711 Ocean Drive (1950)
Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.
as Mal Granger
as Gail Mason
as Larry Mason
as Chippie Evans
as Trudy Maxwell
as Vince Walters
as Carl Stephans
as Lt. Pete Wright
as Joe Gish
as Mendel Weiss
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Critic Reviews for 711 Ocean Drive
Inventive, visually rich film noir about crooked gambling, telephone tech and Boulder Dam.
Audience Reviews for 711 Ocean Drive
A telephone technician schemes his way to the top of a bookie ring, but gets in over his head when he becomes involved with a national syndicate. By-the-numbers but enjoyable gangster noir, it gets the beats right and the tone right although it doesn't stand out much from the pack. I thought the particulars of the bookie business were rather confusing, but ultimately such details don't matter much. The highlight is the climax, a chase through the bowels of Boulder Dam reminiscent of the sewer chases in He Walked By Night and The Third Man. Like so many noirs, the worst of it is in the final moments, in this case a ridiculously preachy voice-over about the insidious evils of gambling.
Been watching a lot, even have a couple more... I know i need to fill in comments
Was looking forward to 711 ocean drive on TCM as a noir not on DVD and was dissapointed but Rogue Cop which came on before it was unexpectedly great..
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
Bought The Sand Pebbles as soon as it came out as I had seen pieces on TCM before and it looked good. Yes, its over 3hrs long... But watch this movie.. It explores a new world in 1920's China and makes some observations regarding the necessity of the U.S. to understand the culture of a country in which we are attempting to intervene. Some could make parrallels to Iraq today. DVD is full of extra features and the movie itself does not seem 3 hrs long., it has an intermission for a convenient stopping point if taking it in in 2 bites is desired.
Hidden gem highly recommended to buy or netflix
Pi is the debut film that was heralded at Sundance and many other film festivals in 1999 and began the career of Darren Aronofsky. Nothing about this film is standard or normal
The story is of a loner paranoid, socially inept mathematician trying to find a "key" to understanding the universe around him through math. His search is for an elusive 216 digit number which promises to unlock the secrets of the stock market and other mysteries.
Shot for approximately $60,000, this film is a remarkable achievement. The combination of its low budget and impact bring to mind "Detour" from the film noir genre. Aronfosky can only hope it is remembered in that vein. It is one of those film experiences that linger with you long after you leave the theatre. I believe it can be interpreted in many ways and that different people will come to different thoughts or have different "awakenings" after its viewing. The film, to me, doesn't pretend to offer any answers or explanations, but wants to the viewer to come up with them on his or her own
Here is one man's opinion
(not necessarily what I think , just what i felt as I watched)
Max was searching for answers , for an explanation to everything. Different options come up through the different characters who either try to cash in on or use his revelations. There are no keys ... Max seemed to me to be becoming more and more of a machine and less "human" throughout the movie. The rote pattern of him medicating himself was robotic. Max's headaches could be taken as him "crashing" just like Euclid. I found it ironic that he kept referencing "personal notes" and they were so impersonal, like dictating into a journal , that he had to remember to be human or "personal" Max was shutting out all people in his life (Sol, Lenny , the girl next door , etc) but you can't do that. We all need friends.. He began to think of Euclid as his friend even talking to it and wishing it "Happy Birthday"
His discovery of the spiral paralleled his spiraling discent into madness. The camera even follows him around in a circular pattern, the drill works in a circular pattern. The pieces on the go board are circular. Max is running around in circles trying to find an answer and misses the enjoyment in life. He started by looking into the sun and was blinded , there are some things that are bigger than us and we are not meant to understand and they deprive us from enjoying the day to day things and the people around us. If we try too hard to search for answers, we will get a headache. One must come to one's own contented place and not look to find a key to God or happiness
When he decided he didnt want to know all the answers (burning the number) and not having the ability to answer Jenna's math problems. To just look in the sky at the tree and see it for what it is and not look for any patterns or answers, he smiled for the first time and the headaches were a distant thought
this is a movie which can generate good insight and discussion, but lets all respect each others thoughts. As I said, I think people can see many many different things in this movie and id love to hear insights from you all
Was it a "Chip" on his head that he drilled out... and what was up with the drill...
Sol's fishes.. always comparing them to Max, Max in fishbowl of math? and needs to break out? prisoner? as Max was Siberian prisoner (mentioned in commentary - marks on his hands)
what role do you think the Hassidic Jews play, just a vehicle to make the "number" an ulitmate key to "God" and make it even more ominous ? or something else?
NObody has all the answers - Lancet Percey is only 86% accurate even with the Meng mega chip
This is the first movie in a while that i got on Netflix that I might end up buying as I could definitely see myself watching again
[b]Sol Robeson[/b]: [i]Hold on. You have to slow down. you're losing it. You have to take a breath. Listen to yourself. You're connecting a computer bug I had with a computer bug you might have had and some religous hogwash. You want to find the number 216 in the world , you will find it everywhere. 216 steps from the a mere street corner to your front door, 216 seconds you spend riding on the elevator. When your mind becomes obsessed with anything you will filter everything else out and find that thing everywhere.[/i]
[b]Sol robeson[/b]: [i]That is the truth of our world Max. It can't be easily summed up with math[/i]
Promise to fill in some of the comments on recent viewings soon, but wanted to make sure I logged in the names of movies at least
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