Sunday Roast: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

On this day in history, December 23, 1954, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was released.

I loved this movie when I was a kid, but I enjoyed Jules Verne’s book even more.  During the giant squid attack scene, I remember thinking that on the interior shots, it looked like the squid was waving.  Well, I was only about ten when I read the book and then saw the movie. 😀

I was also crazy for that old show in the 60s, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

This is our daily open thread — What was your favorite childhood  movie?

The Watering Hole Tuesday February 14th: 1900 – What we gave up.

I spent all of Saturday evening into Sunday night watching one of the great epic pictures of all times. Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Novecento” 1900. The whole movie takes about six hours to watch and it is 6 hours of cinematic bliss.

Some 45 minutes into the picture I realized that it would never be possible to make a movie like that today for several reasons which can yet be summarized into one. It is honest.

It is honest about Sex and Love.

It is honest about Rich and Poor

It is honest about Courage and Cowardice.

During the train station scene above, by far not the most important of the movie, it struck me. Workers and peasants have sent off their kids to learn, they have fought, suffered and died. They have organized and worked hard for our freedom and prosperity. For us.

We threw it away. We sacrificed it for empty promises. We’re no better off than before their struggles. And lest we realize it, we will not be shown a movie just like that. Not today. The padrone is still here.

This is our Open thread. Honestly.

Sunday Roast: Movies!

I love movies — just about all kinds of movies!  These are three I’m looking forward to:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (releases July 15)

The Muppets — Being Green (releases November 23)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (English version, releases December 25)

Don’t hate me because my tastes are all over the place.  🙂  I’m eclectic!

This is our daily open thread — What movies are you looking forward to seeing?

Bollywood mocks Bush

“Bush is more of a sort of metaphor for the things that America represents — good or bad — but he’s also used as a bit of a punching bag because he’s an easy target,” said Kunaal Roy Kapur, the film’s 29-year-old director.

Shot in a mock documentary style, the English-language film depicts a series of farcical tests conducted in a room at the U.S. consulate to single out a young Indian worthy enough to meet Bush.

“The President is Coming,” adapted from a play of the same name, opens in Indian cinemas on Friday, just days before Barack Obama takes office on Jan. 20 as the first black U.S. president.

“It’s definitely a nice little goodbye present for Bush,” said Kapur.
(Khaleej Times Online)

Two thumbs up, WAY UP!  😀

HT:  ThinkProgress

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