Return of the RECENT VIEWING

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 11 Nov 2018, 02:43

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A Raisin in the Sun
Jesus, is this great. I'd never seen it before. A seminal performance by Poitier and a stellar screenplay (slightly watered down from the original play, but what do you expect from Hollywood in 1961?) and outstanding roles for all involved. Proof that I can still be gobsmacked by something I've never seen in 2018.

The Princess Bride
Love it or hate it (I was too old at the time of release to really get into it - but I showed it to my daughter, who'd already seen it of course - and she loves it), this is an outstanding package from Criterion. A great transfer, tons of extras, commentary, etc. I definitely like it more now than before but I'm not sure if it's The Wizard of Oz for this generation either.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 12 Nov 2018, 09:41

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Well this was quite something.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 13 Nov 2018, 05:14

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Probably the best performance I've seen Susannah York give - though I really haven't seen her in more than a handful of movies. She looks a bit like Julie Christie, no? One of Altman's more esoteric offerings, though it's not really hard to follow. A woman is in the throes of extreme schizophrenia, and she sees people from her past who aren't there. Not only that, she sees real people, but with other people's bodies - so she's never sure whom she's talking to. A descent into madness and another film heavily influenced by Bergman's Persona (I said much the same thing last week when I reviewed 3 Women, only it's more obvious here). Fantastic photography in Ireland by Vilmos Zsigmond and an interesting score by John Williams add to the allure, but it's certainly not for everybody.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 13 Nov 2018, 10:14

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Well this is pretty insane. It's like the original Wicker Man had a baby with Mandy. I enjoyed it very much.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Bent Fabric » 13 Nov 2018, 16:19

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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Ironically enough, considering the subject matter, this movie comes across as pretty tame, television movie level entertainment, no real invention or subversiveness (aside from flashing negative reviews of the title song during the montage of its recording). Few scenes have real dramatic power, but the closing scenes will probably bring a tear to your eye or a lump in throat if you're a fan.


I took the wife and kids over the past weekend.

As a love letter to the magic of Queen, it very much works, and that may be all I could really have gone in expecting from this type of endeavor. That might have been enough. The comic relief of "John Deacon" was a nice touch, for sure, as were a few of the running gags.

Hopefully, a person who saw it and found themselves fascinated by the music and story would then turn to the albums, concert videos, various biographies (I've read a few and they weren't bad at all) for a more fleshed out version of the main event.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 13 Nov 2018, 17:59

Bent Fabric wrote:
As a love letter to the magic of Queen, it very much works, and that may be all I could really have gone in expecting from this type of endeavor. That might have been enough. The comic relief of "John Deacon" was a nice touch, for sure, as were a few of the running gags.


It's certainly not a bad way for a Queen fan to spend two-odd hours.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Bent Fabric » 13 Nov 2018, 18:04

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It's certainly not a bad way for a Queen fan to spend two-odd hours.


Yeah - the internet was awash in negative reviews before we got a chance to see it, and...let's be honest, it was always going to be a certain type of movie.

BUT

I knew - that no matter what - I was going to sit in a movie theater and listen to some of my favorite music at top volume with others, and that seemed pretty exciting.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Goat Boy » 13 Nov 2018, 18:33

See, part of me would like to see it just cos of the music but then I think it might just piss me off too much.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby $P.Muff$ » 15 Nov 2018, 02:57

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Hipster biker rapists dabbling in Nazism must have seemed pretty shocking to some audiences in 1967. This is the first of the Billy Jack series, and it's a bit long for what it is, but still pretty good fun.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 15 Nov 2018, 04:15

I love Born Losers. One of the best biker films.

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The Last Movie

After the success of Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper could've done anything he wanted. What he wanted to do was direct a film in Peru about a hired hand cowboy on the set of a western who decides to stay down there after filming on a Sam Fuller oater wraps and the trials and tribulations he gets into after that. It's as esoteric as you'd think and it's certainly more interesting than good. I've always wanted to see this and I knew what to expect. I'm not gonna lie though - I wish it were better.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 15 Nov 2018, 09:20

Its a real mess. I remember when tv channels used to have interesting film seasons, either about directors or themes. Films just don't get shown now on telly apart from streaming services. I saw Last Movie 20 odd years ago.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 15 Nov 2018, 16:56

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It is a little unfortunate that this film allows the perpetrator of the attacks to have a platform by making him one of the main characters but in the end it also deconstructs him as the slimy narcissistic twat he really is and ironically it uses his own ideologies against him to do so.

Perhaps the film’s helicopter view of the aftermath of this tragedy is both a strength and weakness, showing stories from all sides including the killer’s defence lawyer (who is firmly against what he did but is very just), the victims, the victims’ families, and various politicians who try to figure out what to do as a nation, and of course the killer himself but I’m glad that in the end it is a strong polemic for kindness and perservance and against him specifically and what he stands for even if it takes a slightly problematic route to reach that conclusion.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Samoan » 15 Nov 2018, 17:32

$P.Muff$ wrote:Image

Hipster biker rapists dabbling in Nazism must have seemed pretty shocking to some audiences in 1967. This is the first of the Billy Jack series, and it's a bit long for what it is, but still pretty good fun.


I think you're a little immature for this forum, petal.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Born_Losers

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby $P.Muff$ » 15 Nov 2018, 23:07

Hey, lookie, a Wikipedia link. Am I supposed to feel more grown up now?

Weird vibes on this forum.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 15 Nov 2018, 23:43

$P.Muff$ wrote:Weird vibes on this forum.

ikr... what the hell was that?

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby algroth » 16 Nov 2018, 02:32

I'm also confused, not sure what that accusation is about.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby caramba » 16 Nov 2018, 08:12

algroth wrote:I'm also confused, not sure what that accusation is about.


SP Muffs (aka "Petal") had the temerity to enjoy something one of BCB's resident trolls found too jejune and should therefore move to a forum better suited to his/her allegedly more juvenile tastes.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Samoan » 16 Nov 2018, 08:12

Howay, the lads !

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby caramba » 16 Nov 2018, 11:26

Samoan wrote:Howay, the lads !


If it walks like a troll, talks like a troll and tries to post a Geordie accent like a troll...

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby $P.Muff$ » 16 Nov 2018, 11:34

Samoan used to have a quote of mine regarding New Order's "Temptation" as her signature. It was such a benign quote I never understood why someone would feel the need to use it as their signature. Now this. Strange.