Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ken_McAlinden, Dec 8, 2014.
Legends of the Fall on Superbit DVD
Randolf Scott westerns
Obit. Life on deadline (documentary) [writers of the NYT)
Christmas With A Capital C....
Since today marks its 20th anniversary, I decided to watch Titanic for the first time in ages.
I got up early this morn and watched my favourite beach movie, Dunkirk. I couldn't spot Frankie Avalon but beyond that I liked it.
Dusting off some of my old Criterion DVDs watched,
Last Temptation of Christ
The Third Man
Grand Illusion(No. 1)
Casablanca 70th Anniversary Edition
Roger Ebert's commentary track makes a viewing (and purchase) worth it. Not because he's always astute - he gets the Sam/Rick, african american/white american, groundbreaking relationship of equals wrong; Sam, "the boy" as Ilsa calls him, is not much more than Rick's personal valet though Ebert does admit that "in a way you have to have a suspension of disbelief here to accept this entire, strange, Casablanca situation..."
It's still an entertaining, old reliable 4am flick.
Mickey Blue Eyes...not yet on BD in the US
It was double feature for me last night....Men In Black and Men In Black II. I watched 'em in UHD and they looked spectacular, light grain and stunning detail.
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940, John Cromwell, Warner Bros. Archive Collection)
Probably the best Lincoln movie. Canadian, Raymond Massey, is charming as the young country scrapper (we never get to see him study law, though the film opens with him reading Shakespeare by a log cabin fireside); Ruth Gordon is perfect as the irascible Mary Todd; the supporting cast and black and white production is handsome and streamlined. Among the highlights include a dramatic, key passage from the actual Lincoln/Douglas debates which sets it apart from the almost unavoidable romanticism associated with Lincoln's rise to the Presidency. On the other hand, its emphasis on Lincoln's physical exploits would have us believe a town's wrestling champ could also be its President. It's a Lincoln portrait as plain as it is crafty. A lot like Lincoln, presumably. Recommended.
The Executioner (1963, Luis Garcia Berlanga Criterion Collection)
There are loads of laughs in this satire on the implications of capitol punishment in Franco ruled Spain, though it could be just as easily be 2018. The tone is nearly farcical, with people speaking over each other; saying one thing while having directly opposite intentions; physical gags and stumbling; extreme characterizations including, of course, sexually charged protagonists - all in the name of Berlanga's critique of society's almost compulsive forces of assimilation. Classic.
I watched Steve Martin in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. It's daft.
Blade Runner 2049.
Fell asleep , twice.
in the mood for bugs, eh?
Murder on the Orient Express(1974) DVD
Lady & the Tramp(Platinum Ed) DVD
Lady Sings the Blues DVD
If I was really in the mood for bugs I'd watch Starship Troopers.
yea, most definitely some nasty ass biggies...
Just got the complete series "Malcolm In The Middle" on DVD from Amazon U.K. in PAL format (no region restrictions). They couldn't release the entire series (only Season 1) in North America because the music rights would have cost too much.
A simple modification to my Oppo DVD player, and I've been enjoying the fabulously written and performed series. Please note... On Amazon.com, the description says that it's "Region 2". This is not the case. It's actually "Region Free" and can be played on a North American DVD player as long as it can play PAL discs.
Seeing the "origins" of Bryan Cranston is fascinating. His incredible versatility is amazing. Cloris Leachman was also incredible.
My favorite episode was this one.... The janitor's name by-the-way was "Slappy".... Biting satire.....
I watched American Made on UHD-BD. The movie was mildly entertaining. The disc was spectacular looking but it might be the most orange looking movie I've ever seen.
Two Lane Blacktop(Criterion DVD)
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