Ahhh that feeling of the tail end of day, chores completed, the evening film prepped in the disc drive (what other way here at the vault? 😁), with a gloriously relaxing weekend just around the corner. I thought I’d take a moment to appreciate one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. I don’t say that lightly, and to be honest, Cameron’s ambitions have begun to really frustrate me lately, but what can I say? In Cameron I trust 😂 I loved Avatar even more than most, but 11 years is a long time to wait for more of that when he could be working on new visions. That said, he must know what he’s doing. From the humble beginnings of the silly and schlocky Piranha 2, all the way to Avatar, Cameron has proven time and time again he can produce some of the most epic, sprawling, awe inspiring productions, with both technical mastery and emotional depth. Now Cameron and his bean counters need to stop screwing around and put out True Lies and The Abyss on freaking bluray! Seriously. What is the freaking holdup? Does anyone have any insight into that? Anyway, If I had to choose a favorite film of his, I’d have to go with Titanic. It’s a tough, tough choice, but that is one majestic, epic, phenomenal film through and through. What about you? What’s your favorite Cameron production? Sound off below! #bluraycollector#movies#moviecollection#moviecollector#collection#film#cinema#cinephile#bluray#hd#highdefinition#marcsmovievault#geek#moviebuff#moviereview#jamescameron#scifi#epic#titanic#aliens#horror#action#nowplaying#terminator#avatar
The Arrival is some good ol’ fashioned alien invasion conspiracy fun. The plot is what I most like about the movie and find interesting while the rest is just general schlock with some pretty awful dialogue at times and a hammy Charlie Sheen performance. The effects are pretty wonky but have their own particular charm to them and at times will cause uncontrollable laughter. I’ve always had a soft spot for this movie though cus’ like I said the whole idea of the plot is pretty cool to me. It’s definitely not a must watch but it’s decent and does have a certain charm to it. I finally upgraded my VHS copy and went straight to Blu-ray, skipping DVD entirely so I’m pretty happy about that. I also have the sequel on VHS but we’ll talk about that when I get to it 😉 #nowwatching#bluraycollection#filmfanatic#moviecollection#thearrival#sciencefiction#cheesy#bmovie#charliesheen
THE LEOPARD MAN (1943) 66 minutes.
THE GHOST SHIP (1943) 69 minutes.
Both films produced by Val Lewton.
THE LEOPARD MAN: Short little film directed by Jacques Tourneur about girls being murdered in a New Mexico town. Is it an escaped black leopard or something else. Not much here to recommend it, I'm afraid, although the dark imagery of the black-robed procession by candlelight was kind of neat. Overall the film seemed like pretty average stuff. Oddly enough (to me) one of the extras is a commentary by William Friedkin, which I didn't go back and listen to. Maybe I should have...
THE GHOST SHIP: Directed by Mark Robson. More suspense thriller than horror (no ghosts on the "ghost ship"). But this one did work for me right from the start and it held up through to the end. Mostly gripping and tightly scripted story of a new third officer aboard a ship who discovers the captain is criminally insane but because the captain has absolute authority no one will take the third officer's side. Far easier to stay with the program and keep their jobs. Life at sea is a rough business. Where to turn when you are in danger and can't find a friend. Another short feature but it accomplishes what it sets out to.
7119 hours ago
Since I work from home, my home is my office space. We are starting to plan our bedroom renovation, mind you I’m totally cool with old weird outdated things, taking care of your stuff no matter the age, and not gutting everything bc of trends, but once its starts falling apart or is not functional, it just needs some TLC and respect since it was built in the 1800s. It hit me the other day, each room we have redone so far, I’ve measured, designed, and made mockups of what I envision to make it functional. Then, Drew knocks it out of the park building what I had in mind (fixing all my scale issues and letting me know if something is not structurally possible, which tends to be a lot 😂). He puts time and craftsmanship into each piece. He’s built a full wall dvd shelf, our weird triangular vanity, a laundry closet, a giant bookcase, my desk and industrial shelving, his desk, an amazing rolling workbench that I believe he made with no screws and is knotched together, and more. I am in charge of staining, painting, and any varnishes (or I was left to figure out how to lay the tiny oddball edge pieces of hexagon floor tile in the bathroom, eck) but we make a pretty good team making custom pieces that fit neatly into this home. Hopefully I can get some shots of all these things and document this built-in closet beast I came up with. By trade I am a graphic designer/illustrator and he is an electrician. But our guts are made of weird ideas and the urge to make cool stuffs out of everything!
LE PONT DU NORD (1981)
France - 128 minutes.
MY REVIEW: Another enjoyable Jacques Rivette film. As far as it being a "dark companion" to Celine and Julie Go Boating...yes and no. There is a similarity in that it shares the theme of two women meeting and how they become connected as friends in a somewhat odd and casual fashion, embarking on a strange adventure together. I would say the similarity mostly ends there. In Celine and Julie the film played with the nature of shifting reality in a much more obvious way. Le Pont du Nord is more grounded in the here and now, or there and then if you prefer, although the pair (played by mother and daughter Bulle and Pascale Ogier) do take part in an imagined game which has real-life implications...call it a simplified magical realism, perhaps, but nothing terribly overt.
One of the joys of the film for me was the dialogue between Marie (Bulle) and Baptiste (Pascale). Especially that of the sweet and innocent yet utterly strange faux-streetwise Baptiste. The bulk of the film was shot outdoors in the city of Paris and at times this becomes an important aspect of the film in its use of statuary, architecture, and locations.
Much like Celine and Julie, Le Pont du Nord shows subtle implications that, while there to be absorbed, don't reveal their true meaning until later in the film, and I think this is a big part of the real filmmaking genius on display in these films.
7.5 out of 10
3119 hours ago
ABC Marathon A’s ✅ I’m currently marathoning my whole film collection in alphabetical order and just finished the A’s 🙌🏼 This is going to take much longer than I thought 😂 Alien was my favorite of the bunch 👌🏼
New rule: Only continue forward in the marathon. Once a letter is done, it’s officially done even if I pick up more titles with a previous letter later on. So A’s are officially done 👏🏼
🎥 #NowShowing: after watching the first two for Batman Day on the weekend, it seemed like the right time to watch the final two movies. Tonight was #BatmanForever.
Synopsis: Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.
What's this, you say? I've given Batman Forever the same score as Batman Returns? Yes, I have a little confession to make: I actually like Forever a little more than Returns. Sure, it's insanely over the top and a complete 180 from Burton's dour Returns, and yet despite this it's just plain fun.
Carrey is essentially playing himself and it works, Kilmer does OK with both the lighter parts & the psychological beats, and O'Donnell is OK in a difficult role. If you ditched the Bat-nipples, amped up the psychological stuff a touch and toned down the neon and humour a bit we would have had an interesting Bat-film. As it stands, it's like the 60's series hooked up with a Looney Tunes cartoon.
Have you seen this film? 👀 💭 Post your thoughts below!
One thing Returns had going for it was an excellent transfer showcasing some amazing production design. Forever is slightly less impressive, but it's hard to tell if it's due to the master used or the production design. Some shots look a touch soft, but that could either be the result of an older master or the fact that the heavily saturated neon colour tones can make fine detail disappear a little. It's still a solid disc though.
The audio is where things really impress. It's the most enjoyable of this series of films. It has more of the modern day blockbuster style mix so LFE content is excellent, surrounds get a good workout and it's a full-bodied track.
Actors: #ValKilmer, #TommyLeeJones, #JimCarrey, #NicoleKidman, #ChrisODonnell
Genre: #action, #ComicBook, #thriller
331st of 2018
Does anyone know anything about the UK rental Jumanji tapes? This one arrived today with an orange box and tape, catalogue number CVT 24029 H. From what I gather, there’s a white one, CVT 24029 G, a red one CVT 24029 B, and a standard black one, CVT 24029. Clearly I need to collect them all, so if anyone knows how many there are, and what colours, that’d be fab. Seems weird to have so many variations of the rental edition rather than sell thru?