Monday, April 6, 2020
My guess is that you're sleeping on Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020). This would be a mistake. This will be one of the finest movies you could watch this year.
Format: Noir Alley on TCM on BluRay
Viewing: 3rd or 4th
I'd already seen this, so I wasn't going to watch it, but I've been on a Victor Mature kick lately, and Laird Cregar is so damn good in this movie I wanted to at least watch his scenes. I also hadn't really contextualized I Wake Up Screaming (1941) in the timeline of the noir movement, and it's crazy to see a movie that so thoroughly *already* has down the noir style visually when the form was just getting started.
|Victor Mature is a little cagey|
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Watched: 04/01/2020 and 04/03/2020
Viewing: Second? First as an adult
Frankly, on top of and due to Coronavirus happenings, work has been a bear, and - thus - in the evenings I've mostly just been looking for something *fun* when I peel myself out of my office chair and mosey down to the living room. For some time, my Criterion Godzilla set has been calling to me from the bookshelf, so we finally broke into it a while back and started watching some Kaiju Kraziness.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Jamie and Ryan revisit one of Ryan's inexplicably favorite movies, 1984's "Streets of Fire" (which he is well aware is probably not a good movie, but it's somehow a movie he'll always stop to watch). Another time! Another place! It's sorta the retro 1980-50's, a sprawling urban landscape where rock rules and so do dudes in leather gear on motorbikes! But a steely-eyed dude with a high powered rifle and Amy Madigan at his side can save the day AND the cute girl (Diane Lane!)! Adventure! Excitement! Cool cars! Bad bad guys! Rock AND Roll!
Nowhere Fast - Fire Inc., Streets of Fire OST
I Can Dream About You - Dan Hartman, Streets of Fire OST
Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young - Fire Inc., Streets of Fire OST
Friday, April 3, 2020
Format: Amazon streaming
I remember being confused that, in 1981, I was not allowed to see either Legend of the Lone Ranger or Zorro the Gay Blade. I'd catch Zorro in the summer of 1993 on TV - summer I graduated high school, and it confirmed what I'd heard from friends at the elementary school lunch table about why I'd not been taken to see a movie about the original superhero. Legend of the Lone Ranger held a lot more mystery - partially because it was just harder to find and partially because of what little I'd heard. "It's really violent" I was told.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Format: Amazon Prime Streaming
Decade: 1980's (oh, how very 1980's. Specifically, how very EARLY 1980's)
On facebook a friend (Hi, Laura S.) asked if I'd ever seen Sorceress (1982), and I was pretty sure I hadn't. When I went to look it up on Amazon Prime, I realized I'd once watched the first two and a half minutes of the movie and then gave up. People - this was a mistake.
The poster above does absolutely nothing to relate anything about the events or actual characters of the movie. There is a sort of lion-winged thing, a blonde woman and an ape guy. A snake appears on screen for about five seconds. But there are two blonde women: that's the entire thing of the movie. And it seems like that should have made the poster. The titular sorceress of the film: not shown.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Jamie and Ryan delve into the multiverse of madness that is the 2016 Marvel entry, "Doctor Strange". It's no one's favorite Avengers film, but it's got some interesting stuff and absolutely pushes us forward toward what would become Infinity War. It's a hero who may be a bit of a jerk, but he's got some neat special FX.
Doctor Strange Main Theme - Michael Giacchino, Doctor Strange OST
Avengers Chronological Countdown
Monday, March 23, 2020
Format: TCM on DVR
This movie had a lot of things converge to recommend it. It's from the same writing team that did On the Town from a few years prior, it was directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, it *starred* Gene Kelly, and, if I'm being honest, Cyd Charisse.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
I had never seen Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), and I remember asking Stuart about it about a year or two ago, and he sort of said "it's the psychedelic one" and sort of gave an amused shrug, so... I didn't really know what to expect.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Well, the poster is an amazing summary of this film, so I'll let it speak for itself.
Friday, March 20, 2020
It's a neo-noir! Join JAL and Ryan as we delve into a modern mystery thriller full of twists and turns in the world of Hollywood-pointed Los Angeles! There's murder, suspects and a personal assistant on the run, languidly pursued by no less than John Cho! Join us as we talk the world and rules of noir and doing it without pointing out that you're doing noir!
Gemini - Keegan DeWitt, Gemini OST
Noir Watch Playlist:
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Not to be weird about it, and no surprise to longtime readers, but Maureen O'Hara was a screen-crush for me since catching Miracle on 34th Street back in high school. Watching The Quiet Man (1952) did nothing to slow that train down.
Monday, March 16, 2020
One of my favorites from last year, I went ahead and picked this up on BluRay.
And, you know what, I think I continue to like this movie more every time I watch it.
Frozen 2 is a funny thing to like as a near 45 year old dude. I'm used to picking up an action figure or whatnot when I like an Avengers movie. Heck, I have an Ant-Man and The Wasp t-shirt. But, you know, as much as I don't care what cashiers think when I'm buying my usual dumb stuff, there's not much Frozen 2 stuff I thought would make sense for *me*. So, I bought the BluRay. And the extras are really excellent. So, heads-up if you have a chance to watch them. It's fascinating to see how story is developed at Disney these days.
But do feel free to point me at Frozen II plastic stuff I can own that is not, like, an Elsa wig or 12" doll.
Anyway, refer to my last write-up on this.
And, frankly, I find this scene amazing.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
We take a break from Bond to look at a sort of surreal spy adventure, also from Jolly Olde England! It's "Kingsman", the 2014 action adventure with some exciting stuff, a decidedly hard-R rating, a dash of "Moonraker" and how to climb the social ladder in London through grit, street smarts, parkour, and a penchant for looking good in a suit! Plus, Samuel L. Jackson chewing the scenery in a role he's about 35 years too old to play.
Manners Maketh the Man - Henry Jackman & Matthew Margeson, Kingsman: The Secret Service OST
Monday, March 9, 2020
Max Von Sydow has passed at the age of 90.
How do you talk about someone like Von Sydow? Who worked with Bergman, starred as Ming the Merciless and was in hundreds of roles of all shapes and sizes? I'm not going to. He was Von Sydow, and he's going to be one of those guys we understand on one level now, and in time will stand back in awe at the breadth and depth of what he did.
Format: Amazon Streaming
It's the inaugural episode of Jamie's Cinema Classic Selections! If you liked Cats, we've got us some more movies to discuss.
For no reason in particular we decided to watch "Xanadu" (1980) and talk about it. It seems neither of us had ever seen it, and, honestly, we now have more questions than answers. Not a musical, not-not a musical, starring a legend of the silver screen in his swan song and an up-and-coming film siren in the movie that kept her off the big screen for decades - it's roller skating, disco, rock, big band, 40's and 80's, and more rollerskating! XANADU!
Magic - Olivia Newton John, Xanadu OST
Xanadu - Olivia Newton John, Xanadu OST
and just in case you missed it:
Monday, March 2, 2020
Format: Alamo Mueller
Viewing: Unknown - more than 5
It was a delight to see Shane (1953) on the big screen at Alamo Mueller this evening with SimonUK. Si had never seen it, so that was kind of cool.
Back in 7th grade my Reading teacher, Ms. McDowell, had us read the original novel, and then we watched the movie. I've been a fan ever since and am not objective in any way about Shane. I will say, seeing it on the big screen was stunning - the Grand Tetons loom large in the background and Wyoming's magnificent landscapes provide epic sweep to the story.
And while it's no mystery that Shane is largely about violence, the impact of the sound in the theater versus confined to my TV speakers provided an intensity to the film I wasn't expecting.
If it's been a while or you've never seen it, give Shane a shot. It's been endlessly ripped off and borrowed from, but the original holds up amazingly well.
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Viewing: Second or third
Back in the 90's, in an era where not every movie needed to kick-start a franchise or go for Oscar gold, sometimes you'd just have an entertaining movie.
It's been years since I last saw The Thomas Crown Affair remake from 1999, then 31 years after the release of the original - which I didn't see until the last ten years, but I recalled liking the 1999 edition, even if I did not feel like I needed to have it in my DVD collection. Stars Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo are charismatic and effortless in their parts, the story isn't a mind-bender, but engaging, and the supporting cast - while distinctly 90's-ish in stance and dialog, works well around our leads.