Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ken_McAlinden, Dec 8, 2014.
'Three Colors: White' (1994) on the big screen. Entertaining, if completely implausible.
2001: A Space Odyssey.
"Tokyo Twilight" (1957, Ozu)
A long (and more modern than usual) examination of Japanese family dynamics, Ozu-style.
Alcoholism and and an unwanted pregnancy are mixed in with the familiar reflections and interactions. Seeing Chishu Ryu relatively young-looking is almost like seeing Lon Chaney without makeup; we are so used to Ryu's "older man" portrayals ; he is excellent, as usual. Setsuko Hara is superb; there is one moment that calls for her to just look at another character, and her expression gives you chills.
"Twilight" came on DVD as part of the "Three Melodramas" set; it may have been intended for BR as part of the BFI's wonderful series of Ozu reissues, but it seems that project stalled before they could finish.
Better DVD than not seeing it...
From Hell (2001)
I've always had a soft spot for this movie.
"Fist Fight" - it had a few moments of hilarity
Alien Covenant.I really liked this movie quite a bit.Everybody I know who seen it couldn`t bear it and thought it was silly.I`m looking forward to the next installment.
I like all three films a LOT. It's been a long time, but I don't remember anything implausible about any of them.
Four different movies over a four night stretch:
"King Kong" (1976 version), the next night "Kong-Skull Island", night after that, "I Saw the Light", and last night, "The Magnificent Seven" (2016 version)...
Well, the lead character
travels in the hold undetected; gets a job as a guard with some gangsters despite being the least convincing guard possible; fakes his own death rather unconvincingly; frames his ex-wife for murder even more unconvincingly; despite framing her for murder his ex-wife realises she does love him after all
Now, it's supposed to be a fable (I think) so this aren't show-stoppers but they did take me out of the picture somewhat.
Sly Stallone is the leader of a mountain search & rescue team that battles with a gang of plane-crashed bank robbers way at the top of the Rockies. Nothing here ranks very high on the believability scale but it's got a great cast (incl. John Lithgow as a truly slimy villain), impressive stunt work, and awesome scenery. Fun stuff.
"Wings" (1927, Wellman)
Big, emotional, rousing...the film still packs a wallop.
Two guys, one girl, and a war to fight. William Wellman throws everything and the kitchen sink into this aerial combat epic, and most of it works very well.
Fantastic flying scenes bookend a standard love story played out in the hell of WW1.
Clara Bow is cute as a button, even if somewhat over the top at times.
Charles Rogers' drunk scene is way overlong and silly, and El Brendel as "comic relief" grates on the nerves, but all is forgiven when the planes take off...
The BR (MoC) has a surround sound-effects mix added that really adds to the viewing.
Supposedly they ran sound effects for some of the roadhouse showings of the film, so this has been re-created by Ben Burtt at Skywalker Sound.
About the only thing missing is the Magnavision process where the screen opened up wider for some of the aerial combat scenes, but as a viewing experience, the film looks and sounds fantastic.
I finally got around to seeing Dunkirk and it was different from what I expected, but still very good. Even though I'm familiar with Christopher Nolan, the narrative style surprised me. The pacing was very unique, and even though it wasn't quite as character-driven as other Nolan films, I thought it worked.
Cliffhanger is one of the best 'bad' movies ever. Just fun to watch from start to finish. Lithgow is hilariously over the top. Anytime my wife and I hear the name 'Walker' we go into this terrible accent shout-fest; "WALKER!!!!!!"
In Search of Haydn (2012, Phil Grabsky)
Papa Haydn - at least that's how Beethoven and Mozart reportedly saw him. It's a fine musical portrait after you get past the gushing commentary. One in the series of very good composer docs from Mr. Grabsky.
"Jonah Hex" (2010)
Josh Brolin stars as DC Comics' scar-faced Old West gunslinger, bounty hunter, and all around tough guy, who has to stop a crazed former Confederate general turned terrorist (John Malkovich) from attacking Washington D.C. with a super weapon on the day of America's Centennial.
This entertainingly dumb shoot'em-up/blow'em up was subject to constant behind-the-scenes drama and interference during filming so what wound up on screen is a bit of a disjointed mess. It's not as bad as you've probably heard, but it's nowhere near as bad-ass as it could've, and should've been, either.
"Scream: The Inside Story" (2011)
Another Biography Channel horror-film documentary, this time telling the story of the 1996 hit which re-ignited Wes Craven's career and gave the horror genre a much needed jump start. As usual, there are lots of interviews and stories told by cast and crew members. Entertaining stuff if you're a fan of the series.
Salt of the Earth, documentary of Sebastião Salgado (2015 Bluray)
Green Lantern BR...I like Ryan Reynolds.
'The Human Condition" (1959-61) (Kobayashi)
Epic. A much overused word, but it fits in this case. One man's journey in search of himself and of some kind of greater truth. Ideals are lost, perspective gained, and war rages.
Tatsuya Nakadai gives a sustained, masterful performance over 9-1/2 hours that puts him in the company of Gunther Lamprecht in "Berlin Alexanderplatz."
This is one to re-visit. The Arrow set is gorgeous.
Yep. Except the Fassbinder film starts out very strong and seems to lose momentum while the Kobayashi movie gets more intriguing - and more poignant. Though its one of my favorite from the driven filmmaker I'm not sure where Fassbinder was going with BA. Should probably read the Döblin novel to see how Fassbinder twisted it.
Matewan (1987, John Sayles)
Labor Day pick. Rewatching it, really. Union guy comes to a mining town harassed by the powerful local coal company. Essential viewing even if you hate unions.
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