: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2006-07-22, 08:55 PM
".... don't miss Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?"
Not to be missed for long -- have it, and 'Whales of Summer' on order. Looking forward to viewing both.
2006-07-24, 12:55 AM
Mrs. Henderson Presents:
Very enjoyable DVD starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins.
But then I don't remember a movie with either of these two in it
that I didn't enjoy.
Dench is a rich society woman in pre-WW2 London, whose husband dies and she buys a theatre for something to do.
It is a success at the start, but later on business is not so good so she suggests nude women for their shows.
It's all done very tastefully and just watching Dench and Hoskins is a treat.
No shooting or violence, except for the London Blitz, of course.
You could say it is the "breast" one I have seen lately.;)
2006-07-24, 01:01 AM
A corrupt cop type movie with lots of stars such as: Morgan Freeman,
Kevin Spacey, Justin Timberlake, LL CoolJ, Dylan McDermott, John Heard,
Lots of cops and shooting and some interesting plot lines, but similar to many others.
Justin Timberlake seemed a little to "light-weight" for his role as a newby reporter.
Freeman and Spacey are always good.
I'd give it a 6.5 or 7.
2006-07-24, 10:00 AM
"Mrs. Henderson Presents: Very enjoyable DVD starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins."
We ejoyed that one as well. Some great London scenary too.
2006-07-24, 03:45 PM
I rewatched "I,Robot" last night, awesome!
The other night I picked up the new directors cut of "Amadeus". Great movie, the newly added scenes are, well were maybe better left on the cutting room floor. But overall, the new disc has cleaner video and is all on one disc no flip required.
2006-07-24, 05:49 PM
All About Eve -- off the shelf, and into the player last night, and we still can't stop talking about what we viewed!! It's been a very long while since we have watched a movie of such high calibre. If they could only make movies like that today!!
2006-07-24, 07:21 PM
"Eve" and that sinking boat movie are tied with the most ever Oscar nominations.
Did you recognize the famous phrase in the movie?
2006-07-24, 08:07 PM
I remember a line, who delivered it, and the scene when it was delivered, but just couldn't remember the 'exact' words (had to google for the words):
Is it this one? "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night". Loved the smile on her (Davis') face when she said those words!!
2006-07-24, 08:19 PM
2006-07-24, 09:27 PM
Nothing too heavy for me on the weekend, I watched some Charlie Chan movies.
Besides All About Eve, another Joe Mankiewicz movie I really like is The Quiet American (1958), a noirish little story about the CIA and pre-war Viet Nam. Mankiewicz is also the writer/director of a couple of good titles in the Fox Film Noir series.
2006-07-26, 08:21 PM
Edison Force - Upon discovering a den of corrupt policemen, a fresh-faced journalist makes a shaky allies in a jaded reporter and investigator for a powerful district attorney. Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Justin Timberlake.
Filmed in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., this wasn't a bad film (but then again all Morgan Freeman films aren't bad). Some gratuitous violence (cops with flame-throwers?) that I'm sure wasn't needed. Spacey was a bit wooden. Timberlake wasn't have bad. John Heard was great as a bad guy.
2006-07-30, 12:38 AM
Love Liza - Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathy Bates star in this movie about a despondent widower who takes up huffing gasoline fumes to help himself cope with his wife's suicide.
It's a very modest film - part depressing drama and part dark comedy - that only works because of Hoffman who, as usual, is in fine form.
2006-07-30, 05:40 PM
Two more "oldies but (wonderful) goodies" watched recently:
Leave Her to Heaven (1945) - Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price. Psychological thriller. For us, it was hard to believe we were actually watching a movie released in 1945 - such fine acting, and so good looking. Much-enjoyed!!
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane (1962) - Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in their macabre masterpiece. Davis did her own makeup - in her words: "I did my best, to look the worse" -- and she sure suceeded!! A movie to see and experience -- we sure enjoyed it!!
2006-07-30, 08:07 PM
You know, after watching "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane", I've had a life long dislike of Betty Davis. Goes to show the powerful performance of this actress. Haven't seen the movie in years though...
2006-07-30, 09:07 PM
Nanuuk .... it's well-worth another look some time. You may, like us, have real second thoughts, and gain a real appreciation of Bette Davis the actor. Our recent viewings have prompted a strong desire for viewings of more of her works - and that will happen soon.
2006-07-30, 09:19 PM
Oh don't get me wrong. Bette Davis is a fine actor. She just did her job so well in the movie. Every now and again, there is a (in my mind) a pinnacle performance that stays with you years after. Especially when an actor can play a delicious 'bad guy' role.
2006-08-01, 02:38 AM
On a Clear Day - A laid off shipyard worker from Glasgow, Scotland, finds a new purpose and exorcises some demons in his life by setting out to swim the English Channel. Quirky characters, pretty scenery and a heartfelt, feel-good story make this a worthy little film to seek out at the dvd store.
2006-08-03, 01:26 PM
Firefly - The Complete Series (Widescreen) (2002) - Just got it Saturday after watching Serenity in HiDef. FutureShop for $23.99. Never did watch the series so this give me something to watch for the summer and widescreen version is plus. So mutch better than swatching it on SPACE.
2006-08-03, 04:34 PM
H.G. Wells' The Time Machine (1960) - I believe we should have skipped a re-watching of this one. I can say we did like and enjoy the movie's 'Victorian' setting and adventurous spirit. And even some of the special effects were still great fun to watch, but the battling scenes with the green Morlocks, and some of the other sillyness, almost had us turning the movie off.
For us, this was a viewing we could have done without. What we saw this round, just didn't match our expectations, or what we had thought we remembered from our viewings years ago.
2006-08-03, 05:58 PM
I really liked it. Seemed very implausible and yet, ironically, also believable, too, especially given the culture of fear south of the border and government spin, which is nothing new I suppose.