Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Murder On The Bayou (A Gathering Of Old Men)


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 07/19/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 32 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 21.1 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7097.7 miles

SYNOPSIS: A group of elderly African-American men rally to protect a peer that is accused of murdering a white man.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The reverse of a black lynching.  Empowerment of a repressed group against the establishment.

PROS AND CONS:  Wasn’t sure what to make of this film in the beginning.  It suffers most in the script and dialog, when the elderly cast individually get to recount their mistreatment by ‘white’ America in long five minute speeches.

The film starts to move along about half way through and becomes interesting when Richard Widmark enters the screen.  This must be one of his final films and his acting style reveals four decades of starring in movies.  He is like Jack Nicholson in Chinatown or Strother Martin in Cool Hand Luke.  He is a joy to watch.

The film is a targeted piece, aimed squarely at righting the wrongs done in the deep south regarding racism and apartheid.  In that aspect it is educational and informative.  


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, July 17, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Dr. Strangelove



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


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DATE REVIEWED: 07/17/2017




FORMAT: Laserdisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 44 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 24.5 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7076.2 miles


SYNOPSIS: A deranged Air Force Base Commander orders his bomb wing to attack Russia in 1962.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Farce and surreal comedy in a high order.  Possibly the best American Comedy ever made.


PROS AND CONS:  The more I see this film the better it gets, by leaps and bounds.  There is something to be side for living through the turmoil of several decades and then looking back at the way it really was.


You forget how good the acting is in this film if you haven’t seen it for a while.  Any of the performances of; Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens or Keenan Wynn would handily win an Oscar today.  To see them all in character in this film is a sheer delight.  


Every comedy sketch group from Second City T.V. to Saturday Night Live owes their existence to this work.  Another notch in the tripod for what may just be the greatest director of all time, Stanley Kubrick.



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, July 7, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow


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

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DATE REVIEWED: 07/06/2017


FORMAT: HD-DVD

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 48 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 25.1 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 7051.7 miles

SYNOPSIS: A 1930s aerial mercenary solves the mystery of a mad scientist bent on destroying the world.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Suspension of reality in a Gothic vision of an alternate future reality.

PROS AND CONS:  Visually, this film is a homage to the concept of steampunk Gothic and the allure of America in the 1930s.  From the standpoint of plot, the story-line is actually pretty laughable.

Much of the film is Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow bickering like estranged high school sweethearts as they fly around the world in a vintage 1940’s Curtis P-40 Warhawk.  

The real star of the film are the visuals and production design, which is almost all rendered through digital effects.  The film has a noir-ish look and feel that is really stunning.


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.