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by MichiganJ
June 12th, 2012, 2:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 521795

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Black Widow is available in the U.S. on DVD as part of the Fox Film Noir series: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Widow-Fox-Film-Noir/dp/B0010KHOSA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1339529008&sr=8-2&keywords=black+widow+dvd The Fan was put out as a region 2 DVD from BFI and includes the 1916 version o...
by MichiganJ
June 11th, 2012, 11:06 am
Forum: Foreign Films
Topic: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?
Replies: 547
Views: 129370

Re: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?

One particular film I have been reluctant to buy on BRay is "Design For Living" (1933), because i find superb the print used for The Gary Cooper Collection; But maybe in the end...I'll buy it anyway I doubled-dipped on it and am very happy I did. The Blu-ray offers considerably more detai...
by MichiganJ
June 6th, 2012, 4:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Beatles
Replies: 97
Views: 79348

Re: The Beatles

Last night I watched the blu-ray of Yellow Submarine. Restored in 4K digital resolution, each frame was restored by hand and it shows. The color leaps out at you (almost literally), and that 3D effect when in Liverpool (the image shows the rooftops and then glides down to street level) is breathtaki...
by MichiganJ
June 5th, 2012, 5:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: LISTS
Replies: 546
Views: 80343

Re: LISTS

Some of my favorites from the 90s list: Goodfellas Fargo Pulp Fiction Jackie Brown Schindler's List Barton Fink Big Lebowski Toy Story Nightmare Before Christmas Ed Wood Jurassic Park Saving Private Ryan Double Life of Veronique Trois Colors: White/Blue/Red All About My Mother Tie Me Up Tie Me Down ...
by MichiganJ
June 4th, 2012, 2:53 pm
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: Noir Films
Replies: 938
Views: 122518

Re: Noir Films

For some inexplicable reason I had a hankering to see a Diana Dors film so watched the British noir from Hammer, Man Bait (1952). Dors is quite good as the girl-gone-bad, who works at a bookstore. (Unfortunately nobody comes in looking for a rare Ben-Hur .) Intrigue, blackmail, murder are all handle...
by MichiganJ
June 3rd, 2012, 4:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 521795

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

RedRiver wrote:I almost rented WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN from Red Box, but the machine wasn't working. Anybody know this one?


All the Kevin's of the world agree,
you'd be better off with Transformers 3.
by MichiganJ
June 2nd, 2012, 7:54 am
Forum: General TV and Media
Topic: Game of Thrones
Replies: 45
Views: 9264

Re: Game of Thrones

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS01jgGyGeI[/youtube]
by MichiganJ
June 2nd, 2012, 7:39 am
Forum: Foreign Films
Topic: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?
Replies: 547
Views: 129370

Re: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?

For me, Rules of the Game is one of the greatest films ever made, and certainly the best of 1939, but it does suffer from Citizen Kane syndrome. The plot works on many levels and is rewarded with multiple viewings. The cinematography, particularly the deep focus, became hugely influential, and Renoi...
by MichiganJ
June 1st, 2012, 5:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Beatles
Replies: 97
Views: 79348

Re: The Beatles

From what I understand, there were a number of McCartney albums remastered in 2010/11 including: Wild Life; Flowers in the Dirt; Pipes of Peace and Press to Play . There may be others but in any case, I think they are only available as downloads and do not include any bonus material. I haven't heard...
by MichiganJ
June 1st, 2012, 3:30 pm
Forum: Foreign Films
Topic: Giallo
Replies: 169
Views: 87670

Re: Giallo

FLORINDA BOLKAN?!! WHOA!! Now THERE is a name I haven't heard uttered in more years than I care to remember: http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt270/CineMaven/CINEMAVEN%20FEMALE%20ACTRESSES/FLORINDABOLKAN.jpg I have only seen her in one film. And I thought she gave a fantastic performance in it &a...
by MichiganJ
June 1st, 2012, 3:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Beatles
Replies: 97
Views: 79348

Re: The Beatles

For me, Ram is the best of the remastered McCartney albums to date. (The others, so far, include McCartney, McCartney II and Band on the Run .) Done by the same folks who remastered the Beatle and Lennon discs, the remastering stays true to the original recording but adds greater separation, allowin...
by MichiganJ
June 1st, 2012, 3:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 521795

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Almost missed the favorite 70s lists (should it have its own thread?) but, for what it's worth, here are some of my favorites, which I didn't see already listed. (Way more than 10, but who's counting?) Straw Dogs French Connection Monty Python & Holy Grail/Life of Brian Alien The Last Waltz Man ...
by MichiganJ
May 23rd, 2012, 7:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Musical Influences
Replies: 100
Views: 53913

Re: Musical Influences

The Beatles "Tomorrow Never Knows" is only one chord but an interesting lyric and an unbelievable production make it an event for three minutes. Think of the chord as simply a drone. The rhythm adds implied notes and the tape looping also adds counter-rhythms and melodic underpinning that...
by MichiganJ
May 22nd, 2012, 12:23 pm
Forum: Foreign Films
Topic: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?
Replies: 547
Views: 129370

Re: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?

I watched Hideo Gosha's Three Outlaw Samurai , an exciting and extremely entertaining film. Like the better known Kurosawa Samurai films, Three Outlaw Samurai is essentially a western. But while comparisons to Kurosawa are valid (particularly the humor found in Yojimbo and Sanjuro ), the violence an...
by MichiganJ
May 22nd, 2012, 7:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Musical Influences
Replies: 100
Views: 53913

Re: Musical Influences

The Beatles "Tomorrow Never Knows" is only one chord but an interesting lyric and an unbelievable production make it an event for three minutes. That's funny. I've been noodling around with an arrangement of this song in Logic (trying to add the monks Lennon originally wanted), but I play...

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