Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Who Framed Roger Rabbit?


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

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
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DATE REVIEWED: 09/05/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 44 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 24 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7423.8 miles

SYNOPSIS: A cartoon rabbit is framed for murder after his cartoon wife is caught playing Patty-Cake with the head of Acme Industries (seriously)

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Adult cartoons for adults that grew up watching anvils getting dropped on coyote’s heads.  

PROS AND CONS:  The only con to this film is that it can get a bit to ‘manic’ is places.  Sometimes the actions is just a bit to hard to follow.  

Other than that, this is a great film with an interesting plot, astounding visuals and a subtle message about progress and whether it is a good thing or not.  

It is a good film, if nothing else for the fact that by the time you are halfway through it, you no longer sees the animation as cartoons but as an integral part of the plot.  


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.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Trees Lounge


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)
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DATE REVIEWED: 09/01/2017

TITLE:. Trees Lounge

FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 36 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 22.3 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7399.8 miles

SYNOPSIS: The life of a loser is chronicled over a two week period of time.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Not everyone lives a super hero existence.  Some don’t even aspire to Walter Mitty level.

PROS AND CONS:  I liked this film.  It is an independent film done by Steve Buscemi to show his writing/directing/acting abilities. He pulls off all three here in a wonderful ensemble cast film about the down and out losers in society.  

This isn’t a happy film, but it is also not that sad either.  More of a slice of life and lessons learned sort of documentary, that shows how making the wrong decisions can have lasting and domino repercussions.  

You don’t really like Buscemi’s character that much, but you can’t turn away from the inevitable train-wreck that you suspect is coming as a result of his actions.  


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 - Romeo and Juliet


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 08/30/2017

TITLE:. Romeo & Juliet (Ballet)

FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 9 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 28.8 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7377.5 miles

SYNOPSIS: The play by Shakespeare, that has been retold a thousand times in a thousand different ways.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: There is more to understanding human emotion and behavior than by using words.

PROS AND CONS:  I didn’t realize going into this film that this was the serious stuff.  There are a lot of classical laserdisc titles that were filmed ‘avant garde’ to make them more salable to a younger generation.  Not this one.  

This is strict ballet, with no dialogue or narration.  If you don’t know the plot of Romeo and Juliet, then you better pay real close attention to what is going on or you won’t have a clue.  

And this is serious ballet.  There is a lot of technical dancing and large crowd / group dances.  And the leads are not shabby either.  The scene where Romeo dances with Juliet as a corpse was mesmerizing.


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, August 30, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Bed of Roses


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 08/25/2017

TITLE:. Bed of Roses

FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 30 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 20.5 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7348.7 miles

SYNOPSIS: A successful career girl with family issues meets Mr. Perfect.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Trying to address some of the psychological issues that afflict modern single women.

PROS AND CONS:  I was expecting a romantic comedy based on the cover and liner notes.  What I got was a romantic drama with very implausible situations and motivations.

Mind you, this is a well made film.  Production value, acting, soundtrack are all very good.  The plot however seems simplistic and a bit to fairy-tale like.  

It may be because of my gender, but I never felt any sympathy for the female lead in the film.  She came across as whiny and insecure.  Guys hate that in women.


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, August 23, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Deceived



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


Deceived (1991)
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DATE REVIEWED: 08/23/2017


TITLE:. Deceived


FORMAT: Laserdisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 50 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 26.4 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7328.2 miles


SYNOPSIS: A woman discovers that the man she married five years prior is not the husband she thought he was.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The ultimate fear of women, finding out your husband is someone you do not know.  


PROS AND CONS:  A much better film than I thought it would be.  Goldie Hawn does a very good dramatic turn as a woman whose life is turned upside down.


This is a suspense film that is very well done, almost in the style of Hitchcock.  Camera work, direction and soundtrack all add to the exceptional performances to make a very engrossing film.  


Had I not seen his name in the credits, I would have recognized the soundtrack by Thomas Newman.  His music adds an extreme amount of suspense to what otherwise would have been mediocre scenes.  



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 - The Glenn Gould Collection - III & IV



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


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DATE REVIEWED: 08/21/2017


TITLE:. The Glenn Gould Collection (III & IV)


FORMAT: Laserdisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 50 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 24.9 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7301.8 miles


SYNOPSIS: Two hour long programs focusing on specific musical styles and themes.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Canadian Public Broadcasting in the 1980s.  Very upper crust.


PROS AND CONS:  This is the second time around for Mr. Gould, having reviewed him previously about a month ago. He sort of grows on you, in an academic way.  As in, he would be a wonderful college professor, but not someone I would want to have a cup of coffee with.  


This series of discs are excerpts from a Canadian Broadcasting series that Gould did and they do tend to show a bit of variety and interesting performances along the way.  


The most bizarre portion of the performance is the “So You Want To Write A Fugue” segment on side two.  A fugue for four voices and chamber orchestra.  Not something you see every day.



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.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cinema Cycle - True Romance



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


True Romance (1993) (Uncut)
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DATE REVIEWED: 08/17/2017


TITLE:. True Romance


FORMAT: Laserdisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 1 minute


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 26.9 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7276.9 miles


SYNOPSIS: Two hapless slackers steal cocaine and are pursued by the mob as they try and sell it.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Early Quentin Tarantino.  Basically, a precursor to “Pulp Fiction”.


PROS AND CONS:  Not the film that I expected to see.  Even if I had not seen his name in the opening credits I would have realized that this was a Quentin Tarantino film with in the first 15 minutes.  His signature is all over the film.


The film is well done, but not my cup of tea.  There are those long tense monologues that always end up in violence.  Lets not forget the blood-fest at the end of the film.  The nar-do-well slackers who stumble from one violent encounter to the next.  


It holds your interest, but it also requires a total suspension of belief, in that you can have an extended gunfight and violence and the police never show up.  Violence is omnipresent in this society.



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.