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Old 26-06-2005, 20:08   #41
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Just a heads up for anyone who fancies it, that this is on TCM on sky tonight at 11.10pm.
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Old 05-07-2005, 08:50   #42
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Curiously restrained review from DVD Savant here.
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Curiously restrained review from DVD Savant here.
Not so sure - he does rate the movie as 'excellent' in the summary.

The review captures my fading memories of the film - now where's my credit card?

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Old 06-07-2005, 07:40   #44
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Not so sure - he does rate the movie as 'excellent' in the summary.
But it's much better than that

I was a little disappointed at the brevity of the review; Point Blank deserves to be eulogised at length as one of the best films of its era, - groundbreaking, intelligent, gripping film-making. But I rather hope Mr Sutton will oblige at DVD Times...

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I'm currently waiting for a review copy and will try my best to do justice to this wonderful film.
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Soon finally shipping this now. Like blood out of a stone with them recently. Worrying.
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Mine arrived from DVDSoon this morning - was astonished to say the least...
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I'm hoping mine will arrive in the next couple of days (Night Moves is in 'packaging'); I'm haunted by the figure of Walker, bursting into the bedroom like the wrath of God, a living extension of the gun he uses to blast the bloody hell out of an empty bed. Beautiful.
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I'm hoping mine will arrive in the next couple of days (Night Moves is in 'packaging'); I'm haunted by the figure of Walker, bursting into the bedroom like the wrath of God, a living extension of the gun he uses to blast the bloody hell out of an empty bed. Beautiful.
There's a bit in the novel of The Hunter that I've always thought would've made an excellent addition to Boorman's film (it was left out):

When Parker is observing one of the members of the Outfit (I forget which one) he breaks into an office and hogties a woman working there so she can't interfere with his surveillance. The woman is an epileptic, has a fit and chokes.

The description of Parker's sang froid reaction to her death (and how "it's her fault") is truly indicative of his monistic character.
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I've had my copy a couple of days now...but no Home Theatre system on which to enjoy it because we're decorating (again - thank you Mrs H). I did however, whack it on the laptop for a quick look, found 'that' scene which calmed me down somewhat.

I did, before the family's newly formed noise abatement society came down on me like a suitcase filled with $93,000, have a brief listen to the commentary which, from the few minutes I sampled, sounds like an absolute peach.

Now if only I can persuade She Who Must Be Obeyed that new paint and carpets = new plasma screen, then...naw, who am I kidding?
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Still waiting for mine from DvdImport. Send it, curse your oily hides!
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Aren't these John Boorman comments, in this thread, about Lee Marvin and Point Blank fascinating:

“We met a number of times, and he talked a lot about his life,” he said. “Essentially, what I did was make a film about him. He was dehumanized by his war experiences, and so this character he played was a dehumanized character who’s trying to find his way back into humanity.

“Lee had this belief that America could only express itself throught violence, and we kind of integrate that into this. He was very taken with the way in which I got inside his mind and his problems, and the film was wrought out of that relationship.”
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Does anybody remember a doc with Boorman in about Marvin, where he got a bloke who was from a secret Lee Marvin admiration society (or something!) and looked and sounded a lot like him to read an account of his wartime experiences in the Pacific. My memory of this is very sketchy, I might only have been 14 or 15 when I saw it.
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I'm hoping mine will arrive in the next couple of days (Night Moves is in 'packaging'); I'm haunted by the figure of Walker, bursting into the bedroom like the wrath of God, a living extension of the gun he uses to blast the bloody hell out of an empty bed. Beautiful.
Both Point Blank and Night Moves are still 'on order' here. I wonder if I'll ever get them..
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I watched this last night and was hugely impressed by the movie and by the quality of the DVD. I had been worried that - like so many 60s movies - Point Blank would appear gimmicky and dated - but it came across as a key 60s art movie, as if Antonioni had teamed up with Mickey Spillane. Boorman's Panavision vistas of LA are dazzling and Marvin is a sheer unstoppable force - I especially relished the exaggerated sound of his marching feet overlaid on several sequences to buld up tension and Angie Dickinson exhausting herself by using him as a sandbag. Of course, Boorman is making his first big-time movie so there are lots of look-at-me moments (the whole opening 10-minute salvo wilfully scrambles, Resnais-style, a very simple exposition) but Point Blank seems a key moment in the transition of Hollywood from studio system to the rise of the indie director. The commentary with Boorman and Soderbergh starts very well, too.
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Of course, Boorman is making his first big-time movie so there are lots of look-at-me moments (the whole opening 10-minute salvo wilfully scrambles, Resnais-style, a very simple exposition) but Point Blank seems a key moment in the transition of Hollywood from studio system to the rise of the indie director. The commentary with Boorman and Soderbergh starts very well, too.
It's especially notable considering the novel on which it's based is so Spartan and stripped down.

It's a marvellous, marvellous film and I never tire of it.
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Does anybody remember a doc with Boorman in about Marvin, where he got a bloke who was from a secret Lee Marvin admiration society (or something!) and looked and sounded a lot like him to read an account of his wartime experiences in the Pacific. My memory of this is very sketchy, I might only have been 14 or 15 when I saw it.
The Lee Marvin look/sound-a-like is none other than film director Jim Jarmusch, great documentary btw which was repeated on BBC2 just a couple of months back.
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I went through all the Boorman-Sodebergh commentary yesterday and found it slightly frsutrating, mainly because Soderbergh came across rather naffly, almost Ricky Gervais like in his questioning. His modus operandi seems to be, "when I can't think of a sensible question, ask him about studio interrefernce or lenses." Despite this, Boorman spoke interestingly about the script (only 70 pages which scared MGM's suits) and most interestingly about the rather obsessive color scheme which made him paint locations, telescopes etc, in the manner of Antonioni whose Red Desert seems to be the prime stylistic influence. I rather cringed when both blokes behaved like snivelling schoolboys during Angie Dickinson's nude scene. At the end I thought both Boorman and Soderbergh were glad the movie only ran 90 minutes.
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I watched 'The Outfit' last night. Very impressive. I The Outfit was very direct, no nonsense story telling, Robert Duvall was fine and I though Joe Don Baker was excellent. A great character actor who I remember watching for the first time in Edge of Darkness.
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I love The Outfit. Terrific thriller and like you say, Duvall and Joe Don Baker are excellent. It's right up near the top of my Most-wanted-on-DVD list.
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