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  1. COVID-19 2.0: No Politics edition

    I'll break radio silence to say how much I agree with that. My thoughts are much the same.
  2. Knives Out- Rian Johnson (2019) Great, one of the year's best.
  3. What Are You Watching

    Feel sorely in need of some laughter. Who better than the two kings.
  4. L'Avventura - Michelangelo Antonioni (1960)
  5. The Two Popes - Fernando Meirelles (2019) Two great perfomances. I thought it was really good.
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Great double live cd. Really like this.
  7. The Cotton Club Encore - Francis Ford Coppola (2019-1984) Don't have a copy of the original to make a comparison but the newly edited version looks really good, with more song and dance . Still feels off kilter with the musical side never meshing with the weak gangster storyline. The musical numbers are super good and I would have been happy just watching those. In one scene some arguement in the foreground is supposed to be the focus of attention while a spectacular song and dance number is playing out on stage. My attention was entirely on the stage and that sums up the schizoid nature of the film. Top marks for the music, although some has been edited out, but much less enthusiasm for the weak mob storyline stuff. Judy - Rupert Goold (2019) Renee Zellweger deserves praise for giving it her all. The film is certainly worth watching but the all pervasive sadness is wearing. It might have been better to offer more light to the darkness of the film. The studio abuse of the young Judy was sickening. Made For Each Other - John Cromwell (1939) Carole Lombard and James Stewart are great together. As the film darkens Stewart moves into almost a dress rehearsal for the later tormented George Bailey The film goes completely off the rails in the last 25 minutes, to the point of very nearly destroying the film. One of the worst examples of studio tampering I've ever seen. Apart from that it's very enjoyable.
  8. Love Affair - Leo McCarey (1939) Loved the film but the image quality was awful. This badly needs restoring. The Lighthouse - Robert Eggers (2019) Ingmar Bergman meets David Lynch. Seriously out there at times but an admirably well made and acted black horror show.
  9. Lucy In The Sky - Noah Hawley (2019) I kept wondering what the point of the film was. It could have been good but is frustratingly patchy. The script could have used some work, to be charitable. Natalie Portman is always good and does her best with the thin hand she's been dealt.
  10. Jimmy Smith's finest performance?

    Hard to say. Smalls Paradise, Club Baby Grand and Crazy Baby immediately spring to mind. And this -
  11. It's a pity that we can't see the old classics on a big screen, as they were intended. Anyhow, I'm still working through the best of 1939, watching as many as possible in BluRay. There are so many, it's astonishing that John Ford alone made three films that year that all all classics.
  12. The Roaring Twenties - Raoul Walsh (1939) Wuthering Heights - William Wyler (1939)