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.

At the end of the film I'm watching, the Westminster Parliament building is blown-up.

That scene always brings a tear to my eye,

Which reminds me of the classic line by Kenneth Williams, in Carry on Cleo (1964)

"Infamy, infamy; they've all got it infamy! [in for me]"

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Frankly, I'm a bit miffed no-one told me Kate Beckinsale is single.

"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.

Thoroughly recommended.

"Why does every black person in the movies have to play a servant? How about a black person walking up the steps of a court house carrying a briefcase?"
Myrna Loy (circa 1938).

That idea took many decades to become a reality.

"My father would say his family came from the northern Hebrides* and were too stingy to put two Rs in Morison."
Patricia Morison

* Leòdhas?

BTW

The screenshot came from the Sherlock Holmes movie "Pursuit to Algiers" (1945), one of the many excellent presentations starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as the famous detective and his sidekick Dr. Watson.

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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.

Last night, I watched another "SciFi" movie, and this one I throughly enjoyed:

The Martian (2015)

Review coming soon...

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A running time of 2 hours, 44 minutes, doesn't automatically make an epic movie. It certainly doesn't work for BR 2049.

All the building architecture in Blade Runner 2049 is Brutalist. Now, there's a dystopian future, for you.

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Currently watching "Blade Runner 2049". What a load of tosh. Nothing like as good as the original BR, and yet it has 8.0/10 on IMDb. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

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.

Consider:

Rock Hudson
John Wayne (Marion Morrison)
Doris Day
Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson)
Kirk Douglas (Issur Danielovitch)
Cyd Charisse (Tula Ellice Finklea)

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Allied (2016)

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.

Recommended.

Last night, I fell asleep while watching a movie. It was The Aviator (2004). I'm pretty certain I was enjoying the movie, right up to the point where I snoozed-off.

I'm blaming my sleepiness on the early drive down to Glaschu.

Still feeling young?

Ocean's Eleven (2001) was released 20 years ago.

The movie, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts, was a critical and financial hit.

The original Ocean's 11 (1960) was released 61 years ago.

Robocroc (2013)

IMDb synopsis:
"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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