Discussion in 'Movies' started by Mel O'Drama, Sep 24, 2016.
Dead Man Walking (1995)- this movie was cast perfectly!
Carry On Don't Lose Your Head.
The original VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960)
Everybody in the little English village of Midwich falls asleep just before lunch and later wake up pregnant. The resulting children are blond and brilliant and set to take over the world. George Sanders and little Martin Stephens star.
In retrospect, it's a lot like THE BIRDS.
Orson Welles' favorite film of his own was CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (aka: FALSTAFF) which bears the copyright date of 1964 but released over the next several years in several places, seen widely in Europe but very little in the States at the time... It's all beautifully realized in lyrically brutal B&W, although I'd be lying if I said that I was able to follow all the rapid-fire Shakespearean dialogue... Borrowed openly by the more muddled portions of MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO decades later; but Keanu Reeves, though likeable, is no Keith Baxter (and Van Sant is not quite Welles).
Sir John Gielgud plays the King. As he always does and must.
Carry On Doctor.
The Devil Wears Prada
I'd seen this before but had forgotten that Emily Blunt was in it. Early in her career, Anne Hathaway starred with Julie Andrews in the Princess Diaries movies, meaning that she has worked with both the former and future Mary Poppinses.
It occurred to me that Meryl Streep's Miranda character is similar to Mary Poppins inasmuch as she engenders a fierce loyalty despite an aloof and abrasive manner.
I finally watched Pitch Perfect for the first time and (honestly) I feel it was over-hyped.
My general view of prequels is that they're a waste of time since the endpoint is already fixed and this is really no exception.
Despite some chilling scenes and a not-so-surprise twist ending, this is largely just a connect-the-dots filling in of an origin story that might have been better left unexplained.
The real shame is that Ridley Scott's return to the franchise seems to have put the kibosh on Neil Blomkamp's plans to bring back Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn for an alternative sequel to Aliens - potentially a much more exciting idea.
Sully (2016)- I really enjoyed this one. My only complaint would be the constant could-have-been/nightmare scenes of the plane crash. It felt overdramatic and like sensationalism that went beyond what was necessary for the film.
The only thought-provoking aspect of this movie is how they thought they could get away with Stating The Obvious in such a sappy and cliché fashion.
Watch PLEASANTVILLE for a more imaginative and more effective approach.
Yes, it was. It has all that fast-paced and twist-y stuff of THE GOOD WIFE and DAMAGES.
The Red Shoes (1948)
It's one of those films I'd never seen but always knew I should see -- it's Martin Scorsese's favourite movie and Kate Bush named an album after it -- but, you know, it's about boring old ballet and I knew there was a really long dance sequence in it, so I wasn't in any hurry. But, surprise surprise, it's as brilliant as everyone says it is. The ballet stuff is not at all stiff and theatrical; it's really, really cinematic and almost psychedelic, which is quite remarkable given the 60s hadn't even happened yet. The whole film is beautiful to look at, so rich and vivid and colourful -- you want to pause almost every shot and hang it on your wall -- and the story is romantic and tragic and timeless: it feels earthy and otherworldly all at the same time.
How mouthwateringly intriguing.
Crocodile Dundee II.
The 1973 Disney animated version with Baloo the Bear as Little John.
IT - was very good, but long at 3 hours (didn't really notice the time going in though). Didn't like the ending and preferred the original ending.
The Man With The Golden Gun.
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