I'm watching "Good Bye, Lenin!" (2003).
A son and daughter perform a deception that the communist DDR is continuing in 1989/90, in an attempt to prevent their deeply socialist mother from suffering another heart attack.
A breakthrough performance by Daniel Brühl.
Absolutely superb film. Highly recommended.
"The Whispering City" (1947)
A superb Canadian film noir, shot in Quebec City. Some of the gothic architecture of the city makes for a great film noir location, and the snowy conditions provides excellent, stark cinematography.
The three leads deliver great performances, and the plot is engrossing. The French language gives the movie an extra seasoning. I just wish more of the same had been made.
Wee Willie Davis appeared in several big budget movies of the 1940s & 50s, including "Samson and Delilah" and "Reap the Wild Wind".
He acquired his in-joke name from his days as a professional wrestler in the 1930s. He was 1.96m (6' 5") tall.
In the attached photo Wee Willie is on the right.
I'm currently re-watching:
Die Hard (1988)
I've only just noticed that in one of the floors of the Nakatomi building there are Control Data mainframes. Our hero, John McClane, walks past them. I've never seen a CD mainframe in the "flesh".
If you've never seen the movie, you really should.
The importance of personal names is most obvious in the movie business.
Actors have to choose a unique name so that credits and jobs are given to the correct person. However, this (typically) enforced change of name gives them the opportunity to choose something memorable and cool.
John Wayne (Marion Morrison)
Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson)
Kirk Douglas (Issur Danielovitch)
Cyd Charisse (Tula Ellice Finklea)
A drama, love story and spy thriller set during WWII, in Casablanca & England. The movie is also of the type made in the same period, although there are some modern concessions made with regards strong language and violence.
The film didn't perform well at the box office, probably due to the understated nature of the film-making. Don't let this deter you, it is an excellent movie, and deserves a wider audience.
"A rocket carrying nano robots crash lands shortly after takeoff into a zoo. The bots are released and find their way into a massive crocodile. The croc, now programmed to kill, will target anything and anyone for its next meal."
Rated: 2.9/10 😮
Could it be so bad it's good?
I don't know, and I'm not watching it to find out. You can do that yourself.
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