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No love for comedies? Friday, starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker is my absolute favourite. Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood is also a fantastic display of parody and satire

As far as 'serious' films go I would say my favourites are, in random order, Goodfellas, City of God, Blood Diamond, This Is England, Shottas and Godfather II

I also liked 12 Angry Men (the original 1950s one, not the crap politically correct [like throwing in a few black and female jurors constitutes political correctness] '80s remake), The Dark Knight, Terminator 2, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. In the Heat of Night would also get a mention, but blaxploitation is lol.
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    Just saw Sicario, what a great and insanely intense movie with amazing cinemagraphy. Definitely movie of the year for me.
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    "Paris-Roubaix is the biggest cycling race in the world, bigger than the Tour de France, bigger than any other bike race" (Sir Bradley Wiggins)

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    Over the weekend I saw two recently hyped films, namely Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Square.

    Both could have benefitted from a judicious bit of trimming here and there and both had some casting and pacing issues but I would recommend them.

    Much has been said already about Billboards but when you fill up a movie with just a few acting heavyweights, you had better take care with your supporting cast. Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson all deliver fine performances but Abbie Cornish, in an important unifying role as Harrelson's wife, stands out like a sore thumb here.

    Although the film chimes in well with the hashtag sentiments current in Hollywood, Billboards points a wry finger at those who want to climb aboard the progressive train without paying the fare.

    A similar theme brings us to The Square. This is a Swedish production of a story not so much about the temporary art exhibit in the title than the museum's director and staff.

    Although the aim of the illuminated square outside the host building is to bring people together around certain rather too simplistic values, the film shows how the differences between us often get in the way, especially when we only pretend to share the values.

    The consequences are frequently hilarious but also sometimes very uncomfortable to watch and this will work well for you if you enjoy "awkward" comedies like The Office and Dogme 95 films such as Festen or The Idiots.
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    consequences are frequently hilarious but also sometimes very uncomfortable to watch and this will work well for you if you enjoy "awkward" comedies like The Office and Dogme 95 films such as Festen or The Idiots.


    Haven't seen either - but yes keen to see both, particularly the Square for the reasons that you cite above.. to that end have you seen the 'Boss of it all' another great Von Trier movie; I love the ever more outrageous responsibility swerves as the film unfolds.

    We watched Denial last night - its in the free section on Amazon now, and thought it was really well done; great performances from Timothy Spall (as ever); Andrew Scott; but most notably Tom Wilkinson, who has such breadth and gives a film stealing performance.  So much so that we were split as to whether Rachel Weisz did well with what she had or just just a bit short of the three mentioned.  Anyway whilst the story is relatively recent and the outcome known the drama unfolds in a really engaging way.
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    Haven't seen either - but yes keen to see both, particularly the Square for the reasons that you cite above.. to that end have you seen the 'Boss of it all' another great Von Trier movie; I love the ever more outrageous responsibility swerves as the film unfolds.

    We watched Denial last night - its in the free section on Amazon now, and thought it was really well done; great performances from Timothy Spall (as ever); Andrew Scott; but most notably Tom Wilkinson, who has such breadth and gives a film stealing performance.  So much so that we were split as to whether Rachel Weisz did well with what she had or just just a bit short of the three mentioned.  Anyway whilst the story is relatively recent and the outcome known the drama unfolds in a really engaging way.

    Not seen any of those. Good tips though, thanks!
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    yeah, didn't know any of them were hyped - but all three are good indeed
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    One film that I own and have been able to watch multiple times:

    Shattered Glass (2003)



    This film tells the true story of fraudulent Washington, D.C. journalist Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen), who rose to meteoric heights as a young writer in his 20s, becoming a staff writer at "The New Republic" for three years (1995-1998), where 27 of his 41 published stories were either partially or completely made up. Looking for a short cut to fame, Glass concocted sources, quotes and even entire stories, but his deception did not go unnoticed forever, and eventually, his world came crumbling down.

    At only 94 minutes, it's an easy watch that is fairly compelling from start to finish. It also sheds a charming light on the earliest days of the internet and how naive most people were to its workings.

    Good performances also from:
    Peter Sarsgaard
    Hank Azaria
    Steve Zahn
    Rosario Dawson
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    Happy 103rd birthday to Izzy Demsky aka Kirk Douglas.  :o :cool

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                                                                                              Well worth a look, if you like Bond and 1965 London.
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                                                                                              Well worth a look, if you like Bond and 1965 London.

     Bit of a coincidence as I watched it, just last week. ;)
    Tom Adams and his trusty, if incredibly ancient, Mauser Broomhandle.


    This is a pretty good 60s Bond offering from Europe, as it has a half decent script and is all shot on location.


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    Yeah, they don't make 'em like Kirk any more.



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    Saw the new Stars wars film last night - I thought it was rollicking journey - enjoyed it immensley.

    few issues but i'm not gonna get upset like some old farts are.  Suspend your belief, pretend you are 14 - enjoy it.

    Kylo Ren is easily the best character they have created for this trilogy and Adam Driver is excellent - head and shoulders above everyone else.

    I'll give 4.5 popcorns out of 5
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    So  I'm not really superstitious. I celebrated Kirk's last birthday last 9 December and he passed away on 5 February. Now I would like to celebrate Olivia de Havilland's 104th birthday. It's a bit provocative in these "Black Lives Matter" days to celebrate the last surviving cast member of Gone With the Wind (for a long time so !) as the film is now being censored (while the first film to give an Academy Award to a black actress, if I'm not mistaken). The irony being that her character in the story is the only one that dies.

    That film is from 1939. She was aged 22. How many people have come and gone since 1939? Eighty one years of fame !

    Olivia is not even the oldest actress still alive though. That would Renée Simonot (b. in 1911), Catherine Deneuve's mother and then also remains Norman Lloyd (b. in 1914), who played the villain in Hitchcock's Saboteur (1942). A bit younger than Olivia is Marsha Hunt (b. in 1917) who played with John Wayne in "Born to the West" (1937).

     




    Olivia in her nineties (!) talking about Vivien Leigh :

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    Let me pay tribute to one of my favourite actor and a great inspiration for me in personal life.

    Jean-Paul Belmondo passed away at age 88, 20 years after surviving a major stroke. In the English-speaking world, Belmondo is known for Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless ("À bout de souffle"). https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/sep/06/jean-paul-belmondo-star-of-breathless-dies-aged-88

    I'm not really fond of the French New Wave, so in my opinion, this is not his best work. Belmondo didn't really do a lot for the New Wave and quickly turned to French comedies.  It didn't export so well because those films were mainly based on the text/dialogue quality, the dialogues of Michel Audiard. For instance, the film A Monkey in Winter ("Un singe en hiver") by Henri Verneuil in which he was co-starring with Jean Gabin with Audiard's adaptation of the novel by Antoine Blondin, the same Antoine Blondin who covered cycling races for L'Équipe. Belmondo did some cycling as an amateur along with boxing. Audiard and Gabin were also cycling-related celebrities.

    This film is a masterpiece for me. Many long quotes - which are more Blondin's than Audiard's - that French cinema freak would learn by heart. An intrigue in which nothing out of this world is happening but the audience is captivated by the text quality. This film is poetry. I still recall a University professor of mine quoting Belmondo from this film during a lecture.



    That's also one of the first film in which Belmondo did stunts. He emulated a bullfighter with his muleta but with cars instead of bulls.



    Belmondo will then stand famous as a stunt actor, never wanting any stunt doubles. The first of such films being probably "That Man from Rio" (L'homme de Rio), which is Philippe de Broca's tribute to Hergé and Tintin. The film was partly shot in Brasilia while still under construction, denouncing Oscar Niemeyer's megalomania.



    In the seventies, Belmondo was the ultimate French action film actor, with films such as Henri Verneuil's "The Night Caller" ("Peur sur la ville"), Philippe Labro's "The Inheritor" or Georges Lautner's "Le Guignolo". But he also played in more thoughtful revenge film such as Verneuil's "Body of my Enemy" (Le corps de mon ennemi), one of my favourites. In "Le Guignolo", he made that incredible stunt, turning around Venice hanging to a helicopter, how strong should one be to do that !!



    Then came the major success of "The Professional" ("Le professionnel"), also a hit in Germany "Der Profi" ! Ought never to be confused with Luc Besson's crap. Lautner's "The Professional" is a real inspiration for me as to how one must stick to one's principles and dignity when everybody is turning their coats. In a sense it was a revenge story but also a story of honour, keeping one's word, speaking the truth. In some way, it also reminds me of Andrew V. McLaglen "The Wild Geese".

    A French secret agent, Joss Beaumont, is sent to a fictional African country to assassinate a dictator. While on duty, the government makes a deal with that same dictator and all of a sudden he should no longer be assassinated. So they turned their agent in. Beaumont is sent to a prison camp, which he managed to escape and then when the dictator is on an official visit to France, he took advantage of it to finish off the mission that he's been given.

    I won't spoil you the end but the final scene is still the most thrilling final scene of cinema history, worldwide !!! It will never stop giving me goosebumps ! The scriptwriters were hesitating between two endings and they chose the right one (Belmondo supported it). The Ennio Morricone music, "Chi Mai" which was initially meant for an Italian film, was chosen by Belmondo himself after he heard it on a documentary film about David Lloyd George.



    Thanks for all the entertainment and inspiration, Jean-Paul ! Enjoy a well-deserved eternal rest !

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