Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ken_McAlinden, Dec 8, 2014.
11:55 ... Gritty but watchable.
Norman:The Slow Rise and Tragic Fall Of A Moderate New Your Fixer
Absolutely winning and believable performance by Richard Gere in this small, relatively quirky, flick. I don't think I'm giving any thing away here, it plays out exactly as the title suggests.
I Had a triple movie marathon.
70mm blow-up of 'Terminator 2' (1991) - still a thrilling big screen experience.
You will meet a tall dark stranger.
Great restoration by UCLA.
Let It Be
The current Jumani 2.
Terror Train with Jamie Lee Curtis.
The Florida Project.
This is one that definitely flew under the radar, and it shouldn't have. Every once in a while we get a movie with a standout performance by a child. A few years ago it was Jacob Tremblay in Room. This year it's Brooklyn Prince as Moonee, the child of a troubled single mom (played with naturalistic intensity by Bria Vinaite), who lives in a garishly painted welfare hotel called the Magic Castle, just a stones throw away from Disney World. We see Moonee spend her days getting into lots of trouble with friends that come and go, and at first this movie almost seems like a documentary about the dark underside of the American dream, except that as a child Moonee feels none of that, and just has a great time. Soon the movie turns it's focus towards the mom, and we are suddenly propelled to a rather shocking, and ultimately hopeful, ending. Prince's performance is exuberant and heartbreaking. Willem Dafoe is the indefatigable manager of the hotel, a real problem-solver, and he tries to help this little family in any way he can, while simultaneously dishing out the tough love. Not for everyone (really, this movie was sometimes too mundane to stick with), but with a powerful message about the strength of friendship, and the simple joys of childhood.
Just saw Darkest Hour about Churchhill.
Awesome performance by all.
The Return Of Josey Wales (1986)
A low budget, almost totally unknown sequel to The Outlaw Josey Wales. It was apparently filmed and released straight to VHS and has never been released on modern media. I have an original VHS copy I found a few years ago at Salvation Army that I never watched and nearly forgot about until I saw it on Youtube. It's watchable, but not very good at all. No Clint Eastwood. BLAND story, characters, acting and writing. Some half hearted attempts at comedy that failed miserably. Hard to follow at times due to the poor writing, HORRENDOUS sound quality, and poor night time filming. I've seen movies from the early 30s that had as good or better SQ, and low budget movies from the 50s that looked WAY better. I just tried my VHS copy and it is a little better quality than what's on Youtube. Maybe I'll rewatch it again someday and see if I get anything more out of it.
agreed Gary was fantastic. Some script clichés, but that's my sole whine
Break prison 5 )). I'm watching
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Wasn't the film Zathura basically Jumanji 2 ? My wife and I used to call it "Jumanji in space". It's literally almost the same film, but set in space.
Christian Bale western.
"Life" - sort of an Alien ripoff
Barry Lyndon. I can't get over the cinematography.
Never seen anything like it.
Train To Busan (2016)
Basically a South Korean version of World War Z, except on a less grand scale. It was surprisingly good. It actually had characters I gave a damn about, decent acting, and OK effects. I liked it BETTER than WWZ, which I guess isn't necessarily saying a lot. It was recommended on another forum, otherwise I would have never known about it, or I would have overlooked it, figuring it was total crap. The only things I didn't like were the subtitles, and the zombies were the typical modern, fast, dinosaur shrieking, milky contact wearing type. I like the slow, Romero style zombies better.
"Insurgentes" - Sort of a documentary about Steven Wilson
This is the second time I've seen it, the first time being a little less than a year ago. I liked it even better this time than I did the first. I didn't notice how beautifully shot it was until this time, and now that I've seen a lot of other classic films, I can really appreciate how perfectly executed everything is.
"Paganini Horror" (1989)
A struggling all-girl rock band discovers an unpublished piece by the Italian composer Paganini - aka "The Devil's Violinist," who allegedly sold his soul to Satan in exchange for his talent - and records it. While shooting a music video for the track at Paganini's former home, it awakens the spirit of the demonic musician, who doesn't take kindly to copycats taking credit for his work. Splattery murder and mayhem ensues.
This entertainingly cheesy slice of Italian rock-horror schlock (directed by Luigi "Starcrash" Cozzi) has a couple of pretty girls in it and features some decent gore but everything else (acting, sets, dialogue, etc) is totally Z-grade. Good for a few laughs but not much else.
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