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Madiel

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Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on November 19, 2022, 01:40:00 PMSorry, I know that you didn't ask me, but may I say that I really enjoyed the first one.

PD
Turns out, too that it is one of my youngest brother-in-law's very favorite movies.
As for me, I enjoyed it fine, it's an awfully impressive achievement. Not a question I need to settle tonight, but I'm not sure I need to go on that ride again. I also find myself a shade leery of the industry's need to build a franchise out of it. From my perspective, the theme being "Ya know, guy, you just shouldn't have; look at everything that went wrong," in short, there shouldn't be a sequel to a movie whose curtain line is, "After careful consideration, I have decided not to endorse your park." But the industry is what it is."
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

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Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 27, 2022, 04:13:52 PMTurns out, too that it is one of my youngest brother-in-law's very favorite movies.
As for me, I enjoyed it fine, it's an awfully impressive achievement. Not a question I need to settle tonight, but I'm not sure I need to go on that ride again. I also find myself a shade leery of the industry's need to build a franchise out of it. From my perspective, the theme being "Ya know, guy, you just shouldn't have; look at everything that went wrong," in short, there shouldn't be a sequel to a movie whose curtain line is, "After careful consideration, I have decided not to endorse your park." But the industry is what it is."
I did watch the Return to J.P. suite of featurettes, which opened with Spielberg saying he wasn't making a horror movie. Yet it more or less felt like that. I get that the "reveal" of the brachiosaur is majestic and beautiful, and that when they've fled to the treetop, they hear the brachiosaurs singing, but ... the kids in the kitchen, e.g.
Overall, though, the featurettes did a great job of illustrating the puppeteering tour-de-force of the endeavor. Also fun to learn that Goldblum's heroic turn in distracting the Tyrannosaur was the actor's idea.
I re-watched High Noon as a chaser.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

k a rl h e nn i ng

Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 27, 2022, 04:13:52 PMTurns out, too that it is one of my youngest brother-in-law's very favorite movies.
As for me, I enjoyed it fine, it's an awfully impressive achievement. Not a question I need to settle tonight, but I'm not sure I need to go on that ride again. I also find myself a shade leery of the industry's need to build a franchise out of it. From my perspective, the theme being "Ya know, guy, you just shouldn't have; look at everything that went wrong," in short, there shouldn't be a sequel to a movie whose curtain line is, "After careful consideration, I have decided not to endorse your park." But the industry is what it is."
I understand what you mean.  ;D

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 27, 2022, 07:55:51 PMI did watch the Return to J.P. suite of featurettes, which opened with Spielberg saying he wasn't making a horror movie. Yet it more or less felt like that. I get that the "reveal" of the brachiosaur is majestic and beautiful, and that when they've fled to the treetop, they hear the brachiosaurs singing, but ... the kids in the kitchen, e.g.
Overall, though, the featurettes did a great job of illustrating the puppeteering tour-de-force of the endeavor. Also fun to learn that Goldblum's heroic turn in distracting the Tyrannosaur was the actor's idea.
I re-watched High Noon as a chaser.
Thanks for sharing a bit about the extras.  And well done Mr. Goldblum!  By the way, did you know that he loves jazz and put out an album?  And, of yeah, it hit number one on the Billboard's Jazz Album chart too.  :)

PD

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Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on November 28, 2022, 02:01:54 AMI understand what you mean.  ;D
Thanks for sharing a bit about the extras.  And well done Mr. Goldblum!  By the way, did you know that he loves jazz and put out an album?  And, of yeah, it hit number one on the Billboard's Jazz Album chart too.  :)

PD
I either knew or suspected, PD, since it looked to me like he really was at the piano in both Earth Girls Are Easy "You rest your thumbs, I'll drive." and The Fly.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 28, 2022, 07:25:24 AMI either knew or suspected, PD, since it looked to me like he really was at the piano in both Earth Girls Are Easy "You rest your thumbs, I'll drive." and The Fly.
I remember (sometime in, I want to say, the past year?) seeing him on a late night talk show being interviewed and then playing with a band.  Forget which one it was, but there are various uploads on youtube of him playing.

PD

k a rl h e nn i ng

Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on November 28, 2022, 07:42:15 AMI remember (sometime in, I want to say, the past year?) seeing him on a late night talk show being interviewed and then playing with a band.  Forget which one it was, but there are various uploads on youtube of him playing.

PD
Fun!
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

k a rl h e nn i ng

And more fun:
The Sting and Start the Revolution Without Me
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

SonicMan46

Something the Lord Made (2004) - a re-watch after just reading the new book A Scientific Revolution: Ten Men and Women Who Reinvented American Medicine (2022), mainly about the beginning and early years of Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore - the main characters pertinent to the story from that era were Helen Taussig, Alfred Blalock, and the black non-MD Vivien Thomas - available for streaming on HBO Max.  Highly recommended. Dave :)

QuoteSomething the Lord Made is a 2004 American made-for-television biographical drama film about the black cardiac pioneer Vivien Thomas (1910–1985) and his complex and volatile partnership with white surgeon Alfred Blalock (1899–1964), the "Blue Baby doctor" who pioneered modern heart surgery. Based on the National Magazine Award-winning Washingtonian magazine article "Like Something the Lord Made" by Katie McCabe, the film was directed by Joseph Sargent and written by Peter Silverman and Robert Caswell. (Source)

 

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 28, 2022, 07:22:26 PMAnd more fun:
The Sting and Start the Revolution Without Me
The Sting...what a classic!  ;D   I don't know the other movie though?

PD

k a rl h e nn i ng

Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on November 29, 2022, 02:36:51 AMThe Sting...what a classic!  ;D  I don't know the other movie though?

PD
It was my first viewing, too: Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland nearly upend the French Rev. Amusingly, Orson Welles narrates, too.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

VonStupp

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 28, 2022, 07:22:26 PMAnd more fun:
The Sting and Start the Revolution Without Me

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Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on November 29, 2022, 02:36:51 AMThe Sting...what a classic!  ;D   I don't know the other movie though?

Neat duo to watch, Karl.

Can't remember if I liked Revolution, but if I recall it is a Corsican Brothers farce with Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland in dual roles?

I found a trailer with an odd appearance by Orson Welles!

VS

"All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff."

k a rl h e nn i ng

Quote from: VonStupp on November 29, 2022, 04:39:55 AMNeat duo to watch, Karl.

Can't remember if I liked Revolution, but if I recall it is a Corsican Brothers farce with Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland in dual roles?

VS


Right ho! Shy of great, but certainly good, methinks.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

k a rl h e nn i ng

Largely because Poju reminded me of it: Outland. Still love it!
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

SonicMan46

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) - short synopsis below (much more at link) - Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten (what a change of pace!) main stars - own the BD but decided to do an Amazon Prime Video streaming upgrade to UHD (review HERE if interested) - as stated below one of Hitchcock's favorites.  Highly recommended, especially if you've not seen this thriller.  Dave :)

QuoteShadow of a Doubt is an American psychological thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. Written by Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, and Alma Reville, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story for Gordon McDonell. In 1991, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film was also Alfred Hitchcock's favorite of all of his films. (Source)

 

Brian

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Saw the new "Knives Out" mystery in theaters on the big screen, before it moves to Netflix. It certainly was a nice big screen experience because of the lavish setting in a Greek luxury resort. Lots of beautiful landscapes and beautiful people.

Very entertaining movie, too. Benoit Blanc, our Foghorn-Leghorn-sounding detective hero, is summoned to a murder mystery dinner party vacation being thrown by Edward Norton, who straightforwardly portrays Elon Musk (thankfully without trying the accent). There's a lot of satiric bite here, as Musk's buddies/the suspects are a men's rights YouTuber (Dave Bautista), a bought-and-paid-for lefty politician (Kathryn Hahn), a washed-up model who keeps blurting racist things and getting canceled (Kate Moss), and a scientist yes-man at Tesla who keeps approving unsafe products to save his job (Leslie Odom Jr.).

Too much satire, not enough mystery? You could say that, especially since Musk's basic character/behavior end up providing a clue. But whatever. Don't carp. It's a load of fun watching all these actors ham it up and revel in their goofy characters. Baustista in particular is a total joy, wandering around with a loaded gun on or in his underpants. Plus you get Janelle Monae as the real company founder who got Winklevoss'd out without a penny, but who has returned with a secret. And Daniel Craig is having the time of his life as Blanc. He looks old here, but in a sweet, almost grandfatherly way. No wonder he was ready to give up Bond.

I don't think I should spoil the many cameos, which are great fun (and vehicles for jokes, not just stunt casting), but it is a particular pleasure to watch Kate Moss puzzle over a J.S. Bach tune, only for Yo-Yo Ma himself to show up and provide expert advice.

Longer than the first Knives Out, and maybe less satisfying as a mystery, but more fun as a goofy popcorn movie spectacle. The time flew. It's almost worth watching for the costumes alone. Netflix also spent probably 10% of the budget on forgeries of classic paintings (early on Blanc mentions a Matisse in the bathroom, and in good time, we get to see it).

My one complaint is that there are too many musical cues, so many that they sometimes rear-end each other like bumper cars.

k a rl h e nn i ng

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 29, 2022, 07:14:07 PMLargely because Poju reminded me of it: Outland. Still love it!
Listening to director Peter Hyams' unusually musically literate commentary.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Madiel

Quote from: Brian on November 30, 2022, 06:56:25 AMPlus you get Janelle Monae as the real company founder who got Winklevoss'd out without a penny, but who has returned with a secret.

Ohhh, I didn't know that she was in it. My interest level just went up a notch.
I am now working on a discography of the works of Vagn Holmboe. Please visit and also contribute!

SonicMan46

Well, trying to find some 'light-hearted' films that both Susan and I will enjoy - last few nights, both BDs:

Ever After (1998) - synopsis below w/ cast - don't expect a pumpkin or a fairy-god mother - a fun film with an adorable Drew Barrymore and even Leonardo da Vinci injected into the screenplay - recommended.

Bridget Jone's Diary (2001) - second summary below w/ cast.  Main leads superb together w/ Renée a delight juggling the two men - another light couples film for the holidays (or anytime!) - also recommended.  Dave :)

QuoteEver After is an American romantic drama film inspired by the Cinderella fairy tale. Andy Tennant directed it, and it stars Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, and Jeanne Moreau. Tennant, Susannah Grant, and Rick Parks wrote the screenplay. George Fenton composed the original music score. The film removes the Cinderella tale's usual pantomime and comic/supernatural elements and instead treats the story as historical fiction, set in Renaissance-era France. It is often seen as a modern, post-feminist interpretation of the Cinderella story. (Source)

QuoteBridget Jones's Diary is a romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire and written by Richard Curtis, Andrew Davies, and Helen Fielding. A co-production of the United Kingdom, United States and France, it is based on Fielding's 1996 novel of the same name, which is a reinterpretation of Jane Austen's 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice. The adaptation stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget, a 32-year-old British single woman, who writes a diary which focuses on the things she wishes to happen in her life. However, her life changes when two men vie for her affection, portrayed by Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Jim Broadbent and Gemma Jones appear in supporting roles. Production took place largely on location in London and the home counties. (Source)