Movies and TV
(8/18/2008 8:59:00 PM)
the HP series and the pirates trilogy
(8/4/2008 5:52:00 PM)
The Lives of Others
Thank you for Smoking
Remember the Titans
Jean De Florette
S. Michael Downs
(8/3/2008 5:25:00 PM)
HERE GOES IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER
BLADERUNNER: WOW...SYD MEADES VISION OF THE FUTURE IS SPOT ON.
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO: A BIG YES! (DESPITE WHAT SOME SAY) THIS FILM IS LYRICAL, THE CINEAMATOGRAPHY IS ART ITSELF AND LARA SO VERY BEAUTIFUL.
APOCOLYPSE NOW...THE ULTIMATE STATEMENT ON THE INSANITY OF WAR.
ANY MARX BROTHERS BUT NIGHT AT THE OPERA IS A FAVE. BRILLIANT COMEDY DONE SO WELL IT SEEMS UNREHEARSED.
BATMAN DARK KNIGHT: IT'S HARD TO WATCH LEDGER BRING THE JOKER'S TRAGIC CHARACTER TO LIFE WITHOUT THINKING OF HIS UNTIMELY PASSING BUT IT'S A MUST SEE FOR ANY COMIC FAN.
SIN CITY: THE BRILLIANCE OF FRANK MILLERS DESIGN BROUGHT TO LIFE ALMOST PANEL FOR PANEL, AMAZING.
PULP FICTION: MAYBE SOME OF THE BEST DIALOGUE EVER PUT ON FILM ALONG WITH NATURAL BORN KILLERS AND TRUE ROMANCE (DON'T MISS THIS ONE) TARANTINO HITS HIS PEAK IN THESE THREE FILMS.
ANIMAL HOUSE: GREAT COMEDY WITH THE IMMORTAL AND TRAGIC BOLUSHI.
ALIENS: THE WHOLE SERIES! WORTH IT FOR GEIGER'S DESIGNS ALONE BUT MADE EVEN MORE OUTSTANDING BY HAVING A FEMALE HEROINE.
KING KONG: THE ORIGINAL IS STILL UNSURPASSED (IN MY OPINION) EVEN BY SEVERAL REMAKES. NEITHER OF THE REMAKES EVEN COMES CLOSE TO TOUCHING OUR HEARTS OR DAZZELING OUR IMAGINATIONS AS DOES THE ORIGINAL.
SNATCH: BRAD PITT'S BEST ACTING JOB IN A TRULY FUNNY AND ACTION PACKED ADVENTURE BY MADDONA'S HUBBY.
LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY: AN AMAZING DIRECTING FEAT...PERIOD!
CASINO ROYALE: THIS ONE REINVENTS BOND AS A EGOTISTICAL, KILLER....LOVE IT!
(7/18/2008 6:47:00 AM)
Top Ten Films?
Well, they are in here somewhere.
This is all from memory, which is probably as it should be.But I had a stroke a few years ago and my memory isn't what it used to be and twelve years ago I gave away five shelves of film reference books when I emigrated. This is what remains.
Anything by Buster Keaton is a privlege, but 'College' is special. WC Fields is a master of slapstick and verbals, Teamed up with May West in 'My Little Chackadee' he peaks. Great, as are The Marx Bros usually but 'Go West' and 'The Big Store' were dreadful.
More recently 'The Wedding Crashers' and 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' had me roaring.
Welles lived his life backwards, started his career as a prodigious genius and ended mediocre. 'Citizen Kane' is on most serious lists and has to be on mine. This is panache cinema.
'The Commitments' drama-documentary in suburban Dublin, I deliberately watch it in black and white and wonder why Parker didn't. He could have.
'West Side Sory' and 'On The Town', location musicals with terrific set pieces.
'Loving You', bright and breezy, a bit dated but a record of Elvis as a tenor, when he was good.
Gay Communist Passolini produced 'The Gospel According To St. Matthew' and had his Jesus almost throwing away his best and most famous lines rather than announcing 'Love they neighbour' with tearfull eyes and violins.
'Life of Brian' was a hoot, 'The Last Temptation of Christ', thoughtful and stunningly clever.
'The Shadow Warrior', never a dull moment, never a static camera, sweeping, gliding, waving feast for the eyes.
Dark and moody 'Usual Suspects' and 'Reservoir Dogs' and so bloody and frightening, 'Seven' with a payoff that freezes the spine. 'The Third Man' with its tilted cameras and post war evil.
Errol Flynn's 'Robin Hood' is definative, nobody ever swashed a buckle better.
'Clockwork Orange' the bright colourful presentation almost disguises the underlying malice of everybody involved.
Arthur Kennedy would have been bigger if not a contemporary of Mr. Sad John Wayne. He is so watchable as John the Baptist in 'Cool Hand Luke'. (The Christ parody is underplayed) . Newman is outstanding in his portrayal of a no hoper going no where.
'Moulin Rouge', the latest one, took my breath away with its sheer nerve and verve. 'The Village' was broody and so well told. Sadly I guessed the ending half way through - sorry!
'Jungle Book' is still the best cartoon ever but 'Ice Age' and the Wallace and Grommit series are always welcome.
Most serious lists include 'Battleship Potemkin' and mine is no exception. Nuff Sed, If you haven't seen it, get it!
'Apocolypse Now'. Everything except Brando is super-watchable.
The American pre-McArthy realism of 'Grapes of Wrath' and 'Of Mice and Men' is near perfect, 'High Noon' gets a 'perfect' too.
One more western, 'Samba Tourare' from Birkina Fasso, and, in African mood, 'The Wind' from Senegal,
Oldies but goodies, Jean Vigo's 'L'Atlante', watch it twice and you know the inside of that barge as well as your own home.
'Pretty Woman' is a wonderful fairytale marred by one unneccesary scene where Roberts' gum-chewing, foul-mouthed work-mate visits. Go to the lav while this bit is on and the movie is better for it.
'Lock, Stock and Smoking Barrel' and 'Fight Club' are both dark, subversive, mysterious and ultimately mid-blowing.
'The Third Daughter' could have been messy, but fine acting lifts it. And I have to mention Cornel Wilde's 'Naked Prey', a symbolic fable which compensates for his previously dreadful Chopin!
Nicholas Cage, 'Raising Arizona', is manic, anarchic, totally engrossing, and 'Lord of War', antithesis, strangely related to 'Arizona', but more terrifying.
'Hotel Rwanda' and 'The Last King of Scotland', only slightly sanitised recent history of helplessness.
And the film I have watched every Christmas for so many years, George C Scott in 'A Christmas Carol'. What a performance. And I have just acquired a digitally tinted version of Alistair Simms' earlier version. Almost as good, but a bit twee.
Four films that I do watch over and over again.
'Green Mile' rivetting voyeurism. There are still moments when I have to turn away and wipe a tear.
'Paradise Alley', an early Stallone effort so full of life, hope and exuberance in the face of adversity.
'Duck Soup', anarchy plus.
'The Colour Purple', an obvious but failed stab at an Oscar, but all the better for that.
And without dipping into Golden Turkeys, the worst films in my world.
Olivier's 'Hamlet' ham is the word, and cucumber!
Anything with Chuck Norris
Disney's 'Pochahantis' never touched me.
'Cleopatra' (Liz and Rick)
'Pearl Harbour' One excellent scene but anachronisms galore, especially the hair styles.
I have forgotten so many, can't recall.
There was a De Niro piece. He played a stroke victim taking voice coaching lessons from a transvestite. If I had the title I'd buy the DVD.
Well, if you got this far, Thank you.
Or did you fall asleep like I did during 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe'?
(7/16/2008 10:06:00 AM)
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There is some pretty ordinary stuff posted on these pages.
My top te will come to me.
But Zivago is definately in my Bottom Ten
Turgid, weak, repetative, morbid and obvious......and that is just the cinematography.
I walked out at half time and absolutely refuse ever to go back and watch another eighty minutes of that pathetic angst.
If you really want to watch a looser on the road to nowhere.... try Cool Hand Luke, or Salvador, at least you might want them to succeed, if they ever could.
(7/12/2008 5:57:00 AM)
My top touching movies and stories/plots of pure genious would be;
-The Note Book
-(and yes) The full 'Saw' series
-V for Vendetta
-The Road To El Derado (yes the cartoon)
there is definitely more, my mind just cannot grasp them.
(7/11/2008 2:51:00 PM)
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10 best movies
1- pearl harbor
2- saving private ryan
3- green mile
4- les miserable
5- romeo and juliet (leo decaperio)
7- 15 minutes
9- enemy at the gates
10- man on fire
(7/9/2008 6:23:00 PM)
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10 of the very best(or 13)
The Godfather 1 and 2
Whistle down the wind
Angles with dirty faces
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Made in Britan
(7/9/2008 4:23:00 PM)
10 of my favorite movies (in no particular order) :
2.Wild Tigers I Have Known
3.Pay It Forward
4.The Complete 'Saw' Series
6.The Rules of Attraction
7.Mr. & Mrs. Smith
8.My Fair Lady
10.Black Snake Moan
(7/8/2008 11:57:00 AM)
Pretty Woman. (A film that never gets stale. A 'take you out of yourself' type romantic, dreamy, storyline, that one can watch again and again) . Richard Gere. Julia Roberts.
Rainman. (Dustin Hoffman was great in the lead role playing an autistic person) .
Calender Girls. (Brave ladies, very well directed and filmed) . Helen Mirren. Julie Walters.
Three Weddings and a Funeral. (Funny lighthearted film, with happiness and sadness in equal measure) . Hugh Grant. Angie McDowall.
The Wizard Of Oz. (Seen when I was seven, have loved it ever since) . Judy Garland.
Roger Rabbit. (Superb Special Effects - well acted and produced) . Bob Hoskins.
North By Northwest. (Great Spy Thriller) . Cary Grant.
Dr Zhivargo. (Brilliant Scenery, heartbreaking story) Omar Shariff. Julie Christy.
The Full Monty. (Great fun movie) .
Brassed Off. (Fantastic Acting, a story about a brass band trying to win a competition) . Brian (?) Postlethwaite.
Little Voice. (Wonderful Characters) . Michael Caine. Brenda Blethyn.