Return of the RECENT VIEWING

..and why not?
User avatar
Harvey K-Tel
Long Player
Posts: 39075
Joined: 16 Jul 2003, 23:20
Location: 1220 on your AM dial

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 10 Jan 2018, 14:44

Snarfyguy wrote:Image

Mad Max comparisons aren't apt at all; this is quite a different -- and likely more realistic -- take on post-apocalyptic "society," a Hobbesian dystopia of scarcity and privation. The plot, as the title indicates, concerns an elemental, Darwinian struggle to survive amidst zero-sum competition for virtually non-existent resources.

There's no room for inessentials like unnecessary dialogue (and there may not even be a score - certainly, I wan't aware of any incidental music) here. It's a reflection of spare, lean world in which nothing is wasted. Food and sex have a price, but trust is beyond calculation.

Very well done, I thought.


I watched this last night on Netflix, and enjoyed it. I had a few nit-picky moments with it, and didn't really like the ending, but there you go. It was a decent enough way to pass the time while B was out at a poetry class.

*edit*

I also enjoyed, and was surprised by the fact, that it's an Irish film, and I didn't have to put up with a bunch of bullshit American bravado and machismo, which most post-apocalyptic films tend to trade in.
Last edited by Harvey K-Tel on 10 Jan 2018, 16:40, edited 1 time in total.
If you've got nothing to do, don't do it here.

User avatar
Darkness_Fish
Posts: 4217
Joined: 27 Jul 2015, 09:58

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 10 Jan 2018, 15:06

Snarfyguy wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote:Hmm, Bob Mortimer apparently disagrees with BCB:

https://twitter.com/RealBobMortimer/sta ... 5277475840

"Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!"

He's deleted it, what a snowflake. Must've had pressure from the BCB massive. It just said something along the lines of "Snowtown, film about the body in a barrel murders. Fucking shit."
Saving my holier-than-thou nonsense for a more deserving cause since '82

User avatar
pcqgod
Posts: 15986
Joined: 11 Apr 2010, 07:23
Location: Texas

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 10 Jan 2018, 16:02

Image

Darkest Hour (2017)

Focusing on the brief period of Winston Churchill's ascension to Prime Minister of England until the fall of mainland Europe to Axis powers, this drama actually offered a surprising number of light-hearted moments; the charm of Oldman's lead performance no doubt hinges a great part upon the quirky aspects of Churchill's personality. It plays a bit like a sequel to 'The King's Speech,' although the dramatic tension created by Churchill's will to lead Britain into a perhaps futile battle against the Nazis being balanced and checked by the various branches of the British government, factions in his own cabinet, and the wishes of the King reminded me rather more of the Abraham Lincoln movie from a few years back. This is the second new movie I've watched in the past year in which Dunkirk is a major plot-driving element, and I haven't even watched the Nolan movie yet!
Where would rock 'n' roll be without feedback?

User avatar
Matt Wilson
Psychedelic Cowpunk
Posts: 28573
Joined: 16 Jul 2003, 20:18
Location: Edge of a continent

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 10 Jan 2018, 17:10

Image
The Apartment

Arrow's new remaster looks marvelous, and if you're a fan of the film, then I'd recommend picking one up because it's a limited edition with tons of extras and a nice, fat book is included as well. There's even a UK version (the one I bought, actually). Perhaps Wilder's best picture.

User avatar
Goat Boy
Bogarting the joint
Posts: 30635
Joined: 20 Mar 2007, 12:11
Location: In the perfumed garden

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Goat Boy » 10 Jan 2018, 19:06

Image

This was terrific. Really solid performances, a deft script and it felt current despite its genre tropes (lawman on verge of retirement, heist gone wrong, end of movie shoot out).

And the director is Scottish bizarrely.
Jimbo wrote:I'm on a we never went to the moon video tear these days - and it looks like we didn't.

User avatar
pcqgod
Posts: 15986
Joined: 11 Apr 2010, 07:23
Location: Texas

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 11 Jan 2018, 17:25

Image

Interesting HBO documentary featuring interviews with various Bowie collaborators, Bowie interviews and some great archival footage, tracing his career from the start, but focusing on the recording of his final two albums and the production of his play 'Lazarus.'
Where would rock 'n' roll be without feedback?

User avatar
Samoan
Posts: 9711
Joined: 28 May 2008, 10:22
Location: The Steaming Metropolis

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Samoan » 11 Jan 2018, 17:53

Image

Moving day hell for seven households linked by a chain of intense confusion and understandable stress. Two removal companies, with gaffers and employees of differing sense and sensibilities try to hold it all and everyone together with varying degrees of success.
Other roles in addition to those featured on the poster are played by Leo McKern and Billie Whitelaw.
PresMuffley wrote:Hearing Kelly Macdonald sing that chorus bit in Trainspotting was the first time I ever heard anything of "Temptation". I probably thought it was a Scottish folk song at the time.

User avatar
Tom Waits For No One
Posts: 2347
Joined: 14 Nov 2014, 08:05

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 11 Jan 2018, 20:09

Matt Wilson wrote:Image
The Apartment

Arrow's new remaster looks marvelous, and if you're a fan of the film, then I'd recommend picking one up because it's a limited edition with tons of extras and a nice, fat book is included as well. There's even a UK version (the one I bought, actually). Perhaps Wilder's best picture.


Thanks for this Matt. I'll go and grab a copy.
A kid swapping a fishing rod for a Dr. Feelgood album.

User avatar
PresMuffley
Posts: 909
Joined: 06 Feb 2017, 12:00

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby PresMuffley » 11 Jan 2018, 20:46

I'm taking my best friend to see The Treasure of the Sierra Madre this Sunday as a belated 40th birthday present. He's never seen it before and I've never watched it on the big screen. Should be fun. It's only playing on the 14th & 16th:

https://www.fathomevents.com/events/tcm2018-the-treasure-of-the-sierra-madre
Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.

User avatar
OCT
hounds people off the board
Posts: 14863
Joined: 24 Apr 2007, 23:21
Location: pursued by the enraged queen

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby OCT » 11 Jan 2018, 20:59

Goat Boy wrote:Image

This was terrific. Really solid performances, a deft script and it felt current despite its genre tropes (lawman on verge of retirement, heist gone wrong, end of movie shoot out).

And the director is Scottish bizarrely.




last April, BCB's Most Tedious Poster wrote:Image

Lots of by-now-familiar crime drama tropes - mumbling, tyres whirring up sand, diners, cops getting shot in the head and birds-eye shots of big open plains - but this was as good as this genre ever gets. And Jeff Bridges was outstanding. I love Jeff Bridges.


;)
The Great Defector wrote:I don't go to plays, just something I don't get about plays. The Macbeths I seen were for school.

User avatar
jimboo
Posts: 6458
Joined: 29 Dec 2005, 17:43
Location: taking a foxy kind of stand

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby jimboo » 12 Jan 2018, 17:33

I love Jeff too , does he do that chewing on a stalk of grass delivery that has emerged in recent years?
Goat Boy wrote:Oh, do fuck off, prog boy.

User avatar
jimboo
Posts: 6458
Joined: 29 Dec 2005, 17:43
Location: taking a foxy kind of stand

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby jimboo » 12 Jan 2018, 17:39

I watched Platoon the other night. I remembered it as a good movie. On second viewing I found it quite hammy and really rather comical. Charlie sheen seemed to be the obvious choice for the later hot shots , he really isn't his dad is he?
Goat Boy wrote:Oh, do fuck off, prog boy.

User avatar
Davey the Fat Boy
Posts: 22785
Joined: 05 Jan 2006, 02:55
Location: Applebees

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 12 Jan 2018, 20:53

PresMuffley wrote:I'm taking my best friend to see The Treasure of the Sierra Madre this Sunday as a belated 40th birthday present. He's never seen it before and I've never watched it on the big screen. Should be fun. It's only playing on the 14th & 16th:

https://www.fathomevents.com/events/tcm2018-the-treasure-of-the-sierra-madre


I’ve been contemplating going to that too. Never seen it on a big screen before.
The opinions of this poster are subjective. That’s how opinions work.

Image

User avatar
Darkness_Fish
Posts: 4217
Joined: 27 Jul 2015, 09:58

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 13 Jan 2018, 15:27

Image

Really liked this one, I just wish it hadn't kinda watered down its message a bit with the clumsy finale.
Saving my holier-than-thou nonsense for a more deserving cause since '82

User avatar
Geezee
Posts: 11979
Joined: 24 Jul 2003, 10:14
Location: Where joy divides into vision

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Geezee » 15 Jan 2018, 14:41

pcqgod wrote:
Interesting HBO documentary featuring interviews with various Bowie collaborators, Bowie interviews and some great archival footage, tracing his career from the start, but focusing on the recording of his final two albums and the production of his play 'Lazarus.'


I didn't like it very much - didn't understand why they jumped back to the archival footage, just became very disjointed and watered down. The focus of this doc was really meant to be the last 5 years, which i felt could have been very interesting - but it didn't do that at all. Plenty of other docs out there focusing on his earlier career so didn't really feel the archival stuff was necessary, nor did it add anything (a couple of pieces of footage I think were newly discovered but they just seemed to incongruously add them in a "look! what we found here!" fashion despite having nothing to do with the documentary). It was probably too early to do this one.
Smilies are ON
Flash is OFF
Url is ON

User avatar
PresMuffley
Posts: 909
Joined: 06 Feb 2017, 12:00

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby PresMuffley » 15 Jan 2018, 14:54

Davey the Fat Boy wrote:
PresMuffley wrote:I'm taking my best friend to see The Treasure of the Sierra Madre this Sunday as a belated 40th birthday present. He's never seen it before and I've never watched it on the big screen. Should be fun. It's only playing on the 14th & 16th:

https://www.fathomevents.com/events/tcm2018-the-treasure-of-the-sierra-madre


I’ve been contemplating going to that too. Never seen it on a big screen before.


I hope you went, or are planning on attending tomorrow. We had an excellent time. The theater was pretty much empty, and it had those badass reclining seats. A couple drinks of Booker's at the bar beforehand helped to liven up the event as well. We're going to try to catch Vertigo in March.
Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.

User avatar
pcqgod
Posts: 15986
Joined: 11 Apr 2010, 07:23
Location: Texas

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 15 Jan 2018, 15:42

Image

Aguirre: Wrath of God (1971), blu ray edition

Immediately after finishing this I watched it again with the English Werner Herzog interview/commentary because I had so many questions about the locations, actors, native languages and other aspects of this movie and was not disappointed. Plenty of interesting, hilarious and even frightening anecdotes concerning the making of the film as well, plus interesting insights into Herzog's method and philosophy of film.

Image

The Villainess (2017)

Korean action movie mixing martial arts and shoot-em-up, in that sub-genre where the lead character is a killing machine who can take on an army by him/herself. Features some pretty good action sequences, but the human moments didn't quite balance them out.

Image

The Babadook (2014)

Allegorical story about grief and resentment posing as supernatural horror. Some surprising moments here.

Image

Spirited Away (2002)

I have to applaud the imagination in this Alice in Wonderland story, but I kind of hate that anime aesthetic.

Image

Godzilla 1984 (The Return of Godzilla, U.S.)

I think this was the first reboot of the series, returning Godzilla back to his destructive force of nature/nuclear allegory roots. It also relies heavily on the classic Godzilla formula and f/x: toy airplanes, rubber suit Gozilla knocking down power lines, detailed miniatures of Japanese cities for Godzilla to fuck up, and of course crowds of frantic people evacuating. Somewhat of a sluggish start to what would be a good series in the Godzilla canon.
Where would rock 'n' roll be without feedback?

User avatar
Darkness_Fish
Posts: 4217
Joined: 27 Jul 2015, 09:58

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 15 Jan 2018, 21:06

pcqgod wrote:
The Babadook (2014)

Allegorical story about grief and resentment posing as supernatural horror. Some surprising moments here.

I like that film an awful lot, even without the grief-driven thematic underpinning, it's just a quality horror. That kid is just weird, too. The guys behind the film also released a limited edition run of the Babadook book, but it goes for stupid money on ebay now. They actually tell people not to buy it, that they'll try and get more out soon, I hope they do, I'd love a copy.
Saving my holier-than-thou nonsense for a more deserving cause since '82

User avatar
pcqgod
Posts: 15986
Joined: 11 Apr 2010, 07:23
Location: Texas

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 15 Jan 2018, 22:19

Darkness_Fish wrote:
pcqgod wrote:
The Babadook (2014)

Allegorical story about grief and resentment posing as supernatural horror. Some surprising moments here.

I like that film an awful lot, even without the grief-driven thematic underpinning, it's just a quality horror. That kid is just weird, too. The guys behind the film also released a limited edition run of the Babadook book, but it goes for stupid money on ebay now. They actually tell people not to buy it, that they'll try and get more out soon, I hope they do, I'd love a copy.


The kid was amazing.
Where would rock 'n' roll be without feedback?

User avatar
Matt Wilson
Psychedelic Cowpunk
Posts: 28573
Joined: 16 Jul 2003, 20:18
Location: Edge of a continent

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 16 Jan 2018, 05:56

Image
Father Goose

Grant's penultimate film is a silly romantic comedy which isn't really either. He thought he might win an oscar if he pulled a Bogart a la The African Queen so we see him here scruffy and cranky with a woman thirty something years younger than he is. I think even he was embarrassed, but then he cast her so there's that. Yes, it's somewhat charming because he always was - and it made a lot of money in 1964, so he knew what he was doing. But no oscar, not even a nomination. He finally did get an honorary one years later. It made him very happy.