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posted by [personal profile] bugshaw at 08:58pm on 02/08/2016 under
Films watched: 20 (total 110). 8 cinema, 8 BluRay/DVD, 3 tv, 1 stream, 1 LoveFilm.
Confession
22 Jump Street
The Descendants
The Legend of Tarzan
Rear Window
Ghostbusters
The Neon Demon
Maggie's Plan
Appropriate Behaviour
The Woodsman and The Rain
The BFG
The Way Way Back
Star Trek Beyond
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeousie
Caesar Must Die
Jason Bourne
Finding Dory
The Commune
Napoleon Dynamite
Tower Heist


Gigs etc: 4 (total 31)
Shit Faced Shakespeare (comedy, London)
The Horne Section (gig/comedy, London)
Twelfth Night (theatre, Cambridge)
Millennium Mills, Aino Tytti (sound, Cambridge)

Millennium Mills was very interesting - a chap spent a year recording various sounds in a derelict mill in Docklands - wind, internal noises, mechanical, birds, water, traffic, singers echoing through the spaces. All layered to powerful and sometimes eerie effect, presented with stills of the area fading into each other to play with scale and texture.
EDIT: Now with pictures (on Facebook) here

I saw a lot of films at the cinema in July, I did the radio review show twice. Maggie's Plan was good (I've not been a Gerwig fan before, but the scene with the toe is one of the funniest I've seen this year), and I enjoyed Star Trek and Ghostbusters. BFG is sweet and dark and creepy, lovely details and design. I am having no end of fun comparing Jason Bourne and Finding Dory, as my twitter followers will know - an amnesiac tracking down secrets about their family! He's from the C.I.A., she's from the S.E.A.! When in a tight spot they look around, assess the situation, and use whatever is to hand - a biro, a chair leg, a fountain. Chase scenes!

Lots of good DVDs too. The Woodsman and The Rain is a good one to show friends who are becoming obsessive about filmmaking (I wonder why London Gigging Buddy showed me it?), wrapped up in the excitement and urgency of the shoot, also a subtle tale of father/son relationships and growth of confidence, all in a natural environment rather than Hollywood.
Caesar Must Die is filmed in a prison, with the inmates taking the roles in a production. It's the most affecting version of Julius Caesar I've seen.
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posted by [identity profile] sphyg.livejournal.com at 08:09pm on 02/08/2016
E loves the 1980's animated BFG, but will wait for the new one to come out on DVD as not sure he's got the attention span for cinema. Have watched Big Hero 6 at least five times this month!
 
posted by [identity profile] d-floorlandmine.livejournal.com at 08:34pm on 03/08/2016
(I wonder why London Gigging Buddy showed me it?)

[grin]
 
posted by [identity profile] devilgate.livejournal.com at 04:35pm on 07/08/2016
What did you think of Napoleon Dynamite? i ask because it's the only film I've ever walked out of (though just out of my own sitting room, to be fair). But many, including the good friends who gave us the DVD, say it's one of the funniest films ever made.

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