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Det sjunde inseglet, a review by Danae Cassandra

Where We Are: Sweden

What We Watched:

Det sjunde inseglet (The Seventh Seal)
Year of Release: 1957
Directed By: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Nils Poppe, Bibi Andersson
Genre: Drama

Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet), Ingmar Bergman's stunning allegory of man's search for meaning, was one of the benchmark imports of America's 1950s art-house heyday, pushing cinema's boundaries and ushering in a new era of moviegoing.

My Thoughts:
This is an art film - striking cinematography, arresting visuals, allegorical, philosophical, symbolic.  It is also the art film, richly deserving of its status as classic.  It's an extraordinary piece of art, a dark, beautiful film with great power to disturb the viewer.

Steeped as it is in conflicts/contrast between faith and disbelief (the Christian knight and his atheist squire, the condemnation of the flagellants fanaticism and the simple beauty of Jof's vision of Mary and the Christ Child) I ultimately found the film to affirm the Wiccan adage "For if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without."  The knight, seeking endlessly for answers, has the answer within himself the entire time - only you give your life meaning. 

Of course, perhaps Bergman means for us to each find our own message in the film.  It's a rich, complex, layered piece of work and highly recommended for the thinking film enthusiast.  A new favorite.

Bechdel Test: Fail

Overall: 5/5

(From Around the World in 86 Movies on August 12th, 2013)

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The League of Gentlemen (1960), a review by Antares

The League of Gentlemen (1960) 72/100 - Thoroughly enjoyable crime caper from director Basil Dearden, mirroring another film from 1960, with a similar plot line, Ocean's Eleven. But where the Sinatra film is a breezy romp with booze, broads, ballads and a big heist, Dearden plays up the military methodology of the gang's planning and execution of the robbery. The humor is all very smart and dry, something you expect from a film made during this era in British film making. It all seems to be going so well until the ending, which left me a bit perplexed as to why someone during the production, couldn't see the gaping plot hole at the end.
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It's a small thing, but it ruins the ending of what was a delightful, dry caper film.

What the color coding means...

Teal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is

(From Antares' Short Summations on April 4th, 2014)

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The Flash Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

The Flash Marathon

Image: Nightshade to the Rescue!

Episode 9 - Ghost in the Machine
Don't touch that dial! The Ghost controls the airwaves, tapping into video feeds just as he did back in 1955. Nightshade, a crimefighter from the '50s, resurfaces to fight him - and now he has The Flash on his side.

Guest Stars:
Richard Belzer as Joe Kline
Jason Bernard as Dr. Desmond Powell
Vito D'Ambrisio as Bellows
Biff Manard as Murphy
Lois Nettleton as Belle Crocker

My Thoughts:
This one I really liked a lot. I liked the whole previous masked man meeting and teaming up with The Flash. It made for a really interesting story... one I was glued to the set to watch!

My Rating:

(From The Flash Marathon on April 13th, 2010)