Discussion in 'Taylor's Tittle-Tattle - General Banter' started by BigRossLittleRoss, Dec 30, 2015.
Quite enjoyed Terminator Date Fate last night after not expecting much. OK, essentially it's a re-hash of Terminator 2 with Sarah Connor & Arnie in special 'devised-for-OAP' roles but it was a good yarn with more plot than all the others since T2.
Breathtaking cinematography, filmed as if it was just one take. Very clever and an original take on the war film genre.
Go and see it!
Saw The Irishman on Netflix - its a long haul, but Pacino as Hoffa is majestic.
Hoped to persuade a companion to see 1917. The one take approach can be extremely effective. Son of Saul deployed it magnificently.
We are building up to it - on the way this weekend we saw Little Woman, (15.00 after the Spurs match) which turns out to be a nice gentle Sunday afternoon film, with good direction and performances.
I was expecting the worst due to the ******* awful title, but if you want a decent feelgood US movie actually this is pretty watchable. Loved the nod to Big.
Thoroughly enjoyed Parasite....deserved Oscar winner.
With Shaquille o'neal?
She the one with the truthful hips? If so, no.
Saw it yesterday. Excellent film; hilarious, shocking, full of surprizes. Very well written and directed.
Trump has gone off on one about a film from South Korea winning best picture. He wants to bring back Gone With The Wind - so his view is a film highlighting class and inequality is worse than a film painting a romantic vision of slavery.
My favourite tweet:
"Parasite is about a family of con artists who lie their way into a house and cause mayhem. Sound familiar, Donald?"
I'm sure 'The Donald' is a big fan of The Birth of a Nation.
Watched Parasite last night and thought it was fantastic. One of the best movies I've ever seen.
Took my Grandchild and Mrs to see Jumanji 2. Really entertaining family movie. Even my Mrs stayed awake which is a miracle, so it must of been good for her to achieve that...
Last week I saw The Platform on Netflix, an engrossing film generally but I think they ran out of ideas about how to conclude it.
Agree - I enjoyed it but the ending was poor and filled with holes.
Saw "The Longest War" (being a 'square' I love feature length documentaries) and was very impressed.
Been putting it off since release, but furlough boredom forced the issue.
Damn good film.
The opening scene of the latest Terminator, whilst extremely impressive from a CGI perspective, is an absolute disgrace in terms of the storyline direction and how it takes a huge, steaming s**t on the first two films and their legacy.
Get f**ked, James Cameron.
Oddly enough I watched it recently expecting nothing and had exactly the same two views - it was 'alright', it was a T2 rehash and it ignored all of the original Terminator narrative.
We're (my 13 YO & I) just coming to the end of (we've got the final episode* left) of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - we've been watching a couple of episodes every night and, discounting the woeful 'acting' of Lena "aren't I beautiful" Headey, it was much better than I had remembered it being. It was good that they didn't go with a Terminator of the Week format and I'd forgotten how good the 'female' terminators were: Summer Glau was brilliant as "Cameron" but, the striking, Shirley Manson was fantastic as "Catherine".
*Which I know is a mess due to "...having to do something for series three..."
Mea culpa. Just watched the final one & it's a *fantastic* basis for future films / TV series. Using this storyline as a starting point 'Salvation' (& subsequent films) would have been much better.
The recent Mary Poppins. (Revisited? Returns? Redux? Once you Popp you can’t stop?)
I’m not sure why this film exists. The original is still brilliant. It’s timeless, and a product of its time with the brightly coloured hand drawn animations and backgrounds that spring to life during the musical sequences.
They’ve basically tried to make the same film again, with worse songs, less plot, less charm. It could have had a mind blowing ending, I turned it off after an hour.
I really enjoyed The Big Short on Netflix. A great cast (Bale, Carell, Pitt, Gosling) and the film really rips into the US banking culture, sub prime mortgages, and the 2008 crash. Highly recommend it.
If you enjoyed 1917 try Midway. Would have been in the cinemas now but is on Sky
Ennio Morricone 1928-2020 passed away this week. One of the most noted film composers especially in his collaboration with former classmate Sergio Leone in the creation of the more realistic spaghetti westerns notably the Fistful trilogy inspired by Kurosawa's masterpiece Yojimbo.
His father was a trumpeter and he learnt his trade from him and played in several big and jazz bands using his conservatory education to effect when starting out in arranging and then composing scores. Like the best film composers he collaborated closely with the director watching rushes before writing music to complement the scene much like all the great partnerships did. Prokofiev and Eisenstein come to mind. Leone crafted a gritty realism no doubt influenced by the neorealist cinema he watched as a child fused with an almost operatic and character repertory dervied from the commedia dell'arte in his Westerns.
Leone summed up his lifes work in the gangster masterpiece Once Upon A Time In America. The film studio scared over it's length cut it viciously and that included Morricone's meticulous score. It hurt Leone and Ennio but the restored version has been acclaimed over recent years as one of the finest examples in the noir/crime genre. The intensity of the violence in the scenes Leone crafted were complimented by Morricone and influence every single action scene you will have seen like Tarantino. Morricone had several other hits like Chi Mai and excerpts from his films scores like Gabriels Oboe one of the first pieces of music I can remember as a small child in the early eighties played by my parents. He also has a close collaboration with Giuseppe Tornatore most well know for the masterwork Cinema Paradiso a meditation on lost love, memory and how a child can be shaped by a mentor in this case this case the cinema projectionist Alfredo.
One of the most moving themes in cinema coupled with the climactic final scene of kissing clips it never fails to move and produce tears. RIP maestro.
Does anyone know if Neil Brand devoted an entire show (radio or TV) to Morricone?
Hallo Bwood. Neil did a three part series on BBC4 on The Sound Of Cinema showing the evolution of the film score from the pianist at the ivories improvising away for the silents, the migration to the lush orchestral scores fuelled in part by the influx of refugees from Nazi Germany who were also serious composers in their own right like Rosza and Korngold. And then the move to the use of other musical styles like jazz, unusual instrumentation, the rise of electronic scores and finally he use of computer aided scoring using all sorts of sources.
Right from the start he shows how music is central to the cinematic experience in conveying information that is not visual.
I'm very familiar with these - I would have thought that due to Morricone's 'dominance' Brand would have done something more focussed on him. Hopefully he's doing an In Memoriam as we speak.
FWIW Brand's closing 'bits' dissecting the Closing Credits' Score for 'great' films were usually the most interesting things on R4's The Film Programme.
I am a huge fan of Morricone’s work. I’m not generally a fan of westerns, but love “Once Upon a Time in the West” and the accompanying score. And “Cinema Paridiso” is one of my all time favourite films.
Another of my favourite directors and a montage featuring some of the actors from these films reprising their lines. Pretty In Pink, The Breakfast Club, National Lampoon, Weird Science, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Ferris Buellers Day Off. Some subtle but very important messages in these films about life.