Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cinema Cycle - The Turning Point


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

Turning Point, The (1977)
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DATE REVIEWED: 04/27/2017


FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 59 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 28.4 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6567.2 miles

SYNOPSIS: Two senior dancers reconnect after several years and discover the differences in the paths they have taken.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: “Chick Flick”.  Seriously, there is little her that would interest a man, with the exception of learning how women think and what is important to them.

PROS AND CONS:  This is a good film. The plot is engaging and the performances are well done, although I could have used about 15 minutes less ballet.

There are several plots here along with a well written and interesting story line that has several themes, the core of which is maternity over career and vice versa.

Then there is Mikhail Baryshnikov.  Mr. Eye-Candy of the 70s.  Great dancer, boyish good looks, not a great actor.  But, owwww, how those woman loved him in his prime.


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.

Five Frames - 04/27/2017

Five Frames

Images Taken With A Lytro Illum Light Field Camera


Scrapping The Sky, San Francisco


Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park


Cactus / Horse


Moss in the Trees, Golden Gate Park


Quiet Place, Golden Gate Park
These images and many many more can be found on my Flickr account.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Five Frames - 04/24/2017

Five Frames

Images Taken With A Bronica ETRS / Lytro Illum / Lytro Graphite


Long Shadow


Kitten Lady


San Francisco Pier


Old Advertising


Sunset Limited
These images and many many more can be found on my Flickr account.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Five Frames - 04/11/2017

Five Frames

Images Taken With A Bronica ETRS / Lytro Illum


Botanical Gardens, San Francisco


Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco


Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco


Iris, Bisbee Arizona


Botanical Gardens, San Francisco
These images and many many more can be found on my Flickr account.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Five Frames - 04/10/2017

Five Frames

Images Taken With A Bronica ETRS / Lytro Illum


San Francisco City Hall


Quiet Reflection


Spring Daffodils


Lake Tahoe Ferry


Bird In A Tree
These images and many many more can be found on my Flickr account.

Cinema Cycle - Down Periscope


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 04/10/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 33 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 19.9 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6538.8 miles

SYNOPSIS: An eccentric navy officer is tasked with infiltrating a naval base with an antiquated WWII submarine.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The classic rehashed naval comedy farce where military rules and etiquette are thrown out the window.

PROS AND CONS:  Not as bad a film as I had supposed when I was given this to watch.  The production value of the work is actually quite high and it is entertaining to watch.  

But, since I am stickler for reality, while the film looks good, it is a farce and fantasy regarding the ways that the actual military work.  

While it is fun to see Rip Torn and Bruce Dern go at it as competing admirals, Rob Schneider's turn as the XO of the submarine got to be a little hard to take.  


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.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Five Frames - 04/09/2017

Five Frames

Images Taken With A Bronica ETRS / Lytro Illum


Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco


Highway One, near Mendocino California


Glass Bay


Paddle Wheeler, Lake Tahoe


By The Pier
These images and many many more can be found on my Flickr account.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Five Frames - 04/06/2017

Five Frames

Images Taken With Lytro Illum / Bronica ETRS


Red Pagoda


Window On The Past


Dangerous Curves


Light By Tiffany


Dirdon Station, San Jose, CA
These images and many many more can be found on my Flickr account.

Cinema Cycle - Imagine: John Lennon


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)
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DATE REVIEWED: 04/05/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 44 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 21.9 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6518.9 miles

SYNOPSIS: The authorized biography of Lennon, narrated by himself.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Revisiting your youth (assuming you are over 50), and learning all the little things you didn’t know.

PROS AND CONS:  A fascinating film that chronicles Lennon’s life from infancy to his death, narrated by Lennon himself.

There is a lot of archival footage here that I had never seen before which made me come to the conclusion that the lives of the Beatles from 1962 onward was chronicled in great detail on film and cinema, well before the age of digital media.

What you walk away with is the portrait of a man who was fascinating and deeply disturbed by the hypocrisy and insanity of modern society.  He was also someone that had more talent than I can ever imagine.  


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, April 4, 2017

Five Frames - 04/04/2017

Five Frames

Images Taken With a Lytro Illum / Bronica ETRS / Minolta Maxxum


Ferry Terminal - San Francisco


Lake Tahoe Dock


Winchester House


Solari Bells


Skyscraper - Under Construction
These images and many many more can be found on my Flickr account.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Libeled Lady


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)
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DATE REVIEWED: 04/03/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 58 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 25.4 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6497 miles

SYNOPSIS: A newspaper schemes to entrap a young heiress who is suing the paper for libel.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Farce / Fantasy in the late 1930s.  The early romantic comedy genre.

PROS AND CONS:  What I have learned from watching a lot of pre-WWII cinema, is what was real and what was fantasy.  This is fantasy for the masses at the end of the great depression.  

Newspapers were considered the nexus of modern society, wielding great power before the rise of radio and the internet.  So to the average yocal in the sticks, this would have been like watching a nuclear drill at NORAD.

A hidden Easter Egg in this Laserdisc is a short entitled “La Fiesta de Santa Barbara”.  This is nothing more than a somewhat campy studio promotional film where all the stars are highlighted along with some 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.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Cinema Cycle - The Century-America's Time, Episode 1


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 03/31/2017

TITLE: The Century-America’s Time, Episode 1

FORMAT: VHS

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 45 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 10.1 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6471.6 miles

SYNOPSIS: The evolution of American culture and society are chronicled from 1900 to 1915.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: History and the things we don’t remember.  It is more than just monuments and dates.  Humbling stuff.

PROS AND CONS:  I have seen this whole series before. It is possibly one of the best and even handed view of American history in the 20th century that exists.  

Watching it through this second time, I was struck by the high production value in the form of script and score.  The imagery is striking as well.

This series weaves a tapestry of what was like to live in the times being referenced and how we stand on the shoulders of legions of people that came before us, through hardships we can scarcely imagine.

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 29, 2017

Cinema Cycle - The BeastMaster


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 03/29/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 1 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 26.2 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6471.6 miles

SYNOPSIS: An orphaned son with special powers sets out to avenge the death of his people.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Dungeons and Dragons before the onset of Computer Graphic Imagery (CGI).  There is a lot more here than you might expect.

PROS AND CONS:  I started out on this thinking it would be a bit of campy groan-fest but was surprised at the depth of it’s story and high production value.

If Quentin Tarantino made a Sword and Sorcery film, it would probably be similar to this (but with a bit more gore).

This isn’t a simple film, there are a lot of plot twists and it never really ends.  Just when you think you have seen the last frame, there are still 20 minutes left to go.  It is basic good movie making on a budget.


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.