Roman Holiday (1953), William Wyler ★★★★★
There was a reference to the final press conference scene in Noting Hill in one of The Trip films (below), and since it’s one of my most watched dvds I had to check it out. Gregory Peck’s line toward the end turns out to be prophetic: Life isn’t always what one likes, is it?
Anna Karenina (2012), Joe Wright ★★★★
I’ve always liked Joe Wright’s films; Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), and Hanna (2011). There’s a couple of inventive long takes like Atonement’s famous beach scene. I’ve got The Soloist (2009) in the queue to see next.
Two Years at Sea (2011), Ben Rivers ★★★★
Every now and then you need to mix it up and see something different. Shot using b&w 16mm in the Scottish Highlands.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012), Lorene Scafaria ★★★
From my experience, when something good happens, it’s more than likely a surprise. Great soundtrack and final credits song (Burt Bacharach w/Herb Alpert singing This Guy’s in Love with You). The only solo act to achieve a #1 vocal single. Alpert and Jerry Moss started their own record label and named it with their initials: A&M Records.
Irene (1940), Herbert Wilcox ★★★
St. Patrick’s day on TCM. Anna Neagle is determined and sultry as the Irish shopgirl pursued by the rich Ray
The Trip to Italy (2014), Michael Winterbottom ★★★★★
The Trip (2010), Michael Winterbottom ★★★★★
Movies of the week. I stumbled upon these films and the library had them both. Started with the 2010 and ended up seeing them back to back. I like how the two characters echo each other’s traits from the first to the second. Like the riddle about the two miners – one has soot all over his face and the other’s is clean. The one with a clean face wipes his with a handkerchief and the other does nothing.
The Mermaid (2016), Stephen Chow ★★★
Chinese comedy with English subs. At first I thought what the…, then I started laughing. I’ve found that the best water cgi is when it’s not suppose to look real, and there have been some major flops (In the Heart of the Sea, and the Jurasic World arena scenes).