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    The Battleship Potemkin

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    Based on the historical events the movie tells the story of a riot at the battleship Potemkin. What started as a protest strike when the crew was given rotten meat for dinner ended in a riot. The sailors raised the red flag and tried to ignite the revolution in their home port Odessa

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battleship_Potemkin

    Styled very much like German WW2 films , but with real impact

    Color ? : no, it's B&W (filmed in 1925) with the exception of one scene where a red flag is hoisted (hand colored on the prints)

    Sound ? : no, it's a silent film with a modern reproduction of the original orchestral soundtrack

    Memorable ?: heck yes ..probably stay with me a long time.

    SW's rating = 9/10

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battleship_Potemkin

    Battleship Potemkin has received extremely positive reviews from critics. Since its release, Battleship Potemkin has often been cited as one of the finest propaganda films ever made and considered amongst the greatest films of all time.[1][2] The film was named the greatest film of all time at the Brussels World's Fair in 1958.[3] Similarly, in 1952, Sight & Sound magazine cited The Battleship Potemkin as the fourth greatest film of all time and has been voted within the top ten in the magazine's five subsequent decennial polls


    Roger Ebert says:

    July 19, 1998 |

    "The Battleship Potemkin” has been so famous for so long that it is almost impossible to come to it with a fresh eye. It is one of the fundamental landmarks of cinema. Its famous massacre on the Odessa Steps has been quoted so many times in other films (notably in “The Untouchables”) that it's likely many viewers will have seen the parody before they see the original.

    “Battleship Potemkin” is no longer considered the greatest film ever made, but it is obligatory for anyone interested in film history, and I got a sense, a stirring, of the buried power it still contains, awaiting a call.

    http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/gr...-potemkin-1925
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    I have a pile of movies from the library and ..

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    it was a wet/windy day, so ....decided to watch "Nixon" ... have a small interest in that tragedy.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113987/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    It was typical Oliver Stone crap ...you know, beat you over the head repeatedly with his point until you submit. I could only handle 20 minutes of it

    rating = D

    but then I put in a disc that I knew nothing about ..The Conspirator
    Director: Robert Redford

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0968264/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

    Storyline from IMDB

    "In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, the Vice-President, and the Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. As the trial unfolds, Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son."

    WOW ..great flick. I would rate this = A-

    a high quality cast and an interesting story well acted. I couldn't figure who was the fine actress who portrayed Mary Surratt ? Turns out it was Robin Wright , who I didn't care for in Forest Gump


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    Metropolis - 2010 KINO version

    . I had seen one of the chopped up, short versions of Metropolis sometime in the past , it was murky and hard to follow, but this 2010 Kino restored version brought it up to within 8 minutes of it's original run time (153 min now) . Some of those edited copies are only 90+ minutes.

    There is now a newly recorded score that is wonderful.
    My reaction ? WOW , I was left almost speechless.

    on a 1-10 scale ? about 14.

    B&W silent , but with musical soundtrack ( the bonus disk had snippets of the 90's version with Pat Benetar and others ..hideous )
    1926
    Science fiction landmark German film

    from IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017136/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
    • Sometime in the future, the city of Metropolis is home to a Utopian society where its wealthy residents live a carefree life. One of those is Freder Fredersen. One day, he spots a beautiful woman with a group of children, she and the children who quickly disappear. Trying to follow her, he, oblivious to such, is horrified to find an underground world of workers, apparently who run the machinery which keeps the above ground Utopian world functioning. One of the few people above ground who knows about the world below is Freder's father, Joh Fredersen, who is the founder and master of Metropolis. Freder learns that the woman is Maria, who espouses the need to join the "hands" - the workers - to the "head" - those in power above - by a mediator or the "heart". Freder wants to help the plight of the workers in the want for a better life. But when Joh learns of what Maria is espousing and that Freder is joining their cause, Joh, with the assistance of an old colleague and now nemesis named Rotwang, an inventor, works toward quashing a supposed uprising, with Maria as the center of their plan. However, Joh is unaware that Rotwang has his own agenda. But if any of these plans includes the shut down of the machines, total anarchy could break loose both above ground and below. - Written by Huggo

    In scene after scene, you see devices that have been copied in later movies from Blade Runner to 1950's SciFi flicks. This is most likely better than anything made since 1978. The bonus disk traces the worldwide search for other copies that were patched together and then restored to make this current definitive copy. Fades, montages, stop action ... features of the future. Truly not to be missed by any serious film fan (2010 Kino only). Will need to view again before reluctantly returning it to the library.
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    2days ago watched ..My Week with Marilyn
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1655420/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to see the blonde bombshell, while Olivier is struggling to meet her many demands and acting ineptness, and Colin is intrigued by her. Colin's intrigue is met when Marilyn invites him into her inner world where she struggles with her fame, her beauty and her desire to be a great actress. Written by napierslogs

    SW rates it at 6/10 ....OK. Michelle Williams does a credible job as Marilyn

    then last night.
    Cloud Atlas http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1371111/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution

    the previews were good (better than the movie).
    THREE WORD SUMMATION
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    A BIG MESS


    tons of violence/blood/gore/profanity/slurs/gay sex/unintelligible dialogue. Ripoffs of Blade Runner and even Metropolis. Cut like MTV with short snippets of the 6 stories. Some good acting, some poor. Too much fuggin CGI. Nothing really new here. A real low point was trying to have Jim Sturgess as a Korean officer, the pasted closed eyes were amateurish.
    Three hours long, best part was when it was finally over. IMDB readers overwhelmingly give it either 10 of 10 or 1 of 10. I'd give it about a 2.5 , the lowest rated movie in this thread.

    BUT, I went riding today, despite the biting East wind and bought these 2 at $1 each. they look promising

    The Flying Scotsman* http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472268/?ref_=nv_sr_1
    The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to have his title stripped from him .

    and Ringu http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0178868/?ref_=nv_sr_1
    Japanese. A mysterious video kills whoever views it, unless that viewer can solve its mystery.

    *thought of Macaroonie as I was reading the label. How ya doin, Mac ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SEAWOLF97 View Post
    2days ago watched ..My Week with Marilyn
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1655420/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
    SW rates it at 6/10 ....OK. Michelle Williams does a credible job as Marilyn

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    , I went riding today, despite the biting East wind and bought these 2 at $1 each. they look promising

    The Flying Scotsman* http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472268/?ref_=nv_sr_1
    The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to have his title stripped from him .
    Stunningly good price, kudos!
    Great film with Johnny Lee Miller, best know for playing Sherlock on the CBS show Elementary ...
    I highly recommend tracking down some of his other stuff ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hjames View Post
    Stunningly good price, kudos!
    there is a local chain called "CD-game Exchange" that is mostly games (duh) and paraphernalia/posters that does a lot of used buy/sell. Seems many people are dumping their DVD's (to go streaming ) and CGE must be buying them very cheap as they always have a good 200+ selection at $1 per.

    I've got about 60 here for days being stuck indoors. They are only a 1.5 mile ride for me, and they have a 2nd store that's about 5 miles out. Also within that 1.5 mile ride is our regional county library who has 12,000+ DVD's for free checkout.

    Quote Originally Posted by hjames View Post
    Great film with Johnny Lee Miller, best know for playing Sherlock on the CBS show Elementary ...
    Funny, as I avoid that show (despite being a SH fan) because his accent is very difficult for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SEAWOLF97 View Post
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    CONCLUSION: WOW

    SUMMARY: Charlton & Sophia at the very tops of their careers (1961) in a medieval epic that must be among the top 10 movies EVER made....utterly beyond my words ......but

    here is what others say: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054847/usercomments

    (it left me stunned , all the movies from that other thread combined aren't worth 2 minutes of El Cid)
    watched this again last night. That's probably my 3rd viewing (2x on DVD and 1x in the back of the family station wagon at a drive-in in the 60's). In the bonus section they mentioned that JFK watched it 3x at the WH. (no relation)

    It still holds up well for a 53 year old epic. On the IMDB discussion boards, many were calling CLOUD ATLAS a "magnificent epic" , if that's what they really wanted, here it is. Most likely on par with LoA. Despite the animosity between Loren & Heston, they both turned in great performances. The musical score (including overture, intermission and exit ) was very fitting and well done.

    I'd give it an easy 9.8 of 10
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    I've gone thru 3 more DVD's since last post here ...

    1. Don't Bother to Knock http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044557/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
    Marilyn M., but not really the one from Pop history....

    Airline pilot Jed stays at the New York hotel where girlfriend Lyn is a singer. He sees Nell in a window opposite his and they get chummy. When the girl she's baby-sitting, Bunny, enters Nell goes crazy and sends her to her room. She fantasizes that Jed is her long lost fiance. Jed comes to realize that Nell is more than a little whacko. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

    got tired after a while and didn't finish ....Grade=D+

    2.
    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0010323/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


    Francis, a young man, recalls in his memory the horrible experiences he and his fianc嶪 Jane recently went through. It is the annual fair in Holstenwall. Francis and his friend Alan visit The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an exhibit where the mysterious doctor shows the somnambulist Cesare, and awakens him for some moments from his death-like sleep. When Alan asks Cesare about his future, Cesare answers that he will die before dawn. The next morning Alan is found dead. Francis suspects Cesare of being the murderer, and starts spying on him and Dr. Caligari. The following night Cesare is going to stab Jane in her bed, but softens when he sees the beautiful woman, and instead of committing another murder, he abducts her. Jane's father awakens because of the noise, and he and some servants follow the fleeing Cesare. When Cesare cannot outrun his pursuers anymore, he gently places Jane down on the ground, and runs away. Francis and the police investigate the caravan of Dr. Caligari, but the ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}


    also boring ....Grade =D


    3. Winnebago Man http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1396557/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    Jack Rebney is the most famous man you've never heard of - after cursing his way through a Winnebago sales video, Rebney's outrageously funny outtakes became an underground sensation and made him an internet superstar. Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer journeys to the top of a mountain to find the recluse who unwittingly became the "Winnebago Man."

    In August 1988, Winnebago Industries hired a video crew to shoot two 10-minute long sales videos. They tapped salesman Jack Rebney, a former broadcast news producer, to star in these commercials. They shot the videos in Forest City, Iowa – the headquarters of Winnebago Industries. Just like any other video shoot, outtakes and mistakes were to be expected, but no one could have anticipated Jack Rebney’s melt down. The RV salesman would constantly yell and curse at himself, his crew, and at the flies that were swarming him.
    After the grueling two week shoot, Winnebago Industries got their commercial, but the video crew got so much more. They spliced together the outtakes of the shoot and circulated the video amongst themselves and their friends. Basically, the "Winnebago Man" was passed around on VHS tapes for around 15 years before being posted on YouTube for the world to see.

    Jack Rebney currently lives in a cabin in a Northern California forest, and he’s now the subject of a new documentary about the Winnebago Man phenomenon. Until recently, he was completely unaware of his Internet notoriety



    This one was the real sleeper. Enjoyed most every minute. Grade=A-

    here is the vid that inspired the movie
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDQQfBrSUs0


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnebago_Man

    Winnebago Man was released to critical acclaim. On review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes the film holds a 91% "certified fresh" rating with an average 7.1/10 score

    Jack Rebney , aka “The Angriest Man in the World” , is very quotable .. "The Winnebago Man" has scads of websites devoted to the outtake quotes and the vid is described as the first "viral video"

    “Will you do me a kindness?” seems to be everywhere, it is one of the WM/JR quotes. The others are too colorful to paste here. (except for my new cleaned up sig)

    http://m.imdb.com/title/tt1396557/quotes
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    since last post , have watched

    Dr. Mabuse - The Gambler 1922 Silent
    another Fritz Lang film, but not up to Metropolis level 5 of 10

    Lincoln (2012) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443272/
    found it very boring and could only handle a half hour. Daniel Day Lewis seems quite good in the lead role, but it was dark and full of thick dialogue like "True Grit" was.
    4 of 10

    BUT

    Rode out to the flea market and perused a used DVD sellers booth. Found a film that I'd been looking for some while , Crimson Tide , http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112740/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 .

    "On a US nuclear missile sub, a young first officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger happy captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so."

    Fine story/acting and a soundtrack that will give most HT systems a good workout. Opened it up to check condition .. Huge scratches. I asked the seller if he had another copy. He said no, but no problem, he has THE MACHINE. Said it would make the DVD as new again. I was skeptical.
    Eight minutes of buffing/polishing and it popped out looking like new. Gave him my $2 and headed home to test it .... plays like new.
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    Question Don't know how I missed it for soo long ..

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    Some Like It Hot (1959)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053291/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Some_Like_It_Hot

    American Film Institute lists

    Was voted the 9th Greatest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly, and is ranked on this list high enough to be the greatest comedy of all time.

    Upon its original release, Kansas banned the film

    Storyline

    When two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, witness the the St. Valentine's Day massacre, they want to get out of town and get away from the gangster responsible, Spats Colombo. They're desperate to get a gig out of town but the only job they know of is in an all-girl band heading to Florida. They show up at the train station as Josephine and Daphne, the replacement saxophone and bass players. They certainly enjoy being around the girls, especially Sugar Kane Kowalczyk who sings and plays the ukulele. Joe in particular sets out to woo her while Jerry/Daphne is wooed by a millionaire, Osgood Fielding III. Mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden and Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords. Written by garykmcd

    THIS FILM IS SERIOUSLY F
    UNNY ...




    9.7 OUT OF 10

    Oh yeah, during the film I kept saying the story's hotel looked like the Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island. Checked the credits and it was .
    I had remembered it from the days that I took C.I. training (1969) at the Naval Amphibious Base ... just 300 yards down the beach.
    We used to go up to The Hotel Del and pretend NOT to be military and hang out at the beach bar. A single beer would eat up all my discretionary funds.
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    I don't "go out to the movies"

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    but if I did , guess I'm in the right place to do so ...

    Portland ranked No. 1 best city for movie lovers

    http://www.oregonlive.com/movies/ind...best_city.html

    According to Movoto, the Rose City is the No. 1 city for movie lovers in the U.S., besting San Francisco, Seattle, New York and even Los Angeles, which somehow didn't crack the top 10 (and casting a suspicious light on the whole process).
    Here's what Movoto had to say about PDX:

    When it was all shot, edited, spliced up, and pieced back together, the clear winner for Best City for Movie Lovers was Portland, OR. It has five film fests per year, a film museum, multiple film societies, tons of movie theaters, indie theaters, a drive-in theater, and is even home to the unique Kennedy School movie theater.
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    not a review this time.

    stopped by the cheap DVD store yesterday and was happy to grab "Walk The Line" & "The Thomas Crown Affair" (still sealed) for a buck each.

    But then today I grabbed the 2 DVD deluxe edition of WTL..for .25
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    I went out and blew another $3 on movies to review later . Includes one of my fave comedies (no, not Alice..JW) ..all fine shape. The AIW DVD is the Peters Sellers one, maybe that was one of the duds, can't remember.
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    It was a cold and snowy Thursday night .... so watched another DVD

    Source Code (2011)

    Colter Stevens, a US Army helicopter pilot whose last memory is flying in Afghanistan, wakes up on a commuter train. However, he discovers that he has assumed the identity of another man. 8 minutes later, the train explodes and Stevens finds himself in some kind of pod. He then talks to someone named Goodwin, who tells him he has to go back and find out who the bomber is. He is sent back to go through the whole thing again and attempts to find who the bomber is but fails. The bomb goes off and Stevens finds himself in the pod again. He is sent back another time, yet still cannot find out anything. When he returns, he asks what is going on. Goodwin and Rutledge, the scientist in charge, tell him that he is part of a project that can put someone in another person's consciousness during the last 8 minutes of their life. Stevens then asks why he cannot just stop the bomb. He is told that he is not going back in time but placed in the moment so he can find out who the bomber is and if ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0945513/

    a compelling story , good acting , could easily view again. Was wondering why the tension was raised so easily, then it hit me ...besides the presentation, parts of the soundtrack were very Bernard Herrmann-esque , and BH was a very important ingredient in the Hitchcock success.
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    Tron (1982)

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    WHOA ,,,,what a blast from the past ... It must have been purged from my RAM by an evil MCP (or old age) ....all the terms from my first months in programming school , the associations may not seem as sharp to someone who hasn't pushed code, but still , the quaintness , Disney-ish ... overpowering. The 80's styles hair and clothes were cool in an embarrassing way ...

    A mixture of BattleStar Galactica , Star Wars , Alice In Wonderland, Gladiator, and graphics just a few steps above "Space Invaders" + a soundtrack by Wendy Carlos ..... just WOW ... loved it.

    Storyline

    Hacker/arcade owner Kevin Flynn is digitally broken down into a data stream by a villainous software pirate known as Master Control and reconstituted into the internal, 3-D graphical world of computers. It is there, in the ultimate blazingly colorful, geometrically intense landscapes of cyberspace, that Flynn joins forces with Tron to outmaneuver the Master Control Program that holds them captive in the equivalent of a gigantic, infinitely challenging computer game. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}



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