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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 10 Nov 2017, 13:50

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Goat Boy wrote:McDowell should have been a huge star.



That's what I always think, why happened or did he actually want to be (going by his earlier film choices)? Might be worth a thread on it's own.


he went after the money pure amd simple.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Neige » 12 Nov 2017, 10:12

Jeemo wrote:
The Great Defector wrote:
Goat Boy wrote:McDowell should have been a huge star.



That's what I always think, why happened or did he actually want to be (going by his earlier film choices)? Might be worth a thread on it's own.


he went after the money pure amd simple.


Yeah, and when playing the arch-opportunist Travis in Oh Lucky Man, he was probably just being himself. :P
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Postby Minnie Cheddars » 12 Nov 2017, 15:17

A few enjoyable plane watches:
'The Big Sick' by Kumail Nanjiani loosely based on his relationship with his girlfriend Emily - funny and sweet, 'The Secret Life of Pets' which was cute, a great sitcom 'Better Things' about an LA actress in her forties and her family, but my favourite was a film called 'Norman' starring Richard Gere - he played it beautifully and looked alarmingly like my Dad especially when he wore his flat cap. I would thoroughly recommend it.
As the credits rolled I saw both Life of Pets has a lead character with Louis CKs voice (and Spacey too I think) and that Better Things was produced by Louis CK so presumably they will disappear from view sometime soon.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 14 Nov 2017, 00:15

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Jackie Chan was seriously hurting himself and everyone else decades before The Raid. Awesome.


I watched the first two in that series again recently. Incredible stuff.
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Postby pcqgod » 14 Nov 2017, 00:37

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American Made (2017)

Entertaining drama/comedy based on the disputed story of an American pilot who (if the story is accurate) managed to spy for the U.S., smuggle guns in Reagan's secret war against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, smuggle Contras into the U.S. for secret training, all the while smuggling product for the Medellin cartel and...well it gets pretty complicated. The "Wolf of Wall Street"/"Big Short" twisted success story formula seems a bit familiar, but it works.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 14 Nov 2017, 09:47

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Decent enough hokey horror, following the lad from Hetty Wainthrop Investigates as he cages a young woman in a forgotten part of some kind of dog pound.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 14 Nov 2017, 14:40

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This was loads of fun.

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Very good indeed. Michael Shannon's breakout role, I suppose.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 14 Nov 2017, 16:06

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This was loads of fun.

I like that one a lot, although it was Night of the Demon over here. I love the fact that the murderer/coma-patient who goes bezerk is Brian Wilde, a character actor best known for playing ineffectual, slightly pathetic figures in sitcoms.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Goat Boy » 14 Nov 2017, 16:12

Total classic!
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby The Modernist » 15 Nov 2017, 07:53

Jeemo wrote:
The Great Defector wrote:
Goat Boy wrote:McDowell should have been a huge star.



That's what I always think, why happened or did he actually want to be (going by his earlier film choices)? Might be worth a thread on it's own.


he went after the money pure amd simple.


Probably. In his defence there was very little film industry in Britain to stay for in the 70s. If he'd stayed he'd have combined theatre with tv work, like most of his contemporaries. Once he went to The States, he worked regularly, but not in very prestigious things. I guess often the roles you get are only as good as your agent. Like most actors, he prioritised working over being very picky about his roles.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby The Modernist » 15 Nov 2017, 08:28

The Modernist wrote:
Jeemo wrote:
The Great Defector wrote:

That's what I always think, why happened or did he actually want to be (going by his earlier film choices)? Might be worth a thread on it's own.


he went after the money pure amd simple.


Probably. In his defence there was very little film industry in Britain to stay for in the 70s. If he'd stayed he'd have combined theatre with tv work, like most of his contemporaries.


Looking at his imdb and wiki entries, it appears this is what he largely did. He then did more work in The States in the 80s.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 15 Nov 2017, 12:12

The Modernist wrote:
The Modernist wrote:
Jeemo wrote:
he went after the money pure amd simple.


Probably. In his defence there was very little film industry in Britain to stay for in the 70s. If he'd stayed he'd have combined theatre with tv work, like most of his contemporaries.


Looking at his imdb and wiki entries, it appears this is what he largely did. He then did more work in The States in the 80s.



there's not much qualty control there. which is a shame as he's a terrific screen actor
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 16 Nov 2017, 04:18

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Death Rides a Horse

I'd love to start a thread on Spaghetti Westerns, but who would care? Anyway, many of the best ones feature people who worked on the Leone films, such as Lee Van Cleef in this one. Folks, for those who care, this is among the creme de la creme of Euro westerns.
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Postby pcqgod » 16 Nov 2017, 19:22

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Definitely one of the better sci-fi flicks of its time. Story by Ray Bradbury. The "alien vision" effect is effectively creepy.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 17 Nov 2017, 03:36

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The Fortune Cookie

Lesser Wilder, but still entertaining and the first pairing of Lemmon and Matthau, who is dynamite (he won the oscar for this performance).
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 17 Nov 2017, 12:22

Going to see two movies this weekend. Tonight its Justice League and on Sunday its Lawrence of Arabia 70mm.

wonder which will be best?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 18 Nov 2017, 03:23

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House of Bamboo
Another macho, Samuel Fuller flick from the mid '50s, with perhaps the most dazzling use of Cinemascope I can think of. The always interesting Robert Ryan and the usually wooden Robert Stack head a story of underground crime in Japan. None of that matters though because you can't take your eyes off of the visuals.

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Its heart is in the right place, and with a few plot changes it could have been something special. The actors are fine (but need better direction), yet the film lacks something I can't quite place - something intangible. Lesser Fuller, to be sure. I'd be lying if I didn't say I wasn't entertained.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Tactful Cactus » 19 Nov 2017, 11:21

This was great. Definitely not your average Jazz bio. Quite a surprising story if you don't know it.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Neige » 19 Nov 2017, 17:42

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I like John Sayles, but that was a bit disappointing.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 21 Nov 2017, 17:21

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An odd one: circular, elliptical structure, minimal dialogue, annoying framing device (not a narrative one, but a literal one; it has rounded corners, as though you're watching a movie on one of those old GAF View Master toys).

It's not giving much away to inform you that the guy dies in the first 10 minutes of the movie, after which he appears to fail to take the proper course to the afterlife or whatever and instead hangs around his house being sad in a bed sheet (which is initially extremely distracting and ridiculous, but you gradually become accustomed to it). He seems to become unstuck in time, yet rooted to the same physical location. There are some really, really long, static shots, which I guess serve to underscore how the ghost has an eternity of time to fill and nothing to do except be sad about how he's not with his wife anymore and it's actually quite poignant in that regard.

So it's kind of a meditation on death and loss from a supernatural, but rarely-to-never traditionally "scary" perspective; a romantic, metaphysical exploration of separation with some gorgeous cinematography, but which requires no small amount of patience. It's nothing if not unique - I really can't think of anything to compare it to.
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