Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Jamie humored me - and we watched Justice League (2017) and then she agreed to do a podcast.
Ryan welcomes a very special guest - Jamie, the light of his life - as they talk DC Entertainment's "Justice League", and Jamie works through her feelings about the movie. And Ryan maybe goes on a Kirby tangent.
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Sunday, June 17, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Format: BluRay (purchased)
I've already seen (twice) and talked about (once) Thor: Rangarok (2017), so the rest of this post is just me reflecting on what an excellent idea it was to cast Cate Blanchett as Hela.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Monday, June 11, 2018
Format: Amazon Streaming
Lately I've been having an ongoing conversation with Stuart about the tendency of critics to use the phrases "it's not really a horror film" or "but it's good" in discussing the horror genre when they want to get folks to at least consider viewing something made as a horror movie. This thinking and talk offends the horror purists, but as someone who tends to think of the endless line of cheapo slasher flicks that lined the walls of video stores during his formative years - I kinda get it. I understand the coded message: this is horror, but it's not going to just make you queasy and wonder why this is supposed to be a good way to spend 90 - 120 minutes of your life.
I'm of the firm belief that horror is a pretty good indicator that nobody goes to the movies for the same reasons (I usually get very little from horror, but I will have to be carried into a Katherine Heigl RomCom on one of those Silence of the Lambs dolleys). Still, this does make me think a bit about how I talk about horror films - what I like and don't.
During the course of the chat, Stuart was stunned to learn somehow I'd never seen The Fog (1980), and I had no real reason I hadn't seen it and one convincing Adrienne Barbeau to suggest I absolutely *should* see The Fog. It's not like I don't dig John Carpenter's other films I've watched - so I broke it up over a couple of nights as I was winding down in Bozeman.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Format: TCM on DVR
I just found this in my drafts. Yeah, so back in March I watched An American in Paris (1951). Never wrote it up, just started the post.
So I'm not writing one now. But there's plenty out there on this movie, so... there you go.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Format: Noir Alley on TCM - DVR
Sometimes casting can save the day for a fairly standard plot in a movie - it can be a real pleasure to see your favorite actors, character or otherwise, play out the parts in your boilerplate movie. Other times that same old jazz standard gets a new look, a new interpretations and the execution is enough to make you stand up and applaud.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
Format: Noir City Austin at Alamo Ritz in 35mm
Viewing: fourth/ first
We attended two films on the final day of Noir City Austin, The Unsuspected (1947) and The Threat (1949). Two extremely different movies, but both a real treat. The Film Noir Foundation isn't just Eddie Muller, and as he had to depart, we were lucky to have author Alan K. Rode in attendance to introduce the films.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Viewing: First/ First
Format: Noir City Austin at the Alamo Ritz
Decade: 1940's/ 1950's
Both films were shown as part of Noir City Austin, hosted by TCM Noir Alley host, Eddie Muller and presented in 35mm.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Format: Noir City Austin at Alamo Ritz
Viewing: Second/ First
It's Noir City Austin 2018 down at The Alamo Ritz! As in prior years, Eddie Muller - the Czar of Noir and host of TCM's Noir Alley series is in attendance. As he does so well for Noir Alley, Eddie introduces each film, providing Hollywood history and necessary context, as well as any anecdotes he's dug up over the years, often from first-hand interviews.
I can't make it to all the movies this year, but I am trying to make it out to see a few. Friday night SimonUK and I took in the first two films, I Wake Up Screaming (1941) and Quiet Please: Murder (1942).
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Format: Noir Alley on TCM (on DVR)
There are probably two ways to watch Caged (1950), either as a camp classic or through the lens of 1950. JimD taught me several valuable phrases, and in the top three I include "chronological snobbery". Basically - chronological snobbery is that thing you do when you watch a movie made from a time probably before your birth and nod sagely to yourself saying "oh, thank goodness we figured out how to make better movies, people sure were dumb as both filmmakers and as an audience back then."
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Not all movies are for all people. Sometimes a movie, despite a rip-roaring ad, when I see the movie, in practice, I am fifteen minutes in and realize "oh no..." but there you are.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Format: Rifftrax on Amazon Prime Streaming
It's possible that Cynthia Rothrock movies aren't as good as I remember finding them in high school.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
Format: Amazon Streaming
It will surprise you that a movie entitled Armored Car Robbery (1950) is, indeed, about the robbery of an armored car and the fallout of that same robbery.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Format: DVD sent by JimD
Decade: 1990's. So very early 1990's.
The trend so far for 2018 is me watching movies other people put in front of me. Whether it's watching whatever is served up on TCM's "Noir Alley" by Eddie Muller, what my collaborators want to watch for a podcast, or - in this case - The Hard Way from 1991.
A couple of weeks back I watched a movie from 1943 called The Hard Way, a backstage melodrama featuring Signal Watch favorite Ida Lupino. More than one of you asked me if I'd seen the 1991 Michael J Fox starring feature of the same name, and, no... I had not. I did look it up, and remembered the film from the posters and commercials and it wasn't too hard to pin down why I didn't see it back then. And before you ask - there is no connection whatsoever between the Lupino film and this thing.
Flashforward about a week and I get a package at my door, open it, and sure enough... once again Jim D has sent me a movie I had absolutely no intention of watching and told him several times I did not want to see. So, I'm now the proud owner of a copy of The Hard Way starring James Woods and Michael J. Fox.
So, let's talk about the movie, 1991, and why I didn't see it. Because I did watch this dumb movie and I have opinions.
Monday, May 7, 2018
Format: TCM Noir Alley on the DVR
If you're wondering why I have three names listed for this movie, it's because this movie was released under three different names at three different times - but I think it was first released under Hollow Triumph (1948). However, I can't find a poster I like better than the one for The Scar, so.. behold!
This movie was a *lot* of fun. It's not a glossy studio movie, but acting talent, direction and cinematography carry you really far in a picture.