What Movies Are You Watching Lately - Page 904
Good cast good director.
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Cable Sunday night first time I've rewatched this since its cinema release, unadulterated grandiloquent visual cinematic extravaganza. Bigger than Ben Hur!
Edited by Geoffrey Firmin - 3/7/16 at 12:04pm
What happened, Miss Simone? - Liz Garbus (2015)
This Netflix production wants to give a picture of the rise and fall of Nina Simone, this godgifted singer and pianoplayer with the brilliant voice, that came to symbolize the revolutionary part of the civil rights movement.
Nice movie, but too american in that it explains her fall as individual pathology and not that she reproduces society's structural suppression in her life and in her family; how she who fought for freedom self, was suppressed by her husband and again suppressed her daughter. But I guess that would be too much for Netflix; they have maybe learned a lesson from Nina Simone's life: do not bite the hand that feeds you.
Kind of remind me of Amy in the dramaturgy; so much talent go to waist in psychiatry and booze. In this movie the drugs are just mentioned, but in Amy it's the main catalyst in her downfall - and the father the trigger, her mother the reason why she couldn't manage life. In this movie the director avoids the temptation to make her husband the sole crook; he is not a nice man - but Nina Simone is not just a victim. But, as said, I miss the political analysis of her career.
Jane got a gun. Waste of 90 minutes. Quite puzzling how several decent actors are in such a boring film. I like Edgerton but he should have steered clear of this one; no idea what his input was on the writing side, probably beefing up his character. Did not help the final result.
Edited by phoni - 3/8/16 at 6:08pm
My dear friend Jerry Ahern, who passed away almost four years ago, wrote an extensive series of novels in a series entitled The Survivalist. I believe somebody did option the movie rights. However, this movie has no connection with the Ahern character, Dr. John Rourke, who always went about encumbered by at least 30 pounds of weaponry. I wonder if the title could raise some legal issues. I'll have to ask his widow about this.
I'm currently trying to blackmail people to go watch Gods of Egypt, it looks so terrible it's gotta be worth seeing in on the big screen, even if it's just for bragging rights ('Now, let me tell you about the time I watched Gods of Egypt at the cinema!').
I, too, thought that once. Please allow me to disabuse you of that notion. Gods of Egypt was terrible, and not in a way that was amusing or entertaining. It will make you angry at how aggressively bad it is.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on TCM now....
It was the first movie I ever saw. I believe it was '54 or '55 and I was living in Livorno, Italy and my dad took me on Camp Darby to see it. It is memorable not only for the movie, but for what happened as we stood in line to see it. My dad was standing behind me and in front of me was another boy with his father. Out of nowhere the boy spit on me and I immediately punched him. Of course his father became alarmed, but once we explained what had happened the situation calmed down.
It was one of those things you never forget.
Will Kirk reach his 100th in December?
From what I read, the posters and previews made it look like a comedy but it was really a ponderous and depressing story about a self-absorbed woman who abandons her family to chase her selfish and far-fetched dream of being a rock star.
Sad to hear it, but I appreciate the info, will wait for it to be on Neflix.
McMullin - David Morris and Jacqui Morris (2012)
Well made documentary about the eminent photojournalist Don McMullin. A true artist and a true humanist, showing the insanity of war and the victims with dignity and great respect.
I specially like his b&w photos. He also made some very strong portraits of the poorest people in town - made with same dignity and respect. He had also a sense of humor, but only when he wanted to show diversity among humans, never when showing suffering.
Well spent an hour and half watching this movie.
Perfume - Tom Tykwer (2006)
Another Netflix for me this day. I think I read the book for som 25 years ago, and can't remember it as so incredible hilarious bad as this playwright; in lack of love and feelings Jean-Baptiste Grenouille a late 17 century extreme good smeller, kills a lot of beautiful girls to extract their odor, thus creating a smell that makes everybody sexmaniacs.
This could have been an ok movie about obsession, but it turns out as a joke. Some of the actors are cut out of cardboard which is perfect for this silly movie.
It's ok filmed, and the lighting is not bad.