Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ken_McAlinden, Dec 8, 2014.
The Departed. Never seen it before!
The Big Sick (2017)
Acting poor and generally didn't come together very well. Shame since it's a neat story.
Goodfellas... but without a clever script, great performances or a smart, hip soundtrack.
Murder Tornadoes...good one .
I disagree and think that Holly Hunter is a great actress.
I suggest watching Saving Grace, if you haven't already. It's one of the best tv shows that most people will never watch because it has an angel (Leon Rippy of all people) but you'll love Holly Hunter even more after seeing it.
Yeah, we were also delighted by Big Sick, and felt acting was fine for the balance of "storytelling" vs. "docudrama". Not one of the year's 10 best, but I wouldn't be squeamish if it got onto somebody's 25 Best list...
Anyway, my latest was Greta Gerwig's Lady-Bird. I've already posted a quick review in the movie's thread here, but I just want to say, Saorise's makeup is marvelous! You would almost believe there is an alternative version of Saorise Ronan on another Earth in which the actress is relatively "plain", rather than radient. Is that fake acne? Wow. The only crime in this movie, is that Gerwig is apparently sitting on the wrong side of the camera, done a fine job directing, but sadly robbing us of getting to see her.
Also, +1 on Holly Hunter totally rocking Saving Grace!
"Taxi Driver." Even better than I remembered. Deserves all the praise it gets and then some. Funny, disturbing, insane. A wonderful blend of cynical humor and urban horror. The perfect New York movie! I seriously doubt you could even get this movie made in America today with the Jodi Foster subplot. Shame. Brut reality is so interesting.
And now "12 Years a Slave." I never caught it before. It's entertaining, I'll say that. I'm not sure it's entertaining in a good way, exactly. There's an under taste of exploitation cinema that I couldn't get around. But that actress from "American Horror Story," Sarah Paulson, saves the day by showing up. She's the perfect Southern belle witch. Ha! But maybe that's what's wrong with the film, it felt almost too horrific -- a little over the top.
The Big Sick and Wind River (back to back). Both very good-excellent.
Such a great movie. It really captures the gritty, grimy side of 70s New York. You can almost sympathize with Travis Bickle's urge to wash the streets clean of the "filth".
Love the scene where he takes Cybill Shepherd to the the movies. It genuinely doesn't cross his mind that taking a classy lady to a porn flick, especially on a first date, is wildly inappropriate. He just figures, "hey I like this movie, she will too".
Also like the scene where Martin Scorsese plays a taxi passenger. If he hadn't gone into filmmaking, Marty might've been a good actor.
The Dark Backward
I thought she was pretty great in Always.
I've got some former store rental videotape of "Helter Skelter" I picked up laying around. The VHS case is labled: "RARE! UNCUT GERMAN RELEASE" and the threat of a $250 fine if you lost it. Ha! I don't know what the hyperbole is about, if any. Any idea?
la la land...........watching as i type.
wonderful movie, so much better than 'moonlight' .
No clue what that $250 fine thing means.
I've seen the US version (running time was 184 minutes) while the so-called Uncut German release seems to be a few minutes shorter.
Moonlight & Mistletoe
did you enjoy it?
just hype back then...
Remember The Titans (Blu-ray)
There's probably some nude scene...
"The Bounty Man" starring Clint Walker
A couple of cool documentaries this weekend:
"The Image Revolution" (2015)
In 1992, seven of Marvel Comics' most popular artists abruptly left to start their own independent company - Image Comics. Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Marc Silvestri and the rest changed the comic book industry landscape forever when titles like Spawn, Youngblood, WildC.A.T.S., The Savage Dragon, and CyberForce became instant best sellers and left "the big two" comic companies eating Image's dust.
The ride didn't last forever, though, and this documentary shows not only Image's rapid rise, but their near-collapse in the late '90s and subsequent rebirth in the '00s thanks to new hits like The Walking Dead. Overall this is a cool, entertaining history lesson for comic fanboys.
"Too Funny to Fail: The Life and Death of the Dana Carvey Show" (2017)
A behind-the-scenes look at the strange saga of 1996's "The Dana Carvey Show." The former "SNL" star was at his peak of fame at the time and he wanted to bring edgy, late-night style counterculture sketch comedy to prime time TV... which failed miserably. However, after its legendary crash-and-burn many of the show's young, unknown supporting cast and staff members ended up going on to much bigger things in the 2000s, like Steve Carell, Louis C.K. and Stephen Colbert. I had only the vaguest memories of the "Dana Carvey Show," but this doc was packed with plenty of clips from the program to fill in the gaps for me. "Too Funny to Fail" is an interesting study of a show that may have been too hip for the room in '96 but it would probably be a well-received cult hit if it premiered today.
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