Monday, June 29, 2015

Film review "Woman in Gold"

I am confident in saying, I saw a film. Not a movie, a film.

That film would be called "Women in Gold". Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds as well as other great artists star in it. The film is about the restoration of art to it's original owner as well as much more. The art of course has an historical component to it. The art being "Gustav Klimt" and "The Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer". 

Every scene and every shot is cinematography. Or perhaps photography. The script is poignant without becoming mired in the attempt to be compatible for all. It is however, very easy to watch. This film will not be enjoyed by all. To bad for that person. Viewers that appreciate a balance between quality story telling and wonderful imagery will surely be happy they spent the time viewing it.

Monday, June 15, 2015

It Might Get Loud. Film

Well, that was entertaining, informative and a pleasure to watch and listen to. If you don’t like the electric guitar then please ignore this post. Because as the title states.

“It Might Get Loud”. 

Three of Rocks passionate guitar players telling us what it was like at the beginning of their time and growing into what we know and love. It’s quite cool watching “Jimmy Page” putting on a 45 (his 45) of Link Wray’s “Rumble” and talking about it or “Edge” building his own guitar from the ground up or “Jack White” playing for an audience of serious seniors. How they recorded, where they practiced and what it felt like. They are unique in styles and approach to the instrument and it shows through clearly for even us slightly less talented folk. Edge's drive to find just the right sound makes brain surgery look easy and I think he uses more equipment to do so. Jack teaches his younger self to play instruments in ways they were not intended to be played. At least for most people. There is also a history of rock lesson here that is a fun learning experience. They get together and chat and of course they play for us. Yes! There is plenty of early footage that is, of course, hilarious. I wonder if Jimmy ever did any of that Biological research? Probably.

The film is made very well with some great photography of the times and places. It’s sure to please so watch it and turn it up loud. It’s on Netflix.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Wiper Times. Film.

Every once in a while a film will sneak into view and be absolutely delightful. "The Wipers Times" is one of those.

A TV movie from 2013 gives us a satirist glimpse into WW1 and the men behind the publication, "The Wipers Times". It started it's run in 1916 and ended it in 1918 at the end of the war. It's contributors came from the ranks of men fighting and slogging in the mud in France. Plenty of humorous poems, off the wall editorials and completely ridiculous, fake advertising . Poking fun at the top brass and lunacy of modern warfare made it very popular among the troops.  It reminded me of Lenny Bruce and Jon Stewart.

Directed by Andy de Emmony and starring Ben Chaplin. The photography is beautiful and the script is brilliant. There are some very creative breakaways with dancing and singing offered by the men. Highly recommended.