Monday, March 27, 2017

Cinema Cycle - The Emperor Jones


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 03/27/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 15 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 18 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6445.5 miles

SYNOPSIS: An enterprising black man in the 1930s hustles his way to power and wealth only to be tormented by all those he has wronged in the end.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: A morality play that shows the pitfalls of vice and corruption.  Early serious black cinema with a message.

PROS AND CONS:  The film is dated and shows it, but as an historical document it is a treasure trove of performances and culture that have been lost or forgotten in the modern cinema.

Robson commands the screen in this film, having performed the play for years prior to making the film.  

By today’s standard the film is terribly politically incorrect, but not so much in its day.  This was apartheid America and it shows in every scene.  The film becomes long in the end with the extended dream sequences that come back to haunt the Emperor.  In the end a great film that shows the pitfalls of not doing things the right way.


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, March 24, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Naked City: The Night The Saints Lost Their Halos


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 03/24/2017


FORMAT: DVD

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 54 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 12.6 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6427.4 miles

SYNOPSIS: (from Wikipedia)

Guest stars: Jo Van Fleet as Dr. Anna Chaloupka, Martin Sheen as Phil Kasnick, George Voskovec as Jack Selken, Peter Fonda as Joey Selken, Eli Mintz as Watchman, Janet Fox as Female Patient, Charles Bolender as Mugasha.
When the son of a close friend is involved with a robbery, a woman doctor tries to shield him from the law.
Notable Locations: Coney Island, Steeplechase Park

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The east coast point of view.  Media as seen through the eyes of the Broadway stage and the G-Men of the NYPD.  Back in the day, everything was ethnically / religiously based.

PROS AND CONS:  Not a great episode to be entertained by but a fascinating film to watch for it perspective of what culture and etiquette were like back in the day.

This entire series takes place in New York and the cultural diversity is the star here.  The mixing pot of European Emigrants is on full display as are the righteous and dogged determinations of the police officers that act as autonomous robots with a conscious.

The bonus Easter eggs in this series are the up and coming stars that appear early in their careers.  Here we get to see Peter Fonda, Martin Sheen and Jo Van Fleet long before they were household names.  

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, March 22, 2017

Cinema Cycle - The Deceivers


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 03/22/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 43 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 24.2 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6415.1 miles

SYNOPSIS: A British officer in 1850’s India uncovers a society of assassins.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Historical to a certain degree.  Borders on the creepy in places.  

PROS AND CONS:  A young Pierce Brosnan is the centerpiece of this lavish period piece set in the time of the Raj.  The plot and storyline are based on true events according to the crawl at the start of the film.

There are some interesting twists and use of camera and acting here.  Enough to hold your interest for two hours.  This is one of those films that goes so far back in time that it is difficult to determine how historically accurate it is.  If this is accurate, the Jewel in the Crown was a very, very strange place.


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 - Eye of the Storm


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 03/20/2017

TITLE: Eye Of The Storm

FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 26 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 6.4 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6390.9 miles

SYNOPSIS:

Track List:
  • Introduction
  • The Downeaster "Alexa"
  • We Didn't Start The Fire
  • Leningrad
  • I Go To Extremes
  • The Downeaster "Alexa" (live)

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: MTV Music Videos at the height of the genre.  

PROS AND CONS:  This is a disc best suited for just listening.  The visuals are good and entertaining to watch.  However, Joel’s songs stand on their own and paint a much richer picture in our minds than the image in front of our eyes.

The live footage at the end of the disk is a bit preachy at the beginning.  When a celebrity gives you a little lecture before he plays his hit song.  


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 Pagemaster


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 03/15/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 15 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 17.3 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6384.5 miles

SYNOPSIS: A shy introverted child learns to confront his fears by journeying through a fantasy library.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Trying to tap into that rich Disney vein of childhood cinema.  When you miss the mark, you tend to go full blown creepy.

PROS AND CONS:  The animation was interesting, boarding on artistic in places.  That is the only pro about this film.  The rest will all be cons.  

Never been a fan of MacAulay Culkin, I am even less of one now.  We have a trio of cute animated characters in the film.  None of them work.  Patrick Stewart as a pirate novel and Whoopi Goldberg as a fairy book, no, sorry, it was just too weird.

In the end, there was no real identification with the characters in the film and the concept of the library was never really defined, so there is very little structure of the fantasy.


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, March 2, 2017

Five Frames - 03/02/2017

Five Frames

Images Taken With Minolta Maxxum / Lytro Camera / Crown Graphic


Sue & Coco on the trail


Phoenix Pool


The Big Chandelier


O'Henry Fetches.


Sue in her She-Shed
These images and many many more can be found on my Flickr account.

Cinema Cycle - The Kid From Brooklyn


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 03/01/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 54 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 24.5 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6367.2 miles

SYNOPSIS: A hapless milkman knocks out a middleweight champion prize fighter and is set up for an epic rematch.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The original Rocky with musical numbers and the ‘Goldwyn Girls”.

PROS AND CONS:  Didn’t know what to expect here.  I was blown away in the first five minutes by the song and dance number with the Goldwyn Girls and the dairy cows….seriously.

An interesting film, like so many in my collection, specifically for the historical aspect of it.  This is a middle class American fantasy film from the late 1940s.  It shows a world where every large city had a ‘cocktail club’ where lavish dance numbers were put on for the well dressed, inebriated Caucasian audience.

An interesting and entertaining waltz through 1940s America.  Danny Kaye is a bit hard to take sometimes.  He is like Harpo Marx given a voice.  Funny for about 3 minutes, then sort of cringe-worthy.  The real gem here is Eve Arden as the moll of the fight promoter.  Visually and dialogue-wise, she is an understated riot.


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.