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Debris (2021)
Pilot (2021)
A pair of agents work together to investigate an alien spacecraft that is causing mysterious effects on people.

Stars:
Thomas Cadrot, Norbert Leo Butz, Jennifer Copping, Riann Steele

Visually this is an intriguing episode. The pilot episode did test my attention span to some degree, but I stuck with the show and I am pleased I did. Debris Episode 1 was filled with hi-tech special effects and good production value.


The writing has a cool "Heady" formula which I'm not necessarily smart enough to figure out but it definitely kept me engaged .I like the cerebral aspect of the show. The two lead characters had strong acting chops. I particularly liked English actress Riann Steele. Debris taps into light horror elements to some degree which I always appreciate. Somewhat thought-provoking series. The mystery is just getting started. I will stick around a few more episodes and see where the series goes.
 

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The Daydreamer (1966)
Turner Classic Movies




Brings back memories when I was a kid. This was one of the special movies they showed on TV when we got a rare day off from school.From the award-winning team that delights youngsters annually with their 1964 classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer . One of Rankin & Bass' best-loved theatrical movies, filmed in an enchanting combination of live-action and stop-motion animation.



It is a fictional story based around Hans Christian Andersen's life and how he day dreamed his classic stories with the help of The Sandman (Cyril Ritchard), such as Chris's encounter with the little mermaid(Haley Mills) and the Evil Sea-Witch (Talluah Bankhead), His adventures with Thumbelina (Patty Duke) ,Mr. Field-Mouse (Boris Karloff) and Mr. Mole (Sessue Hayakawa), and of course the Emperor (Ed Wynn) and the two rogue tailors (Victor Borge and Terry Thomas). An All star cast comes together ! Best suited for sentimental Rudolph fans and kids who adore lengthy song-and-dance classics like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, this visual candy store runs 99 minutes. Wonderful family film!

 

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The Living Sea (1995)
UHD 4K Prime Video/ Blu-ray 1080p

Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray examines the world's oceans and their importance to life on Earth.

Director:Greg MacGillivray
Writers:Roger Holzberg, Tim Cahill
Stars:Steven K. Katona, Meryl Streep, Judith Connor


The Living Sea is a 70mm American documentary film exploring marine locales intended to show the importance of protecting the ocean, released to IMAX theaters in 1995. It is narrated by actress Meryl Streep, with music by Sting, produced by Science World, a Vancouver-based science education center, and underwater imagery directed by filmmaker Greg MacGillivray.

The film is a survey of the world's oceans, emphasizing that it is a single interconnected ocean and the dependence of all life on the planet. The film shows researchers tracking whales, a Coast Guard rough-weather rescue squad, a deep-ocean research team, and the Palau Islands, which contain an unusual jellyfish habitat.

The film is directed by Academy Award-nominated IMAX director and cinematographer Greg MacGillivray, who also directed similar water-conservation themed documentaries. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. Highly recommended

 

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WandaVision (2021)
Season Finale
I really hope this comes to Blu-ray !


Homage to Classic TV history, WandaVision was a deliciously strange series . I’m very impressed.
Elizabeth Olsen has wit ,style and charm in spades. Olson is stunningly gorgeous. Her comedic style was full of suave effervescence. Paul Bettany is doing a creative, humorous, fantastic job. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany deliver the dramatic and comedic goods. Olsen and Bettany play well off each other and sell the comedic factor brilliantly whilst ramping up the melodrama. Expertly produced and spectacularly written.

The show runners took to characters that I was never enamored with and made them some of the best characters in the MCU. I will admit I am not up on the lore but the writers did a great job catering to both comic book enthusiast and pedestrians like my self to keep both mindsets engaged trough the series. WandaVision was incredible and easily the most unique property in the MCU. WandaVision is going to be in the hunt for the Emmy & Golden Globes . I just hope this gets a Blu-ray release so everyone can enjoy WandaVisions splendor. This is wonderful television .



 

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The Crown (2016-)
Season 1-3 on Blu-ray
Season 4 streamed thru-Netflix

For those who eat this stuff up with a spoon, 'The Crown' is everything we could have wanted. Addictive and tantalizing. Powerful performances and lavish cinematography make The Crown a top-notch production worthy of its grand subject.

Season 1
Beginning with her 1947 wedding, this epic drama charts the life of Queen Elizabeth II, who becomes leader of the world's most famous monarchy at the tender age of 25 -- commencing a reign that will last more than six decades.

The first season of 'The Crown' features brilliant performances from Claire Foy,(Claire won a Golden Globe for her role as Queen Elizabeth II ) John Lithgow and the rest of the cast, and is an immersive experience into the fascinating world of English royalty. Should you watch it: Indubitably. 10/10

Season 2

Britain's royal family finds itself deeply affected by the turbulent times of the late 1950s and early 1960s as young Queen Elizabeth confronts a daunting series of events, from the Suez Canal crisis to the scandalous Profumo affair.

The Crown continues its reign with a self-assured sophomore season that indulges in high drama and sumptuous costumes.

Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby and Matt Smith continue to dazzle audiences with their ability to embody their real life counterparts. Claire Foy is excellent again as queen Elizabeth II. The duke of Edinburgh is more present in this season, this is not bad, but it takes away from Claire Foy; who is the stand out of the first two seasons. The filming, the decors, the sounds, the music, the photography are still outstanding . 7/10

Season 3

After the mostly unwavering season 1 and 2, the show-runner Peter Morgan famously recast actors Claire Foy and Matt Smith and other cast members of the show. I was skeptical about this decision but the new cast knocked it out of the park . Olivia Colman Queen Elizabeth II, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret,Charles Dance Lord Mountbatten aka (Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011-2015)) ,Tobias Menzies ( Outlander) Prince Phillip,Erin Doherty Princess Anne ,Josh O'Connor Prince Charles

Season Three covers the time period between 1964 and 1977 beginning with Harold Wilson's election as the Queen's first Labour prime minister and ending with the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II. It follows pivotal moments such as the death and state funeral of Winston Churchill, the Aberfan disaster, the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the Investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales.

The Crown looks quite different from its predecessors. Despite all the changes, the Netflix series has not lost any of its quality. And in most regards builds upon it. In this season, it continues to operate at a very high level and offers even deeper insights into the lives and minds of the royals. Olivia Colman shines, but as The Crown marches on in reliably luxurious fashion through time it finds space for the characters around her, providing ample opportunity for the appealing ensemble to gleam, too. 9/10

Season 4

Olivia Colman stars as Elizabeth, with main cast members Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Josh O'Connor, Marion Bailey, Erin Doherty and Emerald Fennell all reprising their roles from the third season. Gillian Anderson, Emma Corrin and Stephen Boxer are added to the main cast. Additionally, Charles Dance returns in the season's first episode and Claire Foy reprises her role as Elizabeth in a cameo flashback scene.

The fourth season covers the time period between 1979 and 1990, is set during Margaret Thatcher's premiership, and introduces Lady Diana Spencer. Events depicted include the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, their 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Falklands War, Michael Fagan's break-in at Buckingham Palace,Lord Mountbatten's funeral,the Princess of Wales's appearance at the Barnardo's Champion Children Awards, and Thatcher's departure from office.

Golden Globe 2021
Netflix original took home the trophy for Best Drama Series. The Crown is now a two-time winner in the category, previously being honored in 2017 for season 1.Josh O'Connor and Emma Corrin, were named the Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series and Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series.The Crown love continued later in the show with Gillian Anderson winning Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Margaret Thatcher.

Whatever historical liberties The Crown takes in its fourth season are easily forgiven thanks to the sheer power of its performances , particularly Gillian Anderson's imposing take on The Iron Lady and newcomer Emma Corrin's embodiment of a young Princess Diana. 10/10
Emma Corrin in The Crown (2016) Erin Doherty in The Crown (2016)

 

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BRINGING UP BABY(1938)
Blu-ray import from Japan


D: Howard Hawks. Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Charlie Ruggles, May Robson, Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Catlett, Fritz Feld, Ward Bond.

In her sole venture into slapstick, Hepburn plays a madcap heiress-- "Baby'' is her pet leopard--who sets her sights on absentminded zoologist Grant and inadvertently proceeds to make a shambles of his life.


Howard Hawks's "Bringing Up Baby" is the go-to example of screwball comedy that critics and film-lovers reference most as the definitive model of the genre. Quirky, original, perfectly timed, and with hilarious performances from the likes of Cary Grant and the incomparable Katharine Hepburn. It has been said that Hepburn struggled with a comedy performance, but as a mark of her talent, this never shows through. She is absolutely brilliant in this movie, blending slapstick, witty repartee, and even a little 'come hither' romance in a wild, frenetic script. She even does a mean gangster impression towards the end.


Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and a leopard, hey, what more could you want? One of the highest high points of the entire screwball comedy genre, with its sharp script and wonderfully balanced leads. Recommended for all. This film is an absolute joy. Stream on HBO Max.

 

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MARS ATTACKS! 1996
On HULU

A great piece of escapism ! I had never seem this film . Totally hilarious .
A fleet of Martian spacecraft surrounds the world's major cities and all of humanity waits to see if the extraterrestrial visitors have, as they claim, "come in peace." U.S. President James Dale receives assurance from science professor Donald Kessler that the Martians' mission is a friendly one. But when a peaceful exchange ends in the total annihilation of the U.S. Congress, military men call for a full-scale nuclear retaliation.
Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Jonathan Gems, Len Brown, Woody Gelman, Wally Wood, Bob Powell, Norman Saunders
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short
Producers: Tim Burton

Tim Burton made this sci-fi comedy called Mars Attacks!, and the cast he brought with him will make your eyes water. Seriously, the list is impressive. Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Natalie Portman, Christina Applegate, Pam Grier, Jack Black... and I've left some out ! It's like an Avengers movie if the superheroes were replaced with Hollywood celebrities.
Mars Attacks! is essentially a throwback to 1950s drive-in sci-fi cheesiness, and it lives up to that legacy. Just don't go expecting that mid-'90s CGI to hold up all that well in today's climate. However, I imagine that also gives it a kind of throwback charm in itself. Wicked humor, alien gore and funny sfx. Loved it !

My Attack From Mars Pinball machine 1995
 

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Bodyguard (2018)
Netflix
Totally doable 6 episodes
Golden Globe winner Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Richard Madden
David Budd is a war veteran who begins working for the London Metropolitan Police Service. His job is to monitor the Royalty and Specialist Protection branch, which seems quite manageable at first. Everything changes when David is assigned to protect the Home Secretary, Julia Motague , a polarizing politician who is often referred to as "the sociopath." Julia has big plans to incorporate intrusive surveillance for the sake of security. Stuck with defending a woman whose beliefs and policies go against everything he believes in, David is torn between his duty and his personal ideology.


Bodyguard is a high-caliber thriller that masterfully builds tension. You'll find yourself questioning everything you see and hear, paranoid by where everyone's loyalties and motivations. This emotionally deft series is a great addition to the political crime genre.

Bodyguard maintains a palpable tension throughout its pulpy proceedings to create an absorbing and addicting psychological thriller.
 

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Chernobyl (2019)
4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray
In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.
Creator:Craig Mazin
Stars:Jessie Buckley, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård

Absolutely riviting. This is one of the best miniseries I have ever watched. The acting, the direction, the writing, the cinematography, the music, the editing (I could go on and on) were all phenomenal. 10 Emmy Awards, truly amazing is how relevant this show is to today. The cost of lies. I've never seen anything like it. And I probably won't see something like this again in my lifetime. I know this term is thrown around a lot, but this mini series is truly extraordinary.

At the 71st Prime-time Emmy Awards, it received nineteen nominations and won for Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Directing, and Outstanding Writing, while Harris, Skarsgard, and Watson received acting nominations.
Chernobyl was named best limited series at the 2020 Golden Globes.

"Chernobyl" won for best mini-series and leading actor for Jared Harris at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards.

 

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For lovers of Audrey , film history and Hollywood. I truly hope this Netflix original does
the incomparable Audrey Hepburn justice. Coming to Netflix US on March 14th, 2021.


Audrey
More Than an Icon

Hubert de Givenchy, designer of Audrey Hepburn's most iconic looks
Givenchy first met Hepburn in 1953, a year after he founded the celebrated Givenchy couture house, the brand confirmed. They formed a close bond, and he went on to design several of her most memorable movie outfits .

Givenchy designed this strapless, floral gown in 1954’s “Sabrina."


Audrey Hepburn wearing Givenchy outfits


Bohemian Dance from (Funny Face) 1957



 

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Super Fly (1972)
Blu-ray

From the first notes of the impossibly cool soundtrack by CURTIS MAYFIELD I was in the groove. A film like this makes you feel cool to be a human. The ability to swing your arms as you walk, to hear that funky beat and put it in your steps. The look of the world of a seventies black film is fantastic.

The feel for the film is authentic, because well it is authentic. Superfly's outfits rock, as do his hair and sideburns. Oh yeah, and the car. What a cool car? Superfly-mobile!!!

Then there is the startlingly cool still frame montage to the tune of PUSHERMAN, which is one of the coolest Blaxploitation theme songs. And then you have the dialogue. The political incorrectness was fantastic. I hate sanitizing of film that so many films take in today's world. Check your sensibilities at the door and get into the flick. If you're easily offended , "which is fine" this film probably isn't for you.

On a technical level, this film may not be great, but it has transcended it's limitations and has become something so much cooler. "Don't ask no questions why cuz I'm Super Fly" 8/10
Ron O'Neal in Super Fly (1972)


Curtis Mayfield - Pusherman

 

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The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

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Prime Video



Oh boy do I love The work of Ray Harryhausen when it comes to motion picture special effects comprised of stop-motion.
Stars: James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson
Taking place in the old west, a group of cowboys, lead by Tuck Kirby, played by James Franciscus (who would later appear in BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES in 1970), track down a big blue Allosaurus-Tyrannosaurus Rex hybrid, to bring it back alive, where it wreaks havoc in the city. James Franciscus does a great performance as the film's protagonist. Gila Golan as the lovely T.J. is added for the film's sex appeal akin to Rachel Welch with ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.

Ray Harryhausen was the master of stop-motion practical effects. CGI has its place. Absolutely. But I have to hand it to Ray Harryhausen. The man was "The real McCoy". An immensely entertaining forgotten gem of a film. 8/10

 

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F.T.V. Prime Video


Kaiju: is a Japanese word that means "strange beast," but often translated in English as "monster" or "giant monster.

A giant lizard is spotted at an Irish fishing village. Mariners catch it and ship it to London. There, the big attraction turns out to be a baby monster . Unfortunately for London Gorgo's much bigger mom comes looking for her son.

If you like seeing someone in a rubber suit destroy a model city then this isn't bad at all. A pretty decent example of the monster genre. The human actors are rather forgettable but Gorgo and his mom are terrific.

"Gorgo" has some solid assets. The color photography is excellent, not only in the special effects department (credited to Tom Howard), but in the semi-documentary treatment of the London area, where most of the film was made.

With a run time that falls just short of the 80 minute mark, Gorgo is a very lean story that keeps things interesting with a plot that is slightly more than just, "Big monster beats up major city." I wouldn't have minded Gorgo returning in a few sequels . 7.5/10

 

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The People
That Time Forgot
(1977)


In 1919, a British expedition in the Antarctica region is searching for a lost American explorer and finds a hidden prehistoric world instead.
Director:Kevin Connor
Writers:Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon "The People That Time Forgot" by), Patrick Tilley (screenplay)
Stars:Patrick Wayne, Doug McClure, Sarah Douglas


THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT (1977) sports a fine cast and well drawn characters that help enliven the action. There are less monsters on display here which should be a given considering the title. One of the creatures is borrowed from AT THE EARTH'S CORE (1976). Most of them are trotted out during the conclusion as the heroes are being "chased" by the volcano.

The film was shot in the Canary Islands. The production benefits from the most location work of the entire series with minimal studio shots. These include the volcano set and the Mountain of Skulls which is obviously a painting, but the lighting in the first appearance of the humongous assemblage of bone leaves an impression.


Super sexy Dana Gillespie is simply the hottest cave girl since Raquel Welch. Her sweaty, heaving breasts threaten to erupt from her skimpy outfit during some of the more perilous sequences. Even if you're an individual that can't cope with the dated effects work, Gillespie is a 'very special effect' that CGI cannot replicate.



This movie and others like it will always have fans to keep them from becoming the 'Movies That Time Forgot'. The obvious studio sets help give these fantasy adventures an old fashioned quality usually found in the serials of old. An age gone by, yet there's a child-like wonder to these pictures that gives them a timeless quality that will most likely only be felt by those that sat up late Saturday night with a bowl of popcorn, and Dr. Pepper for the Midnight Movies !


 

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I may lose "Street cred' on this forum . I bought this on UHD HDR Blu-Ray Here it goes.

The story revolves around the young ladies of the Bennet family, Elizabeth (Lily James), Jane (Bella Heathcote), Kitty (Suki Waterhouse), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), and Mary (Millie Brady). In this version of 18th Century England, the countryside has been ravaged by a zombie outbreak. But amid the carnage and eating of brains, life goes on and young women must endeavor to marry well. To better survive the ravages of the undead, anyone with means sends their children to the orient to learn fighting arts. The wealthy send their children to Japan, and the wise send their children to China. The Bennet girls are alumni of the Shaolin temple. And where in previous incarnations of Jane Austin young ladies are playing harpsichord and doing needlepoint, the young ladies of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies are seen sharpening swords and cleaning flintlock pistols. They’re also seen training for and engaging in combat with the legions of the walking dead. Sign me the up.
Yes the action sequences get a solid 9 out of 10. And the special effects are equally as good. But the truth is this movie is absolutely hilarious. It’s funny because aside from adding zombies, kenjutsu and shaolin boxing, the writers kept everything else as faithful to Jane Austin as possible. I have seen Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen quite a few times and much of the dialogue is identical, indicating that both versions stayed close to Jane Austin’s original text. When real dialogue from the Pride and Prejudice is given while girls are cleaning muskets and sparring, it becomes gut wrenchingly hilarious. Zombie action, comedy and horror with some classical literature mixed in.
Oh and Bonus Lena Headey and Lily James .


 

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I may lose "Street cred' on this forum . I bought this on UHD HDR Blu-Ray Here it goes.

The story revolves around the young ladies of the Bennet family, Elizabeth (Lily James), Jane (Bella Heathcote), Kitty (Suki Waterhouse), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), and Mary (Millie Brady). In this version of 18th Century England, the countryside has been ravaged by a zombie outbreak. But amid the carnage and eating of brains, life goes on and young women must endeavor to marry well. To better survive the ravages of the undead, anyone with means sends their children to the orient to learn fighting arts. The wealthy send their children to Japan, and the wise send their children to China. The Bennet girls are alumni of the Shaolin temple. And where in previous incarnations of Jane Austin young ladies are playing harpsichord and doing needlepoint, the young ladies of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies are seen sharpening swords and cleaning flintlock pistols. They’re also seen training for and engaging in combat with the legions of the walking dead. Sign me the up.
Yes the action sequences get a solid 9 out of 10. And the special effects are equally as good. But the truth is this movie is absolutely hilarious. It’s funny because aside from adding zombies, kenjutsu and shaolin boxing, the writers kept everything else as faithful to Jane Austin as possible. I have seen Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen quite a few times and much of the dialogue is identical, indicating that both versions stayed close to Jane Austin’s original text. When real dialogue from the Pride and Prejudice is given while girls are cleaning muskets and sparring, it becomes gut wrenchingly hilarious. Zombie action, comedy and horror with some classical literature mixed in.
Oh and Bonus Lena Headey and Lily James .


This is a fun one. Great track, and lily James(the others too). Mmmmm
I also enjoy the aforementioned Ms. Knightly. Deeeeelishus!
 

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Hang 'Em High (1968)
Prime Video
Director:
Ted Post
Writers:
Leonard Freeman, Mel Goldberg

As was the case with the Italian Westerns, "Hang 'em High" is a revenge story. Eastwood is strung up by a lynching mob, led by Begley. But he's cut down and vows to revenge himself.

Filming began June 27, 1967, in the Las Cruces area, with additional scenes shot at White Sands. The interiors were shot at MGM studios. The opening lynching scene was filmed June 29, 1967, next to the Rio Grande.
The film is certainly grittier and more violent than most traditional westerns of the period.Director Ted Post does an adequate job and Clint Eastwood is great as usual. There's also a solid supporting cast, which includes Inger Stevens, Pat Hingle, Ed Begley, Ben Johnson, Charles McGraw, Bruce Dern, Alan Hale Jr., Dennis Hopper, L.Q. Jones and look fast for Redd Foxx ( Sandford and Son) as a paddy wagon prisoner.This film was also the first production of the Malpaso Company, Clint's own production company.
Visually, the film is beautiful with great panoramic views, showcasing some wonderful scenery of the old west. It is a great film. A very, very smart Western. I really liked how the film asked some interesting questions about justice, the law and what is "right." Anyone who enjoys westerns should check it out.;in case you have been "living under a rock" in Tasmania and never seen Hang 'Em High

 

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Domino (2005)
Blu-ray
8/10

Strong language Uber violent
A recounting of Domino Harvey's life story. The daughter of actor Laurence Harvey turned away from her career as a Ford model to become a bounty hunter.

Director:Tony Scott
Writers:Richard Kelly (screenplay), Richard Kelly (story)
Stars:Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Edgar Ramírez

Heads you die. Tails you live. The symbolism that runs like a thread through Tony Scott's new feature film subjects questions about life and death to a simple game of heads or tails. In 'Domino', the daughter of a famous actor prefers a rough life as a bounty hunter over a life full of wealth and glamour.
From start to finish, the film shows how and why, and especially how a director can turn a true story into a feast for the eyes. No matter how you try to watch 'Domino', you quickly get the feeling that you are watching an extremely long video clip: a style that Scott owes to the influence of action thriller guru Quentin Tarantino, and which he has developed over the years. Also made his own. Already in the first scene and then the opening titles, it becomes clear how the film works: fierce action and sharp dialogues are interspersed with a good dose of humor and supported by a nice soundtrack. Add in the necessary camera and editing tricks and the ride can begin.
But beware: fasten your seatbelts, because Scott turns his film into a flight with a lot of turbulence. From the very first minute, 'Domino' turns out to be a kind of showcase of the possibilities offered by the camera and editing. Images are locked, reversed or supplemented with texts and filming from multiple camera positions adds a busy and chaotic atmosphere . Anyone looking for mistakes or shortcomings in 'Domino' will come home from a rude awakening. Tony Scott has thought of everything. Even the credits, in which the entire cast is briefly walked by, is beautifully designed. I was amazed at how cool and composed Keira Knightley's portrayal of Domino Harvey. Her performance was throughout the movie gritty and on point. It must have been difficult to portray such an atypical character, but she really shined.
 

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HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A. (1976)
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This film chronicles the bitter and violent struggle waged by coal miners during a strike in 1973 in Eastern Kentucky against the Eastover Mining Company. The story focuses on the miners and their families' fight for decent living standards in an area where many still live in shacks with no indoor plumbing and work at jobs with little security and dangerous conditions.



Where this film is at its best is where it uses historical footage and traditional hillbilly labor songs to tie the strike to the larger past, and also where it explores other details of these people's lives health issues , living conditions that aren't specific to the strike. 9/10

I discovered Hazel Dickens from the film 'Harlan County U.S.A. Fantastic hillbilly singer.
 
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