Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by jamesblakefan#1, Mar 22, 2010.
How insane was the scene when he's flying the plane in the beginning????
Kung Pow - Enter the Fist.
Incredibly corny movie but I absolutely love it to pieces due to it's stupidity. Perhaps one I could watch for ages and still never find not funny.
Prisoners - Excellent movie. One of the best this year, no doubt there. 9/10
Anyone remember The Prisoner, the series from the 60s?
It's a documentary about the truly sinister money lending practices in the United States. It was filmed right before the crash of 2007/2008.
Went to see "About Time".
Oddly enough, we had just seen a revival of "Our Town" the day before. Almost exactly the same theme. Worth seeing though.
Watched We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.
Good movie, which puts to bed the notion that Assange is merely an altruistic hero, and shows him more as an egomaniac (some of whose actions happened to have a positive effect for some), guilty of many of the same traits he claims to despise in others.
Basically the history of humanity all over again.
The back story about Bradley Manning's personal problems and his relationship with the confidant who ended up exposing him is quite interesting.
Will watch, thanks.
The Book Thief
A little German village during WW2, refugees hiding in basements, locals herded away never to be seen again. Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson are terrific as usual but we've seen all of this before, every war/holocaust cliche is used here and ultimately drags the film down.
I literally thought the film was "Diary of Anne Frank" when the trailer was on..
I did too lol.
Will watch it. Already read the book. How is it compared to book?
The Spy who came in from the Cold (1965) - Richard Burton. Liked it, nice plot with twists.
Anchors Aweigh - lovely musical with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Although felt a bit long at moments, but enjoyed most of it.
D.O.A (Dead on arrival) - interesting old movie of a guy who has a short time to live (murdered) and has to solve his own murder before he dies. Interesting plot.
I usually avoid remakes but I'll give this a shot since you recommended. I also have the old version of Oceans, which I'll check out one of these days. btw, did you see rififi ?
My random insomnia is good sometimes...I'm watching "The Whistle Blower" on TV right now. Made in '87, it's loaded with great actors (Michael Caine, John Gielgud, Nigel Havers, Gordon Jackson, James Fox). It only predates the Smowden affair by 25 years.
I didn't read the book, a few people I spoke to who had thought the film didn't do the book justice.
Yeah, it shares alot with the Anne Frank story and adds nothing new, which made it too familiar and ultimately disappointing.
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One of the best series ever..........you must watch McGoohan's Danger Man (Secret Agent Man in the U.S.) first to get the set up. McGoohan always claimed that there was no connection between the two BUT watching them totally set each other up.
McGoohan was a genius - The Prisoner was his baby and he produced it.
I saw Inception for the 23rd time. That movie still blows my mind away!
This should be expected for "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears."
Is that the sequel to "From Russia with love"
Just watched a really interesting documentary on the Queens Place Rangers, "four year plan." It was a very interesting behind the scenes look at pulling that club out of bankruptcy and to the premiere league. On netflix, would recommend.
Pacific Rim - Quite watchable with great visual effects but the actors sucked balls tbh.
I have been on a Ozu and Malle binge lately. Arguably two of the greatest filmmakers in world cinema.
Saw Thor 2 yesterday and it was amazing. I was extremely entertained from start to finish
Easter Parade (1948.) - Fred Astaire, Judy Garland. Usual love story, but some swell songs in it. JG is really sweet.
Ocean;s Eleven (1960) - Sinatra. Very slow first hour and the second really did not make up for it.
Goodfellas - De Niro and Joe Pesci. d by Martin Scorcese. Very interesting look into the lives and sub-culture of Italian crime families in NY.
Which ones of Malle ?
I saw Best Man's Holiday. That is definitely one of the best movies I've ever seen. It will have you crying and then laughing 30 seconds later... Good Job Malcolm Lee(Director)
Murmur of the Heart, Au Revoir Les Enfants, Elevator to the Gallows, and My Dinner with Andre. He's pretty much one of the greatest and most overlooked filmmakers in cinema. By far France's best filmmaker, too. Extremely versatile with a true eye for humanity and honesty in his works.
What is this?lol
The cat doesn't agree with you. :mrgreen:
Saw My Dinner with Andre last night. Very interesting and extremely well made.
What is your opinion of Truffaut ? And talking of French directors how do you like Bresson ?
It's a masterpiece, and one of the greatest written films of all time.
Truffaut is interesting, but there's a few films of his that I have distinctive distaste for, Stolen Kisses being one of them. The 400 Blows is probably his best film, as cliche as that sounds. It's a shame he died at a relatively young age, though.
Bresson is great. I'd rank him alongside Bergman as one of the best existential filmmakers in world cinema. A Man Escaped and Mouchette are harrowing masterworks.
In terms of French cinema, though, I'm not a huge fan. When looking at instrumental film movements and periods, the French New Wave has never really appealed to me. For starters, I mostly hate the works of Jean-Luc Godard, despite his pioneering role in technical filmmaking. Something like Italian Neorealism is of more interest to me.
But generally, when looking at foreign cinema, it is the Eastern works that I tend to naturally prefer. Japanese cinema, Russian cinema, and, most recently, Indian cinema.
You kidding? You didn't like that movie? Have you seen it?lol
Watching Skyfall. Kind of sucky.
I was let down too. The villain is abysmal.
The plot was kind of obscure. I feel like they just shot a bunch of generic, albeit impressive action scenes and called it a day. Overall, very disappointing, especially considering I think they have one of the best Bonds going right now.
One, Two, Three (1961) - a Billy Wilder comedy set during the Cold War. Funny here and there, but contains every possible anti-Communist cliche there is, and also the blonde secretary always willing to please stereotype. The boy Horst Buccholz is also in Fanny.
Mean Streets - Scorcese, with De Niro. Has great reviews but I've found it quite boring. I still have 30 minutes of it to watch.
^ Thanks for your comments, Elite.
Goodfellas and Casino where, in my opinion, Martin Scorsese's best movies.
Cape Fear and Shutter Island were not bad either.
Scorsese's best film is The King of Comedy, in my opinion. An impeccable companion piece to Taxi Driver, and both a hauntingly tragic yet darkly comic slice of storytelling that holds more relevance today than it did some thirty years ago.
It's always been one of Scorsese's more overlooked films, but I think it's pretty much perfect.
Toss-up between AfterHours, Bad, and The Last Temptation of Christ.
Shutter Island really gave me the creeps and still does. I still can't get over the fact that you could be thinking your world is the real one, whereas it may be totally a figment of one's mind. More so since both my folks are going through dementia. My dad has no idea who we are or where he is, etc etc (ALS).
Last night I saw most of After Hours. I still have 30 mins to go. I really don't understand the point of such movies. It's there in Ebert's greatest. I was quite grossed out by those two guys kissing each other continuously in the bar.
I enjoyed A Man Escaped as well as Diary of a Country Priest and Balthazar. Also, Pickpocket.
What Indian Cinema are you watching? What have you liked?
Mostly Satyajit Ray at the moment, who is arguably India's most prolific and respected auter, so it makes sense to start with him. I'll also say that I am watching some Iranian cinema at the moment, too - Abbas Kiarostami's Close-Up is sublime filmmaking and just heartbreaking.
My favorite series of all time. I bought the boxed set, and watched it the last time I was in Australia. Everyone involved in AMC's so-called remake should be shot.
16-Love. I'm in the process of watching it right now. It's a tennis movie that's on tennis channel atm.
Not the best movie I've seen, but hey there aren't many tennis movies, right?
Limitless, just watched in 3 hours ago. Sick film, if only we all could use 100% of our brains.
The HISHE (how it should have ended) is a hilarious youtube channel that spoofs movies and re-does the endings. You guys should check it out if you haven't seen them before. Here's the one for The Avengers for example:
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