Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ken_McAlinden, Dec 8, 2014.
The Day After Tomorrow...
a perfect Holiday movie!
The Last Man On Earth (1964)
Carnival Of Souls (1962), first time in ages, first time in HD (wish I could afford the Blu-ray now)
The Mortuary Collection
Watched Road House in full for the first time last night. Entertaining crap.
Love and Monsters. Wow, this was a very enjoyable film! It really surprised me. I don’t want to say too much regarding the plot but if you enjoyed the scenes with the giant bugs in the Peter Jackson version of King Kong, along with action and a well-written and heartfelt story it’s definitely worth checking out. It’s on some of the streaming services.
'Rooster Cogburn' (1975) on TV - pretty thin stuff but just about worth watching for the interplay between the leads.
Fargo S04 E02-04
I've watched this one quite a bit- great for this time of year.
The Music Man
"Martha" (1974, Fassbinder) (Netflix Streaming):
For anyone who thinks Fassbinder's films were only dry, artsy explorations, "Martha" will set you straight.
The closest to pure horror RWF ever did, the film plays like "Gaslight" if it had been written by Stephen King ('Martha' was based on a short story by Cornell Woolrich.)
31-year-old virgin librarian (Margit Carstensen) winds up being "courted" by Helmut (Carlheinz Bohm, our old camera-toting friend from 'Peeping Tom') and that neither begins nor ends well.
Martha is very much a ready target, emotionally crushed, with the implication that for her, any attention is better than none at all, even if it is nasty. Because that's what 'she deserves'...
Fassbinder brings the full force of interpersonal horror to bear on the characters, and it makes for a film that is, a lot of times, very painful to watch.
Much has been made of this being 'black comedy" to a point, but even with that observation, and the theatricality of some elements, the core of the film is one ugly ride, superbly done.
The Santa Claus
A great slice of 80s cheese. I own the Blu Ray (that comes in a red case for some reason). Brad Wesley has to be the worst name for a bad guy in history. Brad Wesley? Doesn't exactly leave you quaking in your boots. Sounds more like an 80s James Spader character. Also, the guy was tiny, older and not physically imposing. Why was everyone so afraid of him? Still, the actor did a great job as the character was loathsome.
The Last Warning (1929 silent version) Flicker Alley blu-ray 5.5 /10
I've seen a collector's print of this once before, but didn't really remember it. It's a follow up to The Cat & The Canary with the same director & lead actress. The whopping 10 minutes of extras said there was both a silent only version & a partially talky version. This one is the silent.
Disappointing, especially for the price ($40 list, I paid $30). At the end they say it is a restoration from one 35 mm print & 1 16. I don't see any restoration on the 16mm parts; for this price, they could have at least done some digital scratch removal. Another irritating thing is that the 10 minute extra said it was similar to Cat, but Cat had comedy & this didn't. Well someone should have told the music soundtrack composer. The music is so inappropriate that in places it feels like a farce. If I'd paid $8 for this (what it's worth, I wouldn't be so upset; ut the list price is the same as a Criterion. Meh.
I sure hope they do a better job with the upcoming Waxworks restoration. That is an important film, imo. With this order, I also bought The Man Who Laughs. Fine film, I hope the restoration is better than this one.
Rollerball (1975) on TCM
Rollerball (1975 film) - Wikipedia
Dragons Forever - 1988
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