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Re: Last Movie Watched

Post by Lord Tesla » November 9th, 2020, 4:36 pm

borgmatrix wrote:
October 20th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Lord Tesla wrote:
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Hell, yes! It's not got a lot to do with Bram Stoker's novel, few Dracula adaptations do, aside from some names (and the Vampire Count named Dracula), but it's a Good Flick.
A movie getting designated Good Flick by you is a pretty rare and well-earned thing... color me excited. :)
I hope I didn't raise expectations too high. Of course, in this one, as in many of the other Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing Hammer films, Peter Cushing actually steals the show. As Van Helsing, as Victor Frankenstein, he is a lot more interesting than the creatures in the features. The only film I know of where it's close is Hammer's The Mummy: Kharis on the one hand, John Banning on the other... Lee, getting to play his character bandaged and unbandaged, seems to give him an advantage in that one. Still a favorite film of mine, that Mummy: I watched it again last week, for what must be the hundredth time (or at least the fortieth), on the treadmill.
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October 20th, 2020, 3:48 pm
The last film I watched was John Ford's classic, The Searchers, from 1956. I watched it over a few days of daily treadmills on an iPad. Absolutely beautiful film, and just about as fine a Western as you're ever likely to see. Stars John Wayne, of course, and Jeffrey Hunter about ten years before he made the first Star Trek pilot playing Christopher Pike. A double-vision of lost worlds, post-Civil War Texas and 1950s America...
I'm trying to remember if I've seen this... which probably means I haven't. I'll have to remedy that.
By all means, do it. It really is a deserving classic. The cinematography alone is worth it. But it also manages to do a damn fine job of combining the epic scale and scope, with moving humanity. And, be sure to pay careful attention to "Grandma's" grave-marker. Read every letter that's visible. It gives a very important insight into Ethan Edwards' attitude toward the Comanches.

(One additional bit of info which you might want to consider a spoiler, but which also adds dimensions to the story that might otherwise go unnoticed: It's never been explicitly spelled out that I know of, but it is possible and plausible that Debbie is Ethan's daughter.)
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October 20th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Let's see, my last film was... Oh, right, the "Tomb Raider" from a couple years ago. Obviously not great, but needed something harmless, non-offensive, and fast-paced enough to watch with my parents when I visited them over the weekend. It got the job done. I might have liked it better this time than the first time I saw it, but that's probably due to my expectations being lowered.
I haven't had a chance at that one yet. I've stumbled on it in progress on cable, but I don't like to start unseen things that way if I can help it, and I never got around to DVRing it. I wonder if it's still on any of the movie channels...

The last film I watched was...I suppose I'd have to say it was Midsomer Murders, 5.1, "Tainted Fruit," which was feature-length. Can't say too much about it, though, because a most irritating need for sleep kept interrupting, but what I saw was interesting.
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Re: Last Movie Watched

Post by Jjm3233 » November 29th, 2020, 3:18 pm

borgmatrix wrote:
October 30th, 2020, 9:56 am
Jjm3233 wrote:
October 25th, 2020, 8:05 am
Bill & Ted Face the Music - B-

Nice, sweet film. Watched it with my family, and we all enjoyed it. But it made us talk about the first two films more. But not sure I will watch it again.
I haven't seen it yet, but watching the trailer, I was worried Keanu Reeves hadn't settled into the character well or successfully captured Ted from the first two movies. How was his performance?
Keanu is going for a more mature Ted here - one that was changed a bit by his experience. As far as channeling classic Ted - sometimes.

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Re: Last Movie Watched

Post by borgmatrix » November 30th, 2020, 2:35 pm

Jjm3233 wrote:
November 29th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Keanu is going for a more mature Ted here - one that was changed a bit by his experience. As far as channeling classic Ted - sometimes.
Does that come across just from the movie itself, or has Keanu spoken about it in interviews? I still have to see this.

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Re: Last Movie Watched

Post by Lord Tesla » December 5th, 2020, 10:56 am

Jane Eyre 1943, B&W, 97, 20th Century Fox, directed by Roger Stevenson. Starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine.

Weird bit of soapy Gothic, from the Charlotte Brontë novel, which I have not read but assume is likewise Goth-y.

Not my usual sort of thing, but it was the least objectionable alternative when some background TV was needed.

Got caught up in it enough catch large swaths of it anyway. Not bad at all, really, apart from one glaring fault. There's a happy ending of sorts, but after the long, miserable slog through Jane's early life, it comes on rather wham-bang, a seeming after thought, not even an epilogue, but more like a hastily scribbled post-it-note, a few frames stuck on the end.
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Re: Last Movie Watched

Post by Master Magnus » December 14th, 2020, 2:28 am

Lord Tesla wrote:
December 5th, 2020, 10:56 am
Jane Eyre 1943, B&W, 97, 20th Century Fox, directed by Roger Stevenson. Starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine.

Weird bit of soapy Gothic, from the Charlotte Brontë novel, which I have not read but assume is likewise Goth-y.

Not my usual sort of thing, but it was the least objectionable alternative when some background TV was needed.

Got caught up in it enough catch large swaths of it anyway. Not bad at all, really, apart from one glaring fault. There's a happy ending of sorts, but after the long, miserable slog through Jane's early life, it comes on rather wham-bang, a seeming after thought, not even an epilogue, but more like a hastily scribbled post-it-note, a few frames stuck on the end.
You don't read Charlotte Brontë in junior- and senior high in the U.S.? It's part of the Swedish curriculum as part of classic literature and we had to read Jane Eyre in 8th grade (IIRC).

Anywau, the last movie I watched was Lucas's last remastered version of The Empire Strikes Back. While not perfect, the color grading is so much better than it was on the rather awful 2004 DVD and 2011 Blu-Ray releases (which both used the same masters).

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Re: Last Movie Watched

Post by Lord Tesla » December 18th, 2020, 9:23 pm

Master Magnus wrote:
December 14th, 2020, 2:28 am
You don't read Charlotte Brontë in junior- and senior high in the U.S.? It's part of the Swedish curriculum as part of classic literature and we had to read Jane Eyre in 8th grade (IIRC).
Perhaps it was so once; I doubt that it is so any longer. American education is long on ideology and indoctrination these days. Reading classics is...frowned upon. In my own case, I never read them; but, then, my education was somewhat eccentric.

It's high time I rectified that, I deem.

The last film I saw was...

Geez, I think it was a dinner-time rewatch of the Kenneth Branagh version of Murder on the Orient Express.

A strange piece of cinema, that. And a very strange interpretation of Hercule Poirot.
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Re: Last Movie Watched

Post by borgmatrix » March 22nd, 2021, 12:41 pm

Last movie watched was ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE!!!!!!!!

I've been waiting for this one for a quite a while. I'll have to get some detailed thoughts in when I have a chance.

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Re: Last Movie Watched

Post by Coyote » April 2nd, 2021, 8:19 pm

Lord Tesla wrote:
December 18th, 2020, 9:23 pm
Master Magnus wrote:
December 14th, 2020, 2:28 am
You don't read Charlotte Brontë in junior- and senior high in the U.S.? It's part of the Swedish curriculum as part of classic literature and we had to read Jane Eyre in 8th grade (IIRC).
Perhaps it was so once; I doubt that it is so any longer. American education is long on ideology and indoctrination these days. Reading classics is...frowned upon. In my own case, I never read them; but, then, my education was somewhat eccentric.

It's high time I rectified that, I deem.

The last film I saw was...

Geez, I think it was a dinner-time rewatch of the Kenneth Branagh version of Murder on the Orient Express.

A strange piece of cinema, that. And a very strange interpretation of Hercule Poirot.

Lord Tesla my old friend, please PM me when you see this. Its kinda important.

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