What's in/on Your DVD/VCR/PVR etc #17

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DavidL

Fighter Pilot - The real Top Gun. New ITV series following trainee fast jet pilots. Set partly at RAF Valley with a group making the transition to fast jets (Hawks) and partly in the US with experienced pilots learning to fly the new F-35 Lightning.
Good stuff

Bez

Quote from: döm on August 21, 2019, 13:11:21 pmI caught the BBC documentary "The Killing of Mountbatten"  the other night.

It was excellent - all the contributors were so candid about their motives, feelings and reactions - well worth a watch
Caught up with that over lunch today (one of the many benefits of working largely from home....)

Well put together and non-judgemental
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captainkurtz

Magnolia

Hadn't seen this in years.  For me, one of the most outstanding films ever, amazing performances throughout, particularly from, surprisingly, Tom Cruise...
Anger is a gift.

Matt2112

Quote from: captainkurtz on August 22, 2019, 11:07:49 amMagnolia

Hadn't seen this in years.  For me, one of the most outstanding films ever, amazing performances throughout, particularly from, surprisingly, Tom Cruise...
I remember being underwhelmed by it at the time, but yes, Cruise is the best thing in it.  I probably need to re-appraise this, it really has been ages.
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Bez

BBC documentary about Mad Cow disease....

A chilling final 10 mins when they were explaining that human genetics may mean that the incubation period for those infected may be up to 50 years....still no test for carriers and still no cure :-X
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DavidL

August 30, 2019, 23:10:51 pm #1820 Last Edit: August 30, 2019, 23:12:29 pm by DavidL
The Fort. Documentary following Fort William FC last season. Dubbed 'the worst team in Britain' they languish at the bottom of the Highland League and regularly suffer double-figure tonkings. However, their hopeless efforts have gained them fans worldwide.
Reminded me of my time playing in our local league for an equally hapless side.

Matt2112

September 03, 2019, 00:54:27 am #1821 Last Edit: September 03, 2019, 10:56:46 am by Matt2112
First Reformed

Ethan Hawke is good as a priest going through a slow-motion meltdown in a film written and directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull).

Brooding, meaningful and atmospheric but maybe not quite as impactful as I expected.
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Ali

Rome-Wembley-Paris-Rome-Istanbul-Madrid

Matt2112

September 12, 2019, 14:01:15 pm #1823 Last Edit: September 20, 2019, 15:44:20 pm by Matt2112
Call Me By Your Name

First thing folks - avoid this.

An "arty" film that is a darling of high-brow critics who like to think they've found profundity where there is actually none.

This rite-of-passage tale is long, very slow, hugely underwhelming and a classic case the Emperor's New Clothes.  There are films where things unsaid or unstated can be deeply effective and affective, where long, brooding silences and absences of obvious motivations and can be felt in your bones. 

This film tries exactly that; however, it's drowned in its own portentousness and the result is only bathos.
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The Letter R

The Dirt  - no need for reviews - I think most people here know its subject matter - some very dodgy "English accents" though.....

Bez

Detectorists.

Series one on iPlayer. Genius.
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Reg

Defending the Guilty [BBC iPlayer box set].

2 episodes done. I am watching this primarily because of Katherine Parkinson. 

I will say that I do like the younger clone of Eve Miles - Gwyneth Keyworth.

I haven't laughed yet though.

Also watching series 1 of Agatha Raisin that I recorded on New Year's Eve last year. Katy Wix (who is doing spendidly in the current run of Taskmaster).
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Reg

We are having a bit of a Tom Cruise season here. Last Saturday, we watched Edge of Tomorrow.

Tonight, it is the 1st of the 6 Mission: Impossible films, which we are planning to do do one a week.
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Slim

A long time ago, probably in the summer holidays in 1975, I went with my little brother one afternoon to see a film called S*P*Y*S at the Odeon Cinema in Hartlepool.

I was a big fan of M*A*S*H at this time. I'm not sure I had seen the movie at this point but I knew that Donald Sutherland and Eliott Gould had been the original Hawkeye and Trapper John. Clearly, this film was intended to cash in on their partnership in M*A*S*H. So I was well up for it.



I only remember it very vaguely, which tells its own story of course - and it was never well reviewed. Nonetheless over the years I've often thought of it and been curious to see it again. It's never been on TV in all this time as far as I'm aware. Every few years I've had a look to see if it's available on DVD and yesterday when I looked, it was! And it plopped onto the doormat today.

I watched the first few minutes. It's a slightly indifferent transfer, made from a print that's not in the best of nick but more than watchable.

The two protagonists are a pair of incompetent CIA operatives who end up being chased by their own side as well as the Russians. You couldn't really ask for two better actors for a piece like this, so probably something of an opportunity missed. Nonetheless I'll be glad to make my acquaintance with this film again one afternoon.

Reg

Standing in the shadows, hiding from the light<br />Reach out in the darkness, and hold on for your life<br />All the fear of the future, all the emptiness inside<br />When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide