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I know it's not sound to recommend a film based on having seen only half of it but... Gregory's Girl (1981) was on TCM last night. I stumbled into the middle of it and it really impressed me. Now one could lump this film into the large category of teenage 'coming of age' type movies with a British flavor. The distance of time also creates a nostalgia we Americans can relate to.
But the main thing that impressed me was the female characters. They weren't ditzy, slutty or mean like so many in today's so called romantic comedys. To the contrary; they all displayed remarkable common sense. Near the end one girl(on a date with Gregory) even states "we look out for each other". This film will refresh your opinion of the fairer sex from the stereotypes currently presented by the film industry.
This one looks interesting based on the review. Haven't watched it yet.
Hard to tell, I can't see if he's smiling or not.
I went to see the early show of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire yesterday. I understand that this is geared toward the teen/tween audience and the crowd was well represented by same. What I like about the series is that it is not dealing with some obsurd supernatural fantasy like the Twilight or Harry Potter films.
This second installment is better than the first. Probably due to more money & a new director. They also brought in cast members to play the old veteran Victors of previous Hunger Games. Amanda Plummer & Jeffrey Wright are just two of my favorites. And despite it's over 2 hour run time; it ends on just the right note. In fact, I dare say that everyone in the audience was ready for the next episode to start tomorrow.
Hope you like it. I will try to watch it tomorrow if I can find it somewhere online.
I hope you find it, because I can't:)
Maybe we will have to wait a year or two.
Any opinions on Zorba the Greek(1964) ? I did like the roles by Alan Bates, Anthony Quinn & Irene Papas. I also liked the little kernels of wisdom Zorba imparts during the story. But at the end the 2 guys just end up dancing on the beach after all this grief. On one level I get it but on another level it bothers me. So is the 'moral of the story' "that's life, dude" ?
I went to see the new Catching Fire film.
I was enjoying it at first. Then all of a sudden, it just ended. Out of the blue. I was like, wtf?
As far as the series is concerned, this movie really added nothing. Excpet maybe to add a few new characters.Beyond that, they left it in the same dpot tey left te first movie.
I haven't read the books, mind you. I did like the first movie. And I WAS enjoying the second. But the ending to this movie was just inexplicable.
I remember catching bits of a movie called Topkapi, after Topkapi Palace in Instanbul. The movie was a shill for tourists but the plot was pretty good for all that. A group of gangsters are going to pull off a heist of valuable artifacts in the palace museum during a national holiday. The government catches wind of them, but thinks they are part of a terrorist plot and attempts to find out who they are and what they are up to. It was fairly interesting, although I've often noticed that movies seen in their entirety are not always as intriguing as when you only catch a few parts and have to try to piece them together.
Mister 880 (1950) is a nice little film based on a true story about a counterfeiter who specialized in one dollar bills. I know that sounds silly but back in the late 30s to mid 40s you could get stuff cheap. So, he would pass a bogus buck for a dime purchase & get back 90 cents of real cash to spend on more cheap stuff. Ah, those were the days.
Anyway, it stars Burt Lancaster as the Treasury agent assigned to catch the crook played by the jovial Edmund Gwenn. Dorothy McGuire plays the love interest of Burt and the unwitting neighbor of the crook. Defintely enjoyable!
I just saw the scariest zombie movie. It's filmed in a Blair Witch style. Two thumbs up.
I saw The Book Thief this weekend. Overall, I liked it & recommend it but it had some minor flaws. First of all, I like Geoffrey Rush and he just walks through this role with ease & grace. Emily Watson was pleasantly surprising in the role of the harsh mother. Sophie Nelisse is also captivating in her debut role as the central character.
Although I haven't read the book on which this is based; from what I gather, this film soft-pedals the serious parts. Still, it does manage to give a small glimpse of what it must have been like to be a child (or a passive adult) in Nazi Germany during WWII. The ending is a bit cliche but still a movie you will enjoy watching.
Chess Sacrifice. ...??
by The_Cosmologist a few minutes ago
Is it agaisnt the rules so delay games?
by Scottrf 2 minutes ago
Borislav Ivanov is BACK!
by TheARBChessSystem 3 minutes ago
8/23/2013 - Dus Chotimirsky - Marshall , Kongress 1910
by vishal_0962 3 minutes ago
To continue a tournament even if u lost 1st game on time by not moving!!!
by gadeibogdan 3 minutes ago
If you can change a chess rule or create a chess rule, what would it be ?
by Dodger111 3 minutes ago
by KyQuan 3 minutes ago
by Martin_Stahl 4 minutes ago
The best variation against sicilian game
by sammynouri 4 minutes ago
Why hasn't Ivanov been banned yet?
by N2UHC 5 minutes ago
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