Master and Commander (2003). During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.
A good seafaring film about a man on a mission is a dime a dozen, but what elevates this film beyond it is the time and gravitas it devotes to building the relationship between Russell Crowe’s Captain Jack Aubrey and Paul Bettany’s Doctor Stephen Maturin. It’s wonderfully told, and it gives an epic film a beating heart. 7/10.
Our #TBT isn’t throwing back too far, just to Halloween. Despite her frustration with trick or treating, Zoya did eventually get a treat. A big beautiful dandelion of a treat! Don’t let her tell you otherwise. She nomed it circled the pumpkin a few times, and then fell asleep pretty pleased with herself.
A Star is Born (1954).
A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.
Judy Garland is totally transcendent as a young woman who becomes an overnight sensation following her connection to a failing film star. The film is gracious, compelling, and beautifully-made. It bounds off the screen in a way that belies it’s length and, well, pretty melodramatic plot. It’s terrific, and it’s heartbreaking. 8/10.
my tv-head is complete!
i’ve installed the screen using a flexible, firm piece of plastic that fits the curved shape of the monitor, with black privacy film over it. it’s like looking through sunglasses, and you can’t see into it from the outside at all. i can’t wait to take some nicer pictures when i can.
Some Came Running (1958).
Dave Hirsch, a writer and army veteran winds up in his small Indiana hometown, to the dismay of his respectable older brother. He meets and befriends various different characters and tries to figure out what to do with his life.
This is a compelling couple of hours, but it never quite knows the character of Dave Hirsch well enough to drive the story. Everything that pulls you in is in the supporting cast, which is a little odd, given Frank Sinatra usually has a really commanding presence on screen. It’s a pretty good movie, but ultimately a forgettable one. 7/10.