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 Posted:   May 20, 2019 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

The Fallen Idol (1948)
8/10
A Graham Greene story about a little lad who tries to help his butler friend out when the butler's wife dies and the police come calling. A nice endearing central performance by the kid actor and Ralph Richardson is his usual dependable self. Nice direction by Carol Reed

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2019 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

A Journey Through Fairyland 2.5-5

This is basically the Japanese answer to Fantasia. I remember seeing this back in the 80's on cable TV.
The audio/video quality is surprisingly good for its age. There's not much of a story and it's pretty cringe worthy. But it has some really nice animation and detailed air-brushing. The watercolor backgrounds are quite nice too. No where near the quality of Fantasia, but more kid friendly. Good way to get very young kids into classical music. The DVD even comes with Japanese language and English subtitles.

For classic anime fans I discovered discotekmedia.com who are remastering and releasing old anime on DVD and Blu Ray. They have a treasure trove of stuff from the 80's and 90's.

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2019 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I'd be interested in hearing the biggest "fact" that Stone presented that showed that anyone other than Oswald, acting alone, killed Kennedy.
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What, do you honestly want me to type out the script for the entire 3-1/2 hour movie here in the "What Movie Did You Watch?" thread? The film is full of statements by witnesses and true facts, known even to "Lone Nut" subscribers, that are almost, if not completely, impossible to explain away...



The Warren Commission Report is also full of statements by witnesses and “true facts.” And they all lead to the conclusion that Oswald, acting alone, killed Kennedy.

But let’s take one of these witness statements from the movie, to show Stone’s modus operandi. Stone has someone named Jean Hill (played by actress Ellen McElduff) tell how she saw a shot being fired from the grassy knoll. She tells the audience “and that shot just ripped his head off. I looked up and I saw smoke coming from over there on the knoll.” Well, that’s pretty conclusive eyewitness testimony that there was a second shooter. And, there actually is a Jean Hill and she actually said that.

EXCEPT that it wasn’t until twenty-six years later that she told the story for the first time, that she “saw a man fire from behind the wooden fence” and that she also saw “a puff of smoke.” But in the movie, Stone has Hill telling of all these things 20 minutes after the assassination. In real life, Hill made a statement on the day of the assassination to the Dallas Sheriff’s office and later gave testimony to the Warren Commission, and in neither instance did she claim to have seen anything of significance, other than thinking that she saw someone who looked like Jack Ruby running from the direction of the Texas School Book Depository toward the grassy knoll. She never said she saw anyone firing a gun from the grassy knoll.

I guess this is what Mr. Marshall calls “timeline creative license.” But why would Stone do that to present an obviously true statement? Do you think it has anything to do with how credible the audience would think that statement to be? Stone could have been factually accurate, without adding a second to the film’s running time, by simply adding a graphic under the scene of Hill’s statement reading “26 Years Later.” Of course we all know what would have happened had he done that. The audience would have hooted the scene off the screen for the obvious absurdity that it was.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2019 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Just a suggestion but if this is gonna go back n forth perhaps you guys would be better discussing the facts of jfk in a jfk movie thread? We have a few jfk threads i think.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2019 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Capricorn One (1978) 9/10
I finally bought this on blu-ray. One of my top five all-time favorites. If nothing else, it captures the Cynical Seventies quite well.
I think Hyams really got it right with the way it’s presented as a dark comedy.
I enjoy the back-and-forth between the characters played by Elliott Gould, Karen Black and David Doyle.
I liked virtually all the major players and I even enjoyed O.J.’s acting (his line, “I don’t want to die!” actually had some feeling to it).
David Huddleston’s role as “Senator Peaker” seemed to borrow from his “Olson Johnson” in Blazing Saddles in a good way.
I didn’t care for Telly’s take as a southerner (Texan?), although he was hilarious as “Albain”. That Long Island accent was just too overpowering.
I have to confess, part of the attraction for me was the character of "Peter Willis" (Sam Waterston). I think I saw a slight reflection of myself in his character (not physically) as I've pretty much been known as a bit of a wise acre and the responses of the other characters to him were quite similar to those I've typically gotten from family/friends over the years.
Of course, it has some plot holes – the biggest being the use of the lunar module - hardly adequate for a 14-month round trip to Mars.
But Hyams got across the idea of how most conspiracies are just too big and tend to get bigger and bigger as time goes by.
Too many folks to silence/disappear, too many loose ends to tie, etc.
There seems a depressing consistency between JFK, Moon Landing, etc., type conspiracy buffs, UFO proponents and the perceived lack of credibility they have, especially after all the rock-solid physical proof they’ve provided over the years.
The video and audio quality is great, but I wish there’d been more special features.

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2019 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

Just a suggestion but if this is gonna go back n forth perhaps you guys would be better discussing the facts of jfk in a jfk movie thread? We have a few jfk threads i think.

Hey, all I did was give a 9/10 to JFK and write a very short paragraph saying I liked the film. This was then jumped on (albeit mildly) by Solium and Bob DeMucci; I felt the need to respond. I would love to know where these JFK-oriented threads are so that open discussion can (finally) continue about this topic. I might participate in them from time to time... smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2019 - 12:18 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

RED JOAN (2019) - 7/10

This film tells the story of Britain's own Ethel Rosenberg, i.e., a woman who gave Britain's atomic bomb secrets to the Russians. Most of the film is told in flashback, with Sophie Cookson playing the young "Joan Stanley," while her older self (Judi Dench) is being questioned by British authorities after her arrest at age 80.

Fresh out of Cambridge during WWII, the young Joan (a physics major) had gone to work for Britain's atom bomb research organization. But she fell in love with a Stalinist Jew (Tom Hughes) who was working for the KGB. The rest, as they say, is history. Cookson has most of the screen time in this film, and she's quite good. She had a supporting role in the two KINGSMAN films, but I didn't remember her from those. The film is loosely based on the real life case of British civil servant Melita Norwood.

Trevor Nunn (1986's LADY JANE) directed the film, his first directorial assignment in 10 years. George Fenton provides a reflective score. (It's good to see him back again so soon after this year's Liam Neeson thriller COLD PURSUIT.) No word on a release for this score.

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2019 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Just a suggestion but if this is gonna go back n forth perhaps you guys would be better discussing the facts of jfk in a jfk movie thread? We have a few jfk threads i think.
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Hey, all I did was give a 9/10 to JFK and write a very short paragraph saying I liked the film. This was then jumped on (albeit mildly) by Solium and Bob DiMucci; I felt the need to respond. I would love to know where these JFK-oriented threads are so that open discussion can (finally) continue about this topic. I might participate in them from time to time... smile



For the record, I give JFK an 8/10 -- as a fiction film. smile

 
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