What film have you just watched?

I put this in the F1 thread to get the F1 crowd, but it fits here too.

Sky Documentaries is currently showing "Steve McQueen: The Lost Movie", a documentary about an axed GP movie ( Day Of The Champion). I've only seen a snippet, but it looks good. It's available for download.
From the little bit I've seen so far, there's some lovely footage of the old Nurburgring, prior to the run-offs and Armco.
 
Age or Pioneers (aka Space Walker)

A recent Russian film about the first space walk which was carried out by a Soviet cosmonaut in 1965.

Actually a pretty good fim, similar in style to the Apollo 13 movie. Well acted, realistic (particularly the recreation of the 1960s Soviet Union) and it pretty much follows the real events, except for the post landing events which were not as dramatic is shown in the film.

Overall a good movie with lots of detail about the 1960s Soviet space programme and it compares favourably with Apollo 13. The cosmonaut who did the space walk also acted as the technical advisor for the movie and it shows in the level of detail.

Full movie with subtitles on youtube:

Thanks. Saved for later. :D

While I'm here a recommendation for downloading videos. I use this:

 
Just finished watching "A Call to Spy" on Netflix.

The story of two very brave women, Noor Inayat Khan and Virginia Hall and the woman who recruited them Vera Atkins.

Tarted up for cinema it may have been but what a story these ladies made. Noor was captured and executed, later being posthumously awarded the GC. Virginia Hall was an American who had lost a leg in a shooting accident pre-war. Hall became probably the most successful agent in France, mainly working out of Lyon until she was denounced by a priest, but managed to escape by getting a train to Perpignan then walking over the mountains into Spain - with a wooden leg!

What a story and a well made film which captures the atmosphere of the time. Very much worth a watch.
 
Final Score, a Dave Bautista gem. he plays an ex US SF operative whose best mate, a Brit no less, gets killed on his watch but has kept in touch with the family, bowls up in London to take the mate's kid to a West Ham match, at which is also sat a Russian "defector" and a team of fellow Russkies set out to kill him. Chaos ensues throughout, deffo a sit back and disengage brain film but watchable.
Give us a break; it's trash. I saw 'Instant Death' (Amazon) this evening which seems to be of the same genre, involving an American Special Forces death-dealer (whose background is Highly Secret, of course) pitching up in England to massacre a huge number of drug dealers (and death-dealers, too, to be fair). The most grotesque casting seen in modern cinema involves a senile British Colonel (presumably also of Special Forces) and a few henchmen, all wearing General Service capbadges and really, really odd uniforms, Police types behaving like Egyptian secret police, and automatic pistols which are, actually, fully automatic. Body count excessive, but probably suitable for American audiences. The inevitable, sad, scene at the end where the Hero visits the graveyard actually had me bellowing with laughter, which I suppose was inappropriate, but I Apologise.

Edit: There really is a vast amount of dross in Amazon's, Netflix's catalogues. I suppose it passes the time, but suspension of disbelief becomes an art.
 
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endure

GCM
Give us a break; it's trash. I saw 'Instant Death' (Amazon) this evening which seems to be of the same genre, involving an American Special Forces death-dealer (whose background is Highly Secret, of course) pitching up in England to massacre a huge number of drug dealers (and death-dealers, too, to be fair). The most grotesque casting seen in modern cinema involves a senile British Colonel (presumably also of Special Forces) and a few henchmen, all wearing General Service capbadges and really, really odd uniforms, Police types behaving like Egyptian secret police, and automatic pistols which are, actually, fully automatic. Body count excessive, but probably suitable for American audiences. The inevitable, sad, scene at the end where the Hero visits the graveyard actually had me bellowing with laughter, which I suppose was inappropriate, but I Apologise.

Edit: There really is a vast amount of dross in Amazon's, Netflix's catalogues. I suppose it passes the time, but suspension of disbelief becomes an art.
If you want some good stuff on Amazon watch 'Manhatttan' (the bomb) and 'The Americans' (Soviet deep sleepers in the US).
 

TamH70

MIA
The 25th Anniversary Celebration of "The Phantom of the Opera", filmed at the Royal Albert Hall.

Sumptuous staging, excellent performances and the music is just brilliant.


Makes up for the almighty ****-up starring Gerard Butler and Emma Rossum that Webber brought out in 2004.
 

ches

LE
On the face of it, I'd have thought an Indian would have stuck out like a sore thumb in France full stop at that time, let alone war-time France.

However, it appears that the real NIK did not look quite as Indian as the rather lovely young lady that they cast to play her...

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Au contraire (see what i did there).....France was a pretty diverse country esp the cities & morso those in the south. The movement across the Med of Moroccans, Algerians etc was very common. Large number colonial troops fought in 40 & were captured. Those released after the surrender remained in France as transfer back to the colonies wasn't something boxheads wanted to waste resources on.

Tried the Coming to America sequel as the lass wanted to watch it - she can finish it on her own. Christ on a bike.

Saw a nice off beat film on Prime - The Book of Love. Maisie Williams (playing a yank) alongside a decent US cast as an orphan with a compulsion to build a raft & sail away. Its a sometimes difficult to watch film with some emotional scenes dealing with bereavement & deep grief & pulls no real punches if anyone has been through that recently but worth a watch.
 
Thanks. Saved for later. :D

While I'm here a recommendation for downloading videos. I use this:

Good call on the any-video-converter app. :thumright:

I used it to download the movie "The Heist" from youtube yesterday. Instead of getting the usual low quality version (720p or 480p at 300-500 Mb)) from downloaders like Y2Mate it delivered the full HD quality movie (1.3GB).
 
Good call on the any-video-converter app. :thumright:

I used it to download the movie "The Heist" from youtube yesterday. Instead of getting the usual low quality version (720p or 480p at 300-500 Mb)) from downloaders like Y2Mate it delivered the full HD quality movie (1.3GB).
I have an ancient MP3 music player. It's useful for converting from Youtube to MP3 too!
Glad you are enjoying it.
 

sunny james

War Hero
Good call on the any-video-converter app. :thumright:

I used it to download the movie "The Heist" from youtube yesterday. Instead of getting the usual low quality version (720p or 480p at 300-500 Mb)) from downloaders like Y2Mate it delivered the full HD quality movieII
I use Ark Tube to download YouTube stuff to Android. It has to be side -loaded as Google own You tube.
The free version allows the reduced quality vids, for the HD things you can cough up a couple of quid to play store for the donation add-on.

 
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Like a Western? Try 3.10 To Yuma with Christian Bale, Russel Crow and a load of baddies.

Crow plays the part of a gang leader who gets caught and Bale joins the party to escort him to a town to catch the prison train, meanwhile his gang attempt to set him free.

Great action movie with excellent performances, on Netflix.
We watched it last night. I kind of enjoyed it, it had all of the ingredients for a classic western. Great acting and cinematography with some top action scenes. But something was missing IMO.
There was a blurring as to good guy vs bad guy and most of the best westerns are black and white as to who is good and bad. I liked Russel Crowe's character right from the start. The plot got a bit complex at the end and although very good, not fitting in the style for a true western.

I realise that I'm being overly critical of what is a good film, I think that having watched so many films and TV recently I'm becomming more of a critic.
 

NSP

LE
Ghostbusters - the proper one, not the right-on remake. Obviously...
 

Gout Man

LE
Book Reviewer
We watched it last night. I kind of enjoyed it, it had all of the ingredients for a classic western. Great acting and cinematography with some top action scenes. But something was missing IMO.
There was a blurring as to good guy vs bad guy and most of the best westerns are black and white as to who is good and bad. I liked Russel Crowe's character right from the start. The plot got a bit complex at the end and although very good, not fitting in the style for a true western.

I realise that I'm being overly critical of what is a good film, I think that having watched so many films and TV recently I'm becomming more of a critic.
I know what you mean but it was a clever ending, won’t say too much as I don’t want to spoil it for others, but I did think WHAT:???: And then a moment later it clicked as to why, very clever I thought and unexpected.
 
Thanks. Saved for later. :D

While I'm here a recommendation for downloading videos. I use this:

That definitely looks interesting, and downloading now. (the 'enhancer' thing is 3Gb in size...)

Apologies for sidetracking. That 3Gb seems to have been a Microsoft Update, which imposed itself on my computer for a couple of hours. The AVC program is extremely slow, and the Enhancer doesn't work (it's a Beta), so both revo'd away.
 
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I know what you mean but it was a clever ending, won’t say too much as I don’t want to spoil it for others, but I did think WHAT:???: And then a moment later it clicked as to why, very clever I thought and unexpected.

If it's a slow day in your household, you may well wish to see how this version compares with the original Van Heflin / Glenn Ford film.(1957)
 
I know what you mean but it was a clever ending, won’t say too much as I don’t want to spoil it for others, but I did think WHAT:???: And then a moment later it clicked as to why, very clever I thought and unexpected.
I thought it was shiite but better than some of the crap I'm forced to watch with Mrs Biff.

I picked "Troop Zero" for her yesterday on t'flix. "Oh", says she, "One of them there army movies set in the arctic then!", before it started.
It's about a girl scout troop of 9 year old misfits in the 70's, that she enjoyed. Passable, good-ish feeling movie.
 
Watched again today on TalkingPictures “ Twelve Angry Men “ classic taut American Court Room , but mainly Jury Room , drama made in 1957 about the trial of a young man charged with murder . It is full of actors whose faces I remember from other American films of that time including Lee J Cobb but to me it is Henry Fonda who puts in the finest performance .

A taster ...



... well worth a watch .


... and for the Old and Bold Tony Hancock made his own version in a Hancock's Half Hour episode ....

 
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Watched again today on TalkingPictures “ Twelve Angry Men “ classic taut American Court Room , but mainly Jury Room , drama made in 1957 about the trial of a young man charged with murder . It is full of actors whose faces I remember from other American films of that time including Lee J Cobb but to me it is Henry Fonda who puts in the finest performance .

A taster ...



... well worth a watch .


... and for the Old and Bold Tony Hancock made his own version in a Hancock's Half Hour episode ....


My favourite film.
 
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