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The ghost of George Sanders reminds you to link your films, and that one should feel free to move on if bored.
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I dig this film -- especially the near Dostoevskian wind-up between Garfunkel and Keitel.
And Russell is a ferociously hot lick.
You can't blame Roeg for falling in love with the 22 year old Theresa Russell.
Oh hell yeah!
Thanks, queued. (How did this old guy miss this one?) Btw, one of my favorite Ther. Russ. films is '78 "Straight Time" starring Dust. Hoffman.
also w/ Gary Busey and Kathy Bates
Hoffman who also co-directs (uncredited), plays a parolee trying to go straight who meets a VERY YOUNG (looking 17) Theresa R. One of my favorite films
My Father's Glory (1990)
Beautiful cinematography and locations but dramatically somewhat like the "Porch Pals" episode of "Itchy and Scratchy." OK as a family film but parents might be disturbed by the occasional subtle homoerotic imagery (or am I reading that into the film?).
Rachida. Whoa, we're certainly not in Hollywood any more... I didn't expect this one to be so tense and at the same time so seemingly realistic in its portrayal of life in Algeria during the Civil War of the 1990s. It's calm everyday life interrupted by moments of absolute horror and fear - and that takes a toll on everyone. Recommended.
Le Crabe-Tambour - A recently widowered doctor returns to sea aboard a French navy vessel. While standing on the bridge he happens to mention an officer he knew years ago -- Willsdorf, a soldier out of the story books, a man to whom doubt or cowardice is not even a permissible state of mind, whose courage is so ingrained he could toss away his life as a mere gesture. What the doctor learns is that everyone on that ship already knows about Willsdorf, and a good deal of the film shows Willsdorf's career in flashbacks. Yet the story isn't really about him at all, but about the man whose life he destroys without malice, by taking from him what matters most to any man. A friend of mine -- himself a one-time naval officer -- told me the movie is about the value (and the price) of honor. I won't fuss over its meaning. All I know is that this is the most "Conradian" movie I've ever seen. And while it keeps a tight focus on its own points of view, it splays the narrative across the globe from North Africa to the South China Sea to villages in France to frozen harbors in Canada. Raoul Coutard's cinematography won a French Cesar award. Considering the different locations he shot -- the jungles of Indo-China, the deserts of Algeria, the ice-strewn North Atlantic (which never looked so magnificent) -- you'll understand why. I first managed to see this film on a DVD copied from a laser-disc, and I've watched it periodically since. I don't know where you can get a copy of it, but do what you can. This is a great movie.
Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback The Monks were American service men who started playing together while stationed in early 1960s Cold War Germany. After getting mustered out they played pop in bars until they were approached by two German ad agency guys who were influenced by minimalism, modern art and media theory. Like the Monkees and the Sex Pistols, they became a totally designed and managed package with blunt, noise/art rhythm music, black clothes and tonsured haircuts. They were way ahead of their time and definitely influenced the coming Krautrock bands like Faust, Neu, Kraftwork and Can. To my ears, they also prefigured the Velvet Underground, Pere Ubu, punkwave, and stuff I hear in techno today. One member describes playing on the same bill with Jimi Hendrix and realizing that their brand of highly structured minimalism was too little, too soon.
On The Town--musical which I caught off TCM Sunday as they showed many of them. Gene Kelly, Sinatra, etc. about some sailors on shore leave in NYC, finds some friends, neat period piece, good sets, and good numbers.
Bounce, good tunes, a terrific cast, and great locations.
If you would just give me a hand with this puke bucket... Thanks. Hope you don't mind the smell. A few years ago there was a TV film attempting to tell the story of The Tuskegee Airmen (1995) and their triumph past all the racism and outright hatred from whitey. I didn't think it was very well made at the time. More of a watered down after school special. Lawrence Fishburne, Courtney Vance - even Cuba Gooding. Well, Cuba is back and while the computer generated aircraft are incredibly realistic (even if they are the wrong types, oh well), the film is much, much worse. This film is regurgitated trash even to an air combat hog like me - frankly boring. Standard 1950's, even'40's tropes abound - as if the black experience in the European Theater of WW2 was just like whitey's. Pass that puke bucket again, would you please? Thanks. Absolutely no weemos. Burn all copies.
That's what I sort of expected... I think the movie Flyboys is probably similar in tone, etc., however, I didn't mind it too much. I enjoyed the action sequences, tolerated the rather predictable romance angle, but overall it's tolerable.
Flyboys is practically the same garbage, just set in WW One with 1980's style flight simulation software. Oh no, where's that bucket?