What DVD have you just watched?

Tomorrow Land - Directed by Brad Bird. Written by Brad Bird & Damon Lindelof. Streamed via Netflix.

What a genuine surprise this movie was. Due to the mixed reviews on release I hadn't paid it that much attention, but now I wish I'd seen it at the cinema. After watching it I can easily understand it being so divisive.

In places, it's a Sci-Fi design feast for the eyes - an interesting mix of romanticised mid century space race aesthetic and also a steam punk reference thrown in for a most unexpected sequence. Visually it's a delight.

It has some (frustrating) issues and flaws, but I'm not going to dwell on the negative. Gorgeous George is on good form when he eventually breaks cover and Hugh Laurie is convincing although his role is a little underwritten. Britt Robertson & Raffey Cassidy as the main leads are just superb.

The most refreshing aspect, it's an original Sci-Fi movie unassociated with Marvel, DC, Star Wars or any other franchise (much as I like those movie house juggernauts). There's also a lovely freeze frame sequence for us Sci-Fi geeks in a movie memorabilia shop.

Highly recommended, but only for the dreamers!

Haim Ronen posted:
tonym posted:

 

Whenever it's a warm, sunny day I think of this film. Set in California, it shows the life of a supposedly successful and popular guy who, on a particularly fine day, decides to make his way across the local county by way of other folks' swimming pools. On his journey, the truth of his life is revealed as he meets his neighbours and supposed friends. Burt Lancaster is excellent in the role, and it's one of those films that stick with you. Highly recommended.

Thank you for posting it. I really enjoyed the film.

"Enjoyed"? It's pretty grim and depressing as I recall.

Not really a DVD I guess, but I binge-watched all four hours of this earlier in the week and absolutely LOVED it - I'd recommend viewing it even if you're not a Deadhead. There are omissions - no mention of crucial figures such as TC, Rock Sculley, Betty Cantor, Bill Graham, Mountain Girl or Vince Welnick - and the band's (or Jerry's) drug problems (as well as Jerry's failures to live up to his reposnsibilities) are glossed over, but it was compelling viewing for this committed fan.

Star of the film for me was London-born Sam Cutler, the Dead's indefatigable road manager, who was hilarious, but I loved the sections about the Wall of Sound and the various fan tribes; as well as JP Barlow visiting Pig's grave and wondering why a memorial to a keyboard player was covered in plectrums and guitar picks...

Among the many wonderful and previously unseen clips were the band goofing about at the Bickershawe Festival and Cutler trying to tech the

Interesting to see the band's individual personalities emerge too - Zen Bob, professorial Phil, wired Mikey, chilled Bill - although Garcia remains intriguingly vague about everything.

And for all his faults, Jerry was freakin' great. Wish he were still here now.

Terminator Genisys: Directed by Alan Taylor. Streamed via Netflix.

I enjoyed the James Cameron Terminator movies. Tremendous Sci-Fi genre flicks infused with an energy and vigour I always found compelling. So, ever the optimist, I dearly wanted to like this movie. Oh dear - heavy sigh. Outside of a couple (well, one really) of well choreographed action set pieces and competent (if unremarkable) cgi effects, this movie is achingly dull and ponderous. Even with Schwarzenegger back on full (uncanny valley) Terminator duties its a lamentable follow up to the Cameron films. Even Terminator Salvation was better than this hogwash. Empire gave it two stars. Rotten Tomatoes certified rotten. Lets hope Mr. Cameron returns to direct another instalment once he's finished playing on Pandora.

I haven't watched this in a while and the arrival of a new 55" OLED telly prompted me to dig it out.  Marvellous action scenes, especially the Normandy landings one.  However its the opening and closing scenes with the veteran and his family visiting the US graves in France at the beginning and end of the movie that I find the most powerful and very emotional.  

tonym posted:

Bought for SWMBO. Very colourful, packed with great tunes and very nicely choreographed. The two leads have a strong chemistry and the story's pretty good too. An old-fashioned musical, surprisingly lovely. 

Hi Tony,

I saw this at the cinema with my wife, we both love musicals. I am going to disagree with you. It presents and shapes itself as an old-fashioned musical, but I think the director/writers were being intellectually clever, they:

1. Used minor-key music;
2. Bright primary colors; and
3. Gave a downbeat ending.

We came away feeling cheated.

Your view is in line with the critics and the award bodies.

M

Can there have been a better year to have been a moviegoer than 1950? Think about the pictures that came out that year: Sunset Boulevard, La Fleuve, Rashomon, Gone to Earth, Orphée, The Gunfighter, Harvey, La Ronde, Winchester 73, Los Olivados, Caged, The Asphalt Jungle, In A Lonely Place, Born Yesterday, Father of the Bride, Justice Est Faite... but better than all of them was writer-director Joseph L Mankiewicz's All About Eve, one of the most sophisticated films made during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

A cautionary parable of ruthless ambition and the lure of fame, it's eerily prescient: 67 years old and - in an age of X Factor, Big Brother and reality TV - it seems entirely contemporary. It has an awful lot going for it: pin sharp black and white cinematography; Mankiewz's understated direction; a killer cast (including Bette Davis in her finest role, an early performance from Marilyn Monroe as a starlet, and the majestic George Sanders as the elegant but waspish and supremely cynical critic Addison DeWitt); superb score from Randy's uncle, Alfred Newman; and most of all, Makiewicz's script, one of the finest ever committed to paper, and which crackles with more sparkling one-liners and putdowns than probably any other Hollywood movie ever made.

If anyone wants to read any of the script's memorable lines, a selection can be found here:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042192/quotes

Anyway, this 20th Century Fox blu-ray from 2011 has a superb picture transfer, excellent sound and a slew of fascinating extras. Essential viewing as far as I'm concerned - this one's a keeper.

 

 

 

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