Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cinema Cycle - Random Harvest


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)



SYNOPSIS: A World War One veteran loses his memory, then gets it back.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: An odd love affair that appears to have no real driving force, save for infatuation.

PROS AND CONS:  
Didn’t know what to make of this film when I started watching it. The acting seemed off and the character’s motivations were not really comprehensible.

By the time the movie was half over, it started to get a little interesting, but in a sort of “WTF” way. Again, the motivations and actions of the main characters were just surreal and made little sense.

By the time the happy ending comes around, it is fulfilling but you are still left scratching your head. This film relies heavily on the concept of total amnesia and loss of memory.

To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cinema Cycle - The Long Hot Summer



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


SYNOPSIS: A young drifter interrupts the staid life of an aging southern good old boy and his family.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: A star vehicle for Newman and Woodward with a rather strange look at the rural south in the 1950s.

PROS AND CONS: On odd film where character motivation and acting are often in question. As a viewer I did not identify with any of the characters on screen.

A strange tale of the remnants of the old south and the good old boy Jim Crow era. The father figure played by Orson Wells is particularly odd and hard to understand.

In the end, they all live happily ever after, once the patriarch finally arranges to have Newman’s character ‘seed’ his daughter in order to improve the lineage of his family, much like breeding horses.

To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  


This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.

Cinema Cycle - Gossip Girl S1 E1



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


SYNOPSIS: 
The lives of the young social elite on the east coast is dramatized.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER
Rich kids and the very messed up fantasy lives they believe they want to live.

PROS AND CONS:
Based on the pilot, a truly awful series that lasted for 6 seasons(?!). 

What you have here are rich, ignorant, shallow children who are supposedly in high school, who do nothing but party, gossip and cheat while never attending school or working at a job. 

Clearly a fantasy series aimed at young millenials. The center theme is an anonymous texter that dishes dirt on all the social elite, before the days of Twitter and Facebook. 

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film.


This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle. A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cinema Cycle - Throw Momma From The Train



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

 Throw Momma From The Train

SYNOPSIS: A misinterpretation of a concept from a teacher to a student has unexpected consequences. 


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: After more than one viewing, the film is only worth watching for Momma.  Gawd, she is hilarious. 



PROS AND CONS: There are times when this film is really engaging and fun to watch, and then there are scenes that just go off the rails and you lose interest.  

It goes off the rails, probably because of the script, since the directing by DeVito is actually pretty good, and both he and Crystal know how to act these roles.  

But it is Anne Ramsey as momma that you just can't get enough of.  She is the Nurse Ratchet of the dysfunctional parent set.  



This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film.


This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle. A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.



Monday, January 8, 2018

Cinema Cycle - Vienna in Music



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)



DATE REVIEWED: 01/05/2018

TITLE: Vienna in Music

FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 93 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 19.6 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 8439.9 miles

SYNOPSIS: Johann Strauss, father and son, and all the music they made famous


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: It is like going back to the old country.  If your old country was Bavaria in the 1930s.


PROS AND CONS:  A classical concert film that is oddly mixed with scenes of everyday(?) Viennese life.  Only the scenes are obviously staged with out of work Opera extras or second rate actors.

It shows Vienna to be a very clean city, populated with very polite and rather restrained Caucasians that may or may not be medicated.

The music was excellent, as is usual with the Vienna Philharmonic, but after about 10 minutes, this video became background music while I checked email on my phone.


This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film.

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle. A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Cinema Cycle - Final Analysis



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)



DATE REVIEWED: 01/04/2018


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 126 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 26.7 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 8420.3 miles

SYNOPSIS: A psychopathic woman uses her psychiatrist to help her murder her mobster husband.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Cross and double-cross and why doctors should never sleep with their patients.  Kim Basinger can be a real bitch.


PROS AND CONS: I didn't have high hopes for this film in the beginning and the first 60 minutes didn't convince me otherwise.  This appeared to be a 'chick flick' where the good looking doctor saves the poor patient from her monster of a husband. 

However, by the second hour of the film, the plot got a bit twisted and unexpected.  This is a well thought out piece with a good script that you really can't see coming at you.

While Basinger shines in this role as does Uma Thurman, Richard Gere seems to walk though the part with little charisma  Ow, and the production concepts suck.  Heads up, but there is no abandoned lighthouse, that is still functional, adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge. 


This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film.

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle. A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Power of Three



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)



DATE REVIEWED: 12/28/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 59 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 12.9 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 8393.6 miles

SYNOPSIS: Concert film performance at the 1990 Montreux Jazz Festival.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: More music talent than I could every imagine having.


PROS AND CONS: I had never heard of Michael Petrucciani before, but sure know his name now.  An amazing pianist for reasons that you might not expect if you have never seen him perform. 

Wayne Shorter and Jim Hall are not half bad either.  After a long hard day in the office, spin this disc and fix a martini, all will be right with the world in about 30 minutes.


This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film.

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle. A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.