1. Gabin2. Raimu3. Stroheim4. Laughton5. RainsLouis: Your thoughts on Patrick Melrose and the cast. Excited for Cumberbatch. :)
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Louis: Could Robert Donat still go up for Goodbye Mr. Chips.Films To Watch:The Human Beast (Re-Watch for Gabin)The BeachcomberA Slight Case of MurderUn Carnet De BalThey Drive by NightI AccuseThe Childhood Of Maxim GorkyThe Dawn PatrolJezebelVivacious LadyA Christmas CarolBluebeard's 8th WifeCarefreeHôtel du Nord (Marcel Carne/Louis Jouvet)The Masseurs And A WomanRoom ServiceYou And MeTest PilotAlexander's Ragtime BandThree ComradesPrison BreakLa Marseillaise (Jean Renoir)The Amazing Dr. ClitterhouseThe Young In HeartA Woman's FaceThe Mad Miss MantonQuadrilleStolen DeathThe Rage Of ParisThe Adventures Of Tom SawyerThe BuccaneerThe Novel Of WertherMysterious Mr. MotoSuezFour Men And A PrayerThe Shining HourThe Sisters
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Ratings and thoughts on the Hear My Song cast.
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Louis: What were your top 10 favorite directors?
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Louis: Your thoughts on the voices of Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and David Cronenberg.
Does anyone know where I can watch White Banners or Port of Shadows?
Louis: Your thoughts on Ronnie Rocket and One Saliva Bubble as missed opportunities. Lynch really should have made the former film instead of Dune.
Yeah, I have absolutely no idea about any of these nominees.1. Gabin2. Raimu3. Stroheim4. Laughton5. Rains
Westworld finale: Everything directly involving Bernard, and Dolores for that matter, was amazing, and Jeffery Wright really carried this episode. Hate the direction they're going with William. Maeve's side was really effective but a lot of it felt REALLY rushed. So overall, I guess...I loved a lot of it, hated bits of it, thought some was great but flawed.
You know, I was more or less on board with what they were doing in the episode outside of rushing Maeve's arc, but that post-credits scene is the official Jump-the-Shark moment of the show for me. I don't even care if it was real or in William's mind or whatever, it was a bad idea on all levels.
Robert: Agreed. I kind of hope it's just some sort of weird joke...but yeah. Eugh.
Also, one death that really could have been avoided, but it worked on an emotional, albeit not a logical, way for me.
Anyway, before I get to bed,,my cast ranking for the season:1. Zahn McClarnon2. Thandie Newton3. Jeffrey Wright 4. Peter Mullan 5. Anthony Hopkins6. Jimmi Simpson7. Ed Harris8. Simon Quaterman 9. Evan Rachel Wood 10. Katja Herbers11. Ben Barnes12. James Marsden13. Tessa Thompson 14. Clifton Collins Jr.15. Shannon Woodward16. Louis Herthum17. Jonathan Tucker18. Giancarlo Esposito 19. Julia Jones 20. Sela Ward21. Rodrigo Santoro22. Rinko Kikuchi23. Hiroyuki Sanada24. Ingrid Bolsø Berdal25. Luke Hemsworth 26. Angela Sarafayan27. Talulah Riley28. Gustaf SkarsgårdLeft out a few cast members who were fine but had very little to do this season.
Will get to the rest I just wanted to chime in on Westworld.I honestly think they should have fashioned it into a series finale, because I think in general a lot of it worked, though the Maeve parts were far too rushed, particularly the Lee moment, however I think it could have been a great ambiguous ending because I have no idea where they are taking it next season, and there may be quite the struggle to find a clear path.On that point I HATED everything involving William since they evidently had no idea what they were doing with him from the start of this season, which is a shame since they certainly did a good job of tricking me into thinking they did for the first half of the season.
RatedRStar: Is Roy Cheung Lead or Supporting for Prison On Fire.
Louis: could you give your cast ranking?
Louis: Could Leslie Howard go up for Pygmalion. He improves on every rewatch for me.
Rating predictionsGabin - 4.5Raimu - 4.5/5 (I might put him at #1 whenever the first review is posted)Stroheim - 4.5Laughton - 4.5Rains - 4
Tahmeed, Charles and Daniel: After the first two rounds of group games, who would you pick to win the World Cup. I'm willing to take a chance on England. If they could get to a Semi-Final, I'll be happy.
Louis: Your cast and director for a 80's The Founder.
While I'm not familiar with any of these performances, I doubt that any of them is better than Cagney.Louis: Oh, also your cast and director for a 90's Nebraska. I believe your choice for Dern's role would be Robert Mitchum.
Anonymous: Pretty sure his win is finalised.
Louis: Your past film roles for Ryan Reynolds?
Luke: My pick at the moment is also England. None of the 'favorites' have been performing to the top of their ability. I also really want Belgium to make it to the semi-finals, as they've played terrific football as well.
Luke: I think England will get to the Semi final, I predict Brazil, Spain, England and Portugal to be the semi finalists
Louis: What would be your tv top fives for 2018 so far?
Luke: I'd say it could go either way at this point, but England & Belgium would be my choices. No one has matched up as well as them.
Also saw Jurassic World 2:FALLEN WHO CARES due to reasons outside of my personal taste, and....it wasn't very good.Luke:I rather loved the series as a whole, slightly surprising myself not that I thought I'd dislike it. I think its choice in essentially fashioning five films in the episodes was a particularly choice as it gives more of a variation in intent and some needed slight variation in style per episode, while also creating an internal cohesion towards the self-enclosed story while also continuing Patrick's story. What is notable to me is I found it struck the right tone within the setting within the upper class which can sometimes lead to unfortunate accidental indulgence, or an excessive intentional criticism. The series I found tread this quite deftly by offering the right critical eye towards the life style but without sacrificing the idea of finding humanity within those who inhabit the world. Although there is the one central figure of Patrick, who was compelling it itself, I thought the series was particularly effective in terms of granting life to the smaller players even within their limited focus, as it works both as the specific character study, but also this larger scale study of the world around him.Leigh - (Her performance here makes her performance in Annihilation all the more perplexing in that here too she deals with a chronically depressed character, yet does not reduce down to a singular note this time around. She brings technically that similarly spent quality that denotes the nature of the depression well, however this time around she does not use it to solely define the character, but rather uses it as this sort of center point of the very sad woman she is portraying. Leigh creates the right variations within that through her performance that make the portrait of it all the sadder in the moments such as when her more overt fear of her husband arises alluding effectively as something she mostly just hides within a tragic disregard for her existence. This is also in those minor moments of any true mothering on her part that Leigh portrays as genuine however again only as these momentary lapses into something a touch better. That too is against the moments with her grandchildren where she effectively brings the more overt warmth all the time as someone wholly being the "mother" without baggage though cruelly skipping a generation to do so. Her performance isn't solely attached to that though as she is also quite good in creating the hypocritical state of her as she speaks with this subdued passion, essentially killed by time, that grant logic to her illogical decisions to only really support her "causes" in the worst possible ways. Leigh finds the complexity well of the character as fundamentally broken woman though never one note in that approach.)Weaving - (Technically within his wheelhouse to be sure and we do get some classic horrible Weaving, especially horrible in this instance. Weaving though is certainly effective in creating the intensity and domineering presence of the cruel father. Weaving though does go further in the role that in way makes his character all the more unsettling as he portrays in the cruelty this personal desperation that alludes seemingly to some greater anxiety. Although Weaving in no way makes you truly sympathize with his monstrous character he does create a real pathos within it showing the broken man that is the monster, while always maintaining the truth that he is very much a monster.)
Raine - (Well having seen her only in this and Wolf Hall, I'll say she's rather typecast, or maybe this is just her typical approach. More likely the former as her acerbic acid tongue style is a wholly appropriate fit for the character. It is a very similair approach though except change the period in her portrayal of a woman who almost has this comfort in the severe disregard she has for all others. Her she brings a touch more cheekiness to it, fitting for the change in time period, and I do like her way of creating a certain shading in regards to alluding that her feelings towards Patrick are perhaps more noble than she is willing to even let on. Although it is a very expected turn if you've seen Wolf Hall, she certainly still very much excels in the role.)Torrens - (Torrens evidently can be quite the scene stealer as he was also quite great in Preacher, though his work couldn't get me to maintain watching that tiresome show, he's very good here though in almost what one would probably say is the John Gielgud role. In that he is this pure unadulterated old England manner to a t, and to such a horrible end. Torrens though is quite efficient in bringing the brutality within this manner while actually being fairly entertaining at times whenever he comes into conflict with an "other" and Torrens plays it as though the man feels it is his role to reinforce his position as the "dominant" culture. Torrens is a great despicable sort though I also rather liked the few moments where he brought a bit more to the character such as showing perhaps just a bit hesitation himself so subtly when hearing or reacting to the worst in Weaving's character.)Puwanarajah - (He's effective as the best friend in just being just that in a wholly genuine and believable way. His interactions with Cumberbatch are particularly effective in just how unassuming and honest they feel in every moment. He works as a straight example of a direct sincerity that provides a needed balance towards certain scenes within the episodes particularly offering the right "support' in the most straight forward definition of the word in his scenes with Cumberbatch.)Madeley - (I rather loved her performance actually as one of the truly good influences on Patrick within the series. She brings such a natural warmth in her role but also so effectively fashions that through every interaction with Cumberbatch. In that even when they later come into conflict she always portrays so well the anger is attached to that most genuine concern as well. It is consistently moving work though as she also grants such a direct honesty within the wholly good character. She never seems underwhelming in the slightest though in this and I love how she subtly does reveal her own difficulties however portrays them as something she gets over to be better than just being this blank slate of goodness.)
Grainger - (Found her work rather impressive given I found myself invested in her side/main plot towards her centered episode rather quickly. She's terrific though in crafting the two sides of her role in a way in her first appearance being the cheeky social player with a similair wryness that Raine exudes. Grainger though effectively realizes the arc within the episode of essentially the painful path of learning the hollowness of her pursuit largely through reactionary moments that she so beautifully finds throughout. This is to the point, even though her struggle is found and resolved in the episode itself, she manages to make her story a rather powerful and cathartic one even if it is technically to the side.)Everyone else in the more minor roles, such as Indira Varma, Allison Williams, and Blythe Danner are also very good in their pretty brief screentime.Also did not forget Cumberbatch, just wanted more time to fashion my thoughts on him.Dunbar - 3(Dunbar makes for an almost likable enough but also despicable enough impresario/ hapless romantic lead. It is fairly light work though and he is mostly overshadowed by his co-stars. He does his bit well enough though I'll say as rascals go we are meant to follow I have seen better. He's fine but he's say Robert Carlyle in The Fully Monty good.)Beatty - 4(Comes in fairly late but effectively does steal the film as the man everyone is very much waiting to see and hear. Beatty manages to cut back on a bit on the "cheese" of it a bit by bringing the right bit of bluntness within the role in the moments of the character's wisdom. He combines this well though with a more of that showman quality, and grants the role that larger than life presence needed. Also although he doesn't sing the part he doesn't acquit himself rather well with his accent.)Hootkins - 3.5(He is also enjoyable in the role in essentially bringing a less charismatic and far more sleazy version of Beatty's character. He is though thankfully similarly in entertaining within his bits as he portraying the man with very little shame within everything that he does.)Anonymous:Hitchcock - (I actually think it is a bit of a shame no one ever used him for acting a part, as his screen presence is evident for him trailer presentations. One reason being that oh so unique and rather droll accent of his that is as proper as it is slightly sinister, and if not a bit cheeky.)Kubrick - (Sounds an awful lot like just a normal guy with a normal face, which is interesting against how everything about him seems antithetical to that.)Cronenberg - (Can of covertly distinct in a way in that he does sound just like normal guy, however there is just something about him that sounds a bit different.)Anonymous:Well any Lynch unrealized is a missed opportunity especially when if you consider it missed somewhat based upon his only true misfire in my view. I have no idea what they would have been, and that's why I love Lynch.
Calvin:1. Zahn McClarnon2. Thandie Newton3. Peter Mullan4. Jeffrey Wright5. James Marsden6. Anthony Hopkins7. Jimmi Simpson8. Ed Harris9. Simon Quaterman10. Tessa Thompson11. Ben Barnes12. Louis Herthum13. Katja Herbers14. Jonathan Tucker15. Clifton Collins Jr.16. Rinko Kikuchi17. Hiroyuki Sanada18. Shannon Woodward19. Luke Hemsworth20. Evan Rachel Wood21. Sela Ward22. Rodrigo Santoro23. Angela Sarafyan24. Ingrid Bolso Berdal25. Talulah Riley16. Gustaf SkarsgardNote: Thompson could move slightly depending on if that was really her doing what it seemed she was doing last episode. Difficult ranking Wood as well, as I found her wildly inconsistent this season, and I actually wholly liked for example what Santoro did this season he just didn't have much to do.Anonymous:Paul Thomas AndersonCoen BrothersAlfred HitchcockStanley KubrickAkira KurosawaDavid LeanSergio LeoneDavid LynchMartin ScorseseSteven SpielbergTahmeed:Possibly.Anonymous:The Founder 1980's directed by Sidney Lumet:Ray Kroc: Darren McGavinMaurice McDonald: Ned BeattyRichard McDonald: Dabney ColemanSonneborn: Tom HulceEthel Kroc: Diane LaddNebraska 1990's directed by Billy Bob Thornton:David Grant: Billy Bob ThorntonWoody Grant: Robert MitchumKate Grant: Celeste HolmRoss Grant: Michael KeatonEd Pengram: Jack PalanceBryan:Commander ShearsPeter WarneLightfootAnonymous:Series:1. Patrick Melrose2. Silicon Valley3. Legion4. Westworld5. TrustActor:1. Benedict Cumberbatch - Patrick Melrose2. Dan Stevens - Legion3. Jeffrey Wright - Westworld4. Harris Dickinson - Trust5. Ed Harris - WestworldActress:1. Thandie Newton - Westworld 2. Rachel Keller - LegionEh that's all I got, as I wouldn't nominate Wood personally.Supporting Actor:1. Zahn McClarnon - Westworld2. Zach Woods - Silicon Valley3. Peter Mullan - Westworld4. Navid Negahban - Legion5. Hugo Weaving - Patrick MelroseSupporting Actress:1. Aubrey Plaza - Legion2. Jennifer Jason Leigh - Patrick Melrose3. Jean Smart - Legion4. Anna Madeley - Patrick Melrose5. Jessica Walter - Arrested Development
Thoughts on the cast of Jurassic World 2, Louis?
I'm glad you still appreciated Newton despite some of the writing going against her. Honestly, I think the online brigade against her (look at any video on Youtube involving Maeve) is one of the stupidest things in recent memory, considering how vital she is to the series.
Mitchell:Pratt's doing his usual thing, which is fine, Howard is there, Rafe Spall is terrible in the only villain role that could have been potentially entertaining. Wong is once again terrible in this reprise. Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda were both a bit cartoonish as cartoonish sidekicks. Meanwhile Toby Jones and Ted Levine are completely wasted in underwritten roles although underwritten even when it comes to underwritten disposable villain parts. The film never really even gave them a chance to do anything. Meanwhile James Cromwell and Geraldine Chaplin are completely wasted as well, and I imagine Chaplin's role was only there at Bayona's request due to the way her character disappears without a trace. Frankly Goldblum is still MVP despite being in the film for about a minute.
Louis: your top 20 jodie foster acting moments
I'm very pleased Cumberbatch has his first five (technically) and #1 for Leading Actor thus far. :)
Louis: What were your thoughts on Yamazaki in Departures
Louis: Apparently, the Coen brothers were interested in directing The Founder. Think they would have made a much better film?
2010s The Towering Inferno, directed by Peter BergDoug Roberts- Brad PittMike O'Halloran- Matthew McConaughey (Although Berg would probably call up Marky Mark)Jim Duncan- Bryan CranstonSusan- Michelle MonaghanHarlee Claiborn- David Warner (I just know he'd get nominated for something like this :/)Simmons- Jude Law
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I've made up my mind, I'll request Paul Dano in Ruby Sparks (2012, Lead).Louis: Thoughts on your 5 favorite individual tracks from Good Time's and The Social Network's scores?
Louis: What rating would you give Hostiles as a film? I honestly felt like walking out of the theater once I realized more and more characters were going to be introduced with no intentions of fleshing them out.And your reasons for your past film roles for Ryan Reynolds? He's an inspiring choice for Commander Shears.
Louis: Who would be the screenwriters for Lumet's The Founder and All the Money in the World (you made a 80's cast with him as director)?
Louis: Your top 5 favourite slice-of-life films.
Thank the lord Argentina made it through, was having a panic attack after that penalty lol.
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1. Gabin2. Raimu3. Laughton4. Rains5. StroheimLouis: your 15-25 for best actress and supporting actress from 1991?
I gotta say, Gabriel Byrne's performance in Hereditary is really sticking with me. I loved how much he brought to what's really kind of a thankless role.
Luke:Cumberbatch - (Cumberbatch technically doesn't give one great performance but rather four in terms of reflecting the state of Patrick with each episode, besides episode 2 which he is barely in. In each though we get a very different man with the first being his own Trainspotting/Wolf of Wall Street "adventure" towards drugs. I actually love what Cumberbatch does in technically devising neither as strictly this harrowing, or darkly risible foray into this type of abyss. His performance is brilliant as he very much allows both in creating both the "escape" and the saturation of Patrick's problems in this. Cumberbatch shows essentially the appeal in bringing this certain cheekiness as he goes on his escapades as man with a thrill in this, and in addition successfully risks being even enjoyable to watch as he successfully reveals the physical exchange caused by each drug at his disposal. He is as successful in finding the flip side of this as portraying the pathetic state, and the downs which he grants a true viscera to when Patrick wains in his resolve. He takes this further though in showing the moments of essentially what it is that Patrick is escaping from in either his drugs, or his seemingly glib attitude. Cumberbatch finds truly powerful moments within the gaps he realizes particularly when he looks upon his father's corpse, as well as just the desperation he delivers within the glib attitude. In those moments Cumberbatch delivers the man on a painful razor's edge just barely hanging by acting as though he cares for nothing, yet conveys so well the anguish within that. Of course that is just episode one. In the third episode Cumberbatch's work becomes much more subdued though just as potent in its own as revealing the sober Patrick more so as the quiet observer though not entirely as that. Cumberbatch's more reactionary work though is as effective though in creating firstly the sense of the damage of the life that came before this point, but also through the sense of trying to earnestly analyze what is in front of him. Cumberbatch makes his impact as the observer well in the scenes to begin with as the man who has been through much, and with far less of cynical edge. In turn he wholly earns his one major revelation scene and is downright heartbreaking by bringing such genuine vulnerability in that moment.
The fourth episode we return to Patrick off the wagon, but what I love about Cumberbatch's work is that he does not portray this the same way as the younger man who did all drugs, against the more seasoned man who turns to drink. Cumberbatch delivers a maturity within essentially this regression that is rather fascinating as this shift towards a different end. He portray this less aggressively, and all the sadder with this certain resignation much of the time with the bursts more overt pain coming as this anger towards his parents rather than a sadness within it. My favorite moments though are his "recreation" of Weaving's work in a way but also the separation of it. In that Cumberbatch brings the similair overbearing internalized intensity of a desperate father, however less monstrous of course, but also with this unease as Cumberbatch conveys this recognition of the reflection of his own childhood. The fifth episode allows yet another series of high point as the episode itself grants us multiple phases, of a short period, of Patrick's life and Cumberbatch portrays each phase vividly. We have the moment of Patrick once again nearing his worse as a full blown alcoholic where Cumberbatch is a desperate mess of the first episode, though now deliverer the somber resignation of age within the behavior that makes it all the more unpleasant. This is against the man in rehab where Cumberbatch brings a brilliant duality of the man possibly falling into old habits with the moments of cold disregard, against more earnest instances where he quietly finds the reluctant growth of the man. Then we have the present of dealing with his later loss where Cumberbatch is again extremely moving in portraying such emotional desperation though now a technically appearing in a healthier way even if as painful in the moment. Cumberbatch doesn't leave Patrick off the note as the perfect man, but does so genuinely find the growth in the character that wholly realizes the phases in the man's life towards the imperfect however seemingly better man in the end of it all.)
Anonymous:Foster:1. Story of the Lamb - Silence of the Lambs2. Bill's Lair - Silence of the Lambs3. Meeting Lecter the first time - Silence of the Lambs4. Breakfast with Travis - Taxi Driver5. Rape - The Accused6. Can't drink - Carnage7. Second meeting with Lecter - Silence of the Lambs8. Strange garage - Silence of the Lambs9. Attempted escape - Taxi Driver10. Witness - The Accused11. Back seat thoughts - Silence of the Lambs12. Starts drinking - Carnage13. After Lecter's escape - Silence of the Lambs14. In the room with Travis - Taxi Driver15. Autopsy - Silence of Lambs16. Making fun of the pet name - Carnage17. Ending - Silence of the Lambs18. Losing - Maverick19. Finding the truth - Hotel Artemis20. Robbing the men - MaverickCharles:Yamazaki - (His performance essentially makes the film in my mind by providing the needed mentor support role in the best sense of that description. Yamazaki delivers such an ease and grace to the role while providing such a real warmth, and conviction within the character's particular form of philosophy. It's a quietly moving turn as he delivers sort of the seasoned knowledge of the perpetual funeral preparer as granting this certain, non problematic, comfort with the idea of death as Yamazaki always infuses these moments and interactions with that overarching, yet wisely and properly subdued, affection essentially within supporting the act of passing.)Anonymous:Yes, however I don't think they were needed since they likely would've re-written the script which was already great. All that really holds back the film is Hancock's direction which is far too sentimental for the material, which needed a more cynical approach.Emi Grant:Well let me start with the tracks:Good Time:1. Flashback2. Hospital Escape3. The Acid Hits4. Connie5. Entry to White CastleThe Social Network:1. In the Hall of the Mountain King2. Pieces From the Whole3. In Motion4. Complication with Optimistic Outcome5. Intriguing PossibilitiesBryan:Probably a 2.5, mainly for the performances.For Peter Warne, I feel Reynolds probably has a great romantic comedy in him somewhere. He practically IS Lightfoot, so that seemed an obvious choice. Finally with Shears I feel he could deliver that darkly comic cynicism, but, as shown by his best work, he could lead that to the more dramatic elements needed later on with the character.Anonymous:David Mamet for the Founder, and Frank Pierson for All the Money in the World.Tahmeed:1. The Straight Story2. The Last Picture Show3. Paterson4. Late Spring5. BoyOmar:Actress:16. Irene Jacob - The Double Life of Veronique17. Jennifer Jason Leigh - Rush18. Reese Witherspoon - The Man in the Moon19. Kathy Bates - Fried Green Tomatoes20. Emma Thompson - Dead Again21. Victoria Tennant - L.A. Story22. Ewa Froling - The Ox23. Marie-Laure Dougnac - Delicatessen24. Michelle Pfeiffer - Frankie and Johnnie25. Lesley Anne Warren - Life StinksSupporting Actress:16. Barbara Sukowa - Europa17. Angela Lansbury - Beauty and the Beast18. Sissy Spacek - JFK19. Mercedes Ruehl - The Fisher King20. Diane Ladd - Rambling Rose21. Kate Nelligan - Frankie and Johnnie22. Lee Grant - Defending Your Life23. Laurie Metcalf - JFK24. Gena Rowlands - Night on Earth25. Rosie Perez - Night on Earth
Watching Melrose now and finding it rather compelling.
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