Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ken_McAlinden, Dec 8, 2014.
The Big Sick. I was surprised at what a believable married couple Holly Hunter and Ray Romano made.
Dirty Pretty Things...
Once Upon A Time In The West (1968, Sergio Leone)
Making my way through this 2 disc special edition. The extras so far seem superfluous. Unless you know nothing about Westerns skip the talking head commentary and head for the main feature. Having essentially orchestrated a film along the Morricone score the thought of a commentary accompaniment would have probably horrified Leone. That leaves the print. Not bad for a faerie tale.
"No, you brought three too many"
The Boston Strangle with Tony Curtis in his putty nose.... Excellent and a spectacular cast to support him.
Is it/was it as bad as all the reviewers made it out to be?
No it's really good. Very entertaining and hilarious action flick.
Race With The Devil
I love that movie. I first saw it at a drive-in....really high!
Yeah ..I seen it real time as well.
Still really good.
A double feature for me last night.....War For The Planet Of The Apes. It looked and sounded spectacular on UHD-BD. I hope I like the next one. The ending was ripe for a sequel/s. To wind down from heavy ape action, I watched Woody Allen in Take The Money And Run.
Mildred Pierce (1945, Michael Curtiz)
Always liked this film mostly because of the crazy story - a housewife becomes a big business/chain restaurant CEO due to her desire for a better life for her daughters. It's a dark version of the American Dream from a particular woman's point of view. Joan Crawford looks and performs the goat for the brat daughter stoically; Eve Arden is a savior from the soap opera seriousness and the visual (noir, pulp) style is stunning - really, half the pleasure of watching the film. The extras are a mixed bag - Joan's interview with David Frost being the best of the lot. Worth a rental. Wish Criterion would do a restoration/special edition of Crawford"s next picture, Humoresque, a far more interesting and well rounded film (with Crawford's best performance, imo).
Kong : Skull Island. 7/10
Blu Ray 2 D.
Better (just about ) than the theatre viewing.
"War for the Planet of the Apes"
Carnival of Souls
Superman 1 through III. And the Richard Donner version of II.
Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
Another Curtiz flick and one of the most highly regarded America films ever made. Technically, it's always impressed me most. The romance/love triangle always bored me but who can resist the charm of Ingrid Bergman? Humphrey Bogart became "Bogie", the smooth, hard boiled but soft-hearted liberal with this one. And why quibble about grinning Sam, the piano man? He's right up there with Mammy and Sambo as an essential American myth.
The extras are another mixed bag. Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of is a perfunctory look at the director and his career. Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic is a more interesting and instructive cinema history. A fairly cheap DVD, too. Must own.
The Devil and Daniel Webster...
I watched An Inconvenient Sequel Truth To Power. I didn't like it as much as Al's first film.
The Blu-ray looks fabulous with great bonus features...
Last night was a double feature for me. Firstly, I viewed Prometheus on UHD-BD. It looked amazing. My second feature was Starship Troopers 3 Marauder. It was rather average.
Four Friends...love this movie.
Man from Colorado starring Glenn Ford and William Holden
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