What was the last film you watched?

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  1. Toni

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    I have this to watch asap @Karin Schill! I also love Pauline C. slnce Upstairs Downstairs!!
     
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  2. James from London

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    I hadn't seen this in so long I'd pretty much forgotten everything about it. It's got 007's fingerprints all over it, from Ken Adam's design to John Barry's score, but it's a very different kind of 60s spy flick -- there's a lot more Whitehall pen-pushing than there is international jet-setting. It's fascinating to see central London in 1965 and there's some brilliantly groovy camera work which makes the film feel gritty and psychedelic at the same time. The main fight scene takes place on the steps of the Royal Albert Hall and for no apparent reason is shot from inside a nearby telephone box, but it looks great.

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    As Harry Palmer, Michael Caine gives very little away but oozes a charismatic insolence (he's called an insubordinate bastard on more than one occasion), and there's a strange sensitivity about him too. Gordon Jackson plays his sidekick, more happy-go-lucky than he would later be as either Hudson or Crowley, and Barbara Hunter from Crossroads provides the glamour as a kind of Hitchcock brunette.
     
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  3. Mel O'Drama

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    Somehow I've never seen this. I've long thought I'd quite like to at some point on the strength of Barry's great theme, but your comments have definitely sold me on the idea.
     
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    It's on the iPlayer until tomorrow afternoon!
     
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    *runs to youtube*

    Okay, not his most epic theme, but I seriously wonder if it has inspired the creators of DEXTER.
     
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    It's not an epic film really so that makes sense.

    I never would have made that connection, but listening to them together, there is a similarity! It's like Dexter's upped the jauntiness to represent all that ironic Florida sunshine while The Ipcress Files's downbeat theme reflects an overcast London.
     
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  7. Mel O'Drama

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    No, but there's something hypnotically mysterious about it.

    I've never been able to skip it when it comes on - I'd feel like I might miss something, even though I've heard it many times before.


    My turn to run to YouTube.

    Yes - there's definitely a tonal kinship. If I'd heard the Dexter theme independently of this conversation it would probably drive me mad trying to work out which piece of music it reminded me of.


    I like it!
     
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    And also the video aspect - making coffee and getting dressed. I think Dexter borrowed that too.
     
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    Oh, good thinking! Grinding your own beans and making your own coffee must have seemed so exotic in 1965 that it probably warranted the film's opening credit sequence for novelty value alone.

    There's a great scene later on where Michael Caine is wheeling his trolley round a supermarket and another character says, "I don't really care for these American shopping methods [but] one has to move with the times, I suppose."
     
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    I systematically refuse to use a shopping trolley. Everything goes into the basket, and will use my other arm for the toilet paper if necessary!
     
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    There seems to be nothing more mid-'60s than London, and nothing more London than the mid-'60s.
     
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    I just watched this one today. It was fun and heartwarming. I honestly think that Pauline Collins stole the movie from Joan, with the latter´s ok (because she is one of the producers, maybe symbolically). PC plays basically the same character that she did in "Shirley Valentine" minus the Greek background. Collins certainly is brave to appear with no makeup in some scenes but when she is photographed from her left side (right for the viewer), the camera makes her look 20 years younger, really beautiful. I think that she looked much older in "The Royals"...The subplot of her past, well, it´s very underwritten to be kind, and Joely Richardson is wasted. But it makes you wish for more Collins, which is good...

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    Speaking of Michael Caine and London in the 60's, this is a pretty good documentary (On Netflix, this side of the pond anyway) hosted/narrated by him on the subject.

     
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    Well, how could I resist. I dived into the film this evening.

    Very enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the muted colour pallets: lots of washed out greens and yellows with grey. And then bold flashes of teal, red or rich browns. And with long shadows everywhere indoors. It had a very distinctive and attractive look. I was reminded of what David Fincher would be doing three or four decades down the line.


    It does. The dutch angles in the library, and shots through phone boxes, light shades, disembodied spectacles and parking meters. I liked that some of these shots seemed to be used for emphasis or symbolism. In the phone box, he'd dialled a number that was unobtainable and then when he got hands on with the fight immediately afterwards, his target proved equally unobtainable. The phone box framing the fight subtly foreshadowed the outcome. At least that's how I saw it, watching with your comments fresh in my mind.
     
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    Oh great, I'm glad you liked it.

    Yes, those shots were all so cool. The film as a whole has that 60s thing where it feels mainstream and accessible on one hand and artistically experimental on the other. I guess the Beatles and Beach Boys etc., were doing that in music at the time -- breaking new artistic ground without alienating the public -- and it was reflected in film and other parts of the culture too.

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    I just watched this and really loved it. At times it feels like an intimate personal story told in an epic way and sometimes it feels like an epic story told in a personal way. It's the opposite of The Ipcress File visually in that its made up of lots of long takes where the camera watches everything in a very calm, serene way, even when all hell is breaking loose on screen. It's really beautifully made. Too good for the Oscars, I think!
     
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    happy time murders (2018) and i'm not much of a Melissa McCarthy fan but i love the muppets and it was made by Jim Henson's company in fact. and directed by Brian Henson which is Jim Henson's son too. check it out folks but here's a warning it's NOT for kids at all it's rated R and it has no human nudity though it does have muppets screwing in it and

    one jizzing all over the place. it's not a film kids should watch at all. but if you can laugh at stuff like that like i can you will like it, also watch the deleted scenes if you rent it from Drug Mart like we did. i loved it and in fact i intend to buy it at some point, just thought i'd give ya a warning that's all and like i said Jim Henson's company made this film i wonder what gave them the idea? and i hope there's more of them but i really highly doubt it
     
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    Okay so I watched "Fail Safe" (1964) today with Larry. The first part of the movie was going a bit slow and by the time he finally arrived on the screen I was just about to fall asleep on the movie. Then it quickly picked up in pacing and it was actually better than I had expected. I didn't expect the ending that we got and it left me with a creepy feeling since the storyline still seems current today, except for the part that the cold war is long over. Yet it is scary with all the nuclear weapons in the world and how they could be used to wipe out a whole civilization. :(

    Also on the extra material someone talked about what a talented actor Larry was since it was a difficult role and looking at the talent info it seems like all the other major names on the movie had won Oscars so that once again reminds me how underrated Larry was as an actor. I mean he didn't even win an Emmy and he certainly deserved one!
     

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