The last film you watched ...

Posted by: Chavs

The last film you watched ... - Wed Jun 27 2012 07:53 AM

"Have you seen a good movie recently? Let us know!" says the category blurb.

I know there's a similar thread on the other chat boards but perhaps it would be nice to have one here too?

What's the last film you watched?

And more importantly -- without giving anything away! -- was it any good?


No spoilers. cool



The last film I watched was "Insomnia" directed by Christoper Nolan and starring Al Pacino. (2002)

It wasn't perfect but it was very good, very enjoyable, and slightly unusual as thrillers go. I see that the New York Times described it as a "Noir Thriller" and certainly that fits it. It has more in common with the noir genre than today's modern thriller anyway. It's more about storyline and character than car chases. Watch it if you like a good story.

4 stars!
Posted by: jabb5076

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jun 27 2012 10:19 AM

The last one I watched was "War Horse." There are so many movies about WWll, and not nearly as many on "The Great War." To view the horrors of war primarily through the experience of a horse was an inspired concept (I don't remember the name of the book's author) and I thought it was well done and enlightening. The several horses the filmakers used to portray the war horse of the title were absolutely amazing!
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jun 27 2012 03:09 PM

I'm so glad you mentioned that one, I had forgotten about it and need to put it back on my "to watch" list.

I watched a documentary about turning it from book into stageplay for the National Theatre in London, and the puppet horse they made was astounding.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jun 27 2012 03:32 PM

"The Kids are Alright" with Juliane Moore and Annette Bening. I thought it was pretty good - I liked that all the characters were likable people who each did something wrong. Everyone behaved badly to some extent, but nobody was really the bad guy.

My daughter didn't like it much, for much the same reason. Moral ambiguity is more appealing, I think, at 50 than at 20.
Posted by: george48

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jun 27 2012 10:28 PM

I just watched 'Abraham Lincoln', Vampire Hunter, in 3D, no less, and you know what?, i loved it.
I know the premise is, to say the least off kilter and to some, sacrilegious, but it works.
It takes the known history of Lincoln himself and the civil war and weaves vampires into the story in such a way
as to make it in it's own way, interesting.
It was directed by Tim Burton too, so take that into consideration as well.
The sight of Abe wielding an axe like he was born to it was alone worth the price of admission.
Posted by: dsimpy

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jun 28 2012 04:58 AM

I watched The Burning Plain the other day ... Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger, Jennifer Lawrence (from The Hunger Games).

I really liked it, and was surprised to find it was a box-office bummer with generally lousy reviews. What most reviewers didn't like was precisely what kept me interested the most ... the way scenes from the film jolt forward and backwards in time without explanation, and the fact there are separate 'threads' of characters/plot that look unconnected.

Anyone else see it? Like? Hate?
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jul 01 2012 01:30 AM

Never heard of it, dsimpy. Considering the huge marketing exercise that the film industry is, it's a pity that films that don't buzz immediately at the Box Office can fall into obscurity quite easily while some duff ones go on to be household names. I fell for the buzz around the Blair Witch Project at the time and still wish I had asked for my money back.

George, I would never have thought of watching 'Abraham Lincoln', Vampire Hunter, but you have me curious now.

Agony, I really liked "The Kids are Alright" too. I thought Juliane Moore and Annette Bening were great in it. It's in the Woody-Allen-esque genre, I think. Is that a genre? It is now.
Posted by: wwe84

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jul 01 2012 03:46 AM

dsimpy The Burning Plain was good movie i never heard of it til a couple months when it was on Pay TV,Charlize Theron was very good
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jul 01 2012 11:24 AM

Just turned off my portable DVD player after watching "Where the Heart Is". Saw this thread and decided to weigh in. A good flick demonstrating Natalie Portmen's abilities to portray emotions. Great supporting cast with Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing, Sally Field, Joan Cusack, James Frain and Dylan Bruno.
The tale is built around a woman who gives birth to a baby in a WalMart she has been clandestinely living in since her sperm donor abandoned her outside it. Slowly her life comes back together. Though not in Kansas, there is a nice tornado scene where this Dorothy seems to grow from teen mom to Emerald City citizen. The movie shows that into each life a little rain must fall, sometimes it feels like a hurricane. A definite feel good, pick me up film to watch.

Edit: Not to be confused with the Dabney Coleman/Uma Thurman "Where the Heart Is"
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jul 14 2012 07:56 AM

Put myself through the agony of watching "My Cousin Rachel" (1952) starring Olivia de Havilland & Richard Burton, from the book by Daphne Du Maurier.

A very good story spoiled.

Full of actorry melodrama.

Ripe for a re-make.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jul 14 2012 07:59 AM

And exactly the same goes for.... "The Tenth Man", starring Anthony Hopkins, Derek Jacobi and Kristin Scott Thomas, based on the novel by Graham Greene.

(But replace melodrama with hammy acting).

Bring on the re-make quick!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jul 14 2012 04:59 PM

"Jesus Christ Superstar" was remarkable for the music and the unique way Norman Jewison chose to present the tale of the Passion in a mixed then and now art. Also of note is that there is not one scene shot on a sound stage (good dubbing or lip-synching as it's come to be known).

I thought watching this out of season (summer vs Easter) might impact my take on it. It turned out to be much like Christmas in July for I had never seen the film before and thoroughly enjoyed it. Actually, with the warm summer weather, I could identify more with the setting of the story and movie.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jul 14 2012 06:07 PM

Chavs, just watched "Rebecca" (another Du Maurier) and remember why I dislike this story so much. To my eyes it's not a romance but the story of an abusive man with almost pedophiliac tendencies - obviously not the way it was seen at the time the film was made.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jul 15 2012 03:45 PM

Yes, I agree with you, it was pretty disturbing! They pulled off the melodrama in Rebecca, though - well, more than My Cousin Rachel did anyway. ( imho, natch!)

Never seen Jesus Christ Superstar, must give it a go!
Posted by: ladymacb29

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 26 2012 05:31 PM

"K 19 - The Widowmaker"

Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford - need I say more? wink

(Only thing that could have improved it would have been adding Pierce Brosnan and Michael Douglas!)
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 26 2012 09:43 PM

"The Scout" with Albert Brooks and Brendan Fraser. A pretty good movie, I've always thought, that didn't have the success it deserved. I think it was probably marketed wrong - the trailers and packaging make it look like a madcap comedy and while it's funny, it's not funny in that madcap way. Kinda touching, in fact.

Brooks is a baseball scout who finds the worlds greatest player (Fraser) All would be well, except he's got some serious emotional issues. Great performances.
Posted by: darksplash

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Aug 02 2012 02:01 PM

Just back from the new Batman movie. Action scenes good, dialogue scenes a bit long...and Michael Caine was cringingly woeful.
(Also Movie a bit long at 2.5 hours, and that is after the commercials and trailers)
Posted by: wwe84

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Aug 05 2012 04:13 PM

i watched The Reunion with John Cena,Amy Smart & Ethan Embry this wasn't a good movie and WWE should stop making movies cause they have only made 2 good movies in The Condemned with Stone Cold and 12 Rounds with John Cena can't believe they are making a sequel to 12 Rounds called 12 Rounds:Reloaded with Randy Orton

in all wouldn't bother watching this movie again
Posted by: Copago

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Aug 05 2012 07:01 PM

I watched "the Guard" and it was hilarious .. in a dark kind of way.
It's an Irish movie with a bit of humour, bit of mystery and a bit of a twist at the end.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Aug 05 2012 09:36 PM

My daughter wants me to watch "The Avengers" with her, and insists we watch all the superhero movies that lead up to it. So far we've seen "Ironman", "The Hulk" and "Captain America". I'm not a fan of action movies, but found the first two at least watchable; "Captain America" was, I'm sorry, just dreadful. Barely coherent, and with no redeeming qualities that I could see.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Aug 06 2012 03:29 AM

To add the a run of disappointments, I watched "London River", a story set in London in the days after the 7/7 bombs.

It should and could have been a film of real genius. Instead it kept tripping itself up by trying to be too clever. The mixture of French & English only served to interrupt some of the most emotional scenes, with sudden subtitles shattering the moments.

One virtually wordless scene in particular was beautifully acted but the emotional climax got totally destroyed when subtitles suddenly appeared on the bottom of the screen to translate the most basic French phrase (Bon Voyage).

I concluded that it must have been written as a showcase for the male lead, Sotigui Kouyaté, who speaks French & whose acting prowess cannot be ignored. But that's a travesty because Brenda Blethyn's undeniable greatness was compromised by the interruptions, and - worse than that - all this faffing about distracted from the film's best point which was that it captured (superbly) the backstreets of ordinary London with ordinary people going through the banal, hideous, and lonely process of finding missing people after the bombings.

It's a film worth watching for all its genius, really it is, but watch it with a strong coffee and all your wits about you because you will have to work as hard as the film crew to get the most out of it.

Originally Posted By: Copago
I watched "the Guard" and it was hilarious .. in a dark kind of way.
It's an Irish movie with a bit of humour, bit of mystery and a bit of a twist at the end.



Good to hear, will stick that on my "to watch list"!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Aug 06 2012 08:50 AM

Interesting to hear this viewpoint. I'm hard of hearing, and watch all movies with closed captioning on, just to make sure I catch everything. My kids, who have normal hearing, have gotten into the habit through watching with me, and now also always use it. The result of this is that we don't find subtitles distracting at all, we're so used to them. Probably someone like me would have a completely different reaction to this film.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Aug 06 2012 09:28 AM

That's a very good point but I find that using closed captions or subtitles stops being distracting after a short while and have watched some great films where the subtitles didn't bother me in the least - Das Boot, Pan's Labyrinth & Life is Beautiful are 3 of my favourite films and I loved Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon too. The subtitles make no difference to my rating because they didn't detract.

I just found the switching from one language to another distracting in this one. There seemed to be no need. In some war films they have used both German and English (and therefore some subtitling) but it seemed to me to be pertinent and didn't interfere with emotional moments. In this film, emotion was everything and I thought choices about which language to use and when to use the captions just served to remind me that I was watching a film rather than let me be drawn into it.

But I am very interested to know if I am the only one who felt that. It could just have been my mood even! & Maybe if I had been forewarned it wouldn't have thrown me.
Posted by: wwe84

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Aug 10 2012 10:55 AM

Watched Three Fugitives with Martin Short & Nick Nolte it's my favourite Martin Short ever this movie is so funny one of my favourite moments in the movie is when Ned Martin Short's character shoots Lucas in the leg and he takes him to Dr Horvath who is a vet but Dr Horvath is so out of it that he thinks Lucas is a dog he treats him like that

one of the funniest movies ever
Posted by: kalathena

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Aug 10 2012 05:27 PM

Last American movie I watched was BOTTLE SHOCK with Chris Pine and Alan Rickman. A cute little movie about Napa Valley in 1976 and how their wines got to be world renown.

The last Bollywood film I watched was DOSTANA, the remake, not the original, which I admit, I have never seen. Abishek Bachchan did a lovely job with this fun comedy, following in his father's footsteps. Now I just have to track down the original so I can see his dad's performance.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Aug 10 2012 06:51 PM

I just enjoyed "Summer Lovers" (1982) with Daryl Hannah, Peter Gallagher and Valerie Quennessen as the characters involved in a successful love triangle on the island of Santorini. I was taken with Valerie's beauty and tried to find out more about her. She'd played the princess Conan saves in "Conan the Barbarian". She left movies after "SL" to raise a family in France. After about 5 years she was making a comeback but was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident.
You know how they say things come in threes. Well, years before "Splash" in "SL", Daryl H said she often fantasized about being a mermaid as a teen. In SL on a scene intended to show the bonding that was developing between the three characters, Valerie's gets into a moped accident when she is run off the road by a tourist bus. One prophecy remains to be garnered from this film. If I were Peter Gallagher, I'd know this film by heart.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Aug 11 2012 07:59 AM

Following on the superhero theme, we watched "Thor" the other night. Appealing and kinda cute, with about as much coherence as you can expect from a comic book movie.

Thor was my favourite comic superhero when I was a kid, ('cause he was so goodlooking, natch) and I thought they did a good job of capturing the feeling of Asgard from the comics - or at least it matches my forty-plus year old memories.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Aug 17 2012 05:05 AM

Originally Posted By: kalathena
Last American movie I watched was BOTTLE SHOCK with Chris Pine and Alan Rickman. A cute little movie about Napa Valley in 1976 and how their wines got to be world renown.



Never heard of it but that sounds my type of movie, thanks for the tip off.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Aug 17 2012 05:07 AM

We Need To Talk About Kevin.


5 stars plus! Sublime. Best film I've seen in years. Just... watch it.

Edited to clarify: Sublime film-making (not a second of film wasted, from story to cinematography every detail was thought out, every scene compelling) but it's a dark film and horrific story.
Posted by: Snowman

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Aug 20 2012 02:45 PM

The Manchurian Candidate, the Denzel Washington version. Very decent but it really made me want to see the original again - a much better film.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Aug 20 2012 09:41 PM

We Need To Talk About Kevin
-----------------

I tried to read the book, but as a child care professional I found it very hard. I just wanted that baby taken away from his mother so bad - clear emotional abuse. I don't think I could watch it, I'd be throwing things through the screen.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Aug 21 2012 01:31 AM

Yes, I could understand that. I originally avoided it for similar reasons, & it was only a comment on these forums that made me give the film a try - it wasn't what I thought it was going to be, it was more complex. Maybe the book is different. Can't guarantee that you wouldn't throw things at the screen though; I averted my eyes occasionally.


Edited to add:

Agony, I've been thinking about what you said and I find that the film didn't leave me with feelings about the "mother's emotional abuse" of her child - in fact I don't think that phrase is really applicable.

So I'm wondering if the book really was different or whether you might have felt differently had you finished the book or watched the film. In the film, the story reveals itself slowly and so earlier scenes might not give a fair summary of the story.

Either way, if you ever decide to watch it I would be very interested to hear what you thought, so even if it's years from now I hope you update us. smile
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Aug 21 2012 12:55 PM

I couldn't even finish the book, as I couldn't stand the way she was treating that baby. I also saw a lot of, um, nonsense, in the way the author was setting up the child to be a monster. It was like a "demon seed" movie from the fifties rather than anything reflecting what we know about how children develop empathy. I mean, sure, it's their book, their movie, they can have him sprout horns and forked tongue if they want to, but that's not how children with empathic personality disorders work. The book was presented as a serious look at children who do unspeakable things, but really it was just cheap horror.

Maybe I can give the movie a chance at some time, though, when I'm feeling well grounded.
Posted by: dsimpy

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Aug 21 2012 01:28 PM

I was channel flicking the other day and stumbled across Hitchcock's The Birds, so I ended up watching it along with my learning disabled daughter who loves most films that involve people being eaten, colonised or dismembered by abnormally large or genetically mutated animals.

Not surprisingly she loved it ... and we're now awaiting arrival of the DVD from Amazon (at her insistence). It really hasn't lost any of its power over the years, despite the almost laughable staginess of the bird attacks. Great film!

(After the film I asked my daughter if she'd like to pop outside and garage the car for the night ... as there were a few birds about that I didn't like the look of ... but she was having none of that!!)
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Aug 21 2012 11:00 PM

Searching for more of Valerie Quennessen's work I came across 1979's "French Postcards".
Choppily edited together, it still presents a fair window on coming of age in a foriegn culture for some American students in Paris. It is the first major billing for the following artists:
Miles Chapin (left acting to run the family business - Steinway Pianos)
Blanche Baker (Carroll Baker's daughter and a steady supporting actress through the years)
David Marshall Grant (Did mostly Broadway work)
Valérie Quennessen (the princess saved by Arnold in Conan the Barbarian")
Debra Winger (many big roles)
Mandy Patinkin (many big roles)

The film was shot almost entirely in and around Paris, often highlighting some of the famous destination's major attractions.

Edit to add for other Valerie fans: She rides a moped in this movie too. In fact, she jump starts it by running in high heels, jumping on it and poppong the clutch!
Posted by: kalathena

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Sep 06 2012 06:50 AM

Totally understand not wanting to watch WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN. I know I could never get through it. It was difficult enough for me to watch MY NAME IS KHAN, though I'm extremely glad I did.

As the mother of a son with autism, I would either be too overwhelmed emotionally by the film or hyper-critical of it. Either way, it just wouldn't work.
Posted by: sisterseagull

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Sep 06 2012 10:40 AM

The Kingdom.... What a great action film that is! Highly recommended.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Sep 06 2012 03:10 PM

In the past two weeks I've watched:

-"Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" - Good story but weak on character empathy and portrayal. Until the ending of course.

-"Titus"(Andronicus)- The Julie Taymor exquisite presentation of what they say was Elizabethan Shakespear's most successful effort. Her mix of modern elements with Roman parts makes the telling seem like the material is good for any age. It has Antony Hopkins, Jessica Lange and Alan Cummings at their very best.

-"Boondock Saints" - Irish South Boston as filmed in Canada? Why? But the time spent with the brothers McManus fighting the Russian mob is well choreographed and stunted.

-"Fail Safe" - still relevant, maybe even more so today with 9(?) known nuclear bomb capable nations.


Edit: I put "The Kingdom" on my buy list. Thanks Sisterseagull.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Sep 06 2012 05:58 PM

Just watched "The Descendents". Very very good indeed - a real movie for grownups. I thought it dealt beautifully with the mixed feelings we have when a much loved but imperfect person dies - "my pain, my joy..."

I've been watching a lot of superhero movies this summer, and it was so nice to see something adult in the best sense of the word.
Posted by: tjoebigham

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Sep 10 2012 09:17 AM

I last watched Alexander Korda's "The Private Life of Henry VIII" with Charles Laughton in his Oscar-grabbing title role. Co-starring were Robert Donat (future Oscar-winner for "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"), Merle Oberon (who Korda later married, and whose life nephew Michael Korda would fictionalize in the novel "Queenie") and Laughton's wife Elsa Lanchester (best known for playing Mary Shelly and the title role in "Bride of Frankenstein"). Laughton and Lanchester had a long marriage (despite Laughton being homosexual) and co-starred in other films, such as Korda's "Rembrandt" and Wilder's "Witness for the Prosecution".

tjoeb};>
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Sep 11 2012 09:01 PM

John Grisham’s “The Rainmaker.” (I bought it on audio from my local community library in a book sale. Still on tape one of four, but so far it’s very good.

The last book I read (in Braille) was “Firestorm” by David Klass. It’s the first in his “Caretaker Trilogy,” and I actually read it twice. It’s an environmental thriller, and I highly recommend it to those who are interested in that kind of thing. Well written, to say the least.

Posted by: saintlysinner

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Sep 13 2012 08:27 AM

I watched Battleship last night. For a film based on a boardgame it was good and worth watching.
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Sep 14 2012 08:34 AM

The Princess Bride.

Mom got the DVD from her friend, and thought I'd enjoy it, not realizing it was already on my list of favorite films (years ago, I used to watch the made-for-TV version). Nothing compares to the DVD!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Sep 14 2012 10:08 AM

"Sweet and Lowdown" Jazz biography, Woody Allen style. Sean Penn plays a fictional Depression-era jazz guitarist. Hilarious.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Sep 30 2012 10:00 PM

Just watched the modern remake of "The Italian Job" - enjoyable and quite a lot of fun, but with this much star power, it should have been better. Getting the original with Michael Caine from the library - love his movies from the 60's so looking forward to it.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Oct 01 2012 08:35 PM

"In Bruges". Definitely not for everyone, but if you like dark humour, and don't mind violence and profanity on the way, this is quite the film.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Oct 01 2012 11:41 PM

Except for the opening sequence, the two "The Italian Job" movies are very different but each enjoyable in their own way.

Over the past week I've done eye strain with:
"Superman II" - Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Terence Stamp

"Superman III" - Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper, Annette O'Toole, Annie Ross, Pamela Stephenson, Robert Vaughn, Margot Kidder

"Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" - Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Mariel Hemingway, Jon Cryer

"Sixteen Candles" - Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling, Paul Dooley, Blanche Baker, Justin Henry (Oh, that Blanche Baker again! Have I mentioned "French Postcards" and "The Girl Next Door"?)

"The Mask" - Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, Amy Yasbeck

The "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" I found to still be pertinent to the debate about whether more nations should be allowed into the Nuclear Arms Club or whether the club should be disbanded altogether.

Upcoming: "Rent" and the first seven "Hellraiser" films. There are two more "Hellraiser"s I may look into. Anyone have input on #'s 8 & 9?
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Oct 04 2012 06:00 AM

Ohmygosh, I had no idea there was even a 2nd Hellraiser! lol


Originally Posted By: agony
"In Bruges". Definitely not for everyone, but if you like dark humour, and don't mind violence and profanity on the way, this is quite the film.


Well described. I loved "In Bruges".
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Oct 08 2012 02:38 AM

Made yet another attempt to watch "Dangerous Liaisons". Failed again. Apart from the pretty costumes - and they are very pretty - I just cannot concentrate on it and always end up doing something else like writing on forums or sleeping. Is it just me?
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Oct 08 2012 09:58 AM

LOL, not just you Chavs. I've never been able to get all the way through it either.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Oct 08 2012 10:22 AM

Phew!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Oct 13 2012 01:17 PM

"Young Adult". The trailers make it seem like a comedy, and while it certainly is funny, I wouldn't really say "comedy". More of a character study, of an unattractive character. Charlize Theron does a fantastic job.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Oct 14 2012 11:21 AM

The original "Italian Job" from the sixties, with Michael Caine. I was hoping for something along the lines of "Get Carter", but it's more like "Carry On Thieving". Should have twigged when I saw that Benny Hill was in the cast. Not really my cup of tea.
Posted by: ladymacb29

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Oct 14 2012 05:28 PM

I watched "The Iron Lady". I didn't think it was very good. It zipped around so much in time that you never really ended up caring about what was happening at all.

I would have preferred the movie picking one specific time period or crisis (maybe Falklands War?) instead. It just felt entirely too rushed and like they made a 10 hour movie and just cut out most of it to fit into the allotted time.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Oct 14 2012 05:46 PM

"The Hustler". Where can you go wrong, really, with the young Paul Newman? I hadn't seen it for years, and don't think I'd noticed before what a visually striking film it is. We really lost something when we moved to colour in the movies.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Oct 15 2012 09:46 AM

Noting both of those write ups.

I usually keep away from films made in the 70s but I watched "Dog Day Afternoon" recently and was just blown away by the quality of it. (It opens with Al Pacino about to rob a bank and the film is the hour by hour story of how that all pans out.) Great acting all around. Brilliant capturing of atmosphere and characters. Fabulous (and oscar-winning) screenplay. Intense!

Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Oct 15 2012 11:04 AM

That's one of my favourite movies - it was pretty daring at the time, too.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Oct 15 2012 03:31 PM

That's interesting! I think it has kept its edginess and relevance. I think it's going to get on my favourites list too.

I wondered why it didn't win more Oscars (as it was nominated for the big ones) so I looked it up and that year was a "clean sweep" for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Them's the breaks, I guess.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Oct 17 2012 07:26 AM

"Defendor" in which Woody Harrelson portrays a mentally challenged person who seeks self improvement by donning the persona of a superhero. There are many comical angles to this (he uses marbles as a weapon of choice, wasps in a glass bottle grenade and chewing gum and a firecracker to open unlocked doors to name a few). But the real point of the movie is that society allows this person to put himself in harm's way and that life doesn't care who you are or what your situation is. A very touching tale told by good performances by all the crafts involved in its making.

PS(edit) It takes place in The Hammer (Hamilton, Ontario).
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Oct 17 2012 08:14 PM

If you count movies on television, then the last film I watched was "Wait until Dark" (1967), starring Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman on whom three criminals work a complicated confidence game, at least at first.... It is pretty startling at times, and features Alan Arkin as one of the creepiest and coldest villains I've ever seen. It's a real nail-biter! And a sountrack by Henry Manicini ("Pink Panther") to boot!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Oct 18 2012 10:14 AM

"Paris, Texas".

And, yeah, it's wonderful, it's beautiful, it's incredibly filmed, the music is flawless, the performances are wrenching, it's got that ricochet thing going that you see in great films where small things start to echo and build up a sense of depth (for example, all the conversations that take place over the phone, over walkie talkies, over distance - nobody ever sits and looks at the person they are talking to face to face, in this movie....)

But I didn't like it as much as I wanted to. I just kept thinking about that kid, a kid who needs his home, his friends, his toys, the sense that the people he loves will be there tomorrow. The kid in this movie is a plot device and a symbol, instead of being a real kid, and that's the weakness of the film. the only thing that keeps it from being perfect, IMO.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Oct 18 2012 09:48 PM

"House of Games"

I liked this quite a lot. Can't give away anything about the plot, except that it's about con games and deception. Nice noir feeling to it. In a move which I assume was intentional, our protagonist is highly unlikeable, while the bad guys are pretty appealing. It's possible that she's just a dreadful actress, but Mamet usually knows what he's doing, so I'm working from the assumption that she's supposed to be so flat - it certainly makes the final twist work. Worth seeing if you like modern noir.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Oct 21 2012 06:24 PM

"The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp"

Considering it was made in England in 1942-43, a very nuanced look at war and soldiers. Fantastic performances, and Deborah Kerr is radiant, especially in the 1902 role.
Posted by: sisterseagull

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Oct 22 2012 02:18 AM

Last night I watched 'The Book of Eli', quite violent in places but not overly so and with a marvellous twist at the very end.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Oct 22 2012 09:54 AM

"Take the Money and Run", Woody Allen's first on-screen lead (after supporting in What's Up, Pussycat?" & "Casino Royale"), second director (after "What's Up, Tiger-Lily?") and third writer ("What's New, Pussycat?" & "What's Up, Tiger-Lily?") credits. Pure comic genius through the whole film. It is a mockumentary of the life of a bank robber who never got the goods through his own fault and through tragic coincidences. He's like a cartoon character, blown to smithereens in one scene only to be resurrected whole for the next, but without the explosions (Oops, there is that candle/TNT in disguise bit...).
Posted by: Zippy826

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Oct 22 2012 04:53 PM

One of my favorite quotes from a Woody Allen movie was in "Take the Money and Run". When he was going to rob the woman in the park and ended up talking to her, he said "After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her, and after half an hour I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse." I think his earlier movies were some of the funniest ever made. "Bananas", "Sleeper" and "Love and Death" are also hilarious.
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Oct 26 2012 09:09 PM

Just watched two: "Teen Witch" and "Matilda." Both were very good, with excellent messages (the former) and a happy ending (both). And, oh, yeah, good music. Only problem is, there was a lot of visual stuff (more so in the latter movie), so it was somewhat difficult for me to follow at times.
Posted by: SilverMoonsong

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Oct 28 2012 12:10 PM

We've been having a movie marathon the last week while I was sewing Halloween costumes. My friends were over several days this week and needed some entertainment in between fittings, so they raided my DVDs. It started with a Halloween themed week - we watched 'Zombieland', 'Shaun of the Dead', and Jeff Dunham's new show, 'Minding the Monsters'. Then they moved on to Disney/Pixar - 'Up', 'The Emperor's New Groove', 'Wall-E' and possibly one or two others. I lost track after so many. smile

If you like Jeff Dunham, you really need to see his new special. It's hilarious!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Nov 01 2012 08:35 PM

A couple of movies this last few days. First, "Serpico" - I'd never seen it, for some reason. I was kinda "meh" but my son liked it. Gotta admit, though, Al Pacino is a fantastic actor - it's something we are so used to that we don't always appreciate just how good he was, and to some extent still is.

We also watched "Tremors 4". Enjoyable, and quite a lot of fun. And, since this is the fourth in a horror franchise, that is saying quite a lot.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Nov 02 2012 03:21 AM

Well, during the hurricane I was trapped in my home with nothing but my cat and my cable TV to comfort me (which luckily did NOT go out), so I watched quite a few movies. Here are the best:

(1) the original "Frankenstein" movie from 1931. Wow. You've got to see it if you haven't. I can really appreciate it now the way I couldn't when I saw it on TV as a teenager. There's so much to it, the lighting, the music, I can't even explain; and

(2) "Electoral Dysfunction", a very enlightening documentary about the electoral system (or should I say non-system?) in America. Funny, too; and

(3) "King of Kings" with Jeffrey Hunter playing Jesus Christ, although it seemed like it was more about Herod, Barabbas, and Pilate than Jesus, but it's still worth watching.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Nov 02 2012 04:39 AM

Recent DVD spins:

Disney's "Sleeping Beauty". has some good behind the scenes extras and commentary by the artists who drew it.

"The Gate" where tweens battle the emergence of an otherworldly creature into our world through a hole in the ground. Some good Harryhausen type stop-action animations. The Director commentary reveals some forced perspective shots that were unbelievable. Where I thought it was composited tiny claymation figures in some scenes were really full sized humans in rubber costumes off in the distance with all the environment and actors suspended in the air in front of the camera. That was worth the look-see.

A Grindhouse Double Feature of "Star Odyssey" and "Prisoners of the Lost Universe". Is there a class of films called D? They define what it was to waste a Saturday afternoon at a theater watching tripe rot on the screen.

"How to Steal a Million", a classic William Wyler romantic farce created to spotlight Audrey Hepburn's return to the screen after her split with Ferrer. This is a good performance by Peter O'Toole. Some good commentary by Eli Wallach and Wylter's daughter, herself now a director/producer. There is also the A&E's Biography short of Audrey Hepburn's life.

"True Blood" an early Jeff ("Lawnmowerman") Fahey lead vehicle. A fair example of teen gang warfare in NYC noir.

"Mystery Men" which seems to grow in my estimation as a good comedy each time I see it. A Darkhorse Comics based film from before Darkhorse became as respected as Marvel for its comics. A good rock music soundtrack rather than scored effort. Tom Waits hustling 90 yr old women is hilarious!

"Objective Burma" A good historical representation thrown together as a wartime recruitment and propaganda film starring Errol Flynn and some great character actors as his paratrooper squad. Bonus features are two recruiting shorts: "The Rear Gunner" with Burgess Meredith as a flying fortress tail gunner and "The Tanks Are Coming"


EDIT to add: Gracious1 inspired me to order "King of Kings" thank you. I will research acquiring the others mentioned here this week too.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Nov 02 2012 08:09 AM

"Mystery Men" is one of the favourites around our house. So many great little moments.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Nov 04 2012 02:16 PM

I'm still waiting to see "Mystery Men". looks like a fun movie.

Last night I was more or less "bed ridden" so watched 3 movies in a row:

1) Quantum of Solace
Even though I'd seen it before. Craig, as Bond, what's not to like? - even beaten to a pulp, he somehow still comes off as quintessential lol. The only part that bugs me about those first two movies is how much "M" distrusts Bond - I think they overemphasized that aspect more than they should have.

2) The King's Speech, for the first time.
I cried through most of it, although people much younger than me probably wouldn't understand why and

3) Melancholia. Complete waste of time in my opinion, unless you're wowed by artsy-fartsy visuals or are a fan of the so-called "acting abilities" of the "fang-y" Kirsten Dunst (which I am not).
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Nov 04 2012 02:31 PM

I really loved "The King's Speech".
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Nov 04 2012 07:08 PM

"The Adventures of Don Juan" starring Errol Flynn good costumes and sword fighting stunts and that's about it.

"Billy Jack" still a pertinent comment on society and that's a shame because the movie is forty years old or two generations by some measures.

"Prey" (2007) See "Melancholia" above but switch Weller for Dunst. I learned: fairly fresh lion turds are called scat and they are kinda warm to the touch. No sensory input was given for how they smell, though that was tested too.


Edit: hope you feel better Jakeroo. Too much good living got you down?
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Nov 13 2012 08:10 PM

My kids talked me into watching "Cabin in the Woods", and I'll admit, although it took a while for me to sit through a lot that I'm not crazy about, it's brilliant, in its way.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Nov 14 2012 08:05 PM

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas": a near perfect application of modern cinematic techniques by Ron Howard to relate the holiday rituals as analysized in a humourous way by Dr. Seuss. Jim Carrey certainly rivals his other heavy make-up role efforts as Wiploc in "Earthgirls Are Easy", as Stanley Ipkiss in "The Mask" and as the Riddler in "Batman Forever". This may be the best of them all. Overall it should be on everyone's holiday watch list.


"The Misfits": John Huston's collaboration with Arthur Miller which examines just what does it mean to be alive? Is vivacity something you can waste? How come some seem to have more of it? Can it be contagious? Is it something that can or needs to be destroyed (as suggested by the mustang enigma) for the rest of society to be able to cope? The last screen appearances by two of Hollywood's greatest icons, screen legends, Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable. After they'd played opposite each other could any other duo match the life they gave to their characters? Sad that there is no commentary or bonus extras on the DVD I watched. If there was, I'd probably still be watching it.
Posted by: ladymacb29

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Nov 15 2012 07:18 PM

Just saw the second Sherlock Holmes movie that came out a year ago - very good. I thought the actress who played the gypsy was very good as well. And I even thought the story moved along a little better in this one than the first movie.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Nov 19 2012 07:33 AM

I just enjoyed two well known films: "Some Like It Hot" and "Fargo"

I am stunned at the resemblence of two characters to each other: Joe E Brown and William H Macy (why they both even use a middle initial in their stage name!). Having recently watched "Mystery Men", I can imagine Joe E Brown as 'The Shoveler'!

And in watching the credits from "Fargo" I had my next film chosen for me. The early character who is the Highway Patrol officer's killing witness, who survives his own auto crash only to be gunned down with a shot to the back, is credited to be that funny symbol that The Performer Formerly Known As Prince uses! I fortunately recently got "Purple Rain" and was at or near the top of my next 'to view' list anyway.
Posted by: Snowman

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Nov 19 2012 08:04 AM

Just about my favourite British film of all time. It summed up the old-time British way of thinking just about perfectly and (to an extent) foresaw the change in British society that WWII was bound to wrought. I'm always amused by the fact that it was commissioned as a propaganda piece by the Ministry of War and then banned by the same office for being unpatriotic!

Originally Posted By: agony
"The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp"

Considering it was made in England in 1942-43, a very nuanced look at war and soldiers. Fantastic performances, and Deborah Kerr is radiant, especially in the 1902 role.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Nov 19 2012 12:48 PM

"Colonel Blimp"

I was taken by this event described in the notes with the DVD - I'm copying here from Roger Ebert's review, as I've taken the DVD back to the library. Walbrook is the Austrian actor who played the main character's German friend.

Quote:
That led to an encounter between Churchill and Walbrook, recounted by the British film critic Derek Malcolm: "Churchill's reaction was furious. He is said to have stormed into Walbrook's dressing room when he was appearing in a West End play demanding: 'What's this film supposed to mean? I suppose you regard it as good propaganda for Britain.' Anton's reply was quite telling, he said 'No people in the world other than the English would have had the courage, in the midst of war, to tell the people such unvarnished truth'."
Posted by: dsimpy

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Nov 21 2012 07:28 AM

I've just watched 'Winter's Bone'. An extraordinary and totally gripping film: the lead Jennifer Lawrence ('The Burning Plain', 'X-Men: First Class', 'The Hunger Games') is developing into a truly great actor.

But OMG is Missouri really THAT depressing?!! shocked
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Nov 23 2012 10:01 AM

"Anatomy of a Murder" - 1959, Jimmy Stewart and Lee Remick, George C Scott looking impossibly young. The most interesting thing to me about this courtroom drama of a rape and murder case is how they got around the Hays code. It's startlingly frank, for the kind of movie it is. Also, although there is a little gloss put on it for appearances, it's pretty obvious that the "bad" guys got away with it (another Hays Office no-no) - she wasn't really raped, and he wasn't really temporarily insane.

Also interesting to see how societal attitudes toward a free and easy young woman have changed - and, depressingly, how much they haven't.
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Nov 24 2012 01:46 PM

"Fire and Ice"

Edit to add: Much better than I thought it would be--I'm always afraid I won't be able to follow things like this
Posted by: george48

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Nov 24 2012 02:28 PM

I have just watched 'The Life of Pi', and having not read the book,(yet), cannot offer an opinion as to how it compares, but after reading an article about how the book was supposedly unfilmable, i must say that Ang Lee did a beautiful job. The cinematography is astounding, the story heart wrenching and uplifting at the same time.
The casting of relative unknowns was a masterful stroke, as it allowed you to concentrate your attention on the story, not who was playing who.
It has to be my favorite movie of the year, by far.
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Nov 24 2012 09:11 PM

'Dungeons and Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness'

Edit to add: I was pulled in right from the beginning, when the book's prior history was discussed.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Nov 24 2012 09:34 PM

"Marty" from 1955 with Ernest Borgnine.

Really love this movie - it's low key, it's simple, but it's got a lot of heart.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Nov 26 2012 10:30 AM

"How Green Was My Valley" from 1941.

This one didn't hold up so well for me. I now know what a Welsh accent sounds like, for example, and it doesn't sound much like any of these. I'm also a lot less sentimental in my fifties than I was in my teens, when I saw this first.

I know more about film-making, now, though, and can appreciate how beautifully made this movie is - I'm sure the first time I saw it, I didn't even notice all the bit with Angharad's veil at her wedding, for example. And the singing!

All in all, I'd say that if you haven't seen this, you probably should, sort of as a beautifully filmed time machine, back to a kind of movie they don't make anymore.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Nov 26 2012 03:22 PM

"Purple Rain" - Prince, Apollonia, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos, Clarence Williams III
Did you know that Prince wrote most of 'The Time''s music?

Pirates of the Golden Age - A two disc, four movie collection ("Against All Flags" / "Buccaneer's Girl" / "Yankee Buccaneer" / "Double Crossbones") Errol Flynn, Maureen O'Hara, Yvonne de Carlo, Antony Quinn, Don O'Connor, Jeff Chandler. All from Universal studios. Each had their own model ship when used in the sea tank but it was the same deck shown in all four movies for actor's staging!

"To Catch a Thief" - Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jesse Royce Landis, John Williams. One of Hitchcock's great use of camera perspective to add suspense. And, of course there's Kelly in her future Riviera setting to appreciate. It's sad that some of her big 'action' scenes were racing her car through the twisty streets. It reminded me so much of her demise it was almost too hard to watch.

"Roman Holiday" - Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power. A good companion period piece to "To Catch a Thief" showing what post WWII was like on the Riviera and in Rome.

"Coonskin" (or "Street Fight") - Ralph Bakshi's mix of real footage and animation, with Barry White and Scatman Crothers.

The film "Against All Flags" (1952), starring Errol Flynn and Maureen O'Hara, I believe has a speaking role for Ernest Borgnine in it. He had just signed with Paramount but this film is from Universal and he would have had to use a different name or else ruin his other contract. The role was as the booty slave auctioneer and then as the pirate who discovers Flynn sabotaging the cannons, for which EB is killed. The way he strutted around doing the aution and the fighting stances he took are exactly the mannerisms he used as Sgt. 'Fastso' Judson in "From Here to Eternity" a year later. He seemed destined to play the heavy. EB's bio doesn't list "Against...Flags" as one he was in but maybe he enjoyed keeping this little secret? There are close ups of his face and the voice is the same. I think I saw tooth gaps in there too. Of course I may be wrong on this, but hours of searching hasn't produced the name of the auction character or a cast member who wasn't listed in many other films. It's like he was a speaking uncredited character (which was known to happen in studio crossovers). More looking will follow...

A bit of trivia to titilate: During the filming of "Against...Flags", Flynn broke his ankle and in the hiatus created by his recuperation, Universal threw together another movie, "Yankee Buccaneer" with Jeff Chandler to keep the sets in use!

If only someone would re-invent the Pirate film genre. I bet a lot of people would watch them (he he he)

Borgnine speculation: Here is a scenario that might fit the events. EB started the film for Universal. He got his scenes in the can. Flynn broke his ankle, putting that project on hold. EB signs with Paramount. Universal finishes "AAF" but cannot use the name of an actor under contract exclusively to another studio. Paramount decides to not credit the part at all to avoid legal issues. They also decide it would be to costly to reshoot his scenes (both include Flynn) with a stand in, so they leave him in but without recognition.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Nov 27 2012 02:16 PM

Originally Posted By: george48
I have just watched 'The Life of Pi', and having not read the book,(yet), cannot offer an opinion as to how it compares, but after reading an article about how the book was supposedly unfilmable, i must say that Ang Lee did a beautiful job. The cinematography is astounding, the story heart wrenching and uplifting at the same time.
The casting of relative unknowns was a masterful stroke, as it allowed you to concentrate your attention on the story, not who was playing who.
It has to be my favorite movie of the year, by far.


Wow, that's a rave review if ever there was one. smile

I'm sticking that straight on my "to watch" list.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Dec 01 2012 01:21 AM

"The Exorcist".

I wasn't too impressed, to be honest. The first forty minutes or so really dragged, for one thing, and I kept being distracted and pulled out of the moment by stupid little stuff. As an example, hours (days?) after the famous pea soup scene, Regan's face and bedding is still stained and I'm thinking "You just leave the child up there in her own filth, and we're supposed to think of you as a loving and concerned mother? Is she wearing diapers?" which is not, I think, what I was supposed to be thinking about just then. Not the masterpiece of its genre I was led to expect.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Dec 01 2012 11:10 PM

"Rosemary's Baby"

Enjoyed this one much more, happy to call it a classic in its genre. And Ruth Gordon is just so wonderful.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Dec 02 2012 05:43 AM

"The Mothman Prophecies" (2002) with Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Will Patton. An interesting look at the phenomenon of angels without any ascribed religious belief. There are Christmas lights, trees and wrapped presents but no link is drawn between the angels acting on behalf of a specific theology. The film is based on events recorded and reported surrounding the collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, West Virginia that took 46 lives. Point Pleasant is one of three municipalities at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. Before the tragedy, many local people were 'visited' by an entity they called the Mothman. That entity gave some precognition to one resident about plane crashes and earthquakes. Have to wrap this up. My lepidopteran friend says the sky is falling. He speaks with a Mayan accent so I'd better heed his warnings. If you survive, watch this talking/movie.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Dec 02 2012 01:17 PM

Last night I watched, "Star Trek: Nemesis". I had completely forgotten some very important plot points, not to mention the ending. So it was almost like watching it for the first time!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Dec 02 2012 09:31 PM

"Harvey"

Haven't seen this one since I was a little kid, what a wonderful movie.

"Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it."
Posted by: ladymacb29

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Dec 04 2012 03:03 PM

Originally Posted By: gracious1
Last night I watched, "Star Trek: Nemesis". I had completely forgotten some very important plot points, not to mention the ending. So it was almost like watching it for the first time!


The best part of that movie was seeing Janeway outrank Picard wink
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Dec 04 2012 09:07 PM

"Harvey": ordered today!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Dec 05 2012 06:01 PM

"The Manchurian Candidate" the original one, from 1962.

Hard to know what to say about this one. The performances are so good,and the premise is so ridiculous. Post hypnotic suggestion just doesn't work that way. Women picking up men on the train doesn't work that way, either - we would consider a real modern woman who behaves the way Janet Leigh does in this movie to be insane, or at the very least to have real issues with her relationships with men.

But, dang, the performances are good. At the end I was thinking "Man, what a good movie" even though through much of it I'd been thinking "Ah, this is just so stupid".
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Dec 06 2012 09:55 AM

We went to the new James Bond movie the other night. "Skyfall" was really the best Bond in the series, in my opinion.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Dec 06 2012 10:39 PM

"The Sons of Katie Elder"

Good basic John Wayne western. I always like Dean Martin in a western, and Dennis Hopper plays a nasty little snot to perfection. James Gregory is the bad guy - he was one of the bad guys in "Manchurian Candidate" too.
Posted by: Nammage

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Dec 07 2012 09:08 AM

The last movie I watched was Gus van Sant's Last Days. A film loosely based on the death of Kurt Cobain.

-Nam
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Dec 08 2012 08:06 PM

"Patton"

I'm not really a big fan of war movies, but this is quite something. I'm becoming a huge fan of George C Scott - in the last little while I've seen him in "The Hustler", "Anatomy of a Murder" and now "Patton" and every performance has been outstanding.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Dec 09 2012 02:01 AM

For some good early Scott work, you might enjoy "Petulia" with Julie Christie. I know I enjoyed it. Not a great work but there's some good acting. And it has some Janis Joplin and Greatful Dead cameos.
Posted by: sisterseagull

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Dec 09 2012 10:15 AM

Last night I watched one of those rare beasts - a film so bad that it bordered on the brilliant called 'Iron Sky'.

In this masterpiece, a colony of Nazis, on the moon since 1945, are planning an invasion of Earth. The world's people look toward the US President (a Sarah Palin look-alike) for leadership... I shall say no more but can recommend it as a serious spoof (is there such a thing?) that I found quite funny and immensely entertaining!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Dec 09 2012 10:57 AM

Oh, my son told me about that one, sisterseagull - he thoroughly enjoyed it, too.

I'll check that one out, mehaul - I think I'll be having a little Scott film festival here over the next couple months.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Dec 11 2012 08:09 AM

"Seven Years in Tibet" - Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, B.D. Wong, Mako, Danny Denzongpa, Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk, Lhakpa Tsamchoe
The film was enjoyable and had beautiful scenic vistas (mountains from all around the world)except for when Pitt let out his german version of an accent. Why? The character wasn't speaking English. A fair telling of the Chinese takeover of Tibet in the 40s.

"Little Shop of Horrors" - Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, Frank Gardenia, Jim Belushi, John Candy, Frank Oz (dir)
A humorous take-off of the off Broadway hit musical based on the 2-day movie shoot by Roger Corman.

"Epic Movie" - Kal Penn, Adam Campbell, Jennifer Coolidge, Jayma Mays, Faune Chambers, Fred Willard.
A spoof done as well as spoofs are done.

"Airplane II: The Sequel" - Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, William Shatner
Some repeat jokes and scene re-uses but ohterwise a fair spoof of the original.

"The Adventures of Robin Hood" - Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains
One of the first epics Action/Adventure films done in full color. A classic swashbuckler.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Dec 11 2012 08:28 AM

Posted watched movies in the thread as of 12/11/12 in order of posting. (Discussion posts not recorded.) A location can be approximated by the 33 postings. (On average, thirty-three titles per page) Sorry, there might not be quotemarks, italics or underlining employed and the single apostrophes must be included in copies then deleted and switched to quotes so I didn't change them either. Has anyone noticed using those single quote marks makes going to Wiki's search difficult because they aren't recognized or ignored?

1.Insomnia
2.War Horse
3.The Kids are Alright
4.Abraham Lincoln', Vampire Hunter
5.The Burning Plain
6.Where the Heart Is
7.My Cousin Rachel
8.The Tenth Man
9.Jesus Christ Superstar
10.Rebecca
11.K 19 - The Widowmaker
12.The Scout
13.Batman (version unstated)
14.The Reunion
15.The Condemned
16.12 Rounds
17.the Guard
18.The Avengers
19.Ironman
20.The Hulk
21.Captain America
22.London River
23.Das Boot
24.Pan's Labyrinth
25.Life is Beautiful
26.Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
27.Three Fugitives
28.BOTTLE SHOCK
29.DOSTANA
30.Summer Lovers
31.Splash
32.Thor
33.We Need To Talk About Kevin
34.The Manchurian Candidate, the Denzel Washington
35.The Birds
36.French Postcards
37.MY NAME IS KHAN
38.The Kingdom
39.Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
40.Titus (Andronicus)
41.Boondock Saints
42.Fail Safe
43.The Descendents
44.The Private Life of Henry VIII
45.The Rainmaker
46.Battleship
47.The Princess Bride
48.Sweet and Lowdown
49.The Italian Job (remake)
50.In Bruges
51.Superman II
52.Superman III
53.Superman IV
54.Sixteen Candles
55.The Mask
56.Rent
57.the first seven "Hellraiser" films
58.Dangerous Liaisons
59.Young Adult
60.The original "Italian Job"
61.The Iron Lady
62.The Hustler
63.Dog Day Afternoon
64.Defendor
65.Wait until Dark
66.Paris, Texas
67.House of Games
68.The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
69.'The Book of Eli'
70.Take the Money and Run
71.Teen Witch
72.Matilda
73.Zombieland
74.'Shaun of the Dead'
75.'Up
76.'The Emperor's New Groove'
77.'Wall-E'
78.Serpico
79.Tremors 4
80.Frankenstein
81.Electoral Dysfunction
82.King of Kings
83.Sleeping Beauty
84.Star Odyssey
85.Prisoners of the Lost Universe
86.How to Steal a Million
87.True Blood
88.Objective Burma
89.Mystery Men
90.Quantum of Solace
91.The King's Speech
92.Melancholia
93."The Adventures of Don Juan" starring Errol Flynn
94.Billy Jack
95.Prey
96.Cabin in the Woods
97.How the Grinch Stole Christmas (not the animated one)
98.The Misfits
99.Sherlock Holmes (2011)
100.Some Like It Hot
101.Fargo
102.'Winter's Bone'
103.Anatomy of a Murder
104.Fire and Ice
105.'The Life of Pi'
106.'Dungeons and Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness'
107.Marty
108.How Green Was My Valley
109.Purple Rain
110.Pirates of the Golden Age- 4 movie features
111.To Catch a Thief
112.Roman Holiday
113."Coonskin" (or "Street Fight")
114.The Exorcist
115.Rosemary's Baby
116.The Mothman Prophecies
117.Star Trek: Nemesis
118.Harvey
119."The Manchurian Candidate" the original
120.Skyfall
121.The Sons of Katie Elder
122.Last Days
123.Patton
124.Iron Sky
125.Seven Years in Tibet
126.Little Shop of Horrors
127.Epic Movie
128.Airplane II: The Sequel
129.The Adventures of Robin Hood - w/ Errol Flynn
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Dec 11 2012 10:54 AM

There are some good movies in that list.
Posted by: sisterseagull

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Dec 11 2012 06:11 PM

I just sat here (again) and watched the wonderful 'Forrest Gump' (again) and found my eyes welling up (again)... That Tom Hanks is one helluva 'n actor and what a film, just awesome, so touching
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Dec 12 2012 02:18 PM

Going over bonus material of the 65th Anniversary DVD of "The Adventures of Robin Hood", I came across this wonderful trivial tidbit:
The horse ridden by Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) on her entrance in the caravan through Sherwood Forest was a Palomino that would later be owned by Roy Rogers and then known as Trigger!
From the Legacy paragraph in the Wikipedia entry for the film:
"Trigger (then named Golden Cloud) was the horse ridden by Olivia de Havilland in the film. Roy Rogers admired the horse so much that he bought Trigger to use in his own films. This eventually made Trigger one of the most famous animals in show business."

Another clip from the bonus shows a scene shot later - to fill exposition and sync it with the visual tale - required Flynn and Patric Knowles (Will Scarlet) to enter Sherwood in the opening scenes. The clip was in the bonus material to point out that the scene was shot in a different location (Warner Ranch) than all the other filming. But the scene clearly shows that Knowles is riding the Palomino later ridden by de Havilland. The scene ends with the two horses, side by side, jumping synchronously over a fallen log which represented the edge of the forest. Seems Trigger was ridden by both de Havilland and Knowles in the film. There are two or three other scenes showing a Palomino being ridden by other horsemen in various scenes. My final review of the film felt like a Where's Waldo exercise looking for that Golden Cloud to flash on the screen.

Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Dec 12 2012 02:55 PM

"3 Godfathers"

Highly sentimental but enjoyable John Ford/John Wayne western about three bad guys being chased by a posse across the desert who make a promise to a dying woman that they will care for her newborn. Great visuals - watch the smoke and the dust.
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Dec 12 2012 04:44 PM

Last night I saw “Fatal Reunion.” I first saw it a year ago—then, over the summer, I saw a different [older, I think] version. That day in summer, I didn’t even watch the rest—but the one last night was the version I liked, so I watched to the end.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Dec 12 2012 06:23 PM

Originally Posted By: agony
There are some good movies in that list.

Yes, indeed!

And yesterday I saw "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." Now I remember why it's my favorite Star Trek movie; it's the most like the original series, and everybody still looks likes themselves (and Shatner is still handsome). And it is more like what sci-fi used to be; not action-adventure-fantasy in space but really science fiction.

Tonight I'm watching a strange little movie from the 1940s called "Flight From Destiny". A dying professor plots the murder of a woman who is ruining his friends' marriage, because of his theory of socially necessary murder.
Posted by: Gatsby722

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Dec 12 2012 07:33 PM

"Chico and Rita" ... one of those I expected to be mostly indifferent about, but got happily rewarded when I completely enjoyed it. And ended up watching it twice! Insanely fine music and incredible animation, too.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Dec 12 2012 10:11 PM

The 1970 "Jane Eyre" with George C Scott.

I'm not a big fan of Mr Rochester, never found this story as romantic as many do, but I'd say Scott does as good a job as can be done, making the character seem sympathetic.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Dec 14 2012 10:44 PM

"Oranges and Sunshine"

As a film, so-so. As a document of a story that needed to be told, incredibly moving. Watching it today of all days, my heart just breaks for all the children who are harmed.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Dec 15 2012 09:55 PM

"The Best Years of our Lives"

Story of veterans returning from the war and not finding things the way they expected. Made in 1946, it's not very modern in style, but very modern indeed in the issues it deals with. Doesn't pull any punches - I really liked this movie.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Dec 16 2012 11:05 AM

Originally Posted By: agony
"The Exorcist".

I wasn't too impressed, to be honest. The first forty minutes or so really dragged, for one thing, and I kept being distracted and pulled out of the moment by stupid little stuff. As an example, hours (days?) after the famous pea soup scene, Regan's face and bedding is still stained and I'm thinking "You just leave the child up there in her own filth, and we're supposed to think of you as a loving and concerned mother? Is she wearing diapers?" which is not, I think, what I was supposed to be thinking about just then. Not the masterpiece of its genre I was led to expect.


I've only just read this review and it's fabulous & hilarious. All reviews should be from this point of view. laugh grin
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Dec 17 2012 12:56 AM

"The Age of Innocence"

I've avoided Edith Wharton all these years because I had a feeling I wouldn't like her, but now I think I need to read some of her books - this was astonishing.

Has Daniel Day-Lewis ever been in a bad movie?
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Dec 17 2012 04:59 AM

Nope, I don't think he has now you mention it!
Posted by: Jazmee27

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Dec 17 2012 09:52 AM

Over the weekend, saw two films which I’d watched before, but missed the beginning or end (or both). First: “Taken From Me,” about a woman whose ex-husband gets her permission to take their son on vacation to Florida, when his real plans are to abduct the boy and take him to another country, then make all sorts of claims about what an unfit mother she is. The second movie was “The Elizabeth Smart Story,” which is the one where I missed the beginning (and, subsequently, lost interest). That’s why I made sure to watch it closely this time). I was reminded, the first time I watched, of a book I had read in which the villain said something similar (if not the exact line). Both films, I found, were pretty easy for me to follow the story line,and the portrayal of emotion was very realistic, not overly done.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Dec 19 2012 10:45 AM

"Hollow Man" (2000) with Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue and Josh Brolin. The story sets the exposition of how a modern day invisible man is made and some bit of a story of the troubles it brings him. Done by Paul Verhoeven, master of modern cinematic techniques, there are few scenes without digital participation. The scenes of becoming in- and visible are quite stunning.

"Hollow Man 2" (2006) with Christian Slater, Peter Facinelli, Laura Regan is the direct to DVD sequel produced by Verhoeven. Once he figured out where costly effects were not required to tell the invisible man story, he put this together. It is a good story, with just enough visual effects added to convince the viewer of the activities of the unseen.

Also beginning in 2000 there was a Sci-Fi Channel series called "The Invisible Man" which ran for two seasons that relied on the same digital image manipulations (sans the gory transition phases) as the first Hollow Man. It was an amusing look at what a government agent may encounter using his abilities. In this vehicle it was played that the government saw not much advantage to the ability and relegated the operation to a backwater agency.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Dec 20 2012 02:47 PM

"The Sweet Smell of Success"

Wow. When Burt Lancaster plays a bad guy, he's bad all right. Tony Curtis is so slimy he glitters. This is a great movie, full of wonderful little touches. Great dialogue, slick wet city streets, all that texture that you only get with black and white. And a couple of thoroughly nasty human beings.
Posted by: Gatsby722

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Dec 23 2012 02:04 AM

"Rock of Ages"

Whoops ... there went 90 minutes of my life I'll never get back cry. The music was a rather fun trip down memory lane and recalling that we really DID walk around with that much hair on our heads back then was worth a giggle, but the script was painfully bad and the love story just didn't feel right, at least not to me. And I refer to the love story between the two young singers, not the one between Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin (?). The latter coupling didn't feel right either, of course, but that was because they were both so annoying. It's pretty telling, and kinda scary, when the following statement sums up a movie being watched at my house: Tom Cruise was the best thing in it?! Ugh.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Dec 23 2012 05:48 AM

lol! (But surely the inclusion of Russell Brand was a tell-tale sign that it would be bad?)


"Still of the Night"

Oh, this film is so tantalising! One moment brilliant and intriguing, the next bizarrely boring and switch-offable. It's a psychological thriller, but really it's like a pale version of a Hitchcock film. It should have been a classic but something was wrong and I cannot decide what.

Perhaps it was Roy Scheider - he seemed a bit wooden. & The plot was a bit confused. It reminded me of a "choose your own adventure" story in that it was full of twists (great) but I felt that not all the twists and turns linked up with each other. Meryl Streep was her usual Meryl Streepness of good, even if a bit hammy at times.

All that said, I enjoyed it! Worth watching if there's nothing else on.


From wiki:

"---When Streep appeared on the Bravo talk show, "Watch What Happens Live," in August, 2012, host Andy Cohen asked her to “Name one bad film that you have made.” Streep replied, “Still of the Night.” “What was that about?” asked Cohen. Streep replied, “Never mind.”---"

Of course, if you are the fabulous Meryl Streep a "bad" film might be what anyone else would call an okay one.



Incidentally, following on from Mehaul's observation that Joe E Brown and William H Macy were separated at birth, Roy Scheider was born to play Groucho Marx!




Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Dec 23 2012 08:26 AM

"The Postman", one of Kevin Costner's post apocalyptic/dystopian self produced/directed/lead efforts. I think this may be one of his better ones since he emphasizes the minor characters a little more than in his other works. I was distraught when the credits didn't reveal the narrator/Hope Postman's identity. There was a good cameo performance from Peggy Lipton of "Mod Squad" fame. Giovani Rebisi is excellent portraying his obnoxious character. Horseman work played a big part in the successful presentation. The scenery of Northern Arizona through Southern Washington and Oregon is breathtaking at times (just remember that there was a lot of digital sky manipulation done.)
A propos to recent discussions about mass shootings is the segment of the movie where the Postman and Abby arrive at Bridge City and the Mayor, Tom Petty, tells them that Bridge City is a gun free city. Good idea but would have fallen prey to Bethlehem (Will Patton's evil General)'s artillery and superior fire power. No, a post WW3 world would need a well armed militia, IMHO.

Edit to add:
"The Man with the Golden Arm" dir: Otto Preminger, with Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak, Arnold Stang and Darren McGavin. Remember Arnold Stang of the unusual face who did Chunky candy bar commercials and was the original voice of the Honey-nut Cheerios Bee? Sorry for the divert. This film starts as looking like an Alcoa (another Stang backed product) Theater TV presentation in the way the sets are lit and the scenery of Chicago is noticably a stage set. Once the acting of the cast begins in earnest you quickly dismiss those failings. The story rolls on with will he or won't he (Sinatra) do heroin)? Will he screw up his drumming audition? Will he catch his faking wife in her deceptions? Will he go back to dealing cards in back room poker games? Will life drag him back to being the jigsaw puzzle piece it has decided he should be? Can he kick the habits that have built to the climax? Tune in next week when Victor Borge hosts our cavalcade of European Stars in the next Alcoa Presents! Really, this film was a barrier breaker that even went to the courts to allow having it shown in theaters because of the drug use depicted! The Board of Standards had no qualms about the violence in refusing to accredit the film, just the drugs! The animated lead credits tableaux became a Preminger hallmark. Finally, continuing a minor theme in these postings, Doro Merande playing opposite Stang looks like Stang's twin sister (Oh the chuckles the casting crew must have had). Merande playing Vi is a Margaret Hamilton look alike too.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Dec 25 2012 03:35 AM

I just watched "French Postcards" again. What a treat. There is a Christmas scene where Valerie Quennessen goes on a double date (her and two guys) which leads to the "No, right door!" line of dialogue. And it is joyous to see how wonderfully Blanche Baker has aged through the years. And Paris...
Joy Noel.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Dec 26 2012 10:02 AM

I can think of a "bad" DDLewis movie. It's called "Stars and Bars". It's supposed to be a comedy (and it might be to folks in Georgia, but I confess I didn't get/wasn't aware of all the "inside jokes" when I watched it). Lewis wasn't "awful" particularly, but the movie was and I think there's a reason he never did comedy before or since lol

Last movie I watched? "Harvey", because I make a point of viewing it every December : ) (have it on VHS and DVD since we don't have a VHS machine anymore lol)
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jan 01 2013 08:42 AM

"Catwoman" Halle Berry, Benjamin Bratt and Sharon Stone, a cinematically well done presentation of an alternate version of the Catwoman myth. If anyone wants to see how a silk screen camera filter can make a woman look so much younger on screen just check out Sharon Stone's shots in this one (Note it was a need of the story though, I'm sure not her imperative, I speculate).

AND, THE 1st 3rd POSTING: "Harvey", which earned an Academy Award for Josephine Hull, a glimpse into another myth, this time of the Celtic origin Pooka (also see puca and pouque), a mischievous animal manifestation that can take many forms, a giant white rabbit in this case. If only we all, or at least more of us, were of the Elwood P. Dowd mien.

Edit to add: In researching Pooka I found that "Donnie Darko" is a tale wrapped around the Pooka existence myth. Have ordered a copy and will watch it soon I hope.
Posted by: rayven80

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jan 01 2013 09:17 AM

We went and saw "Looper" yesterday. It was good with a twist.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jan 01 2013 04:59 PM

Mehaul: You're kinda "weird" like me (I mean that in the best way possible), so you'll probably enjoy Donnie Darko. The movie is pretty much left entirely up to the viewer's interpretation (I wish more of them would do so, rather than "preach" to me/the choir or beat me over the head with platitudes lol).

Been too busy with company/family over the last two weeks, so haven't watched anything lately except non-stop seasonal reruns of HBO/etc series (some of which I had missed previously, so it was nice to catch up on/make "sense" of shows like True Blood, Lost Girl, Boardwalk Empire, Band of Brothers et al)

The only "real" movie I watched that I hadn't seen before was "Nativity!" - a really hokey but surprisingly endearing movie about a British elementary school teacher and a Christmas play.

As for movies (at the theatre) that I'd LIKE to see is "The Hobbit". However, I'm disappointed because while it IS only one book, it is apparently going to be THREE movies. Wow, take a break Mr. Jackson. It's already starting to smell like Star Wars prequels. Sigh (because I LOVED the book) it should have been released as ONE movie, BEFORE the 3 that were released originally. I can't say how annoyed I was in the first film that you already knew who "Strider" was. And, if he had done them "in order, then my husband (who doesn't read much and certainly not Tolkien) wouldn't have assumed that the first movie in the series actually "ended" and wouldn't have stomped out of the theatre annoyed at wasting 3 hours of his time LOL
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jan 02 2013 08:25 AM

Quote:
And, if he had done them "in order, then my husband (who doesn't read much and certainly not Tolkien) wouldn't have assumed that the first movie in the series actually "ended" and wouldn't have stomped out of the theatre annoyed at wasting 3 hours of his time LOL


Gee, I could have written that sentence except changed the word "husband" to "mother"! laugh
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Jan 04 2013 10:52 AM

"State Fair" (1945) - Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine, Fay Bainter and Charles Winninger - A Rogers and Hammerstein product. What could be said to the deficit of one of their musicals? A bit of USA State Fair background if someone watches this who is unfamiliar with the event: Most State Fairs are run by counties in each state (meaning a state with 50 counties might have 50 state fairs); They are for exhibiting farm products usually (produce, livestock, arts and crafts, cooking recipes, hobbies and other regional society interests) and give awards based on decisions by learned judges; There is usually a Carnival of rides and amusements that set up adjacent to the fair (a reason the fair dates are staggered by agreement to allow the carnies to move from venue to venue). Now when you hear the opening song's lyrics of "Our State Fair is the best State Fair in our State" you might understand the expectations that came with the arrival of the Fair dates (most often in the fall harvest season). I just loved that the state of Iowa is pronounced Eye-owe-way rather than Eye-owe-wah (do the locals actually use that pronunciation?) as the theme in one of the songs.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Jan 04 2013 05:34 PM

I've been watching quite a bit of Dana Andrews in the last year or so - I can't decide if he's a good actor, or if I just kinda like the movies he's in.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Jan 04 2013 06:36 PM

I know exactly what you mean!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jan 06 2013 06:25 PM

"A Boy and His Dog" (1975)
Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Tiger, Tim McIntire, Jason Robards, Jr.
A wonderful telling of several connected short stories authored by Harlan Ellison. It covers a few days in the life of young man scratching out an existence in a surrealistic, post-apocalyptic, dystopian world brought about by the five minute WW-IV. He relies on telepathically communicating with a dog who was a result of some parapsych... well that's giving too much away. You have to research the books/stories to find out how they got that way. It is just a given you must accept as part of the tale. For all you Hannibal L fans out there, it has a delicious ending! If you've enjoyed Mark Hamill's "Slipstream" (1989) or Sandahl Bergman's "She" (1982) versions of strange futures, you might enjoy this one.

Edit to add: My DVD had a mix-up of the audio sync. The sound precedes the motion by a good half-second. Maybe other copies are fixed but I found it added to the disfunction of the world being depicted, as if the Nuclear War had effected the speed of sound somehow.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jan 06 2013 09:42 PM

"The Big Red One" from 1980. Pretty good WWII movie - I betcha Spielberg watched this before filming "Saving Private Ryan", especially the Omaha Beach section. Lee Marvin is fantastic as the Sergeant.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jan 08 2013 08:25 PM

"Notorious". Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Claude Rains. I find the whole thing is spoiled a bit for me because the relationship between Grant and Bergman is so mired in the gender politics of the forties. I could see a young person watching this movie now and not being able to figure out what is going on - why did he do that? Why did she do that? We just don't have the concept of the "soiled woman" anymore, not the way they did then. Fantastic performance from Claude Rains, though - he's the bad guy, but he's the character you feel most for.

"Out of the Past" Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, Jane Greer. Now in this one, the bad girl is really a bad girl, no confusion. This is classic film noir - they must have lit 200 cigarettes during this movie, and Mitchum hardly ever takes off his trench coat. Loved every minute of it.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jan 08 2013 09:03 PM

Just the other night I watched "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005). It was brilliant.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jan 09 2013 08:24 PM

"Brief Encounter" Made within a few years of the last few I've watched, but so very different. I've never seen this before, and knew nothing about it, so came to it "cold", without a lot of preconceptions - read up on it later. I can see why it's been mocked, but I also see the strength that made it well enough known that it *could* be mocked. I have to say, I enjoyed it very much.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jan 09 2013 09:55 PM

"Donnie Darko" (2001)
Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle
I see it as a statement of what Purgatory may possibly be: a short lived tangent lifespan. I also found it thoughtful that even in this tangent, once the Psychoanalyst made Donnie aware that he was sane by revealing ____, she seems to have robbed Donnie of his access to Frank, the Pooka bunny being. I sensed some S King in here in the bad boys of "It" and the bad boys of Middlesex Ridge. All Donnie's acquaintances were ending up in nasty situations (teacher fired, enemy counselor going pedophilic, Grandma Death's burglary...). The expanded myth of "The Philosophy of Time Travel" is an interesting read if you do some research. For me all was explained except for where the second plane jet engine came from. Did it mean a second tangent life was beginning for one of the other characters? Maybe that is revealed in "Donnie Darko 2". This film is as good as "The Mothman Prophecies" as a non-religious look at ideas about death's mechanics.

Edit to add: In the bonus commentary by Richard Kelly, the director, he had Mrs. Darko reading S King's "It" in an opening scene! Another scene, where Donnie is shooting bottles with a pellet rifle is much like the sling shot practice/decide who's the best shot out of "It". The sequel movie, "S. Darko" is the telling of Donnie's younger sister, Samantha's, tale (played by the same actress, Daveigh Chase).
Posted by: Snowman

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jan 10 2013 09:24 AM

The last two films I saw were "The Artist" and "Avengers Assemble".

Both highly hyped films but only one lived up to the billing for me; The Artist. A very well-made and imaginative film with engaging performances and a cracking soundtrack.

Avengers was a disappointment. I probably should have expected to have been underwhelmed as I prefer my movies a little more grown up but I found it a little too try hard - particularly the near-constant quipping from Robert Downey Jr. Some good action sequences, some stunning CGI and the performances of Mark Ruffalo and the bloke playing Loki made it watchable but I won't hurry back to watch the inevitable sequel(s). Not a patch on Dark Knight Rises for me.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jan 12 2013 02:46 AM

Prêt-à-Porter (Ready to Wear) (1994)
Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Julia Roberts, Tim Robbins, Kim Basinger and dozens more
A wonderful light comedy that follows several subplots. The drawback is that there is no main plot. Perhaps that is appropriate considering that the subject matter is the annual fashion reveals of Paris (someday, mehaul, someday) which is a madhouse of individual couturier expressions. Director, writer, producer Robert Altman I think managed to bring out the cartoonish "Popeye" to the reality of the cutthroat fashion world. Jean Rochefort, who played the head of the Parisian academy in "French Postcards" plays the lead inspector of a suspected murder turned choking accident so straight faced to the crowd of French Clouseaus that surround him. A standout performance. There are also several 'step in dog poop' jokes that fill some dead time humorously.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jan 12 2013 06:05 PM

"Django Unchained".

Well.

It's a Tarantino movie, so if you didn't get what all the fuss was about for his previous movies, you certainly won't like this one. I think I'm going to have to see it again, to sort out what I really think from all the images.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jan 12 2013 08:18 PM

Snowman, I really liked "The Artist", too. One of the best films I saw last year, if not the best. And mehaul, I had fun with "Prêt-à-Porter" a few years ago. I can still hear The Cranberries' song in my head.

Just recently viewed "It Came From Outer Space" (1953). Unfortunately, it wasn't in the original 3-D, but it was everything you'd expect from a sci-fi film of the 1950s!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jan 14 2013 03:01 AM

"Darkman" - Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake, Nelson Mashita
"Darkman 2: The Return of Durant" - Arnold Vosloo, Larry Drake, Renee O'Connor, Kim Delaney, Rod Wilson
"Darkman III: Die, Darkman Die" - Arnold Vosloo, Jeff Fahey, Darlanne Fluegel, Roxann Biggs, Nigel Bennett

A nice series of a dark graphic comic abnormalhero (rather than super-). The Darkman artificially makes skin masks for himself which certainly is a valuable resource casting-wise for the producer, Sam Raimi. It adds suspense when you aren't sure whether the character you're watching is Darkman or the guy he's imitating. Villains die and get resurrected for the sequels, pure comic lore! Jenny Agutter has an uncredited role in the first one.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jan 16 2013 06:00 PM

"S. Darko" (2009)
Daveigh Chase, Briana Evigan, Ed Westwick, James Lafferty, John Hawkes, Jackson Rathbone
Intended not to be a sequel but an Homage, this film certainly pushes all the buttons that comprised the original, "Donnie Darko". It takes place a decade later and chronicles some of little sister Samantha Darko's (Daveigh in both) journey through life and a tangent life or two. It's got the countdowns, the ghosts, the cloud tunnels, the suddenly appearing metal objects of death, the misguided do-gooders, the liquid sphere wormy things that show future positions, the burning buildings, the "Philosophy of Time Travel" by Roberta Sparrow, the wonderous recollection montage after the time lines are repaired and more. This has a saving within a saving that sets it apart from the original. Great music again. And a reason I find it one of the best films I've seen in a while, the Tesseract meteorites from the fourth dimension sent to destroy the world.

Look for Daveigh and Briana to beautify our screens for decades to come.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Jan 18 2013 11:10 PM

Yet Another Dar... title. Did not plan that.

"Darby O'Gill and the Little People" (1959)
Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O'Dea
Cleopatra the horse was a Pooka! Once forcing Darby to fall into the abandoned well and then enticing Katie into a fall off a bluff. The merry and wise Leprechaun King, Brian Connors, shares wisdom with Darby and all is saved for what is just another day in Rathcullen, County Kerry. The DVD bonus material contains an old "Wonderful World of Disney" episode which had Pat O'Brien and others explain the history of Irish lore: the origin of Leprechauns, the Banshees and the Death Carriage.
For those who enjoyed "Paint Your Wagon" for the singing performance of Clint Eastwood, this film offers the tonsil tingling of Sean Connery as he performed the duet "Pretty Irish Girl" with Janet Munro. According to Connery the sales for the vinyl were profitable.

Coincidences to the other Dar... films:
King Brian can make himself appear to be someone or something else as in the "Darkman" series.
Darby transports a metal object, a church bell, which at a key point is heard to ring and transfix Darby who makes a decision, like Donnie and Iraq Jack, to sacrifice his life for the good of others. I mentioned the pooka. The Death Carriage and the deathly red car are key adjuncts to both tales. The banshee and the manipulated dead seem to be drawn from the same imaginary cloth. Rathcullen has its public house for partying and tale telling as do both Darkos have party scenes.

Maybe I could watch "The Dark Crystal"again? Maybe not.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jan 19 2013 03:55 AM

"The Bad Seed". Made me shiver.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jan 20 2013 02:21 PM

"Big Night" Completely charming. And the food.....!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jan 20 2013 09:18 PM

"Double Indemnity" This one is as good as I remember it.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jan 20 2013 09:27 PM

"Charade"
Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy
A delightfully confusing re-mix of the pair that made "Roman Holiday" such a wonderful experience.
Edit: I always seem to misrecollect the characters played by Gregory Peck and Cary Grant. It was Peck with Hepburn in the Roman film and it was Grant (with Grace Kelly) in a role similar to the one of the above "Charade" character in "To Catch a Thief". Anyway, if you haven't seen any of these films and aren't easily confused like some of us, "Charade" is a nice diversion.
Posted by: mayneeyak

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jan 21 2013 05:36 AM

The Human Stain starring Anthony Hopkins, Gary Sinise and a bunch of other good stars.
Kind of confusing, but in a thought-provoking manner. It makes the deep thinker delve into areas of the psyche you may not even know existed.
Profoundly moving. In some ways it caused me to feel I should jump through the screen and stick my thumb through Anthony Hopkins' eye and in other ways I wanted to cry for him and all those who may have actually lived through that lifestyle.
Worth watching and my first viewing garners it a 3.5 out of 5 yet it would be easy depending on my mood to give it a 4 or even a 4.5.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jan 21 2013 12:39 PM

"Cat People" (1982)
Natassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O'Toole, Ed Begley Jr, John Larroquette
Cats and Graphic Comics seem to go well together. Beginning with David Bowie's familiar "Cat People" song (better remembered as "...putting out the fire with gasoline.") the following 2 hour viewing details the love story between a young woman chosen by destiny to be a Cat woman (Black Leopard) and the New Orleans Zoo's Curator and animal protector. There is some disturbing visual gore accompanying some stark nudity and intimated intimacy that some might not enjoy. The solution to the plot's conflict is an apt one for the theme.
What's chew pussycat? Whoa a whoa whoa whoa whoa (Sorry Tom).
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jan 21 2013 01:28 PM

I've gotta say I liked the original "Cat People" better. The effects are seriously cheezy, but if you can look past that, it's got something the remake lacked.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jan 21 2013 06:36 PM

I did some shopping and found that version (1942) in a double feature DVD set with "The Curse of the Cat People" (1944, the 1st's sequel) for $2.99. Will be viewing soon I hope. Purrfect purrchase?
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jan 21 2013 07:28 PM

Jacques Tourneur, the director of the original "Cat People" also directed the great film noir, "Out of the Past".

Never seen "Curse of the Cat People" - don't know whether to congratulate you or commiserate.
Posted by: ladymacb29

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jan 22 2013 07:20 PM

"Men in Black III" - not as bad as the reviews suggested, I actually found it to be pretty good! Liked the whole love story B plot.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jan 22 2013 08:31 PM

"The Guard" If you liked "In Bruges", you'll like this. Not quite as wonderful, but with its own charms, certainly.
Posted by: Gatsby722

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jan 23 2013 06:45 AM

I watched A Separation the other night - it was named Best Foreign Film at the Oscars a year or two ago. I wasn't exactly optimistic, since I'd read a good bit about Iranian films and the restrictions that are put on them (things like that men and women are not even allowed, typically, to touch one another on-screen in movies made there, and so forth). Add to that that I was pretty much clueless as to what the average day-to-day existence is like for someone living in Iran. What a pleasant surprise and/or revelation the film turned out to be! While many cultural differences were obvious, many cultural similarities were just as obvious. It looked at religion, gender roles, family structure ... and it was entirely fascinating (to me, anyway). The story it told was mighty compelling, albeit slightly disturbing, too. If I kept a personal list of the Top Ten films I've seen in my lifetime? It'd definitely be on it. I borrowed it from the library but plan on buying a copy. One of those that I'm pretty sure I could look at many times and discover something new with each viewing.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jan 23 2013 05:18 PM

"The Ring" (2002)
Daveigh Chase, Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Jane Alexander
To me this is a horror film that isn't scary, just confusing and thus startling when events occur. It's also done in what I must assume is a cost saving cinematographic technique of blue tones (cool to keep you calm, rather than reds to rile you up?). This method causes a lot of minor intricacies of the set design to disappear in the dark (another savings in not having to worry about set dressing?) I wish directors and cameramen would stop using this technique. If I'd seen more of what makes Naomi Watts Naomi Watts (hair strands, folds in clothing, etc.) I might have identified with her more and felt more worry for her safety. That's my nickel on the subject anyway. The film is highly rated by most sources. I liked the story and the actors; perhaps it is unfair for me to single this film out for one aspect of its delivery.

Oo, oo, Officer Tootie, there's a "The Ring Two", the continuing story of Naomi and her character! And more Daveigh. I'd like to see how they pull off explaining how a fifty-year-dead girl gets 3 years older all of a sudden.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Jan 25 2013 10:00 PM

"Inglourious Basterds" Well, that was fun.
Posted by: tjoebigham

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jan 26 2013 10:12 AM

Last film in a theatre: "Skyfall".
Last films on DVD: "The Wild One" and "Peeping Tom".

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Posted by: rogue

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jan 26 2013 12:50 PM


Last 2 dvd rentals:

"The Bourne Legacy"- not much on story with action scenes that were far too familiar but the performances were good.

"Compliance"- based on true events; phone call to a fast food restaurant from supposedly a cop leads to a female cashier being sexually harassed by her manager & others. Film may be hard to sit through if you don't like shouting at the characters on the screen for being idiots with little common sense. Otherwise, great performances and direction.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jan 27 2013 06:57 AM

"The Seven Year Itch"

I'm not a huge Marilyn Monroe fan, but I think I'd have to agree with a description of her I've seen in reviews of this movie - radiant. And a good thing, too, because her performance saves the film.

Hollywood sex comedies of this era are really a problem for me, because the Hays Code meant that nobody had sex. There's a dreadful coy kittenish quality to all of them. The behaviour is false, the motivations are false, the whole thing has the ring of a cracked tin bell.

Lately I've been reading a lot of fiction written in the mid/late fifties, early sixties, mostly paperback originals aimed at men. And while they are nowhere near as graphic as their modern equivalents, there is still an essential honesty that's missing from films of the period. The censorship from the Hays Office meant that any films of the period that looked at the relationships between men and women had to be distorted, warped, and false.

And we end up with something like "Seven Year Itch" - a couple of excellent performances in the service of a really stupid movie.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jan 27 2013 03:49 PM

Title: "El Cid"
Year released: 1961
Cast: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Gary Raymond, Ralph Truman, John Fraser, Geneviève Page
Plot: 1000 AD Feudal Spain finds itself with Christians living with mostly peaceful Muslims except for some African based Muslims who want the world to be worshipping Allah or dead. The Cid arises to fight off the jihadists.
My sense: One of the most relavent films to be watched today for our situation is not much different from the followers of the Cid.
Trivia: The second film in which a woman (Loren) was paid a million dollars for her performance. Elizabeth Taylor was first by signing the year before to be in "Cleopatra" which came out two years later in 1963. Production delay penalties boosted Taylor's salary to over $7 million. So, Loren was actually the first million dollar woman to be seen on screen.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jan 27 2013 05:14 PM

"The Black Widow" (1954)
Starring Van Heflin, Ginger Rogers, Gene Tierney

An unusual mystery movie, in Cinemascope & Technicolor, yet with a little of the film noir in it combined with a 1950s-style psychiatric angle. I know it didn't get good reviews when it was released, but for mystery buffs like me it's an interesting film. Plus how often do you get film noir in Cinemascope? :-)
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jan 27 2013 08:45 PM

"The Postman Always Rings Twice" the 1981 remake.

This one gets mixed reviews, but I've always liked it - excellent period detail, lots of passion.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jan 29 2013 01:50 PM

"Mogambo" 1953. Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner fight over Clark Gable, with a lot of National Geographic African footage in the background. Pretty silly, but fun to watch. Ava Gardner steals the show.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jan 29 2013 03:54 PM

Very cold here right now, so I'm spending the day watching movies.

"Now, Voyager"

I haven't seen this one for forty years. It's melodramatic and sentimental and ridiculously soap-operaish, but I admit that I love it. Paul Henreid is impossibly handsome, Claude Rains is wise and puckish, and Bette Davis cleans up real good. Makes me wish I still smoked, so a tall man with a sexy accent could light two cigarettes at once for me....
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jan 29 2013 09:22 PM

"Gorky Park" ('83) - William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, Joanna Pacula, Alexei Sayle

If you love the current spate of metropolitan police detective shows, this will ring your bell. It details the solving by a Moscow Militia (police) officer of a morbid killing that took place in Gorky Park. It is based on the novel of the same name by Martin Cruz Smith.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jan 30 2013 08:19 AM

"The Road" (2009) - Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce
Put the dynamic into a post apocalyptic future. Stripped away are all the things that make us human: community, civility, companionship, cooperation... and what's left? Nothing! This film examines what it is that rises from within us to artificially imprint something to existence to make it worth the effort. Caveat to some: to present the loss of civilization this treatise examines suicide and cannibalism (but not in too gory a way, just puts it out there as a matter of fact).
I enjoyed the way in which the responsibility for keeping the flame of worth alive slowly passes from one generation to the next.


Love "Mogambo". I have trouble deciding who the best Hemingway version of a Great White Hunter is: Gable in that or Wayne in "Hatari!". Isn't "Mogambo" the John Ford movie a biopic was based on a couple of years ago?
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jan 30 2013 10:22 AM

Quote:
Isn't "Mogambo" the John Ford movie a biopic was based on a couple of years ago?


Couldn't tell you that. I think I'll try to hunt out "Red Dust" which I understand was basically the same movie, twenty years earlier. Same leading man, too, and I do love me some young Clark Gable.

I'm going to look around for some more Ava Gardner movies, too. She was so good in "Mogambo" - blew Grace Kelly out of the water, and I'm a Grace Kelly fan. Part of it I'm sure is that her character is so much more sympathetic, but she really does give a great performance.
Posted by: Jon53

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jan 31 2013 07:56 AM

Silver Linings Playbook - it was the most boring movie I have ever seen for the first 1 1/2 hours. The end picked up a little but was very predictable
Posted by: wwe84

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jan 31 2013 10:18 AM

Silver Linings Playbook Excellent film enjoyed it from start to finish

Bradley Cooper is fantasttic in it
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 01 2013 03:20 AM

Originally Posted By: ladymacb29
I watched "The Iron Lady". I didn't think it was very good. It zipped around so much in time that you never really ended up caring about what was happening at all.

I would have preferred the movie picking one specific time period or crisis (maybe Falklands War?) instead. It just felt entirely too rushed and like they made a 10 hour movie and just cut out most of it to fit into the allotted time.


I had a go at the film but agree with your criticism. Perhaps it was the zipping that meant I didn't feel compelled to watch it all the way through -- and so didn't.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 01 2013 03:29 AM

Originally Posted By: Zippy826
One of my favorite quotes from a Woody Allen movie was in "Take the Money and Run". When he was going to rob the woman in the park and ended up talking to her, he said "After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her, and after half an hour I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse." I think his earlier movies were some of the funniest ever made. "Bananas", "Sleeper" and "Love and Death" are also hilarious.


I love Woody Allen films and find it easier to eliminate a few than try to pick favourites. His later stuff has fallen a bit below expectations, I think; "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", for example, was singularly souless and there was no excuse for it - good story, good actors...just no soul or quirk. It should have been another "Hannah & her Sisters" but fell down all the way. Sometimes I think that a Woody film without Woody starring in it is just a waste of time. He's the magic.


I watched "Midnight in Paris" recently, thinking it would be just as disappointing, I was wrong. It wasn't Annie Hall or Bananas but despite the lack of Woody it has a little magic. It has quirk! I recommend it -- especially if you've been missing Woody recently.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 01 2013 03:32 AM

Originally Posted By: agony
"Double Indemnity" This one is as good as I remember it.


Always worth watching!


Originally Posted By: agony
"Inglourious Basterds" Well, that was fun.


lol, I can't tell how serious you are being.
I liked that film! I really didn't think I would but it was ... different. smile
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 01 2013 03:46 AM

Originally Posted By: jabb5076
The last one I watched was "War Horse." There are so many movies about WWll, and not nearly as many on "The Great War." To view the horrors of war primarily through the experience of a horse was an inspired concept (I don't remember the name of the book's author) and I thought it was well done and enlightening. The several horses the filmakers used to portray the war horse of the title were absolutely amazing!


War Horse. Wow.

I could be critical of things, I started the film like a grown-up but...well, maybe I was raised on too many Black Beauty books and TV programmes but... this film won me over totally. Once I gave in to it I gasped at the shocking bits and crumpled at the emotional bits and really felt I'd been on a journey.

Just a great story. A great watch. smile
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 01 2013 05:37 AM

Originally Posted By: agony
"Notorious". Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Claude Rains. I find the whole thing is spoiled a bit for me because the relationship between Grant and Bergman is so mired in the gender politics of the forties. I could see a young person watching this movie now and not being able to figure out what is going on - why did he do that? Why did she do that? We just don't have the concept of the "soiled woman" anymore, not the way they did then. Fantastic performance from Claude Rains, though - he's the bad guy, but he's the character you feel most for.


Agree on the characterizations. I find that this is one of the Hitchcock's that showed how well fitted he'd be doing a television series, what with using projected backgrounds to save location shooting costs (there's the wild Bergman drunken driving scene and it seems all the outdoor Rio shots were stock footage on screens behind the actors) and all the angle shots in the mansion to get across that the place was huge on the inside showing his ability to manage soundstage set-ups. If it weren't for researching the cameo in this one I would have missed that he was the segue actor to cover the approach of Grant and Bergman to the punch bar to get drinks at the party scene. Two points here: 1) why did Hitchcock have that look-a-like walk in front of Bergman's Miami home in the film's opening chapter?; and, 2) that research revealed that Hitchcock became aware of his cameo's impact with this film and never again waited past a few minutes of the film to appear (he learned that many viewers were distracted from the tale trying to espy him).

Now for a four film Clint Eastwood non-Western set that should be fun ("Play Misty...", "The Eiger...", "Coogan's..." and "The Beguiled") from an American Icon Collection with a bunch of bonus material. See ya in a few days...
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 01 2013 10:43 AM

"Play Misty for me" and "The Beguiled" are by far my favourite Clint Eastwood movies.

Chavs, I loved "Inglourious Basterds". Fun from start to finish. I still haven't made my mind up about "Django", though. I enjoyed myself while watching, I know that.
Posted by: Zippy826

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 01 2013 05:06 PM

I'm a big Quentin Tarantino fan and I loved "Inglorious Basterds" too. I'd put it right up there with "Pulp Fiction" as his two best movies. I also enjoyed "Django Unchained" very much.

Tarantino's films are not for everyone because of the often over the top violence and language, but if you appreciate great dialog and interesting characters, you can't go wrong with any of his movies.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 01 2013 06:42 PM

I've got "The Beaver" here from the library and was planning on watching it tonight. I think I'm just gonna go with "Pulp Fiction", though - I'm sure there's a copy on the shelf.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 01 2013 09:52 PM

Just finished a four-hour adaptation of "Les Misérables" -- in French with subtitles. This is NOT the 2012 film, of course, but a black-and-white movie filmed in East Germany (even though it's in French) and released in 1958. Definitely the most faithful to the book.
Posted by: November4

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 01 2013 10:20 PM

I actually can't remember the name of the movie but it kept me guessing till the end.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Feb 02 2013 09:09 PM

It's been a few years since I've seen "Pulp Fiction" but I think it still is the very best movie of its kind. I can understand people not liking that kind, but if you are going to do this sort of thing, this is the way to do it.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Feb 05 2013 09:47 PM

"War Horse". I believe I've mentioned earlier that everyone should watch it. I've seen it 4 times now (it keeps showing up on sat tv, but I can't help myself and watch it anyway - not sure whether I'm really addicted to the horse, or the boy lol).

I liked Pulp Fiction and InglorB's (despite the fact that I really don't like Mr. Pitt). Not sure what that says about me ~.

hmmm, re: the Hays thing. Lots of folks and their movies were affected by that one, including Mae West and also was considered the ultimate demise of a comic book "heroine" (Betty Boop). Sad really.

Watched the most recent Men in Black. Didn't mind it at all. Of course, I sort of have a slight "crush" on TLJones. And Sam Elliott too (but I digress).

The recent Spiderman wasn't bad (hubby bought the movie, since you can't "rent" anything anymore unless it's PayperView). Was less melodramatic than the ones with TobyM.

Last week was apparently an "Aubrey" week on classic movies watchable on tv. Watched 3 in a row on the weekend: "My Fair Lady" (I have a soft spot for that one since some nice boy in grade 5 asked his mother to ask my mother if he could take me to the movie - with his mother as the "escort/chaperone") - still not sure WHAT he found interesting enough in me for that amount of effort LOL. Then "Wait Until Dark" (the movie where she was blind), then thirdly "Always". If you've seen that last one even once, you can't help crying no matter which point in the movie you tune in to for the second time. The cool part, is that the movies were all COMPLETELY different in plot/portrayal (they also played other movies of her classics such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" etc, but I could only stay awake for 3) but that just proves how truly VERSATILE an actress she was. Ms. Doolittle might have been a chameleon in that movie, but so was Audrey as an actress
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Feb 05 2013 09:51 PM

I just caught part of "Love in the Afternoon" the other day, and there she was again.. Just like a flower - Mr Cooper, not so much.
Posted by: Copago

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Feb 05 2013 11:45 PM

I watched The Pirates! band of Misfits. with the boy. Good fun smile
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Feb 06 2013 01:02 AM

The Eastwood Icon Collection:

"Coogan's Bluff" - Entertaining and of historical reference when showing the 60's pre-hippie pad of Flowerchild Linny Raven. Was this a popular movie just 'cause o' Clint? Think so but it did lead to a TV series "McCloud".

"The Beguiled" - A movie unlike any other of his works.

"Play Misty for Me" - Surely this goes on everyone's list of best movies at some level. It sure did lead the modern genre of stalker films.

"The Eiger Sanction" - his example of a spy film. I liked it for the vistas shown during the mountain climbing scenes. But the story seemed to falter for a reason, so why did I like it? A review of the credits shows that John Williams wrote the score. This was the year he also wrote "Jaws", so he was at a high point in his composing. A rewatch and I noted how much his music added to the climbing drama and brought the viewer along as it soared high above the ground. Brilliant but mostly an unrecognized bit of his (Williams) work.


NON-Eastwood:

"The Magnificent Seven" - Another film that usually places somewhere on everyone's "watch list", with reason.
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Feb 06 2013 08:37 AM

Quote:
"Always". If you've seen that last one even once, you can't help crying no matter which point in the movie you tune in to for the second time.


I love, love this movie! I cry at even the mention of it.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Feb 06 2013 11:18 PM

"Jason and the Argonauts" (1963)
Not true to the established myth (but what's a myth if not to be played with?) and yet still a moral tale teaching that with commitment comes success. Possibly the best thing to relate about this movie comes from stop-motion animator extrordinaire himself, Ray Harryhausen: "I think this is my best effort." 'Nough said.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Feb 07 2013 03:45 PM

This one really doesn't count, because I didn't finish it - "The Beaver". Yeah, yeah, it's heartwarming and sensitive and all, but something came up so I had to pause it and it sat in the DVD player for three days and every time I thought "I should finish that movie" something more appealing would come up, like organizing my sock drawer.

I guess after living twenty years with a depressed person I reached my limit of watching other people's depression.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 08 2013 06:51 AM

This one's a bit of a cheat because it was a documentary on TV last night - but it is a film, was made as a film, funded as a film...

Dreams of a Life

In 2006 bailiffs entered a London flat only to find the resident was deceased.

The TV was still on, the heating was still on, there were Christmas presents wrapped and ready to be handed out, but the remains were unrecognisable, a skeleton, and had been there for about 3 years without anyone noticing: a) a decomposing body or b) that their sister and friend Joyce has disappeared.

Whatever picture comes to mind about what Joyce must have been like to have been able to slip away in such circumstances, forget it. She was 38, beautiful, talented, popular, ...but this only emerged after a long search by the film-maker. This film talks to the people who came forward during that search and slowly tries to piece together the story.

Baffling, interesting, and sad. Excellent piece of work.

Repeated tonight on (British TV) Channel 4 - available on the Ch 4 player @
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dreams-of-a-life/4od




Originally Posted By: agony
"Play Misty for me" and "The Beguiled" are by far my favourite Clint Eastwood movies.

Chavs, I loved "Inglourious Basterds". Fun from start to finish. I still haven't made my mind up about "Django", though. I enjoyed myself while watching, I know that.


Oh good! I'll look forward to seeing Django then. smile




Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 08 2013 11:44 AM

"Cat People" (1942) - Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Elizabeth Russell
Trivia first: In the bonus material we find out that Tom Conway is George Sanders older brother and that they'd fled from St. Petersberg to England to avoid the Russian Revolution. If you've seen the remake with Kinski and McDowell you essentially know the plot of this one and even some scenes in that are faithful copies of the original. This one has an interaction of a larger cast. It portrays the human/panther without ever showing it. We just see shadows of the action and shots of the aftermath, the way the better scary movies are done (without the gore). This is also the origin of a thing called the "Lewton Bus" which is a substitute startlement thrown in to cut the suspense when it gets too tense.


"The Curse of the Cat People" (1944) - same cast plus Ann Carter as the young girl
Not at all a human/panther scary movie. This is much more like "Heidi"! Scene: several years have passed since the first tale and all seems well except for a young girl struggling to adjust to life. This really is so much like "Heidi", I think some might even like it more. Instead of the Alps it takes place in Tarrytown (Sleepy Hollow). Instead of the Foster family there's the Farrens, a bizarre mother and daughter team. Instead of the goats there's the imaginary friend. Christmas, running away... Not a scary movie at all. The studios blew another one by putting the wrong tag on it. If you can, catch it.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 08 2013 08:26 PM

"Scarlet Street" 1945

This is on a collection called "Classic Film Noir" - I haven't heard of any of the movies on it, so wasn't expecting much.

Edward G Robinson, Dan Duryea and Joan Bennett in a love and murder triangle, of a sort. Duryea is unbelievably greasy, Bennett is totally heartless, and Robinson so sympathetic that I was cheering for him to get away with everything and spend the rest of his life happily painting. Highly enjoyable.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Feb 09 2013 04:40 PM

"Detour" 1945 Tom Neal, Ann Savage. Incredibly low budget, and with a fairly implausible plot, but this one is like the distillation of film noir. Ann Savage is astonishing - and looks exactly like Elizabeth Perkins.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Feb 11 2013 12:18 AM

"The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" 1946. Not really noir, this one, but more of a melodrama. Kirk Douglas' first film role and doesn't he just own it. His character rings true from start to finish - weak, drunk, and petulantly in love with Barbara Stanwyk. I kept forgetting that Lizabeth Scott was not Lauren Bacall - an amazing resemblance.
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Feb 11 2013 11:32 AM

My DVD watching is confined to whatever the juniors feel like watching on any given day. Recently it's been the Pirates of the Carribean series, 1-3 (none of us liked the 4th one), and the Lord of the Rings movies for the nth time!

I also recently watched and thoroughly enjoyed War Horse and The Aviator, and got a laugh out of the silliness of the whole Police Academy series, which my youngest boy put on one after the other over a couple of evenings. I guess you could say he was mildly hooked.

Next on my list: The Artist, Les Misérables ...
Posted by: wwe84

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Feb 12 2013 11:31 PM

I just saw Zero Dark Thirty incredible movie the best 2 & a half hours i have ever spent watching a movie
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 15 2013 03:33 PM

Originally Posted By: Agony on Oct 1
"In Bruges". Definitely not for everyone, but if you like dark humour, and don't mind violence and profanity on the way, this is quite the film.


I just watched it and indeed, it is something else. The only thing I can compare the tenor and story line to is the film presentation of Shakespeare's "Titus (Andronicus)" (1999). It has to be one of the best tragedies to come out in years. Colin Farrell is unbelievable in his quirky performance ("They're filming midgets!" as if it was the greatest thing to ever happen.)
Thank you for mentioning it. This Thread is good for something.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 15 2013 11:52 PM

I just watched some of the Batman movies, "Batman Returns", "Batman & Robin", "Batman Begins", & "The Dark Knight".

I think I like the Tim Burton films best. In this list, I think the only one Tim Burton directed was "Batman Returns". (He also did the first "Batman", but that wasn't on the menu). I certainly prefer the grotesquerie and camp of the Burton/Schumacher films over the really, really dark stuff of the 2000s.
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Feb 16 2013 04:19 AM

I'm not a huge Tim Burton fan, but I really enjoyed Nightmare before Christmas, and to a lesser extent, The Corpse Bride. Both were kind of crazy but with a message to transmit, the attention to detail was great!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Feb 18 2013 08:24 PM

"A Star is Born" the 1937 version with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March.

The Judy Garland/James Mason version of this film is one of my favourites, but this holds up well against it. Janet Gaynor especially is adorable.

I haven't seen the 1976 version of this - is it worth watching?
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Feb 18 2013 11:22 PM

Haven't seen any of them (that puts them on the wish list in release order).

"Ashanti" (1979)
Michael Caine, Peter Ustinov, Beverly Johnson, Omar Sharif, Rex Harrison, William Holden
A nice travelogue across equatorial Africa following the route of a modern day slaver and the folks chasing him from the abductions to the sales. It's a shame that this is still an accepted practice in a part of the world that also... well, some of the world just doesn't understand what enlightened means. (Note: use caution if purchasing this on-line. There is another "Ashanti" out there but it is about the singer Ashanti and is just a music video. I found out and now own a copy of it.)
Posted by: salami_swami

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Feb 19 2013 12:23 PM

The most recent film I watched was....

Escape From Planet Earth.

I enjoyed it. smile
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Feb 19 2013 12:34 PM

I had a few days in hospital last week and managed to watch two films I'd missed when they were released - Bridesmaids and One Day. I laughed my way through one and cried at the other - a perfect pairing!

Anne Hathaway's English accent wasn't bad either.
Posted by: Mariamir

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Feb 19 2013 01:13 PM

The last film I saw was Laws of Attraction. It was hilarious, especially the court scenes...and when the divorce lawyers were arguing as if they were the ones getting the divorce. Juliannne Moore was a very convincing Audrey Wood. Pierce Brosnan was...um, hmm...rather soppy (although very funny) compared to when he was James Bond.

Also rewatched snippets of Step Up 3D, which never gets old for me. smile
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Feb 19 2013 02:06 PM

Salami_Swami, you might enjoy a similar animated effort of '07 done in 3D imagery called

"Battle for Terra".

In this the humans are the invaders of a planet populated by a peaceful race with a hidden history. Some of the voice actors you may recognize: Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Luke Wilson, Dennis Quaid, Amanda Peet, Chris Evans and James Garner.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Feb 23 2013 06:18 PM

"Breezy"
(1973)
William Holden and Kay Lenz
This was Clint Eastwood's third stint directing (after "Play Misty for Me" and "High Plains Drifter"). I really enjoyed this movie (yes, it took me back to the days of hippy hitchhiking, floppy leather hats, bell bottom jeans and scrounging quarters for a cup of coffee). It is the inverse of the Lolita story. In this one a young teen girl falls in love with a 50-ish man. The story is about her struggle to get him to accept her love. Eastwood may have made a mistake by not loading it up with the music of the era. There is certainly opportunity to use tunes. But I think this is one example where his stick to schedule and budget held the finished product back.
My enjoyment wasn't hindered by the striking resemblence between Lenz at this age and Valerie Quennessen just a few short years later. Their presence on screen is almost identical in expression, demeanor and line delivery. I am now on a quest to expose myself (in a legal sense) to as much Lenz as I can. Her listing in IMdB is at 107 roles over 50 years!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Feb 24 2013 08:46 PM

"The Three Worlds of Gulliver" (1960) - Kerwin Mathews, June Thorburn
(featuring Ray Harryhausen animation and cinematographic techniques)

This one tears me between enjoyment for the Ray part and being aghast at the liberties taken with the Swift tale. In researching the background, I found that June Thorburn died in 1967, almost 50 yrs ago! That certainly dates this effort.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Feb 24 2013 11:17 PM

"Blithe Spirit" (1945)

A little too silly for my taste, but I'll forgive anything because of Margaret Rutherford's performance as Madame Arcati - it's delightful.
Posted by: salami_swami

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Feb 25 2013 09:23 PM

Anger Management, Adam Sandler.

It wasn't as good as I hoped.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Feb 25 2013 11:37 PM

Loved "In Bruges" (but then, I'm quite quirky lol)

Agony: Unless you're a big fan of BARbara or Kris, don't bother. The original will always be the best.

Hubby bought the most recent Bond flick. Weird how they tried to amalgamate the old characters into an era 30 years later, but entertaining just the same. My favourite Bond (aside from the inimitable Connery) is STILL Timothy Dalton though. Under-rated actor in general, never mind just his Bond movie. Best Heathcliff ever in my opinion.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Feb 25 2013 11:43 PM

I don't mind Kris, but I can't really stand Barbra, so I think I'll give it a pass, then.
Posted by: Snugg

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Feb 26 2013 04:41 AM

Red Dawn - 2012 remake.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Mar 01 2013 08:10 PM

"The Watchmen - The Complete Motion Comic"
All voiced by one person, this unique animation style is quite entertaining! It looks mostly like a comic book but the figures have some parts that move and the text balloons move to help give some perspective to the 2D art. This is the graphic novel story the live action movie "The Watchmen" was based on. There are 12 half hour episodes.


"Amazon Women on the Moon" - a campy adult sketch comedy film strung together out of many appearances by up and coming comic actors of the early 80s and some old pros (one scene has Rip Taylor, Slappy White, Jackie Vernon, Steve Allen, Henny Youngman and George Callas). This shows that some comedy is just timely and loses its bite in time and some is the opposite, timeless, and still amuses even thirty years in the future. Spoiler alert: ....We save two of the Amazon Women!
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Mar 03 2013 01:37 AM

"Key Largo" (1948) Directed by John Huston.

Wow! I finally see what all the fuss about! Not only do you have Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and Lionel Barrymore all in one movie, you have a really tight, exciting plot and a story that touches one some very important themes about heroism and survival. I can't believe I've never seen this one before! It's not really film noir (even though I see it described as such in some places), but it has some really dark psychology suffused through it.

Definitely recommend this one. Can't believe it wasn't nominated for Best Picture or that the stars didn't get something for their performances. Only Claire Trevor won an Oscar, for Best Supporting Actress as the gun moll Gaye Dawn.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Mar 03 2013 09:24 PM

"Tin Man" (an '07 SyFy mini-series released as a 4.5 hr DVD)
with: Zooey Deschanel, Neal McDonough, Alan Cumming, Raoul Trujillo, Kathleen Robertson, and Richard Dreyfuss
The cast alone makes this a good watch. What's it about? It is an imaginative retelling of some of the content of L. Frank Baum's work which is so much more than the '39 movie presented. It isn't a musical. It does have a lot of CGI content (the bonus material says there are over 1,500 generated images!). I guess a real fan of Baum enjoys all the attempts to bring his ideas forward. I think this ranks up there with "The Wiz" in enjoyment. It certainly has whet my whistle to seeing the upcoming "Oz the Great and Powerful".
Posted by: skunkee

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Mar 04 2013 09:25 AM

'It's a Good Day to Die Hard' - not as good as the last one because it really is over the top. But if you like extended car chases and things blowing up, you will enjoy this.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Mar 04 2013 10:21 AM

We really liked "Tin Man" at our house - we have been Oz fans for years. My daughter read every Oz book two or three times.
Posted by: salami_swami

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Mar 05 2013 10:37 AM

I watched "Singing In the Rain" again the other day. It's still as good as it was when I first saw it. smile We all quoted the entire movie....
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Mar 06 2013 12:42 AM

"Super Capers" - Justin Whalin, Danielle Harris, Christine Lakin, Michael Rooker, Doug Jones, Ray Griggs (=Director too), Samuel LLoyd, Adam West

Funny movie with a lot of Christian Comedy. The hero, played by Whalin (of fame for being Jimmy Olsen across from Dean Cain's and Terry Hatcher's roles as "Lois and Clark ..."), searching for his superpower, discovers that while others have super minds, can freeze things or have other super strengths, his turns out to be the power of prayer. He asks God to do damage to his evil opponents! And God comes through. Then other funny stuff happens. It was made with a lot of campy comic hero homages.

Edit to add: I forgot to mention that one of Hollywood's hardest and longest working character actors, Clint Howard, plays a major role in the first act of the movie. Any film with him in it is worth watching.
Posted by: papo2228

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Mar 06 2013 01:05 PM

I saw for the twenty fifth time The Alamo ( John Wayne's version ) and I enjoyed it a lot. I even know some dialogs by heart. Superb performances by John Wayne a Steve MacQueen.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Mar 06 2013 02:24 PM

A suspenseful thriller from Alfred Hitchcock:

"Dial M for Murder"
Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Bob Cummings, John Williams(actor), Anthony Dawson

You know the whole story as it unfolds, no mystery, but Hitchcock manages to keep you riveted to the goings on. Trivial note: the four lead characters all have double consonants in their last names! (Leo Britt and Patrick Allen were also in the cast) How did Dawson get in there?
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Mar 06 2013 02:46 PM

Yes, love that film.

Mehaul, have you seen "A Perfect Murder" (Michael Douglas & Gwyneth Paltrow)? It's the re-make of Dial M. Of course it doesn't have the charm of the original but it does have suspense and does shake things up enough to make it a worthy re-make. I enjoyed it anyway. smile
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Mar 06 2013 02:52 PM

I love that one, too - it's amazing how dynamic a film it is, considering it mostly takes place in the one room.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Mar 06 2013 02:58 PM

Yes. Like Rope. And Rear Window. Fantastic films.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Mar 06 2013 08:56 PM

Have "Rope" (nobody touch my chest, he he he), will get "A Perfect Murder" and "Rear Window".
Posted by: salami_swami

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Mar 11 2013 09:09 AM

I've recently watched "Chasing Mavericks" (2012) over the weekend for the second time.

It is just as good as it was in theaters. Gerard Butler did great in this documentary of surfer Jay Moriarty's famous ride of some of the largest waves in the world; the mavericks.

Great film, and I implore all to watch it, if you like that sort of film. I really enjoyed it, though it may not have done so well in box office...
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Mar 12 2013 04:35 AM

"Bridesmaids"

Loved it!

I'd been avoiding it -- with a name like that I was wary that it was really a rom-com or chick-flick, but it's not frothy and it's not tame - it's just proper funny! It's the antidote to chick-flicks/rom-coms. There are proper laugh-out-louds in there, I mean the type that take you by surprise and come out as a belly-shaking-guffaw. Women are funny as hell.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Mar 12 2013 10:33 AM

"Ozma of OZ" (1987) - Narrated by Margot Kidder - A Japanese anime redubbed and put together in Canada from episodes into a single film. It tells essentially the same story done two years earlier in "Return to Oz". It has the Baum characters: Ozma, Jack Pumpkinhead, Mr Mouse, the Nome King, Billina the chicken, Tik-Tok the robot, the Wheelers, Princess Langwidere, the Prince of Ev, Kaliko (the Nome King's chief aide) and the usual four: Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Lion. Ozma and Jack only appear in a few scenes and are unimportant in this tale. I found it interesting that the Japanese thought nothing of animating Dorothy with low stockings held up by garters exposed by her waist high skirt.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Mar 14 2013 03:55 PM

"Princess Diaries" - Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews
A tween finds out she's really a princess. Good for all those tweens who dream of being princesses I guess, but not for me. Even theextra bonus bits were self congratulatory and boring. "My wig came off in a scene" says Anne and when the scene comes up, Julie won't stop yapping so's Anne can point out the goof!

Here's a good one with excellent Bonus stuff:

"Casablanca"
See cast and reviews listed in all the top ten movie lists.
The DVD Bonus (outstanding) had Bacall doing a Boggie Biography. There are two commentary tracks to listen to (one is critic Ebert and the other is historian Behlmer). This is one of what everyone says is a great film that I hadn't seen before. Others on my yet to see list are (sans "s) Citizen Kane, High Sierra, Mary Poppins, Bambi, Sophie's Choice, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Big Sleep (I've seen the remakes and variations of the theme), all the Marx Brothers and more I suppose. You got a list, I probably haven't seen some of them. The end credits on movies have registry numbers on them and we're around film number 50,000 being issued!

Let's do some math. 50,000 films times 90 minutes(ave. 1.5 hrs) per film is 75,000 hours of film divided by 25 hours in a day (thank you fast forward!) gives 3,000 days but if you want sleep, double it to 6,000 days divided by 300 days per year (equipment downtime not viewer burnout) leaves 20 years of straight awake popcorn eating time consumption. That's do-able, right?
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Mar 16 2013 09:55 AM

"Dirty Dancing" - Wish I'd seen this before twenty-five years had gone by.
Posted by: papo2228

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Mar 16 2013 02:42 PM

The last film I watched was J.Edgar by Clint Eastwood with Leonardo Di Caprio. Though it was too long it caught my attention because of the traits of personality of the main character which were unknown to me.
Posted by: live4trivia

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Mar 20 2013 02:33 AM

I watched Stay Alive a few days ago, and I'm halfway through Hunger. Both are really good horror movies. Developed plot, good acting, nice gore. Two thumbs up from me. smile
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Mar 20 2013 07:06 AM

Tron
- Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughe

House
- William Katt, George Wendt, Richard Moll, Kay Lenz, Mary Stavin

House II: The Second Story
- Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Royal Dano, Bill Maher, John Ratzenburger, Amy Yasbeck

Murder on the Orient Express
- Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Martin Balsam, Vanessa Redgrave

Couldn't ask for a more enjoyable group of distractions, er, did I leave the kettle on?
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Mar 23 2013 11:47 AM

"Triple Cross" (1966) starring a very young and handsome Christopher Plummer as a dashing safecracker who becomes an agent for the Nazis (double cross) and then an agent for the Brits (triple cross). I think they sort of modeled it on the Bond movies, in that there is implication that he's a ladies' man, but it's based on a true story of a real-life safe-cracking double-agent, and it's not over the top in the least. Yul Brynner plays a rather sympathetic Nazi colonel, if you can imagine. Fun film.
Posted by: zippolover

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Mar 23 2013 03:09 PM

I was taken to the cinema to see "Les Misérables".

I understand why it was done the way it was, but why sell it as a musical when the singing is not "that important"?
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Mar 23 2013 04:21 PM

You mean you were "Cabbaged" at the movies? smile


"Designing Woman" p/o TCM Classic: Lauren Bacall - Gregory Peck, Paula Gray - For those who like the Doris Day type of romantic comedies.

"Dark Passage" p/o TCM Classic Legends: Lauren Bacall w/ Humphrey Bogart - A true Film Noir done with some interesting experimental cinematography.

"Blood Alley" p/o TCM Classic Legends: Lauren Bacall w/ John Wayne - A drag and waste of time. Produced by Wayne who was an actor not a producer. He was doing this as part of his anti-Communist push and he hired Bacall who was wife to Bogart who led a contingent to Washington to speak out against McCarthy? Was Wayne bi-polar? Anita Ekberg gets a big intro credit spot and is hard to find in the actual movie.

"Key Largo" p/o TCM Classic Legends: Lauren Bacall w/ Humphrey Bogart, E G Robinson, Lionel Barrymore - Can't touch this classic with the right words of praise.

"Hollywoodland" - Adrian Brody, Ben Affleck, Bob Hoskins, Diane Lane, Kathleen Robertson - Just how did Superman die? Was he off-ed by a jilted lover, the lover's media mogul/mob husband, his cronies or was it the suicide of a man whose alcohol damaged brain couldn't handle rejection in his career field? Affleck looks so much like George Reeves at times it's uncanny.
Posted by: wwe84

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Mar 24 2013 10:36 PM

I just watch It's A Good Day To Die Hard before i saw this movie i read & saw alot of bad reviews for this i came in to the cinema hoping that this was good and WOW was it ever i loved this movie it was really good
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Mar 26 2013 07:58 PM

"A Letter to Three Wives" 1949. I think I must have seen this before, years ago - a local TV station always had an early afternoon movie that I'd watch when I was home from school. I used to love those "women's movies" from the forties and fifties they showed opposite the soaps on the other stations, and this is a fine example of the genre. Great writing, great performances, a little schmaltzy, but on the whole a lot of human insight.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Mar 27 2013 07:02 AM

I really like that film. It's one that can take repeat viewings. It's got everything you need for a Sunday afternoon black&white.
Posted by: salami_swami

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Apr 02 2013 02:37 PM

This weekend was productive.

Friday night, I was going to see "GI Joe: Retaliation", at 7:20, but it was only 3D. So we drove a ways to see it at 9:00 PM, so that was a late night... It was pretty good. I think it would have been better had I seen the first one. wink


Then, Sunday, I went and saw "The Croods" with my sister at 4:45. I liked it. Not a favorite, but it was cute.

Then, the same day, at 7:40, I saw "Admission". That was good, sweet, funny. I liked it.

Of the three, I liked GI Joe best. But I like action films, so...

BUSY weekend. :P
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Apr 06 2013 06:20 PM

"Unfaithfully Yours" (1948)

Well, this is really quite something. Rex Harrison and Linda Darnell in a Preston Sturges dark comedy. Terrible flop at the time, and one can see why, taking into account what audiences of the day expected from their romantic comedies, and also some bad timing in Harrison's personal life. Definitely worth watching now, though, if only for the contrast between the fantasy murder, and the way it plays out in real life.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Apr 12 2013 08:51 PM

Here's three weeks worth I haven't reported (tried going on strike for a raise. Today I realized this is a non-paying effort. Darn.) How'd that great Ebert guy get a start anyway?

Wonderland - Val Kilmer, Kate Bosworth, Lisa Kudrow, Josh Lucas, Dylan McDermott, Ted Levine
Rumours DVD - Fleetwood Mac's 'The making of Rumours' DVD video
Agent Cody Banks - Frankie Muniz, Hilary Duff, Keith David, Cynthia Stevenson Angie Harmon, Keith David, Ian McShane, and Arnold Vosloo
The Saint - Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija, Valery Nikolaev, Henry Goodman
Quills - Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Caine, Billie Whitelaw, Amelia Warner
Under Suspicion - Liam Nieson, Laura San Giacomo
Sliding Doors - Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Zara Turner
Moving Violation [Double Feature w/ Fighting Mad] - Kay Lenz, Stephen McHattie, Eddie Albert, Will Geer
Fighting Mad (p/o Double Feature w/ Moving Violation) - Peter Fonda, Scott Glenn
Havoc - Anne Hathaway, Bijou Philips
Death on the Nile - Peter Ustinov, Betty Davis, David Niven, Mia Farrow, Olivia Hussey, Jack Warden, George Kennedy, Angela Landsbury
Abbott and Costello, The Best of, Vol 3 ...8 movies - Abbott and Costello
Starman - Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen
Killer Nun (Suor Omicidi/Deadly Habits) - Anita Ekberg, Paola Morra
Ben 10: Race Against Time - Graham Phillips, Haley Ramm, Lee Majors, Christien Anholt
His Girl Friday - Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell
Chaplin - Robert Downey, Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Geraldine Chaplin, Kevin Dunn, Anthony Hopkins
13 Going on 30 - Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis, Kathy Baker
Bedlam (Dbl feature w/ Isle of the Dead) - Boris Karloff, Anna Lee
Isle of the Dead (Dble feature w/ Bedlam) - Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer

They were all worth the watch. The best were the A.Christie work and the Abbott and Costello octet. R.Downey Jr's Chaplin may be one of the best performances of the last few decades. If you like the Billy Jack movies, Moving Violation is along the same theme but with lots and lots of car chases and crashes. You'll need garters for Quills, it'll knock your socks off, it's so, so, so a different treatment of historical matters(?). It dovetails nicely with Bedlam.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Apr 13 2013 08:24 AM

Sharing is its own reward. smile

I thought the same about Chaplin (and Downey) when it came out. Haven't seen it since then so it's interesting to see you say that.

Some catch up here too:

I watched 12 Angry Men (for the umpteenth time) the other night. It's very like watching a play in a theatre but that's its genius, I think. I love that film, can't fault it. Can't wait until I forget enough to watch it again. Great actors.


"Back to the Future" and "Back to the Future II"


So, so, so 80s. I can't wait until 2015 when we will all get those hover-cars.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Apr 14 2013 06:28 PM

A bit of the "Chaplin" dialog would have gone right by me if not for learning about and reading Cockney Rhyme slang here at FT. Chaplin is buying his first shown love a meal at a cart vendor and he tells her that one day he'll have her in all sorts of jewels and he'll have his own whistle. She, Hetty Kelly, being Irish doesn't have a clue what he's talking about, says "What whistle?". And he replies, "You know whistle and flute, rhymes with suit."
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Apr 14 2013 09:32 PM

"Shadow of a Doubt" 1943

A Hitchcock I'd never seen before, never even heard of. You won't want to pay too much attention to the plot, because it barely makes any sense, but the great performances pretty much make up for that. Joseph Cotten is wonderfully creepy as bad old Uncle Charlie. It's hard to believe that Hume Cronyn was ever that young.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Apr 15 2013 12:27 AM

From Hollywood's greatest year, 1939, "Gunga Din"
- Cary Grant, Victor McGlaglen, Doug Fairbanks Jr. and Sam Jaffe as Din
With hardly a line drawn from the Kipling poem, the film is still enjoyable immensely. Some of the battle scenes involved 1,500 extras who had to be bivouaced in the High Sierras of California. It's hard to believe that Cary Grant was ever that young (to echo Agony's notice on Cronyn).

The other notable Hollywood products of 1939 are:
"The Wizard of OZ"
"Gone with the Wind"
"Of Mice and Men"
"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
"Ninotchka"
"Goodbye Mr. Chips"
"Stagecoach"
"The Women"
"Beau Geste"
For the rest of the impressive line-up see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1939_movies
Mickey Rooney had five films this year, "Babes in Arms", a Tom Sawyer tale and three Andy Hardy installments.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Apr 15 2013 01:31 AM

Delightful film... "Unfaithfully Yours" (1948)
Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallee, Barbara Lawrence, and Kurt Krueger

It has actually motivated me to write a quiz, and I have never wanted to write a quiz about a single movie before! It stars Rex Harrison -- and if you've only seen him in movies like "My Fair Lady" when he was much older, you'll be surprised at how young, thin, energetic, and virile he is in this motion picture! It has some pretty dark humor for the 1940s, too, and lots of quirkiness. Harrison plays a conductor who plots revenge against his wife and his (tall, male, Aryan) secretary, whom he suspects of having an affair. Rex actually conducts the orchestra. There is a long sequence where Harrison does some slapstick comedy, although it isn't overly broad, but it is terribly funny. And there is excellent classical music throughout the movie, when he's conducting and in the background as he tries to carry out his scheme(s). And if you like obsolete technology, Harrison tangles with a machine for cutting records at home ("so simple, it operates itself" -- NOT). So actually, it has everything I like in an old movie.
Posted by: paul4760

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Apr 15 2013 06:44 PM

My daughter and her husband went on an anniversary weekend to a casino boat on the Mississippi river and she asked me to stop by her house to feed and water her cat. While there, I came across a d.v.d. of Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb". It reaffirmed my belief that if there is ever a definitive list of the funniest actors of all time, Peter Sellers will certainly be in the top five!
Posted by: Blackdresss

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Apr 17 2013 05:41 AM

"Beloved," a 1998 film based on the 1987 novel by Toni Morrison, a favorite author of Oprah Winfrey, who starred in this film, along with Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and Kimberly Elise. (Wow, talk about a run-on sentence. Sorry about that.) It is directed by Jonathan Demme, he of "The Silence Of The Lambs" fame, which was not just great, but Oscar award-winning.

I had forgotten just how truly creepy this film is, but realizing now that it's a Jonathan Demme film, it makes more sense. It isn't in the horror genre, but it probably should be.

I read the book when I believe it was on the "Oprah's Book Club" list, after buying a pile of them years after the fact, just to see what "that" was all about, and this may have been the last book on that list before I gave up and sold them all to my favorite used bookstore.

The book wasn't awful, just very, very disturbing. The movie, in my humble opinion, was just full-on weird and awful, and while I had seen it before, apparently, I thought maybe I had missed something the first time. I didn't. Although the acting was very good, for the most part (Thandie Newton's character isn't easy to relate to, at all, however,) it didn't save the film. Since I JUST watched this film again in truly the dead of night on a movie channel on television, I kind of feel like I need to go wash it off me.

And that is my very definition of a bad film. One that is sticking to me, and needs to be scrubbed off.
Posted by: Blackdresss

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Apr 17 2013 06:06 AM

And last night, really, really late?

"Kill Bill: Vol. 1" on Starz, and I love this film. I love Vol. II, too. I love Elle Driver, I love/hate Bill, I despise Lucy Liu playing O-Ren Ishii, aka "Cottonmouth," both the actress and the character, (no offense, Lucy, it isn't personal,) I love the Japanese all-girl rock band, "The 5.6.7.8's!," and how Tarantino found them, I will never know, but not only do they truly exist, they are both adorable and hilarious! I LOVE Uma playing "The Bride" aka "Black Mamba," I love all the subtitles. I love Quentin Tarantino. Maybe this would be the perfect topic for my very first attempt at quiz-writing? It certainly wouldn't be an easy topic to write about, it's wildly controversial, most of it would have to be censored and edited, by me, based on language and violence, right down to the name of the nutty truck she steals from Buck when she awakens from her coma, and the chance of it being accepted on my first try is probably zero to none. Thinking about trivia, always, always thinking about trivia, no matter what I am doing, to see if it can somehow be incorporated into something in here.

I'm going to consider it, while I look to see how many "Kill Bill" quizzes already exist. For example, did you notice her "real name" is bleeped out in the first film, when asked for her name? Intentionally, to add allure or drama or something, I'm just not sure why he did it, but he definitely did it. In an Entertainment Weekly interview I read a few years ago, Quentin said Uma is "his muse!" Uma thinks Quentin is "a dork!" Together, they make beautiful music and films!

Some of the violence seems gratuitous, and knowing Tarantino, I'm sure that's also deliberate. But for a film this gruesome to be as funny as it is, with some of the best lines ever, is pure genius.

It also inspired my new avatar, and you just can't put a pricetag on inspiration like that.

I give this one an enthusiastic two thumbs up!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Apr 29 2013 08:49 PM

"The Professionals" 1966. Very much a 1960s Western, hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Jack Palance makes a great Mexican revolutionary, and Burt Lancaster is as charming as it's possible for him to be, which is very charming indeed.
Posted by: sisterseagull

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Apr 30 2013 12:58 AM

'Harry Brown', a British 'Gran Torino'... Depressing, gritty and violent. Recommended.
Posted by: MadMartha

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Apr 30 2013 04:39 AM

'Nicholas Nickleby' based on the book by Charles Dickens. Watched this movie over the past weekend and thought it very good. I really like movies based on "good" novels!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Apr 30 2013 07:36 PM

"Buck and the Preacher" 1972. Harry Belefonte and Sidney Poitier in a pretty good western where for once the black characters aren't the sidekicks.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed May 01 2013 12:47 AM

Another Belefonte product:
"Carmen Jones" - H.B., Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, dir: Otto Preminger - Hammerstein's book put to Bizet's "Carmen". Good for the music if little else but then that sense comes with most good tragedies, no?

"Midnight Cowboy" the thirtieth anniversary DVD. I went through this one in just three watches: Straight through, with commentary and straight through again.

"Avatar - The Last Airbender" M. Night Shyamalan, director. Now I know why so many here are enamored with the story and I probably will get some of the questions right. A story for youth? Definietly, but with life affirming emotions touched on for all of us.

"A Perfect Murder" - The remake/update of Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder". Where the Master thrilled us with the unravelling of the knot, this film gets you with the tieing of it. Not as satisfying but well done.

And some B movies (None disappointed but just didn't come with Oscar Nominations):
The Return of the Living Dead
Frogs
A Bucket of Blood
Swamp Thing
Kentucky Fried Movie - Bill Bixby, George Lazenby, Evan C. Kim, Tony Dow, Donald Sutherland, Tara Strohmeier
The Hills Have Eyes - Susan Lanier, Michael Berryman, Robert Houston, Martin Speer, Dee Wallace
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (This is one of my favorite cheesy flicks)
Spaceballs
Deathsport (p/o Roger Corman's Cult Classics) - David Carradine, Claudia Jennings, Richard Lynch
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri May 03 2013 03:03 AM

Found some more Cat Women!! These are from the Hot Box Theater song and dance revue called "Miss Adelaide's Alley Kittens" which count for two scenes from

"Guys and Dolls".

Jean Simmons singing and dancing. Marlon Brando singing and dancing. Stubby Kaye singing and doing something to "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat". Frank Sinatra in a similar role to "The Man with the Golden Arm" but here he's entertaining rather than tragic.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed May 08 2013 05:37 PM

"The Searchers". Amazingly enough, this is the first time I've ever seen this. You can spot a John Ford western from a mile away, can't you? So beautifully filmed.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu May 09 2013 05:45 AM

"Promises, Promises"
Jayne Mansfield, Mickey Hargitay, Marie McDonald, Tommy Noonan
Some brief Playboy-type posed nudity. But what held my interest was that the theme of the film was 'getting pregnant' and one of the scenarios was that JM and MH had coupled. I just kept looking for the resemblences of Mariska Hargitay to her parents. And I ponder, did this film also serve through Hargitay's appearance to open the door for Arnold to get into films?


"Dark City"
Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt
This is a great Science Fiction work. Everyone lives their life without question. But, when questions are begun to be asked, the obvious flaws to reality reveal that humanity is just a mouse in a maze of some sort. Though darker than Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide...", it is very similar in that we are like mice being manipulated by an alien race to help them compute a solution to their problem. The answer here is not 42. It is also one of the better visual presentations as far as production design is concerned.
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri May 17 2013 03:27 PM

Have just watched Clint Eastwood in Escape from Alcatraz, with my son and our German exchange student. I enjoyed it as much now as I did way back when ('79 or '80?), and they both enjoyed it as much as I did. Says a lot for a movie when it can stand the test of time like that, I think.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon May 20 2013 10:52 AM

"My Own Private Idaho" (1991)

First time I've seen this one - I've been meaning to watch it for years. By the time this movie was made, I was well into my thirties, a settled wife and mother in a small town. Too bad, because I would have *loved* it when I was twenty. I didn't live in the world these smalltime hustlers live in, but I lived on its fringes - I knew guys like this - and man does it ring true. Fantastic performances that make you wonder what River Phoenix would be doing by now, if he were alive, and make you regret that Keanu Reeves never really fulfilled his potential. What a great movie, though definitely not for everyone.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed May 22 2013 09:54 PM

"The Stepfather" the 1987 version with Terry O'Quinn and the screenplay by Donald E Westlake.

Well, there really aren't any surprises in this tale of a murderous stepfather, but O'Quinn's performance is creepy enough to make it a bit of a classic.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jun 05 2013 09:40 PM

Rewatchs of some good Sci-Fi:
"Equilibrium"
"Vanilla Sky"
"Outland"
"Space Hunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone"
"Millenium Crisis"

Is it Classic yet? Fantasy:
"The Colour of Magic"

A humorous take-off with some fair plot additions to "The Blob":
"The Stuff"

And, just to keep the humanities side of my enjoyment satisfied, some C.S. Forester works:
"The African Queen"
"Sink the Bismarck!"

My first viewing of a definite classic western:
"Shane"
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jun 10 2013 04:28 PM

To: Agony
re: the biopic in discussion in post #964404 (page 8 I think)

I just watched "White Hunter Black Heart", star and dir, Clint Eastwood. It was written by a co-writer of the "African Queen" screenplay, Peter Viertel. Though populated with fictional names, it is said to be a close to reality presentation of John Huston's life around the time "...Queen" was developed. They even use an fiberglass replica of the steam vessel minus only the nameplate. And fifty years later we learn that the heart of Africa is still dusty and hot. Eastwood does a couple of scenes that are dead-on Huston imitations.


I can't decide if "WH,BH" was a tragedy or not. But, this one definitely is:
"Black Swan" with Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Wynonna Ryder
The sad tale of a little girl whose dream of being the prima Ballerina in the Prima Ballet, "Swan Lake", never dies but slowly eats awahy at her sanity. I had to watch it twice to figure out which were her delusions and which parts were real. Maybe the whole thing was a young girl's nightmare. Jury's still out but whatever it was, it was good.

A couple cheap horror flicks mated into a Horror Double Feature:
"House on Haunted Hill"
"Don't Look in the Basement"
Both done for as little money as possible but both offer excitement that could only come from more expensive productions.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jun 10 2013 06:11 PM

I really liked WH,BH, and thought it should have gotten a better reception than it did. I read another fictional take on the actual lion attacks it was loosely based on, somewhere or other, but can't of course now remember where or when or what.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jun 11 2013 09:28 AM

"Marley"

A really fabulous documentary about Bob Marley.

Ziggy Marley is listed as a producer so it is a very fond piece of work documenting his father's life, and the access to vital interviewees is unprecedented; we hear from Bob's Mum, cousins, old friends from Trenchtown, as well as wondrous fascinating conversation from "Bunny Wailer".

The story is revealed within a gentle tale of the roots of reggae and the story of Jamaica itself, so it's not just for Marley fans but probably for anyone interested in social history.


Not to be missed!
Posted by: Bruyere

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Jun 14 2013 02:52 PM

I hadn't seen a movie in ages in a cinema. The neighbor works there and my son struck up a friendship with him and asked me if I wanted to see the new Star Trek flick. I said sure, but, it was way too expensive. He said "Mom, the neighbor gets free entrance for friends every now and then." Sure enough, we got in free and it was really great.

So glad I didn't see that in IMAX with the booming scenes in surround sound. Way too many fist fights to my tastes.
Posted by: ga_jam831

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jun 22 2013 06:45 AM

I went to a theater for the first time in 3 or 4 years at least Thursday. I saw World War Z. Overall I thought it was a good movie. Although, the solution to the zombie epidemic almost seemed to be rushed in order finish the movie. The zombies were different from those I have seen on the few zombie movies I have seen ( I am a fan of The Walking Dead).
Posted by: Copago

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jun 22 2013 08:08 AM

have you read the book, Ga-jam? and was it anything like it? I am trying to think how they could recreate it in a movie.

I don't tend to watch many movies but My last movie was Snow White and the Huntsman. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would smile
Posted by: SilverMoonsong

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jun 22 2013 04:27 PM

My friends took me to see Fast and Furious 6 yesterday. I've only seen the first and second movies, but I really enjoyed this one. Of course, having The Rock and Vin Diesel on screen was really good for me! grin Lots of action, car chases, VERY sexy cars, LOTS of fighting, and a little surprise at the very end in the credits... if you're looking for a good action movie that isn't plot heavy, this is the one to see.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jun 23 2013 01:14 AM

"Snow White and the Huntsman": I'm about to view it for the third time (first was without everknowing anything about it; second was with the commentary and I learned who the Dwarfs were: third will be just the extended version for a true appreciation) It is a bit difficult to watch the damage done to Charlize Theron's face as the evil Queen but not many could even think of giving the part the character she brings to it. If anything the movie is one of the better re-imagining of our fairy tales that has taken advantage of CG tech.


Before that my mega-distraction was the project Theron intermittently left the "SW&tH" production to be in:
"Prometheus". She didn't have such an important role in it but was a standout. This is a Ridley Scott production out of the same universe as his "Alien" franchise. It predates (but isn't technically a prequel) the first "Alien". It is every bit that films equal! And "Alien" is one of the better Sci-Fi movies ever made. I think (after 4 views) that I can tie his other great Sci-Fi in now with "Alien" and "Prometheus". "Blade Runner"'s clones were off not only colonizing for Earth but fighting in some space war. I ask: are the clones the engineered combatant the Aliens cannot use as replicant vessels because of the clones' limited life and are the best weapon against the versatile aliens? Or. does the limited life span pass off to the aliens and thus doom them to extinction?

And before that:
"John Carter", a great presentation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic. I had to watch that 4 times too. England's Shepperton Studios was involved in this and "SW&tH". They just might be on a role producing some of the finest fantasy films ever for our escape needs.
Posted by: wwe84

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jun 23 2013 11:29 AM

SilverMoonsong i've seen all 6 Fast & The Furious Movies i thought Fast Five was the best one but after seeing Fast 6 that totally changed my mind cause the new one is the best one yet.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jun 23 2013 01:09 PM

I'm whispering the next one because I'm not sure that I should have enjoyed it so much:

"Jurassic Park"

It's a lot of fun! Spielberg is an incredible entertainer. I remember now why it was such a big hit. Sure the lines are a bit corny, and it's all utterly unbelievable and OTT... but big fun.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jun 25 2013 10:08 PM

"How Green Was My Valley" (1941) -- starring a wee Roddy McDowall. I had heard so much about this film and finally saw it. It did not disappoint. And even though it was in black-and-white and in a studio (it was supposed to be on location in Technicolor, but the war prevented that), it really did give you a sense of a beautiful green valley in Wales.
Posted by: ga_jam831

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jun 27 2013 11:32 PM

I had not read the book so I can't answer how or if they were able to recreate the scenes. Some of the special effects were very good. On a scale of 10 I would probably rate it as 7.83.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jul 08 2013 08:28 PM

"Source Code" - Let's do the time warp again - Donny Darko returns as an Army Captain (Colter Stevens) involved in a time replay experiment. Excellent plot flow to build what could have been a boring tale. I was delighted to see Jake Gyllenhaal turn in another great performance.

"Spain...on the Road Again" - not a movie but it was like a 12 hour dinermentary. It was a series done on PBS of some celebrities touring Spain and dining on some of that country's exquisite cuisine. It starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Mario Batali, Mark Bittman and Claudia Bassols. There was a guest appearance by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe. Willy Nelson did a cover of his "On the Road Again" as the opening and closing title on each episode. OOOOH, love those tappas.

"The Watch" - A Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn vehicle best left parked out in the lot while you're inside the theater watching something good. Sorry, it wasn't really that bad and had some good humor in it. An hour and a half that gives good escape material.

"Elektra" - A Jennifer Garner vehicle best left... no, it is a good companion film to her and hubby's "Daredevil" effort. There is no DD in this since it explores the formative history of the Elektra character. Will Stan Lee bring all his realm to the big screen? I want to see "Shanna - The She Devil".

"The Mask of Zorro" - Hopkins, Banderas and Zeta-Jones. A good old fashioned action flick without a lot of CG. Plenty of thrilling stunt work. Swords are brandished for the sword and sorcery fans to like. The story was drawn from the same pulp serial era as the "John Carter" film was (early 1900 decades), it relies on non-stop character involvement and development to its great success.

"The Story of Ruth" - Can a Bible story film ever disappoint? This 1960 production certainly didn't.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jul 09 2013 07:26 AM

"Penny Points to Paradise"

Starring The Goons (Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan) and other comedy legends, but right back at the very start of their careers.


Painfully awful. Or as Peter Sellers put it: "a terrifyingly bad film".


Worth seeing just to marvel at how far they advanced since then! The only bright points were a couple of lines from Sellers and his great acting (however unfunny the script), and a fleeting but excellent Bette Davis impersonation from actress Paddie O'Neil.

If you can withstand the boredom, it's really worth a look-see as a piece of history -- it was the Goons before they got good, and with the exception of Sellers it's hard to believe they got any work at all following it. With hindsight we can see the kernels of what they would all become, and that's interesting, but with Spike doing nothing to show that he had any humour, wit, spark or even a brain -- in fact I didn't even realise it was him for a long time -- sometimes it was more like a parallel universe.

Amazing.
Posted by: live4trivia

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jul 10 2013 11:51 PM

The Reeds

It's British horror so I thought it was around the same lines as Eden Lake - I was wrong! :P I enjoyed this movie for the supernatural content and the neverending twists and turns. Lovelovelove it. =D
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 18 2013 01:20 AM

Where Eagles Dare (1968), starring Richard Burton & Clint Eastwood & Mary Ure.

I'm not really keen on action films, but I really liked this one. It's one of Burton's first action films. The plot seems pretty straightforward, a rescue mission, but then it gets really complicated, as things aren't quite what they seem, and you don't know whom to believe. (For example, in the first scene, there's a woman hiding on the plane, and she secretly parachutes down after the rest of the team leaves.) It's remarkable, really!

Also cool is that Yakima Canutt shot most of the action scenes; if you don't know who that is, he's one of the greatest stuntmen of Hollywood (and an Olympic champion).


4 stars!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 18 2013 07:43 AM

Nice thing there with the stars, Grace.

Sunshine - Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh, Hiroyuki Sanada
A nice little Sci-Fi flick.

The Spirit - Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johansson, Dan Lauria
A nice Graphic Novel on screen effort by Frank Miller (Sin City) I liked it a lot but the paid critics didn't. Can't figure it. It is a simple tale like a single issue of a comic book. Maybe the critics need convolution and intertwined multiple plots to be impressed? Seeing the work of Louis Lombardi (as Phobos, Logos, Pathos, Ethos, Bulbos, Huevos and Rancheros, Mangos, Adios and Amigos, the Octopus's cloned morons) is worth the price of admission.

The Bride of Frankenstein - Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Elsa Lanchester, Ernst Thesiger, Dwight Frye
Yes, this is critically acclaimed since the year it came out as one of the best films ever made.

Bicentennial Man - Robin Williams, Embeth Davitz, Oliver Platt, Kiersten Warren
Another panned by critics but I find it to be the best yet Asimov presented work (better than Fantastic Voyage and I, Robot). It explores in the beginning the 3 Laws of Robotics before shifting into Romeo&Juliette mode. It was acclaimed for the extensive aging make-up effects (Oscar). I liked it for the sub-story of the NDR-114 modified version Galatea (Warren). She is the reflection of an unchanged Andrew (Williams), a sentient positronically brained, dancing, squeaky voiced feminine robot who watches all the human-bound up-grades Andrew attempts in his quest to be loved. I sensed her character knew love without having to become something else. There is a finale question about afterlife and all that theologic questions it arouses that many seem want to debate about in this film. It is after all a man made machine trying to become like its creator and who gives up his life to erase the mortal sin of his birth as a robot. But, I rewatch this film to see the great dancing, singing and human emotions expressed on the face of Galatea. She is more like a goddess who walks among us, unseen, observing our behaviour. If she can love, cannot I love her in return? Kiersten ain't got nothing to be ashamed of here but the puppeted character is simply a beautiful thing.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jul 20 2013 11:50 AM

"A Beginner's Guide to Endings" - came upon this flicking though the channels on a motel TV. If you like a low budget dark comedy, there is a lot here to like. Highly recommended to those who like something a bit off beat, and who don't mind a little sloppiness or low production values.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jul 24 2013 09:32 PM

Red River (1948), directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan

Well, here's another film I'd heard about from cinephiles, and it was pretty good. A solid film about herding cattle across the Midwest and all the trouble that goes with it. There were lots of extras, and SOOOO many cattle in this film, too.

I do happen to know that John Wayne and Walter Brennan couldn't stand Monty Clift, politically or otherwise, and they shunned him during the filming. So it's funny watching this film where there is supposed to undying, unspoken love between a stepfather and a stepson. It's supposed to be the whole basis for the conflict in the film! It sort of explains why the viewer doesn't really feel it, even though one of the few women in the movie keeps insisting that it's true. Saying it doesn't make it so.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jul 24 2013 09:34 PM

Oh, mehaul, I saw Bicentennial Man when it was at the cinema. It made me cry. It also made me upset because there's a lot in there about death, and my father was sick with cancer at the time. So I don't think I could ever watch it again. frown

(But I can't agree with the critics, it was good film notwithstanding my feelings at the time.)
Posted by: ladymacb29

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 25 2013 06:16 PM

"Lincoln" - not really what I expected, but pretty good. I may be partial though, because I'm a huge Sally Field fan... I wish there was more of their relationship!
Posted by: ClaraSue

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Aug 14 2013 07:01 PM

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

I had forgotten what a great movie this was and the scenery in it is fantastic.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Aug 23 2013 09:44 PM

"Paul" (2011)

Still think these guys' best work was "Shaun of the Dead", but I enjoyed this quite a lot, too.
Posted by: alexis722

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Aug 24 2013 02:09 AM

Rewatching "All Creatures Great and Small" - a series rather than a film, on netflix. I read the books back when and watched the series, which now seems a bit corny, but is still well done and good fun. Another good Brit series is "Monarch of the Glen".
Film: "Jesus Christ Superstar" - IMHO, best musical ever. I have two versions of it on tape, and have seen it on stage in a post modern version that was also very enjoyable.
Posted by: wwe84

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Aug 28 2013 02:13 AM

Just watched A Thousand Words with Eddie Murphy i couldn't stop laughing it's Eddie's best film since Bowfinger


Premium Rush with Joseph Gordon Levett this was a really good movie, I'm a fan Joseph Gordon Levett films
Posted by: sisterseagull

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Aug 28 2013 10:31 AM

'Safehouse'... Somewhat entertaining!
Posted by: vendome

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Aug 28 2013 04:23 PM

The last film I watched (for about the fifth time) was "Mrs. Brown", the true story of Queen Victoria and her manservant John Brown. It's a terrific 'feel good' film that is beautifully acted and directed.

Queen Victoria is in deep mourning for her beloved husband, Prince Albert. John Brown was the former manservant to Prince Albert; after the Prince's death, Brown journeys to the Queen to resume his duties for the Monarch. The Queen is at first reluctant to accept Brown's service but she slowly begins to accept it, then need it and finally look forward to his company. I've heard it said that their relationship was physical; I don't believe that. I think they became devoted and loving friends. Victoria slowly came out of her deep mourning and depression thanks to Brown's friendship; Brown further realized his service to the monarchy.

If you enjoy British history, this film is definitley for you.
Posted by: wwe84

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Sep 01 2013 06:36 PM

Saw."A Little Bit Of Heaven" with Kate Hudson loved this movie i had a tear in my eye watching this movie
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Oct 11 2013 07:39 PM

"The Return of the Pink Panther" starring Peter Sellers.


Very, very, very funny! My goal is to see all of the original Pink Panther movies.

(P.S. What happened to this thread? Everybody stopped watching films?)
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Oct 11 2013 08:30 PM

"The Last Picture Show"
Tim Bottoms, Cloris Leachman, Jeff Bridges, Ben Johnson, Cybil Shepard, Ellen Burstyn, Randy Quaid, Eileen Brennan and Clu Galager
I found this way, way too personal. It intimately imposed on the ideas about youthful morality as it first faces the real world of broken bonds I thought were mine alone! Strictly for the lovers of broken down pre-WW-II farm trucks. Why haven't I seen this before? It's definitely a top something on most lists.

A re-watch:
"Return to Oz"
Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie and Henson Pupetting
This is not really a sequel to the original. There's no song and dance. Most of the characters are different. BUT, it is a telling of more of the Land of Baum. It is a live action version of "Ozma of Oz". The acting is particularly outstanding.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Oct 13 2013 12:08 AM

"The Pink Panther Strikes Again" (1976)

The opening titles are especially impressive as they parody several classic movies and a Broadway musical. And Herbert Lom steals several scenes from Peter Sellers. And the fight scenes with 'Cato', which parody those Bruce Lee films, are awesome! Hilarious!
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Oct 13 2013 07:34 PM

'Mystery Street'
A low-budget film noir mystery, yet it's really quite good. Ricardo Montalban gives a fine performance as a cop in Boston.
Posted by: Kankurette

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Oct 14 2013 11:10 AM

I'm not entirely sure, but I think it was 'Requiem For A Dream', at my mum's house. Didn't see the whole thing, only the last bit (the 'Winter' section where everything goes to pot - I'm not saying anymore as I don't want to spoil it). It is not an easy film to watch by any means - I was in tears at the end. It's about drug addiction, basically. I'd like to watch the whole thing from scratch.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Oct 17 2013 10:59 PM

Having myself a little private Michael Caine film festival - last night "Alfie" and tonight it was "The Cider House Rules".

"Alfie" is a little dated, but still pretty good, I thought.

"The Cider House Rules" is a favourite book of mine, so I had resisted seeing the movie. They did a great job, though. Tobey Macguire was a perfect choice to play Homer - he's able to portray that ruined naivety.

It was in a double release DVD with "The Shipping News" - now that's one I'm *really* afraid to watch. Watching movie versions of books I love is fraught with danger for me - they so often trample all over them.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Oct 18 2013 09:18 PM

"Broken Flowers"

This was great, if you like movies where nothing much happens and there is no resolution of the central problem.

That sounds like a sarcastic rotten tomato, but actually I tend to like that kind of movie quite a lot, and it really is great. Bill Murray made such stupid movies when he was a young man, and is making such smart ones now.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Oct 18 2013 11:31 PM

Donnie Darko and S. Darko

Two enjoyable investigations of Richard Kelly's ideas about time travel, why it happens, how we are involved and its impact on how we lead our lives. I found it interesting that the actress who played the 10 year old sister in the original D. Darko was able to get the role to play the follow-up character (Samantha) of 7 years later (but would any other casting have made sense?). The music of both are haunting. I even have ordered a copy of Dead Can Dance's "Into the Labyrinth".
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Oct 20 2013 02:37 PM

Another Michael Caine film, "The Quiet American".

This is another favourite book of mine, though it's been some years since I read it. On the whole they did a great job, I thought. Casting was perfect - the contrast between the older European and the young American is central to the story. Dosn't capture all the complexity of the book, but makes a good stab at it. Beautifully filmed.
Posted by: shorthumbz

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Oct 20 2013 03:44 PM

I thought Michael Caine was phenomenal in "The Quiet American." While I don't think Oscar awards are the be-all/end-all, in the year he did that performance he was nominated with Daniel Day-Lewis ("Gangs of New York"), Jack Nicholson ("About Schmidt"), and Nicolas Cage ("Adaptation); and they ALL (a VERY rich group) lost to Adrien Brody's tour-de-force performance in "The Pianist."

I saw "Lincoln" yesterday for the first time. I could watch Daniel Day-Lewis read the phone book.
Posted by: C30

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Oct 22 2013 12:37 AM

The last film I watched, was also the first film I watched...............to explain:-

Until the age of 13, I had seen but one film.......and that I can't remember the title of (maybe "Black Shield....something or other......when I was about 9 years old). We lived way out in the wilds of rural East Anglia. When I was 13 we moved to Bury St. Edmunds and I went to the cinema to see the Western "Drum Beat".
A few days ago I caught it on TV whilst "channel hopping" and watched it again!
Posted by: shorthumbz

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Oct 22 2013 08:40 AM

That's a great story.

I was lucky growing up. Our town had three movie theaters, and I went with my friends or my sister and/or cousin almost every week. There were also several drive-in thaters in our area; and we went to those a lot, especially in the summer.

I honestly don't remember the first film I saw; I wish I could.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Oct 22 2013 09:41 AM

Two acceptable time investments:

"Battle Beyond the Stars" - Roger Corman's first release from New Horizon Pictures and James Cameron's first shot as Art Director and Miniature Director. This is a Sci-fi version of the "Seven Samurai" which led to "The Magnificent Seven" with Robert Vaughn who reprised that role in this film. If it's Corman, it's most likely campy and it is.

"THX 1138" - George Lucas' first feature film, starring Robert Duvall and Donald Pleasence. A very avant-garde offering from a major studio pay-rolling a first-time Director. The reason for that? Francis Ford Coppola served as Producer. A good dystopian diversion in MHO. The forty years between then, the then of the film and now show some remarkable premonitions about the evolution of society.
Posted by: sisterseagull

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Oct 22 2013 09:53 AM

I've just watched the 'Millennium' trilogy from the books by Steig Larsson. If you've not seen them, I can think of much worse ways of spending a few hours!
Posted by: Snowman

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Oct 23 2013 01:34 PM

I've had a mini-Bogart festival this week. Only two films but when those two are Casablanca and The African Queen then it's worth over-selling it.

Very enjoyable both.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Oct 23 2013 09:14 PM

Tried the next in my Michael Caine festival, but couldn't finish it - "Sleuth". Looked to be just Caine and Jude Law in one of those very stagy filmings of a play. All very arty and possibly even very good, if you can stand to watch it. I couldn't - every word of the witty banter screamed "Fake" and "Stagy", but it's the "Boring" that finally did me in.

This is a remake of the 1972 version, apparently, where Caine played the part of the younger man against Lawrence Olivier, god help us.
Posted by: Snowman

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Oct 24 2013 06:01 AM

The original is good. The re-make considerably less so.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Oct 24 2013 06:21 AM

"Minority Report"

Not a take on the USA justice system's inequalities. A sci-fi flick based on a P.K. Dick idea about how the paranormal ability of precognition might be used (and cheated on). The idea is a good one; the dialog and plot are suspenseful. It's just that every time Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell went nose to nose, I couldn't help but think of how short they are. Hey, Spielberg directed it so it must be good!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Oct 26 2013 08:46 PM

"Nightmare Alley" 1947. Pretty good carney movie - Tyrone Power looks great in a wife-beater. It should have ended five minutes before it did - "Mister, I was made for it" - great line. Fantastic performance by Helen Walker as the psychologist.
Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Oct 27 2013 01:54 PM

This was a couple of days ago (I watched it on TCM), but: 1962's "Knife in the Water." I'm not a fan of Polanski's personal life choices, but the movie is undeniably compelling.

What really interested me was the difference in audience expectations between then and now. Today, a movie with this plot--a couple pick up a hitchhiker and take him sailing with them--would be obliged to provide a psychotic hitchhiker or sinister sadistic couple. Or perhaps aliens or ghosts. (And indeed the IMDb comments on the movie reveal how disappointed many viewers were that the usual tropes weren't present, given that they'd heard the movie was suspenseful.)
Posted by: MissteriousOne

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Nov 02 2013 06:33 PM

Red Eye

It was an okay movie.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Nov 05 2013 01:03 AM

Over the weekend...

"The Parallax View" (1974) starring Warren Beatty

Wow! This is a conspiracy nut's dream. Don't want to give too much away, but if you like political paranoia, this is the film for you. Some really interesting cinematography near the end, too.


"Marathon Man" (1976) starring Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier

Another conspiracy-type film, really disturbing, won't need to see it twice, but I'm glad I saw it once. Olivier plays a Nazi dentist and Hoffman plays a victim of circumstance, who had no idea what his late brother was up to. Not an easy movie to watch at times, though.


And now for something completely different...
"Snow White and the Three Stooges"

Filmed in CinemaScope, it has some very nice ice skating scenes and colorful sets. The Three Stooges are definitely showing their age, though. But it's nice escapist fare. I believe that the ventriloquism was faked, though, and Mel Blanc's voice was dubbed in for the dummy, Quinto.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Nov 05 2013 09:32 AM

Marathon Man is one of my favs - one of the best book-to-movie adaptations out there, probably because it was done by the book author, who is also a very accomplished screenwriter. "Is it safe?"
Posted by: MissteriousOne

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Nov 06 2013 08:39 PM

This Is 40
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Nov 07 2013 11:07 AM

The 4 DVD set of
"Starhunter - The Complete Series" (the first season) A Canadian (/British/French/German) Sci-fi TV episodic endeavour. As close to the Anime legend "Cowboy Be Bop" as you can get without the lawyers becoming involved. As a live action tale it's pretty good and the parts that differentiate it from the animated make it good for plot/theme carryovers from episode to episode.
Can I bring up the use of 'complete series' not being the 'complete series'? This is the complete season 1 of the TV series which ran two seasons. So, shouldn't the title be "Starhunte - The Complete 2000/1 Series"? Has anyone watched the "Starhunter - The Complete Series" season 2? I understand it is different with a mostly new cast. Would it be worth investing in it?

Edit: I am now watching the DVDs again since I found out the DVD distributor changed the episode sequence from how the series was written and aired. they lasered eps 4,2,3,5,6 then 1. It does make better sense in this new order. The set's box also claims extra footage but that I have found to mean that they included the episode intro-monologs by Rudolpho setting up each installment's theme which wasn't part of the broadcasts in the USA. So, nothing that really hasn't been seen before.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Nov 09 2013 02:57 PM

"Without a Clue" Sherlock Holmes with quite a difference.

Watson (Ben Kingsley), here, is the great detective, and Holmes (Michael Caine) is merely an actor playing the part. Not a fabulous movie, but quite a lot of fun, with some good performances. Victorian London looks wonderful.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Nov 10 2013 06:50 PM

"The Razor's Edge" 1946.

Wow, this was much much better than I expected it to be (and I expected to like it). Beautifully filmed, some knockout performances. I read the book first as a new-agey teen in the '70s, and I expected this film to Hollywoodize the themes, but it doesn't, too much. The scenes in India are pretty laughable but otherwise not too bad.

This is a great movie, dealing with subjects most movies don't, and doing it well. AND it has Clifton Webb in it, which is always a bonus. A great addition to the little Tyrone Power film festival I appear to be having.
Posted by: alexis722

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Nov 10 2013 07:42 PM

"The Black Shield of Falworth" perhaps.
Posted by: alexis722

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Nov 10 2013 07:46 PM

I had watched (rented from library) season 1 of "Dexter" year ago, am now watching the rest on netflix, good characters, good story line, a bit gruesome, but that's what it's about.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Nov 14 2013 12:02 AM

"Christmas in Connecticut" - well, this was fun. Madcap comedy at its best - mixups, deceptions, doors slamming... You don't see Barbara Stanwyck in a comedic role very often, but she's cute as a button.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Nov 16 2013 09:34 PM

"The Mark of Zorro" (1940)

This is everything it should be. I think I'm in love with Tyrone Power.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Nov 17 2013 03:27 AM

How fickle! You've been batting your eyelashes at Al Pacino for pages! ;D

Gracious: "Marathon Man...won't need to see it twice, but I'm glad I saw it once" - my thoughts exactly! Fabulous film, and I've often attempted to watch it again but find I can't bear to. That's a mark of how good it was, I think. I've had the same feeling after reading novels by John Fowles.

Last night I watched "Mr Brooks" with Kevin Costner, Demi Moore and William Hurt. It was very good: an intelligent serial killer is on the loose and the plot twists and turns in very satisfying ways. Its only fault is that it was very obviously meant to have a sequel, so we are left wanting to know more (which would of course be brilliant had they ever made the rest of the trilogy they had planned.)

I also re-watched Hitchcock's "Lifeboat". Perfect Sunday afternoon black-and-white story-telling.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Nov 20 2013 10:49 PM

"Wonder Woman"

I've been indulging in eye candy too. I've watched the pilot movie for "Wonder Woman" starring Lynda Carter and Lyle Waggoner. Co-stars were Cloris Leachman, Stella Stevens, Henry Gibson, Red Buttons and Kenneth Mars. The full series cast list at IMdB is about 450 actors long! Now I go to struggle through watching the 14 episodes of the first season. For those unfamiliar with the theme for the start of the series, it takes place during the Second World War and is focused mainly on espionage between the Nazis and Americans. Tons of vintage autos and other hardware of the period to be seen and appreciated as the set designers seemed to be operating carte blanche.
Posted by: Coriolanus

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Nov 25 2013 06:48 PM

I've just started subscribing to TCM, and so far I've watched The Prize (great Hitchcock-style thriller with Paul Newman and Edward G. Robinson), Garbo in Anna Karenina (so much better than Joe Wright's boring, pretentious version) and North By Northwest (classic Hitchcock).
Posted by: C30

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Nov 26 2013 01:31 AM

Just watched one of the made for TV miniseries from the Larry McMurty books, "Comanche Moon".........not as good as "Lonesome Dove", but better IMO than "Streets of Laredo".
However I would rate ALL of those "excellent".
Makes a change, a refreshing change, to watch a "Western" where the characters look and sound the part, and the weapons they carry are correct for the period depicted. (

All in all, VERY enjoyable.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Nov 26 2013 07:34 AM

They did a great job with "Dead Man's Walk", too - maybe my favourite of the followups. Young Gus and Call on their first expedition as Texas Rangers.

I agree, they are all excellent.
Posted by: C30

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Nov 26 2013 03:54 PM

Agreeed Agony - never mentioned that one as not a film I have recently watched - might see if I can catch it sometime.

All the movies, even "Return to Lonesome Dove" (which most fans disliked), were excellent............full of memorable characters and accurate period portrayals.

My main gripe, is that the makers sometimes forgot that "cap and ball" weapons need percussion caps fitted to fire........but that's nit picking. I give all those miniseries the highest praise possible.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Dec 01 2013 05:52 PM

Well, I was feeling the need to watch "The Bells of St Mary's" for Christmas, and so thought I'd start it off right. Just finished "Going My Way", the first Father O'Malley movie.

And, y'know, Barry Fitzgerald is just a little too cute for me; could have strangled the old leprechaun by the end of the film.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Dec 06 2013 08:37 AM

"Network" 1976.

I can't believe I've never seen this before, somehow it's slipped through the cracks. What a great movie, what a cast. I found myself, during some of the too-long tirades, just watching the faces of these amazing actors. A couple of scenes really hit me as more authentic than we are used to seeing in movies: one is when William Holden is comforting his wife in her grief that he is leaving her - it's so clearly a habit for him to hold her when she cries, and for her to go to him. Lovely. Another is the scene when everyone in the office ends up sitting around Holden's office listening to him tell war stories as he packs up his desk - it captures the feel of a workplace so well.

By the way, anyone place the actor who enters that scene, with his tie untied, to bring the news from above that Peter Finch isn't fired after all? He looks so familiar - the young version of a now familiar face - but I can't place him.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Dec 06 2013 09:27 AM

Comedies that allow the escapist to emerge:
"Year One" - Jack Black, Michael Cera and many others
"Wish You Were Dead" - Cary Elwes, Tanya Allen, Mary Steenbergen, Christopher Lloyd


Action/Romance/Surfing/Sky-diving Action that is good at times and bad at times:
"Point Break" - Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, Patrick Swayze


Musicals - All three are greats:
"Yankee Doodle Dandy" - James Cagney, Jeanne Cagney, Walter Huston, Rosemary Decamp, Joan Leslie - The extra bits on the Two disc WB set contains much history to appreciate
Three Little Words - Fred Astaire, Red Skelton, Vera-Ellen, Arlene Dahl, Keenan Wynn, Debbie Reynolds
Hair - John Savage, Treat Williams (I still prefer the soundtrack of the original play but the outdoor aspects of the big screen are in its favor)
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Dec 09 2013 08:44 AM

"The Bells of St Mary's" Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley again, this time teamed up with Ingrid Bergman as Sister Benedict. I liked this one a lot more, partly because Bergman is a lot better actor than Barry Fitzgerald. There's more coherence to the plot, too.

And the kids' nativity play - the part that makes this something of a Christmas movie - is freakin' priceless. I spend an awful lot of time with real kids this age, and except for a few bits here and there, I get a very strong impression that they're not acting, that this is mostly ad libbed by the kids.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Dec 09 2013 08:04 PM

"LEXX" Brian Downey, Xenia Seeburg, Michael McManus and dozens of notable talented guest stars (I would do a disservice if I tried to list them and failed to include any of them - check out the characters at the wiki article)
This was a series that began as 4 two hour movies in the first season then switched to shorter duration episodic installments, some stand alone and some carry-overs. It ran for 4 seasons. It was a Canadian product with help from Germany and the UK. There were 61 episodes at about 50 hours of story. I loved it.

"Cowboys and Aliens" - Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde
This was produced by Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and John Favreau (who directed)
As a unique concept, it could have been dismissed as a stretch of credibility but Favreau kept things true to the Western and Sci-Fi masterworks and delivered an entertaining product.

My previous mention of "Wonder Woman" was just the first season. I now have Season 2 to watch. All this eye candy will expand my eye's waistline fer sure! I'll have to watch hours of tennis back and forth to get them back into shape.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Dec 22 2013 02:00 AM

Began watching all the versions of "A Christmas Carol" that I could....
I think I like the musical "Scrooge" best, with Albert Finney and Sir Alec Guinness. And the 1971 cartoon. But I can't say I hate any of them... I think....

I even liked the "updated" retelling with Cicely Tyson as Ms. Scrooge.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Dec 24 2013 07:55 PM

More Xmas fare...

"It Happened on 5th Avenue" (1947) - homeless people, including veterans, shack up in a mansion empty for the winter (the owner is on holiday), and somehow end up buying some property from the owner. I guess homelessness among veterans was a problem even back then, which is really sad (although the movie itself is upbeat by the end).

"Christmas in Connecticut" (1945) - a magazine columnist has to host a Navy hero at the request of her publisher, and she pretends to be married, but somehow it all works out that she gets a raise and marries the naval officer.
Posted by: MadMartha

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Dec 27 2013 03:54 PM

White Christmas...

Always a favorite along with "It's a Wonderful Life."
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Dec 31 2013 09:24 AM

"Saving Mr Banks".

It's hard for me to say whether this was a good movie or not - I saw it with my daughter, and the subject matter hits so close to home for us that we both found it devastating. "Mary Poppins" was the first movie I remember watching in the theatre, I had the record and know all the songs by heart, and I read the original books as a child. All in all, this one hit my sweet spot.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Dec 31 2013 10:13 AM

First a couple of great non-gangster Cagney vehicles:
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" - James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Mickey Rooney, Dick Powell, Angelo Rossitto, Billy Barty
I found this much easier to watch than to actually read Shakespeare's great comedy. Having it seen performed is a much easier task than trying to remember all the characters and plots within plots and plays within plays and keeping a perspective on the fun side to it.

"Footlight Parade" - James Cagney, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Billy Barty, Dorothy Lamour, Ann Sothern
A great sample of the start to Busby Berkeley's career. Couldn't get Cagney's "Shanghai Lil" out of my head for days. It is an interesting look at an early aspect of the talking cinema's push for success: the Prologue Production. Seems in the big cities they offered live entertainment to draw in the crowds and then gave them a talkie to watch. The talkies weren't that great a draw when they first came out and needed the extra incentive to go spend your money (it was during the Great Depression after all) Great film!


I can't figure out why I like this one:
"Bandits" - Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchette, Troy Garity (Jane Fonda & Tom Hayden's son)
The central theme is bank robbing, accentuated by kidnapping, a ménage a trois, the crooks get away with conning the cops in the end and they all live happily ever after at our expense. None of those aspects are to be socially recommended (but not all condemned). It must be the great repartee the actors seemed to have playing off each other that makes it worthy of recommending. That is to extol the writers and actors who created the interactions.


Oh, and my eyes are soooo fat now. I watched Season 3 Of "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman"
Posted by: MadMartha

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Dec 31 2013 03:23 PM

Agony, I enjoyed "Saving Mr. Banks." Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks are two great actors!
Isn't this movie supposed to be based on what actually happened when Walt Disney was filming "Mary Poppins"?
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Dec 31 2013 06:19 PM

Apparently it's fairly closely based - given that it is a Hollywood movie, after all. They have many hours of tape from the original sessions, and one of the Sherman brothers was a consultant. As someone who has read the original Mary Poppins books, I can say that the woman Emma Thompson portrayed on screen could have written them - Mary Poppins was magic, but she wasn't very cuddly.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jan 01 2014 11:09 PM

"To Kill a Mockingbird". Dang, it really is one of the very best movies.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Jan 03 2014 01:34 AM

A marathon:

"That's Entertainment" (1974)
"That's Entertainment, Part II" (1976)
"That's Entertainment III" (1994)
"That's Dancing!" (1985)

All starred the marvelous Gene Kelly as himself. And "II" had the elderly Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly doing new choreography. And "III" had some wonderful footage of Judy Garland and Cyd Charisse that had never been publicly shown before (deleted scenes, unused footage, and the like).
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jan 14 2014 09:00 PM

Father of the Bride (Spencer Tracy version)
Green Lantern
Zulu Dawn
After Earth
Sky High
Ivanhoe
Gallipoli
When Nature Calls
Goya's Ghosts
Gone Baby Gone
Bedknobs and Broomsticks


Where did I find the time?
Posted by: Snowman

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jan 15 2014 09:49 AM

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. Plenty of laugh out loud moments but just a touch disappointing for me. It was a little bit safe.
Posted by: Sypher

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Jan 17 2014 02:19 AM

Long walk to Freedom - Excellent film and I'm suprised this movie didn't get any nominations except for best song from U2.

Going to see The wolf of Wall street at the weekend
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jan 20 2014 11:54 AM

"Wishmaster" and "Wishmaster 2 - Evil Never Dies"
Both starring Andrew Divoff as the menacing and devious Djinn or Genie. These horror films do not contain much horrible gore but a lot of psychological horror in the way the djinn twists the wishes and in how he is finally defeated (twice). The extras reveal that Divoff achieved his gravely bass voice by eating jelly beans and letting the syrup coat his vocal cords. That something so evil sounding could come from something so sweet... It's quite an effect.

"Night Moves" - Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Melanie Griffith, James Woods, Susan Clark
A good detective tale done in a fashion only attempted during the 70s (it seemed the entire movie was shot on 8mm home cameras). It has the first credited appearance by Griffith and one of the first major roles for Woods. An outstanding performance was delivered by Jennifer Warren, who appeared on TV for 99% of her career. I think she could have been a renowned film actress if she had devoted more of her thespian work beyond TV roles. As a detective film, I rewatched "The Big Sleep" (see below) and found that both weave a similar cloth of character exposition as a driving force to telling the tale. So. it measures up well to its ilk. It does hide some character motivation which keeps you wondering why is this part of the story? Edit to add: Jennifer Warren got to deliver this line when asked by Hackman why she was estranged from her father: "He was the kind of man that blew his nose with his fingers."

A rewatch of "Source Code" to see Michelle Monaghan again and compare it to "Gone Baby Gone". Definitely not a waste of time as she was excellent in both. The rewatch also affirmed that "Source Code" is one of the most unique and great films of the past few decades.

A rewatch of "The Big Sleep" (1978) - Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone, Candy Clark, Joan Collins, Edward Fox, James Stewart
Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe never fails to deliver a complicated tale of human character and how we interact with each other. Director Michael Winner brought out the character's motivations in this one. I wondered about the title and was satisfied by the explain done over the closing scenes of just what the big sleep meant to Marlowe.
Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jan 20 2014 01:53 PM

I rewatched "Silkwood," the 1983 biopic. The depiction of the working-class life and its various humiliations and uncertainties remains vivid and enthralling, I thought. And of course Meryl Streep was amazing. Cher did herself a lot of credit, too.
Posted by: Coriolanus

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jan 22 2014 10:49 PM

Just finished rewatching the extended versions of the Millennium trilogy. Powerful stuff, and if anything even more gripping the second time around.
So much better than Fincher's pointless remake of the first part.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Jan 24 2014 03:02 AM

"Africa Screams"
Tremendous cast: Abbott and Costello; Clyde Beatty - the famous lion tamer; Frank Buck - the famous wild animal capturer; Shemp Howard opposite Joe Besser - two members of different iterations of the Three Stooges and playing opposite each other for the only time; Brother boxers turned actors: Max and Buddy Baer; and the lovely Hillary Brooke who would, along with Joe Besser, form the central supporting cast of the Abbott and Costello TV show. I don't know who played the gorilla but I learned that the ape was to be female and attracted to Costello but the Breen Office for monitoring morality in the performing arts vetoed the idea as it hinted (incorrectly according to the producers) at bestiality. So the movie is actually funnier with the gorilla being a baby male. And it's Africa so there's plenty of raw diamonds to fill the screen. Hmmm, maybe that's what I liked so much about it?
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jan 25 2014 05:30 PM

"Cemetery Junction", because of another thread here.

Nothing new in the storyline - pretty basic coming of age flick. But it's well done and entertaining, with a lot of great little bits. And the music is outstanding.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jan 27 2014 12:57 AM

"American Hustle". Well, I certainly enjoyed it. Great performances, with Jennifer Laurence a standout. There's been a lot of criticism about it being not too tightly plotted, and that's true, it isn't. But man, it's got style.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jan 27 2014 01:00 AM

And I have to add, it was wonderful to watch a movie with no CGI. Half the movies out there look more like video games than movies, these days.
Posted by: Snowman

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jan 28 2014 01:11 AM

The Invisible Woman - a very nicely acted film and a fine representation of the repression and male domination of Victorian society. Beautifully written, its a bit sombre and not very cheery but enjoyable nonetheless. Would recommend, although if you are a big fan of Charles Dickens as a man, be prepared to have your faith tested.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jan 28 2014 07:39 AM

"Wishmaster 3" and "Wishmaster 4" Both good fits to the developed legend. Now to a really good film:

"The Piano"
with Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill and Anna Paquin
Man buys wife from the other side of the world to help him develop his holdings in a new New Zealand economy. She arrives at an empty beach. Days later he shows up with men to carry her things to his home. Problem is she has a piano and there aren't enough men to carry it too. It is left on the beach. One man notes how broken hearted it makes her and does his best to make her happy and gets the piano saved. The rest would be spoiler if I told it. Boy what salesmen they were that sold moving to New Zealand to the Europeans. So much mud and lack of any facilities (I mentioned they dropped her off at a beach and not a dock, didn't I?) No roads, not many pack animals (they treated the Maori as that requirement) plank walkways, constant drizzle, in other words the definition of misery. Wonderful acting, some nudity and simulated(?) copulation.
Posted by: alexis722

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jan 28 2014 02:28 PM

Watched "There will be blood" on netflix - a good film, but quite long, and ultimately depressing. It's based on the novel "Oil' by Upton Sinclair, which might have been a better title for the film. The current one doesn't really fit well IMO.
Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jan 29 2014 02:59 PM

The other night I watched Lifetime's new original movie "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax"--I'd been very impressed by the 1975 version of the story, which starred Elizabeth Montgomery and had a marvelous musical score.

As if to erase that memory, this new version (starring Christina Ricci in fine scenery-chewing form) had a VERY-2013 rock/rap score. Very discordant!

I would still recommend the 1975 version enthusiastically. Unlike the new one, it adhered to the historical record fairly well (including dialogue taken from court proceedings and other sources).
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Feb 04 2014 08:03 PM

"Boys on the Side"

Nice chick flick tear jerker. Great soundtrack.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 07 2014 12:31 AM

"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

This has nothing to do with the Toronto Mayor! It is a well delivered tale from a perspective seldom used (that of a minor character in the shadow of a Goliath). It is told from the viewpoint of the former gang member that cut down Jesse James. It has wonderful roles played by Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck and Sam Rockwell.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Feb 08 2014 12:42 PM

"Silkwood" - just one of those movies I should have seen years ago but never got around to.
Posted by: Snowman

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Feb 09 2014 02:08 PM

The Lego Movie - a very enjoyable 90 mins. It has quite sophisticated humour for a kids film but there was something for everyone in the family to enjoy, including an annoyingly memorable theme song. Highly recommended for anyone with kids (and anyone without too).
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Feb 09 2014 03:02 PM

I'm thinking of seeing it - it's getting great reviews.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Feb 09 2014 11:31 PM

My weekend viewing was without a negative review.

"Event Horizon" - Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson Sean Pertwee - Worth the watch just for the surreal visual effects (similar to but better than "The Sphere") It might be a tad gory for some.


"Fantastic Voyage" - Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence, Arthur O'Connell - One of the first big budget Sci-Fi flicks - Like the one above, well worth watching for the not-so-hokey visual effects.


"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" - Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen - After guessing at so many questions here about this film, I finally watched it. And though there was more blood shown than the gory "Event Horizon", it seemed more justified in the spilling of it. Musta been the great singing turned in by Depp and Bonham Carter. I plan now to get and view the earlier productions of this work of art. Edit: error on the blood volume, I'd forgotten about the tankful of it that explodes in "EH".



Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Feb 12 2014 07:23 PM

"Flawless" with Robert de Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Homophobic ex-cop de Niro, recovering from a stroke, takes singing lessons from drag queen Hoffman, all of this complicated by bad guys searching for drug money. It all works out pretty much as you'd expect - the strength of this movie is the performances, and a handful of great lines.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Feb 17 2014 06:49 PM

"Labor Day" - meh, it wasn't awful. To me, this played more like a Hallmark TV movie than a, well, MOVIE movie. More about romance than about love. And, since I don't go to the movies much so don't know what Josh Brolin looks like without the goatee, I some parts really confusing - "who are these people?" I'm wondering, when we go to flashbacks of him as a younger man.

If you like movies made from, say, Nicholas Sparks books, you'll probably like this. If you like a bit of a harder edge, you probably won't.
Posted by: Dalgleish

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Feb 18 2014 05:19 AM

Dunno if you'd count it, but Leau and I watched "Valentine's Day", predictably, on Valentine's Day! It was better than I expected (saw Ashton Kutcher in the credits and feared the worst).
The last movie I actually went to a cinema to see was "Mamma Mia". Apart from the first 5 minutes, when I was thinking "What have I got myself in for here?", it was tremendous! But then, anything with Meryl Streep is a must-see.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Feb 19 2014 03:13 PM

I think I've been turning in low quiz scores from eye strain. I've stressed my one by viewing the following (ask if you want to know about them)

"From Dusk till Dawn" - George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Cheech Marin, Harvvey Keitel, Quentin Tarrantino, Salma Hayak
"A Gun, a Car, a Blonde" - Kay Lenz, Victor Love, Norma Maldonado and Paula Marshall
"Planet of the Apes" - Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kris Kristofferson, Estella Warren, Paul Giamatti
"Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn" -Tom Green, Daniel Cudmore (amazon)
Panic in Year Zero / The Last Man on Earth (Midnite Movies Double Feature) Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Ray Miland, Frankie Avalon
The Last Temptation of Christ - Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Harry Dean Stanton, David Bowie, Verna Bloom, Andre Gregory
I Am Number Four - Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron
The Apocalypse - Rhett Giles, Jill Stapley, Kristen Quintrall, Tom Nagel p/o 10 SciFi Pk
War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave" - C. Thomas Howell. Christopher Reid, Kim Little, Fred Griffith, Dashiell Howell p/o 10 SciFi Pk
Invasion of the Pod People - Erica Roby, Jessica Bork, Sarah Lieving, Danae Nason, Shaley Scott p/o 10 SciFi Pk
Monster - Sarah Lynch, Erin Sullivan p/o 10 SciFi Pk
For the Cause (also known as Final Encounter) - Dean Cain, Justin Whalin, Jodi Wise p/o 10 SciFi Pk
Convict 462 - Billy Drago, Shannon Sturges, Shae D'lyn, Charlie Spradling, Tawny Fere p/o 10 SciFi Pk
eXistenZ - Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh p/o 10 SciFi Pk
Adrenalin: Fear the Rush - Christopher Lambert, Natasha Henstridge p/o 10 SciFi Pk
The Cyberstalking - Jean Louisa Kelly, Noah Huntley, Beatie Edney, Claudine Wilde, Daniel Caltagirone, Indra Ové p/o 10 SciFi Pk
Killer Deal - Rick Rossovich, Claudette Mink, Ellen Dubin, Peter MacNeill, Richard Eden p/o 10 SciFi Pk

And a truly great Sci-fantasy love story, a complete delight. Though not one of the greatest films, it surely should be seen by everyone to bear witness to the power of imagination both by the characters and the writer/Director"
"Upside Down" - Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst, Timothy Spall, Dir: Juan Diego Solanas - A tale of lovers from near touching worlds that have opposite gravities, opposing social standards. opposing wealth and benefits, much as Romeo and Juliet, and their struggle to be together. I'm off to watch it again, damn the eye strain, it's that good.

Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Feb 20 2014 12:39 PM

" Trainspotting" Another movie I'm surprised i've never seen before. Not for everyone, but i thought it a really outstanding look at addiction. Full of black humour and some very disturbing stuff.
Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Feb 20 2014 01:01 PM

Wow, mehaul! You saw all those in...what length of time?

"eXisteZ" is a favorite of mine (from your list). I like the mind-bending genre.

I'll be on the lookout for "Upside Down" based on your recommendation.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Feb 20 2014 03:39 PM

About a week...
"Upside Down" has a happy ending for those who'd like R&J without the sadness. But in any case, I don't think there will be any disappointment.
"eXistenZ' is one of the better of those listed. I don't think Jude Law or Jennifer Jason Leigh would be involved in a bad product. "Convict 462" has a twisty ending if you can wait to get there.


"The Infinite Worlds of H. G. Wells" a 2001 four hour miniseries from the Hallmark Channel adapted from 6 of Wells' short stories. It is wonderful to be exposed to the shorter works of the great authors. Too much of our viewing has to be expanded (diluted) or crammed (chopped) to fill the 90 minute format most of our cinema needs require. Each of the run together episodes lasts about 40 minutes. The piece delivers two periods extremely well (no pun intended) - the 1890s and WW II London. The aging make up of the characters from the 1890s to the later age is amazing. I wish there was more of this to watch.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 21 2014 08:35 AM

Originally Posted By: Dalgleish
Dunno if you'd count it, but Leau and I watched "Valentine's Day", predictably, on Valentine's Day! It was better than I expected (saw Ashton Kutcher in the credits and feared the worst).
The last movie I actually went to a cinema to see was "Mamma Mia". Apart from the first 5 minutes, when I was thinking "What have I got myself in for here?", it was tremendous! But then, anything with Meryl Streep is a must-see.


All films count, whether at the cinema or watched from the comfort of the sofa. smile
I watched "Mamma Mia" against my better judgement - my daughter and I had a girls night in - and I was surprised that I enjoyed it; it's just a bit of good fun, and who wouldn't enjoy a singalong with Pierce Brosnan, I always say.



Originally Posted By: agony
" Trainspotting" Another movie I'm surprised i've never seen before. Not for everyone, but i thought it a really outstanding look at addiction. Full of black humour and some very disturbing stuff.


I agree totally with that review. It's a fantastic film, and I enjoyed it immensely - although I am not rushing to see it again!


The last film I watched was "Bernie" starring Jack Black - no wait! It's not Jack Black doing a character with a some slapstick in the background (which I feared it would be) - instead, it's a quirky and entrancing biopic/documentary style film about a real incident - a murder in a small town.

I think it's subtle, charming, and thought-provoking, and also funny! Shirley MacLaine co-stars, and both she and Black are flawless, but the townspeople (who are playing themselves) are the real stars of the film.

See it if you like quirky. smile
Posted by: Professer

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Feb 21 2014 01:52 PM

The Fabulous 12 years a slave a very good film AND HOPEFULLY a bucket load r oscars coming it's way. followed that by the Butler another film that i found entertaining and a good story.
Posted by: Insanity_In_Me

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Feb 23 2014 07:10 AM

Toy Story 3 and Krrish3(Bollywood!)
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Mar 01 2014 08:54 PM

"The Awful Truth" 1937. This is the way I like madcap comedy - perfect comedic timing, witty dialogue, and understated rather than over the top performances. Just delightful.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Mar 02 2014 11:56 AM

"His Girl Friday" 1940. And this one is even better. The plot is ridiculous, of course, but the feel of the movie is remarkably modern - except that they don't do it as well these days.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Mar 02 2014 01:12 PM

I bet you loved the hats that Rosalind Russell got to wear. As flamboyant as they were, they didn't distract from her take charge machinations. The 1988 film "Switching Channels" with Burt Reynolds, Kathleen Turner and Christopher Reeve is a fair update of the tale (less the hats of course).
Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Mar 02 2014 01:33 PM

"The Impossible" came to cable, last night; devastating. It's a good thing I didn't see it in a theater as I'd have been a wreck--and I'm not usually "a crier."
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Mar 02 2014 01:41 PM

Yes, I loved her clothes in this. Irene Dunne has wonderful hats in "The Awful Truth", too, though they are much less practical and hardworking than Rosalind Russell's.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Mar 03 2014 07:47 PM

"Topper" 1937. Well, this one did not seem remarkably modern at all - can't imagine a movie like this being made now. A really quite charming performance from Roland Young, but the whole thing doesn't make even a tiny bit of sense.
Posted by: ladymacb29

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Mar 04 2014 04:42 PM

"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" - very good film, but I really hated the last five minutes... Watching it, you think "They can't really be going there, can they?"
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Mar 10 2014 08:04 PM

Chavs, thanks for recommending "Bernie" - I could see some people not liking it much, but I loved it.

I live in a very small town, and even though it's set in Texas and I live in Canada, man does it ring true....
Posted by: TriviaFan22

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Mar 11 2014 08:18 AM

Bernie has recently tried a maneuver to get himself out of prison. I'm not sure the resolution, such as if it was dismissed yet, but you should find something on either KLTV or KETK local stations in that area.

Last movie I watched was

High School High ... with Jon Lovitz, and the beautiful Tia Carrere who blew me away in this movie... it's one of the joking sorts of movies like the Naked Gun series and I think it was made by the same guys. I love that brand of comedy. I have now seen the movie three times.
Posted by: TriviaFan22

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Mar 11 2014 11:22 PM

I also watched Pet Sematary again a couple weeks ago.
Posted by: ren33

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Mar 12 2014 08:33 PM

I don't watch many films, but recently I had occasion to see "Jerry McGuire" again with my students, many of whom are studying Business, as it had been recommended as a good way to show business ethics, or rather non ethics.
I had forgotten just how good it is. Multi-faceted I suppose you would call it as there are enough subplots to please everyone. I had forgotten the great performances from the supporters, as well as from Cruise himself and the terrific direction of, for instance, the little boy. I think it is one to be re-seen.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Mar 15 2014 05:45 PM

Mostly enjoyable diversions:

Gabriel - Andy Whitfield, Dwaine Stevenson, Samantha Noble, Michael Piccirilli, Jack Campbell - Tale of angels battling in Purgatory done in graphic novel noir

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street(1936)- Tod Slaughter, Eve Lister, Bruce Seton, Davina Craig, D.J. Williams- The B&W film the musical was based on. A slightly different story.

Twelve O'Clock High - Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell, Dean Jagger, Robert Arthur - WWII examination of leadership of the bombers of the US Air corps in Europe

Run Silent, Run Deep - Burt Lancaster, Clark Gable, Jack Warden, Don Rickles - WWII Pacific submarine tension

Beachhead - Frank Lovejoy, Tony Curtis, Mary Murphy - Unusual tale of Pacific Island marine infiltrators

Beach Red - Cornell Wilde, Rip Torn - different ilk of Pacific Island invasion. Directed by Wilde, using interesting cut-aways to the thought processes of each of the combatants at critical and non-critical times. (That's the drawback on this one, why do that cut then? Just to establish the story telling technique even if it's disruptive? Another oddity is the Spanish art and music of the title section. Great art, but why Spanish? Did it tie to the Philippines?

Under the Red Robe - Conrad Veidt, Annabella, Raymond Massey - I never thought of Richelieu as a warm person but the early days of Hollywood and the ratings people required a warm side to be shown, I guess.

Magnolia - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise - apart from seeing P S Hoffman handling narcotics, a macabre thrill I admit, not much to see here, not even the torrent of frogs from the sky.

Ghosts of Mars - Ice Cube, Natasha Henstridge, Jason Statham, Pam Grier - Successful as a re-run on the SciFi Channel, but seeing it more than twice is too much.

Eyes Wide Shut -(R Rated Edition)- Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field and Sydney Pollack - I think T.C. Broke Stanley Kubrick putting this one together. He admits in a bonus interview of haranguing the director for four years to make this (his last) film.

The Parallax View - Warren Beatty, Hume Cronin - an unexpected tragedy and well done. Worth the time to watch it twice.

The Fox and the Hound - Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Jack Albertson, Sandy Duncan. Okay I've seen it now. Can't see why there's even one FT question about it!

The Searchers - John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood, Lana Wood, Ken Curtis, Patrick Wayne - The voice talent of Ken Curtis stands out if you listen for it. He was originally a singing cowboy, a good one! There's Arizona's Monument Valley; Natalie and Lana Wood together; John and Patrick Wayne together; and, Olive Carey and Harry Carey, Jr.,(in one of his few screen appearances - he is one of US's most famous baseball/sports announcers) The story fails only in not pacing the reality of the chase to the time changes in the film (six real years seems like only a couple of weeks have passed.

Father Knows Best - (early episode collection) - Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin - one of US's most successful early TV SitComs. Ran for decades as re-runs.

AND
One of the best films I've watched in weeks:
The Owl and the Pussycat - Barbra Streisand, George Segal, Robert Klein, and 17 yr old Marilyn Chambers credited as Evelyn Lang - Two diametrically opposite characters get themselves thrust together and a hilarious duologue ensues. You'll love the bit about the guy that rolls hard boiled eggs down the hallway. The back and forths are delivered at machine gun pace. It is a love story about two people who aren't looking finally spot the real thing. The music is done by Blood, Sweat and Tears! Wonderful!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Mar 15 2014 11:28 PM

Monument Men. Not wonderful, but not bad. A couple of great moments, for sure.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Mar 20 2014 11:13 AM

"The Owl and the Pussycat" has put me on the HOV lane of the good movie highway I think.

"Being John Malkovich" - John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich - A great Psy-Fi flick. What does being mean? Are you you or are you the reflection of people around or within you? You cannot accuse this film as being a copy of anything that came before it!

"Executive Action" - Deanna Darrin, James MacColl, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Will Geer - Possibly the first Conspiracy film about the Kennedy assassination. Lots of vintage footage of Kennedy from the period and not just the clips we all know like his Inaugural speech. Clips of L H Oswald too that haven't been seen often. The cited historical facts are true. Was the photo of Oswald holstered, holding his rifle and a newspaper one of the first applications of 'photoshopping'?

"Klute" - Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland - I'm going to copy material from Wikipedia for this blurb: "Klute was the first installment of what informally came to be known as Pakula's 'paranoia trilogy'. The other two films in the trilogy are The Parallax View (1974) and All The President's Men (1976)." ... Like my-recently-watched "Parallax View", some effective character building goes on before we're even aware of the type of crime that's going on here. A wonderful bit of acting, production design, dialog, suspense, oh so well done that if it were presented in black and white, you'd come away swearing it's the greatest film noir ever made. Even though its part of the 'trilogy' the individual films need not be viewed in a specific order. I must acquire a copy of "All The President's Men" for a re-watch.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Mar 22 2014 10:38 PM

Yup, in the midst of a good flick run fo shur!


"(500) Days of Summer" - Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clark Gregg, Minka Kelly, Matthew Gray Gubler, Rachel Boston - There is love, there are break-ups, and then there are the ways you remember relationships after they've broken up. Speaking from personal experience, the reality of the relationship is definitely thought more correct during it and less correct with so many flaws remembered after the break-up, raising lots of self doubt. And then all those demoralizing thoughts can suddenly disappear if...
Well, this movie develops the male character through the start and run of the relationship and flashes back after it's over to events that make him feel worse and worse and loving her more than he ever really did when they were together. The film runs as if it will be a tragedy all the way through but it does have a happy ending, or does it?
Enough of the story - it has Zooey Deschannel, possibly the prettiest woman to appear on the silver since Elizabeth Taylor and yet she always seems so humble. I like that.
(500) Days of Summer, catch it if you can.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Mar 24 2014 01:55 AM

I waited fifteen years to see this one. Why? I don't know. Shame on me.

"American Beauty" - Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Chris Cooper - A tragedy. Big Oscar winner in 1999. I was impressed with the cinematography. The sound track exactly typifies the sounds which appeal to a midlife crisis for a fifty year old of the time (I speak from experience since I now am re-hearing all those albums). We see the juxtaposition of aged Hippies and the life examples they set for their children to witness. The straying from the hippy revolution path is highly expressed by obvious contrast. That's it, the character contrasts are near overwhelming in starkness. American Beauty is a variety of rose and a great statement through this film of what our abundant opportunities can challenge us and present us with some appreciation for life though it ends in death. As always.

Eddition: It made me seek out and purchase the Annie Lennox album "Medusa" to hear her cover of Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down". Even though most of the other songs are on her Concert "Live in Central Park" CD/DVD which I already have. I love her take on Young and its connection to the touchingly sensitive moment it is part of in the film.

And: After viewing a friend's rose image on facebook I realized the cut stem of an American Beauty rose is a standing dead bit of beauty, it just doesn't know it's dead yet. And that explains the voice over of Lester Burnham at the beginning of the movie. Even though he exhibits beauty through the film... everything has already happened that will bring about his demise.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Mar 24 2014 08:00 AM

Great review, mehaul.
Posted by: dsimpy

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Mar 24 2014 08:46 AM

Attack the Block (2011). A lightweight but funny and enjoyable British 'horror' film in the 'comedy alien' genre like Shaun of the Dead (Nick Frost is in both of these).
Posted by: ladymacb29

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Mar 24 2014 04:07 PM

I watched "Hyde Park on Hudson" last night and was pretty disappointed. The previews made it to be more about the actual visit and not FDR's relationship with a fifth cousin when in reality the movie was the opposite. And the movie really had no plot, no time wondering 'what's going to happen?' or anything o it was very anti-climactic. I wish they'd just done a movie about the visit and that's it.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Mar 24 2014 05:13 PM

Thank you, agony. I don't think anyone who sees Mena Suvari lying in a bed of red rose petals will ever forget the image. It is very much akin to Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus". The floating rose petals are like cherub angels connecting the viewer to the woman by their movement, drawing you in to be closer to her. Absolutely mesmerizing. And then when her closed fist slowly opens into a sort of wave acknowledging the viewer, the hook is set, forever snagging the visage to our memories.

Edit: I found out that the hand wave by Mena S wasn't a fist opening but a fist closure that they ran the film backwards on in the final movie cut.
Posted by: alexis722

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Mar 24 2014 07:10 PM

I cried like a baby after watching that - kept hoping for a disneyesque ending. cry
Talking about "The boy in the striped pajamas"
Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Mar 29 2014 12:05 PM

mehaul, of your last batch of movies (most of which I've seen at one time or another), "The Parallax View" is the one that stays with me most. The film's depiction of the ease with which lonely, confused people can be manipulated, is convincing--and chilling.

dsimpy: I'll have to look for "Attack the Block," given that I adore "Shaun of the Dead"!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Apr 04 2014 10:19 PM

The 1962 version of "Cape Fear".

This is interesting to me, as I read the book the films (both versions) were based on well before I saw either. In some ways the later version was more true to the sense of sexual menace in the book, but on the whole it's not as good a movie. What I really wish is that they could have made a film version in 1962 that was really true to the book - if they could have done it without the censorship of the time. Even as is, it's a pretty good movie.

Robert Mitchum's performance here is outstanding.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Apr 07 2014 08:43 AM

Another batch of movies. all good, some better that others but all worth watching and one that brought me back here to advertise as I think it is an excellent bit of cinematography that has gone unheralded.


My Blue Heaven - Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, David Wayne, Jane Wyatt, Mitzi Gaynor - An investigation about adoption from 1950, when there were many war orphans available. There grew a bureaucracy to manage the 'problem'. The movie also has a scene central to the title about a TV skit put on to reflect the popularity of "South Pacific", the Broadway musical. Guess who acts as the stage girl to introduce the scene? Mitzi herself almost a decade before she got to star in the film version. There is also a trivia tidbit in that Elinor Donahue plays a minor role as a fan who approaches the main cast which includes Jane Wyatt who would later, on TV, play Elinor's mother in "Father Knows Best" in four years.

Oblivion - Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo - Another great SciFi genre/Cruise collaboration. The graphics are tremendous. The story is a unique angle on cloning and sense of self to the ones cloned.

Dredd - Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Wood Harris, Lena Headey - A 3D revisit to the Stallone Character. He played it comically. This version is like the Dark Knight version of Batman compared to Stallone's Adam West version of the batster.

Total Recall - Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bokeem Woodbine - Another remake/update. Colin is much more identifiable with than Arnold. I like that it takes place all on Earth; they have a transportation system that goes through the Earth and trips anywhere in that system to any other place all take 17 minutes (science fact!); but I wonder why the remaining habitable areas on Earth in this future happen to be Britain and Australia? Box office maybe? The sets are stunning, think "Minority Report and do it ten times more interesting.

Ed Wood - Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Bill Murray, Jeffrey Jones, Lisa Marie - Funny, funny serious, funny and serious too. You'll learn some of the dark side of a great actor, Bela Lugosi. Hide your angora sweaters after this one, ladies.

Inception - Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard, Pete Postlethwaite, Michael Caine - I said some were better than others. This is an other. why do so many new movies use blue tones to the film processing? I quickly lost any mind of it after seeing the next one:

Herald trumpets taa taa dah
Across the Universe - Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy, T V Carpio - I've already gone and taken the five quizzes here about this movie. Two by Skunkee, the sole remaining author that visits (Nice job m'lady). 34 Beatles songs, sung by new stars, stripped of the music and then the music rebuilt around those voices and situations of a woven story put together by Julie Taymor (of "Titus" fame). McCartney and Starr both approved the production. Taymor has I think put together the first juke Box musical on film with this one, leading the way for "Momma Mia". I prefer the Beatles' tunes over Abba, sorry. There are cameo music contributions by Joe Cocker, Bono, Jeff Beck and a hilarious number by Eddie Izzard. Some parts that reflect personal experiences: Is there anybody gonna listen to my story all about the girl who came to stay (in my Life, I've loved them all). Or Revolution where I swear that Lucy calls Jude Jim (the actor's name)twice but the number, recorded live was too good to redo (Looping indicated Julie?). It all touches on my experiences of education and social awareness and the draft and war that I had in those years (I possessed a blue denim worker's shirt with a red clenched fist silk screened on the back in my SDS days) and then I was lotteried with a low draft number and went through the induction process as part of enlisting.. Think "Hair", what it tried to say, and understand that "Across the Universe" accomplishes getting the message out way late but way better. Thank you and your crew Julie.
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Apr 10 2014 05:19 AM

Gravity and Philomena for me.
The first, apart from the special effects, had me bored to tears.
The second was pretty good, but my gripe is that it's a rehash of a story we've heard/read/seen before. The shock-factor just isn't there anymore.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Apr 11 2014 03:00 AM

Originally Posted By: ladymacb29
I watched "Hyde Park on Hudson" last night and was pretty disappointed. The previews made it to be more about the actual visit and not FDR's relationship with a fifth cousin when in reality the movie was the opposite. And the movie really had no plot, no time wondering 'what's going to happen?' or anything o it was very anti-climactic. I wish they'd just done a movie about the visit and that's it.


I gave up on that film. I kept falling asleep and when I was awake I was pretty bored!
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Apr 11 2014 03:03 AM

Originally Posted By: mehaul
I waited fifteen years to see this one. Why? I don't know. Shame on me.

"American Beauty" .....


Why? Because all the marketing at the time made it seem like something else!

I also waited a long time to see it and was cross with myself. It's brilliant.
Posted by: argus9

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Apr 11 2014 08:15 PM

Just saw The Grand Budapest Hotel directed by Wes Anderson. Starred Ralph Fiennes. Quirky, funny and beautifully photographed. Worth a go.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Apr 13 2014 06:12 AM

Oh really? Noted!

Talking of beautiful cinematography, I tried to watch The Great Gatsby (new version) but was completely distracted by the glorious scenes, clothes, scenery, set designs etc. It may be a good film but I just spent my time enjoying the photography.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Apr 13 2014 06:14 AM

Originally Posted By: Santana2002
Gravity and Philomena for me.
The first, apart from the special effects, had me bored to tears.
The second was pretty good, but my gripe is that it's a rehash of a story we've heard/read/seen before. The shock-factor just isn't there anymore.


Two interesting critiques! and I feared as much.
I will watch both eventually so I'm looking forward to seeing if I feel the same way as you.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Apr 13 2014 09:05 AM

That was my son's reaction to "Gravity", too - as a film it was adequate at best, but as a spectacle, it was fine.
Posted by: Snowman

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Apr 13 2014 03:16 PM

Originally Posted By: mehaul


Oblivion - Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo - Another great SciFi genre/Cruise collaboration. The graphics are tremendous. The story is a unique angle on cloning and sense of self to the ones cloned.



I have to say that Oblivion was anything but unique in my opinion. It did look stunning but it borrowed heavily from the likes of Solaris and particularly Moon, both of which are far better films.
Posted by: Snowman

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Apr 13 2014 03:18 PM

Originally Posted By: argus9
Just saw The Grand Budapest Hotel directed by Wes Anderson. Starred Ralph Fiennes. Quirky, funny and beautifully photographed. Worth a go.


+1 on that. Very enjoyable and a bit silly. Classic Wes Anderson.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Apr 13 2014 06:40 PM

"Attack the Block"

Well, not my normal kind of thing, but I enjoyed it a lot. Got a real "Shaun of the Dead" feel, but more urban than suburban. Alien invaders in a South London tower block. Got this one on dsimpy's recommendation, and glad I did.
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Apr 16 2014 01:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Chavs
Originally Posted By: Santana2002
Gravity and Philomena for me.
The first, apart from the special effects, had me bored to tears.
The second was pretty good, but my gripe is that it's a rehash of a story we've heard/read/seen before. The shock-factor just isn't there anymore.


Two interesting critiques! and I feared as much.
I will watch both eventually so I'm looking forward to seeing if I feel the same way as you.


Will be interested to read what you think after you see them.
I was a little, em, brief, in my commentary, but honestly I couldn't say either of them motivated me to write reams either in praise or in criticism of them. tongue
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Apr 19 2014 07:50 AM

"Longtime Companion" 1990. A look at the first few years of the AIDS crisis.

This is a heartbreaker - you've got a heart of stone if it doesn't move you. That said, there are some real problems with the balance and focus - some characters that in the beginning seemed to be central just fell off the radar, for instance. Still, there's enough good stuff here to more than make up for that.
Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Apr 20 2014 01:25 PM

I tend to enjoy science fiction, and so had been looking forward to the cable premieres of "Man of Steel" and "Pacific Rim." Both looked good, but fell short in the story department, I thought; disappointing.

I'd like to pick up Snowman's mention of "Moon"--a little-seen film that deserves more attention. It's intriguing and thought-provoking and highly entertaining.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Apr 20 2014 03:07 PM

There are some close clone story plotlines in "Oblivion" to that of "Moon". To say much more would be spoiling it for some. "Moon" is indeed worth the effort to see it.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Apr 22 2014 06:21 AM

Here's another vote for the excellent "Moon". It's not usually my favourite subject/genre, but this is an exception.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Apr 24 2014 06:24 AM

Finally got around to seeing "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". I got tired of people making references to the movie and figured it was time I saw it. And, yeah, I can see why kids enjoyed it.
Posted by: Snowman

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Apr 24 2014 02:02 PM

I've watched two films about parent-child relationships recently and both were very good (but very different).

Beasts of the Southern Wild. An astonishing performance from such a young actress but also a very believable one from her father too. Stunning to look at and a great fantastical vibe about it.

What Maisie Knew. As a parent, a very painful film to watch but beautifully acted throughout. Possibly my favourite film of all those I've seen this year.
Posted by: quogequox

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Apr 26 2014 10:53 AM

I'm sorry to say it was 300 Rise of an Empire. It was that or Mud, I may have made an error.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Apr 27 2014 05:44 PM

"The Women" (1939) - Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, Paulette Goddard..... Based on a play by Clare Booth (who was later to become Clare Booth Luce) and a screenplay by Anita Loos (famous for "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes")

They don't make 'em like this anymore. Highly recommended if you like fast and funny social satire. The society it satirizes no longer exists, but there is still a lot to like here. "Get me a bromide! (and put some gin in it...)"
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat May 10 2014 08:35 PM

"Mrs Henderson Presents" I watched this movie because several people mentioned it, last week, as their favourite Bob Hoskins movie. I wasn't disappointed - what a lot of fun.

This isn't one of those movies you put on your "all time best" lists, but it was very enjoyable way to pass two hours, and that's good enough for me. And, yes, an excellent performance from Mr. Hoskins.
Posted by: ladymacb29

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun May 11 2014 02:50 PM

"Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" - I love anything with Judi Dench and it held true for this movie. It's along the lines of "tea With Mussolini" or "Chocolat". Had some times when I laughed out loud (which rarely happens), but you can predict most of how it ends by the time you get halway through. I'd recommend it!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun May 11 2014 04:19 PM

The Expendables (used) - Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren
- chock full of action heroes

The Expendables 2 (used) - Sylvester Stallone,Jason Statham,Jet Li,Dolph Lundgren,Chuck Norris,Jean-Claude Van Damme,Bruce Willis, Arnold
- chock full returns

The Lords of Salem - Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Judy Geeson, Meg Foster, Patricia Quinn, Ken Foree, Dee Wallace
- An update to the affairs of the Salem witches in modern Salem. Very good acting, filming throughout.

Santa Fe Trail - Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey, Ronald Reagan, Alan Hale, Van Heflin, Ward Bond
- What all the Civil War heroes were doing before the war, especially tracking down John Brown

Maniac - Bill Woods, Horace B. Carpenter, Ted Edwards, Phyllis Diller (not the known comedienne)
- A Reefer Madness era warning not to do crazy experiments

Child Bride - Shirley Mills, Angelo Rossitto, Warner Richmond
- Also from the Reefer Madness era. A rant against forced child marriages (still going on in the world, folks!) and the triumph of young love.

Jumper - Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane
- Build to have a sequel that never came, much like "The Golden Compass", the story needs to be completed.

Death to Smoochy - Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Danny DeVito, Catherine Keener, Jon Stewart
- A good bit of dark humor. Definitely full of odd characters.

Stardust - Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller
- I watched this on a Friday night, then on Saturday it was the SyFy movie of the week. A Fantasy very much the equal of Lord of the Rings or Tales from Narnia but alas, there's only one installment so far in this milieu.

Kangaroo Jack - Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Estella Warren, Michael Shannon, Christopher Walken
- A comedy of some proportions.

Mighty Mouse and Friends Vol. 1 - Mighty Mouse, Woody Woodpecker
- Only one MM cartoon but lots of other flicks full of wonderful orchestrations from that era - 30s & 40s.

American Pie - Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Mena Suvari
- A comedy of different proportions.

Frida - Selma Hayak, Alfred Molina, Ashley Judd, Geoffrey Rush, Edward Norton, Julie Taymor(dir)
- Okay, I guess there were three great public romances of the 20th century: Liz and Richard; John and Yoko; and, Frida and Diego. That last couple are the famous Mexican artists who dealt as much it seems with politics as with the brush. Great performances, cinematography, set decorating, filming, dialog and music. This is one heck of a good movie.

Not of This Earth - Traci Lords, Arthur Roberts
- A nice remake of the Corman Classic.

Two Women - Sophia Loren, Eleanora Brown, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raf Vallone
- This and the next movie deal with WW II after MItaly surrendered to the Allies. It created quite a mixture of allegiances and highlighted the cruelty of the German form of Fascism. The time was cruelly bizarre as the Itallian Fascist fled the maurrauding Morrocan and French Allies and the Germans also trying to disarm the Italians to prevent them from changing sides. All at the expense of the native elderly, women and children. Sophia Loren rightfully won best actress Oscar for her performance in this darkly B&W film produced by her husband, Carlo Ponti.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt, Christian Bale
- The same sort of macabre flow to history as "Two Women" but played out on the Greek island of Cephalonia, a strategic marine position in the Ionian Sea, west of Greece and east of Italy. Though panned by critics, I found this to be a great companion work to "Two Women" since it depicted the crazy chaotic times leading toward the end of a war. Things just don't go back to normal, they become twisted. And Nick Cage actually played the mandolin for the film.

Pinocchio - Dick Jones, Cliff Edwards, Christian Rub, Walter Catlett, Charles Judels, Don Brodie, Evelyn Venable, Mel Blanc
-It's a Disney Classic for a reason!

Moonlight Mile - Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter, Ellen Pompeo
- A study of the impact of a murder on the people most close to the victim. I liked it because some of it was filmed in my hometown of Gloucester, Mass and supposedly in one of my old haunts in downtown's west end. This is on Main Street which is one way but the film shows it as a two way street, thus showing the power of Hollywood. I'd ask you see this movie in spite of my bias.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun May 11 2014 09:58 PM

"Green for Danger" 1946. Well, wasn't that fun. Alister Sim at his best. Highly recommended.
Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon May 12 2014 11:56 AM

Originally Posted By: mehaul
...Jumper - Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane
- Build to have a sequel that never came, much like "The Golden Compass", the story needs to be completed. ...


Just picking up this bit from your interesting list: I was so disappointed that "The Golden Compass" didn't do well at the box office. I think the movie itself is intriguing and well-made; the special effects of the ever-present animals is so convincing. The young actress who plays the lead was skillful and never cloying. And of course the entire cast was impressive (Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, etc.).

But, alas, movies of the other two books in the trilogy don't seem very likely to be made; sad.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon May 12 2014 03:42 PM

Thanks for reading! I hope someday "The Golden Compass" is completed as well as Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" series.

Three Sidney Toler versions of Charlie Chan:
- "In the Secret Service"
- "The Chinese Cat"
- "The Jade Mask"
Repeated characters in Toler as Chan and Mantan Moreland as Birmingham Brown, Taxi Driver link the three films. There are the appearance of Chan offspring to act as comic foils with Birmingham. Good mysteries and additional murders during the unfolding of the plots keep the viewer intrigued. I can't wait to acquire more in the series. There are 58 movies listed under the character in Wikipedia and I do have the last one listed to watch with Peter Ustinov as the Detective, the latest installment in the series. Yes, I need more of a good thing.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed May 14 2014 03:07 PM

"Hard Candy" Intense, and certainly not for everyone, but a very well-done cat-and-mouse thriller.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri May 16 2014 02:57 PM

"Bells are Ringing" - Dean Martin, Judy Holliday. Silly plot, the music isn't all that good, but loads of fun anyway, mostly due to Judy Holliday. Jean Stapleton (Edith Bunker) is also great.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat May 17 2014 01:02 PM

"Enough Said" with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini. Nice rom-com for grownups. Really enjoyed it, especially for the way she allows herself to look older.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon May 19 2014 07:36 PM

"Monster" The true life story of Aileen Wuornos, one of the very few female serial killers. Harrowing, intense - an incredibly difficult film to watch, but what's art for, after all?
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon May 19 2014 11:39 PM

12 Years a Slave : a well-made, thought-provoking film which I enjoyed, though found it dragged a bit here and there.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu May 22 2014 06:31 PM

"Transamerica" - A road trip with a bit of a difference. Very enjoyable, very honest.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri May 23 2014 06:45 PM

"Mud" - this is one that I didn't really connect with. None of the characters made much sense to me.

There was also something that really bothers me in films, although I know it shouldn't - the time of day often didn't connect with how long things took. That is - the sun would be rising, and five minutes later in movie time, it would be high in the sky. Or it would be going down, and then an hour later in movie time it still wouldn't be dark yet. Especially in a movie like this one, where there is a lot of attention given to the sky, that just jolts me out of the moment.
Posted by: DireWolf74

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri May 23 2014 07:34 PM

"Sound City" - A well made documentary about Sound City studios in Los Angeles. This was made by Dave Grohl, guitarist of the Foo Fighters and former drummer for Nirvana. Amazing the amount of hit records that were made in this place. Countless Gold and Platinum albums by a wide range of bands. "Rummors" by Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, "Nevermind" from Nirvana, Metallica, Neil Young's "After the Goldrush" was produced there. Plus a whole bunch of other genres of late 60s and early 70s music. Apparently the secret of the great sound that the engineers could achieve was the custom analog Neve console with one of a kind tubes and other electronic gizmos.

I'd recommend this film for any serious fans of great classic rock music. And if you happen to be interested in the process of sound recording, it's an inside look at the music scene in southern California.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Jun 13 2014 08:01 PM

"Christopher and his Kind" .... a sort of less fictional "Cabaret" - Christopher Isherwood's memoir written 40 years after his Berlin stories on which "Cabaret" was based.

I enjoyed this immensely, and since I see from the reviews that it's not as good as the book it was based on, I intend to read the book as soon as I can. Some great performances here, especially Lindsay Duncan as Isherwood's horrible mother, Perry Millward as his brother, and Imogene Poots as Jean Ross, the Sally Bowles character.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jun 14 2014 04:19 PM

Originally Posted By: agony
"Monster" The true life story of Aileen Wuornos, one of the very few female serial killers. Harrowing, intense - an incredibly difficult film to watch, but what's art for, after all?


A great, great film, only made awful by being a true story. Nick Broomfield made a documentary about Aileen. Very much worth watching, but especially so if you have seen the film. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364930/
Posted by: Dorothyofoz

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jun 15 2014 11:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Chavs
Originally Posted By: agony
"Monster" The true life story of Aileen Wuornos, one of the very few female serial killers. Harrowing, intense - an incredibly difficult film to watch, but what's art for, after all?


A great, great film, only made awful by being a true story. Nick Broomfield made a documentary about Aileen. Very much worth watching, but especially so if you have seen the film. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364930/


I really liked Monster and the documentaries about Aileen. She had a really rough life, not that it excuses her actions.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jun 15 2014 08:45 PM

Thanks for that - I'll take a look at the documentary. I was blown away by "Monster" - in part because I have known women who Aileen reminded me of. They weren't killers, obviously - at least I sure hope not - but that reckless instability is very familiar from some strippers and sex workers I've known, survivors of terrible childhoods.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jun 16 2014 10:01 AM

The film I just watched is related to the background of "Monster". It is a mid 90s look at rape on college campuses. It details the struggle of a young woman who got drunk at a fraternity party where free sex was known to occur. But she didn't want the sex part, just the party part. The film investigates many of the associated dilemmas. It started as a college theater presentation then was so successful there it picked up major theater distribution but no big time promotion so it never picked up accolades I think should have come its way. It had some names associated with it too: Danny Quinn, Anthony's son; Allison Smith, the original Broadway "Annie" and Jennie, a daughter on TV's "Kate and Allie"; Keith Coogan, Jackie Coogan's grandson; Holly Marie Combs of "Charmed" fame; and, Joe Flanigan, the lead male role on "Stargate - Atlantis".

Edit: I suppose I could reveal the film's title if others would like to check it out:
"A Reason to Believe"
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jun 18 2014 04:05 AM

I might have seen that one actually - or something very, very similar.

It sounds quite a different background to Aileen's story which is a complex background of confusion, neglect, possibly abuse, and a damaged person with no one to turn to. The prostitution part of the story, and various alleged rapes, are not really the main crux. The difficulty for Aileen was, I think, that there was so much involved that no one knew what part of it to deal with, and so she was allowed to roam freely amongst the underbelly of society, and left to find her own solutions, killing being one. Thinking of her as a sex worker just added to the confusion in that she should have been met with compassion and help back when it all began, and treated as an abused woman,but prostitution seems to imply some sort of choice, and lesser rights.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jun 18 2014 05:05 AM

After the central character of "A Reason..." was raped she had resources to fall back on since she was living in a college community which was vibrant with Women's Rights Advocates. Wournos had no safety net. Therein lies a difference in the two tales. Some of the characterizations of Charlotte in "A Reason..." before she was rescued paralleled the emotions Wournos must have gone through to her tragic ending following her rape.

I have met many women here in Florida who could fit into Aileen's shoes and run a marathon. And I have also met many women who have triumphed over personal adversity.
Posted by: ladymacb29

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jun 24 2014 03:42 PM

Gravity. It was boring and made me cry unneccessarily.
Posted by: DireWolf74

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jun 25 2014 09:36 AM

Thanks for the heads up. I was going to record that one when it came on cable later this summer. Still might watch it for the visual effects though.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jun 25 2014 10:56 AM

From everyone I know who saw it, the visual effects are the only reason to watch. So don't know if it would be worth it on a small screen.
Posted by: ladymacb29

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jun 25 2014 04:48 PM

Originally Posted By: agony
From everyone I know who saw it, the visual effects are the only reason to watch. So don't know if it would be worth it on a small screen.


We watched it on my husband's projector and the effects were ok - but nothing more than you could get out of a good sci-fi movie. (I didn't see it in 3D though, so that might be worth it.)
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jun 28 2014 09:28 PM

"No Way to Treat a Lady" 1968.

Nice serial killer thriller based on one of William Goldman's early novels. Rod Steiger is obviously having a ball playing the plum role of the bad guy, while George Segal does a great job as the cop. This movie is very much of its period - they just don't make serial killer movies like this anymore, and it's too bad. Movie cops these days are hardly ever nice Jewish boys, either.

I think I'm going to have to re read the book - as I remember it, it's pretty good, too.
Posted by: TriviaFan22

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jun 29 2014 07:14 AM

Murder at 1600

with Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, and Dennis Miller

2.3/5
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jun 29 2014 03:43 PM

Just watched both of Nick Broomfield's documentaries on Aileen Wuornos. Lord what a mess, what a wasted used and abused life.....
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jun 30 2014 05:22 PM

"Heaven Can Wait"

Meh, it's OK. Never really understood the appeal of those Warren Beatty movies from the seventies.
Posted by: tjoebigham

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jul 02 2014 10:12 AM

The last two movies I watched were DVDs from Netflix, two differernt takes on painting. The first was Albert Lewin's 1945 original film of Wilde's "Picture of Dorian Gray" (you remember Ivan Albright's portrait of Hurd Hatfield, don't you?). The second was "Tim's Vermeer", Penn and Teller's look at inventor Tim Jenison's attempt to duplicate Vermeer's "Music Lesson" in order to discover how Vermeer imitated optical reality. I find it fascinating that one film used painting to explore moral concepts and the other the mechanics of painting.

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. G.K. Chesterton wink

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Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Jul 04 2014 09:13 PM

"Random Harvest" from 1942. Well, they sure don't make 'em like that anymore.

Highly romantic, sentimental, implausible - but just so darn good. I defy anyone to watch this and not ache for these two people. Even though the story is wildly overblown, the film is full of small human moments that ring with pure truth. Just lovely.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jul 05 2014 11:05 AM

"The V.I.P.s" 1963.

Intertwining plotlines as passengers are detained at an airport due to fog. Highlights are Maggie Smith as a secretary in love with her boss, Rod Taylor, and Margaret Rutherford as a delightfully scatty Duchess. And of course Richard Burton only has to walk on set and he's the focus of all eyes - lord that man had presence.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jul 06 2014 12:09 PM

Watching "The V.I.P.s" got me in the mood for more of that style, so I'm starting with the original, 1932's "Grand Hotel".

This one is a little difficult for a modern audience, as styles of acting and storytelling have changed so much in the - my goodness! - 82 years since then. It was still the early days of talkies, and most of these actors had learned their craft in the days when they had to overact in order to get the message across. So, especially at the beginning, the performances seem ridiculously over wrought. Doesn't take long to get in the swing of things, though.

Greta Garbo is luminous, Joan Crawford is appealing, Lionel Barrymore is pathetic, Wallace Beery is villainous, and John Barrymore is a romantic flawed hero - what more do you need?
Posted by: guitargoddess

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jul 06 2014 12:11 PM

I'm watching Free Willy on TV. It's gotta be at least 15 years since I've seen, closer to 20 probably. So far I'm enjoying it as much as I did when I was little, but I often have the tendency to pick apart movies I used to love, so we'll see!
Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jul 06 2014 12:38 PM

Originally Posted By: ladymacb29
Gravity. It was boring and made me cry unneccessarily.


I see that Gravity is premiering on HBO this next Saturday; I'm curious to see what all the fuss was about.

A couple of nights ago I watched a movie from 2000 that I'd missed seeing all these years: How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog, starring Kenneth Branagh and Robin Wright Penn. It was much better than the name would imply, and scenes from it have been coming to mind over the past days. Lots of great lines and funny moments.
Posted by: DireWolf74

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Jul 06 2014 07:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Gheelnory
Originally Posted By: ladymacb29
Gravity. It was boring and made me cry unneccessarily.


I see that Gravity is premiering on HBO this next Saturday; I'm curious to see what all the fuss was about.


I'm going to watch it on HBO, just because I like most of the director's other films. I think it's Alfonso Cuaron, right?
Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jul 07 2014 12:20 PM

Originally Posted By: DireWolf74
I'm going to watch it on HBO, just because I like most of the director's other films. I think it's Alfonso Cuaron, right?


Yes; I thought his "Harry Potter" movie (the third in the series) was probably the best of the bunch. "Children of Men" was quite effective, too.
Posted by: DireWolf74

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jul 07 2014 03:33 PM

Those are the ones that I was thinking of. His Potter film had a feeling of realism amid all that fantasy that was missing from the others. And I loved the long tracking shots he used in 'Children of Men' and the non-stop pacing of it. I've seen a few of his Spanish language films too. I heard so much buzz about 'Y tu mama, tambien' when it first came out, that I had to see what it was about.
Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jul 08 2014 01:36 PM

Originally Posted By: DireWolf74
Those are the ones that I was thinking of. His Potter film had a feeling of realism amid all that fantasy that was missing from the others. And I loved the long tracking shots he used in 'Children of Men' and the non-stop pacing of it. I've seen a few of his Spanish language films too. I heard so much buzz about 'Y tu mama, tambien' when it first came out, that I had to see what it was about.


I keep meaning to find 'Y tu mama...' and watch it but haven't yet. I guess 'Pan's Labyrinth' might be one of the few Spanish-language films I've seen. Speaking of which (and the thread topic): This weekend I started watching a movie in which the star of 'Pan's Labyrinth,' Ivana Baquero, has a large role--'The New Daughter.' It's a Kevin Costner-starrer from 2009. I saw just the first 30 minutes and wasn't sure if it was worth seeing all the way through--has anyone seen it?
Posted by: DireWolf74

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jul 08 2014 05:12 PM

Haven't seen that one. I know Alfonso Cuaron was a producer on 'Pan's Labyrinth' with Guillermo del Toro directing. That was a good one too. A nice little war allegory. 'Y tu mama, tambien' is worth seeing if you get a chance. It's a intimate film about a road trip and the strain put on two younger guy's friendship when this care free woman enters their lives. Don't know if Cuaron wrote it too, but it rings very true. I try to see a few Spanish-language films each year. It's a great way to maintain my Spanish comprehension abilities.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jul 16 2014 09:23 PM

"Separate Tables" 1958

Another in the "Grand Hotel" genre, and a very good one. David Niven especially gives the performance of his career as the phoney major with the sexual secret (what exactly is he doing to those women in the dark theatres?) I honestly didn't even recognize Deborah Kerr until about halfway through the film - she completely takes on the part of the oppressed spinster daughter. It's rare for Burt Lancaster not to be my favourite actor in anything he's in, but in this case there is just so much that is good to choose from you hardly notice him. A perfect example of its genre.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 17 2014 04:27 AM

Fab review - I agree with every word of that. Fab film!
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 17 2014 04:59 AM

"We're the Millers"

A bit blah. It's a quirky comedy that's not really quirky enough and only somewhat funny. Smalltime drug dealer has to assemble a fake family to get himself out of debt. Very watchable with frequent moments that look like they are about to turn into a guffaw but only result in a chuckle. It veers towards National Lampoon style territory, with some cringy Bridesmaids style moments attempted. A few more laughs and I would have been very happy.

Jennifer Aniston plays a stripper and I wish that bit of it had been slightly more convincing, I think that set up may have let the rest down. I like Jennifer Aniston, she is super-excellent at being the character she usually plays with minor variations but it is so often the same character, and sometimes a film just needs a more wild and edgy actress. I loved her counterpart, played by Kathryn Hahn who, on the basis of this film, deserves a starring role of her own in one of these vehicles. The son, Kenny (Will Poulter), was a great character, very funny.

Lightweight, patchy, but amusing enough. Worth watching when you are in a giggling mood.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 17 2014 08:04 AM

I've never seen a halfway convincing stripper in the movies.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 17 2014 08:30 AM

You sound like an expert. laugh

No, they are always odd.

The Full Monty strippers perhaps?
Posted by: DireWolf74

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 17 2014 09:37 AM

"We're the Millers"


I watched that one too, and your review is spot on. It almost wants to be a dark comedy and a farce at the same time. If it wants to be a dark comedy then it has to be darker, if it wants to be a farce then it has to be funnier. No comment from me on Jennifer Aniston's stripper abilities. The son Kenny was hilarious.

Finally watched "Gravity" the other night. It was worth watching just for the stunning visuals. At only 1 hr 30 mins long, it doesn't take up alot of your time if you wanted to check it out.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 17 2014 07:03 PM

Ha, no not an expert, but I've known quite a few strippers and a couple of hookers over the course of my lifetime, and the only sex worker I've ever seen in the movies ring true is Charlize Theron in "Monster". Except for the killing people part.
Posted by: varnish

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Jul 18 2014 07:38 PM

We're the millers had enough funny moments in it to make a little above average,
With kenny doin a lot of the work to get it there.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jul 19 2014 05:23 PM

"The Sandpiper" 1965

More Dick and Liz, this time with Liz as a hippie painter and Burton as the headmaster of a church school. Mad passionate affair that can never last blah blah.

Best part of this was Charles Bronson as a sculptor. And it appears that I can watch Richard Burton in anything, no matter how bad.
Posted by: varnish

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jul 19 2014 06:33 PM

"Ed Wood", 1994
This is a movie I can,(and have) watch multiple times. It's campy, a little over the top,
Just one of those movies that has something about it you can't quite describe.(Tim Burton made the right call filming it in black and white).
One of Depp's best performances, I can't see anyone else in that role. And Martin landau
very deserving of his award portraying bela legosi.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jul 19 2014 10:06 PM

"Death Wish" 1974. Oh dear, I'll lose all my knee jerk liberal credentials by admitting this, but I thought this was a pretty good movie.

I've always liked Charles Bronson, and I've always liked Brian Garfield, the author of the book the film was based on. They did a good job of bringing the book to the screen, and I'd say this is one of Bronson's best performances - he's our hero here, even if it's hard to defend his actions.

It was nice to see a very young Jeff Goldblum as a bad guy, and an equally young Christopher Guest as a cop - this would have to be among the first films for each of them.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Jul 21 2014 02:16 PM

Quote:
Except for the killing people part.
laugh Glad you clarified that.
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"All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace" - documentary

I may have listed this before, I watched this film/tv series a couple of years ago and found it so interesting. It is an exploration of..er..well, it's hard to explain..um..of how we are all operating under a strange distortion of reality, which comes from our human instinct to make sense of the world around us, I suppose, and our natural tendency to see patterns and solutions everywhere,um... I dont think I am doing this documentary any favours,lol! An exploration of now, of our quite odd insistence that we can make the world a stable place to be, and how we have used computers to fool ourselves that we are succeeding.

Or something. laugh

Look, you just have to watch it yourselves to see what I mean. One of the best attempts at raising questions about our current situation, that I've seen anyway, or that is how I remember it...

Made by Adam Curtis.

....And I've just found it again, so you can watch it online with me. http://vimeo.com/38724174 - part one
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 24 2014 10:36 AM

While slightly worried that I will be asked to leave this thread in shame, I have a confession to make:

I have never watched "The Godfather".

Until this week, that is. And now that I have: wow. Just wow. I am having to reshuffle my top ten favourite films of all time, one of them has to leave to make room for the new. I doubt there is anyone reading this thread that hasn't watched it but just in case: don't be a fool! Watch it, already, capiche?
Posted by: nmerr

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 24 2014 01:24 PM

"How to Train Your Dragon." I missed it when it came out four years ago but my daughter has been encouraging me to watch it so we watched as a family. Very good movie on many levels. I'll definitely watch the sequel when it comes out on DVD.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 24 2014 02:39 PM

I'm suffering a case of 'can't write laziness'. Here's a copy and paste of what I've watched since the Charlie Chans (I'll happily expound on any if asked):

Mary Reilly - Linda Bassett, Julia Roberts, John Malkovich, Glenn Close, George Cole, Kathy Staff

The Usual Suspects - Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Spacey

Moby Dick - Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, Orson Welles

The Fall Of The Roman Empire - Alec Guinness, Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd

Alice in Wonderland (1999) - Miranda Richardson,Martin Short,Whoopi Goldberg,Robbie Coltrane,Gene Wilder,George Wendt,Christopher Lloyd,Peter Ustinov

Fierce Creatures - John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis. Michael Palin, Kevin Kline

Fast Times at Ridgemont High - Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Phoebe Cates, Ray Walston

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Marton Csokas

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo - Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Robert Mitchum

Magic Trip - Stanley Tucci, Ken Kesey

Get Carter - Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alan Cumming, Mickey Rourke

Better Off Dead - John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Diane Franklin, Curtis Armstrong, Amanda Wyss

A Reason to Believe - Holly Marie Combs, Jay Underwood, Allison Smith, Danny Quinn

Yellow Submarine - George Dunning, John Clive

About Last Night... - Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins, George DiCenzo

Cherry 2000 - Melanie Griffith, David Andrews, Ben Johnson, Tim Thomerson, Brion James, Harry Carey Jr, Robert Z'Dar

The Munsters: Two-Movie Fright Fest - (Munster, Go Home! & The Munsters' Revenge) - Fred Gwynn, Yvonne Decarlo

A 5 installment Jimmy Stewart marathon:

The Naked Spur - James Stewart, Janet Leigh
The Far Country - James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Walter Brennan, Corinne Calvet, J Flippen, Henry Morgan
Bend in the River - James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Julia Adams, Rock Hudson, J Flippen, Henry Morgan, Steppin Fetchin
Night Passage - James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea, Diane Foster, J Flippen
Rare Breed - James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Juliet Mills

Hidden Agenda - Kevin Dillon, Christopher Plummer, Andrea Roth, J.T. Walsh, Michael Wincott

Pleasantville - Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, J.T. Walsh

Bukowski: Born Into This - Charles Bukowski

Georgia O'Keeffe - Joan Allen, Jeremy Irons, Ed Begley, Jr., Kathleen Chalfant, Linda Emond

Young Cassidy - Rod Taylor, Julie Christie, Michael Redgrave, Maggie Smith

The Exorcist - Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Lee J Cobb

Planet Terror - Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton, Jeff Fahey


Better of the bunch: Bukowski, Pleasantville, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Yellow Submarine, Magic Trip, Alice in Wonderland, The Usual Suspects and what the heck, throw in Georgia O'Keeffe just for the experience of knowing her better
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 24 2014 03:36 PM

I'll have to give "The Usual Suspects" another try - first time I just couldn't get into it and never finished it.
Posted by: DireWolf74

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 24 2014 04:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Chavs
While slightly worried that I will be asked to leave this thread in shame, I have a confession to make:

I have never watched "The Godfather".

Until this week, that is. And now that I have: wow. Just wow. I am having to reshuffle my top ten favourite films of all time, one of them has to leave to make room for the new. I doubt there is anyone reading this thread that hasn't watched it but just in case: don't be a fool! Watch it, already, capiche?


And what about "The Godfather Part 2"?

If you say that you haven't seen that one either, then you should be sleeping with the fishes. smile
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 24 2014 06:49 PM

I have on my yet to watch list:

Citizen Kane

A Streetcar Named Desire

The Wild Bunch

On the Waterfront

Love Story

Breakfast at Tiffany's

The Wild One

Singing in the Rain

East of Eden

Black Beauty

All the Bruce Lee's except for: Enter the Dragon
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 24 2014 06:52 PM

I've seen most of these, and frankly would give "Breakfast at Tiffany's" a pass - it has not aged well. Hepburn of course is radiant, but you can watch her in something else twice, instead. The Mickey Rooney scenes are embarrassing, the ending is embarrassing, the whole thing just does not work anymore.
Posted by: varnish

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 24 2014 07:18 PM

Originally Posted By: agony
I'll have to give "The Usual Suspects" another try - first time I just couldn't get into it and never finished it.
you definitely should...as long as no one gave away the plot!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Jul 24 2014 08:30 PM

Part of its beauty is the way the plot changes as the film progresses toward the end. One is left wondering which, if any, of the plots is the real one. I watched a couple of times trying to keep one story in mind as the real one and... well, all I can add is that I think Hitchcock would have thought highly of this use of celluloid.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Jul 25 2014 08:57 AM

I keep hearing it's great, and don't know any details, so yeah it seems like it should be perfect for me. Maybe today, I'll see if it's on my free downloads list from the library.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Jul 25 2014 03:17 PM

EDIT of post #1054947 above:

I also have yet to see if I appreciate "Gone with the Wind".
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jul 26 2014 01:28 PM

Originally Posted By: DireWolf74
Originally Posted By: Chavs
While slightly worried that I will be asked to leave this thread in shame, I have a confession to make:

I have never watched "The Godfather".

Until this week, that is. And now that I have: wow. Just wow. I am having to reshuffle my top ten favourite films of all time, one of them has to leave to make room for the new. I doubt there is anyone reading this thread that hasn't watched it but just in case: don't be a fool! Watch it, already, capiche?


And what about "The Godfather Part 2"?

If you say that you haven't seen that one either, then you should be sleeping with the fishes. smile


laugh

But you can't watch the second without seeing the first, surely that is a golden rule of movie watching?!!

I am very excited to announce I shall be watching the second one tonight. smile

Meanwhile, I find that everything I have done this week has been done with the Godfather in mind. I am turning into a female version of Michael. Be warned!
Posted by: DireWolf74

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jul 26 2014 02:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Chavs
Meanwhile, I find that everything I have done this week has been done with the Godfather in mind. I am turning into a female version of Michael. Be warned!


As long as my name isn't Fredo, I should be ok. smile

Enjoy the movie tonight, I liked it even more the first one. Can't think of anyone better than De Niro to play young Vito Corleone.

Can I assume you'll be watching Part 3 tomorrow night or have you decided to skip that one?
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jul 26 2014 02:46 PM

Thanks! But....Never tell anyone outside the family what you're thinking again! (III is for next week).
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jul 26 2014 03:37 PM

I found III a terrible disappointment. Not that it is a horrible movie or anything, but it is nothing special, and I think we go in expecting special.
Posted by: DireWolf74

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Jul 26 2014 03:39 PM

Sorry. frown
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jul 29 2014 01:42 PM

Originally Posted By: DireWolf74
Originally Posted By: Chavs
Meanwhile, I find that everything I have done this week has been done with the Godfather in mind. I am turning into a female version of Michael. Be warned!


As long as my name isn't Fredo, I should be ok. smile

Enjoy the movie tonight, I liked it even more the first one. Can't think of anyone better than De Niro to play young Vito Corleone.

Can I assume you'll be watching Part 3 tomorrow night or have you decided to skip that one?



Well, my friend, you were right about De Niro - the right man to take it on. I enjoyed the film, some bits more than others, but there were some brilliant scenes, and with both films they manage to get so much into them. I'd like to say more: things along the line of "I can't believe xyz...." and "mamma mia, I was so upsst when xyz...." But in case anyone reads this later I don't want to give those things away.

I loved the very start of the film, and the ending. The first film needed a sequel because we needed to know! But I really preferred the first, if I had to choose. It's like Heidi v Heidi Grows Up v Heidi's Children. You have to keep reading but the sequels never have the same impact on you. smile


I'll watch the third, because how can I not? But I won't expect too much from it. And what am I going to do after that?!! Sob.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jul 29 2014 03:08 PM

I agree, I love the first one best too - it's close to a perfect movie. Wonderful study of corruption.

Just watched "A Place in the Sun" (1951). Wow.

I've been watching a lot of Elizabeth Taylor lately, but with this one filmed when she was 19 I can finally see why she was called "The most beautiful woman in the world". She's flawless, and does a perfect job with the role. She's obviously never had to spend one second of her life worrying about the things that Shelley Winters' character worries about all the time, but she's not arrogant with it - she's just oblivious. Can't comprehend desperately wanting something that is out of reach. It's a difficult part to play without seeming an entitled spoiled brat, but she pulls it off.

Shelley Winters is wonderful in the part she played so often in her career - the woman the man doesn't really love, just uses. And she knows it. Really an under-appreciated actress - I've been impressed with everything I've seen her in.

Montgomery Clift - anyone who has ever been awkward and lonely and out of place and desirous of something different will fall hard for his performance here. I found his character totally sympathetic, which is pretty good when you consider he's a cheating SOB and a murderous one to boot.
Posted by: varnish

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jul 29 2014 06:35 PM

If you watch the third one not expecting much, that may make it a better movie for you. For me, it was like one of those part three sequels with no original cast, and an unknown director, made just for the money.(which Coppola was in fact quoted saying he only agreed to do the third because of financial problems). It certainly is not a bad film in its own right, just doesn't measure up to the first two. But when you think about it, that's a pretty tall order to begin with!
Posted by: DireWolf74

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Jul 29 2014 07:12 PM

That's right, the third movie is not awful...just not up to the standard of the first two. Which is weird since Coppola has made some good movies since those early Godfather ones. I liked his take on "Bram Stoker's Dracula".

(Yes, even with Keanu "Whoa, Dude!" Reeves playing the part of Jonathan Harker)
Posted by: varnish

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jul 30 2014 03:29 PM

You must be psychic direwolf!, I was either going to put "Dracula" or "the good, the bad, and the ugly" here next. (Dracula because of coppola, and G,B,U. because of eli wallach, he was excellent as tuccho), so that made my decision easy. I thought coppola's version is the best of the modern versions, and can stand up to the classics as well. He was definitely in top form when he made Dracula, which may show to some extent his heart wasn't into making the third godfather., and yeah, I agree with you about Keanu reeves, he was pretty good in it, maybe even a better casting choice than Winona Ryder as Mina. Gary oldman,(one of my favorite actors) was phenomenal.
Posted by: DireWolf74

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jul 30 2014 04:22 PM

If I were psychic, I'd be sitting on some beach in Belize watching the waves roll in and living off of my Powerball winnings. smile

I'm with you on Gary Oldman, he's been one of my favorite actors since I saw him in "Sid & Nancy". I'll watch almost anything he's in.

What I like most about Coppola's "Dracula" is the cinematography and the dreamlike transitions he uses to tie the scenes together.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jul 30 2014 05:44 PM

Another Oldman fan here. I'd forgotten about "Sid and Nancy" but that must be where I first saw him too. I remember loving that film.
I must watch it again though, maybe I wouldn't love it now.
John Lydon slated it at one stage, he hated everything about it it seems, but he still liked Gary Oldman!!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_and_Nancy#John_Lydon.27s_reaction
Posted by: DireWolf74

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jul 30 2014 06:29 PM

Seems like his main beef is that the director didn't talk to him before making the movie. Considering his reaction afterwards, I don't blame Alex Cox one bit. And who's to say that he would have got the truth from Johnny even if he did. Lydon is not really known for being a calm and reasonable person to talk to, in fact he's quite famous for letting the slightest thing get to him and blowing up over nothing during interviews. Lydon says the movie is not entirely accurate, but what bio-pic is? They can't fit every little exact detail into a two hour movie.

All this John Lydon talk has me itching to dig out my Public Image Limited cds, so I think I will. First up..."(This is Not a) Love Song".
Posted by: varnish

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Jul 30 2014 07:49 PM

Yeah, Sid and nancy was a great movie, it's been a long time since I seen it, so ill have to probably get it on DVD, that's one of those real good movies that's on TV once every two years, on a monday night at 2:00 A.M. And I'm with you that I'd watch anything Gary oldman's in, he makes every movie he's in that much better, even "the fifth element"!(it seems like he had a lot of fun playing that character).

I like that edit chavs, maybe someday we could start a fun trivia team and name it the
"Gary Oldman edit gang"!
Posted by: acilarincocugu

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Aug 04 2014 09:28 AM

the shawshank redemption
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Aug 04 2014 07:37 PM

Just watched "The Usual Suspects" and yeah, you were all right, it's great.


I knew it, though - I just KNEW. All the way through I kept thinking - it's him, I know it's him, don't know how but it's gotta be him.

And I find that the movie I watched part way through that I thought was this one wasn't. It was one where there was a home invasion and the bad guys were actually kinda funny... wonder what movie I'm thinking of.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Aug 04 2014 07:49 PM

"The Ref", that's what I'm thinking of, that I never finished.
Posted by: varnish

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Aug 05 2014 01:53 PM

Now you you have another movie you have to finish! "The Ref" isn't on the same level as usual suspects, but still a very good movie, I think Denis learys best movies.(not that he has a lot of them, thought he was good in suicide kings as well).
Posted by: LBaggins

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Aug 10 2014 04:04 PM

I recently re-watched "Inception", as I was introducing a friend to it. We both loved it. The first time I saw it, I was fascinated but knew I'd have to see it again to get an adequate understanding of what was happening. The second viewing was a tremendous help! Having seen it several times now, I'm aware of several "Hey, wait a minute..." points that could use some besplaining, but it's certainly a novel story concept and I'm willing to suspend disbelief for the sake of the entertainment.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Aug 11 2014 01:01 AM

I think the strength of the "Godfather" series was the music. Once you've heard 'Da da da da, da da da da, dum da', you've pretty much heard the three of them. Someday in the future, the scoring may be recognized as one of the top three non-Williams scored movies and that is what they'll be remembered for. Who remembers any other works done by Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola?
Yeah, that's the draw to "Godfather": Rota & Coppola's music... and Duvall's acting.

edit: Nino Rota composed the Da da da da... and Carmine (Francis Ford's father) did the wedding music.
A review of the Academy Award history for "The Godfather" reveals that Rota's score was nominated and voted as best score but then withdrawn when the committee decided he had plagiarized himself and his work on "Fortunella". What? a creator can't build on previous work?
Posted by: Abby_91

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Aug 11 2014 07:55 AM

I just watched Guardians of the Galaxy with my girlfriend, our first movie date. It has got to be the best superhero film I've seen. Love the comedy, action, the dynamics between the main cast and the soundtrack of 60s, 70s and 80s tracks are an excellent choice. Thanks to the show, I can't stop listening to 10cc's 'I'm Not In Love'.
Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Aug 11 2014 12:21 PM

Originally Posted By: LBaggins
I recently re-watched "Inception", as I was introducing a friend to it. We both loved it. The first time I saw it, I was fascinated but knew I'd have to see it again to get an adequate understanding of what was happening. The second viewing was a tremendous help! Having seen it several times now, I'm aware of several "Hey, wait a minute..." points that could use some besplaining, but it's certainly a novel story concept and I'm willing to suspend disbelief for the sake of the entertainment.


I'm glad to see a fellow-fan of Inception. I do think it's much more than just a sci-fi adventure movie. And it certainly does benefit from re-viewings!^_^
Posted by: salami_swami

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Aug 11 2014 03:13 PM

Just saw The Lego Movie, finally. Weird movie, but quite a good one. smile

Now I hope to see Guardians of the Galaxy tonight, but we will see.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Aug 12 2014 03:37 AM

In the voice of Olive Oyl (Shelley Duvall), "Oh, Popeye!"
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Aug 15 2014 08:47 PM

"The Ref" yeah, it's cute. I think we'll have to put this one on the Christmas list.
Posted by: LBaggins

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Aug 16 2014 12:55 AM

Originally Posted By: Gheelnory
I'm glad to see a fellow-fan of Inception. I do think it's much more than just a sci-fi adventure movie. And it certainly does benefit from re-viewings!^_^


DEFINITELY it benefits from re-viewings, at least for me. Of course, I still fumble around with the concept of who the dreamer is, and whose projections are whose, and how the others get into the dreamer's dream... What an incredible concept it is. I can't remember anything even similar to it.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Aug 16 2014 02:39 AM

"Looper" - Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels

For the twists and conundrums of time travel depicted: wonderful.
For the make-up to get J G-L to look like a young B W: great.
For J G-L's portrayal of a young B W: wow!
Two hours of someone impersonating convincingly an older Bruce Willis down to his facial mannerisms and voice inflections to the extent that when they sit across a table from each other, the only difference you can detect is 40 years, this film is a must see. The immediacy of the blunderbuss shots on the stuntmen is impressive. The addition of another sci-fi topic, tele... - er - that would spoil it if I revealed that part, but, it's there to enjoy also.
Spoiler discussion:
Click to reveal..
Does any other viewer have an opinion about showing the gold spilled out the back of the truck and what that means? I see it to mean that looping continues to occur. But how'd it get there if Old Joe who drove there with it didn't ever exist? Does it mean that somehow Young Joe is brought back to life? Is Abe (possibly Old Cid?) sent back because of his hidden powers? The damage to his waiting room walls looks like Cid had been there at some point. Why did he seek out Young Joe and show special interest in him? If Abe was the Rainmaker, he'd certainly be someone the future criminals would want out of the way. And knowing the future, his attempt to change the future might center on getting wealth to his early self, ergo the gold.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Aug 16 2014 08:13 AM

I like time travel movies, so I'll give this one a try, thanks.
Posted by: Gheelnory

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Aug 16 2014 01:36 PM

Originally Posted By: LBaggins
Originally Posted By: Gheelnory
I'm glad to see a fellow-fan of Inception. I do think it's much more than just a sci-fi adventure movie. And it certainly does benefit from re-viewings!^_^


DEFINITELY it benefits from re-viewings, at least for me. Of course, I still fumble around with the concept of who the dreamer is, and whose projections are whose, and how the others get into the dreamer's dream... What an incredible concept it is. I can't remember anything even similar to it.


Parsing out what is happening and to whom in Inception is practically a cottage industry. There are innumerable graphs and charts that try to show what's going on; this page of images will show you the breadth of interest in the topic:

https://www.google.com/search?q=chart+%22inception%22&lr=&as_qdr=all&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=L7LvU5Yrz__JBLKAgoAJ&ved=0CB4QsAQ&biw=1033&bih=747
Posted by: LBaggins

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Aug 16 2014 03:03 PM

Thanks, Gheelnory! Following the links led to some really interesting sites. 8-)
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Aug 18 2014 09:07 AM

You've got me curious now, I will put it on my To Be Watched list.

Next up for me was "Blue Jasmine" - Cate Blanchett's turn to do a Woody Allen film.

I didn't dislike it, you couldn't dislike it with those two involved, but I didn't like it either. I thought it just was not up to either of their usual standard. Not that they did anything wrong per se: he mixed up the storyline and directed loads of intimate scenes which explore the human story in his unique and talented style, and she acted her socks off! Applause is due, of course! But something was wrong - chemistry maybe? Or heart? Soul? I didn't care about anyone at the start of it, and I cared even less by the end. I kept being told things instead of experiencing them or, even better, being allowed to imagine I'd thought of some great insight all by myself. It was like they didn't trust the audience enough to get a little more complex or cryptic or deep. They had to stop just when it was getting interesting to flash some neon lights around the message of the scene/film.

The supporting characters were more interesting than the main one because of that. The sister's story was the one that I found myself drawn to. Writing this makes me realise why I wasn't satisfied with it -- I think we needed to see more of the sister, and of her story, the film should have had two leading ladies. Then it would have been a five star film.

Good job, but .... Best enjoyed as a B-Side. A very good B-Side.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Aug 21 2014 07:03 PM

In the middle of watching "Loopers" right now and have to say - Richard and Linda Thompson on a soundtrack!! Yahooo!!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Aug 21 2014 09:01 PM

Well, that was very good, I thought. As with any time travel movie, you don't want to look too close - as long as it all hangs together while you're watching is about as much as you can expect.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Aug 22 2014 09:17 AM

"Omega Doom" - Rutger Hauer, Shannon Whirry, Anna Katarina, Norbert Weisser, Tina Cote, Cynthia Ireland

Future scene, Android robot strangling a human. Another human pops up and shoots the robot. Hits the head. The spot glows. Shooter dies. The robot sits down. The released human sits next to him. They both watch as nuclear bombs go off in the distance.
Wow, what a beginning. Cut to a demolished cityscape and we see the android walking through the rubble. He meets other robots. That's where the meat of this story lies.

This is not a powerhouse blockbuster Sci-Fi loaded with CGI effects. It is told well enough to not be ignored as trash as the title might indicate. It is not a 'B' movie but a poor 'A' effort. Worth the watch is what I'm trying to say. A must see for Rutger Hauer fans.
Posted by: Ilona_Ritter

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Aug 22 2014 05:39 PM

I just finished watching the movie "God's Not Dead". I highly recommend it, it really makes you think no matter what you believe.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Aug 22 2014 11:33 PM

"McCabe and Mrs Miller" - It's been many years since I saw this, and it's as good as I remember it.

I'm always a little astonished when people talk about "Unforgiven" as the first "revisionist" western - it's as if they've totally forgotten about the 70s. And this is the best of the bunch.

Warren Beatty plays a dumb schmuck who doesn't know how stupid he is better than anyone else, I think.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Aug 23 2014 06:55 AM

If I may, I would like to add to that wonderful review. The movie deserves all the praise it can find.
I remember "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" as the first western I saw where the menfolk wore Derby hats (as a recent New Q referred to as a bowler) rather than the traditional Stetson type cowboy hat. The costumes in the film were exceptional. Also of note was that it was filmed in some of the worst outdoor weather ever seen in a Western. No John Ford sunny skied expansive vistas. Nope, it was rain, sleet, mud and snow all the way (I kept looking for the mailman in the exercise of his duties). Only a great director could succeed against those odds by selection of a great crew. The man's just prior work, M*A*S*H, contained some of the same weather rawness. None other than the incredible Robert Altman. Throw in Julie Christie, the haunting Leonard Cohen soundtrack and it becomes my favorite non-musical gold (zinc in this one) rush themed movie to put it in a niche. And it succeeded even as a tragedy when America was beginning to grow weary of the Vietnam War and was seeking more in the way of amusement than death in its escapes. It has grown in appreciation through the years. According to Wikipedia, it is ranked #8 in the best Westerns categories of the AFI's 10 Top 10.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Aug 23 2014 08:29 AM

"Enough Said"

A 'comedy-drama' starring James Gandolfini (Sopranos) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld).

Unassuming, sweet, funny, serious, light with some shading, a little Woody Allenish, sharp, with well-rounded characters, a pleasure to watch. Touching moments and comic moments and a real ring of honesty and truth amidst what could have been played as broad farce but thankfully wasn't. Thought you didn't like Gandolfini or Louis-Dreyfus? -- maybe this will make you think again.

In short - a little gem! Enough said.


Edit- aha, I knew I saw it listed here and have just been scrolling like mad to find it:
Originally Posted By: agony
"Enough Said" with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini. Nice rom-com for grownups. Really enjoyed it, especially for the way she allows herself to look older.


Yes!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Aug 23 2014 10:30 AM

Yes, Chavs, I really enjoyed that one. It's not often you see emotional honesty and complexity in a rom com.

"McCabe" is Warren Beatty's best work, I think. There is a little too much polish in most of his other stuff, but nobody gets to be polished in an Altman film. This movie really is a "must see" and I'm always astonished at how many people have never seen it or even heard of it.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Aug 23 2014 10:55 AM

Phew, I thought you were addressing me with that 'enough said'. Or were you?
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Aug 28 2014 05:53 PM

"Hologram Man" - Joe Lara, Evan Lurie, Michael Nouri
100,000 rounds of blanks were used in making this action movie. It is non-stop gunfire. Should be used in the censor school 'Count the Bangs 101 Class' Thinking back, there aren't many deaths shown. The film is mostly of the bad guys shown firing their weapons. Oh a few policemen are shown to spin backward and down but they don't linger and dwell on death. They just linger on the shooting part.

"Replicant" - Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Rooker, Catherine Dent
Jean-Claude does some acting in this (his claim) best movie. He even admits to being slack and hiring a double to do some of the strenuous gymnastic moves!

"Cars" - Pixar animation
Lots of well known voices to hear. Anything else? Nope, I guess identifying the voices is enough.

"Wild Things" - Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Theresa Russell, Denise Richards, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Bill Murray, Robert Wagner
This is the sleeper. "Wild Things"? Never heard of it. Moves at a fair pace to start, you meet the actors and get to buy into the good ones and the bad ones. Then the real movie begins and, well, you need a score sheet to keep track of the twists this Kevin Bacon Production delivers. Very enjoyable if "didn't see that coming" draws high marks in your assessment of a movie watched for the heck of it. Maybe I liked it because of all the South Florida locations? Nah, it's a good film.

Updition: I just learned that somewhere (don't know where specifically) "Wild Things" is also known as "Sex Crimes". That may influence some interests in it, good or bad. I'll reveal there are 2 breasts shown and possibly 4 simulated 'couplings', if you'd call what happens that. I'm not sure on the numbers. I wasn't counting.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Sep 01 2014 12:35 PM

"Blow" - Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ray Liotta, Paul Reubens, Ethan Suplee, Franka Potente

The life story (so far) of Pablo Escobar's main American cocaine smuggler. From humble starts in a south of Boston suburb, George Jung (pronounced Young) had enough money at times to rival Bill Gates' wealth. But it was from contributing to the tragedies of many Americans and their families. This film shows how Jung's family suffered from his head on crash with a desire to fail. He'd win a lot then lose a lot, win, lose... He loses most of his vivacity when his first true love succumbs to cancer. The extra features contain some interview footage with Jung and he admits (through his brain fried awareness) that what he did was not a great thing. Yet he expresses through words attributed to his father that "He didn't hold a gun to anyone's head." Jung stated in his defense when in court for marijuana smuggling early on in his life that all he did was cross an arbitrary line with a plant. Now reefer is legal in many places. Cocaine is being understood to be a highly addictive drug which wasn't known when he began smuggling it. Can he be forgiven for not knowing that Columbians were bringing automatic weapons into our pure, peaceful American streets? Can he be forgiven for the destruction he brought upon his own family? Can he forgive himself for these things or has his mental capacity shriveled like a raisin. I felt sorry for him. I feel sorrow for his victims. Good but misunderstood or just bad to the bone? Only you can decide for yourself which. Definitely don't put making the decision in George's hands.
The sound track is good listening. Paul Ruebens performs way outside his PeeWee persona. Franka Potente is a wonderful discovery from the German film industry. Astonishment is all I can say about how much weight Ethan Suplee has lost from the time of this filming to his possibly more famous role as Earl's brother Randy on "My Name Is Earl" TV comedy - well done. And, Johnny Depp is to be applauded for his performance as George. It is one of his real portrayals, not one of his clownish efforts. When he talks, you expect him to ask to pahk yo cah in Hahvad Yahd, in a local lingo style not the false Brahman style. Follow up research reveals that George Jung was released from Federal prison last June. Let's hope he has rehabilitated himself and can survive.


Add here since no subsequent posts have been made yet: I enjoy the following quip. According to George, the remark he made to Pablo Escobar that endeared him to the man was: "Life is an ocean and I want to swim in it."
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Sep 02 2014 10:04 AM

"Good Will Hunting" - this is one that slipped by me, and it really was time I saw it. Interesting watching it now, knowing what kind of careers Affleck and Damon have had since. And Robin Williams bleeding his heart out all over the screen, as he so often did....
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Sep 02 2014 05:16 PM

...yes, he did. I am halfway through that now, for the first time; I'm watching several Williams films in memoriam.

I watched "Awakenings" too, which I had also managed to avoid because I felt there would be a lot of emotional moments that I might find too schmalzy or hammy. There were! De Niro and Williams (although they had Great Scenes too) must carry equal blame grin.

Julie Kavner is a lovely actress and I wish she hadn't got snapped up by The Simpsons because then we might have more Kavner films.

But it was so good over all that I forgave the other bits. What a story! Heartbreaking.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Sep 04 2014 05:43 PM

"MASH"

Well, I dunno....Maybe I'm just too old - I found a lot of it juvenile and somewhat mean spirited. I remember liking it better when I saw it the first time back in the 70s.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Sep 04 2014 06:48 PM

Consider it was done to point out the bloodiness of war during a time when you couldn't factually criticize the Vietnam War and I think Altman got his point across about how absurd the situation was. He never highlighted the reality that we were fighting the Chinese who we'd just rescued from the Japanese. He achieved close approximation by not mentioning that MacArthur wanted to take the fight right across Asia to Moscow itself (if only...!) I guess in context it did have more to give the viewer. Definitely one of the best "Viet Nam" protest films. So, should we raise "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" to a spot above "M*A*S*H" on your Altman recommend list?


My submission is another film with Shannon Whirry in it (I did not plan it, but my next after this will also have her in it: "Me, Myself and Irene"):

"Retroactive" - James Belushi, Kylie Travis, Shannon Whirry, Frank Whaley, M. Emmet Walsh
Agony, while I have your ear, this is another fairly well done Time Travel Vehicle. I've not seen Jim Belushi more evil. Because of the number of ammunition rounds fired, I'll call this one a B movie (B for bullet). It does raise the idea that in time travel the same bullet can be fired over and over again as in a barrage but it's only that one bullet. Oh, there's more bullets than one fired but it does raise the one over and over again idea. Whirry's character here is more real than her android portrayal in "Omega Doom" and she has more screen presence. Kylie Travis plays one of the stronger female characters I've seen in a long time. She alone is worth the watch.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Sep 04 2014 08:52 PM

Thanks for the recommendation - I'll check it out. And yes, I'd rate McCabe quite a bit higher than MASH. I've got Nashville coming from the library, we'll see how that goes.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Sep 09 2014 03:24 PM

"The Ides of March"

With George Clooney directing, writing and acting. Political drama that will appeal to West Wing watchers. With a title from Shakespeare, it has a lot to live up to, but I thought it lived up.

A candidate is running for election, the first half centres on the the political workings behind electing a candidate, some scenes seem to be just padding but they are not -- keep up because a spanner or two get thrown in the works and things start to get interesting. Great cast, subtle treatment of the topic, with twists and turns that don't patronise the audience.

I really enjoyed it!
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Sep 09 2014 04:22 PM

"the ides of March" was just 'okay' in my opinion, mostly because I did feel like I was being patronised. But then again, I feel that way about politics in general, never mind movies about that subject LOL.

"Awakenings" was probably the worst movie Robin was in other than "Patch Adams" - you had to be in a sorry psychological state already to get any enjoyment out of either.

Aside from "Good will hunting", the two Robin movies I recommend are "Moscow on the Hudson" and "The Fisher King".


Last movie I watched in entirety? "Little Women" 1994 version. Skip it if you can, unless you're a die-hard Ryder or Bale fan lol. On second thought, I probably didn't dislike the MOVIE per se (as it wasn't saccharine on a stick) but perhaps the casting. It's hard to watch a movie that contains actors you don't like lol.

Your mileage may vary.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Sep 10 2014 02:33 PM

"Me, Myself & Irene" - Jim Carrey, Renee Zellweger, Chris Cooper, Robert Forster, Richard Jenkins, Rob Moran, Shannon Whirry
In this one the failing of the film can be tied to how it failed one of my main reasons to watch it: It is a prepubescent farce. I'd wanted to see more of Shannon Whirry. And boy did I. Her right breast is the character here not the whole actress. A sophomoric joke is played out when the mean version of Carrey is found to be suckling on that cast member's part. Can anyone explain how, all of a sudden at the end, Officer Baileygates is found to be innocent? The one bad guy has an arrow through his chest and isn't talking. The two corrupt cops didn't turn themselves in. So why the 'set him free' plot ending?


"Ender's Game" - Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis
For readers of the book (which includes me), this adaptation was long overdue. So it finally came out and I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable. Sure a lot needed to be cut to present a 2 hour version of the tale. But think about it. The book contains passages like: He entered the room by opening the door to its widest and flicked the light switch on then walked to the room's center. Takes 1 second of cinematography to tell that part of the story. So, a 600 page book is shrunk to a 200 page screenplay which is further reduced to 125 page script. Yet this story stays true to the tale it tells of a young boy who learns and grows and plays the most deadliest of games unwittingly.

Now two pseudo biopics, both worth the watch

"The World's Fastest Indian" - Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Paul Rodriguez
The story of Burt Munro of Invercargill (sometimes spelled with one l to save ink) South Island, New Zealand, not a bloody pomie, whose lifelong ambition is to make his 1920 Indian Scout Motorsickle the fastest on Earth. His general tale is true but the people he meets who populate the movie are fabricated to make the tale interesting. Oh, it follows things that happened to him but not necessarily with the people shown (all fictitious characters). One great moment of this film is when Hopkins has received some ground dog balls from an Indian, Jake, to help alleviates his prostate problem. The scene where he samples the medicine stands in stark contrast to images of him eating other things in other of his movies smile Munro did go on to set several land speed records in motorsickle categories on the great Bonneville Salt Flats and one from 1967 which still stands. I say this film entertains in the telling of one man's labors to satisfy a personal ambition at the age of 68! A true 'never give up' example for us elderly. On to the garage, I've got a rocket to build.

"What's Love Got To Do With It?" - Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Tina Turner singing
How fortuitous to watch this film while the Ray Rice, footballer who knocked his fiancé deathly unconscious in a hotel elevator, story controls the airways. This movie centers around why where, when and how Ike Turner controlled Anna Mae (Tina) Bullock's psyche to the point of nearly killing her by fist. How can women stand such abuse? I think this DVD would benefit greatly from a bonus discussion by a panel of experts who'd explore that very question of having so low a self esteem that someone else's feelings become more important. Some might call it love but "What's love got to do with it?".
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Sep 12 2014 08:06 PM

"Grand Budapest Hotel" Oh my.

What a wonderful movie. The plot is ridiculous, but who cares? Perfect, just perfect.
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Sep 13 2014 02:22 AM

Have just stocked up on a variety of Robin Williams films, and watched Dead Poet's Society last night. It was every bit as good as I remembered it, and particularly moving given his recent death frown

Next up: The Fisher King, which I have not yet seen.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Sep 14 2014 11:48 PM

"American Psycho" - Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Reese Witherspoon, Chloë Sevigny, Samantha Mathis

Oookaay.... In the two commentary tracks the director and her co-writer tell us that the murders in the movie took place (fictionally) in the book. In the bonus material they tell us how devisive the book was when it was published because of all the female abuse that was depicted in it, I think that they missed that the book was really about the wilting of a viable mind in the starkly sterile society that was 80s Wall Street. The Director, Mary Harron, seems to have missed something, though her telling of the tale is wonderful, I saw all the bloodshed as having occurred entirely in the mind of the protagonist, Patrick Bateman. I mean, read the title. It tells it all. The man was an ambulatory definition of psychotic thinker. All the gore took place in his head which had become bored with his privileged lifestyle. The detective wasn't a police detective. He was a private dick hired by one "victim's" girlfriend to find out which other woman he ran off with. The attention paid to that man's disappearance was in the face of that society believing no one would run from it. Evidently one did and Bateman imagined that he had killed the man. Patrick's own "fiancé" becomes guilty of the same crime when Patrick 'tries' to break up with her. "Where are you going?" she calls out as he walks away. You just know that in a month her detective will be searching around for Patrick. A Lawyer even tells Patrick he had lunch with a man Patrick fantasized killing. I haven't read Bret Easton Ellis' book but I imagine it delves into a flawed personality who has gross imagined episodes of killing to rival the infamous serial killers of the time, the sad victim of his own sheltered existence among the millions that populate NYC. How Harron could have depicted a broken brain so well while believing she was describing a real killer is an astounding bit of serendipity in my opinion. Christian Bale's performance is well worthy of the time it takes to watch this film. I caught a few scenes where he seemed to be channeling Anthony Perkins in that other "Psycho" flick.

I just ordered the parallel piece by Ellis to this one: "The Rules of Attraction" about Patrick Bateman's brother, Sean
Also, based on the several recommendations here, have ordered "The Grand Budapest Hotel".
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Sep 17 2014 10:57 PM

"Dinner at Eight" 1933.

Well, wasn't that fun. Another one in more or less the "Grand Hotel" tradition, and with some of the same cast - the Barrymores are here, and Wallace Beery. Lionel B is sympathetic, John B is tragic, Beery is a nasty clod as usual, Jean Harlow is hilarious, Billie Burke shows once again that she's a much better actress than anyone gives her credit for, and Marie Dressler steals the show. You really have to see this, just to see her.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Sep 19 2014 08:02 PM

"The Caine Mutiny" Oddly enough, I'd never seen this, though I read the book many years ago.

Some bits don't hold up so well - the romantic subplot is a waste of film, and the battle scenes look like they were filmed at some other time by somebody else - but the core of the movie is still solid. Some great performances - Bogart of course, but also Fred MacMurray. He's so genial and winning that it really hits hard when we are forced to admit that he's something of a slimeball.
Posted by: daver852

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Sep 20 2014 08:38 AM

"Male and Female," a 1919 silent film by Cecil B. DeMille. I love silent movies. It's funny how they used to give very innocuous films "racy titles" to lure patrons to the theatres. "Male and Female" is about a rich English family that gets shipwrecked on a desert island. The only one with any any survival skills is the butler, Chichton, who becomes their "king." Two years later, when they are rescued, he is reduced to being a lowly servant once again. so he marries the maid and moves to America. I'm sure that most ladies would still consider the leading man, Thomas Meighan, to be something of a handsome devil, but the appeal of many of the female stars of that era is a mystery. Neither Gloria Swanson nor Lita Lee do a thing for me. Clara Bow and Louise Brooks, on the other hand, are still very sexy!
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Sep 20 2014 08:46 AM

I like silents, too. The first one I ever watched was "Orphans of the Storm" with Lillian Gish trying to survive the French Revolution, and I was hooked.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Sep 20 2014 08:52 PM

"Wild Things" 1998

Most of the performances reminded me of TV, but it was a fun ride. Sorta "Body Heat" Lite.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Sep 21 2014 05:56 PM

Saw one in the theatre, which is a little unusual for me. "A Walk Among the Tombstones".

Preface this by saying that this movie is based on a book by Lawrence Block. I think Block is the best writer of mystery novels alive today, maybe the best ever. His Matt Scudder series is his best series, and this is one of the best books in the series. Hollywood has not been kind to Block - there is a lot of interior in his best books, and that doesn't film well, especially in a genre which has a lot of blood and thrills. The miserable "Eight Million Ways to Die" was based on a fabulous book, for example. So I wasn't expecting much, but sure hoping for something good.

Altogether, I'd say it wasn't bad. Liam Neeson was a perfect Scudder. The atmosphere of the film was great - picked up very well on the noir-ish quality of the books. A complicated computer-related segment was dropped and a simpler way found around the plot point, which I think was a good idea - it was meaningful and interesting when the book was written in the ninties, but not so much now. It's understandable that they chose not to keep the first victim as an Arab - audiences are incapable of seeing Arabs in a non-political way in a movie these days, I'd say. And I can understand why they changed the ending - a movie audience would find the original ending flat, I think. We really need to have our hero blow away the bad guys, it seems.

One thing I can never understand, though - why do they buy a tightly plotted book and then not use the plot? The original plot would have filmed as well as the confusing mess they substituted - in fact, it would have filmed better, with a cute girl providing the flashbacks instead of a fat weirdo. The main character who was totally edited out could have provided the emotional resonance which they then tried to re-inject via some highly artificial medical melodrama.

And in the name of heaven, if they are going to make use of the character's alcoholism and membership in AA as blatantly as they did - the twelve steps are read out over the soundtrack at the climax - why have him behave in such as way to negate everything he'd learned in the program that saved his life? But again that comes back to a modern audience never accepting a climax which has our hero doing anything but being the one to deal with the bad guys. Same thing with what happens to Peter - in the book it is so heartbreaking, but since it's not all about the hero, apparently that's just not acceptable in Hollywood.

I am totally unable to say whether or not this is a good movie, to someone who has not read the book. I suspect you'd find it a little confusing, with the plot not making complete sense. I suspect those who go for a thriller will find it a little slow, while those who go for a noir will find it a little too action-y. There are a few good scenes, though, so it might be worth checking out once it's on Netflix.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Sep 25 2014 02:01 AM

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" was fun. I kept looking for Terry Gilliam's name in the credits.

Addition: On a second viewing I was getting a great sense that Ralph Fiennes was channeling Leonard Rossiter of "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin" fame. The role of M. Gustave H is one that makes one wonder, had he lived, would Rossiter have fit the part (to me anyway)? I also appreciated the Balalaika music used to score the film (I admit it, I'm a sucker for the theme to "Doctor Zhivago").
Posted by: Mommakat

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Sep 26 2014 07:43 PM

The last film I watched was this last week a repeat of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". I have seen it twice previously and for those of you who have not seen it and like a good laugh I highly recommend it. I believe it was a low budget film that had success never dreamed of by the Producers. Believe me it is hilarious.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Sep 26 2014 09:05 PM

Yeah, Mehaul, it had a real Gillam feel to it, didn't it?

"The Royal Tenenbaums". I think I'll have to watch this one again to see what I think of it. Right now I'm just reeling with how good it looked and how great the music was.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Oct 02 2014 01:58 PM

Three with a setting of hospitals for those suffering from mind illnesses:

"K-PAX" (KP)
"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" (Nest)
"Girl, Interrupted" (Girl)

The three are set in the wards of what were called at one time Mental Hospitals. Nest was all men. Girl was all women. And in the depiction of the most modern configuration, KP, co-ed.
They all had 'other' wards (upstairs, ward 4 or permanent) where electroshock therapy, a brutal practice of high voltage AC applied across the temples that damaged (or quieted the brain they thought) the frontal lobes. In the two earlier films (KP was well after the next practice went out of practice because it was considered medieval) there was the hint that Lobotomy was still practiced (in Nest it was what happened to Randall and in Girl, it was referred to by Whoopi as 'putting down an anchor here')
The three showed that the medics believe that drugs are the be all/end all, both to control current situations or to effect a cure. They all treated the various illnesses as arising from physiological problems and only talked about psychiatric causes. But in the time progression from Nest to Girl to KP, you can see that adjusting the mind is more thought of and treating the brain less of.
My sense is that episodes might be due to chemical imbalances of the brain and might benefit from the application of the correct minerals. Continuous deviant behavior though might be a symptom of mind maps misdrawn and verbal corrections made to them over time could bring the sufferer back to normal. The profession seems to be making strides after centuries of locking away the patients was the only recourse practiced.
All three movies have some death in them. In KP, the 'shrink' feels it was a traumatic death that caused the maps to be rearranged and sought to make the patient aware that that repressed memory is the root of his problems (that ignores the SciFi angle to the story but I'm comparing the psych sides of the films). In Nest, Lobotomizing Randall leads to his euthanasia by the Chief out of pity. In Girl, one 'cured' patient commits suicide when faced with the fact she still has deep set problems and another major character is accused of being dead inside (for her there is hope if they don't fry her first)
The three tales are all well written. They cover background that leads to the illnesses. They show how different life is inside a mental facility. The older settings show that in those situations a martinet type of lead nurse/physician was required to keep things operating. The modern KP showed that empathy for there patients basic human needs was a factor in the way the staff handled their charges.

All three are great films with Nest probably being the most seen. I liked Girl the most since it concentrated more on what how the patients interacted That's tough to say with Nest there but I think it's true. Nest centered around Randall and how he reacted to the other patients and the authority figures while Girl was almost entirely patient to patient intercourse.

After screening these three together, I wonder how the American Care Act (ObamaCare) rates in providing mental health care. I know it ignores dental, but mental too maybe? It's a crime. Shame on our government. I expect someone will write a screenplay about current conditions soon.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Oct 02 2014 09:15 PM

"The Rules of Attraction" - James van der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Ian Somerhalder, Jessica Biel, Theresa Wayman

This is the parallel piece written by Bret Easton Ellis to "American Psycho". It details the college experience of Patrick Bateman's brother, Sean. It presents some opinions of why some of the people that populate Patrick's world became that way. There's the rich beyond means who decide what their college education will be. There are the crowd who want to be as close to the wealth as they can get. There are the teachers who are in it for carnal pleasure that a bevy of female students presents. There are the jocks who just care about physical rewards (okay, there aren't many of them in Patrick's world, but you have to guess they go on past college with the same psychoses that Patrick's crowd suffer from). There are those who spend their college years hiding their sexual desires and end up suffering Schizoid tendencies that split personalities bring to character. All those who rule our world today are enrolled in this college.
Then Ellis points out that the rebels may be the ones that succeed in going through the experience with a sane head on their shoulders and come out the other side normal. There is a question about what the ending means but Chavs doesn't want spoilers here so I'll cowardly avoid touching on the ending except to say I think it gives the reason why Patrick has the delusions he does.
I will warn that there is a lot of simulated sex depicted. How could a college tale be told without including it? If that doesn't turn you away, the movie does have one of the saddest scenes ever filmed when a co-ed feels shunned by the man she loves and commits the big Sui in a tub. A moment that will certainly touch your soul and prove to you that you have one. It's right up there with Uma's 'Birth of Venus' scene in "Baron Munchausen", Mena Suvari's bed of red rose petals in "American Beauty", Hitchcock's brutal shower attack on Janet Leigh in "Psycho" and the moment of Bogey and Bergman "always hav(ing)e Paris". The actress is Theresa Wayman who has done more music with her band Warpaint than performing on the screen. A shame, she seems to have a great acting talent to help us have stories told to us.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Oct 02 2014 10:25 PM

"Maurice", 1987. Based on a book that EM Forster did not want published until after his death, it deals frankly with homosexuality in Edwardian England.

This is a beautiful film - Merchant/Ivory never disappoint, and this is right up their alley. I defy anyone not to be moved by it, and not to thrill at the ending.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Oct 08 2014 11:32 PM

"My Man Godfrey" 1936

I'm not a huge fan of screwball comedies, but this one is pretty charming - it's the William Powell effect, I think. What a cutie with a three-day stubble.

And Carlo steals the show. When he's not eating he is being dreadfully hurt and offended - hilarious.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Oct 14 2014 06:58 AM

"The Darjeeling Limited" - I think I've had enough Wes Anderson for a while - I like his stuff, but it starts to pall eventually.

Reading the reviews for this one, most of the negative ones seemed to come from people who actually know something about India. I'd say this film is not about the real India, but rather some kind of fantasy India that only exists in Anderson's imagination. The less it is expected to reflect reality, the better for everyone.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Oct 15 2014 04:03 PM

"The Lady Vanishes" a very different type of train movie from the last one. Hitchcock, 1938. Very silly plot if you look at it at all closely, full of gallant Englishmen and slimy foreigners, spies and flying bullets - and cricket.

The leads are all charming, though - Michael Redgrave as our hero, Margaret Lockwood as the plucky heroine, and Dame May Whitty as the lady who vanishes. Really quite good fun.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Oct 16 2014 06:12 AM

Perfect description - silly, fun, charming. I love watching it for all those reasons. It is quite "Tin Tin" esque.

"The Greatest" - (2009) - emotional drama - not the greatest but good.

Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan, Pierce Brosnan. (Great cast over all).

Plot set up - young man dies, pregnant girlfriend introduces herself to his family.

Theme: grief, family, communication

Half brilliant and half not. But the halves came pretty equally spread out so there was no way you could switch off. I think the main criticism is sort of a good one -- too many great ideas and moments to fit into one film; therefore, unfortunately, some moments of sheer brilliance were wasted and some ideas seemed confusing. Ideally, this film would have been a two-parter or trilogy and that would have allowed the great moments to linger and the great ideas to be more developed.

Brosnan is good in an untypical role for him but totally out classed by Sarandon on the emotional drama front - well, who wouldn't be? Mulligan was also a class act even though her character was given far too many trite bits. What I would love dearly is if the director revisited the film and made three films out of it - Mulligan's story, Sarandon's story, and Brosnan's story.

I cried. But luckily, every time I cried the film did something disappointing and light so I never got hysterical.

conclusion: worth a watch - A diamond in the rough.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Oct 18 2014 10:45 PM

"A Long Way Down" 2014

I should probably not watch movies made from books I like....

Actually this wasn't too painful - the cast was good. Pierce Brosnan, again - he's actually a better actor than I ever gave him credit for, and does a good job of the rather stupid and shallow disgraced TV personality. Toni Collette as the mother of the severely disabled boy, Imogen Poots as the crazy girl, and Aaron Paul as the failed musician.

I just wish they didn't feel the need to tidy up books in order to turn them into movies - I know movies are capable of complexity, and ambiguity, and nuance, and loose ends, of reflecting life in all its messiness. But when they make a book into a movie, they seem to need to clean it up and tie it up with a big red bow. I suppose it's because they're a more expensive medium than books, and therefore must have more mass appeal. Too bad.

So, yeah - not the greatest, but good.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Oct 22 2014 08:17 AM

"Cloud Atlas"

Something different!


Several stories being told at the same time, set in different ages (past, present future), with an ensemble cast playing several roles each: including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving, and (my favourite) Jim Broadbent.

Took me several attempts to watch this. I felt I must be missing something, but I think that was how it was supposed to be as gradually things begin to dovetail, and somewhere around the middle of the film, it all got quite exciting! I want to say this is a masterpiece but I still feel a little confused by it, and I enjoyed it much more on my final attempt because I had watched the beginnings of the stories several times so was more clear about what was happening, so maybe it is a masterpiece of an idea. What is most enjoyable is that the stories have been left inside my head for me to think about.

It is nice to be offered something different, so I appreciate that, and I enjoyed working it all out! Fun to watch the actors in several roles too, and some of the nose make up was quite distracting.

I think I liked it.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: The last film you watched ... - Wed Oct 22 2014 11:45 AM

"Savage Messiah"
Dorothy Tutin, Scott Antony, Helen Mirren, Lindsay Kemp

I'm a fool for biopics about fine artists. This film is about the short but brilliant life of the drawer, painter and sculptor Henri Gaudier in the first decade and a half of the 20th Century. It relies heavily on his relation with the much older writer Sophia Brzeska. It details how some of the art movement had fled France at the turn of the century. Gaudier himself practiced Cubism. There is a gallery of his works shown at the film's conclusion. It is a shame that he didn't live past 23! The acting is top notch. Helen Mirren does some wonderful exposition about woman's suffrage for a third of her role. Another third depicts her as a life model for Gaudier. At times when in the controlled environment of a studio, tremendous use of colors, costumes, lighting and camera angles does convey some great sense of how Cubists envisioned the world. At times the dialog flows fast so you cannot allow distractions to your viewing of this little masterpiece.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Thu Oct 23 2014 10:38 AM

Will you be watching the "Mr Turner"? Just about to be released.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Turner_ (film)

Posted by: Chavs

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sat Oct 25 2014 02:44 AM

"Margot at the Wedding"

Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black.

Margot goes back to her home town to attend her sister's wedding, and estranged relationships get examined while everyone tries to outdo each other in an "on the verge of a nervous breakdown" battle.


If you are pretty depressed and want to watch people being a bit more messed up than you feel right now, and hope that the plot goes nowhere and takes a long time to do it, then this is a good choice. Or if you want to watch one of those bizarre, foreign language, moody films, with slightly psychotic characters and a wandering introspective undercurrent, but arent in the mood for subtitles, this might suffice. Otherwise, approach with caution.

No idea what this film was trying to do, be, or say. smile
I think I enjoyed being a voyeur though. You know when people are having difficult moments or conversations or private intimate fights/discussion, and you can't watch because it would be rude? But you'd quite like to watch? This way, you can watch. But you don't feel good about it afterwards.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Oct 27 2014 09:07 PM

"The Greatest"

I think I'll just go with Chav's review - it was really good except where it wasn't.

It's the writer's first movie, and it shows, but there are some great performances and some great moments. The bit where Allen flips out because Ryan is swimming in a strong current rang very true to me - I remember doing almost exactly the same thing to my son about three weeks after his dad died. But some of the plot improbabilities are just ... I mean, a surveillance video? Really?

Anyway, it's worth your time if you don't expect perfection.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Mon Oct 27 2014 09:16 PM

I also tried to watch "Death to Smoochy" but just couldn't. The comedy was on a line with the kind of thing I'd expect from a kids' movie - "Beethoven" or something. I don't want to see pratfalls in something that is billed as a dark comedy. It was like a movie aimed at eight year olds except with swearing. And penis cookies.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Fri Nov 14 2014 09:11 PM

"The World According to Garp"

If I hadn't read the book, I don't know if this would have made any sense to me at all. Robin Williams was very Garp, though - he was born to play that character. And John Lithgow was wonderful as Roberta.

"Fury". Pretty good war movie. Gotta say, though - this might be a mild spoiler - if you know you are in a fight to the death, wouldn't you make sure you had all your ammo inside with you? Not like you're going to need it tomorrow....
Posted by: trident

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Nov 16 2014 05:19 AM

Originally Posted By: agony
"The World According to Garp"

If I hadn't read the book, I don't know if this would have made any sense to me at all. Robin Williams was very Garp, though - he was born to play that character. And John Lithgow was wonderful as Roberta.


I didn't realize there was a movie version of this.
Posted by: agony

Re: The last film you watched ... - Sun Nov 16 2014 09:31 AM

It's not perfect but it's not bad.
Posted by: Snowman

Re: The last film you watched ... - Tue Nov 18 2014 03:25 AM

Horrible Bosses 2

Not very sophisticated, at times very vulgar but it made this tired old man laugh.