Blogathon

The Greatest Film I’ve Never Seen…

the-greatest-film-ive-never-seen-blogathonRephrase that…”I’d never seen”. “Greatest”, that I might need some convincing of but hey, I’ll get back to that later.

Who doesn’t at some point or another say, in a deep, creepy Schwarzeneggerian/Terminatorian voice…”I’ll be back”? Come on, admit it. And if you aren’t going to, then at least just come out with it that you’ve heard that line used many a time. I’m just going to come straight out and admit it. Together with…I’d never seen The Terminator (1984) until today. Yep. It’s true. Although, funny enough, because it is deemed such a, dare I say, classic, I have had the DVD for a number of years now. Cellophane still on. And I finally watched it.

What was I expecting? Actually, I don’t really know. I’d obviously picked up from pop culture musings that there was a terminator (yes, yes, cyborg, I know) who wrecks some havoc on earth. Why and where and how everything unfolds, well, there I had no clue. Like most of us, I think, all I had was this:

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Right?

And then maybe this…

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..which I have since learnt is a cyborg. A cybernetic organism covered with living human tissue. In this case, a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger). It has been sent to earth to terminate Sarah Connor. Sent to protect her is Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn). That’s pretty much the jist of the story. But there’s a catch to it…a really good one. One I didn’t see coming and one that I’ve been mulling over the whole day. Or rather, trying to get my mind around the whole day…almost a chicken and egg situation. I won’t ruin it for anyone who hasn’t seen this movie. Besides, I need to ponder the situation a bit more.

Anyway, all-in-all, not a bad movie. One I’m enjoying more and more as I rewind it in my mind and as I re-watch snippets of it. Knowing the end (a very tender one for me), the events leading up to it take on a new dynamic which wasn’t there on first watching.

Is it one of the greatest movies I’d never seen? Well, I’m not sure yet. It definitely wasn’t bad. And definitely deserves its status. I’ve been told I need to see the next two in order to better appreciate it. But whatever it is (or isn’t), I did actually enjoy it (80s feel and all) and must thank Moon in Gemini for hosting this Blogathon without which I probably still wouldn’t have gotten around to watching this one.

For more revelations on movies that hadn’t been seen, head on over to Moon in Gemini. You’ll be amazed that you are not alone with some of them. Whew. But one thing is for sure, I need to catch up with more of these “greatest” movies I’ve never seen.

 

 

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Der Rote Baron (2008)…on this 100 Year Anniversary…

Red-baron_movie-posterI’m totally, emotionally drained. My mood is sombre. I’m quite angry…at the futility of war. It is just disgusting.

I tend to avoid watching war movies, not because I want to ignore that fact that these things happen but because I struggle to watch the atrocities, the lives being wastefully taken, the horror of it all…and the list goes on. But, as World War I ended 100 years ago today and Maddy from Maddy over at Maddy Loves Her Classic Films is hosting the World War 1 Blogathon, I decided to watch a movie I’ve long wanted to see…Der rote Baron (The Red Baron). I’ve just finished…hence my tender emotional state…but…it is an excellent movie.

The Red Baron is about the ace fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen (superbly played by Matthias Schweighöfer) who, as a child dreams of the freedom he might find up in the air. Born into aristocracy, he has the opportunity to follow this dream and so, during The Great War, finds himself using his skills for his country. We find ourselves following his ascent to the skies in his red plane but also in his status. He is known as the Red Baron not only because of his skills and abilities but just as importantly, because of his camaraderie with those around him. Initially, this is more a game for him…a means to live out his passion for flying, he even mentions that the objective is “..to bring down aeroplanes, not men”. At the beginning of the movie the atmosphere is lighter, with our young pilots having quite a number of cocky one-liners. As our story and therefore the war progresses, von Richthofen‘s eyes are opened to reality. This largely initiated by Käte (Lena Headey), a nurse desperately helping those less fortunate on a daily basis. As more and more of his pilot friends fall from the skies it all starts hitting home.

Excellent acting from all involved…so much so that you’ll find yourself sitting there feeling the losses, the decisions, the horrors of war. Der rote Baron doesn’t give many gruesome battlefield scenes but I think the emotional ones, the conscious decisions given and orders taken, those scenes are as powerful as any. It also tends to stay away from taking any sides but rather focuses on what would have been experienced by anyone, regardless of which side they were on.

 

Written and directed by Nikolai Müllerschön, it also stars Til Schweiger, Joseph Fiennes, Maxim Mehmet, Hanno Kofler and Volker Bruch amongst others.

When watching these things, I mourn the general destruction and loss of life…not only the human ones but also that of the environment, the fauna and flora. It makes me hope like crazy that at some point someone will learn from the past so that nobody ever needs to experience something like this again.

It is only fair that we honour the real man behind the movie too (along with everyone else fallen in battle).

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For more entries to Maddy’s Blogathon head on over here.

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Notorious…my 3rd Ingrid Bergman movie

If you thought you saw this post and then it was gone (last month)…you weren’t imagining things. I was hopelessly early…so, here it is again…this time on the right dates:capture-d_ecc81cran-2018-06-03-acc80-17-37-24I have a confession to make…gosh…how do I say this…ok, the best is to just get it out there: I’ve only seen Ingrid Bergman once before (oops, I lie…twice before)…but only ever one Alfred Hitchcock movie, sometime last year. Spellbound it was. And, wait! There’s more. Uhm, I’ve never seen a single Cary Grant movie before. You’re probably shaking your head in disgust. I’ll just put it down to too many movies, too little time. But wait! That’s all being changed as we speak…yep, I’ve just started watching my second ever Hitchcock movie that has Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant starring. Impressive, huh? So now, let me go watch…

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I’ve now added to my “Seen” list. Notorious is the latest addition. I’ve also added to a genre I’m not at all familiar with…film noir. Need to find some more of this genre. And much more Ingrid Bergman.

What more can I say other than…what a wonderful actress? Here she takes on the role of Alicia Huberman, the daughter of a Nazi spy. Deemed perfect to carry out an undercover operation within a group of Nazis, she is recruited by agent Devlin (Cary Grant) who fairly quickly falls in love with her. Part of her job is to gain the trust of Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains) who once had a crush on her, which she tells Devlin she didn’t pursue. Would you expect anything else than a love triangle with this kind of setup? All surrounded by espionage and plots.

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Ingrid Bergman comes across so natural, so convincing. She’s absolutely perfect. I have read though that she was actually very nervous and insecure during this second time working with Hitchcock but that Cary Grant was a guidance to her, thus helping her through. This quite interesting as in the movie there is also this guiding.

I’m really enjoying Ingrid Bergman’s work…the three roles of hers I’ve seen have all been great. I’m looking forward to some more….I’m tempted to do The Bells of St. Mary’s next…purely because a while back I saw a Blogathon poster with a scene from this movie and it looked wonderful.

For more Bergman, head on over to The 4th Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon here.

 

Thank You (and one more entry)- “Non-English” Language Blogathon

I’ve got another post to present to you. The entry by Silver Screen Classics has you holding your breath from tension in the French film noir, Rififi

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What a wonderful 2 days of “non-English” language movie posts we’ve enjoyed. It has been a pleasure reading all of the posts and I’m in me element with a whole stack of movies having come to my attention. So, without rambling on and on…all I want to say to the Blogathon participants, readers, likers etc is a great big…(in no particular order of language…I’ve gone totally random)

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Děkuji Aitäh Çox sağ ol אדאנק Cảm ơn bạn Daalụ Vielen Dank Gracias Þakka þér fyrir Dankie Mèsi ကျေးဇူးတင်ပါတယ် Gratias tibi Matur nuwun Salamat kea leboha Thank You Ngiyabonga Takk skal du ha Köszönöm Diolch धन्यवाद Баярлалаа

In case you missed all the wonderful posts, head on to the first day entries here and the second day ones here.

It’s Blogathon Day 2!

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Ah, the wonderful “non-English” language movies that have come my way are fantastic. That ever growing “to watch” list of mine has lengthened since yesterday. Here are some more wonderful entries…here they are. (For yesterday’s contribution, click ici (here))

Incubus Realweegiemidget Reviews introduces me to a language I honestly didn’t know existed with her review of Inkubo (Incubus), a 1966 horror movie where a language called Esperanto is spoken.
Aguirre.jpg Moon in Gemini takes us on an expedition in the Andes with her post on the 1972 movies Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes. Here a ruthless leader heads off to find a non-existent place called El Dorado in the hopes of finding riches.
FannyAlexanderjpg MovieRob gives us a multiple Oscar winner and nominated Bergman movie (including Best Foreign Language Film) with his post about siblings Fanny and Alexander in Fanny och Alexander.
La_Nuit_oscar The Wonderful World of Cinema presents La nuit américaine, a movie by Francois Truffaut about movie making with an exquisite soundtrack and clever dialogue.

 

It’s Blogathon Day!

“Film” in a random few languages…perfect to open The “non-English” Language Blogathon:

film sarimihetsika movie ільм nkiri филм หนัง pel·lícula elokuva פֿילם ταινία Bíómynd ફિલ્મ scannán चलचित्र pelikula filma चलचित्र filmas кино ffilm ֆիլմ সিনেমা filimi 电影 kiriata 電影 Fliek ფილმის 映画 ibhayisikobho ಚಿತ್ರ  filem elit திரைப்பட

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With such a treasure chest of movies that are available in “original” languages other than the various forms of English, I wanted to shed some light on them. So, without further ado…go ahead and click on the movie titles below to read all the wonderful entries. (I’ll be updating as we go along so be sure to pop back again)

 

La_regle_du_jeu Not always are we meant to sit back, relax and mindlessly consume a movie. Silver Screenings brings us French movie La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game) (1939) which pulls you out of your comfort zone but is wonderful nonetheless.
Still_Walking Cinematic Scribblings has a look at how members of a family react to tragedy and how their relationships are changed, developed, strained and strengthened in Japanese movie Aruitemo aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008).
Gion_no_shimai_(1936).jpg Maddy Loves Her Classic Films writes on Gion no shimai (Sisters of the Gion) (1936), a Japanese movie that delves into the lives of two sisters and how they deal with the treatment handed out to them as geishas.
Jeux_interdits Maddy Loves Her Classic Films brings us Jeux interdits (Forbidden Games) (1952) , a French war movie that doesn’t focus on the soldiers and battlefield but on the effects on children who don’t really understand death and another victim that is often forgotten, animals.
Sinkkulaiva Well, well, I have a very disco era song stuck in my head from the clip Realweegiemidget Reviews included in her post about an overnight ship and the shenanigans that go with it in the post about a Finnish TV Series Sinkkulaiva (2013 – 2014)
La_Historia_Oficial MovieMovieBlogBlog looks at Oscar nominated Argentinian movie La historia oficial (The Official Story) (1985) about the heart breaking topic of babies being taken from their mothers and being put up for adoption.
la_cage_aux_folles MovieRob looks at La Cage aux Folles which, back when it was released, raised social issues as it deals about gay marriage and how it had to be kept secret in order not to ruin a non-gay marriage.
M poster You’ll never quite think of Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” the same again once you’ve watched M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (M) (1931), the 1931 German movie about the murderer of little girls. This, brought to you by The Midnite Drive-In.
Seven Samurai.png The classic Shichinin no samurai (we all know it as The Seven Samurai (1954)) with not a single wasted frame, brilliant editing and perfectly placed sound (or lack of) is brought to you by The Stop Button.
Ladri3 Cinema Essentials looks at life immediately after WWII in Italy but more specifically, the relationship between father and son in the Italian movie Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves) (1948)
LeMillion With creditors hounding an artist who doesn’t realise he has won the lottery until the winning ticket is no longer in his possession, WadsWords brings us the delightful sounding 1931 French comedy Le Million.
Snabba_Cash_(film) I have a look at a Swedish movie called Snabba Cash where trying to fit in with the “in” crowd gets a promising student into all kinds of trouble as he does anything to get some money.

Blogathon day is almost here…

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…yes! Can you believe it? Time flies! The “non-English” language Blogathon is almost here. Can’t wait to read all the entries.

I’ve been away and struggled to maintain the roster from my little phone but I have gone through all my comments from the past two weeks and picked up those I didn’t get around to changing or adding BUT…if I have missed you despite my efforts not to, I’m so sorry…not intentional…please let me know and I’ll update asap.

See you all on the weekend! And…never too late to enter…you can even join on the day.

Can’t wait to read all the entries…

Ah, and the announcement post and roster can be found here.