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Old August 4 2010, 02:25 AM   #606
Temis the Vorta
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Re: Movies Seen in 2010

Nightmare Alley - Reportedly, Tyrone Power Jr was unhappy with his career because he got sick of playing swashbuckling types and wanted more gritty, psychologically complex roles. This movie must have been his ideal. It's a very strange but compelling story of an overambitious carny who becomes a renowned "mentalist" using cold reading tricks familiar from Vegas acts. Power is great at walking the fine line between hero and villain, and never quite letting the audience know which side we should be on.

Departures - Touching Japanese movie about a failed cellist who becomes (reluctantly at first) a mortician, though in Japan the job has very specific ritualistic overtones (and is considered a pariah type job). A bit sappy in places - they should have toned down the music.

Inception - Yall have probably heard of this one. Fun, worth your $10, but is more impressive from the perspective of commerce - Nolan's ideas of dreams never stray too far from the car chase/explosion/video game demands of summer popcorn flicks, a decision fully justified by the massive b.o take - than philosophy or art. As for the ending,

Scaramouche - A real museum piece, but fun if you're into 50s costume dramas. The 6 1/2 minute, multi-level swordfight in a Paris opera house between Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrer is worth the price of admission. Oh yeah, and Stu should have dumped pallid Janet Leigh and married Eleanor Parker instead, with whom he had a lot more chemistry.

EDIT: Throughout the movie, the guy who played Stu's younger adoptive brother was driving me crazy with that whole wherehaveIseenhimbefore???? thing. I finally IMDB'ed him - he's Oscar Goldman from The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman!!!

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