Blogathon

Unexpectedly…great…

unexpected41Yes, so, well, isn’t it strange how the movies you nearly pass by often end up being in your favourites list? Not sure if it comes down to expectations…or, rather, the lack of expectations? Or, simply the nature of things? Whatever it boils down to, I guess, doesn’t really matter…what counts is that they become your own personal greats and unexpectedly so…thus making their way into Taking Up Room‘s The Unexpected Blogathon.

Now, because I couldn’t make up my mind on which unexpectedly super movie to write about, I thought I’d just tell you about a three that immediately come to mind. Here they are in no particular order.

Vir Altyd (2016)

I’d done something we shouldn’t do…pre-judge. And I’d pre-judged South African movies. Until recently I only had some dodgy comedies to go on and that Oscar winner looked like it would hit home too hard, so I avoided it. I just couldn’t be convinced. Until, somehow I had Afrikaans movie Vir Altyd showing. And I totally fell in love. After getting used to the South African accents (I’m not used to hearing my own accent on the screen) I simply savoured every moment of this one.

We have Nina (DonnaLee Roberts) about to walk down the aisle on the day that her closest childhood friend Hugo (Ivan Botha) comes back to town for the first time in years. Circumstances on the wedding day (no, he has not come to break up the ceremony) have these two embark on an adventure which is absolutely delightful to watch.

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I can’t believe it took me so long to catch on to these Afrikaans movies. Didn’t expect to have this one amongst my favourites. With Pad na jou Hart, another teaming up of DonnaLee Roberts and Ivan Botha, close on its heels.

Centurion (2010)

2852-FINAL_CENTURION 70x100op 50 %.inddI clearly remember walking into the local Video Store (remember those?) to find something to watch. I had no idea what I was in the mood for. By this stage, however, the store owner had gotten to know me and pulled out Centurion. “No way” (or something along those lines) is what I told him. I didn’t feel like some random action movie. I can’t remember how but convince me he did (I do know he just checked it out for me at some point and told me to trust him)…I walked out the store with soon to be one of my favourites.

Centurion, yes, it is an action movie and a very simple one. A game of cat and mouse. A small band of survivors of Rome’s famous Ninth Legion find themselves on the run, behind enemy lines. But, the dynamics within the group fleeing for their lives together with those they encounter make this an interesting one.

Oh, and of course, being me, I just can’t resist that understated romance…*sigh*…I have a weakness for these romantic moments in “non-romantic” genre movies.

Michael Fassbender leads the flight to safety with Olga Kurylenko being one mean Pict (well, technically Roman) tracker who never once eases up on the relentless chase. We also have Dominic West, Imogen Poots, JJ Feild, Lee Ross, David Morrissey, Liam Cunningham, Noel Clarke and a whole lot more join in.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

This one utterly and truly blew me away on first viewing. Oh my! I was in this daze for days (ha ha – that wasn’t intended). I couldn’t function…all I had was “car” chases, dust, bizarre masks, blood bags, electric guitarists and such going round and round and round in my mind. It was like I’d stepped into another dimension. The night I’d watched it was totally sleepless…or, rather, it felt like I was awake but obviously not because I was in the Mad Max world. Basically, this one was such a warped, wonderful, weird visual trip that just couldn’t be switched off with the credits rolling. It had caught me so by surprise…it needed lots and lots of processing.

MadMaxPosterOnce again one I’d no intention at all, ever, EVER to watch it. I mean, “everyone” told me that the Mad Max movies were such a load of rubbish. Yet, as is human nature, the more I was told it was a waste of time, the more I was in some way intrigued. Especially given the fact that I’d never seen a Mad Max movie before. All I knew was one of the posters with Mel Gibson on it. That was it. One evening, I was like a kid…I’d just peek at the first few seconds…huh, fat chance…I watched the whole thing and could have gone for round two.

Hmmm, I’ve just realised that this is another “chase” movie with Furiosa (Charlize Theron), against the dictatorial system in a futuristic wasteland world, on the run with Max (Tom Hardy), just trying to stay out of the system he’s escaped from. Joining their cause in an attempt to restore humanity and order are Nicholas Hoult,  Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton  and with Hugh Keays-Byrne  leading the tyrannical world.

Thinking of it…I need another “Mad Max fix”…I know what I’m about to start watching again. And ooh, ooh, I believe there is a Chrome version – that must be absolutely gorgeous.

So, that’s it for now. The three movies amongst my favourites that totally unexpectedly ended up there.

Head on over to Taking up Room for more entries in her Blogathon.

And here are the trailers:

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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.

Simply Splendid…Serendipity

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To start…I apologise for poor layout or incorrect spelling…you have no idea how hard it is writing a post on a phone. Anyway…

You know you’re in for a treat when the opening scene of last minute Christmas shopping is accompanied with Louis Armstrong’s Cool Yule. And that can only mean something light but special is heading your way. Serendipity is just that. Besides, how could a movie with such a title not be special?

It all starts during that last minute shopping rush…over a single pair of gloves. She wants them (for herself) and he wants them (for his girlfriend). They spend a wonderful evening together and leave the rest up to fate – a dollar bill with his name and number on it. A book sold to an used book store with her name and number. Life unfolds for both of them but somehow neither can forget the other.

The way this light romantic movie unfolds is simply magical. As the viewer it is such a pleasure (and often frustrating, in a good way) watching them, and fate, miss each other by seconds yet in doing so, working their way to each other. They just don’t make them like this anymore.

Set in New York, mainly during the Christmas period, it has some beautiful sights to show with my favourite being the snowy evening (two of them in fact) on the ice rink of Central Park.

Ah, I simply adore this one. Oh..“them“ is Sara and Jonathan…Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack. They work so well as a couple.serendipity

For more wonderful Winter in July posts, head on over to Moon in Gemini.

Lust in the Dust…oops, I mean Duel in the Sun…

..is my entry into The 4th Annual Sex! (Now that I have your attention) Blogathon. I’ve been at a bit of a loss as to what movie to write about for MovieMovieBlogBlog‘s Blogathon (whom I’m sure had given up hope on receiving an entry from me despite my promise to submit 😉 ). I’d picked a movie, yet wasn’t quite convinced…and then it hit me…how could this Blogathon not have a post on Duel in the Sun (1946)? It is suggestive from the very beginning…and never really lets up…

Just look at the very first image we see…

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Come on…it gives such a clear indication of what is yet to come…before it has even started.

So, while many don’t like it (even I have a love-hate relationship with it), it did receive two Oscar nominations (for Jennifer Jones (Best Actress in a Leading Role) and Lillian Gish (Best Actress in a Supporting Role)). But it’s quite the story…loaded with sexual innuendo throughout. The introduction of the movie (during the Overture section), gives us hints…”Duel in the Sun, 2 years in the making, is a saga of Texas in the 1880s. When primitive passions rode the raw frontier of an expanding nation.” Maybe I’m looking too deeply into it (and things were interpreted on a more innocent level way back then) but the words “primitive passion” and “raw frontier”, for me, are as provocative as anything.

Once the movie starts we see Pearl (Jennifer Jones), who the narrator describes as “quick to blossom” (need I elaborate?) dancing, supposedly innocently, but we soon see the sultry side to it (after seeing the actions of her mother as well as the comment made by an acquaintance “Like mother like daughter….I like the daughter better”). At this stage, and often throughout the movie, I think she is sometimes ignorant of what her subconscious really wants. Or…she knows.

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Maybe she is still naive at the early stages of the movie (the unstated undertones are definitely there though)…she’s quite happy to change into a green dress for the “good son” Jesse (Joseph Cotton) right there and then on the wagon as they ride home from town. And she’s only known him for a few hours, if that.

But of course, it all gets steamy when we meet (for me, the ultimate bad boy), Lewton/Lewt (Gregory Peck). First thing he does, before his mother even has a chance to introduce him properly, is look Pearl up and down. And boy is this a looking up and down. No words can explain. Things are already heated up and he hasn’t even said anything. As for their simple phrases “Pleased to meet you Lewton.”

and “Pleased to meet you (pause)…Pearl.” – never have introductions been so steamy. Totally confirmed as she drops her eyes to the floor. And we know he’s just desperate to get to know her when mother Laura Belle (Lillian Gish) shows Pearl to her room telling her that she and Lewt will have plenty of time to get to know each other later. “I’m sure we will” utters Lewt out of the ladies’ earshot. Yes Lewt, I’m also sure you will.

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Oh my…the screen is sizzling.

And I don’t think it is only Lewt who has some ideas about Pearl. Nice boy Jesse just doesn’t make it as obvious. He’s the lawyer after all. There are expectations in society. Read between the lines when he tells her “I think you’d better go to bed. Like a good little girl.” moments after this:

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But fear not…he might send her off to preserve their dignity but Lewt has no problem with showing his desires. He just doesn’t give a damn. He’s waiting for her:

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And as she closes her bedroom door after telling him “good night” (while he’s still outside), her gaze to the door tells us she probably does want him coming to visit. She’s intrigued.

Duel in the Sun if filled with such scenes. Nothing romantic (well, not for me), they are purely about lust. Even Lewt “innocently” showing off his horse is simply a different approach to his one goal. One that is visually confirmed in the scene where he chases after her on horseback. Never have two horses galloping had more sexual meaning.

But make no mistake. Pearl isn’t so innocent in all of this. Those swaying hips and fluttering eyelashes don’t help the situation. It doesn’t even go unnoticed by the other cowboys working on the ranch. There’s bound to be trouble at some point. And yes, plenty there is.

I could go on and on about the endless scenes, but by now I think it is very clear what this one is about. Possibly this it isn’t the best movie out there but it is undeniably sensual. And you thought no western could be that, didn’t you? No wonder it was nicknamed “Lust in the Dust”. And if you don’t believe it…once you’re done watching the final dusty and sweaty scene, there won’t be much doubt in your mind.

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For my entries into this Blogathon for 2016 and 2017 (and a lighter more romantic movie), head on over here (for Subtly Sexy Pride & Prejudice) and…oh no!!!! I’ve just realised I covered the same movie here last year…well, I honestly hadn’t checked what I’d covered before…promise. Right this minute, as I was finalising and about to publish (while adding the links) I see my entry from last year…gosh, should have stuck with my original choice for this year. Oh well, so, totally new material today, just the same movie as last year (Heated Lust with Duel in the Sun). MovieMovieBlogBlog, I’ll make it up to you in The 5th Annual version of this Blogathon (too late to write a new post now). I guess it pays to know what you’ve written about in the past. Spreadsheet, here we come…

 

A new Blogathon…in a different language…

…I was going to announce the “foreign language” blogathon but then “foreign” is all relative, isn’t it? So…I’ve had to rethink this a bit and I’ll call it “The non-English Film Blogathon” instead……yep…I’d like to hear about films in which the main spoken language is not English (and movies dubbed into a different language from the original English obviously don’t count). There are so many wonderful works out there from a multitude of countries. You could also write about an actor, actress or even director who’s main repertoire of work is not in English…if that makes sense…

Let’s read about all your wonderful entries on the 27th and 28th July 2018.

Just tell me in the comments below what topic you’d like to write about and I’ll add you to the roster. Then grab a banner from the bottom of this post (or make your own) and link back to my site on the big day(s) when you post your choice.

La liste des participants…ok fine…The Roster:

Thoughts All Sorts – TBC (probably La reine Margot (Queen Margot))

MovieRobLa cage aux folles (1978)

MovieRob – Fanny och Alexander (Fanny and Alexander) (1982)

Realweegiemidget ReviewsIncubus (1966)

Realweegiemidget ReviewsSinkkulaiva (2013 – 2014)

Mini Media ReviewsTaeksi woonjunsa (A Taxi Driver) (2017)

Maddy Loves Her Classic FilmsGion no shimai (Sisters of the Gion) (1936)

Maddy Loves Her Classic FilmsJeux interdits (Forbidden Games) (1952)

The Stop ButtonShichinin no samurai (Seven Samurai) (1954)

Cinematic Scribblings – Aruitemo aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008)

dbmoviesblogWo bu shi Pan Jin Lian (I am not Madame Bovary) (2016)

Moon in GeminiAguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God) (1972)

The Wonderful World of CinemaNuit Américaine (Day for Night) (1973)

Silver Screen Classics – Du rififi chez les hommes (Rififi) (1955)

Silver Screenings – La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game) (1939)

MovieMovieBlogBlogLa historia oficial (The Official Story) (1985)

The Midnite Drive-InM – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (M) (1931)

WadsWordsLe Million (1931)

In the Good Old Days of Classic HollywoodAscenseur pour l’échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (1958)

Cinema Essentials Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves) (1948)

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