Monday, November 6, 2017

Vincent and Eleanor

"Trinity garden flag"

Loving Vincent

Movie: Loving Vincent
Review: 3 bill-stars (out of 5)... unique!

My main knock on Loving Vincent is that it's pretty slow. But the movie is very unique. Loving Vincent is 100% painted by actual people, rather than CGI. It's done by a hundred artists, and there are 65,000+ paintings in all. The process took over 5 years. It's a wonderful effect.

The title is from how Van Gogh ended most of his letters: From Loving Vincent. Most of the story and scenes are based of specific paintings by Van Gogh. I didn't know that Van Gogh's paintings were so personal. They're almost like a diary. I also didn't know that Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime, Red Vineyard.

Some links:
  • This cover of Don McLean's Vincent song is very good. It's by a British singer named Lianne La Havas.
  • The animation style reminded me a little of the 80's video classic Take On Me by a-ha,
Two things... If you want to see Vincent, then go see it on the BIG screen. And second, you may very well like Loving Vincent more than I did. My young, extremely attractive date for the evening gave the film 5 stars. So there. Worthy!

MIGHTY American tech 

This is a good article about 4 dominant American tech companies: Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon. Together, these guys are worth more than all the companies on the Canadian stock exchange.
Some perspective on Apple’s pending stock market milestone 

The 4 teach giants are worth $2.8B. Only six countries have stock exchanges worth more than that: 1) US, 2) China, 3) Japan, 4) Europe, 5) UK, and 6) HongKong.

I'm wonder why the author excluded Facebook which has a market cap of more than $500B as well. Probably some high school chemistry... it made the numbers come out better.

The Lion in Winter

Movie: The Lion in Winter
Review: 3 bill-stars (out of 5)... worthy

Of course he has a knife, he always has a knife, we all have knives! It's 1183 and we're barbarians! How clear we make it.
- Eleanor (Hepburn), The Lion in Winter,
Let's try a 4 step review.
  • The best - Acting! Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn are their charismatic best. There are many extended scenes in The Lion that feature just O'Toole and Hepburn. Both actors were nominated and Hepburn won best actress in 1968 for her performance. There are also excellent supporting performances by (very young) Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton (the worst James Bond). 
  • The good - The movie was originally a play. This is reflected in its high-energy dialog. There's quite a bit of humor in there as well. 
  • The bad - The movie is a poor adaptation of the play because it just looks like a play set to film. Some of the performances are too over the top, like you'd do in a play. The direction and production values are very poor.
  • The worst - Why are there dogs walking around the castle throughout the movie?!? (ha)

I watched The Lion in Winter because it's a plot device in the latest Inspector Gamache book I read: Fatal Grace, 3 bill-stars (williamt review). One of the characters referenced Eleanor of Aquitaine, One last trivia nugget - I looked up when Katharine Hepburn had her stroke. In the movie, she had some tremors, but not nearly as much as when she was older. The answer: she never had a stroke. Rather, Hepburn suffered from something called an essential tremor,

Henry: I marvel at you after all these years. Still like a democratic drawbridge: going down for everybody. 
Eleanor: At my age there's not much traffic anymore.
- The Lion in Winter,
A good movie.

thanks... yow, bill

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