A Cure for Cancer: by Michael Moorcock
Behind the Candelabra (2013)
Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), Scott Thorson (book)
quote: Liberace: I have an eye for new and refreshing talent.
Scott Thorson: You have an eye for new and refreshing dick.
Whoa….Liberace was GAY!?!?!?! joking aside, this was a good movie. Never been interested in Michael Douglas but he is excellent in the role.
An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)
To quote the ninth doctor…”fantastic!”.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Ira Levin (novel), Roman Polanski (screenplay)
I must of seen this a very time ago when i was too young to really understand what was happening. I was lucky enough to see it at the BFI (even though i wanted to see The Bride of Frankenstein). Quietly disturbing and while Mia Farrow (she looks lovely) is not a great actress, you do feel for her situation and i felt a slow building hatred for John Cassavetes as Guy. A bit long or is it? I’m not sure if that is a correct criticism, as the narrative did flow. I’m not a great Polanski fan but this an affective piece of film making.
John J. McLaughlin (screenplay), Stephen Rebello (book)
Quote: Rita Riggs: Is this really going to be your next picture?
Alfred Hitchcock: Yes Madam! Oh by the way, try the finger sandwiches. They are real fingers.
As you would expect, it was OK. It was humorous in places and the human story of Alfred and Alma’s marriage through a somewhat troubling time because of jealousy was nothing new.
All i could think of is, how do you play ‘Hitchcock’? All you have is footage of him in interviews and presenting his TV show. So any representation of him is him is going to look like a caricature which is what you get from Anthony Hopkins. This is what i also felt with James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins, the actor seem to be playing Norman Bates than trying to be ‘Anthony Perkins’.
Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón,
quote: Matt Kowalski: Half of North America just lost their Facebook.
Quite harrowing viewing. I am glad i didn’t see it at an IMAX cinema or in 3D or i would of needed motion sickness tablets as its that well made. Very recommended; if not for the technical abilities of the film makers and special effects crew but also the suspense of the character’s situation which is all very edge of your seat stuff.
Doctor Who: Season 11
The Time Warrior.
This has been on the coffee table for a month. Finally had the time to watch it again, now i have it all shiny and new on DVD. Did i have it on vhs before? I can’t remember as i sold it off so many years ago. Well, this introduces the Sontarans and Sarah Jane Smith. I reckon i must of seen this when i was very little. Interesting to see June Brown and Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch) saving the day!
A Field in England (2013)
Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley
quote: Friend: You think about a thing before you touch it, am I right?
Whitehead: Is that not usual?
Friend: Not in Essex.
Director Ben Wheatly described the film himself as “like being dropped in the past or a foreign country and not having a clue what’s going on”. Yep, that’s about right. I can’t say i like or disliked this but it was certainly interesting. Very odd at times and also funny, its simplicity settled well with its characters.
Star Trek “Where No Man Has Gone Before” ‘On July 12, 1969, it was the first episode to be shown in the UK by the BBC’. Sally Kellerman & Andrea Dromm have their hair styles used for Into Darkness and this second pilot has the female crew wearing trousers. Not sure about the remastering of the Enterprise, i wish i could watch it the same way as i did when i was little. Kirk gets his uniform torn.
World War Z (2013)
Generally entertaining with a wee bit of suspense in the action. Brad Pitt has a limited personality to portray really. He is the usual hero and is in mess because he is the ‘only man of the job’ and loves his family. Zombies now seem to be more violent than the Romero ‘sloth’ type undead. A fairly decent disaster movie and its wonderful that a cure might be in Wales with a ‘W.H.O. Doctor’ played by Peter Capaldi.
Quote: Andrew Fassbach: Mother Nature is a serial killer. No one’s better, or more creative. Like all serial killers, she can’t help but have the urge to get caught or what good would all those brilliant crimes do if no one takes the credit?
Spring Breakers (2012)
Probably one of the most obnoxious films I’ve seen but i would say that as it wasn’t made for someone of my age or manners. I suppose making a 90 minute film look like a 3 minutes rap music promo takes some skill. I wasn’t really shocked by it as i don’t recognize any of the young actresses in it, who I’ve been told, were playing against type.
Quote: Brit: Just pretend it’s a video game. Like you’re in a fucking movie.