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I loved Across the Universe in theaters, and loved it.  However, I'm also a huge Beatles fan, and I was tripping (don't remember if it was mushrooms or acid) when I saw it first, so that probably made me even more biased.

However, every time I've watched it sense, I've liked it less, to the point where the last time I saw it, I hated it.  The story just seems so forced in order to fit with all the music.  Especially Prudence.  Her only purpose in the movie is for the characters to sing Dear Prudence at some point.

It just doesn't really stand on its own at all.  But there are some brilliant-sounding covers (Let it Be, Joe Cocker's Come Together, While My Guitar Gently Weeps).  And I can't fault it too much, as it's how I was introduced to one of my favorite bands, the Secret Machines (who did the covers of Blue Jay Way and Flying, both heard briefly in the movie but included in their entirety on the soundtrack album, and they did the music behind Bono's I Am the Walrus cover).

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ChainsawAsh said:


However, every time I've watched it sense, I've liked it less, to the point where the last time I saw it, I hated it.  The story just seems so forced in order to fit with all the music.  Especially Prudence.  Her only purpose in the movie is for the characters to sing Dear Prudence at some point.
I felt like this the first time I watched it. I'm not a huge Beatles fan (not that I don't like them, I just don't have any albums), but I thought the whole thing felt forced.

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I know this is the last movie seen thread but on occasion television shows have been mentioned and Jason King has been taking up most of my rationed video entertainment time of late.

For those not familiar with the character,  he started off in the ITC series Department S and is possibly more famous for being partially the inspiration for Austin Powers.

He is a flamboyant dandy and bon viveur and the author of a series of internationally famous best selling books featuring a character called Mark Caine who is essentially himself (or is he?).

He is also a notorious ladies man which is the source of much of the ironic humour of the show as he is played by the delightfully camp and clearly homosexual Peter Wyngarde (Bill Bryson didn't get the joke, nor did the Judge when poor Pete's career was destroyed by an indiscretion in a public convenience).

In Department S he was frequently called in to use his creative mind and frequently his glass jaw to assist in solving 'unsolvable' cases for Interpol but in the spin off series he is trying to leave that behind, though he is frequently roped in against his will and better judgment to assist the police, and the secret services of the many nations he visits (usually via stock footage).

The episode Wanna buy a television series? is a particularly playful episode.

It starts with the typical Jason King set up of showing the audience a set of bad guys setting up a highly improbable scheme to get their hands on some stolen goods but then we find out that it's all Jason in a media tycoon's office trying to sell the idea of a Mark Caine television series (which looks and plays exactly like the Jason King television series).

As it's already been established that Mark Caine and Jason King are both means for making each other look as 'fancy' as possible Peter plays both in exactly the same way. To complicate the issue further much of Jason King's background details (including the Mark Caine character) were actually invented by Peter himself who dressed the same way in real life and had a very similar background.

As Jason describes the fade out to adverts in the Mark Caine script it happens in the Jason King show, when the tycoon suggests a series of alterations to the story they happen in the show (he suggests an assistant for Caine at one point which starts off as a square jawed white American, then becomes a streetwise black guy and finally a Chinese man and as Jason considers his options the actors change back and forth without any warning to the audience).

It's a really early example (1971) of the sort of format breaking metafictional risk taking that would later show up in Moonlighting, Buffy, The X-Files, Stargate and numerous other shows.

It's also a clever piece of self satire.

 

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OHMSS at a local theater, with special guest George Lazenby himself. A little slow at times, but certainly up there.

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doubleofive said:

ChainsawAsh said:


However, every time I've watched it sense, I've liked it less, to the point where the last time I saw it, I hated it.  The story just seems so forced in order to fit with all the music.  Especially Prudence.  Her only purpose in the movie is for the characters to sing Dear Prudence at some point.
I felt like this the first time I watched it. I'm not a huge Beatles fan (not that I don't like them, I just don't have any albums), but I thought the whole thing felt forced.

I agree with these two.  I enjoy it but really as nothing more than good covers/collection of music videos.  I would probably only watch it again to just skip around to the songs.  I always felt the same way about Prudence.  Absolutely no purpose.  The story isn't much more than your basic '60s counter-culture, Vietnam hippie piece.  It's extremely amazing visually, and it's impressive how they're able to work that many songs into its plot (most of them seamlessly, as if they belonged there), but I have to say it's really a lot of style, not much substance.

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bkev said:

OHMSS at a local theater, with special guest George Lazenby himself. A little slow at times, but certainly up there.

Now that is awesome.  My #2 Bond film, after From Russia with Love.

Then again, my top 5 tend to shift a lot...

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Death Wish.   pretty good movie.


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bkev said:

OHMSS at a local theater, with special guest George Lazenby himself. A little slow at times, but certainly up there.

That's awesome. I take it was one of the new prints from the Lowry restoration? (was the beach opening still tinted blue?)

One thing though: how is OHMSS slow?

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There were certain moments where I kind of spaced out a bit... mind you, I was sick, so that could have been it. I still think it's in my top list of Bond movies I've seen so far. As for the blue tint, I don't recall exactly if there was one, but the scene was rather dark. His skin tone certainly looked more natural than it appears to have on the comparison page. Also, it sounded like the mono mix; I don't know what audio mix the Lowry prints normally use.

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"Blazing Saddles"

 

 

 

 

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Just remembered, OHMSS had the old UA logo if that helps identify it as a post-Lowry print or not. And no MGM logo, I think

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1.The first time I saw part of BR was on TV with lots of ads and I got bored and switched away. Then finally seeing the Director's cut on DVD was a confusing revelation. I loved the movie but it didn't mesh with the parts I had already seen. Why? Because the channel was showing a hacked up TV edit of the 82 theatrical cut.

2.IT'S HEDLEY!

3.To the best of my knowledge the Lowry prints typically use the original track for the theatrical showings. (At least that's from my experience.) I don't exactly recall if they had the MGM logo, but I know they would have to have the new UA logo.

If it had the old one it would either be a slipup or an original. If it looked pristine, very clear, and somewhat bluish then it's the Lowry. Wait-the easiest way to tell comes just as the credits end. A black screen appears with the project operators from Lowry.

4.The Two Jakes, The Killer, Hard Boiled, The Man With a Movie Camera

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No restoration credits, although it's possible they could have turned off the projection before that point. It faded out, but I don't remember a full-on credits reel like I've seen on youtube. There was definitely no tagline about "Diamonds are Forever" shown. It was in pretty good shape, definitely better than the Raiders print I saw last summer there; however, I wouldn't go as far as to say pristine.

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Time After Time.

"Every time Warb sighs, an angel falls into a vat of mapel syrup." - Gaffer Tape

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Thanks Warb.  Now what did you think of it?

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North by Northwest. I mentioned it in Random Thoughts, but figured it deserved a shout-out here. I'd forgotten what a fabulous movie it is.

Also, another clue to the OHMSS screening: It used the 1975-1981 UA logo. I don't know if that means it's from a re-release print or what.

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No, I didn't steal Laura's Mercedes!

Must have been a re-release print then. Odd to see those out and about. All I've seen are the Lowry restorations touring around the country. (which have none of the DVD problems.) Would kill to see all the classic Bonds on Technicolor IB prints.

Mean Streets. Gosh, I forgot just how visceral and kinetic this film was. Young Keitel, DeNiro, and Scorsese. This is what a movie can be. So unbelievably good. I've got the soundtrack stuck in my head now-which was the longest part of the credits...go figure. ;)

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A friend came over to Chateau Bingowings and brought with him three DVDs.

Mystery Men I had already seen some years before.

Being a fan of Bob Burden's comics it was a real disappointment that the humour was nowhere near odd enough and the film could have been done for a fifth of the price and be closer to the source material and much more funny (not to mention profitable).

It had some nice moments but it suffered like a lot of superhero/comic book adaptations do of style over substance and seeing as the substance was meant to be bizarre surreal humour it was neither bizarre enough or funny enough to warrant a connection to the comic title.

I really didn't want to see Bruno as I'm not a fan of Mr Cohen's work and I find he hits too many soft targets these days. It was much better than his previous two films but I hardly saw a frame of the film because my hands were constantly jumping in front of my face to reflex edit the film.

Four Lions however was a masterpiece.

Tragic, warm and astonishingly funny considering the subject matter.

Full of unforgettable dialogue and tear inducing observations of the absurdity of the human race.

It is probably the most approachable project Chris Morris has put his name to and I highly recommend it.

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GUINEVERE

1994 TV movie retelling Arthuring legend from the POV that Guinivere was the hero. Tragically miscast with a young Noah Wiley as Lancelot and Young Indiana Jones as King Arthur. Sheryl Lee as Guinivere looked 15 years older than either of them.

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TheBoost said:


GUINEVERE

1994 TV movie retelling Arthuring legend from the POV that Guinivere was the hero. Tragically miscast with a young Noah Wiley as Lancelot and Young Indiana Jones as King Arthur. Sheryl Lee as Guinivere looked 15 years older than either of them.
This is partially off topic, but I just finished being part of a local theater production of "Camelot", and we had that sort of problem. Arthur was in his seventies, Guinevere in her forties, and Lancelot in his twenties. It was an interesting show for a variety of reasons, but that was the most obvious.

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One problem with community theatre is that you don't always have a lot of choices in the casting pool.

I was in a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest a few years back.  I played an orderly (I was 18 at the time).  The guy that played McMurphy was the right age, but the guy that played Billy Bibbit (the stuttering kid, that's supposed to be about my age) was in his late 40s.  He wasn't a bad actor, but it still felt a bit odd.

Also, the guy that played the doctor was an alcoholic, and twice during performances I had to run offstage and wake him up to come on while everyone else ad-libbed to try to make his absence not noticeable.

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A few years back I was living in Palm Springs, home to about 70,000 retired gays.

I saw the play "Corpus Christi" which is really gay. And its about Jesus.

So imagine a play of the Gospel, where every character is played by a 60+ year old queen, except Jesus, who was maybe 25 and the only real actor.

I love community theater.

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^ That sounds incredibly awesome!

"Every time Warb sighs, an angel falls into a vat of mapel syrup." - Gaffer Tape