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The Natural World in Film

 
 
Lash
 
Reply Thu 19 Mar, 2020 04:16 pm
Although I still fancy a great war flick, my taste is beginning to shift pretty strongly to films set in beautiful surroundings. I can even zone out of lackluster storylines or less-than-authentic dialogue if the scenery is beautiful -- or the cinematography is lush.

Please feel free to share film or documentaries that feature gardens, a focus on landscape... Let me know if the story or acting matches or falls short of the main event. In no particular order and acknowledging I've probably forgotten a treasure trove...

My favorites that come to mind are:

Out of Africa--Streep and Redford, as beautiful as they are, weak sisters to the backdrop.

Life of Pi--Loved the story. The director was a mystic!

Queen of the Desert--you decide. I liked the heroine

The Gardener (docu)--good story to know, but the look is the thing

Man on Fire--acting and story--very satisfying to me.

Children of Men--The director created a world that made me believe the story.

Gone With the Wind-- You tell me.

Hawaii--Sweeping epic, beautifully rendered.

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I have to stop myself, but if you enjoy the looking almost as much as you do the story, share what makes you smile and why.



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Lash
 
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Reply Fri 20 Mar, 2020 10:55 am

The Gardener
My Netflix started a category of films they call 'comfort films.' I don't agree with about half of the films they think belong in that category, but I've gathered some of my own.
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Lash
 
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Reply Fri 20 Mar, 2020 11:08 am

This was a complicated story. Ang Lee told it beautifully and made a masterpiece, I think. I wanted to give my students a thought-provoking perspective on different religions, and this really served us. They always ask to see it again at the end of the year when grades are in and we're in waiting mode. The denouement is horrifying, but the trip is lux.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Fri 20 Mar, 2020 11:31 am
March of the Penguins
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Lash
 
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Reply Fri 20 Mar, 2020 01:00 pm
The filming and storytelling of this little Netflix show about chefs and cultural food is so carefully done, you can just sink into it.

Everyone owes Bourdain so much.
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Lash
 
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Reply Fri 20 Mar, 2020 01:24 pm
Based on a true story, Dare to be Wild recounts the story of a girl's personal way of seeing a garden and her drive to share that vision...and I love those wild gardens with little whimsical surprises designed to thrill. No rows of roses.
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Lash
 
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Reply Fri 20 Mar, 2020 02:26 pm

This film is beautiful to look at and familiar to Shakespeare fans. (Yes, I know there's an epic war.)
coluber2001
 
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Reply Fri 20 Mar, 2020 03:01 pm
@Lash,
Yes. A sweeping color spectacular. Damn good story too based on King Lear.
http://www.altfg.com/film/wp-content/uploads/images/ran.jpg
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Lash
 
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Reply Fri 20 Mar, 2020 04:29 pm

A great travel docu featuring ballsy bearded types who knew how to live.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 21 Mar, 2020 04:42 am
The TV series Utopia makes really good use of colour throughout. It's a paranoid conspiracy thriller that plays right into the hands of the Covid 19 deniers.

It's so full of twists that I can't say much more.

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Lash
 
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Reply Sat 21 Mar, 2020 06:15 am
Thank you. My relationship with Netflix, Hulu, HBO etc is definitely on the skids. It's hopeful-- to find something new.

I can't find this anywhere on the movie channels. One of my favorite books from LONG ago, and I love this luscious adaptation.
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Lash
 
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Reply Sat 21 Mar, 2020 06:36 am
Wes Anderson is the family's patron saint. I won't watch the animation or clay-mation or whatever I should call his dog and fox movies, but everything else he does has these oddly-compelling moments or props that resonate strongly with me. Like his map thing. He has intricate maps in almost all of his films--and our family started collecting and displaying maps as art about a decade ago. All of us. It wasn't a plan.

Wes' color scheme is soothing. His sense of humor is ours. His Bill Murray is ours. (grin)

I remember when I first saw Tennenbaums, I thought I'd found my religion. I have to be careful not to see them too often, but alas. It's never as good as that first time, anyway. And, btw, Wes' Mark Mothersbaugh is definitely on loan from me. I've picked up some crazy jewels from his soundtracks.

Anyway, a tribute to Wes and his soothing symmetrical cornflower yellow, light blue and red worlds, his Wilson brothers, and his complicated relationships.
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mark noble
 
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Reply Sat 21 Mar, 2020 11:29 am
@Lash,
Oh, you ******* Chancer!

"Alpha"

Go watch.

I await response.
And I MEAN "WATCH"!

Don't MISS AN INCH! .......
WELL?
mark noble
 
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Reply Sat 21 Mar, 2020 11:37 am
@mark noble,
I am going to watch AGAIN (50th plus time) Just so, as when you have the nerve to indulge - I am ready for your critique.
BEWARE - My best friend ever was the spitting image of the Canine star of this movie. SCENICS ARE BREATHTAKING!
SHED NOT TEARS = YOU ARE STONEDEAD.

Let's Go!
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mark noble
 
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Reply Sat 21 Mar, 2020 02:46 pm
No comeback?
Just watched 'Alpha' again, Tears at tri-finale, as expected.
AND YOU, LASH, DIDN'T BOTHER TO WATCH?
WHY OPEN THIS THREAD? NEEDY FOR ATTENTION?
As long as someone responds to your 'neediness' you can balance your self-esteem?
Your esteem is in the public-arena - Make it matter, or cease expecting people to give a ****.
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Sat 21 Mar, 2020 03:34 pm
I have no idea what the hell you people are talking about, but it's funny as ****.

I did look up the movie, Alpha, and it looks worthwhile.
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hightor
 
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Reply Sat 21 Mar, 2020 04:16 pm
@Lash,
David Attenborough
mark noble
 
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Reply Sat 21 Mar, 2020 04:47 pm
@hightor,
******* cheers, fella!
Here I am - Allowing folk into my sense of realism - And you turn up with (LONG ******* PAUSE INCLUSIVE) "David Attenborough"..
Well - Thankyou - I guess my bothering to suggest anyfuckingthing of interest is easily suppressed by folk randomly blurting out bollux.
mark noble
 
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Reply Sat 21 Mar, 2020 04:57 pm
@mark noble,
This isn't a quiz, m8 - You don't get ******* points for giving the correct answer.
This is about ME and my impending overview of any fuckertywankywoo-woo that watches 'ALPHA' and delivers their 'JUST' opinion, thereof.

And it's about LASH, and His response to my response.

coluber2001
 
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Reply Sat 21 Mar, 2020 07:46 pm
@mark noble,
"And it's about LASH, and His response to my response."

Damn, and all this time I thought last was a woman. I was thinking eyelash, you know.
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