Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ken_McAlinden, Dec 8, 2014.
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words
'Pretty In Pink' on dvd. I had last seen this in 1986 so it was welcome refresher.
Nell, from 1994 with Jodie Foster.
The Deer Hun ter on my new 1080 P 60 inch plasma quite luscious.
Whereas the orginal Conan movie was slowly paced, this one is too fast. Also, this guy is really tiny and overly chatty compared to Arnold's Conan. I did like the more mystical type creatures, the amount of blood spilt and the different story line. Not a horrible movie but it didn't touch the original. It stands up against the sequels, though.
"Prairie Fever" and "Aces and Eights"
I was really impressed. The writing, the acting, and the story were all great. It felt to me like a combination of Taxi Driver and American Psycho with a tight script comparable to Chinatown.
Becoming Bond (2017)
100% true story about George Lazenby who having never acted before replaced Sean Connery as James Bond.
Funniest bit: United Artists, hearing that Lazenby was a male model and therefore gay, sends a hooker and a guy to take notes just to be on the safe side.
Lots of drug use and female nudity. Garth from Wayne's World plays Johnny Carson
National Lampoon: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead (2015)
Interesting documentary on the cult magazine makes the following points
The cofounders were barking mad
The second art director and the sales guy made the magazine what it was
Saturday Night ripped them off
If you've seen No Direction Home (yes, the Dylan documentary) you'll think this is a mean spirited parody of that film.
Funniest bit: A guy goes to a job interview at NL and gets asked 3 questions, do you know any pretty girls?, have you any access to illegal drugs? and. have you got a place where we could take the girls and the drugs? The answer was 'yes' yes and 'yes' so I got the job.
Lots of drug use and female nudity.
"Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary" on Netflix. Quite good, except for Cornel West, that dude was too much.
The Ice Storm
"Ratchet & Clank" (2016)
A mechanically-inclined space critter and his robot pal are recruited into the mighty Galaxy Rangers to help beat a super villain with a planet-destroying device.
Goofy sci-fi cartoon action based on the series of Playstation video games -- which my 10 year old loves, so he laughed all the way through this.
File this one under "harmless fun for kids, painless for their parents."
Princess Mononoke. Probably my favorite Ghibli film, though it's a tough call. Lots of competition in the Ghibli catalog.
Where the Buffalo Roam. Not as funny as when I first saw it as a teen... decent performances by Bill Murray & Peter Boyle.
Airplane 2: The Sequel
Just saw this beautiful, highly intelligent film. The script and cinematography are perfect and the performance by Timothee Chalamet is breathtaking, which is not to take away from the rest of the stellar cast (especially Arnie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg ) who deliver fine, nuanced, emotionally true performances. Anybody know if this is going to get a wider release? I'd be interested to see how it plays outside of big cities.
Lady In Red...
Went to see Dunkirk on IMAX last night, the first time I saw it in cinema the projectionist was lazy and the film was window boxed so I decided I'd go and see it again someday. I put it off for quite a long time but I saw they were doing some screenings on IMAX and decided this could be my last chance to see it properly before it's on Blu-ray.
"The Hitman's Bodyguard" - Samuel L. Jackson & Ryan Reynolds
Master And Commander.
Started it, didn't finish it...yet.
Very dynamic sound and LOUD when it gets loud.
Doesn't Russell Crowe whisper all his dialogue?
Don't know, but the sound effects are LOUD!
The Chaser--Korean serial killer movie, well done if you like suspense.
War of the Planet of the Apes--this trilogy was really done well. I enjoyed all three features, and the ending dovetailed in with the mythology well.
Deliver Us from Evil--documentary about a pedophile (and others pedophiles) within the Catholic church and how they tried to cover up things. Won a best documentary that year, I can see why although difficult subject matter. Eye opening though.
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