What film have you just watched?

chrisg46

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Ummm... I thought that though the lass was his neighbour, the relationship sequence was a figment of his illness as shown when she finds him on her sofa much later in the film.

Happy to be corrected.
Very much a figment, but its not shown if he just gets up and walks out or if he does something terrible.
 
When Eight Bells Toll

Actually on YouTube with only 1 major advertisement and a couple of minor ones. A ripping yarn in the tradition of ripping yarns with a young (very) Anthony Hopkins playing an anti-hero RN officer assigned to the intelligence service to investigate the disappearance of vessels carrying bullion off the coast of western Scotland. Robert Morley plays himself as the intelligence chief, Jack Hawkins plays a very low-key role as a rich businessman. I hadn't seen the film in decades so good to catch up again - its worth the 90 minutes or so it takes.
 
When Eight Bells Toll

Actually on YouTube with only 1 major advertisement and a couple of minor ones. A ripping yarn in the tradition of ripping yarns with a young (very) Anthony Hopkins playing an anti-hero RN officer assigned to the intelligence service to investigate the disappearance of vessels carrying bullion off the coast of western Scotland. Robert Morley plays himself as the intelligence chief, Jack Hawkins plays a very low-key role as a rich businessman. I hadn't seen the film in decades so good to catch up again - its worth the 90 minutes or so it takes.
My first and favoritist Alistair MacLean book. First read as a very young teenager whilst laid up in hospital. Far more readable (and believable) than the Ian Fleming books.
 
When Eight Bells Toll

Actually on YouTube with only 1 major advertisement and a couple of minor ones. A ripping yarn in the tradition of ripping yarns with a young (very) Anthony Hopkins playing an anti-hero RN officer assigned to the intelligence service to investigate the disappearance of vessels carrying bullion off the coast of western Scotland. Robert Morley plays himself as the intelligence chief, Jack Hawkins plays a very low-key role as a rich businessman. I hadn't seen the film in decades so good to catch up again - its worth the 90 minutes or so it takes.
That came up on my YouTube feed as well, although I didn't watch it, instead selecting:

The Thousand Plane Raid

Basically US Colonel wants to hit targets in Germany with 1,000 B17s at a time, in daylight. Said Colonel is a bit of a martinette and the loss of crews is getting to him. Obligatory love interest and semi comic British liaison character. Some good B17 porn, along with actual combat footage - good of the yanks to film WWII in colour.

Basically a bog standard 1960s American war film. I last watched it about 35 years ago, and I'll probably watch it again in another 35 years. Still it wasn't an unpleasant way to spend 93 minutes.

3.5/10
 
What made it for me was everyone stuck to their own accents or thereabouts and no terrible Russian accents, which to me made it even funnier.

The standout of which was Jason Isaacs in full on gruff Yorkshire mode playing "Field Marshall Zhukov, t'leader of t'Red Armeh."
The director insisted on them keeping to their accents, mirroring the characters they were playing who were mostly from Russian peasant stock. I thought it worked rather well.
 
just seen it again.....

Navigator to Captain, Approaching target, Distance one zero miles, switch from green grid to target Orange.
Roger, ready for final bomb run, Bombadier ready sir.
Bomb fuse master safety on, baremetric, time and impact. Fuse the bomb delay factor yellow three.
bomb fusing circuits one through four test.
bomb arming test lights on, one through four.
primary test switch to override, black indicators to maximum deflection, detonator set to zero altitude. release first safety.
first safety released
released second safety
second safety released.
check bomb door circuits one through four.
Err, bomb door circuits negative function...lights are red.
switch to backup circuits.
backup circuits switched in, still negative function.
engage emergency power.
Emergency power engaged, still negative function.
operate manual override.
ahh, still negative function, the teleflex drive must be sheared away.
Fire the explosive bolts !
Roger, still dead sir, the operating circuits are dead sir.

Stay on the Bomb run boys, I'm gonna get those bomb doors open if it hare lips everyone on bear creek.
 
Looks like you had a pretty good weekend in Vegas.
 

NSP

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That came up on my YouTube feed as well, although I didn't watch it, instead selecting:

The Thousand Plane Raid

Basically US Colonel wants to hit targets in Germany with 1,000 B17s at a time, in daylight. Said Colonel is a bit of a martinette and the loss of crews is getting to him. Obligatory love interest and semi comic British liaison character. Some good B17 porn, along with actual combat footage - good of the yanks to film WWII in colour.

Basically a bog standard 1960s American war film. I last watched it about 35 years ago, and I'll probably watch it again in another 35 years. Still it wasn't an unpleasant way to spend 93 minutes.

3.5/10
There's a relatively recent French-made documentary series on WWII where they colourised all the footage - except some shots where there's a lot of Wehrmacht moving up the line, advancing, etc. where the landscape is coloured but the remasterers had clearly thought, "It's called 'field grey,' right..." and left them in the original monochrome.
 
Saw the Joker tonight. Easily contender for film of the decade and I can't remember the last film to leave me thinking so deeply and widely about it all.

Brilliantly deep and dark with an exceptional performance by Phoenix. Felt very much like a one man show with a cast of supporting extras and I loved it. Especially as his mind begins to trully fall apart and be rebuilt into something terrifying and the final stretch that tied it properly into Batman canon..... boom.

Deeply disturbing though, yet somehow satisfying in it. Bah, I've rewritten this post half a dozen times because I can't seem to fully decide what and how I feel about the film.
 
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My first and favoritist Alistair MacLean book. First read as a very young teenager whilst laid up in hospital. Far more readable (and believable) than the Ian Fleming books.
Never saw the film as a kid apart from some clips on telly, but it led me to buy my first Alistair Maclean book, The guns of navarone.
Which for some completely bizarre reason had a pic of a German soldier climbing a cliff on the cover.
 
Never saw the film as a kid apart from some clips on telly, but it led me to buy my first Alistair Maclean book, The guns of navarone.
Which for some completely bizarre reason had a pic of a German soldier climbing a cliff on the cover.
To make it look more realistic maybe they were on adventure training.
 

old_fat_and_hairy

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My first and favoritist Alistair MacLean book. First read as a very young teenager whilst laid up in hospital. Far more readable (and believable) than the Ian Fleming books.
I know it's the wrong thread, but; as a much younger person, I read all the AM books and loved them. Went on to Hammond Innes, which were good except - like Douglas Reeman - his hero always had some dread disease or condition. Moved from him to Gavin Lyall, and enjoyed those. Anyhoo, enough of books on this thread.
 

Awol

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Lone Survivor. I've avoided watching it until now, because, knowing the ending (having read the book), I assumed it'd just be depressing.

I was wrong, great film, visceral action scenes and as far as I can remember, accurate to the book.

The one thing that didn't sit correctly, IMHO, was that having been compromised by the goatherds, the team hiked for about half an hour, before seeking cover. I was always told that it was imperative to hike for as long as physically possible once compromised, as each mile hiked exponentially increases the radius (over all 360° around the initial compromise point) that the enemy would have to search.
 

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