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  • Crazy Joe 1974

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Sep, 2014

    70ember #4

    I've been trying to get my hands on this little actioner for a few years now. Mostly because it is one of those rare opportunities for Peter Boyle to carry a film as the lead.
    He's Crazy Joe Gallo, a low ranking mobster with lofty ambitions and no grasp of the mechanics of organized crime. Boyle, Rip Torn, Henry Winkler and a few of actual Italian origin run around causing havoc and pissing of the elders.
    Actually, whenever…

  • The Italian Connection 1972

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Sep, 2014

    70ember #3

    Mari Adorf's name isn't even on the poster, yet he's pictured front and center? How is that possible? That being said, neither is Henry Silva, but that makes a bit more sense seeing as Strode (total badass) and Silva (hilariously unaware that his combover makes him the furthest thing from a ladies man) are surprisingly short on screen time....
    It's all about the frames, headbutting pimp Luca Canali (Adorf in a wonderful take) and his efforts to avoid…

  • Across 110th Street 1972

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Sep, 2014

    70ember #2

    The intro to this film is how I wish New York city had remained for ever. It also sets the tone perfectly and lets us know more or less what to expect. And then there's that song by Bobby Womack. Top notch in every aspect.
    There are a lot of dumbasses in this film, but it's such a frantic storyline that no one stays around for long enough to annoy you too much. A lack of a clear…

  • Begin Again 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Sep, 2014

    It was around spring time that I found out about John Carney's follow-up to the wonderful Once, and it immediately became one to look out for and definitely check out once available.
    This time around Carney's working with established stars and some songs seem written for Adam Levine in stead of surving the purpose of narrative supplement as was the case of Once. Add to that the fact that Levine can't act and you can imagine how the first act…

  • Coherence 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Aug, 2014

    An improvised script makes for a bumpy ride dialogue wise, but the actors are solid enough to make it work, for the most part.
    It's an interesting concept, and it kept me glued to the screen once it really got going, I only wish it'd let us figure some things out for ourselves, as plot devices structuring out the basis of the happenings are too neat for my tastes.
    While I sat there watching I got this creeping sensation I'd…

  • The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid 1972

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Sep, 2014

    70ember #1.
    The tone never sat that well with me, and Duvall's Jesse James is a hideous creature. Thankfully he's just a bit part player as The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid is mostly about Cole Younger and his brothers.
    Set in 1876, this follows the road that leads to the death of the Younger clan in Minnesota, and quite a lot of bickering between the Youngers and James'.
    Cliff Robertson is excellent as Younger, and all over this cast is…

  • The Lady Eve 1941

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2014

    It's all a bit silly, but Babs is so astonishing it doesn't matter. Pretty funny script as well, with almost everyone given some golden line of diaogue or other.
    Preston Sturges basically teams up with Barbara Stanwyck and spend the entire film making fun of Henry Fonda, but he's a good sport and goes along with everything.
    Most screwball comedies are borderline nonsensical, but this one almost outdoes it. Still, a cast of Fonda, Stanwyck, Coburn, Demarast and more (I…

  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet 1971

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Aug, 2014

    Bud Spencer is so damn awesome here. Too bad he's only in it for about 5 minutes.
    I can't really comment on it's qualities as giallos go, as this is only my second, but it was a very good start to my season of horror genre films.
    Hot women (for me it's Francine Racette > Mimsy Farmer), cool musicians (the music played isn't my thing at all but it does add a certain something), a paranoia plot and some astute filmmaking.…

  • The Hunter 1980

    ★★★ Watched 22 Aug, 2014 2

    The king of cool on his last legs, and it's showing. Mostly in his driving.
    It still has some elements of cool, like his living arrangements, and Ben Johnson and Eli Wallach's cameos are small, but still a nice touch.
    It basically boils down to be a film for completists, and not much else, unfortunately, but it's always nice to say farewell.
    Tracey Walter is a mad, mad, mad, mad dude.

  • Night Moves 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Aug, 2014

    I'm a big, maybe even huge (who you calling fat?!), fan of Kelly Reichardt. She's become a safe haven of indie delights in this topsy turvy world of big budget tent poles.
    Night Moves follows suit, not only because it is filmed and based in the rural parts of Oregon, as most of her work is (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, Meek's Cutoff). It is because it is very, very good. And because it encapsules the indie effect in a…

  • Stolen Face 1952

    ★★★ Watched 29 Aug, 2014

    The first Hammer of the fall season.

    Terrence Fisher dishes out a story that still haunts directors to this day (Almodovar's probably a fan, considering The Skin I Live In). Lizabeth Scott is great in dual roles, and Paul Henreid is his own steadfast self.
    Henried plays a very successful surgeon that sometimes dabbles in pro bono work for the less fortunate. Tired and over worked, he's forced to take a minor vacation, and on his way there, foul weather…

  • The One I Love 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Aug, 2014

    Charlie McDowell's leap from blogger to director doesn't appear to have fazed him all that much. Teaming up with the Duplass brothers and scoring Elisabeth Moss as his female lead, this thoughtful and unique exposè of what we look for in our partner and how it effects a partnership long term raises some interesting questions and is as challenging for the viewer as it is the couple on-screen (well, almost).
    The plot challenges the two actors (Duplass and Moss) in…