A good music documentary to seek out is, The Wrecking Crew. It's a wonderful, loving tribute to the master musicians who played on so many of the hits of the 60s and 70s. Click the link to watch the trailer.
Hi, Peggs! I saw a large part of this documentary...I concur! It is definitely a must watch! I believe it was directed by Tommy Tedesco's son Danny, which may be the source of all the love!
I dunno if anyone else has seen Minions, but I laughed my head off when I saw it at the theater. Best laugh I have had in a long time! Now, I need to catch up on the Despicable Me films.
Also saw Ricky And The Flash, and for the first time in ages, I could sing along with just about every song. I liked the film, but the friend I went with thought it was a little slow. Sorry, only explosions here are emotional.
Belatedly got around to seeing this last week. Actually watched it twice. The way Ghibli promoted it was as Isao Takahata's final and greatest film, and I think it really might be his greatest film. Visually inventive and beautiful, Japan's most classic fairy tale but with a modern sensibility, alternately uplifting and tragic,. Very touching without the manipulation of Grave of the Fireflies.
we watched the wrecking crew last night, as it is available on netflix. very entertaining, a tender tribute from father to son as mare noted. i also think it was very well focused on the perspective of the studio musicians, which was unique to say the least. there were a number of powerful social forces at work in the business, but these were barely touched on - appropriately, i think, because it would have taken a lot away from our understanding of what these musicians' lives were like. as this thread is named "recommend a movie" and not "discuss a movie" i won't take up any more space here.
i will say that we also watched love & mercy, the brian wilson biopic (that was what in fact led us to the wrecking crew) and i can't recommend that highly enough. difficult in parts, joyous in other parts. i have grown tired of films that employ spectacular art direction and production design to tell uninteresting stories. here, however, the meticulous reproduction of the pet sounds sessions added a lot to the impact of the film. see it if you can.
A few weeks ago I watched Boogie Nights on Netflix. I really enjoyed the film and was particularly taken by the dynamic that developed among the characters. Being shunned by society they formed their own family, flawed as much as any other, and did their best to create some semblance of normalcy. Also fascinating was the shift in content and empathy as film gave way to video in the genre, along with the breakdown of the family bonds and the rise of violence and destruction. Great soundtrack too.
I saw a great documentary on Netfilx recently. Now: In the Wing on a World Stage. It's a behind the scenes look at the Bridge Project's production of Richard III staring Kevin Spacey, done during his last year (?) as the director at the Old Vic in London. Spacey is one of this generation's great actors (IMO) and the behind-the-scenes look at the whole process is spectacular. I'm fascinated by contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare plays and this film ups the ante by showing how the troupe brings the play's themes to audiences around the world.
Post by Terra Incognita on Aug 4, 2019 14:04:01 GMT
Watched Top Hat, Shall We Dance and Swing Time recently. I'd always been more of a Gene Kelly fan, but I've gained a new appreciation for Fred (and Ginger). The humour is still quite effective and sophisticated -- up there with the screwball comedies of the late '30s.
Post by Terra Incognita on Aug 15, 2019 1:44:41 GMT
I watched this short feature from 1956 with the kids a few months ago, on a specialty streaming service. Everyone enjoyed it immensely. Silent. Sweet but not twee, with an affecting turn by the little boy. The resolution of this YouTube version is much inferior to the original (which looks like it was shot yesterday), but still watchable.
Post by Terra Incognita on Aug 17, 2019 20:47:09 GMT
Going through a Barbara Stanwyck Pre-Code binge. I've only seen five or six of the dozen-plus from 1930-1934. The must-sees have been watched several times already (Baby Face, Night Nurses, Ladies They Talk About, Forbidden, Illicit), so I'm discovering the lesser-known gems. Last night, it was Gambling Lady. To me, she's the Louise Brooks of the '30s: her acting's very natural, quite subtle. Years ahead of her time.
Mare: sticksman1...Hey Terry! Thank you so much for sharing! Thanks to The Fossil Fools and all who helped get the show off the ground with a thoroughly enjoyable performance! I'm excitedly awaiting the release of your set after post winds up!
Sept 28, 2021 2:04:41 GMT