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 Posted:   May 9, 2024 - 5:50 AM   
 By:   Kentishsax   (Member)

Our son was at camp, so on Saturday night, the missus wanted to watch the DVD of Fried Green Tomatoes. I've never seen it before. It was fair to middling, I wouldn't watch it again, though I was surprised by Thomas' Newman's score, whilst watching, it was more melodic that I usually hear from him but as soon as the film finished, like the rest of his stuff, I couldn't recall one jot. 4/10

Sunday night I persuaded the missus to watch A Patch of Blue on DVD. She's never seen it before. Can't go wrong with Poitier! Jerry's score worked fine of course and I always see this and Lilies of the Field as companion pieces, given Poitier's presence. He helps the nuns in Lilies and then helps Selina in Patch, extolling great virtues. 10/10

Next week, I'll take my son to see Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes!

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2024 - 1:54 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

The Searchers (1956) ... 5/10

Another classic I've finally watched. Despite being a fan of the western and liking John Wayne, my father didn't like this film and I can recall seeing only the start during my early years.

it's a great performance from Wayne with excellent support from character actors (I particularly liked Hank Worden as Mose and Ken Curtis as Charlie) and Jeffrey Hunter was okay as the young sidekick who helps and hinders Ethan throughout.

Fabulous scenery in glorious colour (I think this TV broadcast must have been of an HD print) and sound was good throughout.

But ... sorry to say ... I can't add it to my list of favourite westerns. I found the script rather weak and meandering with a lack of internal logic. e,g, At the start when Martin/Hunter attempts to ride home against Ethan's advice to rest and feed his horse we next see Ethan ride past Martin to reach the ruins of the family home ... yet Martin walks up moments later. Also, having set himself the task of finding Debbie, what does Ethan try to do? Did I miss the suggestion that Ethan was seeking Debbie so he could kill her? The bought a bride sequence is stupid, not funny, and distasteful, as is Ethan shooting the eyes of the dead warrior. For such a dedicated greycoat Ethan seems happy to wear blue for much of the film.

My knowledge of US geography is very weak but I thought the iconic settings are in Arizona, somewhat west of Texas, Apache and Ute, not Comanche, territory. Perhaps I was looking for too much realism.

Max Steiner's score, with Stan Jones' melodic title song and few traditional tunes, add to the film but I'm not inclined to seek a recording.

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2024 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

INFINITE

3/10

Forgettable.

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2024 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

INFINITE

3/10

Forgettable.


Infinitely forgettable??!

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2024 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   Indy1981   (Member)

The Searchers (1956) ... 5/10

Your rating and review apes the majority of contemporaneous reviews of this film.

I'd be curious to read your opinion of another lukewarmly-received 1950s film-turned immortal classic, "Singin' in the Rain."

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2024 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The Searchers (1956) ... 5/10
Also, having set himself the task of finding Debbie, what does Ethan try to do? Did I miss the suggestion that Ethan was seeking Debbie so he could kill her?



Well, since you brought it up, I guess you didn't miss it.

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2024 - 1:08 PM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

Companeros
Sergio corbucci 1970
Last time I saw this was on vhs in the 80s. I don't even think it has ever been on uk tv. Not as good as Il mercenario but watchable and the music is good. Franco Nero is cool and Tomas milian plays his part well
7.7 out of 10.

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2024 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Marsha played her part well.smile

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2024 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

Marsha played her part well.smile

Never work with children ...or falcons.

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2024 - 5:02 PM   
 By:   Indy1981   (Member)

The Searchers (1956) ... 5/10
Also, having set himself the task of finding Debbie, what does Ethan try to do? Did I miss the suggestion that Ethan was seeking Debbie so he could kill her?



Well, since you brought it up, I guess you didn't miss it.


Sounds like something John Wayne might have said!

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2024 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

The Searchers (1956) ... 5/10
Also, having set himself the task of finding Debbie, what does Ethan try to do? Did I miss the suggestion that Ethan was seeking Debbie so he could kill her?



Well, since you brought it up, I guess you didn't miss it.


Sounds like something John Wayne might have said!


BTW, a 70mm print of the restoration of this film was presented at the TCM Classic Film Festival a few weeks ago. Absolutely stupendous on the big screen at the newly refurbished Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Films like this must be seen on the big screen to be fully appreciated. A TV screen doesn't cut it.

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2024 - 12:39 AM   
 By:   steffromuk   (Member)

Ghostbuster: frozen empire 2/10

What a senseless and lazy bore fest.

It even feels like none of the cast is really believing in their characters.

The writing is awful. Please let this Franchise alone and dead.

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2024 - 1:09 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

The Searchers (1956) ... 5/10
Also, having set himself the task of finding Debbie, what does Ethan try to do? Did I miss the suggestion that Ethan was seeking Debbie so he could kill her?



Well, since you brought it up, I guess you didn't miss it.


That's too subtle for me ...

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2024 - 4:52 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Man on Fire (2004) ... 7+/10

There's so much in the actioner (20 yrs old - yikes!) for me to dislike that I surprise myself by rating it this highly ... I'm tempted to go higher but the fast editing, out-of-focus imagery, and style-over-substance product has many faults.

And yet ... a superb cast with Denzel Washington's characterisation of John Creasey faultless, Christopher Walken wonderful in a sympathetic role, Radha Mitchell fully convincing as the distraught mother and Dakota Fanning excellent, plus lovely support from Rachel Ticotin and Giancarlo Giannini, acting out a compelling and moving story.

I disliked the film on first viewing (I gave the DVD away) but a second try proved worthwhile and this was probably my fourth time. As I know the story I find I'm emotionally involved. I'm not sure I'd like the score by Harry Gregson-Williams (and others) as a stand-alone listen but parts of it are very effective, more so in the emotional rather than action scenes.

I haven't seen the Scott Glenn 1987 adaption/version for many years and look out for a broadcast ... not nearly as glossy, from memory, but still compelling.

On Moonlight Bay (1951) ... 7+/10

Another film I've seen before but it's been a long time and I found story, action and dialogue fun and engaging. My better-half complained that it was too sugary but for me that's part of its charm ... you can't take any of it seriously. Wonderful performances throughout the cast and lots of lovely period music, it's a shame that Doris Day doesn't get chance to sing a show-stopping number.

The recreated (original 10") album features most of the songs, now performed by Doris Day (even if not in the film); apparently co-star Gordon MacRea's recordings were not available (licensing issue?) hence he is replaced by an unnamed vocalist ... I can't recall where I sourced the name James Emmons ... with choral support (the Norman Luboff Choir) arranged and conducted by Paul Weston (the film score is handled by Max Steiner and Ray Heindorf).

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2024 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   steffromuk   (Member)

Kingdom of the planet of the apes
8/10

Really good movie. Very well written, with really nice and well thought out nodges to the 1968 original.

For the first time in the revival franchise. I completely forgot about the vfx. The acting is incredible. And the main characters are so relatable.

The score is pretty good too. With lovely homage to Goldsmith's masterpiece.

To me, it's the best of the later installment (The war for... being second).

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2024 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

My main issue with the new apes series, (other than only seeing one!) is they made the same mistake Peter Jackson made with his remake of King Kong. I find the "man-ape" creature far more interesting and logical from a evolutionary standpoint instead of simply having realistic looking modern apes who can talk and use tools. Granted in the original series they were limited by the technology and had to put humans in ape costumes but that limitation worked to its benefit.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2024 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Red King, White Knight (1989) ... 5-/10

Not quite a write-off thanks to a wonderful Max von Sydow even though his role is under-written. But then not much happens between an airport chase sequence at the end of the first act and the finale, a rather blood-letting affair. Described as a TV movie a couple of scenes suggest it was not scheduled for prime-time.

It's the basic oft-told story of the retired agent (Tom Skerritt) brought back for one last mission who has a long-lost love (Helen Mirren) to aid him but the authorities (Tom Bell) know about him ... and her. It's Sydow's role which makes things a little different.

Far too much high level chit-chat fill the running time; local scenery courtesy of Budapest; with an effective score by John Scott, albeit the main theme sounds more like Roy Budd. The melodic play-out is very nice.

 
 Posted:   May 16, 2024 - 1:46 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Overboard (1987) ... 2/10

I suppose if you're a fan of either/both Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell this might work for you. I'm not and found it mildly amusing at best ... I think I laughed twice: both scenes featured Joanna's/Goldie's mother (at least, I think it was she) falling out of bed as the yacht took speedy manoeuvres.

There are similarities with the Sophia Loren/Cary Grant romantic comedy Houseboat (1958) ... which wasn't a great film ... and it seeks to emulate the classic Doris Day/Rock Hudson~James Garner~Rod Taylor comedies which followed. But neither actor is in the same school, let alone class, as those film stars and the direction, setting and above all script-writing of this newer film leave much to be desired.

I found Alan Silvestri's score for the first half or so very annoying but once the characters' romance had become dominant then the more melodic accompanying themes were very welcome.

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2024 - 2:05 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

I think our opinions on films could not be MORE diametrically opposed, Mitch.
Most times, when I read your review of a film I've also seen, I tend to have the exact opposite opinion.
I'm a big fan of OVERBOARD, a fun, sunny romp of a romantic comedy, with engaging characters with great chemistry (obvs since they are a real life couple) and a catchy vibrant score by Silvestri.
I love the 'feral-like' kids especially the one who only speaks like Pee Wee Herman.
The situations always make me chuckle.
I remember liking it at the cinema back in the day and also whenever I've re-watched it on telly thereafter.
The score does become really lovely towards the end, after its early catchy country/rock/synth vibe (which I also dig).
I have the Music Box CD and love it.

 
 Posted:   May 16, 2024 - 2:45 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I think our opinions on films could not be MORE diametrically opposed, Mitch.
...


With that, I think we are in total agreement! smile

 
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