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m.cellophane

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The Viewage of James aka m.cellophane
« on: January 03, 2008, 07:49:28 PM »
*Now TomGaines-ified to Pete's format, with a cellophane twist.  ;)

Shoot the Moon
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Title: Shoot the Moon
Year: 1982
Director: Alan Parker
Rating: R
Length: 124 Min.
Media Type: DVD
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: English, French

Stars:
Albert Finney
Diane Keaton
Karen Allen
Peter Weller
Dana Hill

Plot:
George and Faith Dunlap have it all: financial success, adoring children, a gracious home. And yet they have nothing. Faith sums it up when she introduces herself to George's friends at a posh party: "I'm not his friend. I'm his wife."

Albert Finney and Diane Keaton star in a poignant, unsparing story of a marriage in crisis written by Bo Goldman ('Scent of a Woman') and directed by Alan Parker ('Mississippi Burning'). The Dunlaps surely once loved each other. But George has a mistress, Faith drifts into an affair and silences between them are broken by too many wrong words. At once unique and universal, their story "contains a raw emotional power of the sort we rarely see in domestic dramas" (Roger Ebert, 'Chicago Sun-Times').

Extras:
Scene Access
Audio Commentary
Trailers

m.cellophane says:

I'm grateful that with DVDs, I'm able to catch up on movies I wouldn't have understood at the time. This movie came out the year I graduated from high school, too new in the adult world to connect or even have a desire to see a film like this. Now, 25 years and a lot of living later, I felt every minute of the pain on the screen. I can't say that it's a fun movie to watch. It's more of a catharsis. It leaves you with an overall emotional impact rather than one of enjoyment. Although I will say that it was enjoyable to watch Albert Finney and Diane Keaton for sure. They did a great job. The revelation for me in this cast though was Dana Hill. I remember her from years ago, and sadly as I looked things up on IMDb, I see that she passed away about 10 years ago at 32. It's a wonder to me that she wasn't nominated for awards for her performance here. She plays the oldest daughter and did such a great job portraying the pain and anguish that is felt by the children in divorce. Also in the cast of kids are Tina Yothers (Family Ties) and Tracy Gold (Growing Pains) when they were quite young. The DVD presents a good anamorphic transfer in the original mono sound with a commentary. It's a good movie, which I recommend, but it's more of an experience than entertainment.

7 on the cellophane scale.
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2008, 09:19:48 AM »
National Treasure

Title: National Treasure
Year: 2004
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Rating: PG
Length: 131 Min.
Media Type: DVD
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:

Stars:
Nicolas Cage
Diane Kruger
Justin Bartha
Sean Bean
Jon Voight

Plot:
From Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of Pirates Of The Caribbean, comes the definitive National Treasure. Get closer to the edge of your seat with the 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD of this thrilling adventure starring Academy Award Winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995) as Benjamin Franklin Gates. With heart-pounding chases and close calls, this high-stakes crime caper is the most exciting treasure hunt you've ever experienced - now with a treasure trove of new special features.

Extras:
Scene Access
Deleted Scenes
Featurettes
Interactive Games
Closed Captioned

m.cellophane says:

I was never too interested in seeing this. My father-in-law brought it to my attention recently and so I checked it out. This is what I would call an old-fashioned Saturday afternoon movie. Not a great film, but it's good entertainment. Great to eat popcorn to. It's noticeably PG rated too. No swearing that I can recall. That sort of felt unusual. I enjoyed the Philadelphia locales. I was recently in Philadelphia for the first time and there were a few places in the film that I actually recognized. One of my favorite places I've ever been was the Reading Terminal Market. There was a chase scene through the market in the film, so I was quite excited by that. Fans of Dexter will see Sgt. Doakes and Paul Bennett in tiny roles as FBI Agents. Completely formulaic, but good fun.

6 on the cellophane scale.

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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2008, 07:05:57 AM »
The Shoes of the Fisherman
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Title: The Shoes of the Fisherman
Year: 1968
Director: Michael Anderson
Rating: G
Length: 162 Min.
Media Type: DVD
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Anthony Quinn
Laurence Olivier [Sir Laurence Olivier]
Oskar Werner
David Janssen
Vittorio De Sica

Plot:
All eyes are focused on the Vatican, hoping to see the traditional puffs of white smoke that signal the selection of the next Pope. But this time, much more is at stake. The new pontiff may be the only person who can bring peace to a world hovering on the edge of nuclear nightmare.

From Morris L. West's bestseller, 'The Shoes of the Fisherman' is both an urgent tale of geopolitical intrigue and a fascinating look at Vatican procedure. Anthony Quinn plays a newly freed Russian political prisoner thrust into the spotlight as Pope Kiril Lakota. Laurence Olivier, Oskar Werner, John Gielgud, David Janssen and Leo McKern (the National Board of Review's Best Supporting Actor) enrich a dazzling production nominated for two Academy Awards®, and a Golden Globe® winner for Alex North's score.

Extras:
Scene Access
Trailers
Featurettes
Closed Captioned

m.cellophane says:

I purchased this DVD as part of the Films of Faith box set. I'm an Audrey Hepburn fan (The Nun's Story) whereas my wife and father-in-law have fond memories of seeing The Shoes of the Fisherman in its original release. So I decided to check it out.

There was a lot I didn't understand since I'm not Catholic, but I did enjoy the pomp and circumstance of how a pope is chosen. It's interesting that the fictional story of this former Russian prisoner who becomes pope somewhat foreshadows the circumstances that elevated Pope John Paul II less than 10 years after this film was made.

Anthony Quinn is superb as Kiril Lakota, who becomes Pope Kiril. The Oskar Werner storyline about the cosmic Christ escaped me as a non-Catholic, and I had to read up a bit about that after I watched the film. David Janssen has a thankless role as a TV reporter. I question whether his part could have just been removed from the film altogether.

The transfer is good for its age and there's one featurette of interest. This is one of those roadshow-type films with an overture, entr'acte, and exit music. No matter the film, I'm always a sucker for a roadshow epic!

The best part of the story for me was seeing how a man's faith informs his decision making and reveals his character. If you can watch it on that level, you'll find it enjoyable.

6 on the cellophane scale.


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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2008, 07:27:22 AM »
Winter Kills

Title: Winter Kills
Year: 1979
Director: William Richert
Rating: R
Length: 97 Min.
Media Type: DVD
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Jeff Bridges
John Huston
Anthony Perkins
Eli Wallach
Sterling Hayden

Plot:
Jeff Bridges stars as Nick Kegan, the son of world-famous tycoon Pa Kegan (John Huston) and half-brother of the late President Timothy Kegan who was slain by a lone assassin 19 years earlier. But when a long-rumored "second gunman" makes a secret deathbed confession, Nick begins to unravel a trail of suspects that includes a billionaire war-freak (Sterling Hayden), a murderous Mob boss (Ralph Meeker), a shady nightclub owner (Eli Wallach), a Cuban kingpin (Tomas Milian), an eccentric computer expert (Anthony Perkins) and a mysterious Washington madam (Elizabeth Taylor).

Belinda Bauer, Toshirô Mifune, Dorothy Malone and Richard Boone co-star in this one-of-a-kind black comedy thriller from acclaimed writer/director William Richert and based on the best-selling novel by Richard Condon (PRIZZI'S HONOR and THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE).

Extras:
Scene Access
Audio Commentary
Trailers
Featurettes
Gallery
Production Notes
DVD-ROM Content
Closed Captioned

m.cellophane says:

I stumbled on this film unexpectedly. I'm a fan of Elizabeth Taylor and was looking for her films on DVD. Here she has a silent uncredited role. But I'm happy to have discovered this film! It's an odd blend of political thriller and black comedy satire, all rolled into 1970s goodness.

Jeff Bridges is terrific in his role as the brother of a slain president who himself stumbles onto the trail of the mystery of who killed his brother. John Huston just chews up the screen as his father. Anthony Perkins is fun as a techie kingpin.

And there are so many cool cameos. Toshirô Mifune as the butler! Eli Wallach and Sterling Hayden. Richard Boone! And Dorothy Malone comes out of nowhere in a late-career appearance. And then there's Liz Taylor.

Not only is the movie a revelation, but this Anchor Bay package is really first rate. There's a commentary with a very enthusiastic director. This guy has only directed less then a handful of films, but he's very passionate about this one. His commentary and the featurettes detail some very interesting drama surrounding the making of the film. It's really a great study in how a non-studio film is made when money is hard to come by...and when money gets borrowed from the wrong sources.

I'll say no more!

8 on the cellophane scale.

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Re: The Viewage of m.cellophane
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2008, 09:31:18 AM »
Hairspray

Title: Hairspray
Year: 2007
Director: Adam Shankman
Rating: PG
Length: 117 Min.
Media Type: Blu-ray
Video: Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: DTS HD, English: DTS HD
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Stars:
John Travolta
Michelle Pfeiffer
Christopher Walken
Amanda Bynes
James Marsden

Plot:
It's 1962, and change is in the air in Baltimore. Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion--to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" and is transformed overnight from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can the trendsetting Tracy win the heart of teen-dream Link Larkin and stand up for what she believes in, despite the program's scheming stage manager? All she needs is her best friend Penny, a toe- tappin' beat - and a little HAIRSPRAY!

Extras:
Featurettes

m.cellophane says:

I barely remember seeing the John Waters version with Ricki Lake. My daughter saw a touring production of the stage version. She loved it and knowing my love of musicals, she urged me to see it first on stage and then on film. I never did.

Then it played on an airplane I was on but the screens were so terrible. Each mini-screen was affected by a different color saturation. Mine was green. The movie looked fun, but I couldn't appreciate it under those circumstances.

I grabbed the Blu-ray version on my way to the cashier when I purchased my Blu-ray player. Watching it today was one of the best eye and ear candy experiences I've ever had with a musical.

It's so well cast. Each actor is so perfect for their role. I really can't single anyone out since they were all terrific. The music is catchy. I found myself humming "Good Morning Baltimore" afterwards. The story caught me by surprise. I wasn't expecting more than just breezy songs in a '60s setting. But it has a great message about tolerance.

The Hi-Def version is eye-popping. Just fabulous. The 2-disc set is packed with extras.

Welcome to the '60s...oh, oh, oh....

10 on the cellophane scale. If only the scale went to 11.  ;)


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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2008, 09:58:27 AM »
The Black Orchid

Title: The Black Orchid
Year: 1959
Director: Martin Ritt
Rating: NR
Length: 94 Min.
Media Type: DVD
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Sophia Loren
Anthony Quinn
Peter Mark Richman [Mark Richman]
Virginia Vincent
Frank Puglia

Plot:
Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren star as longtime widower Frank and recently widowed Rose, lonely hearts who discover something special in ‘The Black Orchid’, a sensitive comedy romance directed by Martin Ritt (‘Norma Rae’, ‘Murphy’s Romance’).

What they discover is each other – and a love that restores joy in their lives. Yet before they can say “I do,” Frank’s daughter says “No you don’t!” With all the heart and courage they possess, Frank and Rose work to win over his daughter and to rescue Rose’s son from a path that has him headed for reform school. Love may be better the second time around… but for Frank and Rose it’s also a lot more complicated!

Extras:
Scene Access
Closed Captioned

m.cellophane says:

It seems to me that Paramount has dressed up this DVD package to try to sell it as something it isn't. The color cover is beautiful, but this is a black and white film. The back cover has pictures of the actors laughing and the overview calls it a comedy romance, but it's a serious romantic melodrama. It's a straight 1950's melodrama.

There's nothing wrong with a black and white romantic melodrama. I happen to love them. But don't be fooled by that gorgeous color cover.

Sophia Loren is a widow and Anthony Quinn is a widower. There's discussion that both of their deceased spouses had undesirable qualities, but in that era, it didn't fly to match up divorcees. The previous spouses needed to be good and dead for romance to bloom anew.

Anthony Quinn was hot off winning his second Oscar when this was filmed. Sophis Loren would win hers shortly after. The writer would soon pen Pscyho! And the director, Martin Ritt, was one of the most underrated directors, certainly a favorite of mine (The Long Hot Summer, Hud, Sounder, Norma Rae).

If you like the 1950's style melodrama, you'll enjoy the film. The transfer is fine and I think we're fortunate to have an anamorphic widescreen version of a film that isn't exactly a money-maker.

6 on the cellophane scale.


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Re: The Viewage of m.cellophane
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2008, 10:20:21 AM »
Hairspray
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10 on the cellophane scale. If only the scale went to 11.  ;)



Bought for a significant other as a chick flick, I've now moved it to my must watch pile > thanks for the review  :thumbup:

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Re: The Viewage of m.cellophane
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2008, 02:54:50 AM »
[Bought for a significant other as a chick flick, I've now moved it to my must watch pile > thanks for the review  :thumbup:

Do you have more than one "significant other"?  :devil:

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Re: The Viewage of m.cellophane
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2008, 04:26:56 AM »
[Bought for a significant other as a chick flick, I've now moved it to my must watch pile > thanks for the review  :thumbup:

Do you have more than one "significant other"?  :devil:
I was wondering the same thing.  :devil:

Richie, I hope you like it. I love musicals so my ratings are suspect in that area.  :-[

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Re: The Viewage of m.cellophane
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2008, 11:52:39 AM »
[Bought for a significant other as a chick flick, I've now moved it to my must watch pile > thanks for the review  :thumbup:

Do you have more than one "significant other"?  :devil:

As my divorce is just in final stages, I would like to take the 5th amendment on this (USA guys - is it the 5th I was wanting????)

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Re: The Viewage of m.cellophane
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2008, 03:35:43 PM »
yes Fogg... it's the 5th if you do not want to incriminate yourself.  :laugh:

And I would be suspect of James' recommendation as well.  :-X One question James, did the wife enjoy it?  :tease:

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Re: The Viewage of m.cellophane
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2008, 05:01:38 PM »

As my divorce is just in final stages, I would like to take the 5th amendment on this (USA guys - is it the 5th I was wanting????)
That's the one!  ;)


And I would be suspect of James' recommendation as well.  :-X One question James, did the wife enjoy it?  :tease:
Yes, she did in fact.  :tease: She likes John Travolta and didn't realize that he plays the mom. She leaned over and asked me who the actress was and when I replied that it was John Travolta, she laughed uncontrollably for quite some time.  :laugh:

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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2008, 06:29:05 PM »

One question James, did the wife enjoy it?  :tease:
Yes, she did in fact.  :tease:
Based on that recommendation I will add it to my list as well  ;)
 :hysterical:

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« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2011, 09:57:42 PM »
3 year necro-bump! Switching from a 10 point scale to a 5 point scale too.

    The Kids Are All Right (2010/United States)

(United States)
Director:Lisa Cholodenko (1964)
Writing:Lisa Cholodenko (1964) (Writer), Stuart Blumberg (1969) (Writer)
Length:106 min.
Video:Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio:English: DTS-HD Master Audio: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Spanish: DTS: 5.1, French: DTS: 5.1
Subtitles:

Stars:
Annette Bening (1958) as Nic
Julianne Moore (1960) as Jules
Mark Ruffalo (1967) as Paul
Mia Wasikowska (1989) as Joni
Josh Hutcherson (1992) as Laser

Plot:
Academy Award® nominees* Annette Benning and Julianne Moore star in this funny, smart and vibrant portrait of a modern American family. Nic (Benning) and Jules (Moore) are your average suburban couple raising their two teens, Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson), in Southern California. But when the kids secretly track down their "donor dad," Paul (Mark Ruffalo), an unexpectadly new chapter begins for everyone as family ties are defined, re-defined and then re-re-defined. Fall in love woth the big-hearted comedy that critics are calling "one of the best films of the year!"(Michael Phillips, At the Movies)

* Annette Benning: 2004 Best Actress, Being Julia; 1999 Best Actress, American Beauty; 1990 Best Supporting Actress, The Grifters; Julianne Moore: 2002 Best Actress, Far from Heaven; 2002 Best Supporting Actress, The Hours; 1999 Best Actress, The Ent of tha Affair; 1997 Best Supporting Actress, Boogie Nights.

Extras:
  • Audio Commentary
  • Featurettes
  • BD-Live


m.cellophane says:
I was looking forward to this, thinking that it was in the same film family as Sideways. I'm now puzzled however that this is being marketed as a comedy. It's not. It's a family drama with some occasional witty, ironic humor. The idea of the children of a lesbian couple searching for their bio-dad was intriguing. It's definitely topical and modern. For me, the script has a fatal flaw though:
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As for the actors, they all did a terrific job. Annette Bening rightly garnered kudos for her performance. Mark Ruffalo is perfect as the carefree lothario.

2 on the cellophane scale.  :-\
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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2011, 02:33:27 AM »
I really liked Hairspray when I saw it too.