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Watch The Walk

Dear Reader,

The last few years have been pretty hard on movie goers like me.

I understand the need for children movies, but how many Disney princesses can one watch?

I also understand the reason for action movies, but no story line and eight sequels?

Obviously the new players in the fight for our eyeballs – Amazon, Netflix, .. is HBO still around? – have taken bigger risks and attracted better stories, creating better movie experiences at home, outside your normal cinema. But then, if your competition is a gazillion Marvel and kiddy films, it does not take much, does it?

One movie stood out in 2015, and sadly I did not manage to watch it then. A few days ago I was able to do so, and I can truly recommend it. If you have a chance, please go and see:

The Walk

If you cannot see it on the big screen, it is worth renting a beamer for this. The cinematography is that excellent.

The movie tells Philippe Petit’s story, a French guy who wanted to walk on a wire – more like a cable – between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The pictures are brilliant, the story is very well told, it has you gripping your arm rests. Or getting sweaty palms, when he steps onto the cable.

The movie also brings back fond memories of standing up there, overlooking Manhattan, your spirits and dreams uplifted.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

 

ER

Something good on TV

Dear Reader,

Usually Glynsky makes TV recommendations on Diablog. Since he is still busy and I found something good, let me fill in.

The following is a British documentary. Adam Curtis has released HyperNormalisation on BBC iPlayer.

You Brits can watch it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p04b183c/adam-curtis-hypernormalisation.

Outside of the UK you can either use a VPN or a Proxy. By now you do know how to get those, don’t you? Or you search online for other sources. I have seen copies out there already. And here is what The Guardian has to say about it.

The roughly two hours are spent well, the movie is worth your time.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

Glynsky

so lets start with some fun…

Dear diablog,

One of the great advantages of being around the young is access to the sort of ‘stuff’ that only they know of.

The other day, whilst on care duty, I was talked in to going to early morning Saturday cinema – and what a treat! The film was fantastic!

Engine Room has often, rightly, complained that the trailer has the best gags and what you later see has only that gag in it. Not so here

It is rammed with gags and it would be impossible to pick the best – though public servants as sloths does take a lot of beating!

The real kickers are not on the clip so don’t worry – its worth the price of admission – twice!

Enjoy.

Yours, diablog, forever young

Glynsky

 

ER

Are you font of recognizable design?

Dear Reader,

Before anyone, like our proof reader Smiles

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points out the typo in the headline – font instead of fond, it is there on purpose.

Because this post is about fonts. Or better about very recognizable fonts.

This website, www.dafont.com, has put together a collection of movie poster fonts, which pretty much everybody will recognize immediately.

Like this one:

harryp

 

or this one:

starjedi

 

or this one:

 

If you want to set up your own webpage, create a fan page, or a parody, you can grab them and play with it.

For diablog one could consider this font:

terminator

since our dear Glynsky resembles the terminator. Not in strength, but … uhm … beauty.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

 

 

ER

How did I miss that?

Dear Reader,

If you are with us for a while, and your memory still works, you’d remember me mentioning Bill Bryson. And if you don’t, the search function of diablog on top of the right column will lead you to this post, and this one.

The posts are from 2010 and 2011. And somehow I forgot to check, what Bill Bryson had been up to. Apparently he wrote two more books. And one of his older ones, A Walk in the Woods, was turned into a movie with the same title:

A Walk in the Woods

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With Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, and Emma Thompson, could you go wrong?

This is a very nice movie. It isn’t a blockbuster comedy. More an escape of an hour and half, that will have you smiling all along. And sometimes laughing out loud. I like it a lot.

And I write “like” instead of liked, because today a movie is available, whenever you want. Not like in the past, when you either saw it at the cinema, or missed it.

Somehow I missed that little movie in 2015. And I am glad I saw it now. And that we have the technique to do so.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

ER

Binge Watching

Dear Reader,

In a comment our beloved Philippa

phillipa-real

asked, what I did during the bad weather. One answer is: binge watching. In this case I watched the whole of Band of Brothers. The HBO TV series does not need my praise. And actually, I was not that impressed. Following please find a few recommendations of what I consider better films.

Let’s start with the classic, The Longest Day, about D-Day.

Moving on to 1980 and The Big Red One. If you find this story and movie similar to Band of Brothers, then I agree. Must have been some “inspiration”.

Again, no coincidence, Tom Hanks. Executive Co-Producer of Brand of Brothers, starred in Saving Private Ryan from 1998. Released by Dreamworks SKG, with Steven Spielberg, the other Executive Co-Producer of Band of Brothers.

But if you really have the stomach to educate yourself about the holocaust, then watch The Death Mills. It was directed by Billy Wilder, created on behalf of the United States Department of War, for the re-education of Germans and Austrians after WW II. It is available online at the Internet Archive here https://archive.org/details/DeathMills.

Beware this is original film material, shot by allied forces, when they liberated the death camps. This is heavy.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

Glynsky

worth the trouble…

Dear diablog,

I hope that, if you checked them out, you enjoyed the two suggested movies for Christmas.

In our dedicated search to improve the leisure time of the world Mme. and I stumbled across another truly exceptional flick the other day for which all 3 main actors deserve more than the praise of a diablog scribbler. They were formidable.

I have never thought of Kevin Kline as exceptional but did he deliver the goods! Maggie was, as always, was brilliant and Kirsten too rocked.

So there you go – get it in for the weekend – its a dark, emotional, funny, serious Romcom – and I’ll be pleased if anyone can sum it up in fewer words!!

An object lesson in how one’s idea of life is totally different to another’s.

Yours, diablog, in the one and nines

Glynsky