Last Movie You Watched

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SonicMan46

Agree with the previous comments - IMO, both actors (but especially Emily Blunt) flattered their 'role models' - attached is a photo of Victoria and Albert (can't go by the paintings) but year not give (Albert died in December 1861 from typhoid fever at the age of 42 yrs).  Dave :)

Karl Henning

Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on September 16, 2023, 03:55:54 AMI enjoyed M.T.'s series.  And from what I understand (as to the real queen), she lost the love of her life.  And remember, there wasn't modern day counseling nor medications to deal with depression.  Also, considering her position in society, I suspect that even if those options were available that she probably felt like it was her duty to deal with her feelings and struggles by herself.  But that's one of those "What if?" questions which is neither here nor there.

PD
Utterly irreverant, but I cannot help thinking of the Monty Python sketch,
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[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

hopefullytrusting

A very fun movie - the shining star was, of course, the stunningly gorgeous - Jaye Davidson (I also adore a good charge):


SonicMan46

A Time to Kill (1996) w/ the cast below (+ Ashley Judd) - hard for me to stay away from courtroom dramas -  8)  Based on a Grisham novel, this one is often ranked in the top 20 on a variety of sites (#10 is the highest that I've seen) - a stellar cast with excellent performances by McConaughey & Jackson. As stated below, reviews were mixed, i.e. 68%, Rotten Tomatoes; 7.5/10, IMDB; 3*/4*, Roger Ebert HERE; on Amazon I'd likely do at least 3 1/2* to 4*/5* on Amazon - if you're into these films and have not seen this one, then recommended.  Dave :)

QuoteA Time to Kill is a 1996 American legal drama film based on John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name. Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey, and Kevin Spacey star with Donald and Kiefer Sutherland appearing in supporting roles. The film received mixed reviews but was a commercial success. It is the second of two films based on Grisham's novels directed by Joel Schumacher, with the other being The Client released two years prior. (Source)

 

Cato

A modern Western about a lost tribe of Cheyenne warriors:



One of our favorites: there are two versions, one without narration (by Wilfrid Brimley) is the preferred one in the Director's Cut.  We first saw it with the narration, so it does not bother us, although, yes, it really is unnecessary.

The movie has a great score by David Arnold:

"Meet Miss Ruth Sherwood, from Columbus, Ohio, the Middle of the Universe!"

- Brian Aherne introducing Rosalind Russell in  My Sister Eileen (1942)

hopefullytrusting

Two brilliant films, with amazing uplifting endings:


Karl Henning

Watching Edward Scissorhands again (as I posted earlier, I forget that Alan Arkin was in the cast.) I cannot help an aggravated sensation that Danny Elfman's music is facile and saccharine. The saccharine character is perforce in support of the narrative, I get and grant that.
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

Karl Henning

Quote from: Karl Henning on September 18, 2023, 07:04:18 PMWatching Edward Scissorhands again (as I posted earlier, I forget that Alan Arkin was in the cast.) I cannot help an aggravated sensation that Danny Elfman's music is facile and saccharine. The saccharine character is perforce in support of the narrative, I get and grant that.
Dianne Wiest entering the castle with "Avon calling!" is a nice moment.
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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: SimonNZ on September 15, 2023, 01:57:27 PM

My first exposure to this play in any form, which is probably why it felt like a bit of a slog, though I feel they also went slower and drew scenes out more than they needed to. I suspect a rewatch will be easier, now knowing the shape of the work.

That aside very well acted by everyone, especially the two female leads, including a young Juliet Stevenson.

If I recall correctly, one of the problems with Pericles is the state of the text. Either the first half is a sort of half-remembered version of what Shakespeare wrote, or it was written by someone else who wasn't up to Shakespeare's standards. If you felt it was a bit of a slog that could be a factor.
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SonicMan46

Quote from: Cato on September 17, 2023, 02:31:11 PMA modern Western about a lost tribe of Cheyenne warriors:



One of our favorites: there are two versions, one without narration (by Wilfrid Brimley) is the preferred one in the Director's Cut.  We first saw it with the narration, so it does not bother us, although, yes, it really is unnecessary..................

Thanks Cato for the recommendation (not seen before) - last night, we viewed an Amazon streaming rental (did not have narration) and really enjoyed (I'm an American, and Native American, reading/documentary fan x decades); in addition to your comments, the scenery is magnificent (from Wiki, filming locations attached - we've traveled to Alberta & British Columbia and did some overnights in Banff & Jasper National Parks).  Dave :)


Karl Henning

Quote from: Karl Henning on September 18, 2023, 07:04:18 PMWatching Edward Scissorhands again (as I posted earlier, I forget that Alan Arkin was in the cast.) I cannot help an aggravated sensation that Danny Elfman's music is facile and saccharine. The saccharine character is perforce in support of the narrative, I get and grant that.
I stopped roughly halfway through, I'll probably finish up this evening. Arkin plays Dad straight, which (a) is why I later forgot that he was in the cast as he (suitably) calls no attention to himself, and also thus (b) is a bit contrarian to the cartoonishness. On one hand, Wiest is commonsense helpful to Edward, but sometimes annoyingly oblivious (why doesn't anyone just help  Edward eat his peas?!) So I'm remembering all over that this flick is an uneasy balance between witty and nuisance. Maybe my annoyance at Elfman was a spate of grumpiness, or maybe it was just the inevitable clarity of perception after my spending some of the day with Webern.
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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

drogulus


     A couple of nights ago I re-(rerere...)watched the NASCAR tragedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

     1) The film is like stoopid, OK?

     2) John C. Reilly makes things work.
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Cato

Quote from: Cato on September 17, 2023, 02:31:11 PMA modern Western about a lost tribe of Cheyenne warriors:



One of our favorites: there are two versions, one without narration (by Wilfrid Brimley) is the preferred one in the Director's Cut.  We first saw it with the narration, so it does not bother us, although, yes, it really is unnecessary.

The movie has a great score by David Arnold:



Quote from: SonicMan46 on September 19, 2023, 06:24:10 AMThanks Cato for the recommendation (not seen before) - last night, we viewed an Amazon streaming rental (did not have narration) and really enjoyed (I'm an American, and Native American, reading/documentary fan x decades); in addition to your comments, the scenery is magnificent (from Wiki, filming locations attached - we've traveled to Alberta & British Columbia and did some overnights in Banff & Jasper National Parks).  Dave  :)


The scene where the Barbara Hershey character describes a massacre committed by the "Bloodless" Colorado Third is (unfortunately) quite accurate.

Yes, everything is done well.  Kurtwood Smith plays his usual angry, stiff-necked, and unreasonable character, yet at the end...well, one must watch the movie!   ;) 
"Meet Miss Ruth Sherwood, from Columbus, Ohio, the Middle of the Universe!"

- Brian Aherne introducing Rosalind Russell in  My Sister Eileen (1942)

SonicMan46

Quote from: Cato on September 19, 2023, 09:14:58 AMThe scene where the Barbara Hershey character describes a massacre committed by the "Bloodless" Colorado Third is (unfortunately) quite accurate.

Yes, everything is done well.  Kurtwood Smith plays his usual angry, stiff-necked, and unreasonable character, yet at the end...well, one must watch the movie!  ;) 

Over the decades, I've read plenty of books addressing Native Americans, but for those interested some of my recent reads: Indigenous Continent, 2022 and American Holocaust, 1993 - the latter a re-read of an older book which still carries an impact!  Dave :)


 

LKB

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Karl Henning

Everyone Says I Love You, still great 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

Karl Henning

Quote from: Cato on September 19, 2023, 09:14:58 AMKurtwood Smith
I know him from Robocop and Total Recall ... to the Library catalogue I go ....
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

Unforgiven (1992) - story and cast below; winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Picture (only 3rd western to do so!) - well received and rated - at the bottom, one website ranking with Unforgiven coming in third (other lists usually put the film in the top 10 or 15) - a 4*/4* review from Roger Ebert for those who want more detail before deciding to view the film.  Dave :)

QuoteUnforgiven is a 1992 American Western film starring, directed, and produced by Clint Eastwood, and written by David Peoples. The film tells the story of William Munny, an aging outlaw and killer who takes on one more job, years after he had turned to farming. The film co-stars Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris. Unforgiven received critical acclaim, with praise for the acting (particularly from Eastwood and Hackman), directing, editing, themes and cinematography. The film won four Academy Awards: Best Picture and Best Director for Eastwood, Best Supporting Actor for Hackman, and Best Film Editing for Joel Cox. Eastwood was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance, but he lost to Al Pacino for Scent of a Woman. The film was the third Western to win Best Picture, following Cimarron (1931) and Dances with Wolves (1990). Eastwood dedicated the film to directors and mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. (Source)

 

QuoteBest Westerns Ranked (Collider)

01 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) - Clint Eastwood
02 - Once About a Time in the West (1969) - Many
03 - Unforgiven (1992) - Eastwood & Hackman
04 - Django Unchained (2012) - Jamie Foxx
05 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) - Humphrey Bogart
06 - For a Few Dollars More (1965) - Clint Eastwood
07 - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (1962) - Wayne & Stewart
08 - Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid (1969) - Newman & Redford
09 - Rio Bravo (1959) - John Wayne
10 - The Wild Bunch (1969) - William Holden
11 - High Noon (1952) - Gary Cooper
12 - The Searchers (1956) - John Wayne
13 - A Fistful of Dollars (1964) - Clint Eastwood
14 - The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) - Clint Eastwood
15 - Stagecoach (1939) - John WayneF
16 - The Magnificent Seven (1960) - Yul Brynner
17 - 3:10 to Yuma (2007 - Russell Crowe
18 - McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) - Warren Beatty
19 - True Grit (2010) - Jeff Bridges
20 - Shane (1953) - Alan Ladd

drogulus


    Best Westerns should include Ride The High Country and The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford.
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SonicMan46

Quote from: drogulus on September 20, 2023, 07:46:46 AMBest Westerns should include Ride The High Country and The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford.

Well, here's another list which ranks 35 films - the results surprisingly different, The Assassination of JJ...... is at #20 but Ride the High Country not in either list - I'm sure with more searching, some ranking would include the film, which I own and agree that it's a great western w/ the aging stars, Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea - Dave :)