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!
Northwest , a Danish film about a young burglar in a working class area on Copenhagen who is tied into selling his proceeds to an Arab fence and his gang. By chance a stranger requests him to steal items to order and he ends up working for a firm a couple of leagues higher than the Arabs. His on going spat with the Arabs starts to have an impact with his new work.
Dead realistic , very touching and grim.Would definitely reccomend.
Love and Friendship - adapted from a minor Jane Austen novella, filmed mostly in Ireland. Critics went mad for it, saying it might be the best/wittiest version of Austen on screen ... I was slightly less convinced. There was plenty I liked about it - Kate Beckinsale is really pretty good as a ruthless scheming social parasite, it looks great, and there's much more bitchy tone and scathing sarcasm than usually makes it into pretty-frock Regency dramas. Also a brilliant turn from Tom Bennett as perhaps the stupidest man in England, who is amazed by the very existence of peas. It's great fun and a crisp, economical 92 minutes, not an ounce of fat on it. Well worth your time, but it's not quite the artistic miracle some reviews might suggest.
I watched two documentaries, one from quite some time ago:
this ones quite good- you can see precisely where a lot of journos have got those nuggets of his sleazy and corrupt past for their articles
this from very recently, still good enough and makes for an interesting compare/contrast, howevere most was not new news to me as we all saw trumps run for the big seat in real time.
Then I saw star wars rebels, the season finale to cleanse my brain of lingering trump
Well,umm i think it was good movie. A one timer. Would recommend.
Right now, I'm watching the Killing. I know, I'm years behind everyone else with this one, but it's really good. I like Lund's grumpy arsehole of an assistant especially.
Headshot - felt like a filler for The Raid 3. Bad sign when one falls asleep through the action.
Live By Night - boring. Wasted 2 hours on this shit.
Belle. How fantastic to see a beautifully made costume drama so acutely explore the nonsense that is race/sex/class structures.
A good first alien contact film but if you're expecting anything in the style of Independence Day, you'll be disappointed
Surprisingly decent minor horror flick, despite some truly abysmal dialogue and performances at the beginning. Some good caving action early on, and it would probably have been better carrying on down that route, rather than introducing a gargantuan gang of gollums. But it delivered its shocks well enough, and it was enjoyable to watch a women based horror where they don’t have to get their clothes off at all. Quite how the fuck they got a sequel out of it, I don’t know.
A film of the seventies music scene of the same name. I’m not wild about retro brit seventies flicks, they’re too often too bothered about recreating the look and not bothered enough about decent scripts, or even basic set ups. This is a very numbers scenario – young disaffected lad gets into <insert scene here> in order to impress a girl. He gets good at it and does indeed impress the girl; then something horrid happens. It’s delivered perfectly well, and the dance scenes are very well done and do bring over the excitement of the scene. Not a bad way to kill a dull evening.
The Debbie Reynolds/Carrie Fisher doc made just before they both died. I’d put it off for a while as I’m just not that fussed about DR, and had seen enough of CF’s real life since they passed. But it was surprisingly entertaining, I don’t think I particularly learned anything about either of them, but they were both sassy and funny, except for when they were being sad and fucked up. Better than expected
OJ: Made in America - 7 hour documentary on OJ Simpson but telling a much wider story of America, LA, racism, media etc. Fantastic really, the last episode about his life post-trial was probably a little weak, which meant that the end was a little flat but that's a minor quibble. The interviews were excellent, they managed to get people say things to the camera that you struggled to believe.
Hue & Cry (1947) - an Ealing classic. Young East End lad obsessed with crime comics ends up embroiled in a caper based out of Old Covent Garden veg market, where his boss turns out to be a major crim. Brilliant performances throughout, a much more realistic/less patronising depiction of working class characters than was common in UK cinema at the time; some astonishing visuals of Blitzed London and near-Victorian working conditions, and hints at the War leaving some serious psychological scars. Beautifully clear sound (film bods: did Ealing record on location or redub everything on sound stages?) and I think a restored print, too. It's safe for all ages, though I'm not sure how interesting people who are young today would find it. Like an amazing glimpse into a vanished world preserved alive forever on film ... even though the plot/story are silly and it gets cartoony toward the end.
The Frozen Ground (2013) - mediocre, standard-issue serial killer thriller which doesn't deliver. You might think a film starring Nic Cage and John Cusack couldn't fail, but this one keeps both of them on such short dramatic leashes that it never takes off. Determinedly downbeat and grimy and miserabilist, unsensational but somehow still a bit exploitative. Vanessa Hudgens does OK in an underwritten role as one of the working girls who manage to escape psychokiller Cusack. And 50 Cent (!!!) turns up in epically awful hair as a pimp. Nowt else to recommend it.
Also rewatched Blood Ties (2014) and I'm still not feeling it - a terrific cast but the actors are too diverse in style & mood to make the mileu believable. Also a right downer.
we need more smilies..all I'm saying
ah ! typed that in a hurry. what I meant was of course "couldn't fail to go drastically and ridiculously over the top as they chew chunks out of the scenery, but....."
(if they'd gone that way it would have been a much more entertaining watch tbh)
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