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Originally posted by txgolfpro:
Up with a sick baby, he fell asleep in my arms about 5:00am, couldn't risk putting him down, so I finally got to watch Tinker-Tailor.


Pro,

I hope your baby is better, and very soon.

I'm not sure you picked the best time to watch that movie. I would not want to watch it if I was tired.

Sound like it was serious, hope things are OK.

I do want to interject in here that there are only two great interpretations of Le Carre's books. One is the unbelievably great The Spy Who Came In From The Cold with Richard Burton. Burton at this point in his life simply occupies the role of the tired spy on one last mission.

The other is the BBC mini series of two of the Karla stories: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy followed with Smiley's People. After Alec Guinness' portrayal of George Smiley no actor should ever attempt the role again. In addition their 11 hour length allows for the telling of a typical complex Le Carre book. Highly recommended.

A runner up movie is the ignored, but excellent, Tailor of Panama with Pierce Bronson is his best performance to date.
Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends

Really enjoyed this. Wouldn't have called myself a fan of his before. Not that I didn't like him, just had never really sat down and listened much to his body of work. Set against his 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival appearance and interspersed with old clips and interviews, it was a joy to listen to his work over the years. I believe he would have been 78 or 79 for that concert and it was amazing how good he sounded and I have a new appreciation for the man and his talent. The perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon resting after a nice wine club dinner last night.
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Originally posted by eyesintime:
Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends

Really enjoyed this. Wouldn't have called myself a fan of his before. Not that I didn't like him, just had never really sat down and listened much to his body of work. Set against his 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival appearance and interspersed with old clips and interviews, it was a joy to listen to his work over the years. I believe he would have been 78 or 79 for that concert and it was amazing how good he sounded and I have a new appreciation for the man and his talent. The perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon resting after a nice wine club dinner last night.


Outstanding Cool
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Originally posted by eyesintime:
Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends

Really enjoyed this. Wouldn't have called myself a fan of his before. Not that I didn't like him, just had never really sat down and listened much to his body of work. Set against his 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival appearance and interspersed with old clips and interviews, it was a joy to listen to his work over the years. I believe he would have been 78 or 79 for that concert and it was amazing how good he sounded and I have a new appreciation for the man and his talent. The perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon resting after a nice wine club dinner last night.

I could be way off on this, but it seems to me that when the big crooners like Sinatra, Martin, Crosby, and Davis were still alive, Tony Bennet was treated like the bastard child. He was always there, but few wanted to acknowledge him.
Now that he's the last one standing, and still doing live shows, people have begun to appreciate him anew.
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Originally posted by eyesintime:
Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends

Really enjoyed this. Wouldn't have called myself a fan of his before. Not that I didn't like him, just had never really sat down and listened much to his body of work. Set against his 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival appearance and interspersed with old clips and interviews, it was a joy to listen to his work over the years. I believe he would have been 78 or 79 for that concert and it was amazing how good he sounded and I have a new appreciation for the man and his talent. The perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon resting after a nice wine club dinner last night.

I could be way off on this, but it seems to me that when the big crooners like Sinatra, Martin, Crosby, and Davis were still alive, Tony Bennet was treated like the bastard child. He was always there, but few wanted to acknowledge him.
Now that he's the last one standing, and still doing live shows, people have begun to appreciate him anew.


I always kind of thought along those lines too -- not really a bastard child per se but just not as "cool" as Sinatra, Davis, Martin and the Rat Pack. But I don't think that is true based upon this documentary. In an interview with Life magazine I believe (not sure of the year), Sinatra called him the best living singer and Bennett called Sinatra his best friend in the film. I always thought of him and Sinatra as contemporaries, but he was actually 10 years younger than Sinatra, so much younger than Bing I believe (Bob Hope actually gave Bennett his first real break). Bennett was also one of the first guests on Carson's Tonight Show with Groucho Marx, Joan Crawford and Mel Brooks. His career went in the shitter in the U.S. for awhile during the Rock n Roll era and seemed to concentrate on jazz more. I also didn't know that he was involved so much in the civil rights period marching front and center with MLK the march from Selma to Montgomery. Again, I never really followed his career and all this info. is from the documentary.
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Originally posted by txgolfpro:
Up with a sick baby, he fell asleep in my arms about 5:00am, couldn't risk putting him down, so I finally got to watch Tinker-Tailor.


Pro,

I hope your baby is better, and very soon.

I'm not sure you picked the best time to watch that movie. I would not want to watch it if I was tired.


Well now that you mention it.....was the girl in the hospital gown brought in and shot in front of the guy being tourtured after being shot in Romania, the same girl Ricky Tarr "fell in love" with, that he wanted Smiley to bargain for her release?
Gangster Squad

This wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Well, actually, it probably was as bad as I thought it was going to be but I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would. I think someone noted it is very "comic book" like, and I'd agree with that (though not as bad as the Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy). As such the dialogue was really pretty lame overall -- several times I guessed what the next line would be. But I made it all the way through and not once thought of poking my eyes out. I also enjoyed seeing the actress from The Killing in a different role.
Jack the Giant Slayer
Much better than I thought it would be. Loved Stanley Tucci's performance, though I watched it mainly for Ewan McGregors supporting role.

This is 40
Funny and depressing at the same time.
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The Unforgiven ( 1960)

Holy shit, I never heard of this John Huston movie. Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn (!), Lillian Gish and Audie Murphy. Looking this up I discovered that the book it's based on is by Alan Le May. He also wrote the novel that the stunning The Searchers is adapted from. Both of which deal with Native American racial issues.

Looks like another W+A film to add to the queue.
Watched Drive a couple of nights again in preparation for going to see Only God Forgives. Love that movie.

Last night we watched Vampire's kiss. Nic Cage plays a literary agent who thinks he's becoming a vampire, but isn't. So very strange. So very funny.
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The Best Years of Our Lives


This is one of my favorite movies, I need to look up and see if it was nominated for musical score. The music in the scene at towards the end when he's in the old plane is so powerful.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
The Best Years of Our Lives


This is one of my favorite movies, I need to look up and see if it was nominated for musical score. The music in the scene at towards the end when he's in the old plane is so powerful.


Golfpro,

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Originally posted by wine+art:
The Best Years of Our Lives


This is one of my favorite movies, I need to look up and see if it was nominated for musical score. The music in the scene at towards the end when he's in the old plane is so powerful.


iTunes Cool Hugo Friedhofer.
It's good to be back on the road for business finally after being waylaid for 3 months with my knee injury but it sure is cutting into my movie watching with 7AM until 10PM days! Frown
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Took my son to The Lone Ranger at the second run theatre. Pretty Lame.

Can someone tell me the difference between Depp's Lone Ranger and Pirate movies other than the sets. I haven't seen Lone Ranger and could only watch a few minutes of Pirates. It sounds like they're the same movie essentially, but one grossed almost $1B.
Saw 2 Guns. Surprisingly good. Wahlberg funny, Paxton ace, Denzel, Denzel. Good plot, couple holes, nice new clotheless Spanish bird (dodgy acting maybe), two of the worst extras at elevator scene I noticed. And what's with staking out a drug lord's house in a subdivision 30 ft from the end of his driveway unnoticed? And guy's can't go 'Ah!!' when they get killed by a fatal close range bullet to the head. Apart from that, very much recommended.
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Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick's most underestimated masterpiece

When it came out I was so disappointed that I've never watched it again. Up to then Kubrick was my film hero. I always think that I will watch it again one day, but I just can't help still thinking that Ryan O'Neal is just so miscast.
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Took my son to The Lone Ranger at the second run theatre. Pretty Lame.

Can someone tell me the difference between Depp's Lone Ranger and Pirate movies other than the sets. I haven't seen Lone Ranger and could only watch a few minutes of Pirates. It sounds like they're the same movie essentially, but one grossed almost $1B.


That's my problem with Depp - he plays the same character in Pirates, Lone Ranger, Wonka, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, etc., etc. I think his schtick is finally getting old...
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Originally posted by MoselleLuxemburg:
Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick's most underestimated masterpiece

When it came out I was so disappointed that I've never watched it again. Up to then Kubrick was my film hero. I always think that I will watch it again one day, but I just can't help still thinking that Ryan O'Neal is just so miscast.


Yep, i'm not surprised to hear that, i know lot of real film fans that dont like the film or even never heard about it.
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That's my problem with Depp - he plays the same character in Pirates, Lone Ranger, Wonka, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, etc., etc. I think his schtick is finally getting old...


Could you please list a movie I have ever seen? Wink
Re: Depp. Not a big fan, but I liked him in Polanski's Ninth Gate.

Re: Barry Lyndon. I saw about 1/2 of it not too long ago channel surfing and thought it held up really well. Marisa Berenson was almost too pretty for the role but it is the only film that O'Neil could / should be proud of. My only complaint is really minor: the typography used for the titles. Very dated, very seventies and reminded me of a bad album design from the period.
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:


That's my problem with Depp - he plays the same character in Pirates, Lone Ranger, Wonka, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, etc., etc. I think his schtick is finally getting old...


Could you please list a movie I have ever seen? Wink

For serious? You've never seen Sweeney Todd?! I get that, even though the first Pirates of the Caribbean was a good movie, action-adventure is not your thing, but Sweeney Todd?! IMO, the greatest non-animated movie musical of my lifetime. (Obviously adapted from the brilliant Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical.)

Depp was great in Edward Scissorhands as well.

I agree his schtick is getting old... but I also think he is an excellent actor capable of so much more; he just seems not to want to leave his comfort zone.
Johnny Depp was in only one great movie (and a good one What's Eating Gilbert Grape) and that's Ed Wood. And W+A it's to your shame if you haven't seen it.

What if you were as passionate about film as Orson Welles, you knew what you were doing was important and great like Orson Welles--and you had absolutely no talent? And there was nothing that could shake your conviction. Or, what if you were one of the most important film monsters during the Golden Age of Universal Studios--Bela Lugosi? Your films kept them solvent during those years, and now you're forgotten and live in a small house in Hollywood, addicted to drugs and this and trying to scare children at Halloween and this unbelievably bad director, who've you never heard of, comes to you with one last chance--and you make the film that's universally considered the worst movie ever made--Plan 9 From Outer Space (though really the worst is The Creeping Terror aka The Creeping Quilt, but you can't finish the picture and...

From it's bongo beat music opening to the end this is also Tim Burton's only great film.
Haven't seen The Lone Ranger, nor do I plan to. But from the commercials, it appears Depp is mimicking Jay Silverheels' voice.

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