Thursday, January 24, 2019
Format: Warner Archive BluRay
Decade: 1990's (oh, so 1990's)
Steel (1997) is not a good movie, but it's not exactly as terrible as memory of watching it on VHS at some point in the distant past had led me to believe. It's also a reminder of how *bad* many of the DC movies have been since this period, from Catwoman to Green Lantern, to Batman v Superman. This movie was filmed on a low budget with no faith in it, no major stars, and based on a C-List character who, really, is a carbon copy of Iron Man. And, still, beat for beat, this movie makes more sense and flows better than Aquaman.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Format: Hulu streaming
This post will make no sense unless you go back and read my post from yesterday on Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (2019) , the other documentary about this same subject that was released on Netflix earlier this month. So, please do go and read it, because I'd prefer not to rehash a lot of what was covered in that post.
After my initial post and exasperation with the Netflix doc and spending most of the post leveling suspicion at the motives of the doc makers, Paul dropped a note to me saying "hey, I think people who are involved with Fyre Fest were involved in producing that doc", which... indeed they were. Which confirmed all my worst suspicions and made me hate everyone involved even more, but at least made me feel less paranoid and crazy.
Format: Fathom Events at Arbor Cinema
It's fascinating to see Peter Jackson turn his eye for detail and technical achievement to the discipline of documentary film-making. In many ways, They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) could herald a new era of popular documentary as important as the narrative innovations of Ken Burns, which have become the de facto mode for serious historical documentary for those of us who watch PBS. Frankly, from an historical/ accuracy perspective, I have a *lot* of quibbles with Jackson's approach - but we'll get to that after praising his achievements.
Monday, January 21, 2019
(late edit: shortly after posting my initial, pretty visceral reaction to the doc, I got some new info that will show up later in the post. It's always nice to feel less crazy. And certainly learning what I did colors and informs literally everything about the doc. Basically - it may be somewhat true, but it's also deeply skewed and can't be seen as having any journalistic integrity.
While I recommend reading this post first - and watching the Netflix doc first - the post on the Hulu Doc is here.)
I'm no commie, but few things leave me wanting to declare "let's just eat the rich" like the film I just finished. And not just the subject matter they covered, but the way in which the filmmakers themselves covered it.
The lack of ability to reflect and look at the *source* of the issues around the notorious Fyre Festival is probably the weirdest part of watching Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (2019), the Netflix documentary that's been grabbing headlines.
At the end of the day, I'm just left thinking:
Format: Amazon Streaming
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Jamie and Ryan finally get to - and keep it short - as they slog through the second installment of the Thor trilogy of films "The Dark World", which we thought was "Into Darkness", which was not the only "Star Trekkian" business we saw in this mess of a film that no one remembers and fewer people care about.
Avengers Chronological Countdown Playlist
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Format: MST3K on Netflix
A mash-up of The Abyss and every space station movie you've ever seen, with terrible acting, hilariously bad lighting and direction, set-design right out of a high school play and your two leads played by "that guy" from 1970's television and Felix's wife who gets killed early on in License to Kill. And some adorably bad puppets.
The courage it took to make this on the heels of The Abyss is just... man...
Friday, January 18, 2019
Format: Noir Alley on TCM on DVR
Anything with Lucille Ball pre-I Love Lucy is a weird watch.
I do not know what to do with Sexy Lucy.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
PODCAST! "Valerie and Her Week of Wonders" (1970) - It's a "New to me" extravaganza with AmyC and Ryan
Format: Amazon Streaming
Country of Origin: Czechoslovakia
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We welcome you to join Ryan as he bears witness to a "new to him" movie as Amy brings a 1970 film from former Eastern bloc nation, Czechoslovakia! A meditation and tone poem on the transition from girlhood to womanhood - forces internal and external, allegorical and real, secular and religious. Vampires, live human bonfires, magical earrings and a polecat.
This movie has everything.
The Magic Yard - Luboš Fišer, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders OST
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