Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Day: Friday 09/04
Time: 8:30 Central
Amazon Watch Party Link
So. I've never seen this. It stars a very young Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt and Shannon Doherty.
I don't know what it's about.
What I do know is that girls around my age apparently loved this movie in secret, because I'd never heard of it until I was dating Jamie and somehow it came up (I think I saw it for sale at Suncoast Video) and Jamie was all, like, "oh, wow! Yeah! That's fun and not something for you AT ALL."
So, easy enough. I did not watch it. But it's been probably 23 years or so since that conversation, and so... it is time.
Let's find out why the girls want to have fun, and who is causing the dramatic tension by preventing them from having said fun and what kind of fun they'll have!
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Format: Amazon Watch Party (Texas Public Radio)
Director: Norman Jewison
What a phenomenal film, and so shockingly, depressingly timely for something 53 years old.
The energy between Poitier and Steiger is famously some of the best on screen. The entire cast is on fire in this one, which uses the Buddy-Cop formula to highlight people from different worlds and show how they clash. Of course, this story is that of an African-American, Philadelphia-based homicide detective who happens to stumble into murder in a hick town in Mississippi, who partners with the local Sheriff who, while totally out of his depth, has the intelligence to be *aware* he's out of his depth.
Anyway - this is a terribly famous film, and - I'd argue - well worth a watch.
I happened to have the delight of watching the film with the Texas Public Radio film fan community via Amazon Watch Party. Hosted by our own NathanC, the chatter during the movie was lively, Nathan brought the trivia, and after the movie we met up in a GoToMeeting to chat about it. Good times! A+ Would do again.
Monday, August 31, 2020
Format: Amazon Streaming
Viewing: First, as it turns out
Director: Mark L. Lester
More ways to listen!
SimonUK and Ryan explore the 1991 film that brought Dolph Lundgren to the mean streets of LA's Little Tokyo as the ultimate Japanese man. It's action, mayhem, adventure and lots of nudity as Lundgren teams with the son of Bruce to take down the Yakuza before they something something protection racket/ sell pills in beer bottles. It's hard to say, but Tia Carrere is wrapped up in this mess, so you do have that going for you.
The Signal Watch PodCast · 117: "Showdown In Little Tokyo" (1991) - a SimonUK Cinema Series Selection (w/ Ryan)
Showdown in Little Tokyo - David Michael Frank
SimonUK Cinema Series Playlist!
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Director: Tom Ford
A lot of the coverage of the release of this film was that it was directed by Tom Ford, a fashion designer - which is an interesting idea. One would assume a fashion designer has an eye for visuals, lifestyle cues, wardrobe and staging. And - arguably, Ford delivers on all of these things.
He's cast beautiful people and dressed them well. He's hired some beautiful people and dressed them down. And, of course, there's the opening sequence which casts some (let's be honest) not gorgeous people and dressed them not at all. For Ford - this is a hellish horror, absurd and tasteless, open to interpretation and meaningless, so awful its funny. And knowingly hard to look at. And... is, at best, a very small building block of what is arguably his point with the film, and set me to thinking about what and who a Tom Ford is and how that would set them for empathy and sympathy with characters in a story.