Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by editor, Jul 25, 2010.
No, I haven't - yet. Is it worth watching?
It's extremely good. On a different level to any other MCU product.
OK, so. . . more Civilization, taking the story up to the Reformation.
And I'm nearly finished the Lakes - John Simm is really good.
Not to mention this, from 1967:
Nancy Sinatra's TV special from 1967. Sponsored by Royal Crown Cola, which apparently still exists.
Also featuring her old man, who is credited as "Daddy", with all that that implies.
A Woman's Secret (Nicholas Ray 1949) - watched because he's a famous director and thought this might be a famous early 'women's picture' but it's a creaky and mostly gigantically dull farrago about a singer whose factotum/manager might or might not have shot her. Don't bother.
The House Bunny (2015) - made with the full support of and a cameo from the Hef, so it pulls its punches considerably, but having a dumb campus-frat-sorority flick based around a superannuated Playboy Bunny having to learn to navigate the real world, and serve as house mother for a sorority of unloved outsiders, makes for surprisingly nuanced comedy with even the odd whisper of feminism. Anna Faris is fucking amazing - physically entirely believable as a Bunny, slapstick comedic talent up there with Laurel&Hardy as written by Sarah Silverman. It's utterly heteronormative, bit dodgy on race, and has Emma Stone (Emma friggin Stone, people) playing a stock geeky-nerdy-unattractive character. But considering the genre it's in - frathouse farce - and the audience it's targeting - tweens teens and 20somethings - this is seriously subversive stuff. (it is also, occasionally, funny enough to make you wince.)
I bought the boxset of Deadwood a couple of months ago, and I've finally started watching it. Fucking hell, Bullock has hairy arms
I am a bit behind and only just caught this - it is a truly beautiful film- I usually avoid anything costumey, but glad I stayed up to watch this.The cinemaography captured what Turner was seeing in many scenes. Best 3 hours i have spent watching a filum this year
Investigation of a citizen above suspicion. A high-up cop kills a woman then manipulates the investigation into her murder. 1970s crime drama about corruption in the Italian police. Interesting detail about the workings of the political police section and a Morricone score.
Les biches. Manipulative woman starts a relationship with a man her female lover's already involved with. (Presumably her lover anyway, it's not made completely clear.) Not Chabrol's best but interesting enough.
The Lobster. I have to watch again as it is very odd film.
The Great Wall.
Utterly pointless and not even fun. Avoid.
Age of Adaline was on my screen last nite.
But what did you think of it?
Even his lesser stuff is worth checking out. The only one of his that I really didn't think was worth watching was Inspecteur Lavardin.
Saw an trailer for High-Rise (2016) by Ben Wheatley on film4, showing next week. It looked really good so cheated and watched it online.
Based on JG Ballard's dystopian novel of the same name, its pretty slick Brit Flick, set in the 70s, in a highrise block of flats, with the rich on the upper floors, rifraff on the lower.
Really well done with a good cast, deffo worth a watch.
Just watched I, Daniel Blake. I had thought I was ready for it but I was in bits pretty much throughout the film, and devastated by the end.
It has been criticised for exaggeration, but only by people who haven't experienced the gruelling experience of signing on. I have been lucky enough to only catch a glimpse of the reality portrayed in the film, but it all rings so true.
My right-wing moneybags uncle and aunt visited recently from NZ and they had seen it and expressed some understanding and sympathy with the characters in the film and their appreciation of the terrible situations they'd been forced into. They are the target audience of this film, and I am glad it has at the least given them some perspective on the situation. Loach is to be applauded for this. His films have a lot of reach and do not merely preach to the choir.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Didn't think it was up to much, especially in comparison to the first five movies in the series which were all excellent. It had a cheesy low budget feel to it and too many action scenes.
Gold rocked, based on a true story the film's characters expressed humanity and had a transcendence towards the end!
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