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post #951 of 971

Popped in the Criterion of SECONDS last night.  Still my favorite Frankenheimer.  The movie's not perfect, but it's perfect enough, if that makes any sense.

 

Frankenheimer and James Wong Howe stylize the movie to a point that you could argue is undisciplined, but the photography contributes so much to the unsettling atmosphere of the piece.  Not to mention how influential it is.  The whole "bolt the camera to a moving actor" gimmick got Aronofsky all kinds of plaudits at Sundance thirty years later, and come to think of it, PI kind of has the same ending, doesn't it?

 

It's fun to pick out the 1960s character actors in this.  You've got Wesley Addy from WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? and HUSH...HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE.  Jeff Corey was the wino in LADY IN A CAGE, which I watched only three posts up.  The wonderfully kooky Khigh Dhiegh, who was the brainwasher in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE.  And Murry Hamilton, ten years before he'd get elected as Amity Island's mayor.

 

In the commentary track, which was recorded for the 2002 DVD release, Frankenheimer laments cutting out a scene where Rock Hudson goes to visit his character's daughter and son-and-law (played by Leonard Nimoy), which would have come right before the scene where he visits his wife.  Apparently he would have restored it had the footage been found, which it was not:

 

post #952 of 971

SECONDS is amazing, and Rock Hudson is a revelation in it.

post #953 of 971

Definitely the best performance I've seen out of him.  And Will Greer as the John Hammond of the evil company is just marvelous.  Hummingbirds wish they could flap their wings as much as he bats his eyes in this movie.

post #954 of 971

That Frankenheimer run of SECONDS, MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, and SEVEN DAYS IN MAY is pretty damned hard to beat.  I keep hoping that Criterion does 7DIM so that I can have all three with that level of care and treatment.

post #955 of 971
My fave Frankenheimer is The Train. It might be my favorite Burt Lancaster film as well. Filmstruck has a current series called Early Frankenheimer with that, Seven Days in May and a couple of others.
post #956 of 971

THE TRAIN is a great one.  I keep hoping that that'll end up on a Criterion blu ray one of these days as well.

post #957 of 971

A mention if you dig Frankenheimer, PATH TO WAR is a must. One of the great final films. 

post #958 of 971
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A mention if you dig Frankenheimer, PATH TO WAR is a must. One of the great final films. 

 

It's all about RONIN for me.  What a hell of a film to go out on (I flat out ignore REINDEER GAMES).

post #959 of 971
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THE TRAIN is a great one.  I keep hoping that that'll end up on a Criterion blu ray one of these days as well.

I wonder that too, if Filmstruck is showcasing it. However, it's currently available via Twilight Time - https://www.twilighttimemovies.com/train-the-encore-edition-blu-ray/ 

post #960 of 971
We were talking up THE NICKEL RIDE over in THE EXORCIST III thread, so it was time to spin it up. An unjustly unknown crime film starring Jason Miller (who, fresh off THE EXORCIST, turned down TAXI DRIVER to be in this ultimately obscure movie) as a doomed middleman for the mob, it's basically an exercise in bleakness. The fate of the character is pretty foreseeable from the beginning, and the movie very effectively traffics in the dread of waiting out the inevitable. If you're looking for an intimate, downbeat character drama, this is for you.

Robert Mulligan never made the same movie twice, did he? You don't hear him mentioned enough among the greats, but he absolutely deserves to be. If you only know him as the guy who directed TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, you're missing out on a terrific and diverse filmography.
post #961 of 971
I really REALLY need to see Exorcist 3. Hell I should probably just grab the blu box with all the films (if there is one) seeing as how my blu of the first Exorcist got fucking stolen..
post #962 of 971

Thankfully there is a Blu set of all the movies in the franchise, Fraid.

 

This is the first time I've really looked at this thread and just from a little skimming, I know I have made a mistake. I am sure I'll get great suggestions and I should also post at least once in awhile about something worthwhile I have seen and can talk about.

post #963 of 971
The first and third are all anyone needs. The original is a classic. III is a chilling slow burn, a nice predecessor to the slasher noir craze that Silence of the Lambs and Seven cornered the market on. Just got Scream Factory’s Blu-ray.

That hallway scene is one for the books.
post #964 of 971
The Paul Schrader version of the prequel is worth a look as well.
post #965 of 971

First time I watched L.A. Confidential in many moons. This movie is great, but I forgot that this movie is GREAT. Nothing much to see here.

 

It's dawned on me that Fox execs saw this and wanted Crowe or no one else to play Wolverine for a few months.

 

Why didn't Guy Pearce get more leading role work in Hollywood?

 

God, those two were the biggest Australians to hit the scene since Mel.

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I also forgot that Kevin Spacey gets killed much later than I remembered. Thought it was halfway in; there's still 35-40 minutes to go when he gets offed.
 
Oh yeah, you can see the skeeve factor jacked up in his performance to.
post #966 of 971

Also, holy shit, James Cromwell would make a great Bob Mueller if he was 20-25 years younger.

post #967 of 971

Goddamn, how is Master & Commander just THAT GOOD? 

post #968 of 971
Is Peter Weir pronounced Peter 'Wire'?

Because if not I'm gonna continue to keep calling Darkseid Dark SEED.

Wait......Lynard Skynard called him Dark SIDE in Justice League, didn't he..

DAMN IT
post #969 of 971
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Goddamn, how is Master & Commander just THAT GOOD? 

 

Which it is an expertly blended cocktail of acting, writing, set design, sound and direction. Ballsy (or oblivious) producers too.

post #970 of 971
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Which it is an expertly blended cocktail of acting, writing, set design, sound and direction. Ballsy (or oblivious) producers too.

 

Indeed. 

 

I just love it to bits. There's not a single thing in it I would cut cause it's all in service to said delicious cocktail of maritime awesomness. So riveting and exciting to watch.

Can't someone just turn this into a Netflix series so I can continue having adventures with Lucky Jack? Please? 

post #971 of 971
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Indeed. 

 

I just love it to bits. There's not a single thing in it I would cut cause it's all in service to said delicious cocktail of maritime awesomness. So riveting and exciting to watch.

Can't someone just turn this into a Netflix series so I can continue having adventures with Lucky Jack? Please? 

 

I'm torn between wanting to see Crowe, Bettany, Weir and that supporting cast (Jesus, that supporting cast) reunite, and wanting someone to have a proper go at adapting the full series. Having Crowe and Maturin as older versions would be great, and there are plenty of "ageing war horse" elements of the books as well as sub-plots that can be backstory, but the first half of the series is easily my favourite, and seeing Aubrey and Maturin go from first meeting as relative youngsters to the full friendship of mature men would be fantastic.

 

Also, the books would allow more time for the plots relating to their Austen-like private lives and the spy stuff, which are key parts of what makes the books, and O'Brien's voice, so engaging and enjoyable.

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