Sunday, March 22, 2020

Cinema Cycle - National Geographic: Miniature Miracle, The Computer Chip

National Geographic
Friday, 03.20.2020



Media
Laserdisc

Attendees

Bruce Johnson

Notes

Miniature Miracle: The Computer Chip

  1. Alexander Scourby could narrate the phone book and I'd listen
  2. Computers, pre internet
  3. Early early pioneers, historical
  4. Many of these people aren't around to see what their work became.
  5. Totally missed the internet and it's quantifying multiplier
  6. Focus on biomedical potential, not Surveillance / A.I.
  7. Ni eve, they ONLY saw the good.

Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 14 miles
  • 57  minutes
  • Odometer =  11806.8 miles  


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Cinema Cycle - The World At War / Volume 5 / Pincers

The World At War - Pincers
Thursday, 03.11.2020



Media
DVD

Attendees

Bruce Johnson

Notes

  1. Seen this many times, but always a great documentary
  2. The series focuses on the tragedy of war, not the glory. 
  3. The best laid plans…...


Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 9.5 miles
  • 52 minutes
  • Odometer =  11803.3 miles  


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Cinema Cycle - Sex and the City / Season 2 - Episode 4 (They Shoot Single People Don't They?)

Sex and the City
Thursday, 03.9.2020




Media
DVD

Attendees

Bruce Johnson

Season 2 / Episode4

They shoot single people don't they?
  1. Good looking wealthy women and the pitfalls of faking relationships / orgasams
  2. If I had a 12 year old son, I would require him to watch this series.  So he knew what to expect in his future. 
  3. A somber episode, with Cynthia Nixon as a quasi-porn star, but it is funny. 


Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 5.6 miles
  • 25 minutes
  • Odometer =  11798.4 miles  


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Cinema Cycle - Horowitz in Moscow

Horowitz in Moscow 
Thursday, 03.6.2020





Media
Laserdisc

Attendees

Bruce Johnson


Notes

  1. Apparently, Vlad only plays a Steinway
  2. Vlad...Moscow rock star
  3. Very, very somber opening, you could hear a fart in this music hall.
  4. Horowitz, eyes closed, all the notes from memory.  EGAD. He is in his 70s here.
  5. At about 30 minutes he really starts tinkling those ivories 
  6. Vlad needs a bathroom break, Audience says NO WAY.
  7. Based on pans of the audience,  uni-brows were pretty common on women in the old Soviet Union.
  8. In the interview sections Vlad is pretty hard to understand.
  9. I can't believe that anyone can have that much dexterity in their fingers at the age of 70.

Cinema Cycle Notes
  • 20.7 miles
  • 100  minutes
  • Odometer =  11,813.5 miles  


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Cinema Cycle - Lena's Holiday

Lena's Holiday
Thursday, 03.4.2020





Media
DVD

Attendees

Bruce Johnson


Notes

  1. Odd opening, thrown into a foreign situation.
  2. Apparently star vehicle for the lead actress, who I have never heard of.
  3. So far ignorant foreigner lost in 1990s L.A.
  4. Emphasis on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the liberation of East Germany.
  5. It appears that Lena wears less and less clothes as the film progresses.
  6. This movie has flow issues, follow on scenes are not plausible. 
  7. Chis Lemmon is a dead ringer for his father.
  8. Less clothes is right!
  9. Sort of like Dorothy from East Berlin, visits Ozziewood.
  10. There is good production value here.
  11. I could use a bit less stock footage with music overlay.  
  12. Definite fantasy, no one in LA lives like this

Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 19.8 miles
  • 100 minutes
  • Odometer =  11,812.6 miles  


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Cinema Cycle - Scenes from a Mall

Scenes from a Mall
Thursday, 02.28.2020



Media
BluRay

Attendees

Bruce Johnson

Notes

  1. Life in 1990 Los Angeles
  2. Woody and Bette dialogue can be hard to take.
  3. In the time before cell phones, every phone has a cord!
  4. Malls don't look like this anymore.
  5. So far I am underwhelmed.  To much fast Woody dialogue and personal issues. 
  6. Not movie escapism, more like movie therapy.
  7. Not enjoying this.  Tedious / not funny.
  8. Woody takes profound films by foreign directors and puts an American slant on them. 
  9. It's a sort of plagiarism. (Scenes from a Marriage)
  10. Sex scene in the theater...Really?
  11. The best thing about this film is the Mime.
  12. All the franchise mall stores that are no longer in business.
  13. Fabio in the elevator!
  14. Ideal movie for folks going through a divorce.


Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 17.4 miles
  • 89 minutes
  • Odometer =  11792.8 miles 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Cinema Cycle - Duck Victory

Looney Toons:
Duck Victory
Thursday, 02.26.2020



Media
Laserdisc

Attendees

Bruce Johnson

Daffy Duck Screen Classics

  1. That classic animation
  2. Lots of gunfire
  3. All that gunfire, but no one is ever injured. Slap stick for sure, but so politically incorrect today.
  4. Lots of subtle innuendos
  5. The many incarnations of Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
  6. Road Runner / Coyote theme.  Everything made by Acme.

Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 19  miles
  • 93 minutes
  • Odometer =  11774.4 miles  


Monday, February 24, 2020

Cinema Cycle - Naked City: A Hole In The City

Naked City
Thursday, 02.24.2020



Media
DVD

Attendees

Bruce Johnson

A Hole In The City

  1. First 10 minutes, armored car robbery and chase, wow.
  2. The best thing about this series are the young group of actors who went on to win Oscars. In this case Robert Duvall.
  3. A whole lot of murder going on.
  4. A young Ed Asner with hair.
  5. The simplistic idea of police work back in the day
  6. I love the cinematic style.
  7. The dream sequences in this segment are just surreal
  8. Ow no, they shot Lew Grant!
  9. ….and the ending with the classic hail of gunfire.


Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 10.4 miles
  • 51 minutes
  • Odomenter =  11765.8 miles  


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Cinema Cycle - The Three Stooges / Quiz Whiz

The Three Stooges
Thursday, 02.20.2020



Media
DVD

Attendees

Bruce Johnson

Title: Quiz Whiz

  1. Stooges, the latter years.
  2. A live action cartoon.
  3. Black & White Dumb and Dumberer
  4. Filler between reels, time to visit the snack bar.
  5. Inappropriate today, but funny.


Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 3.3 miles
  • 16 minutes
  • Odometer =  11755.4 miles  


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Cinema Cycle - Man With A Camera (2 Episodes)

Man With A Camera
Tuesday, 02.18.2020



Media
DVD

Attendees

Bruce Johnson

Two Strings Of Pearls

  1. Charles Bronson, bad as photographer
  2. Love the camera equipment, all 4X5 and 120. No 35mm in sight!
  3. The modern equivalent would be 'Young Man with a Drone'.
  4. Back when photography was a swashbuckling career.
  5. Love the 50s production values.  
  6. The final scene at the airport.  OMG.
  7. Bad girls go to jail….good ridence.
  8. More entertaining than I thought it would be.


Missing

  1. Complex plot for a 30 minute show.
  2. Location shooting in 1950s Los Angeles.  The cars!
  3. Charles Bronson, tough guy photographer outsmarts the police.
  4. Charles never develops his own film, he lets the geeks do that.
  5. OMG, Tijuana border patrol and smuggling.  So simple, sooo inept. 
  6. Film Noir Los Angeles
  7. Back when diamonds where the currency of the underworld.
  8. Shoot out in the car wash. Film Noir Classic.


Cinema Cycle Notes

11 miles
52 minutes
Odomenter =  11752.1 miles  

Friday, February 14, 2020

Cinema Cycle - Once Upon A Time In The West

Once Upon A
Time In The West
Friday, 02.14.2020



Media
Laserdisc
Attendees
Bruce Johnson

Setup / Background

  1. I could just watch the credits for hours.
  2. This appears to be the quintessential spaghetti Western.
  3. There is almost no real dialogue for the first 30 minutes of this film
  4. But I believe the body count is up to eight
  5. Cinematography and soundtrack are excellent
  6. Watching this film is like watching a motion picture painting, it's just all visual and sensory overload with very little dialogue.
  7. The long slow unraveling plot told through a series of random events
  8. It all slowly starts to make sense.  But you never know what's going to happen next
  9. The great American story, the long-term development of resources
  10. It all makes sense in the end.
  11. I'm sorry but nobody looked as good as Claudia Cardinale does in this movie.


Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 38 miles
  • 165  minutes
  • Odometer =  11741.1 miles  


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Cinema Cycle - Naked City: Robin Hood and Clarence Darrow, they went out with the bow and arrow

Naked City
Friday, 02.12.2020

Media
DVD

Attendees

Bruce Johnson

"Robin Hood and Clarence Darrow, they went out with the bow and arrow"

Setup / Background

  1. First impression, I have no idea what is going on.
  2. Lots of background.  Very depressing
  3. Also artsy in a 1950s sort of way.
  4. The old cliche scene of talking to a headstone to fill in background.  No voice overs back then.
  5. OMG a very young Christopher Walken!  (As Ronnie Walken in the credits)
  6. Plot finally makes sense.  Geez the 50s were repressed.
  7. Social injustice and the struggle of the common man.
  8. Again with the headstone
  9. Basically the movie "Falling Down" set in 1950s New York
  10. Best thing about this series, location shooting in 1950s New York.
  11. Surprise ending
  12. Almost every episode I have seen ends in a bloodbath.  Bad men die violent deaths.
  13. More father son bonding in the end.
  14. Why does he hate his father? Because he loves him?

Cinema Cycle Notes

  • 11.1 miles
  • 51 minutes 
  • Odometer =  11703.1 miles