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Re: The All New Book & DVD Review Thread (And Gift Hints)
« Reply #2565 on: October 08, 2017, 07:22:22 PM »
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Re: The All New Book & DVD Review Thread (And Gift Hints)
« Reply #2566 on: October 08, 2017, 07:42:28 PM »
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Re: The All New Book & DVD Review Thread (And Gift Hints)
« Reply #2567 on: October 20, 2017, 10:09:16 AM »
Currently listening to Bruce Dickinson's autobiography 'What Does This Button Do'. When the prologue has a tale of when one of his commercial flights was denied landing permission by a Russian air traffic controller and then threatened with being shot down if he didn't immediately leave their air space you can tell this is going to be fun to listen to.

I knew the guy was a cheeky bugger but getting kicked out of boarding school (which he hated) for pissing in the broad beans being cooked for a special staff celebration.  lol:

 
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Re: The All New Book & DVD Review Thread (And Gift Hints)
« Reply #2568 on: October 20, 2017, 01:03:31 PM »
Currently listening to Bruce Dickinson's autobiography 'What Does This Button Do'. When the prologue has a tale of when one of his commercial flights was denied landing permission by a Russian air traffic controller and then threatened with being shot down if he didn't immediately leave their air space you can tell this is going to be fun to listen to.

I knew the guy was a cheeky bugger but getting kicked out of boarding school (which he hated) for pissing in the broad beans being cooked for a special staff celebration.  lol:

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Re: The All New Book & DVD Review Thread (And Gift Hints)
« Reply #2569 on: October 20, 2017, 03:31:14 PM »
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« Reply #2570 on: November 03, 2017, 04:35:41 PM »
Gonna watch The Italian Job on me new UHD tellybox...  cloud9:
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« Reply #2571 on: November 03, 2017, 04:36:43 PM »
"you were only meant to blow your pants the doors off."   angel1
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« Reply #2572 on: November 03, 2017, 04:51:23 PM »
"you were only meant to blow your pants the doors off."   angel1

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« Reply #2573 on: November 03, 2017, 04:52:13 PM »
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Re: The All New Book & DVD Review Thread (And Gift Hints)
« Reply #2574 on: November 07, 2017, 04:52:26 AM »
Watched Wind River last night - excellent!  :thumbsup:

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"Wind River" is a gripping murder mystery-thriller written and directed by Taylor Sheridan (Best Original Screenplay Oscar nominee for "Hell or High Water") starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen and Graham Greene, featuring an unusually strong supporting cast that includes many fine Native American actors.

Renner and Olsen play a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tracker and an FBI agent, respectively, attempting to solve the murder of a young woman whose body is discovered by Renner under mysterious circumstances as he patrols the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

The film scrupulously avoids clichés and is tightly edited with nary a wasted moment, yet never feels rushed or artificial in performance or plot. Everyone and everything is there for a reason, and best of all, the audience is given credit for being able to keep up and connect the dots.

The violence, which is absolutely necessary, is kept at a bare minimum as a narrative device, explaining and clarifying rather than assaulting the senses.

Every character, even the most heinous, is portrayed as a fully developed human being rather than as stereotype.

We learn how the Native American culture is victimized in a way that takes us inside their world and their souls, but the journey is skillfully handled and never heavy handed.

The photography is perfectly rendered, celebrating the icy Wyoming scenery in a muted style consistent with the mood of the story.

Renner, Olsen and Greene are excellent and believable, but in no small way this is an ensemble piece whose potency and effectiveness derive from the palpable passion and belief of everyone in front of and behind the camera.

This is an engrossing story well worth your time and money, and kudos to everyone involved for having faith that a discerning audience will find and appreciate it.
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Re: The All New Book & DVD Review Thread (And Gift Hints)
« Reply #2575 on: November 07, 2017, 09:00:06 AM »
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Re: The All New Book & DVD Review Thread (And Gift Hints)
« Reply #2576 on: November 09, 2017, 05:17:53 PM »
Gonna watch The Wizard of Lies...  rubschin:
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Re: The All New Book & DVD Review Thread (And Gift Hints)
« Reply #2577 on: November 10, 2017, 05:01:19 AM »
Gonna watch The Wizard of Lies...  rubschin:


Well, that was sensational - one for the list Steve!  :thumbsup:

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Richard Dreyfuss claims first portrayal of this monster, but he made Bernard out to be somewhat approachable, as he talked through the fourth wall and joked about the art of selling a scam. He was good but too likable. DeNiro is one of our great acting treasures and his take is nothing nice at all. In fact, it is impossible to like this man. He is evil here, and while one can have some sympathy for Ruth and her sons, the entire tragedy, almost out of Shakespeare, is well done. It bounces around a bit to the past and present, but easy to follow and under the direction of Barry Levinson, moves smartly. But don't watch this if you want a positive evening - hard film indeed. Shot of whiskey portrayal of a monster.
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Re: The All New Book & DVD Review Thread (And Gift Hints)
« Reply #2578 on: November 10, 2017, 08:32:28 AM »
Gonna watch The Wizard of Lies...  rubschin:


Well, that was sensational - one for the list Steve!  :thumbsup:

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Richard Dreyfuss claims first portrayal of this monster, but he made Bernard out to be somewhat approachable, as he talked through the fourth wall and joked about the art of selling a scam. He was good but too likable. DeNiro is one of our great acting treasures and his take is nothing nice at all. In fact, it is impossible to like this man. He is evil here, and while one can have some sympathy for Ruth and her sons, the entire tragedy, almost out of Shakespeare, is well done. It bounces around a bit to the past and present, but easy to follow and under the direction of Barry Levinson, moves smartly. But don't watch this if you want a positive evening - hard film indeed. Shot of whiskey portrayal of a monster.


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Re: The All New Book & DVD Review Thread (And Gift Hints)
« Reply #2579 on: November 15, 2017, 07:38:12 PM »
Just watched Loving Vincent... wow, just WOW!  eeek:

A sensational filum and absolutely beautiful visually...  cloud9:

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This beautiful work has made history in the genre of Animation cinema - a precious gift from devoted film-makers. The story is well known - a matter of history. Vincent painted the portrait of Joseph Roulin, Postmaster of Arles. The film tells us the story of Vincent's life and last months before his death on 29 July, 1890 (aged 37) from a self-inflicted gun-shot wound, via the device of the postmaster's son being sent on a mission to deliver a letter from Vincent to his brother, which has been returned. Vincent and his brother Theo were very close, and Theo supported Vincent with regular gifts of money, and painting canvas and tubes of paint. The postmaster Roulin knew and loved Vincent, because these two loving brothers kept up a very frequent correspondence. These letters have been published elsewhere and make very moving reading. The son of Roulin goes to Paris, and to Auvers-sur-Oise where Vincent had been in care after he had an emotional breakdown, and talks to people who knew him. He is at first unwilling, but becomes interested, then passionate to find out the truth of the man whom he is now starting to fully appreciate. The remarkable aspect of this film is that the entire story, 95 minutes of it, is told in hand-painted oil paintings, done in the style of Vincent's own work. Scenes begin with an image that Vincent himself painted and if viewers are familiar with all his works, they will recognize the people and the places. But now they are moving, they are speaking, they are telling their stories, and their impressions of Vincent, the man. Some were fond of him, some ridiculed him. There are various points of view.

Technically the film "Loving Vincent" is a wonder of animation. One hundred artists in two countries, (Poland and Greece) working in Vincent's own style contributed full colour paintings for "the present" and black and white paintings for "the past" as the story is being told by the people who knew Vincent.

The film is made up of 853 'shots', and each one began with a first frame of a full painting on canvas board. As the animation photography was done in 12 frames per second, the first painting, would then be photographed, then painted over, with each gradual change to certain details or all of it, until the last frame of the shot. (This is in place of the use of animation cels, which could not be applied in this style of work.) At the end of the 'shot' the film-makers were left with an oil-painting on canvas board, of the last frame. So at the end of filming 853 paintings remained, and 200 are being auctioned off, and many have already sold, (as can be seen from the films own website) although at the time of writing the film has not yet premiered in the USA. The size of the works was usually 67cm by 49cm. Bear in mind that for one hour of film, 43,200 paintings were required, and you will begin to see the extraordinary ambition of this project. Additionally 90 design paintings were created in the planning stages during the year before shooting started. The purpose of these was to define the style in which the artists would all re-create Vincent's style of painting and make it move, live and breathe. 65,000 painted frames in oils were made for the whole film. The story moves along briskly and is full of wonderful characters (the people in Vincent's life). The dialogue of the characters is full of expression, as are the faces, and the characters have been created to really "live" for us. This was done by casting well known and excellent actors in the main roles, and filming them in live-action, then using those 'normal' cinematic images for a basis of the key paintings for each 'shot'. As the film went on, I recognized (from other films) certain of the painted faces of the real actors, who are also giving voice to the painted characters on the soundtrack. This type of animation has never been done before, and as it took seven years to make the film, it might never be done again. The ingenious planning of how to actually do it is brilliant and has been a great success.

Vincent, who suffered, from what we now call bi-polar disease, was an intelligent, deeply sensitive man, who had a sad childhood in a strict bourgeouis family, and was something of a misfit. He showed immense natural art talent. This can be seen clearly and unmistakably by looking at his early drawing. Later he used brush techniques that imitated the 'signature marks' in his pen and ink works. He was understood and saw visual texture.

From Paris Vincent went to Provence, and lived in Arles. He begged his friend Gaugin to come and join him. Vincent was over-joyed but after a few months, things went wrong between them, and Vincent seemed to become very distressed. When Gaugin departed, he was inconsolable. After the famous incident of cutting of his own ear in his distress, he went into care of Dr Gachet in Auvers, where he found a kindred spirit in Gachet, who loved art, and recovered. There he did quite a few more strong drawings and paintings. Vincent saw the world in a kind of almost violent motion and most of his works, drawings and paintings show this. It's as if the wind was visible to him in the air itself, not only in the resulting movements of trees, and fields of grain, or the moving sea.

He never sold a painting in his own lifetime, but gave away some, and sent many to his brother Theo who attempted to sell them in his Paris art gallery. And yet now his works hold the record as being the most expensive ever sold – which happened in modern times.
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