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PostSubject: Period Pieces.   Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:10 am

I'm not sure if Hollywood is really doing anything these days that will become a 'classic' but I wanted to separate the new from the old.

Specifically, here, I want to talk about some of the period pieces that have been getting a lot of talk.

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I'm heading out to see 'Atonement' today and wondered if anyone else had seen it? It looks absolutely beautiful, so even if the story is crap, it should be a gorgeous production.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Mon Feb 04, 2008 3:43 pm

Mrs Henderson Presents is very good. We watched it again last night (I got my husband a copy for Christmas.)

What else...? I liked The Illusionist a lot, and also The Witch, the Lion and the Wardrobe (they're working on the next one now).

Oh, how about Good Night and Good Luck? That was an excellent film, and as soon as I saw it, I revised my opinion of George Clooney's talents! He is a superb director, and a very fine actor.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:19 am

I really liked Mrs Henderson Presents as well. I want to see A Good German next.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:15 am

I haven't seen Atonement. It does look gorgeous, but I wasn't up to something that depressing when it was playing near us.

We just watched Cold Comfort Farm, too. Jimmy had never seen it.

(Last night I read the book. The adaptation is a good one.)
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:25 am

I saw part of Cold Comfort, but I always seem to catch in halfway in...

Bright Young Things was good, but god! Was it depressing...
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:58 pm

It was depressing. Interesting, though.

It's been around for a while, but I love A League of Their Own.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:14 am

I'm not sure if this one qualifies, but I like to think of it as a modern take on Cinderella; Pretty Woman.

Out of Africa and Dangerous Liasions are a couple of favourites with me.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:00 am

I loved Out of Africa...I thought it was beautifully shot!
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:07 am

I loved Dangerous Liasons. It was brilliant.

And believe it or not, I've never seen Out of Africa! That's going straight onto my reserve list at the library! (I really should read the book.)
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:30 am

Dr. Zhivago. I think that was just late enough to miss "Old Hollywood". Nice to see Julie Christie up for an Oscar this year. I just read an article about her. She rarely gives interviews so this was interesting. She lives on a farm in Wales, acts when it suits her and goes to any lengths to avoid the celebrity sharkpit. She also has for years, kept a "room" in London.

Bridges of Madison County was wonderful as was Sophie's Choice. I love Meryl Streep.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:58 pm

I quite enjoyed The Prestige. I suppose it might even qualify as Steampunk. A thoroughly enjoyable film with the bizarrely cast David Bowie (thankfully in a minor role) torturing us with a most ludicrous accent.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:25 pm

I thought Chaplin was amazing when I saw it, even though that might not be considered a "modern" movie in the context of this thread. The Cat's Meow also did a pretty impressive piece of 20s costuming. Not an aigrette or fringed dress in the bunch! I appreciate that.



When you go see Atonement, write back and tell me what this big secret is. I have no desire to see the film but I can't think of any life-altering lie that couldn't be killed off right away with a yes or no question aimed at the right person.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:11 pm

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles are great fun.

They've been re-released on DVD (originally made for TV) and my mother gave us the first half for Christmas. We've been having a great time with them.

The casting, history and set dressing are all fantastically good.


...and the last movie (Harrison Ford) will be out in May 2008! I think it's to be called Indiana Jones and the Cave of the Crystal Skull. Something along those lines, anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:09 pm

Road to Perdition is a modern classic surely?
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:42 am

I'll go with that. Bloomin' fantastic film. Not enough vengeance in films these days. (I do like The Fixer on TV though).
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:28 am

I think the Indy chronicles could be considered a New Classic. I love the mix of boy's adventure and religion. He's always on a quest to rescue one religious artifact or other from the Evil Other. A sort of 20th century knight errant. My husband is a big fan and can't wait to see The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Road to Perdition was good. Not the usual role for Tom Hanks. Speaking of whom, I want to see Charlie Wilson's War!
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:49 pm

Just watched The Proposition. Christ, what a corker!

For those who've not had the pleasure, it's an Australian Western with Guy Pearce (Memento) and our very own Ray Winstone.

As all good Westerns should be, it's chock full of filth, flies and fury. If violence is you bag (without ridiculous Hollywood gunplay and sound effects) then this is one for you.

A bit like Unforgiven but without the scruples.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Fri May 02, 2008 6:54 am

Sexy Beast is a good film. IIRC, the critics gave it a bit of a drubbing when it first came out, but I really like it. Good performances from a well picked cast, and some genuine laugh out loud moments. Ben kingsley playing a totally different animal to any of his other performances.

I guess a lot of people went along thinking they were going to get something like Lock, stock and two smoking barrels, but Sexy beast is a much slower affair where tension replaces slick camera work and gruesome violence.

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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Fri May 02, 2008 7:40 am

We loved Sexy Beast! I'll watch just about anything with Ray Winstone, I think he's great.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Fri May 02, 2008 1:19 pm

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Sexy Beast is a good film.

Hardly a period piece though. Couldn't stand the film myself (though I'm fully aware I'm in the minority). I thought it was one of the very few bad films that Winstone has been in. Only marginally better than the truly awful Gangster Number 1.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Fri May 02, 2008 2:28 pm

I suppose it depends what period we're defining. It's one of those films that polarizes people- they either love it or hate it.

I've never liked The Big Sleep it might be big, and it might be clever, but I always found it heavy going. The Maltese Falcon is a much better flick IMO, anything with Peter Lorre at his peak is always good value.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Thu Jun 19, 2008 6:29 pm

I'm late to the party on this one, but I just had to put in my two cents.

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I quite enjoyed The Prestige. I suppose it might even qualify as Steampunk. A thoroughly enjoyable film with the bizarrely cast David Bowie (thankfully in a minor role) torturing us with a most ludicrous accent.

Sarah and I just watched The Prestige last week and thought it was great! You're right about David Bowie's accent, but I was happy to see Nikola Tesla as a featured character in the movie. If you've read much about him, he certainly claimed success with enough off-kilter experiments to make any creation of his a perfect plot device. I especially liked the construction of the film's timeline. It played out more like an episode of The Twilight Zone than a modern thriller.

Two movies that we find ourselves coming back to over and over are De-Lovely and Beyond the Sea. Kevin Kline's performance as Cole Porter in De-Lovely is wonderful. I really appreciated the Cole Porter songs performed by modern artists, especially Elvis Costello's take on Let's Misbehave. Beyond the Sea has a remarkably similar premise to De-Lovely, but I found it even more enjoyable. Kevin Spacey does an amazing job of transforming himself into Bobby Darin. His singing isn't exactly a spot-on imitation, but he puts in a very admirable performance. Plus, costumes and sets are teriffic in both films. I think Sarah and I will be watching those two for years to come.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:16 pm

Gosford Park- as IMDB says, "Multiple storylined drama set in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs
guest and downstairs servants at a party in a country house in England." Includes a murder.

If you like such tales, it won't bore you, however, I know a few people who thought it would be more of a mystery and it did bore them.

The clothes, the cars, even the luggage... and I just picked it up for $10 at Target.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:45 pm

We watched Leatherheads over the break.

It was really enjoyable, and the costumes and set dressing were excellent. It was slow going, though. If they'd picked up the pace it would have been much better.

George Clooney is a talented man, but it's too bad he never met Howard Hawks or Woody Van Dyke!
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Sat May 23, 2009 3:01 pm

Road to Perdition is very sobering.

I'm enjoying the Legend of Bagger Vance, especially the little boy.
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