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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Minnie the Minx » 03 Nov 2018, 14:29

Last night we started to watch the original version of The Woman in Black. We had started watching it on Halloween but were too tired to stay up and watch it all. I had seen it before, and recalled being terrified by it. About 25 minutes in last night, we couldn't watch anymore because we felt so uneasy and scared. Two grown arse adults! We ended up watching re-runs of Smack the Pony instead.
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Postby Samoan » 03 Nov 2018, 18:21

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The One was up against it from the get go escaping from an island nation during wartime.
British WW2 POW camps were either in the wet, windy, rural and remote north west of England from which if you escaped you'd soon succumb to exposure or starvation or prisoners were shipped over to Canada.
Two failed escape attempts later, once by feigning Dutch Allied air force identity, The One and a contingent of fellow German prisoners are shipped to the frozen wastes of Halifax, Nova Scotia and aided by a three day Canadian rail road trip and a crate of Montreal's finest apples, things start to look up.

This is the true story of Franz von Werra, a Luftwaffe pilot who was the only German prisoner-of-war in Britain ever to successfully escape and get back to Germany.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 04 Nov 2018, 02:19

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3 Women

Altman's films usually fit into three categories for me: The good/great, the above average/average, and the not-so-good/abysmal. He made just as many weak movies as he did good ones, that's for sure. The first category would include MASH, McCabe & Mrs Miller, The Long Goodbye, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts, and Gosford Park. The middle category would include this, Thieves Like Us, California Split, Secret Honor and a few more. Unfortunately, most of his other films fall into the last category. The story of 3 Women came to him in a dream, and it has more than a few similarities to Bergman's Persona. Except that picture is a masterpiece, this is merely pretty good. Neither a satire, nor a deconstructionist view on Hollywood tropes/genres. An upgrade to my Criterion DVD.
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Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 06 Nov 2018, 07:52

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Altman's films usually fit into three categories for me: The good/great, the above average/average, and the not-so-good/abysmal. He made just as many weak movies as he did good ones, that's for sure. The first category would include MASH, McCabe & Mrs Miller, The Long Goodbye, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts, and Gosford Park. The middle category would include this, Thieves Like Us, California Split, Secret Honor and a few more. Unfortunately, most of his other films fall into the last category. The story of 3 Women came to him in a dream, and it has more than a few similarities to Bergman's Persona. Except that picture is a masterpiece, this is merely pretty good. Neither a satire, nor a deconstructionist view on Hollywood tropes/genres. An upgrade to my Criterion DVD.


3 Women is top tier Altman. Only McCabe & Mrs. Miller and Nashville truly rival it.
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Postby Geezee » 06 Nov 2018, 11:16

And Gosford Park needs to be moved down to the trash pile.
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Postby CLOWN » 06 Nov 2018, 11:20

Definitely.

California Split might be my favourite, actually.

At least he put Short Cuts and Nashville in the right category.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Samoan » 06 Nov 2018, 11:29

Geezee wrote:And Gosford Park needs to be moved down to the trash pile.

Agreed.
I'd like to put A Wedding in the middle category.
Out in it's own category perhaps as it features a lot of dance and which I like a lot, as I did ballet :roll: is The Company.

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Postby GoogaMooga » 06 Nov 2018, 11:31

Altman is best with an ensemble cast and overlapping dialogue. Plus "adventurous" zooms...
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Postby CLOWN » 06 Nov 2018, 12:56

GoogaMooga wrote:Altman is best with an ensemble cast and overlapping dialogue. Plus "adventurous" zooms...


He's the BEST with ensemble casts! That's why I love him. Him and Forman.
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Postby CLOWN » 06 Nov 2018, 12:57

I really should see Short Cuts again...
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby CLOWN » 06 Nov 2018, 13:00

That Cold Day In The Park Blu-ray going for 9 quid on Amazon - any good?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/That-Masters-C ... A383380011
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Postby GoogaMooga » 06 Nov 2018, 13:03

RELD-LOMAX inc. wrote:That Cold Day In The Park Blu-ray going for 9 quid on Amazon - any good?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/That-Masters-C ... A383380011


For completion's sake, yes. Introspective, brooding... none of the lightness you get in later pics.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby CLOWN » 06 Nov 2018, 13:06

Ah, I probably won't bother, then. Thanks anyway.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Neige » 06 Nov 2018, 22:13

No mention of the "theatrical" works Streamers and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?

It's been 30+ years but I liked these a lot.

And I'd put Three Women in the top category too.
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Postby Samoan » 07 Nov 2018, 08:52

Prêt-à-Porter, now that was a sight for sore eyes.

Look at that cast -

Anouk Aimée
Marcello Mastroianni
Sophia Loren
Kim Basinger
Stephen Rea
Lauren Bacall
Julia Roberts
Tim Robbins
Lili Taylor
Sally Kellerman
Tracey Ullman
Linda Hunt
Rupert Everett
Forest Whitaker
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Postby Geezee » 07 Nov 2018, 10:50

RELD-LOMAX inc. wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote:Altman is best with an ensemble cast and overlapping dialogue. Plus "adventurous" zooms...


He's the BEST with ensemble casts! That's why I love him. Him and Forman.


Whilst even the expression "ensemble cast" immediately puts me ill at ease, including with Altman. You can look at the cast of Pret a Porter and of course, it looks incredible. But the movie itself was a vapid, wasteful exercise, just like Gospel Park.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 07 Nov 2018, 14:36

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12 Monkeys

One of Gilliam's more celebrated efforts is also one of his biggest hits (much like The Fisher King, I guess). Bruce Willis shows why he was a movie star who could act (he never did get an oscar nod in his career, did he?), and Brad Pitt's first nomination is here. Reportedly inspired by a French film called La Jettee (Terry claims he never saw it before making the picture). I've never had the pleasure either. I like this one though.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby GoogaMooga » 07 Nov 2018, 15:17

Pret a Porter was great fun!
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Twang » 07 Nov 2018, 15:49

What's wrong with Gosford Park?

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Postby $P.Muff$ » 07 Nov 2018, 21:47

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Caught this for the 3rd or 4th time on Monday. Excellent writing and performances - the kind of taut family drama that isn't made these days.