as many have said. Enjoyed this too http://bombmagazine.org/article/3182/kelly-reichardt Haven't read any Jon Raymond books yet - can anyone recommend anything specific?
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Ilsa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sweetgrass, 2009

What a magnificent documentary (no voiceover, just the dialogues - sometimes quite spicy) of the cowboys taking their sheep to the high pastures of Montana's Beartooth mountains in 2003 - for the last time, it seems, as the film is dedicated In Memoriam the ranch concerned. Amazing images - there's one shot that even rivals the legendary opening of Herzog's Aguirre, where Castaing-Taylor zooms in ever so slowly from what must be at least ten miles away to reveal the thousands of sheep descending the mountain. Awesome sound mix by Ernst Karel - ha, figures - it would be great to see an HD rip as clear as Castaing's later Leviathan. Marvellous stuff.
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this was a fun movie, i seem to remember (are sheep farmers still the scum of the west?)
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Yellow Sky (William Wellman, 1948)
Watched it this morning (on youtube). I agree with your assessment (except that I'd say it's quite septic). Very bleak: I see the Russian connection. I think Mike should have shot a couple of them when she had the chance, and the last couple of minutes is like a Victorian novel wrap-up--complete with the ribbons. I'd have like it to end with Stretch lying on his back in the (pitch-black shoot-out). Maybe everybody should have died. But it's really brilliant. The horses sinking into the salt is hard to watch, as are then near-rape and near-drowning scenes. Thanks for the rec. Very affecting.
Potential spoilers: Precisely the way I wanted it to end but Wellman probably couldn't take it that far. The pitch-black shootout was also technically a Mexican standoff which you can't see but for muzzle flashes, viewer looking into the building at night after Stretch walks in, so great. Such sumptuous "day for night" shooting I think it's called. I at least expected the ending which lessened the blow. Everyone should've died, yes.

Not a spoiler: I'd neglected to mention Harry Morgan plays a member of the gang. And if Peck's not your kettle of fish, you needn't worry here.

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Carlos (Episode I and II) - Olivier Assayas

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Didn't know anything about this guy or his entourage or story. The films are fun to watch, the special effects are horrible. The plots get redundant after awhile but it's still entertaining, doesn't really glorify him, tho in a way kinda, but there's no backstory, we're just supposed to assume why this is, or why that is, in the film, but i'm curious to see how it ends for our dear comrade Carlos in Episode III.

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FLAMENCO (1995) -- A perfect music movie, with an emotional range from intense to very intense, nothing but music and dance, small single rooms, no audiences, one song and dance after another, immense variety within the genre although almost exclusively voices, guitars, shoes, fingers, and palms, with a very occasional castanet, bowed instrument, or flute. Solos, duos, trios . . . septets . . . tentets, etc. Costumes are either traditional or traditional in various states of undress. Brilliantly filmed by Carlos Saura. Magnificent!

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Piano Mouth wrote:Carlos (Episode I and II) - Olivier Assayas
Didn't know anything about this guy or his entourage or story. The films are fun to watch, the special effects are horrible. The plots get redundant after awhile but it's still entertaining, doesn't really glorify him, tho in a way kinda, but there's no backstory, we're just supposed to assume why this is, or why that is, in the film, but i'm curious to see how it ends for our dear comrade Carlos in Episode III.
On a related topic, I'd recommend this: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1032854/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_4

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Just saw episode III of Carlos. Thumbs up. Cheers Mr. Assayas.

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Antonioni - Blow Up

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OK, despite the annoying Mimes packed in cars, and the weird pauses in each scene where something revelatory seems to be on the brink of reveal but then...nothing, looking back on it I liked this film, flaws included. It just seemed really random with one of the models at a party saying "I am in Paris" when she was actually at a party in London, and the main character, the photographer was an interesting character, and his studio/loft space was awesome, full of cool photography tools and whatnot. I wouldn't be surprised however if Antonioni improvised a lot of the scenes though, it seemed like the movie was made up as it went along. Anyone else seen this? Any thoughts?

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Piano Mouth wrote:Just saw episode III of Carlos. Thumbs up. Cheers Mr. Assayas.
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Piano Mouth wrote:Antonioni - Blow Up

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OK, despite the annoying Mimes packed in cars, and the weird pauses in each scene where something revelatory seems to be on the brink of reveal but then...nothing, looking back on it I liked this film, flaws included. It just seemed really random with one of the models at a party saying "I am in Paris" when she was actually at a party in London, and the main character, the photographer was an interesting character, and his studio/loft space was awesome, full of cool photography tools and whatnot. I wouldn't be surprised however if Antonioni improvised a lot of the scenes though, it seemed like the movie was made up as it went along
Oh, I doubt it was - Philippe Garner and David Mellor's essays in their excellent 138-page study of the film Blow-Up (Steidl, 2010) reveals the depth of the director's research into the London scene and its photographers. And as two seriously experienced writers - Tonino Guerra and Edward Bond - worked on the script, I'd hazard a guess that the vast majority of the spoken dialogue was in the screenplay. I'll check, though. Meanwhile, I can strongly recommend the Julio Cortazar short story the film is based on https://jessbarga.wikispaces.com/file/d ... low+up.pdf - not very long, go for it.
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Wong Kar-wai, In the Mood for Love, 2000

You'll probably get that music stuck in your head for weeks afterwards – though as Nat King Cole can't do much wrong for me, I'm not complaining – but it's easy to see why this was such a smash. Whereas that other famous doomed-love-artfilm, Hiroshima, mon amour still comes across as rather austere (all that post A-bomb footage and whatnot, yeurgh), the sumptuous colour, gorgeous cinematography and Maggie Cheung's extraordinary wardrobe are so seductively attractive they tend to disguise the extraordinary subtlety of WKW's montage; watch it again and note the changes of costume, and where / when they come.. Is the dialogue “real” or a rehearsal for the pair's eventual showdown with their respective spouses? It's closer to Resnais than you might think.
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Piano Mouth wrote:Anyone else seen this? Any thoughts?
no thoughts. i hate it, it's daft and thinks the world of itself. (there is a body in the park, it's in the movie, all the pretentious mock-poetic mummery and meta-media mystifications can't undo that.) pointless but pretty.

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Wombatz, I feel the same way, I really do! I couldn't have put it better.

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2046 > In the Mood for Love

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dialectics of shit wrote:2046 > In the Mood for Love
Chungking Express is better than both, that is my favorite of his.

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