Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ken_McAlinden, Dec 8, 2014.
The Expendables III
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - light/fun, I understand why it was such a surprise hit, a mixture of Raiders/Romancing the Stone/Rundown (one of the Rock's earlier movies). ***1/2 out of 5.
When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they've never heard of--Jumanji--they are immediately drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose: gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge loses (in his words) "the top two feet of his body" and becomes an Einstein (Kevin Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Jack Black); and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Karen Gillan). What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji--you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves--or they'll be stuck in the game forever...
On your mention of Kim Novak, I wanted to add that I think her beauty for many overshadowed her exceptional acting talent. For example I think her performance in Vertigo was one of the greatest ever by an actress.
Sicario (the first one). I rewatched this having seen it before only once, what with the new one coming out. If anything I was more impressed the second time. The conflict between one's moral view of the world with imperfect knowledge, played out by Emily Blunt's character, was more apparent on second viewing. 9/10.
Mother! Great cast largely wasted in a film that had a point of view but somehow, imo, failed to make it. Perhaps Aronofsky deserves credit for aspiring to be like Kubrick. But he's no Kubrick. Generously and for the cast I give it 6/10.
The Whales of August.
Not normal fare for L Anderson. It's a very stagey film, obviously a play not opened up. Vincent Price was very good, as was Lillian Gish. The cinematography of the outside shots of Maine was gorgeous.
Wife watched it twice. Once was fine for me.
Vacation week watch list
Only 3 that I had never seen before:
1 Snake Pit – 1948
Olivia de Havilland is locked up in a womans mental home.
This movie drove me Nuts! Just plain irratating. Seemed like it would never end.
2 The Last Jedi
As bad as advertised. Just plain dumb. I kept wondering “When is this going to end?”
3 The Vietnam War (Ken Burns)
At 2 hours each, I only saw 2 of the 10. Whole lotta politics but will watch the rest on Youtube.
The rest I have seen several times:
Beatles Anthology * 5/5 stars
Gimmie Shelter * 5/5 stars
Jaws * 5/5 stars
Tomorrow Never Dies * 4/5 stars
Die Another Day * 3/5 stars
Blade Runner 2049 * 4/5 stars
Predator 2 * 3/5 stars
The Phantom Menace * 3/5 stars
Attack Of The Clones * 4/5 stars
The Revenge Of The Sith * 5/5 stars
The Breakfast Club
Was it your first time seeing it? What did you think of it?
That was one of the defining movies of my teen years.
I thought the movie was great, and it was my first time seeing the movie. My mom on the otherhand thought it was really dated even though she has seen the movie before.
God Help the Girl (2014). A beautiful, anoxic woman walks out of a mental institution and forms a band. I wanted to hate this but it's ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. Great songs, acting, iconography and pop culture references. 5/5
The Birdman Of Alcatraz.
First time in years since I watched it, I thought it was excellent.
I love when you have a movie, one where every time you see it you think to yourself "This is a perfect movie."
I just saw one, from my DVD collection (which vastly dwarfs my Blu-rays by over 10 to 1 right now). I hadn't seen in a long enough time, so it was nice and emotional!
TWELVE ANGRY MEN.
I love this movie!
Lucy (2014) - Scarlett Johansson continues her reign as the current queen of genre film with yet another bonkers entry from Luc Besson about a not particularly bright party girl who is forced to become a mule for the Yakuza and accidentally absorbs a powerful drug that slowly begins to unlock the potential of her mind. As he mental capacity gets greater, she seeks out Morgan Freeman, because who else are you going to turn to in a situation like that, and hopes to capture her super genius thoughts for all mankind before she evolves into a black mass that looks like magnetic dust. Luc muses a lot about the potential of humanity in between action set pieces where ScarJo uses her mind to lay waste to an army of Yakuza, as if sugar coating his message with blood lust makes it go down easier. Nuts but fun.
Iron Man 2 (2010) - The primary function of this movie, it seems, is to make Tony Stark less of an egotistical a-hole and give him a dose of humility so that he can purportedly fit into an Avengers team situation better. That's my take anyway. I do think Sam Rockwell was the perfect villain for this movie and that Mickey Roarke's character was largely an unnecessary distraction; plus Mickey is so weird that every time he is on screen, it kind of takes me out of the reality of the movie. Generally I wish someone had taken that stupid toothpick out of his mouth and given him a good bath. Flowing around the Mickey situation though, is a pretty good movie. Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow have some nice character beats and Scarlett Johansson was never hotter in her debut as the Black Widow.
The Undead (1957) - A prostitute gets hypnotized by a mad genius scientist who believes that when a person remembers their past life, they actually go back and relive it. In this case, the prostitute goes back in time to relive an experience where she was burned as a witch, only in remembering the incident, she somehow wasn't burned and this endangers the fabric of the future, so the scientist must mind meld with the girl and convince her to sacrifice herself for the good of humanity. There is lots of flowery faux-shakespeare dialogue but the really interesting thing about this movie is that, intentionally or not, it's an EC horror comic come to life, specifically one drawn by the great Wally Wood. The wrap-around story and the shock ending are dead give-aways, but so are the ridiculously voluptuous women who look like those sexy Wood drawings I drooled over as a kid. Yet another 'lost' Roger Corman film that deserves better treatment.
Red Rock West - one of Dennis Hoppers finest performances
French movie called Bernie (1996)
Lancaster was such an effortless actor: he made it look so easy. Maybe that’s why he never got the accolades of many of his peers.
He had such a string of roles around that time starting with BLUE VELVET and HOOSIERS.
You couldn’t ask for two more different characters either: madman and gentle soul.
The Criterion DVD has a terrific commentary track with many of the key players. Ustinov and Douglas provide great insight into the production and relationships among the actors. It’s also one of the more revealing in that the participants give their honest opinions about their costars and the production team.
Damn Yankees, from 1958.
Starring Tab Hunter, as the DVD I watched, as above, shows!
Awesome! Gwen Verdon stole the show!
Entrapment (1999) - At some point, Sean Connery started playing the same basic role over and over again - that of the wizened, curmudgeonly mentor to some younger soul who embroils him in an adventure of some kind, either legal or illegal. Connery is so consistent that even the worst of these movies is watchable, but the quality often hinges on his chemistry with his co-star. In this case, it's Catherine Zeta-Jones as a cat burglar with shifting alliances who wants Sean to be her Sensei for a big score. Zeta-Jones and Connery are two very sexy people and have an instant re pore, making this one go down particularly easy. I mean, everyone likes a good heist picture, right?
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) - A giant from outer space who looks like a cross between Andy Devine and Otto Preminger, flies around in a floating orb and inexplicably decides to irradiate an emotionally troubled rich woman who's husband is a philandering jerk. It's one of those 'She could buy anything but his love' movies, but when she begins to grow to atomic proportions, her demand for love becomes more stringent. This is one of the few 50's Scfi movies that seems to deliberately have it's tongue in it's cheek, and ends up being a very silly cautionary tale. Be good to your woman, lest she become a giant and squeeze the stuffin' out of ye. Fare thee well...
this series, still love it:
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