movie-talk What are you watching rn?

mlesemann

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I watched Hulu's new thriller last night - mostly because I'll watch pretty much anything Sarah Paulson is in. Both she and newcomer Kiera Allen (who plays her daughter) are excellent, and it's well worth watching.

Much of the attention to the movie has been focused on the fact that Allen does use a wheelchair in real life, which explains why she whipped around corners so fast. As a screenwriter and indie filmmaker, I was impressed by the movie's excellent use of (mostly) two actors and one location (a house).

Run (2020)

8/10
 
Recently watched the original Cape Fear with Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, & Polly Bergen after having seen the Scorsese version many times. I've seen Peck in a fair amount of stuff but my only previous experience with Mitchum was The Night of The Hunter so now I'm looking for my next Robert Mitchum film and I'm thinking about jumping forward quite a bit to The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

Cape Fear
The Night of the Hunter
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
 

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Recently watched the original Cape Fear with Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, & Polly Bergen after having seen the Scorsese version many times. I've seen Peck in a fair amount of stuff but my only previous experience with Mitchum was The Night of The Hunter so now I'm looking for my next Robert Mitchum film and I'm thinking about jumping forward quite a bit to The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

Cape Fear
The Night of the Hunter
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
oh yeah what did you think the blaring music and strong dolly pushin throughout cape fear?
 
oh yeah what did you think the blaring music and strong dolly pushin throughout cape fear?

I enjoyed the way the movie was shot however I'm unsure why I became somewhat bored toward the last 1/3 of the picture? I was already used to some of the music as it is the same as the '91 version, I love the Main Title. Sometimes IMO the music use seemed a bit over the top but it's nothing that bothered me much considering when the film was made. However I'm no expert on films from this time period (more on that in a min). In speaking of the blaring music, I just found out the other day the wonderful composer Bernard Hermann who did the score here originally tried to do a loud booming type score for The Exorcist but it was rejected (the right choice for that film I believe) by William Friedkin.

Anyway as I said I'm not even all that knowledgeable of the films from this era. Most of my film viewing experience ranges from the 1970's to today but I'm working to expand that. I'm less versed in the movies made from the 1960's and earlier. In checking my Letterboxd account (assuming it is mostly accurate) I've logged:

7 films from the 1930's
12 films from the 1940's
25 films from the 1950's
38 films from the 1960's

Far more films logged in the decades following.

Bernard Hermann
The Exorcist
William Friedkin
 
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sfoster

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I enjoyed the way the movie was shot however I'm unsure why I was became somewhat bored toward the last 1/3 of the picture? I was already used to some of the music as it is the same as the '91 version, I love the Main Title. Sometimes IMO the music use seemed a bit over the top but it's nothing that bothered me much considering when the film was made. However I'm no expert on films from this time period (more on that in a min). In speaking of the blaring music, I just found out the other day the wonderful composer Bernard Hermann who did the score here originally tried to do a loud booming type score for The Exorcist but it was rejected (the right choice for that film I believe) by William Friedkin.

Anyway as I said I'm not even all that knowledgeable of the films from this era. Most of my film viewing experience ranges from the 1970's to today but I'm working to expand that. I'm less versed in the movies made from the 1960's and earlier. In checking my Letterboxd account (assuming it is mostly accurate) I've logged:

7 films from the 1930's
12 films from the 1940's
25 films from the 1950's
38 films from the 1960's

Far more films logged in the decades following.

Bernard Hermann
The Exorcist
William Friedkin
There are movies that are timeless and it doesnt matter what decade they were made.
I personally dont give movies extra leeway or take it easy on them when i judge them just bc theyre old

in some ways that is unfair... but in other ways... there really are some old ass movies that are still amazing to this day.
Movie rec's are a dime a dozen and every asshole as their opinion.

But two great movies from the 30s are M and City Lights. Both 1931.
I've seen every charlie chaplin film he ever directed and thats my favorite.
 
There are movies that are timeless and it doesnt matter what decade they were made.
I personally dont give movies extra leeway or take it easy on them when i judge them just bc theyre old

in some ways that is unfair... but in other ways... there really are some old ass movies that are still amazing to this day.
Movie rec's are a dime a dozen and every asshole as their opinion.

But two great movies from the 30s are M and City Lights. Both 1931.
I've seen every charlie chaplin film he ever directed and thats my favorite.
How did you feel overall about Cape Fear ('62)?

I will definitely agree there are super old movies that are still incredible start to finish. I guess I wanted to like the movie going in which helps and in this case my initial reaction was I'm enjoying this but some of these music cues are just "too much." It wasn't enough to ruin the movie for me by any means and I just chalked it up to that being "of the time" but as I said, I don't have extensive knowledge of '60's films so perhaps in my case I am being too easy on it.

I'm always up for rec's & I love City Lights! I'll add M to my watchlist, thanks.

Speaking of love for Chaplin (I still haven't seen all of his films yet!) I was lucky enough to attend a screening of Modern Times with live accompaniment (they surprised us with Kid Auto Races At Venice beforehand!) and man was it an awesome experience!
 

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This dude is very funny with a great voice - rewatched this special last night.


And he put up a new special On the Roof 2 days ago, gonna watch it this weekend.
 
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I watched Comrade Detective on Amazon.

It was described and sold to me as a 6-episode government sponsored propaganda series from 1983 to promote communism in romania.
Now remastered audio with english dub.

I really enjoyed the first few episodes, it kinda felt like a bizarre series directed by tommy wiseau or something lol.
Some really peculiar stuff going on that made it feel like a parallel reality and I liked how different the show was.

It didn't feel too hollywood and it didn't share our values and i liked that.. for the first 3 episodes.
and then it dramatically changed
from a land where the police are you friend and its government sponsored propaganda.. suddenly it becomes a show about how the police are corrupt and abusive and donald trump is an asshole. Yes 1983 romania and its black lives matter and donald trump is an asshole. What a bait and switch!!!!!!!!!! THIS WAS NOT THE SHOW I SIGNED UP FOR its just more liberal hollywood bullshit. Which is fine but don't tell me its something else ya know, dont piss on my leg and tell me its raining you assholes.

So yeah that really pissed me off that it sold me one show and then delivered another.
But I did laugh at the first few episodes and enjoy those.
 
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