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.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Misery



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


Misery (1990)
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DATE REVIEWED: 08/14/2017


TITLE:. Misery


FORMAT: Laserdisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 55 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 23 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7250 miles


SYNOPSIS: A novelist is held captive and tortured by a deranged fan.  


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Celebrity and the price you pay for it.  We have all known a psychopath at least once in our lives.  This reminds us of that.


PROS AND CONS:  I originally thought this was going to be a boring Cinema Cycle since the horror genre is not really my thing.  I was surprised how entertaining it was once it got going.  


I doubt there is much argument that Kathy Bates deserved her Oscar for her performance here.  She has the deranged / crazy ex-spouse down perfectly.  She is actually creepy to watch on screen, similar to Nurse Rachet in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.  


Although I had seen it before, I didn’t recall just how riveting the last 20 minutes of the film were.  The final scene of the film adds an eerie twist the tale of the author and his concept of stardom and fame.



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 10, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Winterreise



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


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DATE REVIEWED: 08/10/2017




FORMAT: LaserDisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 16 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 16.3 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7227 miles


SYNOPSIS: Popular (?) Germanic Songs from the turn of the last century.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: A time capsule of media from a time before mass media.


PROS AND CONS:  If you like this sort of thing, this is a gold mine.  Most folks won’t like this.  Speaking German and a good understanding of German culture would be helpful.


This is a simplistic concert film.  It is well done but there isn’t a lot to look at.  Excluding the young woman that turns the pages for the pianist, there are only two performers.


The libretto is included with this laserdisc and the translation of almost all the songs was, to say the least, rather depressing.  It appears that Germans prior to the first world war were a very depressed lot.  


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, August 8, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Father



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


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DATE REVIEWED: 08/08/2017


TITLE:. Father (Apa)


FORMAT: Laserdisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 25 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 19.4 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7210.7 miles


SYNOPSIS: A young boy / man deals with the loss of his father in post WWII Hungary.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Our identity in turbulent times and how we deal and cope with doubt and the unknown.


PROS AND CONS:  Not what I expected.  A Hungarian film made in 1966.  It is in the neo-realist genre of de Sica, Fellini, and Truffaut.  The film is funny and entertaining throughout, lacking much of the depression and somber tone of other films of this genre.


Much of the film is given over to surreal fantasy scenes that are very much like Fellini’s work of the early 1960s.  You have to watch carefully to determine what is fantasy and what is reality.


This is good filmmaking, using unique and interesting imagery and camera angles along with whimsical location and staging.  



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 2, 2017

Cinema Cycle - The Dresser


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 08/02/2017

TITLE:. The Dresser

FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 59 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 26.4 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7191.3 miles

SYNOPSIS: The relationship of a brilliant actor with dementia and his assistant are chronicled during a performance of King Lear.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The relationships that we form, that often times are dysfunctional yet also necessary.

PROS AND CONS:  This is a good film.  It is an actors film, where 90% of the action takes place in the form of dialog between Albert Finney and Tom Courtney.  

The film can get a bit long in sections where Finney has several of his mad / breakdown scenes.  However, his performance along with that of Courtney is astounding.  

An interesting aspect of the film is that it takes you backstage at a theater performance in 1940s England, and the things that they had to do in order to put on a performance are amazing.


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, July 29, 2017

Cinema Cycle - The Vikings


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

Vikings, The (1958)
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DATE REVIEWED: 07/28/2017

TITLE:. The Vikings

FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 2 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 27.5 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7164.9 miles

SYNOPSIS: The illegitimate offspring of a Viking and an English Queen attempts to regain his honor and the kingship of Britain.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: An ego trip for Kirk Douglas (it is a Kirk Douglas Production), with a confusing plot and a lot of nice scenery.

PROS AND CONS:  This film was more interesting the second time around, when I was able to watch it in widescreen with better sound.  The plot is a bit confusing and a little on the fantasy side.

The production value of the film is quite good.  They built long boats and filmed much of the film is what appears to be a Norwegian Fjord.  That said, Kirk is good in his role which is larger than life.  Tony Curtis seems a bit odd in the role as the runaway slave who would eventually become King of England (we assume)

Janet Leigh is mostly eye-candy in this role and is mostly an object of affection and lust.  The best part of the film are the ones in which Kirk shows off his physical acting prowess.


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, July 26, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Hit The Deck



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


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DATE REVIEWED: 07/25/2017


TITLE:. Hit The Deck


FORMAT: Laserdisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 52 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 25.8 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7137.4 miles


SYNOPSIS: Three do-gooding sailors on shore leave are pursued by Shore Patrol for defending a woman’s honor.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The fantasy factory of 1950s America.  Preaching good old American values with catchie song and dance numbers.


PROS AND CONS:  The con is, that this is a close copy of “On The Town” with a terrible script and acting.  The dialogue is simply used to stitch together the various musical numbers.


The Pros are, the great musical numbers.  This was the MGM musical factory at the height of its studio power, where lavish dance numbers were expected.


The young talent of Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds and Russ Tamblyn are almost overshadowed by the prowess of Ann Miller.  All this dance talent combined with the choreography of Hermes Pan, makes for some surreal song and dance numbers.  




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.