What DVD have you just watched?

I just watched this on Netflix and ordered the DVD.  Truly outstanding.

 

It is the DVD companion to this CD, which I also recommend highly.    This is a soundtrack to a movie done about the same time.   The movie is plenty good.  The CD is better.    It is a cherry picked history of James Brown's big hits from the early days through Get Up Offa That Thing. 

All three produced by Mick Jagger. 

 

 

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:  Two Films:  Tchaikovsky's Women | Fate  [The Christopher Nupen Films]

I suppose you have to die before they start to create all the supposed details of ones life in documentaries. (RE: Kissin film lack of details).  Nupen provides a nice program of details here and so this is informative and interesting but didn't quite fulfill my unique need to quench my interest in the piano music of Tchaikovsky.  There is a very short interlude with a solo work (same one twice) and again a very brief reference to the Piano Trio (twice).    

The Five Pennies:  Danny Kaye | Louis Armstrong | Barbara Bel Geddes | Harry Guardino | Bob Crosby \ Bobby Troup | Susan Gordon | Tuesday Weld

When it comes to any film my personal judgement always assesses the visual and aural beauty before the story line.  Musically, The Five Pennies is a total winner for me.  Being semi-biographical adds to the story line.  Louis Armstrong and others including Red Nichols pull this off admirably and visually.  Who else has the talent like Danny Kaye these days?  One of my favourite movies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRirEDoWWlU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYau8FdhXDM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ9rSeu1CR0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbfb2SYdSqo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3FKbUplUjg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXF9ERIQz5A

Natalie Portman:  a Tale of Love and Darkness

Haim, I know you have said you preferred the book to this film but thank you for mentioning this one some time ago.  Without knowledge of the book I would say I found it very interesting and I quite liked it - especially some of the cinematography.  I know will look forward to reading the Amos Oz book...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2Jd6COX9Q0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_bC0o9l2vs

I love this ellipitical, highly opaque 1976 movie by one of these islands' best film-makers, Nic Roeg. Bowie is of course perfectly cast as the exiled alien, but there are great performances from Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry, etc. Tony Richmond's cinematography is stunning, making brilliant use of the claustrophobic interiors and the desolate, vast open spaces of the American South-West.

The blu-ray transfer on this massive 40th anniversary box-set is exemplary.

Spent so much time in the air this year, I ran out of 'new' films - so I upgraded to the classics. Recent highlights included this trio. Very enjoyable, genre-defining, even if I wouldn't include any of these in my personal top 25.

Cheers

EJ

EJS posted:

 

Spent so much time in the air this year, I ran out of 'new' films - so I upgraded to the classics. Recent highlights included this trio. Very enjoyable, genre-defining, even if I wouldn't include any of these in my personal top 25.

Cheers

EJ

Good choice. All three are great movies.

Enrico Oliveri is a shrewd, experienced politician, a senator and party leader of the center-left whose career is in decline. His party is currently in opposition and by all projections is headed for another defeat in the upcoming elections. Members of his party want to dump him. Suffering depression and exhaustion, he decides to disappear for a while, hiding incognito in Paris, France at the home of a former lover, Danielle, who is now married to a famous film director by whom she has a school-age daughter.

Panic ensues among Oliveri's political intimates when they discover his disappearance. His right-hand man, Andrea Bottini, does not lose faith, but instead gets the idea of secretly substituting Oliveri's twin brother, Giovanni Ernani, an over-the-top writer and philosopher who has previously spent time in mental health care and is still medicated.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWmCTuZ-zwA

We really enjoyed this. The way different time streams for the individual stories are interwoven is very cleverly done, and good to see a modern war film that isn't dripping in gore. Very tense, made more so by the beating heart soundtrack. The 4K picture quality is truly astonishing and so is the 5.1 surround sound; not Atmos but wonderfully immersive nonetheless. Not overlong either.

tonym posted:

We really enjoyed this. The way different time streams for the individual stories are interwoven is very cleverly done, and good to see a modern war film that isn't dripping in gore. Very tense, made more so by the beating heart soundtrack. The 4K picture quality is truly astonishing and so is the 5.1 surround sound; not Atmos but wonderfully immersive nonetheless. Not overlong either.

That's on my post-Xmas shopping list. Now where did I put those gift vouchers?

Bought this a few weeks back but have been saving it for a uninterrupted viewing over the holiday period. A Tarantino film that I haven't previously watched all the way through which, given the way he makes his films, can't really be done. I enjoyed it. Jackson very menacing. As some have said previously, when Tarantino is mentioned this isn't the movie that springs to mind but it is, perhaps, one of his best pieces of work.

  

thebigfredc posted:

Just watched Dead Man on Amazon video.

Shot in b & w and starring Jonny Depp as a hapless Accountant trying his luck in the Wild West. Music by Neil Young too. 

It was offbeat but really quite enjoyable.

Yes that's bit of cult classic. I've not seen it in years. Must chase it down.

Easy Rider.

I had cleared the decks in anticipation of a Das Boot afternoon with my son. Circumstances conspired against me though and I was left to console myself with this famous 60s road film.

I liked Peter Fondas performance but Hopper and Nicholsan were a bit too much.

It wasn't exactly enjoyable, more thought provoking perhaps and quite strange at times.

tonym posted:

We really enjoyed this. The way different time streams for the individual stories are interwoven is very cleverly done, and good to see a modern war film that isn't dripping in gore. Very tense, made more so by the beating heart soundtrack. The 4K picture quality is truly astonishing and so is the 5.1 surround sound; not Atmos but wonderfully immersive nonetheless. Not overlong either.

Ah, Tony beat me to it. Wonder how the 4K version compares to Blu-Ray? Not that I've got any 4K hardware anyway!. My HDMI 1.3 cables are buried in the wall and connected to a now old hat Full HD Pioneer 50" Kuro, so I'd have to did them out for something that can handle 4K data. 

Still think the Pio has a great picture though when fed with Blu-Ray. 

 

tonym posted:

We really enjoyed this. The way different time streams for the individual stories are interwoven is very cleverly done, and good to see a modern war film that isn't dripping in gore. Very tense, made more so by the beating heart soundtrack. The 4K picture quality is truly astonishing and so is the 5.1 surround sound; not Atmos but wonderfully immersive nonetheless. Not overlong either.

I have just spent much of Christmas and New Year with someone who is on the voting panel for BAFTA, so I had a bit of a film fest over the period watching quite a few of the many dozen films that she had been sent for BAFTA consideration. Another BAFTA member came round for some of the showings, so it was extremely interesting to compare their professional opinions with my own. Unfortunately, I did not get to see either 'Dunkirk' or 'Blade Runner', but will be buying them for myself in 4K format, despite them not being rated by the two professionals. They felt that whilst some of the cinematography in Dunkirk was fantastic, the film itself was dreadful. I suspect I will disagree with them when I eventually see the film.

I'm not sure which of the following films have been released yet, but of the ones I watched, I really enjoyed:

'The Post' - excellent performance by Tom Hanks in particular. Again, the BAFTA pros were ambivalent at best about the film.

'Molly's Game' - an interesting debate amongst the watchers of this film about the real life principle character (Molly) and whether or not she deserved any empathy or was simply an attention seeker. It was also fascinating to find out elsewhere the real life identities of the high stake poker players in the game. Ben Afleck and Matt Damon were apparently the 'nice guys', whereas the character representing (allegedly)Tobey Maguire is portrayed as a really nasty piece of work.

'Three Billboards' - one to avoid if you dislike profanity, but after a dubious start turns out to be a very rewarding and almost heartwarming. A superb performance by France's McDormand. Also really loved by the BAFTA pros.

'T2 Trainspotting' - This has of course been out for some time, and I had seen it before long ago, but I liked it every bit as much second time round. Very funny (if you can understand the accents and dialects, and in my opinion even better than the original.

If you have kids, then I would thoroughly recommend both 'Paddington 2' and 'Coco'. I thought Paddington 2 was even better than the original, and the Pixar animation 'Coco' was simply stunning. Very watchable for both kids and adults. Everyone liked them.

Films that were OK, but no more than that: 'Limehouse Golem' & 'Stronger'.

Worst film and biggest disappointment of the week - without a doubt for me was 'The death of Stalin'. I had expected this film to be very funny, but for me it was gratuitously unpleasant from beginning to end, and whatever comedy that was supposed to be there completely missed the mark for me. A couple of those who watched it with me enjoyed it, so you may not agree with my verdict.

A very interesting week for me.

Excellent physchological-thriller-with-a-twist, tautly directed by David Fincher. Rosamund Pike is superb as the calculating psycho, and even Ben Affleck is good. An unexpected delight, and proof positive that when given good material to work with, Fincher's one of the best directors in the business.

 

Kevin-W posted:

Excellent physchological-thriller-with-a-twist, tautly directed by David Fincher. Rosamund Pike is superb as the calculating psycho, and even Ben Affleck is good. An unexpected delight, and proof positive that when given good material to work with, Fincher's one of the best directors in the business.

 

Yes, Kevin. Very much agree about Pike's performance in this. Previously I'd kind of thought of her as a bit of an eye-candy actress but this movie caused me to appreciate that she's actually very talented, portraying a scary character very effectively.   

MDS posted:
Kevin-W posted:

Excellent physchological-thriller-with-a-twist, tautly directed by David Fincher. Rosamund Pike is superb as the calculating psycho, and even Ben Affleck is good. An unexpected delight, and proof positive that when given good material to work with, Fincher's one of the best directors in the business.

 

Yes, Kevin. Very much agree about Pike's performance in this. Previously I'd kind of thought of her as a bit of an eye-candy actress but this movie caused me to appreciate that she's actually very talented, portraying a scary character very effectively.   

This was broadcast on TV the other day. I was a bit disappointed by the stalemate ending.

Clive B posted:
MDS posted:
Kevin-W posted:

Excellent physchological-thriller-with-a-twist, tautly directed by David Fincher. Rosamund Pike is superb as the calculating psycho, and even Ben Affleck is good. An unexpected delight, and proof positive that when given good material to work with, Fincher's one of the best directors in the business.

 

Yes, Kevin. Very much agree about Pike's performance in this. Previously I'd kind of thought of her as a bit of an eye-candy actress but this movie caused me to appreciate that she's actually very talented, portraying a scary character very effectively.   

This was broadcast on TV the other day. I was a bit disappointed by the stalemate ending.

I didn't see it as a stalemate ending, Clive. I saw it as Pike's character having won, prepared for her husband to know how, and implying that she was now fully in charge of their marriage that he now dare not leave. [sorry for spoilers for anyone who hasn't seen the movie].  

M

The Girl With All The Gifts

Horror is not really my thing, but my younger daughter bought this for me for Christmas, and so a viewing was obligatory .......and?

A small budget well executed film with a interesting plot premise, slightly let down by an ending which failed to strictly follow the logic of the world that they had built.

If you like zombie films then I would watch this.

M

Eloise posted:
tonym posted:

Via Amazon Prime. A strange, rather sad, but also funny and uplifting little french animation film.

Isn’t “strange, French film” a tautology?  Not that there is anything wrong with French films being a little strange.

 

Being partly French myself, some would say I'm also a bit strange.

One of my favourite movies which I watch again without getting bored. A good story-line, believable criminal characters, and strong acting performances. I also love the sound-track which justifies me turning up the wick on the HT system. 

Victor Sjöström's ambitious and sophisticated 1921 silent drama Körkarlen, was a huge influence on Ingmar Bergman (apparently it was the picture that inspired Bergman to make his own films), as well as on movies like Capra's (overrated and sickly) It's a Wonderful Life. Here it is presented in a splendid Criterion blu-ray release.

The last person to die on New Year's Eve before the clock strikes twelve is doomed to take the reins of Death's chariot and work tirelessly collecting fresh souls for the next year, according to Swedish legend.

Sjöström's film re-imagines the legend - an alcoholic, abusive ne'er-do-well (Sjöström himself)  is shown the error of his ways by the pure-of-heart Salvation Army sister who believes in his redemption. It's quite Dickensian, in a Scandi way; a ghost story; and  morality tale, as well as a showcase for then-groundbreaking special effects (many of which still look remarkable). Lots of great extras (for once, worth viewing).

 

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