Saturday, June 1, 2019
Format: Noir Alley on TCM on DVR
The notion of a bunch of folks hanging out in a hotel in the Florida Keys probably doesn't ring very "noir" to folks who start and stop their definition of noir with Jane Greer in large hats, but there's a sub-genre of noir that's "people in remote locations trapped in a building/ held hostage by gangster while some sort of event occurs outside". In this case, the gangster is Edward G. Robinson and the event is a hurricane.
I recalled loving Key Largo (1948) when I watched it a few years back, and I believe it made top marks in my end of the year Krypto Awards as the movie I most enjoyed watching at home.
Y'all... this movie held up just fine.
Friday, May 31, 2019
We get back to Bond with 1973's "Live and Let Die" - the one with the voodoo. James Bond heads to New York, New Orleans and the Carribbean in a herky-jerky thrillride! We take a look at what was going on when this movie was made, from the state of the States to our third Bond's debut - and, of course, how this looked in 1973 vs. 2019.
Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney, Live and Let Die OST
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
The last two years, we went to Chicago for Cubs games, but due to a few shifting things this year, no can do. However, The Cubs came to Houston for inter-league play (The Astros used to play them all the time when the 'Stros were in the National League before deciding to mostly just play The Rangers in the American League). We'd lost two to Houston before this evening's game, and Houston is excellent this season, but you gotta believe!
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
JAL recommended this song to me the other night, and, as per usual, JAL is right.
Weyes Blood - "Movies"
Weyes Blood - "Movies"
Monday, May 27, 2019
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Format: Alamo Mueller
I'm not sure what to say about the John Wick franchise. It is what it is. A celebration of cinematic violence in a world set up specifically to support deeply stylized violence with no sense of consequences (despite what the movie keeps trying to say is the theme, but which, in no way, resonates with anything we're seeing). Essentially a self-playing videogame, the movies are about the glamour of killing, and being unkillable in a world where the only real humans are a few named characters, with a sub-class of nameless henchmen, and then NPC's of the rest of humanity sort of appearing as shapes and colors the assassins can disappear into, but who aren't really there.
Friday, May 24, 2019
At the end of last season, I'd kind of given up on the CW superhero shows. Maybe there was some residual guilt - after all, I no longer have that mania for all things comics I once did, and whenever I realize I no longer care about something comics-related, it makes me... kind of sad? That said - these days, there's so much superhero content out there, I long ago let go of watching *everything*, and now I'm lucky if I watch much of anything.*
I find a lot of network TV a chore - 22 episodes or so per year is a lot to watch in sheer time allotted. But, more than that, unless you're talking 30 minute sitcom or a show that's more episodic in nature, keeping the thread over twenty-two 45-minute chapters is a lot of narrative to keep track of. Frankly, it feels like it's too much for the writers a lot of the time on these shows, and by the time we'd get to the season finale, speaking especially of those CW superhero shows, it can feel like a tortured mess that you just want to see end more than you care about the events of the finale.
Anyway - after watching both The Flash and Supergirl for a few seasons, at the end of last year, Jamie and I decided to hang it up.
Format: Noir Alley on TCM
Viewing: Second (third?)
Cagney made it big in films of the 1930's with breakout roles like The Public Enemy and Angels with Dirty Faces. During the war, he had a massive hit with Yankee Doodle Dandy, but by 1949, he was back in tough-guy mode when he was brought on to play Cody Jarrett in White Heat, maybe one of the most famous outlaw films in American cinema.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Format: Amazon streaming
I was about thirteen when this movie hit, and it was one of those movies that arrived that everyone else saw when it came out, but at the time I wasn't that interested in baseball or Susan Sarandon, so I skipped it. Well, life changes things in some amazing ways.
I suppose if there's a marker to say "was this a good movie or not?" I can point to the fact that I put this on as I was about to do something else (edit a podcast) but was fiddling around before settling in, and just put it on to have something on for a few minutes to see what it was like, and the next thing I knew I was finishing the movie.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Viewing: Third/ First
Way back in '86, I rented the American version of this film for my birthday. And when I say "American version", it helps to know a bit about the original Godzilla: King of the Monsters from back in the 1950's.