One of my cable channels was showing Yesterday by Danny Boyle this morning, and I was very pleased to watch it again. For anybody who missed it in 2019, it is about a young English man who wakes up one morning and discovers that he is the only person in this new alternate universe who remembers the Beatles. Since he is a struggling musician, it doesn't take him long to start singing Beatles songs and become an instant worldwide success. He is not too comfortable with this, but success feels really good. One thing I liked about the movie is that, just like many of us, he remembers most of the hits by the Beatles, but struggles with the exact lyrics which sometimes evade him. On top of that, the people handling his career think that "Hey Jude" is a strange and inappropriate title, so they convince him to change it to "Hey Dude."
Obviously rom-coms and moral dilemmas always end up being predictable, so there are no big surprises as to how things will end (even though he never goes back to his original universe). I additionally very much liked the fact that the movie starred Himesh Patel, who would not be many casting directors' first choice for such a leading role, but that just makes it better.
The fact that Ed Sheeran plays himself in the movie is an added bonus, because when you become a star, it is inevitable that you interact with some other stars, and I was glad that they didn't just make somebody up.
We watched A GHOST STORY this week, and got 15 minutes into it before realizing we’d already seen it. We watched it anyway, as the ghost is appealing in a sad winsome way. He looks like a Halloween costume, a sheet with eyeholes, but Casey Affleck manages to emote through the yards of fabric without a word of dialogue. I’m not sure I understood how all the different time periods relate, and the space time continuum seems a bit disrupted, but I liked it. Rooney Mara eats a whole pie in one long drawn out scene. I hope they got it in one take!
I watched Mapplethorpe the other day. I was not really attracted to the subject or his fate, but I was interested by the fact that Matt Smith (Doctor Who) was the star. Smith did a good job, but the movie was not great, nor was it terrible. The early story with Patti Smith was interesting, but it was only a minor part of his life.
Post by bixaorellana on Sept 23, 2021 22:00:12 GMT
I think I saw bits of that a long, long time ago on tv. After looking at the trailer, I'll try to find the whole movie. John Huston directed! It's cool how some of these scenes look exactly like Toulouse Latrec's paintings. "Grotesque ugliness" is pretty harsh & probably wouldn't be said in a trailer of today.
Set in Oregon territory during the fur-trapping days, the town’s wealthy factotum brings in a cow to provide milk for his household. Two enterprising fellas figure out a way to start a bakery business that is a huge success, till the sh*t hits the fan.
This film is slow paced and beautiful, and well worth watching.
Kelly Reichardt has a major following in France, so I was surprised that it hadn't been released here -- but I see that it is scheduled for 20 October in cinemas after doing a few film festivals. I will be sure to see it.
I watched the movie Clickbait (available on Netflix) in the last couple of days. I was initially put off by the title but, one of my good friends insisted I watch it. It's very well done. Complex and intense with excellent acting. Just when one thinks who the culprit is, it takes on a major curve and throws one off. The ending is a total surprise as the culprit ends up being someone you would least suspect.
"Learn silence. With the quiet serenity of a meditative mind, listen, absorb, transcribe, and transform" - Pythagoras
Anthony Hopkins won a well-deserved Oscar for his performance in THE FATHER, the story of a man “losing his buttons” (as my mother-in-law would say) and the adult daughter (Olivia Colman) who is trying to take care of him while also trying to have a life of her own.
The film is directed by Florian Zeller, who wrote the play with Anthony Hopkins in mind as the lead, and almost all the action occurs in one setting, though it morphs a bit from time to time. The genius of the movie is how it envelopes the viewer in the confusion experienced by the sufferer of dementia. A heartbreaking performance.
This weekend’s Saturday Night Cinema on PBS featured SHINE, the 1996 film telling the true story of Australian child prodigy pianist David Helfgott, with three actors playing the lead at different stages of his life. Geoffrey Rush played the adult David, who had suffered a mental breakdown and emerged as a frenetic, quirky, bawdy, maddening but lovable virtuoso. Rush actually played piano in the film, or more accurately finger-synced to the real David’s playing.
In real life David Helfgott is still performing concerts and recitals around the world, though his touring schedule has been disrupted by the pandemic.
Last week’s PBS movie was HOOSIERS, starring Gene Hackman as a small town basketball coach in basketball crazy Indiana. It’s based on a true story about the small town team that won the 1954 Indiana State HS BB tournament. Also starring Barbara Hershey and Dennis Hopper.
Good, though formulaic, feel-good sports movie. The 1940’s - 1950’s cars and trucks are worth the price of admission!
Re-watched Apocalypse Now, one of the movies that has stuck with me the most vividly over the years.
The DVD we borrowed from the library was Apocalypse Now Redux which contains 49 minutes of additional footage edited into the film. Interesting to see, but the film editors made the right choice in leaving it out, especially the extra scenes with the Playboy bunnies.
Watched THE LOST CITY OF Z tonite, the true story of an explorer of the Amazon jungle who made multiple years-long expeditions into the deepest regions of the Amazon basin, finding evidence of a lost civilization that predated our own. He never returned from his 8th expedition.
Explorer Percy Fawcett may have been the inspiration for the Indiana Jones film character.
Orson Welles, Touch of evil. Really awkward dialogue, poor acting, ridiculous plot. I think Welles is overrated as a director. I usually follow up a movie by finding contemporary reviews and in 1959 (I think it was) the major reviewers liked it! Except for one. Reviewers are quick to polish an already bright reputation.
The Japanese movie Like father, like sun has the most adorably cute child actor. We didn't understand why things had to happen as they did. The parents obviously disagreed but the wife went along with the husband. Presumably due to Japanese culture, but I'm sure not all women in Japan are that deferential.
We have a long Netflix queue but most of them are duds that I keep dropping further down the queue as too violent or too depressing. I've wanted to add some of the movies kerouac has seen (the not-violent not-depressing ones) but Netflix doesn't get many of them.