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post #7216 of 9466
admission - was ok. im a big paul rudd fran, and he was solid. so was tina fey. but i had thought it was going to be more of a comedy, and it did not provide all that many lulz. cute movie though, and my wife enjoyed watching it with me.

broken city - standard mark wahlberg formula, but i knew it would be, and i enjoyed it. decent story, good watch.
post #7217 of 9466
Beyond the Black Rainbow - sounds like this one might be next for me
post #7218 of 9466
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watched goodfellas again last night. started late and planned to only watch half and finish it later, but that proved impossible. damnit i love that movie.

still makes me mad that DWW won the academy award that year.

Stitchy, have you seen Casino (1995) ?



Scorsese made it after Goodfellas and I thought Casino was the better of the two films. Deeper story
post #7219 of 9466
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Yes!  It completely drew me into the situation.  By the end of it, I couldn't shake the feeling of "what if I was stranded in space"?  Bummed me out a little, but I chalk that up to the effectiveness of a damn-good trailer.

Have you ever seen Marooned (1969) ?


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064639/

It's an older film but was done exceptionally well for its time, despite the mid-range rating on IMDB. Well worth a look.
post #7220 of 9466
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Stitchy, have you seen Casino (1995) ?
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Scorsese made it after Goodfellas and I thought Casino was the better of the two films. Deeper story

most certainly. and i loved it. i am a huge fan of mafia/gangster movies.
post #7221 of 9466
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It is definitely worth the watch as is only god forgives...
I didn't really care for Drive, so I wasn't planning on catching OGF, but after hearing about people walking out on it I'm getting curious and plan to see it soon.

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Scorsese made it after Goodfellas and I thought Casino was the better of the two films. Deeper story
I too recently rewatched Goodfellas and as I believe I've only seen Casino once I feel like rewatching that as well.

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Have you ever seen Marooned (1969) ?
Just looking at the cast list on that poster makes me want to see it.


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Caught this yesterday: - not sure why, as I thought the first one was rather weak. The sequel though managed to smash my extremely low expentations. How it can get an IMDB rating of 6.2 and how Liam N (or anyone really) wants to be associated with that poor excuse for a movie is just baffling. Avoid.
post #7222 of 9466
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I didn't really care for Drive, so I wasn't planning on catching OGF, but after hearing about people walking out on it I'm getting curious and plan to see it soon.
I too recently rewatched Goodfellas and as I believe I've only seen Casino once I feel like rewatching that as well.
Just looking at the cast list on that poster makes me want to see it.


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Caught this yesterday: - not sure why, as I thought the first one was rather weak. The sequel though managed to smash my extremely low expentations. How it can get an IMDB rating of 6.2 and how Liam N (or anyone really) wants to be associated with that poor excuse for a movie is just baffling. Avoid.


There is a decent copy online in 720 but, If I had the time to go to the movies It is probably worth seeing there.
post #7223 of 9466
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and as I believe I've only seen Casino once I feel like rewatching that as well.
Just looking at the cast list on that poster makes me want to see it.

same here. looks like i have weekend plans now. smile.gif
post #7224 of 9466
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Have you ever seen Marooned (1969) ?
Just looking at the cast list on that poster makes me want to see it.
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Just a heads up on Marooned; It was released a year after 2001: A Space Odyssey and so followed in its footsteps to the degree of feeling as 'true to life' as was possible. It is slow-paced and very scientific in its feel. Where Apollo 13 used sweeping musical cues, Marooned used nothing but ambient sound, in fact there really is no musical score in Marooned. It is a docu-drama styling that you should be in the mood for This film puts ADD people to sleep, as did 2001, but to the more cerebral of audiences, it will be a rewarding experience. A very impressive film since most all of what you will see was actually cutting edge technology at the time of its release. The film shows with accuracy what SKYLAB would look like years later in real life. The Emergency Rescue vehicle was based on an actual NASA prototype (or was the actual prototype) vehicle. The characters behave very professionally and, thankfully, there is no joking around or making light of the serious situation which centers the story. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.
post #7225 of 9466
All of that makes me want to see it even more!

While I usually feel that the right score is what takes a movie to the next level (Alien, LotR, Gladiator, Jaws, Indy, Star Wars etc - and recently I enjoyed what M83 did for Oblivion), sometimes *no* score can be the way to go, and this sounds like a perfect film for it (as opposed to No Country For Old Men, where IIRC there wasn't a soundtrack and I think it suffered from it).
post #7226 of 9466
I watched "The Pledge" last night. While the whole movie would have benefited from a tighter edit, it's some of Jack Nicholson's best work in many a moon. Tension builds very effectively throughout the film, but ultimately it is channeled in a completely unexpected direction.

As an added bonus, we get Sean Penn's wife playing an abused wife. Art imitating life?
post #7227 of 9466
Kaplan, interesting that you mentioned the ALIEN score. It was indeed brilliant.
Allow me to digress. Some trivia on that one...
As you may or may not know, Ridley Scott used excerpts from Jerry Goldsmiths score from the 1962 film 'Freud' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freud:_The_Secret_Passion)
Jerry Goldsmith did compose original material for ALIEN but Ridley, to Goldsmiths dismay, preferred the old Freud score and used that.
For fun, here is the Freud score (Click to show)
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The closing credts music for ALIEN (Click to show)

was actually a classical excerpt from Howard Hansons 'Romantic Symphony No. 2'





The REJECTED Jerry Goldsmith score for ALIEN does exist and is floating around the internet somewhere...out there...
Edited by MyOtherLife - 8/2/13 at 2:58am
post #7228 of 9466
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I watched "The Pledge" last night. While the whole movie would have benefited from a tighter edit, it's some of Jack Nicholson's best work in many a moon. Tension builds very effectively throughout the film, but ultimately it is channeled in a completely unexpected direction.
As an added bonus, we get Sean Penn's wife playing an abused wife. Art imitating life?

i have had that in my watch queue forever, always wondering if it was any good. glad to hear a positive review.
post #7229 of 9466
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Kaplan, interesting that you mentioned the ALIEN score. It was indeed brilliant.
Allow me to digress. Some trivia on that one...

As you may or may not know, Ridley Scott used excerpts from Jerry Goldsmiths score from the 1962 film 'Freud' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freud:_The_Secret_Passion)
Jerry Goldsmith did compose original material for ALIEN but Ridley, to Goldsmiths dismay, preferred the old Freud score and used that.

The REJECTED Jerry Goldsmith score for ALIEN does exist and is floating around the internet somewhere...out there...

Thanks for the info on that. I have the original cd with the Alien soundtrack (with 10 tracks) and I'm aware of a double cd edition (with 47 tracks). AFAIK the latter has all the unused material Goldsmith made.

Listening to the first clip of the Freud score you posted as I write this, some of it is very recognisable (from Alien), some of it less so.

Since we're geeking out, are you familiar with the tragedy of Troy's soundtrack? My reason for mentioning Gladiator above, is that it's IMO is a pretty perfect movie, in large part due to it's soundtrack (by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard) which brought a 80% movie to 90% or so. 4 years later, along comes Troy; without the soundtrack maybe a 70% movie at best, with it's mediocre score it's more like 60% or so.

The tragedy is that an alternative and awesome soundtrack actually exists for Troy. Gabriel Yared spend a year making a score that could have added to instead of deducting from Troy. Due to some morons at a test screening it was axed, without giving him a chance to address any of the critiques (like the one saying it's style was too old, which you of course can't have considering when it takes place). Instead, a month and a half before the films release, James Horner was brought onboard and given less than 3 weeks to whip up the generic crap that ended up in the movie. What a waste.

Gabriel Yared's score is out there if you look for it...
post #7230 of 9466
Kaplan, thank you for the Troy OST back story, thank you for mentioning it. I love Gabriel Yared's work. He is very under-appreciated.
Rejection of a composer or his/her score is, as you know, not uncommon in the industry. Those are interesting stories to be sure.
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One of my favourite 'Rejected Score' stories is the ALIEN story. Ridley Scott rejects Goldsmith and replaces him with...well.... Goldsmith. Then later rejects Goldsmith on LEGEND by replacing him with Tangerine Dream, who basically plagiarized the original Goldsmith score. Go figure.
Typical Hollywood politics at play. I don't believe that was Ridley's call, but rather an order from 'above'.
It reminds me of a scene in Schindler's List where a female engineer imprisoned at Auscwitz, tries to warn the Nazi officers of a buildings structural problems. For this, she is shot. After she is shot, the SS-Hauptsturmführer Amon Goeth teaches his underlings, 'Now do it exactly as she said. We are not going to have aruments with these people'. Sadly, that scenario plays out in every industry (via firings; a symbolic execution) on a daily basis.

I am deeply saddened that we have lost most of the great film composers. Jerry Goldsmith was incredibly gifted and innovative and diverse. Miklos Roza, Bernard Hermann, Max Steiner, Basil Poledouris, Georges Delerue, Elmer Bernstein, just to name a few. They were all industry giants.
Thankfully, Lalo Schifrin, Ennio Morricone, John Williams and a few others are still with us, but are among the last of the great Hollywood film composers.
I will weep when they go, for an entire era will go with them. I sincerely hope they all out-live me.

Back to Horner...the problem is, this seems to be the same Horner story for 30 years. 'I only had 2-4 weeks to work on it.' Is he stating that he is never a director/producer's first choice? Is he concealing his limitations? Is he simply stating how the industry works? Who knows, maybe all of the above. A composer places himself into that position in the first place by accepting a contract under those time constraints. I am not saying outrightly that Horner can't compose good music because he has and is perfectly capable of doing do presently, given the time he needs. What I will say is that he would be better off creatively to accept 2-3 projects per year and have at least 3 months per project to compose. That is where his limitations lay. 4 or more, and the plagiarising starts, perhaps out of desperation. His infamous '4 note battlecry' is in almost every score he does. To be fair to him, he is certainly not the only composer guilty of plagiarising. Most, if not all of the 'regulars' do it to some degree, though they use phrases like 'borrowing' or 'paying homage', 'inspired by' etc. Elfman and Zimmer are two high profile names as an example.

Hollywood still FAILS as a whole, to recognize the importance of a composers work and needs.
Composers can single-handedly save a mediocre film or make a good film into a masterpiece.
I've digressed enough. There are entire forums dedicated just to movie composers. Maybe I should join one of them.


Additionally, please enjoy this clip from a televised 1993 tribute to John Williams.
It is a wonderful demonstration of how important a composer and their work is to a film.
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