Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay)
Enjoyable action film, I always liked Captain America and i was pleased that they have introduced The Falcon. I didn’t know much about the Winter Soldier as this story was introduced when i kind of stopped buying comics. I did nerd-out when we hear HYDRA will be keeping tabs on Bruce Banner (The Hulk) & Stephen Strange (Dr. Strange) when the helicarriers are up and running.
There are nods and winks to Redford’s and Jackson’s film careers in some subtle references. Some of the plot’s causes and effects are pretty obvious and now traditional post credits are linked to the next Avengers film.
quotes: Steve Rogers: [on modern times] The food is better. They used to boil everything…
The Monuments Men (2014)
George Clooney (screenplay), Grant Heslov (screenplay).
What i liked about it what, i believe a modern audience wouldn’t. It was very old fashioned film story telling. There wasn’t endless shoot outs or explosions but a serious tone to what they were trying to achieve. Maybe Clooney could of handed the script writing to someone else.
This isn’t a history lesson but tries to pinpoint a group of mens (and one woman’s) noble act of trying to do protect something of cultural importance.
Doctor Who: Season 8
Terror of the Autons: (1971).
"Time Lord: You are incorrigibly meddlesome, Doctor, but we’ve always felt that your hearts are in the right places. "
Killer daffodils & the introduction of the Master and Jo Grant. What is there not to like? Well, The Doctor is rather sexist to poor young Miss Grant though. He thinks she is the tea lady and not the UNIT agent. ” as Miss Shaw herself so often remarked, is someone to pass you your test tubes and to tell you how brilliant you are. Miss Grant will fulfil that function admirably. ” As the Brigadier tells him. Also, he calls her a ham-fisted bun vendor when uses a fire extinguisher.
Under the Skin (I) (2013)
Walter Campbell, Michel Faber (based on the novel by).
This was like an arty PIFs or PSAs about not accepting lifts from pretty ladies, going to the beach when the water is really choppy and walking alone in National Parks. The cinematography is recommended but i don’t find a film with limited dialogue and cryptic images that artistic. I suppose, it is thought of in that category as it has a A list Hollywood star in the role, (with her standard English accent) so it is ‘unusual’.
I was reading that the book is very different from the film. It looks like, if they filmed that story, it would of been just another (expensive) body horror flick but would of been more satirical.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary
Set up the old video player again. Even though this is kosher copy, the quality after all these years is a bit ropey. I still remember when it was banned! Saw it at the cinema though when it was the most hyped film of the period.
Mr. Pink: Why can’t we pick our own colors?
Joe: No way, no way. Tried it once, doesn’t work. You got four guys all fighting over who’s gonna be Mr. Black, but they don’t know each other, so nobody wants to back down. No way. I pick. You’re Mr. Pink. Be thankful you’re not Mr. Yellow.
Mr. Brown: Yeah, but Mr. Brown is a little too close to Mr. Shit.
Mr. Pink: Mr. Pink sounds like Mr. Pussy. How ‘bout if I’m Mr. Purple? That sounds good to me. I’ll be Mr. Purple.
Doctor Who: Season 11
Invasion of the Dinosaurs.
I may be wrong but i have vague memories of this when it aired and in my unconscious was the mistrust of Capitan Yates, when in my adulthood i started to catch up with the old episodes. I never saw this until now. I don’t believe it was available on video when i started to buy them. It is great fun though but i not getting into criticism of the dinosaurs as that is pointless really as it was quite effective for a children’s Saturday evening program in the 1970s.
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
Felix van Groeningen
Johan Heldenbergh (play), Mieke Dobbels (play)
quote: Elise Vandevelde: Life is NOT generous.
Its all rather tragic; the posters above don’t really emphasize the story of this couple and their troubles. Not your average couple as she looks like a suicide girl and he is singer in a blue grass band that while being from Belgium sings with a American twang. The narrative explores lots of themes within its flashbacks and is a very well crafted film.
quote: John Blane: There’s no way to get hurt in here, just enjoy yourself.
Set up the VCR today: watched West World as there is all this talk of a television show being made. I haven’t seen this in many a year. Here is an observation, that the young James Brolin looks a wee bit like Christian Bale (or would that be the other way round?).
Doctor Who: Season 8, Episode 21 The Dæmons:
I set up the old VHS player and watched this taped from the 30 anniversary reshowing.
Has the fabulous quotable Brig. Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart: Jenkins… chap with wings, there. Five rounds rapid.
The Master does a lot of heavy metal hand signs to summon Azal and his animated gargoyle Bok.
The Doctor gets duffed up by morris dancers and Benton and Yates are dressed in their civvies!
The fictional channel called BBC Three films at the dig at Devils End. Since 2003, BBC Three has been an actual digital BBC channel…Dr Who predicts the future!
"Jon Pertwee named this as his favourite Doctor Who (1963) serial. Nicholas Courtney named it as his second favourite. "
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort (book)
quote: Jordan Belfort: I’m sure. Good luck on that subway ride home to your miserable ugly fuckin’ wives. I’m gonna have Heidi lick some caviar off my balls in the meantime.
Leonardo DiCaprio works well with Scorsese, it has to be said. Matthew McConaughey has a great scene and his character is a real mental case. Its the sort of film where you are suppose to dislike the main protagonists, but don’t. They want to make money but just got greedy, which is their downfall. The decadence is mind blowing really but these people were making more money then god and could afford to do anything they wanted! I hope Scorsese and Leo work together again but i wonder if the director gets bored of making fraudsters, mob figures and murderers seem charismatic and cool