The restored version of Lawrence of Arabia (affiliate link) is only $8 on the US Apple store right now!
One of the screen’s grandest epics, this monumental story recounts the true-life experiences of T.E. Lawrence, better known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia. A young, idealistic British officer in WWI, Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) is assigned to the camp of Prince Feisal (Alec Guinness), an Arab tribal chieftain and leader in a revolt against the Turks. In a series of brilliant tactical maneuvers, Lawrence leads fifty of Feisal’s men in a tortured three-week crossing of the Nefud Desert to attack the strategic Turkish-held port of Aqaba. And following his successful raids against Turkish troops and trains, Lawrence’s triumphant leadership and unyielding courage gain him nearly god-like status among his Arab brothers.
If you’ve never seen this movie, BUY IT NOW. One of the most incredible films of all time – acting, directing, cinematography – you can not watch a better movie than this.
I thought “A New Awakening” was an OK movie but this shot compariosn really brings home how repetitive it was. Made it a lot less interesting a movie for me.
The “Everything Wrong with…” YouTube videos are always fun but this is the first one that had me literally laughing out loud.
Tim’s Vermeer – (affiliate link) is a wonderfully odd little documentary about an man’s obsession with trying to prove his hypothesis of how the great Dutch painter, Vermeer, managed to create his amazing “photo realistic” masterpieces. It flags towards the end but well worth the 99 cent rental.
“Burt’s Buzz” for 99 Cents! (affiliate link)
Like most guys, I hate women’s lip balm products. But, I would get chapped lips all the time. Then I discovered this “Burt’s Bees” product and loved it. I’ve always got a little tube of it with me.
I never gave any thought to the name until I saw a trailer for “Burt’s Buzz” last year and realized that Burt was a real person. Even better, he seems odd, eccentric, real and funny. I’ll be watching this movie tonight.
The 50 most disappointing summer blockbusters:
for every movie that makes a billion dollars and spawns a legion of sequels and kids toys there are dozens more which just end up disappointing everybody and spawning legions of sobbing fanboys.
I’ve seen all of these movies and it’s depressing to think of how many hours in dark theatres I wasted watching this crap.
MPAA: “OMG BOOBS!”
How can a poster for a movie called Sin City offer up a poster that’s too risqué? The word “Sin” is in the title! You better bring some edgy material, or fans won’t care. And yet, the MPAA rejected the above one-sheet showing Eva Green and her chest “for nudity.” Imagine that.
The NY Post picked up on the story, reporting that the “curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown” was more than enough to ensure that this Sin City: A Dame to Kill For poster doesn’t make it to your local multiplex.
How utterly idiotic is this? The MPAA had no problem with the gun but they got the knickers in a twist over “the curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola”. I’m sorry but I’m a much bigger fan of boobs than guns.
It’s not just ridiculously prudish it’s insanely hypocritical. Read the story and look at the poster for the movie, Saw II. So “boobs = bad” but “severed fingers = good”? WTF?
I watched “Manhunter” last night. If you don’t know the movie, it was the first film to feature serial killer Hannibal Lecter (of “Silence of the Lambs” fame).
It is by no means, in my opinion, as good as SotL. It’s very dated and doesn’t hold up well style wise. It is fun to see all the character actors in the cast though and I didn’t even recognize Joan Allen in the film.
As a psychological thriller, it’s very slow paced and William Petersen’s moody stares get trying quickly. The best scenes are actually between Allen and Tom Noonan who plays the bad guy. There’s a point where you think he might be redeemable if only…
The best part was rediscovering the music of a band I loved in the 80s – Shriekback. I wore out their “Oil and Gold” album.
Overall, it would make a good doubleheader flick with the much lauded SotL.
The World’s End is the third film in the “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy, following “Shaun of the Dead” (which I really liked) and “Hot Fuzz” (not so much). But they are not connected – you don’t need to have watched the previous two to enjoy this one.
If you don’t know the premise of the movie, it starts off seemingly obvious and then, typical of a movie like “Shaun of the Dead”, gets REALLY WEIRD.
This is the point at which you either commit to the rest of the movie (because it won’t get any less weird) or just turn it off.
If you continue to watch, it’s a very funny, dry, British dark comedy.
But it’s the last 15 minutes that really made the movie fun for me. I won’t ruin it but I will say, it’s the reason why I watch anything Simon Pegg is in.