Monday, December 11, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Rear Window



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




DATE REVIEWED: 12/11/2017


TITLE: Rear Window


FORMAT: Laserdisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 102 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 25.3 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 8218 miles


SYNOPSIS: A wheelchair bound photographer must convince
others that he has witnessed a murder.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Voyeurism and the
stages of relationships from inception to death.

PROS AND CONS:  One of those films that just gets better
each time you watch it.  The viewer picks up new nuances with
each viewing.  

If there is a negative element to this film, I can’t think of what it is.  
Everything from acting, to cinematography, to script are just
excellent here.  You can’t help but get sucked into this film.  


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, December 7, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Bruce Springsteen in Concert


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



DATE REVIEWED: 12/7/2017

TITLE:. Bruce Springsteen In Concert

FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 106 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 25.9 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 8192.7 miles

SYNOPSIS: An intimate concert by Bruce and company.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The Boss sings his hits.  

PROS AND CONS:  Another of the genre of Laserdiscs that were meant to showcase musical / theatrical talent, back when MTV and music videos were the next ‘big’ thing.  

The subtext of the title is ‘plugged’ (as opposed to Un-Plugged).  This refers to a series of acoustic concerts that were put together by MTV to showcase an artist's raw talent.  This would have been much more interesting if Bruce has been unplugged.  What we get is a private concert with his full rock and roll band.  

Springsteen is a great performer and excellent song writer.  However, after 30 minutes all his songs tend to start to run together.  The few times in the concert when he does go acoustic are the best parts of the show.

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, December 6, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Double Exposure


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



DATE REVIEWED: 12/04/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 95 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 22.4 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 8166.8 miles

SYNOPSIS: A summarized Cliff Notes biography of a well known photographer for Life magazine.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Photography as art and social commentary.  A photographer chooses her art over her relationships.  An early star vehicle for Ms. Fawcett.

PROS AND CONS:  An interesting film.  The production on the film is quite good with far away location shooting, costumes design, automobiles, etc.  The subject was interesting as well, showcasing the person that took many of the iconic photographs of the 1930s through the 1950s.  

However, the script and acting are not up to the same standard as the production value.  While Ms. Fawcett does her best to give a good portrayal of Margaret Bourke-White, her glamour gets in the way and it is a bit of a stretch to take her character seriously.

Also her relationship with writer Erskine Caldwell seems a bit too forced.  There really isn’t any attraction there and the audience is left wondering why they would ever get together.  

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 Best Of Mission Impossible - Vol 2


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



DATE REVIEWED: 11/28/2017

TITLE:. The Best Of Mission Impossible - Volume 2

FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 102 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 23.3 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 8144.4 miles

SYNOPSIS: From Wikipedia

#
Episode
#
Title
Directed by
Written by
Original Airdate
Production
#[2]

10
10
"The Carriers"
Sherman Marks
William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter
November 19, 1966
13

37
9
"The Seal"
William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter
November 5, 1967
35


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Watching this all these years later, I can see where MacGyver came from.

PROS AND CONS:  Centered squarely in the cold war era of the 1960s, where enemies were mysterious but clearly defined.  This was the thinking man’s “Man From U.N.C.L.E.” or “I Spy”.  

Elaborate deceptions were the hallmark of the show, some of them quite lavish.  Simplistic by today's standards, both in pacing and technology, the series relies more on acting and screenwriting to get the message of suspense across.

However, the rotary dial telephones and miniature reel-to-reel tape recorders give it a nice warm nostalgic feel.  

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.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Civilization Volume 3


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



DATE REVIEWED: 11/27/2107


FORMAT: VHS

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 100 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 28.1 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 8121.1 miles

SYNOPSIS: (from Wikipedia)

The Hero as Artist. (List of Renaissance figures) Here Clark takes the viewer back to 16th century Papal Rome—noting the convergence of Christianity and antiquity. He discusses Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci; the courtyards of the Vatican; the rooms decorated for the Pope by Raphael; and the Sistine Chapel.

Protest and Communication. Clark takes the viewer back to the Reformation—to the Germany of Albrecht Dürer and Martin Luther and the world of the humanists Erasmus, Montaigne, and Shakespeare.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Possibly one of the best documentaries ever made.

PROS AND CONS:  Imagine getting to go to Oxford for free and just sit in on lectures given by the greatest minds of our generation.  That is what this series is.  

It is just astounding how much we don’t know about where we came from.

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.