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Old 04-14-2019, 02:25 AM   #7751
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Bedroom Eyes (1984)

"I think I'm turning into a pervert."

A man becomes an obsessive voyeur at one woman's apartment only to witness her death. Actually, I only wanted to watch #2 because Linda Blair is in that, but I hate watching sequels without the original.
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Old 04-14-2019, 03:11 AM   #7752
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Dunkirk (2017)


This and Lawrence will be reviewed...tomorrow. Because I had a long week and I've had a headache half of today.
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ClerksII (2006)

"As you know, my online handle is Optimus Prime.
-I know that, I wish I didn't."

Virgins from Hell (1987)

"So that's why they wanted all those coconuts."

Bad and trashy, but fun. Probably not as explicit as the title suggests, but not a family movie either. This Filipino exploitation flick follows a mostly chaste (hence the title) girl biker gang seeking revenge on a drug kingpin, but who get imprisoned. In the first ten minutes alone they lift music from Dune and Rambo II (and I don't mean legally sampling).
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Old 04-15-2019, 02:05 AM   #7754
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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

"They will be good for you! God smiles upon the generous!"

I have to say this was worth the wait. Probably the longest I've watched, and if not, right up there (I saw the theatrical LOTR flicks, but I dunno those run times off my head and don't feel like looking them up at the moment). I really love the cinematography in here, the epic landscape shots that make me want to watch 2001 all over again. I liked David Lean's opening choice, just having the music roll over you, really sets the mood, and the simple intro of O'Toole working on the motorcycle is tasteful.

I have to say that the way the character is portrayed (and hell if I know what he was really like) was odd, engaging, and masterfully acted. O'Toole was a great choice for the role, and I loved the way he and Sharif played against/with each other as foils-turned-friends. (I have to admit I kind of admired Sharif's decision to turn to politics, rising to the challenge for the future of his land, so to speak). The other tribal lord, Alda, was also a fascinating man, very world-weary in his way, but also kind of set in those ways.

God, seeing Alec Guinness again was something, he played the role of Prince Faisal so well. My dad also immediately caught Jose Ferrer as the Turkish officer, and it reminded me of him playing in To Be or Not To Be. Both of us were shaking our heads during the battle madness scene, when Lawrence and the army just straight massacre the Turks.

For me, the two most hurtful scenes were when Lawrence had to execute his friend; and when their attempt at setting up a new ruling council in Damascus collapsed. I had a huge laugh when those two boys were walking behind the camel and got caught, and so was very dismayed when things turned sour after Lawrence rescued that poor bastard from a miserable fate and earned a shitload of respect from the tribe. Later, seeing all they worked for fizzle out, that it was in very real danger of becoming an all-for-nothing situation, that really stung. On a side note, I wonder how Lawrence is viewed in modern-day Saudi Arabia.

I don't know if this is in "My Top X" for me of all time, maybe for its genre, but I definitely have to give it major credit for being a film of truly unique quality.


Dunkirk (2017)

"The sweetest sound you'll hear in these parts."

My mother told me she thought this was boring when I said dad and I would be watching it. I'm not sure what exactly I expected, but "boring" it was not. If anything, I would have to say it had a very measured and deliberate pacing, neither slow nor fast, moving at the kind of speed a metronome was invented for.

The cinematography was excellent, great visuals all around and plenty of meaning conveyed therein. I didn't really understand the whole "one week/day/hour" text, that didn't immediately (or eventually, either) make sense for me, but I don't think its inclusion was bad.

The dog fighting of the pilots and the old father on the boat were what I liked most, the father's resolve to help evacuate men and the pilots pulling airborne miracles (especially that last move at the end). It's a depressing film to be sure, but hopeful and very well made at the same time. Kind of reminds me of The Guns of Navarone a bit.
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Say Anything (1989)

"Brains stay with brains! The bomb could go off and their mutant genes would form the same cliques."

Turned 30 today.

Bedroom Eyes 2 (1989)

"Vinnie, if you f**k me on this, I'll have your balls for earrings."

Meh. About the same quality as the first. Blair was a fun addition.

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Lawrence of Arabia (1962) ... I really love the cinematography in here, the epic landscape shots that make me want to watch 2001 all over again...
David Lean is particularly known for having a keen eye and really getting the best from his DP, but the Lean/Freddie Young collaboration is at its best here.

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...I have to say that the way the character is portrayed (and hell if I know what he was really like) was odd, engaging, and masterfully acted...
Yeah, I haven't read as much as I'd like to on that, but apparently Lawrence's love of the desert and his show-boaty awareness of press are accurate. They also hint at his sadomasochistic tendencies. Supposedly, when he returned to England he would hire this guy to just beat him up. I think the complexity and (he's downright contradictory at points) ambiguity of the real man and the performance are part of why the movie is still so highly regarded. At the end of it (and the funeral comments just reinforce this with multiple viewings) you don't feel like you've totally grasped this man.



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...O'Toole was a great choice for the role, and I loved the way he and Sharif played against/with each other as foils-turned-friends...
I was shocked to later learn that Sharif's character is fictional, but his character is basically a conflation of a few leaders that worked with Lawrence throughout the war. But he's so great here anyway.

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I don't know if this is in "My Top X" for me of all time, maybe for its genre, but I definitely have to give it major credit for being a film of truly unique quality.
That's cool. There are legitimate reasons why it might not shoot to anyone's top. For me, it's just one of those classics that I heard about and didn't have to be sold on. The very first time I watched The Godfather, Casablanca, or LoA I was enamored with them and it seems like every time I re-watch those (or a few others) I immediately remember how much I love them.
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My reviews of Shazam, and Us.

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A Candle in the Dark: The Story of William Carey (1998)

"God preserve us from traditions and vanity."

Entrapment (1999)

"It's impossible. But doable."

Twentieth anniversary, which I might not have marked except I got it cheap at the library recently.
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The Mummy (1999)

"You dream about dead guys?"

The fam and I watched this the other night (4/16) for its 20th anniversary. It had been a while and was fun to re-watch.

The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning (2007)

"What's with sliding across the hood?"

This felt a little more like the format of the show, but still too much of a sex comedy.
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