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Update: 10 movies I have to watch before I buy again 6/10/09 by Barbecue Bros
June 10, 2009, 9:40 am
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I’ll be doing weekly updates until this whole deal is over.

Salvatore Giuliano (1962) – 8/10 – As I said in my previous post, this is a film from the noted Italian Neorealist filmmaker Francesco Rosi which recreates the Sicilian nationalist movement led by rebel Salvatore Giuliano, as well as the aftermath of his death at 27. The court scenes dragged on a bit, but otherwise great cinematography in the Sicilian countryside where Giuliano and company lived.

A Skin, A Night (2008) – 7/10 – I love The National, that’s a fact. This hour-long documentary on the making of Boxer is insightful, but Vincent Moon’s cinematography is intentionally arty in a sometimes off-putting manner.

The Underneath (1995)  – 7/10 I would guess this would be a film where a studio wanted Soderbergh to recapture the magic from his debut Sex, Lies and Videotape, but add a thriller element to it.  You can tell he was still coming into his own as a filmmaker, as his overuse of saturated color-scenes was distracting at times (unlike, say Traffic).

The Bad Sleep Well (1960) – 7/10According to the back of the dvd, this Akira Kurosawa film combined “elements of Hamlet with American film noir.” Toshiro Mifune, his longtime collaborator in his samurai films, is a man on a mission to seek vengeance on the corrupt corporation who forced his father to commit suicide. Pretty cool film, though a bit anti-climactic which brought it down at least a point.

Have yet to watch:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (BD, 2008)
Love on the Run (1979)
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)

Bed and Board (1970)
Stolen Kisses (1968)

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