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Re: last movie you watched

Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:37 am

swagers wrote:i saw the hobbit this week on dvd
great movie
jan



Another movie i found way too long ! but my daughter liked it ok !!!
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Re: last movie you watched

Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:53 am

Gentleman's Agreement, streamed in HD: Blu-Ray quality.

It was like watching it for the first time. Gregory Peck looked SO young, if you're used to him as "Atticus." Here, he's a young fella starting out as a writer, unsure of himself, but sure of his ideals.

If you haven't seen it, I don't want to spoil the more moving family scenes. But it is a guide to living a righteous life, without selling out, when that would be easy. It's not just an "issue" film; I found it very timely, but the group in question is just different. It's really about Peck's character, and the decisions he must make. So, it's about hypocrisy and how to resist it.

If you know about Kazan, the director, that makes it sad. Because he did sell people out, later.

They should do a remake, but change the outcast social group. It could work well with the right production.

And the picture quality! Extraordinary! No hash in the print: very nice. I tried to watch Easy Rider in HD stream, but it only accentuated the bad print. I'm really learning about this restoration process in bringing out the high definition. Garbage in, garbage out --- that's the rule.

Great experience. I want to watch more old films. Next: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. I will report back!

It's late. Night all!

rjm

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Re: last movie you watched

Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:34 pm

rjm wrote:Gentleman's Agreement, streamed in HD: Blu-Ray quality.

It was like watching it for the first time. Gregory Peck looked SO young, if you're used to him as "Atticus." Here, he's a young fella starting out as a writer, unsure of himself, but sure of his ideals.

If you haven't seen it, I don't want to spoil the more moving family scenes. But it is a guide to living a righteous life, without selling out, when that would be easy. It's not just an "issue" film; I found it very timely, but the group in question is just different. It's really about Peck's character, and the decisions he must make. So, it's about hypocrisy and how to resist it.

If you know about Kazan, the director, that makes it sad. Because he did sell people out, later.

They should do a remake, but change the outcast social group. It could work well with the right production.

And the picture quality! Extraordinary! No hash in the print: very nice. I tried to watch Easy Rider in HD stream, but it only accentuated the bad print. I'm really learning about this restoration process in bringing out the high definition. Garbage in, garbage out --- that's the rule.

Great experience. I want to watch more old films. Next: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. I will report back!

It's late. Night all!

rjm

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Mr Smith is a great film

As for Gentleman's Agreement, I haven't seen it in about ten years, but found it to be remarkably naive. It seemed to me to be one of those films where Hollywood trumpets how brave it can be, and then making something which really isn't particularly good. (Brokeback Mountain and Crash being recent examples). Gentleman's Agreement is better than both, if only for the wonderful performances and the fact that it tackles a difficult issue at a particularly delicate time.

As for me, I had to rewatch Perks of Being a Wallflower today for a paper I'm giving next week on mental health issues in film. Cried like a baby after seeing it the first time. Cried like a baby after seeing it the second time!

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:48 pm

Somehow "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" didn't work for me. It certainly is a good movie but neither left a big impression on me nor did I cry.

Anyway, I watched "Small Apartments" - funny, crazy litte film that runs a little out of steam during the final minutes.

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:30 am

poormadpeter wrote:
rjm wrote:Gentleman's Agreement, streamed in HD: Blu-Ray quality.

It was like watching it for the first time. Gregory Peck looked SO young, if you're used to him as "Atticus." Here, he's a young fella starting out as a writer, unsure of himself, but sure of his ideals.

If you haven't seen it, I don't want to spoil the more moving family scenes. But it is a guide to living a righteous life, without selling out, when that would be easy. It's not just an "issue" film; I found it very timely, but the group in question is just different. It's really about Peck's character, and the decisions he must make. So, it's about hypocrisy and how to resist it.

If you know about Kazan, the director, that makes it sad. Because he did sell people out, later.

They should do a remake, but change the outcast social group. It could work well with the right production.

And the picture quality! Extraordinary! No hash in the print: very nice. I tried to watch Easy Rider in HD stream, but it only accentuated the bad print. I'm really learning about this restoration process in bringing out the high definition. Garbage in, garbage out --- that's the rule.

Great experience. I want to watch more old films. Next: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. I will report back!

It's late. Night all!

rjm

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Mr Smith is a great film

As for Gentleman's Agreement, I haven't seen it in about ten years, but found it to be remarkably naive. It seemed to me to be one of those films where Hollywood trumpets how brave it can be, and then making something which really isn't particularly good. (Brokeback Mountain and Crash being recent examples). Gentleman's Agreement is better than both, if only for the wonderful performances and the fact that it tackles a difficult issue at a particularly delicate time.

As for me, I had to rewatch Perks of Being a Wallflower today for a paper I'm giving next week on mental health issues in film. Cried like a baby after seeing it the first time. Cried like a baby after seeing it the second time!


Will watch.


Meanwhile, I thought Gentleman's Agreement hedged twice.

Spoiler alert: if you haven't seen it, don't read this! Just don't. Please.

1. With the ending. It was important that Peck totally sacrifice his own happiness for his ideals, so no happy ending with the girl. If there's no major sacrifice, it hurts the premise. He must give up the present for the future.

2. With the boy. He mentioned kids getting chased and beaten up. But that doesn't happen. They could have scripted it so it would be likely under the circumstances. Peck could have said "if they ask you, just say "and if I was, would it make a difference?" That way, the boy doesn't lie, yet is placed in peril. Make Peck MORE naive! He doesn't sacrifice the child, when in real life, the chances are that it could have been a more serious incident. That is the historical reality, after all.

And THAT would have complicated his romantic relationship!!

So, Kazan only went so far with it. Still, it was a film that needed to be made at the time.

That's why a remake, substituting a different minority (who try to "pass") would work well. And hold nothing back this time.

rjm


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Re: last movie you watched

Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:13 am

Saw world war z at the weekend,ok but I think the walking dead is better

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:53 am

Last night i saw "The Purge"not the best film i have seen lately and "Olympus has fallen"a good film about The kidnap of the president of the USA and the take over of the Whitehouse

Re: last movie you watched

Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:33 am

Not seen a movie in ages ! weather too good just chilling in the garden !!!

Re: last movie you watched

Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:45 pm

"The Awakening" starring Rebecca Hall. Turned it off after about fourty minutes.

Then I watched "River Of No Return" starring Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. :smt007
Watched it about ten times already and I still love it. Timeless movie.

Re: last movie you watched

Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:20 pm

luckyjackson1 wrote:"The Awakening" starring Rebecca Hall. Turned it off after about fourty minutes.

Then I watched "River Of No Return" starring Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. :smt007
Watched it about ten times already and I still love it. Timeless movie.




"River Of No Return" classic !!!

Re: last movie you watched

Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:12 am

Grown ups 2 not as good as the first but still funny,Heat very funny !!!

Re: last movie you watched

Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:19 am

heat was good

Re: last movie you watched

Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:26 pm

Just tonight, after a tiring day, I relaxed with an old film remastred for HD streaming. I love how the process brings you back in time.

"Guess Who's Coming To Dinner." Hepburn, Tracy, Poitier (sp?).

Corny, now, but actually very sweet as Tracy professes his deep love for Hepburn at the end of his final film. I'm generally not into "mush," but I do have my moments. They so adored one another. I don't know if he even lived to the full completion of the picture.

Quality lasts. And HD(or /Blu-Ray) is awesome!

rjm

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Re: last movie you watched

Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:45 pm

I'm not bragging, but I've seen One Direction: This Is Us. A couple of Elvis references thrown in as the start of the film looks at the members early years. Harry Styles dressed as Elvis for a performance when he was a kid. They also played at MSG and in the dressing rooms, the image of Elvis, arms and cape outstretched is clearly visible.

To top this off, I've been told I'm taking my niece, her friend and my little girl to their concert at Wembley Arena next year. Yay! :shock:

Re: last movie you watched

Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:46 pm

Started watching that Liberace movie on monday at a sneak preview in a local theatre starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Although Douglas gave a good performance me and my buddy left after about halfway. You can tell it's a television movie and, even worse: a Soderbergh vehicle. smt181

Needlessly to say I didn't like it.

Re: last movie you watched

Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:48 pm

World War Z

Re: last movie you watched

Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:51 pm

Rob wrote:World War Z

Any opinion, Rob? Is it recommended or not?

Re: last movie you watched

Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:54 pm

It's worth going to see. Not the best flick I've seen this year, but pretty enjoyable. I'm not into the whole zombie thing, but I made an exception for this.

I'd give it a 7 out of 10.

Re: last movie you watched

Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:59 pm

Rob wrote:It's worth going to see. Not the best flick I've seen this year, but pretty enjoyable. I'm not into the whole zombie thing, but I made an exception for this.

I'd give it a 7 out of 10.



I liked it too and some of it was filmed in glasgow,win win for me !!!
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Re: last movie you watched

Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:59 pm

Screen shots from the movie that where shot in glasgow !!!
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Re: last movie you watched

Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:39 am

Fruitvale Station. In the theater.

And NOT as an "issue" picture, either, but to appreciate your own life in ways you may have missed. In other words, you take a day out of your life, and if someone filmed it, flaws and all, what would people think of you?

Yes, it was his last day. But what's more important is that the film did not want to limit itself. It encourages you to look at your own life, and perhaps to appreciate it more than you did, going in to the theater. It's always the little things that matter most, you know? Wonderful writing and direction. See it!

Also saw The Butler, but aside from some magnificent acting (not by Oprah), it's much too Gumpian. Too neat, too tidy. Wait till it comes to your screen at home.

And more documentaries on Amazon Instant Video than I can recall! Most of them excellent. So much good documentary work out there! The last one was on the history of the Linotype machine. You mourn for a machine. Really.

rjm

Re: last movie you watched

Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:54 am

Went to see We're the Millers today, funniest movie of the year so far.a must see !!!


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Re: last movie you watched

Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:04 am

David Lynch's "Lost Highway" for at least the seventh time... still don't get it... :P

Re: last movie you watched

Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:09 am

Snake Eyes wrote:I'm not bragging, but I've seen One Direction: This Is Us. A couple of Elvis references thrown in as the start of the film looks at the members early years. Harry Styles dressed as Elvis for a performance when he was a kid. They also played at MSG and in the dressing rooms, the image of Elvis, arms and cape outstretched is clearly visible.

To top this off, I've been told I'm taking my niece, her friend and my little girl to their concert at Wembley Arena next year. Yay! :shock:


While I confess I wouldn't pay money to see the 1D film, I am rather interested in viewing it at some point. The director, Morgan Spurlock, is a very interesting choice for such a mainstream project considering his previous films are a mix of the quirky and (in some cases) provocative. Of course, the directors of Elvis on Tour were also an interesting choice and yet they failed to make the film the great revealing documentary that it could have been.

Reviews suggest that Spurlock has made what is ultimately a bland, commercial film. My guess is he had a thankless task; unless he was able to find and reveal some dark side to 1D this was always going to be a straightforward film for the fans. The problem is that there appears not to be a particularly dark side to the group, and they seem to handle fame and fans very well. Their behaviour isn't erratic in the way that Justin Bieber's has been in recent months, for example. They simply seem like decent lads making music aimed at their fans and doing it rather well. What do you do when you're an edgy filmmaker and have a documentary to make about nice guys making nice music and dealing with fame and fans in a nice way?

Re: last movie you watched

Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:24 am

How awful! ;) We only want films about doomed stars! Death's Dark Lonely Highway!

What's WRONG with that filmmaker? !

LOL!!!!!

rjm

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