* Did you watch a film last night (on Blu or DVD), and what was it? *

Oh wow! ...A superbly constructed crime film, with top notch acting.
There is some interesting history too behind that film.

Music by: Carter Burwell
Cinematography: Barry Sonnenfeld

"It was the directorial debut of the Coens and the first major film of cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, who later became a noted director, as well as the feature film debut of Joel Coen's wife Frances McDormand, who subsequently starred in many of his features.

The film's title derives from the Dashiell Hammett novel Red Harvest (1929), in which the term "blood simple" describes the addled, fearful mindset of people after a prolonged immersion in violent situations.

In 2001, a director's cut was released. It ranked No. 98 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills. The film also placed No. 73 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments."
 
Revisited:


Overall: 90

When revisiting a film you never know if your mood will be able to get back on a satisfying impact level. You take a chance and if you don't like it after ten minutes you just eject and pick something else.
Sometimes it doesn't work, other times you're in. Here it worked right from the get go.

What helps with this film is the quality of the actors, the direction, the music score.
Brief when it's a good film there is replay value.

I have no idea why I picked this one. Perhaps because its sequel was still on my coffee table from a while ago, I looked @ it and I thought why not revisiting the original.
So I grabbed it from a shelf, I put it on the coffee table, I first checked what was new on Netflix, I put few more in my queue, and then I proceeded with Sicario, from the 4K disc.

Emily Blunt is very convincing in it, and Benicio's interaction with her is great to watch.
Two good actors who help to add replay value from this film.
Also the cinematography from a master, the aerial shots, compositions, fluid movements, ...there is magic picture cinema shots here, the great music score, subtle and impactful, the overall tangible atmosphere, the danger, ... this is a great film.
 
I like popcorn movies for thrills of disbelief.
Last night I was well served.



I went 3D because I thought it would suit me better than 4K.
The movie is quite dark, with blacks and reds (dark oranges from the fire and Dwayne's face).
@ times it was hard to see the background details. And the CGI effects were less than pristine from the fire scenes. Fire is not easy to reproduce on film from that scale, super high rising skyscraper.

The film of course is pure frootloop unbelievable, but that's the popcorn point.
Some scenes are ultra modern cool, when it is nicely lit before the fire.
The overall 3D effects vary from scene to scene; @ times they have a pleasant depth and other times they look 2D cardboard. So it's not consistent.

I don't know how much worst or better the 4K version is, I can only guess that you need a well calibrated display because so much of the film is dark and that the fire CGI effects must be more obvious. You take your chance and run with it; I did from calculated researching. I believe I chose the correct version for my eyes and soul.

Overall (film only): 42

-- 3D visuals: 74
- Audio integration: 72

Last word: Easily unforgivable. ...Skip it unless you feel to make popcorn, lots of it.
You win some you lose some.

 
I was in the mood for something smooth, something not earthquake shattering.



I saw this film before, few times, but it was the first time last night that I saw the extended version, from Criterion Collection, 2K 2D Blu.

I won't say too much because I have said already in the past, and what I said is that there are movies that are best to be experienced without saying too much, it is one of them where the pictures and the faces of the actors and the music score describe best what each viewer gets from it. It doesn't matter what I say, the film matters, it speaks volume for what it is.

It's a very smooth ride, where the music is the numero uno character.
Everything else is built around that music tree of life.
If you can handle the music you can handle the film like a pro.
The less you know the more you discover what you already know but couldn't see with clear clarity.

Some will fall asleep, others will experience something unique, nobody will feel the same as everybody. It's a personal journey, a cinematique visual and musical experience.
Nothing is left to be said, everything is there to be lived.

Overall (film experience, visuals and music score): 89

 
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1995 and directed by Terry Gilliam.

"Traveling back in time isn't simple, as James Cole (Bruce Willis) learns the hard way. Imprisoned in the 2030s, James is recruited for a mission that will send him back to the 1990s. Once there, he's supposed to gather information about a nascent plague that's about to exterminate the vast majority of the world's population. But, aside from the manic Jeffrey (Brad Pitt), he gets little in the way of cooperation, not least from medical gatekeepers like Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe)."

We all saw this film before, so I won't say anything more than we already know.
This is a new transfer on Blu-ray, and it is the best.

Some of my favorite filmmakers are Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, the Coen Brothers, and Terry Gilliam. 12 Monkeys is pure sci-fi fantasy. To escape reality there is no better dose. The picture quality is the best I've seen yet from this film. Worth revisiting, very.
If you are a Giliam's fan and that you demand only the very best, you can't mess.

Overall (everything): 81


If someone would ask me what I would change, nothing just the number in the title ... 21
 
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Mission accomplished. Very good action film, Tom is in good shape and looking good.
This installment (#6) is in the same high caliber as #4 and 5.
It is highly entertaining with great stunts.

Here the cinematography is to die for, and even more so with the IMAX screen aspect ratio included from some amazing scenes. The 4K Blu-ray version shines like a diamond cut atop the highest mountain peak.

The music score is phenomenal, implemented to perfection from a master craftsman.
It flies like an eagle in the December's wind of Northern Alaska.

The story? Save the world...what else.

This is movie magic...everything from the slow-mo to high-speed chases on land and under and above. We just lift up with Tom & the gang, there is no two ways about it.

Overall: 88

Audio (music/kaboom/dialog) only: 93
Visuals (locales/angles) only: 92
Fun (story/acting) only: 87

Highly recommended, technically and adrenaline rush fun.
There are going to be some scenes for everyone. It's a winning recipe, even if you don't like somd of it, because what you will like is going to make you forget about what you don't.
This is not Casablanca or Doctor Zhivago, this is MI6 in high gear.
Forget Black Panther and the Avengers, go the spy way; not as sophisticated as James Bound but more peppy, younger @ heart.

Last word: Be careful, don't fall down.

 
Last night I revisited this guy, from Blade Runner 2049 and La La Land.



He's very smooth, and he maintains his cool @ all time.
In real life Ryan seems to be that type of guy too.
I can see him getting better and better roles as he keeps aging.
He's on a winning Hollywood formula.

This film is cool too, but also violent in some scenes, very.
Most people love driving, the adrenaline rush to let it all go when all alone on a stretch of the highway without any other cars around, including cop cars.
Not now, but once when we were young and furious. ...Daytime, nighttime, doesn't matter.

It's a 2011 (seven years old) flick, and I just like it.
Overall: 80

The driving, it's the best action part of this film, what maintains its main interest.
I'm sure everyone saw it already, if not give it a shot; I recommend it, very.

 
Revisited ...



This is a new remastering, with bolder colors, less green, more clarity, improved and heightened sound. You cannot fault the visuals and sound quality, impossible. This flick takes your eyes and ears (senses) away, and flip them upside up. The improvement is undeniable, for the better.

The film itself is not perfect but as a sequel to its master it's a very valid one.
We are served with more action and romance.

Everyone saw the three Matrix films, so there is nothing new to add in this trilogy story.
What's new here is that this newer version (4K HDR) is the very best, period.
It is amazing what our eyes and ears can do to alter our perception.

It is only my guess that without seeing and hearing this new remastering one has no real idea.
Supremely recommended.

Overall (film only, story, acting, purpose): 70+

Extra ...
- Visuals: 97
- Aural festivity: 97

Last word: It could have been shortened by say a second or two, but the guilty pleasure wouldn't have been the exact same. It's impossible to tell because what we have here is reference sound and vision from this new remastering. ...What a ride!
Take it, it's worth it, it's the best. Don't let yourself being influenced by the score (70), it's just a number. I am very reserved, polite, diplomatic, calm.
Here's what truly counts @ the end: It passes the grades.
This is high class entertainment for the moving senses, adrenaline disbelief.

Oh, if you think you know something because you already saw it before, or @ the cinema theater, or on DVD, or HD DVD, or Blu-ray ray, think again; I have new news for you...this new 4K Blu-ray experience is the ultimate best in the Matrix history. Warner Brothers people took this trilogy and recreated it by improving it tremendously technically, period. And if the technicalities are up so is the movie entertainment experience. Don't take my word for it...see and hear for yourself.

And don't put too much weight on this old trailer because the colors and sound are nowhere near what it's real onscreen. This new 4K thing here is the real deal; Warner Bros did a fantastic job, the best job on the planet.


So much so that I had a hard time rating the film; the lowest that I could have gone was about 69, and the highest roughly around 83. I used extreme reservation.
Here, because of this new transfer I would go 80 for the totally awesome renewed seed of life.

This is no Casablanca or The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; this is sci-fi highly active and contagious.

Do I still prefer The Matrix (first one)? Yes because it was new, but this is new too.

Look, I'm thinking @ young people who have never seen this trilogy yet...like 6 to 9 kids.
When they are ready, say around 16, if they see it in 4K from these discs, on a 4K display (TV or front projector), and with a surround sound system par for the course (not from the TV speakers), this trilogy still holds today stronger than ever, and beats all the Star Wars and Marvel movies.
And I am still saying this with extreme reservation.
There, you have it fresh from the enclaves of the now moment.

Could they still improve this! Yes, with 8K and 128 satellite speakers plus 10 subwoofers all around. ...Or 4D virtual reality with surround headphones and VR "googles".
 
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I revisited this guy last night, but in 3D this time, (((Wow!)))



I watched the 4K version in the past and the picture was very pretty good...excellent.
But now I was inside the movie interacting with the actors and decors, virtually.
3D is dead but 3D is alive and magnificent for the cinema experience it provides when care has been given; I am amazed.
The only obstacle with 3D is that they make it harder for us to get here in North America.
Meaning that in order to make money you have to look outside North America.
There is simply no 3D market here, so we go outside the country and across overseas to fulfill our 3D cinematique passion...that's all. ...France, UK, Germany, Japan, etc. ...Just not USA and Canada and Mexico. There are very very few 3D releases here, by Warner Bros, Universal (Sony and Fox rarely), and Disney forget it, all Marvel stuff in 3D is from Hollywood studios outside America.
Hollywood Disney is on the other continent, not on ours. ...For 3D.

If you are a 3D fan this is one of the best presentations.
If not go 4K with a very clean 2D picture.

The sound could have been better to compliment the picture dimension and depth.

Overall (fun film factor): 86

- 3D visuals: 96
- Audio immersion: 76

Last word: I have the three Avenger movies in 3D, that's the best way to experience them, in my eyes opinion. I love 4K, but I love 3D. ...Not all 4K and 3D but only the best. This is one of, except for the subdued audio. It's a shame that in 2019 Disney is putting inferior audio compared to films from twenty years ago. This is not evolution this is degeneration.
But the 3D from this disc (overseas) is fantastic. The soundtrack is still serviceable, but it could have been more 3D immersive. Disney sound mixers just need to get on with the program and practice more their sound consoles. ...Perhaps they need to go back to school and get on the 2019 sound train. There is no excuse today for any Marvel flicks to not provide the best sound experience. They have all the money necessary to make that works; they are simply too reserved and lazy with Marvel sound mixes overall.
They used to be much better, I don't know exactly what happened, I don't want to know because this is simply inexcusable today in the movie world we all live in.
Movies are supposed to take you out of reality in very high style...visually and auditory.
Movies are supposed to shake all your senses in the highest order. ...Marvel movies.
For young children; Cinderella, Mickey Mouse, Snow White, ...It's ok...the sound needs not to be mastering/blastering loud, just good touching music tunes for the heart of children.

And that, was my last word. I should apply for a job @ Disney, as a CEO.
But I don't have time for it, I'm retired, it's the job for young energetic people with a clear vision on what movies are in 2019. It's just that they aren't there yet; they are too busy with inferior priorities and in that process they forget the main goal of movies...entertain the senses of everyone watching them, for what they suppose to deliver. Have you read Marvel comic books recently?

 
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Last night I revisited this 2018 stop-motion-animated science-fiction comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by Wes Anderson:

https://www.whatsbestforum.com/thre...dvd-and-what-was-it.2876/page-133#post-521522

Overall (after having a firmer grip): 77

I think it might win few more awards. This is art, meticulous art in stop-motion animation.
Highly recommended and I'm glad that I revisited it, on Blu. It's good to take our time and rise above in better grasping the essence. Films can do that, and music too.
Don't get stuck in the past, listen to new music.
 

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