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Netflix Rundown: March 09 by Barbecue Bros
April 1, 2009, 2:05 pm
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College (2008) – 1/10

Awful, poorly acted, not funny, and absolutely dreadful. A homeless man’s Superbad, even right down to the three main characters.

The Hustler (1961) – 8/10
Been digging into Paul Newman’s filmography more and more. The Hustler is another great film, though a bit long for my tastes (it took me two viewings to get through it).

The Godfather Pt. II (1974) – 9/10

It probably took me way too long, but I was not disappointed at all for finally viewing the Godfather Trilogy. I viewed the first two via the Coppola Restoration Blu-rays and the third on DVR taped from HBO HD. Pacino and DeNiro were both as great as advertised.

The French Connection (1971) – 8/10

A pretty straightforward, gritty cop thriller from the early 70’s, directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman (Oscar winner for Lead Actor) and Roy Scheider. Some nice editing to go along with the raw feeling of the footage. For my money, the car chase in Bullitt is better, but this one with the car and the el-train is right up there.

Revolver (2005) – 6/10

Guy Ritchie’s first film after the Swept Away/Madonna debacle. It was indeed a return to the gangster genre, but not quite the return to form from Snatch and Lock Stock that I felt last year’s Rocknrolla was. Some different editing techniques and a some interesting story ideas from those other films, but Ritchie didn’t quite put it together for me. But still, at least it wasn’t another Swept Away.

Being There (1979) – 10/10

Amazing film. Peter Sellers is amazing in one of his last performances before he unexpectedly died in 1980 – the Gump before Gump. Also, great cinematography by Caleb Deschanel (Zooey and Emily’s dad). Not to mention how cool it was that it was filmed at the Biltmore House in Asheville. A new favorite of mine for sure.

Currently Have Out: Quantum of Solace, Wall-E, Bloody Sunday


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