Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cinema Cycle - Jenny McCarthy

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



SYNOPSIS: Promo reels for a modeling agency, strung together with titillating interludes.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Lets all ‘like’ Jenny, she is so perfect. Basically a love-fest reel for Ms. McCarthy to show to agents and promoters.

PROS AND CONS: You WISH pornography evolved to this level and stayed there, but alas it didn’t. This is dated material, since most Gen-Xers and Millennials would find little in common with Ms. McCarthy in these video vignettes.

She is cute and spunky to be sure, but also a bit to innocent and overproduced. After 50 minutes of ‘heated’ cycling, what I came away with was a sort of “Harvey Weinstein” moment, where I was auditioning some young starlet for a movie roll in the most lurid 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.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cinema Cycle - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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



SYNOPSIS: Boy Wizard / Bad Wizard / Plot Twists / Franchise Milking.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Apparently, the current state of mid-adolescent fantasy circa 2005.

PROS AND CONS: First off, this is a truncated review, since there were problems with the disc while viewing the film. That said, I have seen this ‘installment’ before, so I wasn’t missing much.

This is upper crust / slick film making and J. K. Rowlings knows how to weave an interesting (if not labored) storyline. But after this (truncated) viewing I walked away with something else.

This is adolescent fantasy that shows a dark side. A dark side of; secrets, distrust of authority figures, dysfunctional family relationships and ‘hidden’ abilities. Not really the kind of moral compass I would want my child growing up with.


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.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Cinema Cycle - Suds

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


SYNOPSIS: An impish laundry girl in 1890 London fantasizes about her prince charming.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Historical reference and research. A period piece in cinema’s infancy.

PROS AND CONS: This is archival footage that has been painstakingly restored, with an impressive organ soundtrack. But regarding story and acting it is pretty primitive.

Screenwriting had really not come into an art form for cinema at this point, since the dialog is on title cards (which are lavish is some cases). So what you end up with is a pretty slow paced picture show fantasy.

Two things stand out. This is a period piece shot in the early 1920s, so much of what you see is real for the time period. The viewer quickly realizes that it would be almost impossible to recreate this level of detail with special effects. Also, Mary Pickford, comes off as an almost impish Carol Burnett in this film. Not how I have seen her in other silent classics.


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, February 2, 2018

Cinema Cycle - Tommy


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


SYNOPSIS: A traumatized young boy becomes a cult figure through sensory deprivation and playing pinball.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: 1960s excess in cinema. Visual stunning, but lacking in almost all other categories.

PROS AND CONS: I have always considered Quadrophenia as the premier Rock Opera by Pete Townsend. I have always had issues with the plot and arc of Tommy and it’s attempt to skure modern cult society.

It is a fascinating film to watch as Ken Russell takes what appears to be a large budget and make a visually stunning work, especially for it’s Peter Max look.

Sadly, the music really lacks in this production. The resounding driving rock of the album is not transferred to the film with many of the performances falling flat.


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 - Sex and the City S1 E10



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



SYNOPSIS: (from Wikipedia)
The four women attend a baby shower for their one-time wild-child friend Laney in her new buttoned-down Connecticut-suburb environs. Carrie is forced to think about motherhood by her late period. Miranda regards the other guests as part of the cult of The Motherhood. Still-single Charlotte fears her dreams of being a wife and mother are slipping away. Samantha throws a "no-baby shower" in response to the one the four women attended.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Woman acting the way all men assume they act when they are only around other women.

PROS AND CONS: (I love this series, nothing else needs to be said. Excellent acting, writing, production, soundtrack, 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.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cinema Cycle - Swiss Family Robinson


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


SYNOPSIS: A shipwrecked Swiss family is stranded on an island in the south seas, circa 1780. 

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: A bizarre look at the world through the Disney lens from the 1950s. Arguably one of the first theme park based films that led to all the rest. 

PROS AND CONS: An odd film to watch by today’s standards. It borders on politically incorrect on several levels; its depiction of asian pirates, cruelty toward animals, white conquest of uncivilized lands, misogyny, the list goes on and on. 

I never realized that John Mills stars in this Mouse Epic and the acting isn’t half bad, but the characters are written so stiffly in the Disney universe that they come off as unbelievable. 

The use of animals as playthings and the staged ‘fun’ sequence were two full grown Great Dane’s are playing with a Bengal Tiger (that they are obviously trying to run down and kill) are hardly enjoyable to watch.

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.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Cinema Cycle - The Civil War: Vol. 5


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


SYNOPSIS: The Battles of Gettysburg, Fredericksburg and Chickamauga are chronicled. 

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The true horror of war and human sacrifice. 

PROS AND CONS: I literally could not find anything negative to say about this documentary series. I have seen it several times and it never gets old. 

Ken Burns’ documentary of the war between the states set a new standard for the concept of television documentaries and he has never looked back. 

After each successive viewing of the series, what comes across that I find so compelling is the insight into the daily lives and feelings of the people of the age. Something that makes the current American culture appear to be a bunch of wimpy whiners.

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.