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    American Dreamer (2018)

    American Dreamer starring Jim Gaffigan, Isabel Arraiza, Robbie Jones. Directed by Derrick Borte. It's playing right now in limited release. It has a pretty poor critic score on RT of 60%. What can I...
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    SHORT: Congratulations! Completing a project is a...

    Congratulations! Completing a project is a genuine accomplishment, and you are to be heartily congratulated, and deserve all credit for it.

    Re: trailer. Almost regardless of genre, I personally...
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    All true - and I glossed over it, because the...

    All true - and I glossed over it, because the relevant part was that it all served to diminish the danger and sense of threat that is necessary for suspense to operate, and the details you mention...
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    Ha, ha, I guess we've long since agreed to...

    Ha, ha, I guess we've long since agreed to disagree - but to me it's always interesting to try to understand (even if I don't agree) a different point of view, which is why I've continued to roll...
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    Fine, we can call it "suspense" - although,...

    Fine, we can call it "suspense" - although, c'mon, it's a "suspense" movie notably lacking in suspense, and by that measure fails at the most fundamental level - I mean, let us be real honest...
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    Sorry, Cary, I didn't mean to convey that I...

    Sorry, Cary, I didn't mean to convey that I classify Notorious as film noir - I don't. I expressed myself poorly. Here's what I meant - that the parlor room crime novel (and film) was a convention...
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    Oh, about a million, I'd guess :), but one I...

    Oh, about a million, I'd guess :), but one I mentioned in a recent post here is Out of the Past (1947), directed by Jacques Tourneur, I mentioned it as an excellent film in contrast to the same...
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    People will have differing reactions, that's par...

    People will have differing reactions, that's par for the course and quite natural. I don't intentionally try to be a contrarian, or intentionally "rock the boat" - I've just gotten used to trusting...
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    Notorious (1946) Alfred Hitchcock

    I recently re-watched Notorious, the 1946 Alfred Hitchcock acclaimed film:

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038787/

    The critics and audiences seem to be in agreement - they love it! RT score for...
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    A Single Shot (2013)

    Starring Sam Rockwell and William Macy:

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1540741/

    Nice premise, poor execution. Badly shot, bad pacing, iffy acting. Macy was excellent, but that's about the best...
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    Confessions (2010) - Kokuhaku

    This is an excellent Japanese film, and a breath of fresh air:

    Confessions 2010

    It made quite a bit of noise in its time, and was very well received both critically and by audiences, making a...
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    Thanks, Reggie Brown. I have not as yet watched...

    Thanks, Reggie Brown. I have not as yet watched the film, but I saw the credit listing on youtube. From what you wrote here, I assumed you were the director or producer, but of course this is the...
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    Interestingly, the film has very poor scores on...

    Interestingly, the film has very poor scores on RT - both critics (54%) and audience (38%) as of today (09/12/2019) - this is pretty bad showing for a Jarmusch movie. Good. I don't think poorly made...
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    OTHER: I loved the dark-haired actress!

    I loved the dark-haired actress!
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    Cameras will always have the hardware advantage -...

    Cameras will always have the hardware advantage - granted. But cellphone EOMs are really running away with the computational side of it - to the point, where I simply don't see camera-only companies,...
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    The Dead Don't Die (2019)

    Jim Jarmusch made the amazing "Stranger than Paradise" (1984) and the quite good "Down by Law" (1986) and then ran out of steam. And that's how we arrive at "The Dead Don't Die", a film that has no...
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    The Loudest Voice (2019) Showtime

    This was a pretty excellent show, 7 episodes. The absolute best was the acting by Russell Crowe. It so happens that I was fairly familiar with how Roger Ailes (whom RC depicts) looked and acted...
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    12 Suicidal Teens (2019)

    "12 Suicidal Teens" (2019) is a very interesting Japanese film, the Japanese title "Jūni-nin no shinitai kodomo-tachi".

    The outstanding thing about it, is how well it's shot. The shot selection,...
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    I don't know where you saw it, but don't completely discount the possibility that it was projected too dark - tons of movie theaters are miscalibrated like that and show films too dark. Honestly it's...
  20. Aru koroshiya no kagi (1967) - A Killer's Key

    Aru koroshiya no kagi (1967) - it's very easy to confuse this film for another film Aru koroshi ya (1967) by the same director, with the English title variously and often wrogly transposed from one...
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    Nightfall (1957); The Big Heat (1953)

    I watched these two movies back to back, and what a contrast! First there's Nightfall, release date is variously given as 1957 or 1956. In either case, it's directed by Jacques Tourneur, the...
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    That’s hilarious, Mitch, I’ve never seen that one...

    That’s hilarious, Mitch, I’ve never seen that one before! John Waters is a national treasure!
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    Definitely a fan, of all his old pre-Hollywood...

    Definitely a fan, of all his old pre-Hollywood movies, those are absolutely the best. But of the Hollywood movies, I guess Polyester is my fave, where it's sort of a bridge between those two worlds,...
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    Polyester (1981)

    Rewatched Polyester yesterday - Hollywood could not fully tame John Waters. Like so many of his movies, not only has it stood the test of time, it's gained, matured like fine wine. Wonderfully...
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    That really says it all. Nothing to add, nothing to subtract.

    And just because I can't leave good enough alone, I'll add some superflous verbiage :)

    The key sentence that boils...
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