General Zombie's Movies Watched in 09/10

A Listmania! list by General Zombie (the West)
 
Sanshiro Sugata (AKA Judo Saga) [VHS]
1.  Sanshiro Sugata (AKA Judo Saga) [VHS] VHS Denjirô Ôkôchi
The list author says:
  "(B- for Criterion version DVD) Kurosawa's debut is a short, efficient little piece. It has the blunt characterizations and minimalist narrative of a silent film and some impressive visuals for the day."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Spellbound
2.  Spellbound DVD ~ Ingrid Bergman
The list author says:
  "(C+) The dream sequence is cool and the mystery itself is intriguing. The film contains an enormous amount of deadwood, however. Half an hour or more could be cut, easily."
$9.37   Used & New from: $6.30
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Trigger Effect
3.  The Trigger Effect DVD ~ Kyle MacLachlan
The list author says:
  "(B+) "Blackout causes civilizational breakdown" thriller. Low-key and maintains plausibility, for the most part, with a strong cast. I particularly like Shue, too bad she isn't in more good movies."
$9.95   Used & New from: $3.46
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Harry Brown
4.  Harry Brown DVD ~ Michael Caine
The list author says:
  "(B) Often described as Deathwish w/Michael Caine, which is exactly right. Caine is very good makes it less ridiculous than it should be. The social decay message is not subtle, though no less than the typical leftist messages that are always praised as insightful and nuanced."
$6.79   Used & New from: $2.04
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

Machete
5.  Machete DVD ~ Danny Trejo
The list author says:
  "(B-) Generally amusing, but I'd hoped for more with the Planet Terror/Sin City pedigree. Recycles most of the faux-trailer, which is half the point, but it also means we've seen most of the best punchlines. It's still definitely worth a watch for the exploitation film audience."
$4.50   Used & New from: $0.90
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Ran (Masterworks Edition)
6.  Ran (Masterworks Edition) DVD ~ Tatsuya Nakadai
The list author says:
  "(A-) I found this a little disappointing on first watch years back, but now the operatic intensity and grandiose visuals have a more direct impact on me. Excellent now, and it probably would've been quite stunning on the initial release."
$34.99   Used & New from: $0.20
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Lost Skeleton Returns Again
7.  The Lost Skeleton Returns Again DVD ~ H.M. Wynant
The list author says:
  "(B-) Pretty damn funny for the first half, but the latter portion is woefully uneven with some dreadful new characters. Most of the best stuff is just rehashed from the original, but it still provides enough amusement."
$9.99   Used & New from: $6.98
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Akira Kurosawa's SANSHIRO SUGATA II (Imported for All Regions) 1945
8.  Akira Kurosawa's SANSHIRO SUGATA II (Imported for All Regions) 1945 
The list author says:
  "(B for Criterion DVD) Mostly similar to the original, but a bit improved on most fronts. Has more fun fighting, particularly the grandly expressionistic climax."
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The Underneath
9.  The Underneath DVD ~ Peter Gallagher
The list author says:
  "(C) Soderbergh's neo-noir has the superficial elements but doesn't come together. None of the characters are either interesting or likable and the the affected mise en scene and chronological wrangling fail to save the unremarkable story. Finally, Gallagher's eyebrows are unbearable."
$4.70   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Compulsion
10.  Compulsion DVD ~ Orson Welles
The list author says:
  "(B-) Courtroom drama is quite bleak and mature for the era, too bad the Leopold/Loeb case wasn't more noteworthy beyond the killers' backgrounds. Welles' monologue at the end is impressively done, however, and helps end the film effectively."
$9.21   Used & New from: $5.00
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Blood and Wine
11.  Blood and Wine DVD ~ Jack Nicholson
The list author says:
  "(B) Largely unseen neo-noir has a couple of terrific lead performances, including a surprisingly good Dorf, and an efficient, tightly-wound narrative. It won't change your life, but it deserved more of an audience."
$11.69   Used & New from: $1.80
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Out of Sight (Collector's Edition)
12.  Out of Sight (Collector's Edition) DVD ~ George Clooney
The list author says:
  "(C) It's generally wise to avoid "quirky crime" pics unless Tarantino is involved, and that rule applies here. Clooney is his usual smug self, Lopez is a blank and the film as a whole is short on wit and intrigue. Bleh."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)

Five Easy Pieces
13.  Five Easy Pieces DVD ~ Jack Nicholson
The list author says:
  "(D+) A masturbatory affair for self-styled "iconoclasts" who are far too complicated and sophisticated for anyone to like them.  Nicholson's character is a petulant jerk, and, worse, he isn't interesting. The dearth of either humor or drama doesn't help."
$10.19   Used & New from: $4.34
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

Man on the Moon
14.  Man on the Moon DVD ~ Jim Carrey
The list author says:
  "(B+) Though I doubt Kaufman's work would've amused me much at the time, condensed into a two hour film his career provides solid entertainment. Film offers little insight into Kaufman's life, but the recreation of his bits never fails to amuse, even if they aren't conventionally funny."
$9.01   Used & New from: $0.44
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Palmetto
15.  Palmetto DVD ~ Woody Harrelson
The list author says:
  "(C) Another Florida neo-noir. Has a decent look and atmosphere, but Harrelson and Shue are miscast and the narrative just plods along until we get a couple of overly contrived twists."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Class of 1984
16.  Class of 1984 DVD ~ Perry King
The list author says:
  "(B) A rather cheesy b-movie, to be sure, but it's quite energetic and surprisingly well-acted. It displays a sort of over the top courage in its own convictions--it feels more sincere than lots of exploitation films."
$6.48   Used & New from: $3.52
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Goyokin
17.  Goyokin DVD ~ Tatsuya Nakadai
The list author says:
  "(A-) Narrative-wise this is a fairly typical samurai revenge tale, but it's gorgeously-made and keeps a terrific pace. It has class, it has killing too, a fine mix."
$22.55   Used & New from: $18.55
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)
18.  The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) DVD ~ Ricardo Darín
The list author says:
  "(B) Argentine Oscar-winner mixes cops 'n killer flick with romance and a twisted timeline. Has some impressive technical feats and is effectively performed. Some late revelations are quite lame, but they don't matter much."
$8.94   Used & New from: $3.94
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Town
19.  The Town DVD ~ Ben Affleck
The list author says:
  "(B+) Generic story is moved to the screen with great care. Affleck is more likable than usual and all other significant roles are very good too. It works, apart from a rather cheesy denouement"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (637 customer reviews) | 12 customer discussions

The Betrayed
20.  The Betrayed DVD ~ Melissa George
The list author says:
  "(C+) B-movie thriller has a somewhat clever script, but it's also a bit rough around the edges and stagy. A watchable throwaway, but nothing more."
$14.88   Used & New from: $1.27
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

The Last of the Mohicans (Enhanced Widescreen) (1992)
21.  The Last of the Mohicans (Enhanced Widescreen) (1992) DVD ~ Daniel Day-Lewis
The list author says:
  "(B-) One of your definitive standard issue big budget epics. Looks good, solid action, but also needlessly bloated and self-important."
$17.97   Used & New from: $0.49
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (887 customer reviews) | 9 customer discussions

The Pit/Hellgate
22.  The Pit/Hellgate DVD ~ Richard Alden
The list author says:
  "(B for "Pit" C for "Hellgate") "Pit" is a truly surreal, almost baffling forgotten movie. Good for cult film audiences. "Hellgate" is intriguingly odd too, but is massively flawed and never works dramatically."
$34.99   Used & New from: $27.99
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

Blink
23.  Blink DVD ~ Madeleine Stowe
The list author says:
  "(C+) Another romantic thriller. It's mostly effective on a scene by scene basis, but is also overstuffed and can't balance the elements. Stowe's lead is also a tad irritating and unsympathetic."
$6.00   Used & New from: $1.08
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

Dark Night of the Scarecrow
24.  Dark Night of the Scarecrow DVD ~ Charles Durning
The list author says:
  "(B-) A tv-movie from '81, which alone will scare off many viewers. Considering the natural limitations, this is a pretty entertaining bit of revenge horror with a fun turn from Durning."
$13.44   Used & New from: $6.86
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)

Frozen
25.  Frozen DVD ~ Shawn Ashmore
The list author says:
  "(B+) After Green's passable horror geek pander "Hatchet" I was surprised how serious and mature this is. It's not flawless, but the best moments sear and it displays some originality."
$7.78   Used & New from: $3.76
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Airplane II: The Sequel
26.  Airplane II: The Sequel DVD ~ Robert Hays
The list author says:
  "(C+) Modestly amusing most of the time, but too much of the material is flatly rehashed and the new material generally isn't very good. The absence of Nielsen obviously hurts, as does the new creative team."
$9.10   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

Morvern Callar
27.  Morvern Callar DVD ~ Samantha Morton
The list author says:
  "(F) Hipster cinema at its worst. Samantha Morton spends 90 minutes with a blank look on her face, then it ends. Critics love this kinda dreck, cause the absolute lack of content and meaning lets them extrapolate wildly. Not recommended for human consumption."
$22.47   Used & New from: $7.75
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Night Train to Munich (The Criterion Collection)
28.  Night Train to Munich (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Margaret Lockwood
The list author says:
  "(B-) Not much of this film is unexpected or unfamiliar for the modern viewer, but the performances are strong and Reed can put a movie together."
$16.99   Used & New from: $16.21
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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