Do they still have Pearl and Dean adverts before it starts?
Yeah. Also you have adverts for i.e. local tyre garage. Then there is i.e. a Tom & Jerry cartoon before the movie, and then, at half time, there is a break and an ice-cream woman comes round. I wouldn’t recommend sitting in the smoking area tho, it fucking stinks.
I’m actually making a concerted effort to watch more films, because it’s getting to the point where I don’t understand films with a lot of cultural references and the median year of films I pick is 1987.
They used to have all-nighters at the ABC in Above Bar. They were excellent, although they could not have been good for the health. People chuffing away all night on ciggies. They actually had intermissions too, with ice cream. All ciggie flavoured
Thank you papster, and as you’re residing in Scousefordshire it should be pronounced FILL-UMM.
I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel at the weekend on Sky Fill-ums and really enjoyed it. Very cleverly put together and a great cast.
Watched a few films on the plane on my hols (have I told you about my hols? Shall I post more pics? Vids?):
Birdman: Loved this. Michael Keaton, Ed Norton, Naomi Watts etc. Beautifully shot, dark, funny and clever.
We are The Millers: Jennifer Aniston and some bloke. Thought I was going to hate this but it actually made me laugh. I may have been over tired.
Hobbity thing (the last one): Just coz I hadn’t watched it. I’ll probably watch them all again at some point with the soundbar cranked up.
Insurgence and Divergence or something: Not the Hunger Games.
Saw Birdman on a plane too. Was a bit wary because I’ve seen all of the critical acclaim, and on viewing the fill-um, felt that it might be something critics might love because of the themes in the movie*, and the way it distilled all the evils of critics into that one character, and mostly that one scene.
I didn’t feel cheated, because there is so much else to like about that film. The performances, the anxiety, the need to be taken seriously versus the indifference of an establishment that has already decided what you are, and won’t treat you any other way. Loved the nocturnal vibe, and Keaton’s internal conflict was manifested beautifully.
On my list to watch again.
*sorry bletch, beginning to think that Fowlly D was right. Again.
I watched both of the Crank films last night in order. The sequel is almost a beat for beat do-over of the original with more outlandish versions of the same shit you saw last time, but regardless, I can’t help liking them and I think I’d have been thrilled to have seen them in the 1980s. No brain required; in fact I recommend switching it off. Fast paced and very dumb action fun.
Originally posted by @Goatboy
Watched a few films on the plane on my hols
Having not been on a plane for a few years, I have flown to Holland and Denmark in the past month.
However, no bloody films on either trip
(No more pics, please.)
This kinda stopped me EVER wanting to go to the cinema here in Dubai (that and the fact that certain people talk all the timne on their mobiles and you get arrested if you complain).
We did go to 9am IMax screenings of Into Darkness & Skyfall though and yes I will be there for Star Wars of course.
So I watch movies on planes. But for example on the way home from Vitesse I watched a great movie. Trouble is I was upgraded from Cattle Class to Business and then again to First so I don’t remember a damned thing.
Only film I remember seeing on a plane of late was Edge of Tomorrow which is possibly Tom Cruise’s finest.
I did watch a Brit Flick from 2010 on telly tonight - Thorne:Sleepyhead with David Morrisey. Now that was one very well put together whodunnit movie co-starring the sleazeball Brothel Owner from GoT, but I kinda got the feeling it was a made for TV one or something.
Three films since Friday:
Legend, which got mixed reviews during its festival run. I thought Tom Hardy’s performance as both the Kray twins so outweighed any weaknesses that the film was gripping from the opening (very funny) scene. For all the violence (what else? It’s the Krays), the film generally is suprisingly funny, and it captures something of the subculture of the East End hardnut in some nicely observed mannerisms (such as the way the younger hoodlams especially seem to stare through their eyelids to look extra tough). Authentic locations (if a little cleaned up) and nice motors. The killings of Cordell and McVitie are brutal. Hardy has this weird look in his eyes - he appears to lack irises - and you never know which way things are going to jump. Aside from Fassbender and Bale, I don’t know of any actors of their generation with that kind of intensity (Gyllenhaal?) Thewlis is also good fun, as are Cordell and Jack the Hat. Great to see one of my ex-students get a screen credit.
Brooklyn. A Nick Hornby script from a Colm Toibin novel. A much slighter film even than Legend in a way, but again a nice performance from Saoirse Ronan, who seems to be physically tansformed as the story unfolds. Julie Walters steals her scenes effortlessly as the matriarchal Irish-Brooklyn landlady.
45 Years. Another “actors’” piece, with Charlotte Rampling (very much the star) and Tom Courtenay, in a story about secrets. A bit over-earnest and very conservatively filmed, it does have two stand-out scenes - one involving Rampling, an old analogue slide projector and bedcloth (proving that the most cinematic of scenes doesn’t need the flashbangs), and the other at the end. The final dance encompasses the entire movie: not a word is said but the whole story is written on Courtenay’s and Rampling’s faces - until the final few frames…
Originally posted by @saintbletch
Aren’t they films, not movies?
Seems a bit pompous to call Transformers a “film”. I have a default of calling American movies movies, European films films and British films crap. A bad habit, no doubt. There is another term which is much more common in the industry itself: picture. So if you want to sound like some overblown Hollywood mogul, drawl on about who is and who’s not going to be in the picture.
Where’d you stand on “pictures”, furball? As in, to go to the pictures.
i know sod all about films, but do usually say going to the pictures. Not really sure why, think I picked it up off mother.
That’s allowed, KRG. It’s a different usage to the industry “picture”, and is characteristically British. Hockney, who’s very eloquent about the significance of film to art (and his art especially), talks about memories of “going to the pictures” as a very Saturday-morning-matinee thing.
David Hockney hasn’t any interest in film, aside from his
David Hockney’s art has no relevence to cinema. Aside from living in LA
Oh that didn’t work
Hockney lives in LA. His paintings influence US filmakers. Recently Martin Scorsese admitted that Hockney had inspired the aesthetics of Taxi Driver.
So paint me pompous.
[Bletch has vision of Furball leaning back in a chair with a canvas back that has Furball embossed upon it, holding a cone megaphone in one hand and a large, ethically produced cigar in the other, shouting “action”]
Burn After Reading is one of the more underrated of the Coen Brothers collection. I love it! The final scene with the blundering CIA: