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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:30 am 
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The Hunt for the Red October is hilarious. Sean Connery gives possibly the worst performance of his illustrious career. And I just realized that the signs inside the submarine are in Ukrainian for some ineffable reason. Funniest stuff since Charlie Chaplin.

Speaking of whom, I saw his Caught in a Cabaret on TMC. From 1914 (isn't amazing to see a movie that's more than a century old?), it's one of his earlier work but he is already brilliant. Given that physical comedy is only amusing when unpredictable, and that these early movies were the foundation of the genre, it's impressive how funny they still are. And unlike October, intentionally so.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:13 am 
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Has anyone seen Smallfoot? The trailer looked promising...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:06 am 
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Jude, is it out?

Speaking of Charlie Chaplin, this tweet links to a short video explaining pre-CGI effects.

https://twitter.com/ThingsWork/status/1 ... 6546302976

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:24 am 
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It's playing in Ottawa currently. I assume it's playing everywhere else?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:01 am 
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If you ever get the chance to watch Excalibur with the Directors commentary, do it! During one shot of the lakeside Camelot, Boorman describes how Camelot was inserted into the shot using a prism in front of the lens with a model to the left of the camera reflected into the scene.

Also, when you think about movies like Jason and the Argonauts or Clash of the Titans, green screen in those days meant that when you developed the negative, everything green would come out transparent so the footage could be literally layered on top of another film and as a result the live actors and the stop motion had to be choreographed frame for frame, 24 frames a second. CGI is for amateurs. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:57 am 
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Has anyone else seen Bohemian Rhapsody? I went to see it on Tuesday. Queen was just a wee bit before my time and then just a bit out of my orbit at the time. I don't think I knew that all of those songs were theirs, so that was fun. So much terrific music! Anyway, I wasn't sure how I felt about the lead, but I didn't know Freddie Mercury well enough to say whether he did a good job or not. I thought he was...affected and very odd.

What I can say that I did NOT appreciate in the theatre was when some bozo let out a very loud cry of disgust the first time Freddie kissed another man. :roll: :suspicious: I mean, come on, dude. What did you expect? You did know Freddie was gay, right? And just GTFO, honestly.

:nono: (It really annoyed me. Clearly.)

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:06 am 
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Yeah, it seems odd that someone would care enough to come see a movie about Freddie Mercury and yet be surprised that he was gay (or bi, I guess?).

Queen to me is interesting in that they don't sound like anyone else I know, and yet there are some songs that I always forget are theirs.

Was the movie more fun than watching Queen videos for two hours?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:10 am 
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I think some dudes love "We. Will. We. Will. Rock You. [thump thump] Rock You. [thump thump]" so much that they will come and see a Queen movie without knowing anything else about Queen.

I'll bet none of them have even seen Flash Gordon.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:11 am 
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The movie was good, entertaining, probably less weird than Queen videos (of which I've only seen a couple). :D

I think Muse favors them, if you're looking for a similar(ish) band.

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Love Queen. Loved Freddie Mercury. What a talent. I can't wait to see the movie. Hopefully sometime this week. (Love Muse too) :D There is no one quite like Freddie Mercury. The genius, the vocal talent, the drive, the over-the-top showmanship. He was a force of one. His knowledge and love for music was broad and leaned not just classical but operatic. There are some who have/had a few of the qualities. David Bowie. Prince. Led Zeppelin. Michael Jackson (showmanship). Kansas, Styx, Aerosmith. A handful of others. I just love it when rock & classical collide! There is nothing better than some good rock and then enter the violins &/or cellos!

Maybe Luke Spiller of The Struts but is he an innovator or just an imitator? I don't think he has the vocal range.

Ain't nobody like Freddy. ;D


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I just saw (appropriately for Remembrance Day) Peter Jackson’s new film, They Shall Not Grow Old. It’s a First World War documentary constructed pretty much entirely from contemporary footage (some colourised) and voice overs from veterans (archive footage, as they’re all dead now).

I really liked it for how much detail it went into on everyday experience, from what the men thought when they enlisted, to what basic training was like, to what it was like at the Front during quiet times, to what it felt like to come home. There’s no maps or politics or descriptions of campaigns, but I was engaged for the entire film and came away knowing more than when I went in.

It also reminded me how good a filmmaker Peter Jackson can be if you just give him sounds and visuals and don’t require him to write dialogue or come up with a plot on his own. I wish he was more cognisant of his strengths and weaknesses, because he can produce some amazing film when he plays to his strengths.

I don’t know how much airtime the film will get in the U.S., but it seems to have a pretty broad release through the Commonwealth.


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I believe its on BBC2 tonight.

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