Return of the RECENT VIEWING

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 27 Dec 2018, 20:12

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Dark comedy about two women vying to be the unofficial consort of England's Queen Anne, reveling in the more perverse aspects of courtly life of the times. The best performance is by Olivia Colman as the Queen.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 28 Dec 2018, 09:13

Keeping it seasonal:

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Like fast-moving clouds casting shadows against a hillside, the melody-loop shuddered with a sense of the sublime, the awful unknowable majesty of the world.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby northernsky » 28 Dec 2018, 13:30

Darkness_Fish wrote:Keeping it seasonal:

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That's a terrific film!
We should all watch it as a Margot Kidder tribute this year.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Samoan » 28 Dec 2018, 16:51

driftin wrote:...

It's utter shite.

Of course it was. Had you not the slightest clue beforehand?

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 28 Dec 2018, 17:00

Samoan wrote:
driftin wrote:...

It's utter shite.

Of course it was. Had you not the slightest clue beforehand?

No, I'd never heard of it before and thought it'd be fun. Was I supposed to know it or something?

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 28 Dec 2018, 19:59

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If Philip K. Dick made a Telltale videogame it'd be something like this. What a weird, ultra meta, highly inventive piece of... television? Probably the most Black Mirrorish episode ever. Episode? What is anything?

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 29 Dec 2018, 13:30

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This is incredible.

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Postby driftin » 29 Dec 2018, 22:09

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So's this.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 30 Dec 2018, 11:56

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I hadn't seen this since I was a teenager, and recent viewings of the Denzel remake made me wonder if it was as good as I recalled. It is. Oozes class and grit, and doesn't waste a second of its running time, even down to the final gesundheit.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 30 Dec 2018, 17:15

Definitely, there was something about those 1970's films set in NYC which is timeless. This is one of the better ones, actually.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 31 Dec 2018, 15:03

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This doesn't really amount to much, but it's a pleasure watching the cast members (also featuring Sylvia Miles and a couple of instantly recognizable character actors) strut their stuff.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 31 Dec 2018, 18:52

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Something of a pleasure compared to the recent slew of smugly bland 'live action' superhero flicks. Much more stylish and smart, the comic-book art aesthetic is carried through with aplomb. I felt the second half weakened a tad, the extra characters were a little silly and unnecessary, but I'd take this over another CGI mugfest anyday.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 31 Dec 2018, 23:29

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Anne of the Thousand Days

The last of Richard Burton's seven nominated performances to make it to blu ray. I'd never seen it before, and It's pretty good. Not entirely historically accurate, but close enough - this story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and their dissociation from the Church of Rome in order to be betrothed is well acted, photographed, written, etc. Not a classic but a good transfer and I was entertained.

The Barefoot Contessa
Schlocky Hollywood melodrama which was a big hit in 1954 - a year which Bogie had no less than three successes (this, Sabrina, and The Caine Mutiny), and all of them worthy to some extent. A screenplay dealing with films, rags-to-riches, and a homosexual element buried in the production code. The transfer is okay but could be better. Another one I'd never seen.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 02 Jan 2019, 11:02

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Something of a pleasure compared to the recent slew of smugly bland 'live action' superhero flicks. Much more stylish and smart, the comic-book art aesthetic is carried through with aplomb. I felt the second half weakened a tad, the extra characters were a little silly and unnecessary, but I'd take this over another CGI mugfest anyday.

I thought it was pretty damn terrific. Not only is it really inventive visually, its story is just as over the top but at the same time manages to keep a sense of character development going and its message is lovely and wholesome. I only wish the villain was a little more developed but even that doesn't stop me from thinking this is the best superhero film since I can't remember and the best animated film in a couple of years.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 02 Jan 2019, 11:06

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Its editing and sound is still rather arresting almost 60 years later, even if it is more arch than meaningful.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 02 Jan 2019, 14:05

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Kind of a coming-of-age teen gross-out stoner comedy drama that's actually quite sweet.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 02 Jan 2019, 18:19

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Ingmar Bergman's Cinema

I just lost an essay where I dealt with the first nine films in this thirty nine film box. I hit submit and it didn't go through. Fuck it, I'm not gonna do that again. Needless to say, Criterion put this out a couple of months ago and I've been working my way through it ever since. Bergman is a maestro on the level of Hitchcock, Fellini, Kurosawa, etc. - a director who has made more than his share of classics and merely 'great' movies. An average film in his catalog is better than a good movie from most other auteurs if you follow me. He's not for everyone, as his relentlessly dour worldview permeates most all of his pictures - but if you're willing to go along, his talent is obvious. Anyone with Smiles of a Summer Night, Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, Summer with Monika, Scenes from a Marriage, Fanny and Alexander, the Silence trilogy, The Virgin Spring, Persona, The Magic Flute, Cries and Whispers, Autumn Sonata, and many more on his resume must be conceded the stature of genius.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Samoan » 02 Jan 2019, 19:23

The League of Gentlemen is a stylish comedy crime caper set in the 50's in London featuring a group of former army officers, disgruntled, disgraced and on their uppers. Led by Jack Hawkins, as Lieutenant-Colonel Hyde, a perfectly planned bank raid drawing on the gang's individual skills is almost pulled off. Delightfully funny, fast paced and very well acted. If you want a vicarious taste of tinned fruit salad dating back to the Boer War, this is the movie for you.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 03 Jan 2019, 05:20

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Gosford Park

Superb transfer from Arrow highlights this release of the last great Altman film. I recall there was some dissension here regarding the merits of this picture a month or so ago. Nonsense, it's easily amongst his better movies with a great Julian Fellowes screenplay serving as a dry run for the later Downton Abbey. There's even Maggie Smith doing her schtick and Ivor Novello is one of the characters who talk about him in Hitchcock's The Lodger. No less than three commentaries serve as icing on the cake. The Helen Mirren/Clive Owen denouement at the end was half the fun.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Diamond Dog » 03 Jan 2019, 09:01

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A documentary about "Sue" the greatest ever Tyrannosaurus Rex archeological find, in the Black Hills of Dakota, back in the early 90's..... and the incredible legal battle that then ensued (including prison time) over years, before the eventual sale at auction for over $7 million.

A fascinating film, with more skullduggery (see what I did there?) and plot twists than you'd have thought possible.
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