jazzy_dave: (witchy1)
After the long and enjoyable day i had yesterday i took the opportunity to have a lie-in this morning.

I woke up at eight , had a cuppa,and then went back to bed to listen to Radio4 Extra's Halloween special.

Fascinating documentary on BBC Radio 4 Extra on EVP - Electronic \voice Phenomenon - and other spooky observations as well as creepy stories.

I have burnt some Wizard's Spell incense to create an atmosphere in the room as well.

Lunch was a chestnut mushroom soup followed by Chicken Korma and a tasty chocolate cheesecake.

In Canterbury i try to avoid popping into Waterstones but tesraesay i succumbed and bought this book -




Later tonight i will be trying out the Bourne flea pit cinema to watch Dr.Strange..This will be the first time i have been to this independent cinema.
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
Had a filling breakfast this morning of two eggs, two sausages , three rashers of bacon and tomato. There slices of toast, multigrain Cheerios and apple juice. I then got my gear together and headed to Bromley for my first visit of the day. It was a covert shop in a jewelers store.

Once done i headed back to do a supermarket visit in Canterbury which i will do today before eight this evening.It is an audit job just checking certain items and their availability as well as condition of fresh fruit and veg.

As it is the 'Spoons fortnight of a beer festival, which started yesterday, i am reduced to having halves at the moment due to lack of funds. Funds will not be a problem around the 25th - but news of that later - and as i do not want to jinx it - confirmation until it is my account will be proscribed. I will just say it will be four figures.

Last night in the common room at the Quays some lads had a film on a dongle that they plugged into the TV and we watched Suicide Squad. A really good anti-superhero movie indeed.

Deferred

Aug. 31st, 2016 10:54 pm
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
I have deferred these visits for tomorrow now as it will be more cost effective to do them in one day rather than two, and first i will be in Faversham getting some pipe cleaners as the pipe needs cleaning, and get some tobacco as well.


Most of the day has been spent watching DVD's - The Woman In Black 2 - Angel of Death and When The Lights Went Out based on a true poltergeist events in Yorkshire.


When the Lights Went Out PosterThe Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death Poster

I also watched the Stax Story again - a fascinating two hour documentary about that famous soul label.

Looking forward to the free breakfast tomorrow.

Vertigo

Aug. 29th, 2016 03:01 am
jazzy_dave: (Default)
Just watched the DVD of Vertigo - one of \Hitchcock's best movies.Kim Novak was brilliant in itand the lush music by Bernard Hermann complements it thoroughly.


Vertigomovie restoration.jpg
jazzy_dave: (reflective mood)
Had a lie-in this morning - it was unintentional - and i suppose i needed the sleep.

A box of DVD's arrived in the post from my brother this morning. So there will be some that will drag me away from Charmed lol. Hitchcock's Vertigo is one of them, as well as The Woman In Black and the Steve Jobs biopic.

This will keep me busy over the weekend.

Wattstax

Jul. 21st, 2016 10:17 pm
jazzy_dave: (Default)
And of course from that great black music history is the film Watstax in full-


Wattstax - Full Documentary (1973)






jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
I had a marathon dvd watching session - started with Philomena,Date Night and Anour - the latter which was very difficult to watch,

Date Night was quite a wacky comedy,Philomena was okay but i found it boring , and the French film Amour was beautify=uka nad painful to watch in equal measure.

Links to wiki here -

ttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philomena_(film)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_Night

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amour_(2012_film)


Philomena poster.jpgDate night poster.jpg

Amour-poster-french.jpgJazz on a Summer's Day FilmPoster.jpeg

Tonight i will watch Jazz On A Summer's Day - i have watched this many times before. 

Le Weekend

Jul. 9th, 2016 10:39 pm
jazzy_dave: (reflective mood)
Last night i watched one of the half pf dozen DVD's my bro gave me on Thursday. It was Le |Weekend - and i recognised this 2013 film at once - as i had seen it at the cinema. I do not remember where and it might have been one of my mystery shop visits. Great film though, with the views of Paris and so on.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Week-End


Le week-end.jpg



Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg Burrows (Lindsay Duncan) are a married academic couple from Birmingham advancing in age and tension. To mark their 30th wedding anniversary, the two embark on a trip to the place they honeymooned three decades ago: Paris, France. Hoping to rejuvenate their marriage, the couple arrives in Paris only for things not to go as planned. Eventually, the two bump into Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), with whom Nick went to university and who is now a successful writer, and attend a dinner party of his that ultimately opens up a new view of life and love for the aging couple.


So i am off to my room fairly soon to watch more DVD's.

Note - cannot believe the common room is so quiet tonight. No clackety noise from the guys and gals playing pool either nor the Tv on- just me typing away.
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Good morning folks. Hope the weather your way is good. Here it is bright, some sunshine,windy and cool with the threat of rain again.

Last night i watched a couple of DVD's my brother gave me -

Gemma Bovery (2014)

Gemma Bovery 2014 french film poster.jpg

It is a comedy-drama film based on Posy Simmonds' 1999 graphic novel of the same name.


Martin (Fabrice Luchini), an ex-Parisian with a deep appreciation for Gustave Flaubert, has settled in a village in Normandy as a baker. He sees a British couple moving into an old property across the road. Their names, Gemma (Gemma Arterton) and Charles Bovery (Jason Flemyng), echo those of the leading characters in Flaubert's 1856 masterpiece Madame Bovary. Martin engages with the young couple and observes Gemma's behaviour replicates that of her namesake, including a series of romantic and sexual liaisons that suggest she is headed for a tragic finale like that of the novel. He intervenes but cannot alter the inevitable conclusion.
I liked the mix of cultural differences and language between the English and French (with subtitles) characters, the frequent humour and amusing variations on Flaubert’s original plot. Ironically, it may even convey to a modern audience better than the novel how, even in secular Europe, a woman may become the victim of her sexual appeal to men.



The Face Of An Angel (2014)


The Face of an Angel.jpg


A British psychological thriller film directed by Michael Winterbottom and written by Paul Viragh, inspired by the book Angel Face, drawn from crime coverage by Newsweek/Daily Beast writer Barbie Latza Nadeau. The film stars Kate Beckinsale, Daniel Brühl, and Cara Delevingne.
The film is based on the real-life story of Amanda Knox who was accused of the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007.


Thomas (Daniel Brühl) is a film maker in Siena, Italy covering something that looks like the Amanda Knox story. It is almost a film within a film as the film Thomas wants to make has similarities to the one we are watching. Siena is filled with reporters with all kind of spousal issues, Thomas is using a book "The Face of an Angel" written by a journalist (Kate Beckinsale) who also has an angel face. His daughter (Ava Acres) has an angel face as does the waitress (Cara Delevingne) who aides Thomas. Thomas even tells us they changed the names.

Thomas relates the angel face with the victim (Sai Bennett) while everyone one else in the world associates it with the accused (Genevieve Gaunt). Thomas wants to make the film as a parallel to Dante's Divine Comedy. So unless you are heavy into the metaphor and symbolism, the film is boring. If you are into it, you will realize he missed the mark and it is just somewhat boring. It comes across as pseudo philosophical with lines like, "Look death in the face to understand life." I had to laugh as I thought of Andy Warhol's famous line, "To know death Otto,...."

It strains credibility too much, and seems self-indulgent as though it's really about Winterbottom, the actual director who wants to make the movie about himself.
It does say some interesting things about the cynical press circus surrounding the case who just see the investigation as grist to the newspaper mill, with free expenses paid trips to Italy.

If you were hoping for a meaningful take on the murder case though, this is not it.
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
Another crap wet day. Rained on and off all day.

I was at the library this morning to finish off one of my reports from yesterday and then went on to LJ. The public library blocked the whole website - how dare they, so now i am in Spoons sipping a pint slowly so that i can do my usual blogging.

Crazy!

Anyway, i watched a DVD today that bro gave me when he came down on Wednesday , based on the book by Gillian Flunn called Dark Places. Really excellent film - had me gripped form rge beginning.

Details and synopsis here -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Places_(2015_film)


Dark Places 2015 poster.jpg

Last night i watched a cool horror film on DVD called The Vatican Tapes. Quite an interetsing film but t as good as Dark Places.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vatican_Tapes

The Vatican Tapes poster.jpg

This was another of the selection of DVD's that bro gave me.

The band Kool and The gang tweeted me for favouring their "Love and Understabding" track on my ast big music post.   That was real cool!

Civil War

May. 11th, 2016 10:07 am
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
I finally watched the latest MCU film "Captain America - Civi; War" and at home via the putlocker website with headphones. Thoroughly enjoyed it and i love the little cameo towards the end by Stan Lee. The Spidey character was rather young though and a bit superfluous to the action.







They Live!

May. 5th, 2016 11:04 pm
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
I was watching a short Zizek documentary on a forgotten classic fiom frrm the eighties that predates The Matrix - They Live.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBOINEXp0B8&ab_channel=PeterKuling


Love

Apr. 28th, 2016 04:27 pm
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Monday night i watched the DVD of the controversial erotic Gaspor Noé film "Love" which i sold on Ebay recently. Love, the latest provocation from director Gaspar Noé, tells the story of a torridly destructive love affair. Half the film takes place in bed, where the two lead actors have unsimulated sex, in unblinking long takes, as explicitly as the performers in a pornographic video. Noé perches his camera right over the action, so that he isn’t just framing the shots: he’s staring, right along with the audience. He wants to rub our noses in the raw truth of sexuality, in the skin and sweat and passion and beauty, and how it expresses the deep mystery of a relationship. The hardcore scenes in Love may be shocking to some, but they have almost no spontaneity or heat.

It’s bold, fleshy and audacious, with some highly charged scenes, but in the end leaves you a bit numb.




jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Thinking& of the controversy over the Doctor Strange film, here is an older version from 1978.

Dr. Strange is a made-for-TV movie based on the Marvel Comics fictional character Dr. Strange, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. It was both directed and written by Philip DeGuere. Stan Lee served as a consultant on the film, which was created as a pilot for a proposed TV series.

jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
THis will be totally awesome. Cannot wait to see!

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker for the clip.

jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
I just finished watching a film on DVD which i had missed at the cinema and never got round to watching even on TV. That film is Unbreakable starring Bruce Willis. Very enjoyable and satisfying film. I also enjoyed the feature on comics and superheroes on the bonus DVD.


Movie poster showing the head of a man on the top right lookingo the left. At the center of the image is a man wearing a raincoat, as the film's title overlaps him. At the bottom of the image is the head of another man looking to the right. Cracks are shown across the image. Text at the top and bottom of the image lists the starring roles, the credits, and tagline.
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Just watched the film Green Lantern on a charity shop DVD i picked up last year but only got to watch just now. A good film. Entertaining and quite fun for a DC Comic character adaption.

Green Lantern poster.jpg

Watching Heroes Return on Channel Five* soon.
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Last night i finally got round to watching the DVD of Let The Right One In, a darkly strange Swedish vampire horror film.

The film tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a vampire child in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm, in the early 1980s. Alfredson, unconcerned with the horror and vampire conventions, decided to tone down many elements of the novel and focus primarily on the relationship between the two main characters in the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. The movie was very enjoyable.


Let the Right One In (Swedish).jpg

Movie Time

Jan. 30th, 2016 11:18 pm
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
Just watched the move, one of those from my mystery shop visit today, called Gone In The Night.  It caught my eye because it starred Shannen Doherty (Charmed) in it. made in 1996 beofre she starred as Prue. and is a TV made movie that is 190 minutes long - probably a bit long in my estimation. It is based on a true story of the Dowaliby family. Kevin Dillon )Platoon) plays the husband. The gist of it is the kidnap of a young girl from the home whilst the paernts were sleeping.

On September 10, 1988, 7 year-old Jaclyn Dowaliby was kidnapped from her home in the middle of the night. Two years later in 1990, Cynthia and Jaclyn's stepfather David Dowaliby went on trial for the murder of their daughter. However, Cynthia was acquitted by the judge on grounds of insufficient evidence, but David was tried and convicted of his daughter's death. His conviction came partly because the jury was shown photographs of a closet door, with fist holes in it. It was later proven that this damage happened before David even moved into the house.

In 1991 David's conviction was overturned when the Illinois Appellate Court reversed conviction outright, holding that the evidence against him had been no more probative than that against his wife. The murder of Jaclyn remains unsolved.

It was a good film. Shannen is a very good actress.
The complete movie is on at You Tube, although the quality is not as good as the DVD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVaWkcGJxOs&ab_channel=UnBeAuTiFulGiLmOrE

A few stills i captured form the DVD.





Also this week i watched Mr,Turner starring Timothy Spall, and is an exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life. , This is a great film IMHO> I believe Mike , my brother, gave e this in one of his clear-outs.


Mr. Turner PosterGone in the Night Poster
jazzy_dave: (youresoright)
Not due till next year but these trailers seem to make the film a must see event. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in the same film has to sound awesome.



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