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Gone baby gone (2007)

Good film with interesting questions about nature or nurture. Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan do a fine job as the private detectives asked to find a missing child. The offshoots of the story actually bolster the main plot. It's great direction from Ben Affleck as you can see the human toll but also the WGAF in a situation depicted.





Firebrand


I knew next to nothing about Catherine Parr before watching Firebrand - and the movie has done nothing but stroke my curiosity in the most intense way imaginable.

Some folks have dismissed the movie as historical speculation. It appears to be true that there is no documentation that could prove or disprove some of the things depicted in the movie, but that doesn't make it any less thrilling.

To be perfectly blunt, I don't know that everything we're shown in the movie actually happened, but I also don't have any reason to think that it mightn't have happened.

Alicia Vikander is terrific (in a very subdued way) as Parr, and Jude Law is positively staggering as King Henry VIII. In all fairness, it should be pointed out that there's at least a couple of shots of certain parts of the king's anatomy that some people might find kind of gross - and that's kind of the point.

At this point in his life, Henry VIII was a positively disgusting and paranoid man, consumed by his conflicts with the church and obsessed about his successors.

Firebrand is the English-language directing debut of Brazilian director Karim AÔnouz and it's based on the novel Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle. (The movie isn't called Queen's Gambit to avoid confusion with the Netflix series).

If you want an absolutely fantastic movie about what may have happened during the waning days of Henry VIII's reign, this movie is absolutely right for you. If you want to know more about what the historical record says may have actually happened, then check out this guide.

The fabulous cast also includes Eddie Marsan as Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, Junia Rees as Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth I), and Simon Russell Beale as the Bishop of Winchester.



I forgot the opening line.

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Philadelphia - (1993)

1993 was a pretty good year for mainstream cinema, and this heavyweight had great impact - watching it last night I felt that it was better than I remembered it being. Tom Hanks had moved away from comedy somewhat with the likes of Sleepless in Seattle and the disaster that was Bonfire of the Vanities, but it was with this that he became a full-fledged, respected and acknowledged dramatic actor. For his role as Andrew Beckett he won his first Oscar. It surprised me somewhat to see the name "Ann Dowd" in the opening credits. I wondered if I'd recognize her, and I did as Andrew's sister - she was slimmer and had blonde hair, but her face is immediately recognizable. As far as attitudes to gay people and AIDS at the time go, this came at the crux of a change in values for society. I remember growing up in the 70s and 80s, when it was pretty much okay to be openly hostile to gay people - especially in Australia. Any term for homosexuality was considered a terrible insult. We've come along away, and for anyone who has had a family member die of AIDS (even a cousin), this epidemic has left a lasting, tragic impression. Marvelous movie from Jonathan Demme.

8/10


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Emily the Criminal - (2022)

This has a great screenplay and is paced with precision - a film about one person's gift for criminality, and how debt mixed with economic reality can be a trigger to unleash it. Full review here, in my watchlist thread.

7/10


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Elmer Gantry - (1960)

Directed at evangelists, this doesn't pack as much of a wallop as it did back in it's day, but it's a worthy watch to see Burt Lancaster tear up the screen as the titular con-man and rascal. Full review here, in my watchlist thread.

7/10
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SF = Z


[Snooze Factor Ratings]:
Z = didn't nod off at all
Zz = nearly nodded off but managed to stay alert
Zzz = nodded off and missed some of the film but went back to watch what I missed
Zzzz = nodded off and missed some of the film but went back to watch what I missed but nodded off again at the same point and therefore needed to go back a number of times before I got through it...
Zzzzz = nodded off and missed some or the rest of the film but was not interested enough to go back over it




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Philadelphia - (1993)

1993 was a pretty good year for mainstream cinema, and this heavyweight had great impact - watching it last night I felt that it was better than I remembered it being. Tom Hanks had moved away from comedy somewhat with the likes of Sleepless in Seattle and the disaster that was Bonfire of the Vanities, but it was with this that he became a full-fledged, respected and acknowledged dramatic actor. For his role as Andrew Beckett he won his first Oscar. It surprised me somewhat to see the name "Ann Dowd" in the opening credits. I wondered if I'd recognize her, and I did as Andrew's sister - she was slimmer and had blonde hair, but her face is immediately recognizable. As far as attitudes to gay people and AIDS at the time go, this came at the crux of a change in values for society. I remember growing up in the 70s and 80s, when it was pretty much okay to be openly hostile to gay people - especially in Australia. Any term for homosexuality was considered a terrible insult. We've come along away, and for anyone who has had a family member die of AIDS (even a cousin), this epidemic has left a lasting, tragic impression. Marvelous movie from Jonathan Demme.

8/10


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Emily the Criminal - (2022)

This has a great screenplay and is paced with precision - a film about one person's gift for criminality, and how debt mixed with economic reality can be a trigger to unleash it. Full review here, in my watchlist thread.

7/10


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Elmer Gantry - (1960)

Directed at evangelists, this doesn't pack as much of a wallop as it did back in it's day, but it's a worthy watch to see Burt Lancaster tear up the screen as the titular con-man and rascal. Full review here, in my watchlist thread.

7/10
I watched Philadelphia last evening too, it surprised me how resonant it still is. 7/10 for me. Remove the opera aria scene and that would be 8/10, I thought it was really hammy.



Henry Fool (1998)

This was a complete waste of time. Poor acting, no discernible plot and paper thin cynical characters. Absolute emperors clothes trying to be "deep"....
No rating, it's shite.



Henry Fool (1998)

This was a complete waste of time.
Are there any Hal Hartley films you do like?





Under Paris - (2024)

Now I know why french scientists are upset about this movie. Avoid at all costs.
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Elmer Gantry - (1960)

Directed at evangelists, this doesn't pack as much of a wallop as it did back in it's day, but it's a worthy watch to see Burt Lancaster tear up the screen as the titular con-man and rascal. Full review here, in my watchlist thread.

7/10

I loved this movie and concluded out of all the stars, Burt Lancaster picked the best movies (The Swimmer, The Professionals, Birdman of Alcatraz, Come Back Little Sheba)





Yes, I cried. Based extremely loosely on a true story, Mark Wahlberg gave his all (like he always does) to this fairly good movie.



Possibly the best movie Iíve seen all year. So brilliant. How the Italian director kept track of all the extras in the most difficult circumstances is beyond me. Lead actor very good. I was thinking he should be a model and, it turns out, others thought so too so now he is.
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East Bay

The constant drive to be a "perfect" Asian-American in modern-day America can be a crushing burden, and a good excuse for a forgettable stream-of-consciousness movie like East Bay.

The movie was written and directed by Daniel Yoon, whose only previous directing experience was a short film from, like, 20 years ago.

Maybe that is why the movie is full of ideas but also comes up short in execution. Having said that, Constance Wu is very good in this, despite an underwritten role.






1st Rewatch...The Oscar winning screenplay is the anchor of this 2023 black comedy about a brilliant black writer (Oscar nominee Jeffrey Wright) who can't sell his own work as a writer, but when he writes a book utilizing a lot of :"Negro-speak" and pretending that he is a fugitive on the run writing under a pen name, this book becomes a runaway bestseller. This movie is way too smart for its intended demographic and it makes all of the white characters in the movie look like blithering idiots.





6th Rewatch... Milos Foreman's imaginative direction, wonderful performances, and some dazzling musical sequences make this 1979 film version of the 60's Broadway show appointment viewing. John Savage and Treat Williams light up the screen as Claude and Berger, respectively and Twyla Tharp redefines ,movie choreography.






1st Rewatch...The Oscar winning screenplay is the anchor of this 2023 black comedy about a brilliant black writer (Oscar nominee Jeffrey Wright) who can't sell his own work as a writer, but when he writes a book utilizing a lot of :"Negro-speak" and pretending that he is a fugitive on the run writing under a pen name, this book becomes a runaway bestseller. This movie is way too smart for its intended demographic and it makes all of the white characters in the movie look like blithering idiots.
Good movie. I enjoyed it.






2nd Rewatch...Quentin Tarantino hits the bullseye with this frighteningly on-target recreation of Hollywood in the late 60's centered around a television actor named Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is panicked because he thinks his career is circling and the drain, and his BFF and stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who is a lot more accepting of his fading career, not to mention Rick's fascination with his new neighbors, Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate. This is a pretty seamless blend of fact and fiction from the 60's that collide abruptly and are unapologetic in the way the constantly dodge each other. DiCaprio has rarely been better and Pitt's breezy performance as Cliff won him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Also loved Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Timothy Olyphant as James Stace, Emile Hirsch as Jay Sebring, Damian Lewis as Steve McQueen, Kurt Russell as Randy Miller, and Michael Moh as Bruce Lee.



The Lorax (2012) Zac Efron is miscast and his character doesn't act or sound like a 12 year old. The story is alright, but they could have done more with it. I liked the colourful animation and some of the cute characters. The songs were hit and miss with Let It Grow being the best one.






Umpteenth Rewatch...Joyous and emotionally charged rendering of the 1964 Broadway musical about a milkman with five daughters who finds his life and faith challenged at every turn thanks to the realities of life around him and the realities of his daughters quietly becoming women without him noticing. Probably in my top five of best Broadway musical transfers to the big screen, this big screen adaptation spares no expense in bringing this story to the screen, minimal tampering with the classic score by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, and a breathtaking performance by Topol as Tevye, that earned the film one of its eight Oscar nominations. And you can't beat that score..."If I Were a Rich Man", "Tradition", "Matchmaker, Matchmaker", "Sunrise Sunset", "Do You Love Me", and "To Life". This film somehow improves just a bit with each viewing.