Discussion in 'Movies' started by Mel O'Drama, Sep 24, 2016.
Carry On Henry.
Thanks for alerting me to this film's existence, Justine! I found it on YouTube and watched it today.
Faye Dunaway plays a model with a steadily worsening grip on reality. The whole thing's told from her point of view using a fractured kind of storytelling which feels very 1970 -- flashbacks, flashbacks within flashbacks, fantasy sequences within flashbacks, till you've lost track of where you started. Both the film and Dunaway look beautiful, but it still feels more raw and real than glossy and glamorous. It's more of a character study than an edge-of-your-seat drama. Dunaway's character is a nightmare, completely self-absorbed, and she's on screen throughout so it's a little relentless but quite fascinating at the same time. A very young Angelica Nero pops up briefly. It was the first movie directed by the photographer of the cover of Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde album.
Such a gem of a movie.
Carry On Abroad.
Stan & Ollie (2018)
I've been a big fan of Laurel and Hardy since I was an infant so I was really looking forward to seeing this film. It's definitely a film for fans of the comedy duo because there wasn't enough in to appeal significantly to a wider audience. The performances of the 2 stars were first class, especially from John C. Reilly who captured Hardy perfectly. The best part of the film for me was when the recreated some of the comedy routines which they did to great accuracy. Overall it was an okay film but not as good as I had hoped.
Came across this on Netflix and decided to give it a go. I liked it a lot. One reviewer describes it as 'Guess who's coming to dinner' meets 'Rosemary's Baby' and that's a pretty good description. It's clever, original, got a good sense of humor, and has something to say. Not your average horror flick.
Those segments are also drawn from PL Travers's books. The sequels do rather self-consciously follow the format of her original, so perhaps it's not surprising if the movie sequel does the same..
Carry On Girls.
That's so funny -- I watched this yesterday as well! I think I even saw the same review as you! It did feel like a kind of satirical, Sundance-style update of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner to start off with and I'd have been very happy for it to stay like that -- the dialogue was so sharp and the interplay between the characters so great. Then it becomes ... something else. It was still really, really good, but I think I preferred the first half before we find out what's really going on.
Carry On Dick.
Last night I watched "The East", from the people behind the Netflix show "The OA" (including its main star and show-runner Brit Marling). The movie tells the story of a terrorist group in which the female lead gets in, but above all, it shows us that there is a reason behind every act of violence, but also many ways to react and change the injustice in society.
Here is Mr. Skarsgård modeling very sexy shorts...
...not that he needs them at all...
It gives a lot of things to think about but it´s also a very clever indie thriller. You will find in it such talented people as Patricia Clarkson, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, and Julia Ormond. Once again, star, co-writer and co-producer Brit Marling plays a very Hitchcockian blonde (hair dyeing and all, a la Vertigo and Marnie!).
But oh, dear, they pretend she is NOT wearing a wig here...
Highly recommendable for every fan of "Mr. Robot" and/or "The OA", of course. By the way, the trailer below won some kind of award (it´s not spoiler-ish, maybe that´s why...):
Ha! Great minds think alike, eh?!
Jane Got a Gun (2015)
Western reminiscent of The Quick and the Dead with a dash of High Noon, but mostly it's like one of those woman-in-jeopardy telemovies with the violence ramped way up.
Not the most original story but still very entertaining.
I started with THE DIRT but after 30 minutes I got bored with it, it's all very contemporary wisecrack to make it easier to digest. After that I tried KING ARTHUR (2017) and that lasted only 2 minutes. A monster elephant, really!
A good old-fashioned thriller with a big twist, it gets a bit cheesy towards the end but overall I felt quite satisfied.
The Happy Ending (1969)
Based on the true story of author Deborah Lipstadt's defence against a libel case brought by Holocaust denier David Irving.
I was reminded of the mini-series QB VII, based on a novel by Leon Uris, which also dealt with a libel trial involving the Holocaust.
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