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421Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Wed Feb 08 2017, 16:51

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
cheers 58, something to think about

422Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Thu Feb 09 2017, 21:02

Reebok Trotter

Reebok Trotter
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
After Brexit..surviving Europe on BBC2 now!

423Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Tue Feb 14 2017, 14:02

okocha

okocha
Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
La La Land.....proving that superb films don't need violence/murder, swearing, all-action, horror,
 sci-fi/[the supernatural, corruption......

...just great acting, cinematography and direction, soaring music, romance/love, a feelgood factor, and a basic truth about our world. Bliss!

424Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Tue Feb 14 2017, 15:51

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I left after 45 minutes. Terrible. If I wanted to watch people poncing about I'd go to the Macron.

425Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Tue Feb 14 2017, 16:58

okocha

okocha
Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
@Natasha Whittam wrote:I left after 45 minutes. Terrible. If I wanted to watch people poncing about I'd go to the Macron.

So of course you're right and all the critics and awards judges are wrong:- I should have known......Philistine!

426Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Tue Feb 14 2017, 17:02

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@okocha wrote:So of course you're right and all the critics and awards judges are wrong:- I should have known......Philistine!

I can't remember the last film I enjoyed that was also critically acclaimed by the critics. Back To The Future maybe?

Critics have different motives rather than pure enjoyment.

427Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Tue Feb 14 2017, 17:21

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@okocha wrote:La La Land.....proving that superb films don't need violence/murder, swearing, all-action, horror,
 sci-fi/[the supernatural, corruption......

...just great acting, cinematography and direction, soaring music, romance/love, a feelgood factor, and a basic truth about our world. Bliss!
I was forced to watch this with the missus and it was a throwback film musical trying desperately to recreate the escapism of another era, big on nostalgia. It was enjoyable but sadly the songs were a bit modern Broadway formulaic IMO and quite forgettable.
On one level, it was refreshing to see Hollywood attempting again to breathe life into the genre (as they do periodically with the likes of Moulin Rouge and Mamma Mia) but La La Land didn't have that vital ingredient - great showtunes that stick in the head and last for years.

To properly critique this film it has to be compared alongside the films it tries to emulate and unfortunately the music falls well short of the high standards set by the likes of Cole Porter, Lerner and Loewe and Gerschwin whose songs are still played today. This film will be forgotten in a few years time and I would bet anyone that they can't remember any of the lyrics or tunes a week after they saw it.
And it's the tunes as much as anything that live on from the great musicals of the past. Who doesn't know at least a bit of "Summertime" or "Wanderin'Star" or "Sit down you're rockin' the boat"? Or friggin' ABBA?

I also have reservations about Ryan Gosling's singing. Nowhere near as bad as James Bond murdering Abba but at least in the golden age the likes of Yul Brynner made no pretence to be a singer and some of the ladies were overdubbed and Lee Marvin got away with it because he's Lee Marvin. But giving Ryan Gosling a bit of autotune doesn't quite hack it IMO. The film storyline was fine but for me if you're going to make a musical, make decent music - and keep it well away from the legions of wannabe Broadway lyricists whose dabs are all over this.

428Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Tue Feb 14 2017, 19:10

okocha

okocha
Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
If I'd had to bet on who else besides Nat would argue against the film's joyous charm, fabulous acting and universally lauded tunes and lyrics, I would have put money on it being you, Lusty!
 Gosling's  jazz piano playing alone is stunning and the soundtrack has been downloaded an extraordinary number of times across the world. It is the only film ever to have had TWO songs nominated for Oscar in one category. The songs are lodged indelibly in all our friends' heads. The fact that your wife had to drag you to the cinema from your armchair tells me what frame of mind you were in when you arrived!
Incidentally, Mark Kermode wrote that, having watched the film, he went straight back in to the cinema to see it again, he loved it so much.  97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and adored by the media critics across the globe. In these times, it provides just the tonic we all need .....unless you are  determined to be contrary and stay true to your negative outlook. I can see that romance doesn't feature in the emotions that fill your heart......and on Valentine's Day too!!

The acting, the musical score and lyrics, the cinematography and the direction have now WON at ALL the pre-Oscar ceremonies (the Golden Globes, the Screen Writers Guilds Awards and now the Baftas.) It's received a record number of nominations and wins......and will win even more at The Oscars. 
As with Les Mis, (and Mama Mia!) you miss the point if you are expecting the singing to be as awesome as the acting: one is an aspiring jazz musician and the other an aspiring actress, not aspiring singers; it would be ridiculous if they were also shown to be as good as Alfie Boe or Adele!

429Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Wed Feb 15 2017, 19:38

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Been watching The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin again. I'd forgotten how brilliant it was.

They should have binned the Martin Clunes re-make.

430Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Thu Feb 16 2017, 08:22

xmiles

xmiles
Youri Djorkaeff
Youri Djorkaeff
Just finished the second series of Better Call Saul. Strongly recommended if you liked Breaking Bad.

431Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Fri Feb 17 2017, 10:52

Bwfc1958

Bwfc1958
Tinned Toms - You know it makes sense!
Watched Hacksaw Ridge last night. Fuck me what a film that is. The true story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss who was a medic on the battlefield in 1945. I highly recommend it. Brilliant story of a true hero.

432Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Mon Feb 20 2017, 13:01

Reebok Trotter

Reebok Trotter
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I'm on the last episode of Season 2 of Gomorrah. If you can handle subtitles then it's worth viewing if you like gritty crime dramas. This one is based in Napoli and is based around two warring Mafia families. The thing that stands out for me is that none of the main characters are in the slightest way likeable. None of them have any redeeming qualities and they are all totally selfish and self-centred and capable of the most vicious behaviour to serve their own ends. Brutal and gory in parts but a change from the norm with no likeable villains.

433Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Mon Feb 20 2017, 13:04

Reebok Trotter

Reebok Trotter
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
And while I'm on.....

Billions.. Season one starring Damian Lewis.... well worth viewing.

Blacklist... I have watched the first three seasons and enjoyed every one.

434Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty fao bonce on Thu Mar 02 2017, 19:56

Chairmanda

Chairmanda
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
Boncey, channel 5, Sunday, channel 5

435Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Thu Mar 02 2017, 21:01

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Chairmanda wrote:Boncey, channel 5, Sunday, channel 5
Just off to bed to catch up on my beauty sleep,and you post this.

I'm now in a bit of a tizz. What can it mean?

I'm thinking Brucie. I'll be getting a Radio Times first thing tomorrow.

I may need extra Horlicks tonight.

436Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Thu Mar 02 2017, 21:25

Bread2.0

Bread2.0
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
They've got that out quick.

He only popped his clogs at 7pm tonight.

437Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Thu Mar 02 2017, 21:30

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Bread2.0 wrote:They've got that out quick.

He only popped his clogs at 7pm tonight.
Film and TV review. - Page 15 Source

438Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Thu Mar 02 2017, 21:35

Bwfc1958

Bwfc1958
Tinned Toms - You know it makes sense!
@boltonbonce wrote:
@Bread2.0 wrote:They've got that out quick.

He only popped his clogs at 7pm tonight.
Film and TV review. - Page 15 Source
Makes a change from the Panda or The Llama I suppose.

439Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Thu Mar 02 2017, 21:37

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
He doesn't deserve a panda. I nearly wet the bed.

Again.

440Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Thu Mar 02 2017, 21:58

Chairmanda

Chairmanda
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
It'd help if I gave you the time...7.30.

441Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Thu Mar 02 2017, 22:00

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Chairmanda wrote:It'd help if I gave you the time...7.30.
Before the watershed. Shocked

442Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Fri Mar 03 2017, 08:55

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Reebok Trotter wrote:I'm on the last episode of Season 2 of Gomorrah. If you can handle subtitles then it's worth viewing if you like gritty crime dramas. This one is based in Napoli and is based around two warring Mafia families. The thing that stands out for me is that none of the main characters are in the slightest way likeable. None of them have any redeeming qualities and they are all totally selfish and self-centred and capable of the most vicious behaviour to serve their own ends. Brutal and gory in parts but a change from the norm with no likeable villains.
 one of my favourites that RT, loved it and can't wait for the next series. Give Romanzo Criminale (the series) a try as well, thats an Italian crime drama as well as was excellent

443Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Fri Mar 03 2017, 11:56

Reebok Trotter

Reebok Trotter
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Norpig wrote:
@Reebok Trotter wrote:I'm on the last episode of Season 2 of Gomorrah. If you can handle subtitles then it's worth viewing if you like gritty crime dramas. This one is based in Napoli and is based around two warring Mafia families. The thing that stands out for me is that none of the main characters are in the slightest way likeable. None of them have any redeeming qualities and they are all totally selfish and self-centred and capable of the most vicious behaviour to serve their own ends. Brutal and gory in parts but a change from the norm with no likeable villains.
 one of my favourites that RT, loved it and can't wait for the next series. Give Romanzo Criminale (the series) a try as well, thats an Italian crime drama as well as was excellent
Will do Norpig. I have just ordered Ray Donovan season 4 another cracking series imo.

444Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Fri Mar 03 2017, 20:15

finlaymcdanger

finlaymcdanger
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
Whats everyone watching on the tellybox tonight?

445Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Fri Mar 03 2017, 20:17

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
The Good Old Days,with Arthur Askey and Moira Anderson.

I might boil myself in oil later.

Got some Twilight Zone episodes sorted out for bedtime.

446Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Fri Mar 03 2017, 20:52

Bread2.0

Bread2.0
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
Coronation Street currently. (Unfortunately.)

Watching that Florence Whotsit film starring the yugely overrated Meryl Streep later. SAD!

447Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Fri Mar 03 2017, 21:03

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Been scouring the web for 'My World And Welcome To It'. Used to enjoy it many years ago.

448Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Sat Mar 04 2017, 00:25

Bread2.0

Bread2.0
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
Quite enjoyed the film actually.

Innocuous and mildly amusing fare for a Friday night.

Grant was surprisingly good, Streep was Streep and Helberg just played Howard Walowitz.

Again....that's about 3 films he's done that in now. Starting to think his range is a bit limited. Entertaining but limited, nonetheless.

Mutant Lesbian Ninja Whelk Pickers On Crack tomorrow.

Roger Ebert gave it four stars.

449Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Fri Mar 10 2017, 19:05

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Back to an old favourite this week. I'm watching Catweazle.

450Film and TV review. - Page 15 Empty Re: Film and TV review. on Fri Mar 10 2017, 20:35

Bread2.0

Bread2.0
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
This, erm......."tv set" you're watching Catweazle on....?

Does it look like this?

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