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Fri, Sep. 5th, 2008, 06:52 pm
Movie catchup Part two

I should mention these will get longer once I get more caught up.  Now back to our show:

2/20/07 Sunset Boulevard: I have to admit this one was a bit of a disappointment for me. It’s a good movie don’t get me wrong, but for as many best of lists as this movie is on I feel it has not aged all that well. For those who don’t know this is the Billy Wilder movie about a faded movie star who seduces an unsuccessful screenwriter into making her comeback. She thinks she is using him for her comeback and he is using her for money. Again it’s a good movie and if you just sit down and watch it without knowing anything you should enjoy it. If it has been over hyped for you as it was for me then you may be disappointed.
6.5/10

2/23/07 Downfall: What a wonderfully depressing movie! This depicts the last twelve days of Hitler in his Berlin bunker through the eyes of secretary Traudi Junge. This is about as depressing as a good movie can possibly get and yet it is a fascinating movie to watch. I also don’t buy the criticism that Hitler was made too venerable and sympathetic of a character. Yes he is a weak beaten down nub of a person here but I imagine that’s close to how. My feeling is he is where he is in this movie because of what he did leading up to the movie and thus he dug his own grave.
9/10

2/23/07 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: I’m a Bogart mark so I’ve yet to see one I have not liked. This is a little different in that it’s not a noir film it’s set in the early 1900s and he is digging for gold. The movie is really about greed and that when all your looking for is money you will never find enough. This is one of Bogart’s better performances as he branches out from his usual awesomeness. 
8/10
2/27/07: Paths of Glory: If I have said it once I’ve said it a thousand times I’m just not that big of a Kubrick fan. Strangelove is probably the best in my option this one is dull and spent two hours to say that he doesn’t like authoritarian ignorance. Douglas is good and the film but that is about all it has going for it. 
4.5/10   
2/27/07 M:  Fritz Lang’s first talkie and it’s an impressive one. Peter Lorre was so good here he had a hard time being seen as anything other than the creepy as child killer. Lang decided that if he was going to use sound he was going to see what he could do with it and to that end he made better use of it than most. If you haven’t seen this rent it.
8.5/10
3/01/07: Alien: The Ridley Scott classic has aged pretty well over the years and there really is not many scenes in this flick that have not become iconic. Scott set the stage for what has been ripped off so many times since and was basically the template for all 80’s space movies that didn’t rip of star wars. 
9/10
3/01/07 City of God: Here is another movie that is enjoyable enough but has been built up so high that I was pretty disappointed. The movie is an enjoyable foreign film and nothing more to me. It’s not a film you must see before you die or any of the other hype that has been heaped upon it. For those who don’t know this takes place in Rio De Janerio and over the course of two decades follows the life of a boy named Rocket who tries to pull himself out of the slums as a photographer. 
6.5/10
3/09/07 Aliens: Pure 80’s gold. Thought this movie does not age as well as the original it is one hell of a blast. Camron realizing he couldn’t repeat Ridley’s atmospheric horror he went for straight up big budget action and he did it in spades. Game over man indeed. If you haven’t seen this one but like the original make it a priority. 
8.5/10
3/09/07 The Best Years of Our Lives: I really really like this movie. I felt the film really shows the war is hell aspect of military life without coming off with some antiwar statement. Harold Russell is excellent as the soldier who lost his hands.
8/10
3/15/07 Alien 3: It’s kind of amazing how flawed a start Fincher’s movie career got off to. The director’s cut though unfinished is much better but still far from perfection. This is a movie I think someone either grew up on and has a fondness for or didn’t and sees it for the mess it is. I find it a fun-ish movie that I won’t watch very often if ever again. The documentary to accompany this is disappointing in that they backed off at the last minute and cut a lot of the good stuff supposedly. 
6/10