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The Leopard (Italian: Il Gattopardo, "The Serval"; alternative title: Le Guépard) 1963
Italian epic period drama film by director Luchino Visconti, based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel of the same title.
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In Sicily in 1860, Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina enjoys the customary comforts and privileges of an ancient and noble name. War has broken out between the King's army and the insurgent volunteer redshirts of Giuseppe Garibaldi. Among the rebels is the Prince's remarkably handsome and dashing nephew, Tancredi, with whose romantic politics the Prince shares some whimsical sympathy. Moved by the uprising, the Prince departs for nearby Palermo. Garibaldi's army conquers the city and Sicily from the Bourbons. The Prince muses upon the inevitability of change, with the middle class displacing the hereditary ruling class while on the surface everything remains the same.

The filmmaker takes extreme care in the reconstruction and offers us an impressive fresco by its beauty and scale. Burt Lancaster's masterly interpretation eclipses all others. Although the film is of excessive length (the famous final scene of the ball is the best example), boredom does not win us at any time. Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1963, The Leopard is the most famous work of Visconti.

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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. (1983)

Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

A series of interlinked but otherwise unrelated sketches which cover life from birth to death. Full of nudity, violence, sex, language and is utterly offensive, completely insane and absolutely hilarious.

Impossible to review as a Movie because it isn't one. Just one bit - in the birth scene, and to my delight, the hospital room had a pinging machine. Now everybody knows that when you see a pinging machine in a Movie it is as certain as the sun rises, the person attached to it is going to die. Fortunately, this one was not attached to anybody. It just sat there going ping occasionally to impress hospital management.

And watch out for the exploding man, the murdering salmon mousse, the man who chose his own execution method, and that classic song Every Sperm is Sacred.. Also p*ssed off 70 year old actuaries attacking buildings by firing 4 Drawer Filing Cabinets. And everything else.

No score. You either love or hate the Pythons.

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Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels and Robert Downey Jr.

I have always been fascinated by the McCarthy era Witch Hunts (yes, that is my personal view), but was pretty scared that this would be a somewhat Clooney "I am always morally superior to everybody else" type thing, since as well as being in it, he wrote the story and directed.

Fortunately it turned out to be a pretty factual documentary type Movie about the work done by journalist Edward R. Murrow in trying to rein in the work done by McCarthy and the Un-American Activities Committee in the early 1950's when they were trying to find Communists under every bed, but particularly in Hollywood. And the work done by McCarthy did, in the real world, ruin many lives that did not deserve what he did to them.

Very talky as a documentary thingy about nothing but public hearings and one mans journalistic response to the work must be, but if you are interested in the subject, this is a must see. Strathairn was superb in the lead roll.

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I haven't watched The Meaning of Life for a few years, but it's one of my favourites. The songs are brilliant in that, especially the Galaxy Song and Christmas in Heaven.

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Ant Man and the Wasp (2018)

Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Laurence Fishburne and Michael Douglas.

The third to last outing from the Marvel Comic Universe Phase 3 Movies, which will conclude next week with the release of Avengers Endgame.

This one has much more science, well pseudo-science, well totally fake made up science, than the usual Marvel outing and is focused much more on the characters and their day to day lives than the usual super hero outing. The story involves using a really huge machine in a huge building which has lots of flashy lights, and can be shrunk into a briefcase as needed, to save The Wasp's mother from the Quantum Realm (Played by Michelle Pfeiffer, so a very commendable project) where she has been stuck for thirty years after saving the planet.

Two sets of villains, plus the Antman being under house arrest, plus the cops chasing him, plus his business in free fall are the issues which get in the way. But it's a really fun outing and far lighter in tone and execution and far more relaxed than some of the recent Marvel outings, so much so that viewing this was a real relief after seeing things like Black Panther and Avengers Infinity War.

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Watched, The Price of Everything", this afternoon at a cinema.

Full length movie documentary on the New York art scene, the artists, collectors, dealers and auctioneers of contemporary art.

Obviously, no shortage of money given the price the works were realising.

One prominent collector gave part of his collection to a Chicago public gallery. He valued the gift at $400 million.

Very U.S. focussed but still informative.

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Absence of Malice (1981)

I am willing to put this near the top of Paul Newman's performances as well as one of Sally Field's better efforts.

Newman is set up by the evil FBI (who else) in a scam that ensured that reporter Field would think she will become the new Woodward & Bernstein. After all, Newspaper reporting makes privacy unimportant, even when it leads to the suicide of one witness, and screw the truth - just believe the source.

Newman, the victim, discovers what is happening and who is up who, and then plays everybody against each other the way Menuhin could play a violin, which leads to one of the best scenes EVER, with Wilford Brimley's remarkable cameo as a judge who cuts through the crap and ends up with a lot of people with egg on their face and ended careers.

Really, a great Movie by anybody's standards and a 9/10.

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The Rocketman cometh. :D :D :D

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The Meg (2018)

Jason Statham and Li Bingbing.

A 75 Foot Shark (a Megalodon) follows a scientific deep sea submarine up from the depths of the Mariana Trench kills a few sacrificial offerings, and gets killed by the good guys. That's the first half. Of course it's big brother, this time a 90 footer followed it up, and kills a few sacrificial offerings and gets killed by the good guys. Regrettably, the bratty kid survives but the cute little dog doesn't. Is that it? (thinks..., yes it is).

Too serious to be funny, too good to be bad, but too bad to be good, this Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws: The Revenge, Deep Blue Sea, Piranha, Lake Placid, The Deep, Orca, the first Sharknado and even The Swarm ripoff has no good reason to exist. And there were parts of it noticeably "borrowed" from all of these Movies. Seriously, I could name scenes, even dialogue.

Most of the cast have the personalities of driftwood, and the most interesting ones sort of die early, leaving the rest to suck the life out of what was poor dialogue in the first place.

The only difference was that the obligatory Beach Party Attack scene took place in China not America and how poor the CGI was in places, especially where all those cute Beach Party munchies were involved. You watch that scene and cannot possibly accept that a 90 foot shark is genuinely threatening and eating 100's of swimmers.

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Rocketman. (2019)

Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard.

Story about a gay Pom with two first, or two last names if you like, who could play chopsticks and write the odd ditty.

I certainly should not write this type of review as my objectivity does not exist when it comes to Sir Elton John so there could be a touch of bias here. Twenty-two superb Elton John songs bookended by a fantasy type narrative told by John from a rehabilitation centre, tell the story of his early life. The acting was superb, Egerton channeled John and had his mannerisms and stage presence near perfect, and his voice was pretty good too.

Bell was equally great as Bernie Taupin his lyricist and the rest of the cast was as good as it could be considering the limited time they had on screen due to the magnetism and presence that is Elton John (and his film clone). Oscar material here for Egerton and Bell.

The gay scenes which seem to have offended a couple of Countries (!) and led to bans were extremely mild and should not be offensive to anyone who has a brain.

I have one major objection. It only went two hours (seemed like 20 minutes), and could have gone three Should I give it a score...thinks...yeah...

10/10

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I still want to see that film. Rocketman, what I have seen of the previews is going to be very good. There have been some great interviews on the radio with the actors playing the parts in the film.

At the moment I am listening to, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player. :D
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The Queen (2006)

Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen and James Cromwell

"Behind the scenes" story of the very different reactions of Tony Blair and Queen Elizabeth, and the behind the scenes actions of various factions in the week following Diana's death plus quite a bit of real footage from the era.

Quite dull in most ways for probably everyone except rabid Diana completionists, but Helen Mirren once again proved why she is Helen Mirren in a typically superb performance as the Queen.

5.5/10

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Their Finest(2016)
Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Richard E Grant

The storyline: A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.

A film within a film - always an intriguing premise as well as an arresting evocation of wartime Britain and the blitz.

Touches on themes of women's changing roles, the nature of propaganda, the nature of resilience etc

Enjoyable as a period piece but offers a lot more.
It had a similar feel to it as did the more recent Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) which is also about the fracturing of people's lives and societal norms as a result of WWII.
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Predestination (2014)

Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook.

Remarkable adaptation and expansion of Robert Heinlein's 1959 time travel short story All You Zombies which in turn is a rethink of his own 1941 novelette By His Bootstraps.

Perhaps regretfully, because I am so familiar with the story, I knew what the surprise denouement would be before the Movie even started but it really perfectly reproduces Heinlein's solipsistic, paradoxical and convoluted time travel story. It made me happy. The story simply cannot be described at all without spoiling the entire thing, so, sorry about that.

It is slow, and mostly talking, but if you start watching, do not give up. The eventual payback will be worth it.

7.5/10

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The GLW & myself saw "Yesterday" tonight.

A struggling singer awakes after accident to world that does not know "The Beatles".

A bit of fun, but Ed Sheerin "Hey Dude", what were you thinking. :roll:

7 out of 10.

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The Marine (2006)

John Cena, Robert Patrick and Kelly Carlson

This is an interesting but terrible Movie for a couple of reasons.

The first is that poor Vince McMahon had lost his best meal ticket since Stone Cold Steve Austin when Dwayne Johnson, aka WWE's The Rock, was discovered by Hollywood as being a pretty talented guy, and left pro wrestling for a far more lucrative and less body damaging career than the wrestling game.

So Vince started up his own picture company to give a showcase to his better stars so that they could both wrestle and star in Movies, and of course make Vince more money. The Marine is one of the earlier efforts.

The second reason is that it is the perfect version of an "idiot plot", a term coined by Science Fiction writer and critic James Blish which states that the plot could never advance if the bad guys were not complete idiots.

The story, such as it is, the bad guys steal a heap of diamonds, kidnap Cena's wife in the process and he follows, and eventually destroys them. The fun part is that virtually every point requires that they do something insanely stupid almost every five minutes to ensure that he keeps looking for them and in reality if they were normal in any way, would have comfortably escaped in the first act. Starting with why did they kidnap her in the first place.

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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton.

I was never really a Queen fan, outside liking much of their music so I cannot speak for the details of this biographical aspects of this. But it does strike me as typical of many of the 1940's and 1950's musical bios. telling the rise, fall and redemption of a man - Freddy Mercury - up until the Live Aid concert triumph.

The story is an adequate framework for Queen's classic music and Malek is excellent as Mercury, reproducing his stage antics and (with help) his voice quite faithfully. Well worth a watch, especially for those like me with only a fiddling bit on knowledge about one of Pops greatest artists. And when the music takes centre stage it goes from good to great.

8/10

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fromdownunder wrote:The Queen (2006)
I still remember going to this opening day or soon thereafter...the lobby was swarmed by old ladies...it was like the rabid teen fans at a pop idol concert, but +60 years.
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Just a couple I watched yesterday:

Supervolcano (2005)

A BBC Docu-drama showing what it might be like if one of the worlds really ginormous volcanoes gets very angry, and starring the Yellowstone Caldera. Very nicely done on the science side, and the acting (mostly Canadians whom I don't know) was adequate, but after the Big Bang it seemed to lose its way and fizzled out at the end.

I really like reading and seeing things about the Yellowstone Caldera, after all,it might not blow its stack for 100,000 years. Then again, it might pop next Thursday, and most of us would finish up dead.

6.5/10

Pixels (2015)

An alien race finds tapes of 1970's arcade games and takes it as n invitation to war, so it attacks earth with rockets from Galaga, Pacman, Donkey Kong, Tetris etc, with the loser of three games (best three out of five) to be destroyed.

Far better and funnier than I expected it to be, and Adam Sandler was unusually restrained (for him). Worth a watch for those of us who used to put coins in the slots, and certainly to see a twelve foot circumference Pacman gobbling up everything in sight.

7/10

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Colette (2018)

Keira Knightley and Dominic West

Really good stuff about the most famous female author, and free thinker to emerge from France in the early 20th Century. I am not sure that her work has passed the test of time - most late 19th/early 20th century literature is almost unreadable today, but the story of a woman, who wrote books published under her husbands name, and finally came out of the shadows to become famous, and an author in her own right is extremely well told. Knightly is sooo underrated as an actor, and here is really on a class of her own.

Her most famous later work - Gigi, became a stage vehicle for a then unknown actor named Audrey Hepburn (whom I may have mentioned once or twice here before), and later a Hollywood musical which still has its admirers.

9/10

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I saw one of my favourite films again on Sunday:

The Trouble with Harry with Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Mildred Natwick, Jerry Mathers and the beautiful Shirley MacLaine in her film debut. This is a beautiful gem of a film by Alfred Hitchcock. If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it even if its just for the beautiful views of Vermont!

The story? A body is lying in the Woods. Who is it? Who killed him? Its as simple as that but an excellent film unfolds around the body.
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Aquaman (2018)

Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Nicole Kidman.

I grew up with DC in the 1960's and back then Aquaman was my least favourite of the Justice League members and whenever I read him in his solo outings. He was just a clean cut American boy, who talked to fish and could not stay out of water for more than an hour. That was it. And of course it required that virtually all the early Justice League stories had to have some strong water based elements so he could join in and play with the cool kids.

To be completely fair, all of DC's heroes in those days were clean cut American boys, even those few who were not born in America or even on Earth. It came with the territory.

He was substantially revamped sometime after that and now has lots of super strength and stuff, including a really cool trident - think in terms of the DC equivalent to Thor's hammer.

But even though this is a new improved super-strong-taking-the-pith Aquaman, the film is spectacular with superb effects, and visually stunning in many places, my old feelings are still to the fore so I didn't like it all that much. That and the entire Movie was only an origin story with (to me) little else going for it.

It's not bad, and like Wonder Woman it was pretty well received, just not a Movie I could really sit and enjoy. I got bored, which is fatal for a super hero movie. Further viewings may help me, but for now...

5/10

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is a 2000 historical drama film directed by Roland Joffé, written by Jeanne Labrune and translated by Tom Stoppard, and starring Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Timothy Spall, Julian Glover and Julian Sands. The film, based on the life of 17th-century French chef François Vatel, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. The film opened the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

This historical fresco on the court of King Louis XIV is a visual dazzle. The splendor and richness of the sets, costumes and staging is a real treat. It is a pity that Vatel is interpreted by a Depardieu unconvincing with his English accent awe-inspiring visual spectacle, a kind of testimony of the pomp of the festivities in honor of Louis XIV. He also describes the idleness, the sufficiency of the men of court, totally disconnected from reality and the famine that raged then. Depardieu is the central pivot of the film and plays Vatel with some restraint (which is rather a pleasant surprise). This great cook allows us to approach the stewardship of the court, the intimacy of the holidays, feminine betrayals.
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The Name of the Rose : a 1986 Italian-French-German mystery historical drama film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, based on the novel of the same name by Umberto Eco.
Sean Connery stars as the Franciscan friar William of Baskerville, called upon to solve a deadly mystery in a medieval abbey, and Christian Slater is his apprentice Adso of Melk.

Very very good movie
In this adaptation of Umberto Ecco's novel, Annaud chose to privilege the show by evacuating all the philosophical content. He nevertheless manages to make a strong film.
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Bumblebee (2018)

Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena.

Unlike the earlier LOUD fighty bangy special effects but nothing else Transformers Movies, this origin reboot is a pleasant change of pace where the Bumblebee Transformer is sent to earth to protect the planet as an advance scout. "He" is discovered hiding in a junkyard as a Volkswagon by a young girl (nicely played by Steinfeld) who takes him under her wing in a very humourous series of episodes.

However she does some repairs which sends a message home which is intercepted by the bad guys who come to earth to destroy Bumblebee. So, the pair, joined by her friend "Memo" are being chased by both the Military (led by Cena)and the Decepticons, until the big showdown which does not overpower the story as the earlier mostly fighting only Movie series did. Oh, it does start with a big fight, but this is essential background.

7.5/10

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Last Christmas 2019

Last Christmas is a 2019 romantic comedy film directed by Paul Feig and written by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson, who co-wrote the story with her husband, Greg Wise. The film stars Emilia Clarke as a cynical Christmas store worker who forms a relationship with a mysterious man (Henry Golding) and begins to fall for him; Emma Thompson and Michelle Yeoh also star.

Last Christmas was theatrically released in the United States on 8 November 2019 and in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2019 by Universal Pictures. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performances and chemistry of Clarke and Golding but criticized the screenplay, clichés, and plot twist. It has grossed $39 million worldwide.

I saw this movie last night & really enjoyed it. Some very funny parts including an amusing Elvis impersonator. I say no more as not to give the game away.

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The new Polanski film called "Dreyfus" in French is absolutely brilliant. Yes, the director has a vile history but he makes superb films.

The film is less about Dreyfus himself but more about the uncovering of the scandal around an innocent man being used as a scapegoat just because of his religion. I highly recommend it.

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Cats. Not the (apparently) disaster of a Movie version which has just been released, but a much earlier filmed version of the stage show released to DVD. So, a timely comment, if not a totally relevant one.

I really hated the whole thing apart from two moments. The story such as it was was hard to follow, and the music, apart from the incredibly beautiful and near perfect Memory (which is the two moments - the two times this was sung) was, considering that this was Andrew Lloyd Webber music, pathetic, to put it politely.

Some stage shows without an audience to share, and be part of the theatrical experience, simply do not translate well to the screen. Sitting in a lounge and watching some shows on the small screen becomes a sterile experience. In the case of Cats, I can't see that it translated at all.

2/10, both for the singing of Memory. Twice.

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Ad Astra (2019)

Reviews I saw were generally good, which was encouraging. They focused on Brad Pitts' performance, which (in my opinion) was excellent. And they clearly indicated the creators were attempting something a little more adult than your basic comic book movie.

I was disappointed. The sci fi end of the story had too many holes - major pieces of the plot went unexplained and seemed improbable. Instead of fleshing out the plot, the creators threw in some action scenes that added nothing to the overall story.

In the end, the adult nature of the a story was something of a letdown, too. I found it rather heavy-handed - a lighter touch, and maybe one that also referenced the dismal reality of spending months and years off the surface of earth, would have been more effective.

For me it was better than any of the comic book movies, just because the creators tried to do something a little more real and adult. But they took too many shortcuts.

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Renoir (2012 )

French drama film based on the last years of Pierre-Auguste Renoir at Cagnes-sur-Mer during World War I.
The film was directed by Gilles Bourdos and competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The film is set in the south of France during World War I and stars Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Thomas Doret and Vincent Rottiers. Renoir achieved critical and commercial success both in France and abroad, most notably in the United States where it is on the Critic's Pick list of The New York Times. The film was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. In January 2014, the film received four nominations at the 39th César Awards, winning for Best Costume Design


In 1915, the young Andrée Heuschling presented herself at the property of Auguste Renoir hoping to be hired as a model. She will breathe new life into the painter, who is very much affected by the illness and the worry of having two of his sons gone to the front ...
Gilles Bourdos’s film is based on a fictionalized biography written by Jacques Renoir, the painter’s great-grandson. It is not a biopic strictly speaking, the story focuses on the meeting of the painter with the one who will be his last model. An important place is also given to Jean Renoir, whose vocation as a filmmaker is barely in its infancy. Gilles Bourdos found the right approach to immerse us in the universe of the painter and to associate us with his creative process. The photography is very beautiful and the whole is elegant. Michel Bouquet makes a particularly remarkable performance, very credible in the character.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac.

A wonderfully satisfactory conclusion to Rey and Kylo's heroes journeys which was the major theme throughout the newest Star Wars saga.

Yes, there were some continuity and plot issues, which some fan(atic)s have tried to use to "prove" that Star Wars 'aint what it used to be. (Here is a clue: Really, it never was.) Some of this can be attributed to Directors Wars, some to Carrie Fishers untimely death, and certainly some certainly to the point that the Story Bible sometimes gets things wrong.

So, if somebody claims a movie was poor because Fred tied his shoe laces incorrectly in scene seven at the 42nd Minute, that is purely looking for reasons to dislike the Movie.

And for Star Wars, nitpicking your way through eleven movies and twenty three hours of film, plus TV shows, plus innumerable books and fanfic to find things wrong with a Movie that was never meant to be Citizen Kane is a pretty ordinary hobby. And apparently quite a popular one.

Just watch this with an open mind, and a familiarity, rather than a frame by frame comparison, with what went before, and it becomes an entertaining fast moving romp towards its major goal - a satisfactory conclusion to the heroes journey - and succeeds wildly well. Driver as Kylo and Ridley as Rey were great together, the rest did not have a lot to do except provide a bit of side action, and the originals (Fisher, Hamill and surprisingly Harrison Ford) only had cameos.

You can tell that I rather enjoyed it, in fact enough that I will happily dismiss most of the nitpicks, and do not find those remaining worthy of discussion. I smiled the smile of recognition and enjoyment throughout much of it, and that is always a good thing.

8/10

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Parasite (2019)
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No words and a long review of mine.
It's a must see movie, a non-Hollywood, South Korean. You won't find many great movies like this these days.

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On Guard (French: Le Bossu) is a 1997 French swashbuckler film directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Daniel Auteuil, Fabrice Luchini, Vincent Perez, and Marie Gillain. Adapted from the 1858 historical novel Le Bossu by Paul Féval, the film is about a skilled swordsman named Lagardère who is befriended by the Duke of Nevers. When the duke is attacked by his evil cousin Gonzague, the duke in his dying moments asks Lagardère to avenge him and look after his infant daughter.

In line with the great historical films known as capes and swords, Philippe De Broca succeeds with Le Bossu to captivate us without using the classic strings of the genre excessively. The film is particularly well punctuated and the realization flawless. The reconstruction of the life of the Quincampoix district is very successful. Auteuil is beautiful, omnipresent, as comfortable as a fish in water


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The Decline of the American Empire a 1986 Canadian sex comedy-drama film directed by Denys Arcand and starring Rémy Girard, Pierre Curzi and Dorothée Berryman.
The film follows a group of intellectual friends from the Université de Montréal history department as they engage in a long dialogue about their sexual affairs, touching on issues of adultery, homosexuality, group sex, BDSM and prostitution. A number of characters associate self-indulgence with societal decline.

The film is quite entertaining in its form, based entirely on the dialogues between the characters, fairly brilliant dialogues. If they are often raw enough (it is a lot about sex), there is not an ounce of vulgarity and better still the director manages to establish a fairly intimate link between his characters and the viewer. The subject itself is quite disenchanted, on the theme "the relationships men / women are based only on the lie" and "the couple is doomed to failure", but the film remains all the same pleasant to watch thanks to its omnipresent humor.
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The Joker

A great film. Joaquin Phoenix gives a great performance as the Joker from Gotham city. A lot of Frank Sinatra songs playing the background. Deserve all the awards that he got.

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Again, like Cats (see above) not the Movie but a filmed version of a new take on the Stage Show which was closer to the original vision of Andrew Lloyd Webber's concept of what it should really be than previous versions, including the film.

Musically the best of Webber by a long shot - I Don't Know How to Love Him, and the title song are both show stoppers, and there is a lot of what I would describe as great grunge rock. Visually this is simply superb. Ben Forster plays Jesus, Australia's Tim Minchin* is Judas and Melanie C is Mary Magdalene.

This version met critical acclaim and toured the world, and has pride of place on my shelf.

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* I admit to an ulterior motive here, as I reviewed this just to mention Minchin who with talented newcomer Milly Alcock (she is 19 years old and plays a 13 year old pretending to be sixteen. That takes some talent) and a Piano starred in an incredible new Australian series Upright. It's a road trip in real time, only eight 25 minute episodes, so if you can find and stream it, watch. The Eyre Highway and desert is actually the fourth star. Incredible scenery.
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Saw Midway this arvo - heaps better impact visually than the boring original.

Couldn't help thinking as I walked out of the cinema though ... Is history inevitably about to repeat itself?

The Chinese navy want a crack at the title in the South China Sea, and I bet the Pentagon would love to let them try ...

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Home ( 2009 ) French documentary film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The film is almost entirely composed of aerial shots of various places on Earth. It shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.

A magnificent film, visually breathtaking and convincing on the warning message to spread across the world. The earth is beautiful, we can only love it and want to protect it. The marvelous alternates with the terrifying ...

The English version was read by Glenn Close. The Spanish version was read by Salma Hayek. The Arabic version was read by Mahmood Said. The film had its world festival premiere at the Dawn Breakers International Film Festival in 2012. Before the festival premier, it was released simultaneously on 5 June 2009, in cinemas across the globe, on DVD, Blu-ray, television, and on YouTube, opening in 181 countries.
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Danger Close: the Battle of Long Tan

Film about Australian forces at the Battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam war. It is based on a true story about an Australian army unit surrounded by North Vietnamese regulars and VC.

I enjoyed the film but of course I like this type of film. I would give it 7/10. You have to remember it is not a Hollywood production and as such they did very well.
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Watched this again tonight and oh my, it takes me back a long way...

Westworld (1973)

Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin.

Set in a futuristic theme park which contains three worlds - the Wild West, Medieval Europe and Ancient Rome but concentrates mostly on the Wild West.

Our heroes come to town for a lot of fun, sex with androids, and getting to fight, shoot and kill programmed androids. You know, just normal day to day things that some Americans like and do.

Apparently, the Androids start waking up somehow and become sentient, and decide that they really are not all that happy about getting raped and murdered every day, especially as they get minimum wage. So the fights start. Man v Robot !! To the Death!!!

OK, it really is pretty good, and holds up pretty well near 50 years later, and it was followed by an ordinary sequel, a bad TV show, a newer rather good TV show, and a great parody in one of the best The Simpsons episodes ever. Still worth a watch.

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Ready Player One (2018)

Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller and Simon Pegg.

OASIS is a super-software program that allows all users to go anywhere and do anything in its virtual reality. After the founder died, he left Easter Eggs everywhere in the Cyber worlds, from games and films and fictional characters brought to fictional life, to allow one user to find three keys which will allow him or her to unlock the final answer and own and control OASIS.

Our hero, a super nerd who knows everything about everything about '80's games, Science Fiction Movies and the late owner starts chasing the keys, finds some virtual friends, and battles in this Cyber world against a huge Corporation trying to find the same keys and take over the world.

Not as good as the book (what is?) and sadly, probably due to cost and copyright issues does not use the same memes, games and Movies as those of the book, but the overall theme is pretty faithful to the written word, but nowhere near as much fun. I also found the switch from real people in the real world to their avatar in the Cyber worlds a bit concerting.*

6/10

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Men In Black International (2019)

Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson.

I loved the first three MiB Movies mainly because: Tommy Lee Jones. The fourth entry was described by critics as "lackluster action and forgettable plot" and I am not convinced adding any more words or time to that description is worthwhile.

So I will just say, this is one time that I wish the "flashy thingies" were real, as I would love completely forgetting the two hours I spent watching this.

1/10.

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La Grande Illusion (also known as The Grand Illusion) a 1937 French war film directed by Jean Renoir, who co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Spaak.
The story concerns class relationships among a small group of French officers who are prisoners of war during World War I and are plotting an escape.
This great classic continues to hold its place admirably. During the First World War, a deep friendship was woven between prisoners of very different social origins. Although the conditions of detention are not too draconian, they obviously only think of escaping. And it’s Boeldieu, the Parisian bourgeois, who sacrifices himself for Maréchal from a working class background and his Jewish counterpart. Appearances are deceptive. Just as Renoir shows that, outside of the laws of war, men like Von Stroheim or the young German woman can feel friendship and love towards their French enemies. A great lesson in humanism.
Even with the passing of years, this film still seems as complete and even complex.
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I went to see '1917'

wow that was great to watch. Story itself is very "thin", but the way it is filmed is truly amazing. You really have a feeling you are part of it. It is supposed to be a 'one track' movie, which obviously it is not, but the shots are amazingly long though. Must have been a nightmare for some scenes to make such long shots.

It does give a good idea about WWI in the trenches in Northern France.

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Yesterday (2019)

Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran and Kate McKinnon.

Fantasy of a failed singer who after literally getting run over by the proverbial bus during a brief world wide electrical outage wakes up and discovers that the Beatles never existed (plus other token things like Coca Cola and Harry Potter.

Not much more to it than that - he becomes famous within days by performing the songs he remembers and discovers a few truths about himself and his friends.

It certainly does not, for the most part take itself too seriously, and Patel is adequate doing the ballad material, less so when he tackles Help and Back In the USSR.

Not as much fun as I expected, but has outstanding moments, when Sheerin (playing himself) suggests that Hey Jude, should in fact be Hey Dude, and Patel's First Album's naming conference where his title ideas like Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road and The White Album are summarily dismissed, plus the running gag of him not being able to remember the lyrics of Eleanor Rigby.

Not great, but not too bad, no explanation as to how it happened which I didn't mind at all, and Lily James many talents are completely wasted (go back a point).

6/10

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Fighting With My Family (2019)

Florence Pugh, Lena Headey and Dwayne Johnson.

This is actually surprisingly entertaining, probably even for non Pro. Wrestling fans. It is the (mostly) "true" story of Paige, a struggling English wrestler from a wrestling family who worked in local gyms in England in front of maybe 20 people and rose to become the youngest WWE World Champion ever at 21. (Yes, I know it sounds "Disney" but it sure is not)

The most interesting parts were the (probably very understated) parts of how bloody hard it really is to make it in top level wrestling, how hard you have to work, and how you really need friends. These points took up most of the Movie and showed that while wrestling is scripted, it really is not easy at all.

It is a very human, very moving (mostly) true story about very real people, and I cannot recommend this strongly enough.

8/10

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Robin Hood (2018)

Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson.

Should have been called Robin Hood, Ninja Warrior. Absolutely horrible retelling of the origin of this beloved character. He gets home from the Crusades and gets recruited and trained by a Muslim Mystic (named Yahya, translating to John) in a kind of when you can snatch the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave, combined with Rocky manner.

Then we meet the Sheriff of Nottingham resplendent in his Carnaby Street suit (I am not kidding) in a Nottingham which looks a set borrowed from a Roman orgy, holds a casino party, chats to Marion (who is Married to Will Scarlett, sorry Will Tillman, and starts his criminal career. Has an affair with Marion which upsets Will, and kills the current Sheriff (with Will taking over). Did I mention Marion's hairdresser must have worked overtime preparing her various (21st Century) hairstyles?

It is a complete mess that does not even know what it wants to be and makes Costner's version look like high art.

2/10, one for Australia's Tim Minchin briefly playing Friar Tuck, and one for some nice explosions.

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Yikes Norm - sounds appalling.
Did enjoy 'Ýesterday' though. The 'Hey Dude' sequence was hilarious.
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Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman, Gaby Hoffmann and Rob Reiner.

Throw things at me, throw things at the screen, throw up if you like, but I really loved this from the first time I saw it to when I watched it again today.

Meg Ryan falls in love with a voice on the radio where Tom Hanks laments the death of his wife, his present lonely state and his empty life. It is then about will they meet in person and will their future love be true, and how (and if) it will happen?

Their destined meeting place is the top of the Empire State Building (in six months time :D ) and it turns into An Affair To Remember (1957) faster than you can say Cary Grant, and of course includes the titular song from the earlier Movie. And as in the original, Meg is of course engaged to somebody else.

It is twee, corny as hell and more sickly saccharine than A Sound Of Music (1963). But Hanks and Ryan are incredibly attractive and perfectly cast, and it is one of the best romantic comedies from the 1980's on. They really don't make Movies like this any more.

One more thing (about An Affair to Remember):

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7.5/10.

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