What DVD have you just watched?

Yetizone posted:

Wind River: Netflix. 

A meditative slow burn of a movie. Atmospheric, mournful, unpredictable and eerily uncomfortable. I thought this tight, low budget movie utterly compelling. Hard going in places but worth the commitment. Missed on initial cinema release, but I’m very glad I caught up with it via streaming. Highly recommended.

Watched it the other evening and loved it.

Hold The Dark - via Netflix. 

I’m a fan of Jeremy Saulnier’s last two movies as they were original and distinctive, so was looking forward to this Netflix only release. 

A tense, meditative and unpredictable movie. Not quite as tight (nor quite as good really) as the previous Green Room, relying more on brooding atmosphere than being an out and out adrenaline fuelled thriller (as per GR). Superb cinematography. Brutal in places. Powerful symbolism. All set in a remote inhospitable landscape, combine to create a rather eery environment to spend two hours. 

Recommended.

ewemon posted:
Yetizone posted:

Wind River: Netflix. 

A meditative slow burn of a movie. Atmospheric, mournful, unpredictable and eerily uncomfortable. I thought this tight, low budget movie utterly compelling. Hard going in places but worth the commitment. Missed on initial cinema release, but I’m very glad I caught up with it via streaming. Highly recommended.

Watched it the other evening and loved it.

Agreed and easily my favourite film of 2017.

Other good 'uns set in the US are Hell or High-water (Jeff Bridges) and, a little bit more of an acquired taste perhaps, Nocternal Animlas (Jake Gyllenhall).

Ray

Fahrenheit 451

Burning books is bad... but I found the brief scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade infinitely more powerful (and fun to watch in a way only Spielberg at his best could/can combine) than this serious dystopian thriller full of hamfisted symbolism.

cheers

EJ

Jeff Anderson posted:
Jeff Anderson posted:

"Band of Brothers" (2002)  discs 5 and 6 are in house

Completed episodes 9 and 10 and the summary 6th disc as well this early morning.  A powerful series, well produced and well acted.  It is a privilege to be aware of all the members of Easy Company but it is especially noteworthy for me to now be aware of Maj Dick Martin. I have been fortunate to know several men of his apparent character in my lifetime.  They are special.  Anyone with a remote interest in the topic should consider watching this.  I believe it was a post by Happy Listener last month that caught my attention, my thanks.

I watched this the first time it was shown on terrestrial tv. I've since bought the Blu-Ray boxset and it doesn't lose anything from watching a second time. Simply superb. 

Ready Player One - BluRay

Missed at the cinema and so keen to catch up on this film. The BoyYeti really enjoyed the gaming aspect of the story and now wants to try any form of VR, and even though I’m not much of a gamer I’m also quite tempted!

Really interesting to spot as many of the 80s cultural references in amongst the (spectacular) cgi mayhem as I could find, but there were so many it became sensory overload after a while - now intend to check out the Ernest Cline book to see what else was thrown in there.

Tremendous production design both inside and outside of 'The Oasis'. A good solid cast (esp Ben Mendelsohn) and inventive character matching to their avatars. There’s also a rather wonderful movie homage sequence used as a plot device for the VR characters. Beautifully utilised and an unexpected surprise and pleasure. Snappily paced and entertaining all the way through. Spielberg’s best film in ages and it’s pretty clear he was having fun putting this film together. Highly recommended.

"Restrepo"  (2010)  I recently read the book "The Fighters" which was about six individuals who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.  One of them was a helicoptor pilot making supprt runs into the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan.  This National Geographic documentary DVD "Restrepo" is about a ground squad outpost of US soldiers on a 15 month deployment in the Korengal Valley.  Difficult at times to watch,  but necessary IMO to have any understanding of what the US (and other countries at war) asks its young men to do.

Jeff Anderson posted:
 

Started to watch this today a.m. and gave up after 30 minutes.  Not, for me, worth another 1 hour plus.  Just my opinion.  Back to the music.

The plot develops more interestingly than you might have expected from the start of the movie, Jeff, so maybe worth persevering for longer.  

MDS posted:
Jeff Anderson posted:
 

Started to watch this today a.m. and gave up after 30 minutes.  Not, for me, worth another 1 hour plus.  Just my opinion.  Back to the music.

The plot develops more interestingly than you might have expected from the start of the movie, Jeff, so maybe worth persevering for longer.  

I appreciate you commenting Mike, but that movie is not for me, regardless of how the plot continues to develop.  Jeff A

Jeff Anderson posted:
MDS posted:
Jeff Anderson posted:
 

Started to watch this today a.m. and gave up after 30 minutes.  Not, for me, worth another 1 hour plus.  Just my opinion.  Back to the music.

The plot develops more interestingly than you might have expected from the start of the movie, Jeff, so maybe worth persevering for longer.  

I appreciate you commenting Mike, but that movie is not for me, regardless of how the plot continues to develop.  Jeff A

Fair enough, Jeff.  

Apostle - streamed via Netflix.

If you like horror films to reference the 1960 and 1970s classics, then this is worth checking out. A complete departure in tone from The Raid movies for Gareth Evans, and so a highly anticipated genre switch. An interesting plot idea that cleverly changes tack as the story unfolds. Some truly striking moments that are beautifully framed and composed. Tense, unsettling and pretty gruesome and violent in places. Very well acted overall. Dan Stevens like you’ve never seen him before and Micheal Sheen gloriously chewing the scenery, also with a limp that switches from leg to leg - gotta love Micheal Sheen! Despite the plusses, somehow it never quite gels together as a cohesive film for me, especially in the final act (too long?).

Worth watching for the horror devotees though.

The design of film poster is quite superb too and one of my favourites of the year.

Hereditary: Streamed via Apple TV. 

Blimey, this was hard going! A slow build up of paranoia and utter dread creep into every frame of this movie, and it certainly drew me. Won't go into any further detail to avoid spoilers, but I thought it one of the most effective chillers I've seen in quite some time (prob since The Witch). There are so many images that have stuck in my mind since first viewing, and some of which I'd rather forget. in fact I'm still coming down after the trip a few days later! I can understand it being a divisive movie as it won't be for everyone, but for the Horror nutters on the forum, highly recommended.

Haim Ronen posted:
After falling in love in a French coastal town, British spy James and deep-sea scientist Danielle must part when work beckons. Within months, both find themselves isolated and submerged -- figuratively and literally -- in memories of their affair.
 

Haim, I have this on my Cinema Paradiso list.  What did you think of it?

Richard Dane posted:
Haim Ronen posted:
After falling in love in a French coastal town, British spy James and deep-sea scientist Danielle must part when work beckons. Within months, both find themselves isolated and submerged -- figuratively and literally -- in memories of their affair.
 

Haim, I have this on my Cinema Paradiso list.  What did you think of it?

Richard, it is worth watching, probably three out of five stars when I am in a generous mood. I am not big on love stories and that's probably why the wife liked it more. Both occupations of the characters are exciting so you will not be bored.

Haim Ronen posted:

A very well made film of a father, an army vet, and his daughter who live in the wild.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_07ktacEGo8

Looks interesting. Probably not a comedy, though. I'm going to give it a go. Winter's Bone was pretty tough going, so I'm prepared for that.

(LNT was shot around Vancouver near where I live. There's even a glimpse of the Lionsgate Bridge that I cycle across every day. They shoot a lot of movies in the forests of the North Shore. It acts as a proxy for Oregon and Washington, but is cheaper for movie companies due to lower labour costs and good support from the local governments)

 

I've been meaning to watch this movie for ages and finally did so last night.  I can see why it attracted plaudits. Some scenes were a bit uncomfortable but the acting performances are strong, the story line, or more accurately lines, develop well and interestingly.  I'm sure the movie's maximum impact is the first time you see it because of the surprises that flow.  Recommended. 

This is is an excellent collection of some of Kurosawa's great masterpieces. I had seen most of them but watched The Hidden Fortress(1958), missed in my college days,  for the first time and was duly mesmerised by the sheer  brilliancy of the man. No wonder it left  a long lasting impression on a young George Lucas who confessed to having had  great and deep influence on storylines and composition of a  couple of  Star Wars films. Highly recommend!

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