Just finished watching a classic again. Didnt realise there was 3 Oscars involved.
The Killing Fields on Amazon Prime.
Still as gritty.
9 bullets in the back of the head out of 10.
The bloke played by John Malkovic was still living there when I first arrived in ‘98. They would occasionally display retrospectives if his work in the Foreign Correspondents’ Club.
The early scenes in the French Embassy are chilling and very accurate by all accounts.
Spoiled a bit for me - as a spotter - by the ‘Hollywood Mine’ right at the end.
The story is even more tragic as the actor who played Dith Pran was himself a refugee living in Long Beach. Like many Khmer I know, he lost all of his family and his only surviving photo of his wife was in a locket he wore on a gold chain. He was apparently killed trying to defend it from a mugger.
Can't watch Rio Bravo. It was shown, on a cine projector, effectively none stop while we traveled from FI to South Georgia. The projector slid back and forward a couple of inches on the mess deck table putting it into and out of focus, with the end result of making me sick as a dog. Horrible trip, ate an apple and bar of chocolate in three days.You should watch "Rio Bravo" next - the Howard Hawks film that he specifically directed as an attack on that movie as he (and John Wayne, and the rest of the R.B. cast) utterly detested just about every minute of it. The Wikipedia page is just a useful primer on how much, but there is a lot of other stuff on the 'Net about it.
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Oh yeah, and the songs in the film are fantastic, particularly this one with Ricky Nelson and Dean the man Martin:
It's the single greatest summation of the Western Myth ever put to audio and celluloid.
2001 - A Space Odessey.
I'd forgotten what a visually stunning film it is, and made back in the day before CGI infested the world.
As was the scene in Discovery 1 where Bowman is jogging and shadow boxing inside the circular command deck. A 30' carousel costing over $750k was constructed for the scenes.NB. the sequence of the flight attendant in the pan-am rocket plane in space, walking up the curved wall onto the "Ceiling" was done in a rotating drum, made especially for that sequence, it cost thousands, for about 30 seconds of screen time.
There is another TV movie version from 1988 I once saw with Jeff Daniels as Lt Merrick, Eric Bogosian as his lawyer Barney Ross
Watched it last night. What a tool the headshed was - "Turn your column around and come and get me." "Sir, the lads are in the shit and time is of the essence." "Turn your column around and come and get me."Danger Close is on Netflix now. Had to be done, glad I watched it.
Having watched The Odd Angry Shot I was puzzled by the number of M-16s on show, given that the Aussie forces were a primary SLR (Lithgow variant) user at the time and all the way forward until 1988 when the licence-built Steyr AUG (the "AusSteyr") replaced it. In TOAS the guy lugging the radio about has the M-16, ostensibly as a lighter weapon with lighter ammo to offset the load of the radio and batteries on top of his personal field kit, and the rest have the SLR or, if the squad gunner, an MG. I.e. One M-16 per platoon.On Netflix, Danger Close. Film based on an incident(s) during the Vietnam War in 1966 The Battle for Long Tan when Aus/Nz troops went up against a far superior number of VC. Plenty of action and annoying incompetance of HQ top officers. What I couldn't get my head round was the use(if factual)of different weapons/calbre used by blokes in the same unit. I ended up about half way through doing the old fast forward thing as it was pretty obvious how things would pan out. Worth a look but don't expect an epic blockbuster.