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 Posted:   Oct 30, 2020 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

EDDIE THE EAGLE


I never "got" the whole eddie edwards media obsession at the time. Bigging up the guy who came last seemed like a kind of weird over compensation. He seemed like he was a character but that he wasnt quite all the ticket. However, i started the film thinking i wouldnt last the course but it was well-made and i enjoyed it. There's been plenty of underdog films but this had the right balance of humour.
I now "get" the bravery he showed and what i shouldve felt in 1988.
7 out of 10.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2020 - 5:42 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

EDDIE THE EAGLE


I never "got" the whole eddie edwards media obsession at the time. Bigging up the guy who came last seemed like a kind of weird over compensation. He seemed like he was a character but that he wasnt quite all the ticket. However, i started the film thinking i wouldnt last the course but it was well-made and i enjoyed it. There's been plenty of underdog films but this had the right balance of humour.
I now "get" the bravery he showed and what i shouldve felt in 1988.
7 out of 10.


It was a fun film. I think Eddie said it was 85% made up though.

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2020 - 11:45 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

EDDIE THE EAGLE
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It was a fun film. I think Eddie said it was 85% made up though.


Clearly its a simplification and exaggeration, the parents are a parody, as are the sporting body (altho probably accurate) and theyve had to chuck in the obligatory key American character to make it sell outside uk - what chances a skijumping superstar is driving snow ploughs and takes him under his wing, really? (Shades of Mr Miyagi growing bonsai trees) lol

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2020 - 5:04 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Firstly, am I in the right thread. Check!

The Fury of Achilles (1962) 9/10 with Gordon Mitchell, Piero Lulli, Mario Petri and Jacques Bergerac( no, not him from Jersey). I have been waiting for years to see this one again. My memories of it were good but picture quality was poor. At last here was an almost perfect wide-screen version in English. Heaven. This I is deffinately one one of the top efforts. Well made, good colour and actions was above par. Even Gordon was more.restrained than usual. It was about the familiar Trojan war story but from a different angle. What I liked was that the film.was that it carried a feeling of doom and destiny along. Achilles new he would die once he'd killed Hector. Hector new he'd die if he faced off big A. Oracles would say same. Also it ended before the wooden horse episode. Achilles new he was invincible apart from one spot. However he didn't know which spot. The film ended, quite poiniantly, the night before his last day, on a nice sunset. Carlo Davina's music was good and memorable and available from all good outlets.
Followed by
Six Bounty Killers for a massacre. 2/10 with Robert Woods and Donal O'Brien. It was shite, I've said too much already.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2020 - 12:56 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

BEWARE, MY LOVELY

1952, b/w dir Harry Horner. Lonely widow Ida Lupino hires a handyman (Robert Ryan) not knowing he is psychopathic killer on the run. Never seen Ryan in anything where he wasnt stellar and this is no exception, he is suitably creepy and schizo, flitting from calm and gentle to deranged n threatening. Dramatic score too (by Leith Stevens) especially the key moments that highlighted Ryan's desperate mood swings. Im not a big fan of movies where someone is terrorized by a loony - this almost could've been a play in one setting - but it was watchable.
7.3 out of 10

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2020 - 1:42 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

2 Guns (2013) ... 6+/10

Enjoyable buddy-cop movie with a twist ... several! Comic book violence gives way to a few nasty scenes and execution-style killings with, strangely, a sequence involving chickens being somewhat out-of-place.

Stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are great to watch and the supporting cast are good throughout. The story allows for a number of fast action shoot-'em-ups and explosions and never flags ... hence you have little chance to question the logic or validity of the story.

Perhaps we need to improve our AV receiver and/or centre speaker but a lot of the dialogue was unintelligible.

Music score by Clinton Shorter was acceptable but instantly forgettable ... a sign of a modern film ... and I quickly stopped playback when the play-out noise started.

Good fun ... my third, and probably last, viewing. I had wondered about buying the BluRay but now know I won't.
Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2020 - 2:08 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Ransom (1975) 6/10 with the great Scot and Ian mcshane. Not great by any stretch but watchable. We kept watching to see if anyone slipped on the snow and ice. The bloke who played the ambassador didn't half look like dear Johnny (Gielgood).

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2020 - 6:29 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016) 7/10
South Korean zombie pandemic film, set mainly on a train, that packs more thrils, chills and character development into its 2 hour run time than 6 series of The Walking Dead combined.
It's typically OTT crazy bonkers, as I find many Asian films, but that makes them more of a hoot.
If a zombie pandemic ever does come to pass (and let's be honest, it's looking more and more likely every day) this films' chain of events seem scarily prescient and believable. And it's most likely to come from this region too!!
These are the leg-it attack monkeys of 28 DAYS LATER, as opposed to the comedy shufflers of Romero and The Walking Dead.
Even Carole stuck with it to the end and didn't say she hated it (like she usually does).
A pleasant surprise.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2020 - 6:48 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

"dir Harry Horner"
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That's James Horner's dad, Bill.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2020 - 7:20 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)


Hey Kev, I also though Train To Busan was a decent zombie movie, and it scared me at times. There is a sequel to this movie that takes place 4 years later. It is called Peninsula. Trailer is below.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdmS5eGtBR8

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2020 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Thanks Joan.
That sequel looks insane (and was that the dead Dad from one in it, or just a look a like dude?).

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2020 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

(and was that the dead Dad from one in it, or just a look a like dude?).

I don't know, Kev. Too much uber-speedy movement for me to tell.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2020 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

"dir Harry Horner"
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That's James Horner's dad, Bill.


Not Dirty Harry's Uncle?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2020 - 2:31 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

The Long Day of the Massacre(1968) 6/10 with Peter Martell Glenn Saxson, Franco Fantasia and Daniela Giordano. Martell plays a decent sheriff whose a bit keen with the gun - ' the jail is always empty and the cemetery is getting full'. Not a bad effort, no classic but enjoyable. The plot could be followed, it helps. Music was by Michele Lacerenza and was quite memorable, I liked it. Heav on trumpet,as you'd expect. Also mum was happy ( a bit too much of this!) as Saxson is a bit of a beau.
Followed by
The Secret Seven(1963) 7/10 with Tony Russell and Massimo Serato. Quite decently made,acting was fine. It was a kind of variant on the magnificent 7. With Russell hiring men to help rescue his brother. Job done, easily, they get a few Bob in return. With nothing else to do they stay with him and too out the local tyrant. Music by Carlo Franci was ok.

Never fell asleep during either despite the alcohol flowing nicelybig grin

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2020 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Ransom (1975) 6/10 with the great Scot and Ian mcshane. Not great by any stretch but watchable. We kept watching to see if anyone slipped on the snow and ice. The bloke who played the ambassador didn't half look like dear Johnny (Gielgood).

And what a fantastic JG score! The main theme, sky chase and the whole sequence in the tunnel with the van of hostages and police escort, brill.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2020 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Ransom (1975) 6/10 with the great Scot and Ian mcshane. Not great by any stretch but watchable. We kept watching to see if anyone slipped on the snow and ice. The bloke who played the ambassador didn't half look like dear Johnny (Gielgood).

And what a fantastic JG score! The main theme, sky chase and the whole sequence in the tunnel with the van of hostages and police escort, brill.


I recorded it a while back but didn't get round to watching it. It was like hearing a new JG score (almost) as it's not one that gets played a lot. A little grin on the face when 'music by ' comes up, I miss those little things. I may pull the cd out later.

 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2020 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

The Mirror Crack'd (1980) ... 4-/10

Glossy adaption of a very weak Agatha Christie ~ Miss Marple crime story, padded with irrelevant scenes to fill the running time. And yet, it is the padding which provides a lot of the entertainment with several actors, far from their heydays, hamming it up ... leaving a few stalwart British character actors to keep the story grounded.

At times I thought Elizabeth Taylor was as neurotic as her character and then suddenly, she showed her class; Rock Hudson was very good throughout; and Kim Novak excelled. Only Tony Curtis seemed below par and appeared to act as if he wished he wasn't there.

Lead Angela Lansbury had limited screen time which was to the film's advantage as she wasn't very good, not a patch on the known actresses who have played the part. As CI Craddock, Edward Fox was a disaster ... almost an embarrassment but this is largely down to his dialogue.

Geraldine Chaplin had the most significant role and carried the mysterious actions off well ... just how involved was she in the murder, etc.

Nice settings, unfussy direction and a music score (John Cameron) which was at times pleasant and at other times intrusive ... a sax-dominate theme recurred at inappropriate times.

I'm glad I watched it but I won't be looking again.
Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2020 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

NEVER TOO LATE: THE DOC SEVERINSEN STORY (2020) – 8/10

This is a wonderful portrait of trumpeter and former “Tonight Show” bandleader Doc Severinsen, who, nearly 30 years after leaving television, and at 93 years old, still maintains a rigorous public performance schedule. The film covers Severinsen’s entire life and career—his childhood in a small Oregon town, his musical training, his playing with the big bands of Charlie Barnett and Jimmy Dorsey, his job as a studio musician for NBC and then bandleader of “The Tonight Show” orchestra for 30 years, and his current life as a touring musician.

With two ex-wives and a current one, five children, and eight grandchildren, one thing has been foremost in Severinsen’s life—his trumpet playing. In his career, he’s played thousands of tour dates. He’s made more than 40 albums and appeared as a guest artist on as many more. He is still on the road three weeks out of every month. “I just love it,” he says of his profession.

Directors Kevin Bright and Jeff Consiglio filmed Severinsen at home and on tour for 38 days. They recorded enough performance footage, they say, to create an album or two, only a fraction of which appears in the 84-minute film itself. But there are some choice moments of Severinsen’s artistry in the film, which make it clear that he ranks among the nation’s greatest trumpet players.

The film includes praise for Severinsen from Questlove, the current “Tonight Show” bandleader, as well as famed trumpeter Chris Botti. A segment with the two trumpeters playing together is a highlight of the film. There’s also an amusing section looking at Doc’s “Tonight Show” wardrobe, where he seemingly wore a different, flamboyantly-colored outfit on every show for 30 years. As a film, NEVER TOO LATE also has a colorful visual design that other, more drab-looking documentaries could emulate. If you enjoy Severinsen’s brand of big band jazz, you should seek out this film.


 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2020 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

To Hell and Back
1955
My memory of this film - based on Audie Murphy's ww2 exploits - was limited, other than a scene where he climbs up on a tank and shoots a load of attacking Germans with the mounted machine gun. Possibly a bit corny. However, having revisited the film, it is not a bad "follow a squad of soldiers thru training and into various campaigns" movie, a successful formula used again and again in war movies before and since. I liked it. Murphy was Murphy but it had a bit of grit, the action was good and altho he takes control in fight scenes, there was nothing too unrealistic. There was barely a medal he didnt win.

7.3 out of 10.

Narrator: "...War, to the foot soldier, is a continual fight for a few yards of dirt that always seemed to lie ahead of him, to be taken from the enemy or to be held at all costs. Why? As often as not he doesn't know in regard to the overall campaign. On Sicily, all he knew was that he took the entire island in 38 days - What he had accomplished gave the Allies a giant base of operation close to the Italian mainland."

 
 Posted:   Nov 4, 2020 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

The Love Witch (2016) ... 4-/10

Not my usual type of film, the synopsis of a woman using magic to attract a man was interesting enough to give it a try. I had no idea what to expect, other than an up-to-date version of Bewitched ... the 1960s TV show enjoyed for so long.

A glossy, 1960s' Technicolor picture ... some really dreadful back projection (emulating films of that era?), narration bordering on the ridiculous and acting which was so stilted and unnatural that I had to keep telling myself this was as directed.

After ten minutes or so I was about to turn off when the music score changed: we couldn't believe we were listening to Ennio Morricone ... one of his gorgeous romantic melodies. And this kept me watching long enough to become interested in the story ... more's the pity frown

There is plenty of the Maestro's music to help pass the time (and others') but the film, despite several good scenes and a script which mocks all and sundry ... from the glossy sex-comedies of the 1950s/60s to Hammer horror witch covens (more sex than witchcraft), taking a swipe at police dramas, etc. ... is far too long. An interesting idea which should have been so much better but with script, direction, original music and other production duties all by Anna Biller and a cast of, to me, unknowns, it was a waste of my time.

Except that I got to hear some lovely Ennio Morricone music smile
Mitch

 
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