RR Films*: Historical Figures

Regarded as both a hero and a villain, Fidel Castro has now moved into the realms of history, where filmmakers can interpret his actions in whatever light suits their politics. The two-part film about Che covered much of Fidel’s revolutionary history well, but in a rather respectful manner, so let’s see what they do with Fidel.

There are many, many films about historical figures, of variable quality and veracity. Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance as Lincoln, seemed well real……

What films about historical figures would you recommend?

*Shoey’s ad hoc comment on RR last week stung. He’s right: I go to see films, not movies.

Tune of the Week #8

Simple rule for newbies or stragglers – pick a tune you heard this week and want to share, and add it to the playlist.  Could be a new release, discovered or rediscovered oldie, a tune you stumbled across, or what you’re listening to these days.

Add Your Tune Here

I never understood the Weak Force, and i never deeply understood the magnetic portion of the Electromagnetic force, although i could fake it by crunching the numbers.  Nevermind the Electroweak.  So while i was delighted when the folks at CERN discovered the Higgs Boson, the particle that gives the other particles their mass,  and preserves the symmetry of the standard model, i can’t say that i really understand it except at the most superficial level.  I’m not convinced that Nick Cave really grasps it either, and i sure don’t grasp what he’s trying to say about the Higgs either, except he doesn’t seem overly excited at the discovery.  But it’s all good, the album is a perfect listen for this grey and quiet day.  Sing the phone book to me.

RR Movies: Ambition

Maybe if you don’t go into a negotiation wanting to both have your cake and it eat, you’re setting your sights too low, but there are some difficult situations – in a divorce, for example – where that would seem a rather ambitious approach…

But this allows me to make ambition the theme this week and suggest a film that shows both how effective it can be (if you’re female) and also how pointless (if you’re Caden Cotard). That’s a sort-of cake-and-eat-y thing, no? Synecdoche, New York is a film I recommend to people, expecting most of them to complain how depressing it is. Enough also appreciate its genius.

What films about ambition would you recommend?

Tune of the Week #7

The rule is simple for newbies or stragglers – pick a tune you heard this week and want to share, and add it to the playlist.  Could be a new release, discovered or rediscovered oldie, a tune you stumbled across, or what you’re listening to these days.

Add Your Tune Here

Haven’t really listened to anything this week, but i heard this in the Whole Foods Store and it hit the spot.  In fact, i’ve listened to it a few more times since.

RR Movies: Villains

If only there were films (and an RR topic) about lovely white rainbows but no, the news continues to taunt us with the nasty men in, and oozing into, power. The Turkish government’s attempt to legalise child rape seems to have failed but the Donald is gathering his favourite slime around him and the dogma is starting to take shape (Remove any trade arrangement or regulation that may prevent me making money! Fuck the rest of the world!)…..

Villains, then. Plenty of the Bond variety, some seriously bad, some ambiguous, some even comic. Like those in Sightseers: gentle caravanners with a sideline in energetic sex and casual violence.

What villainous films would you recommend?

Tune of the Week #6

Simple rule for newbies or stragglers – pick a tune you heard this week and want to share, and add it to the playlist.  Could be a new release, discovered or rediscovered oldie, a tune you stumbled across, or what you’re listening to these days.

Add your tune here

I couldn’t really listen to any music this week.  Not even a Lenny Cohen tune, whose music i have yet to properly explore, but someone must have.  Save for this one that Fintan sent me for post-election constipation.  It’s the only Clinton i ever want to hear from again.

RR Movies: Prisons

Anyone who has seen Making A Murderer is now cheering the release from prison of Brendan Dassey, the poor sap coerced into helping Manitowoc County police frame his uncle for murder. With a lot of luck, he may remain at liberty.

Meanwhile, here in the UK, we are discovering there may be a connection between staff numbers and prison safety. Who’d a thunk it?

So, prisons this week. Plenty of films set in them and featuring them. I’ll start off with A Prophet, a magnificently disturbing film showing what you can learn and who you can meet when you’re incarcerated.

What films about prison would you recommend?