A monster mash with heart

MonsterVerse brought out the latest Godzilla/Kong movie this year, when Godzilla vs. Kong was in cinemas March 24, and to ITunes and others in May. This one has a family flavour despite the rabid and raw fighting, between scaly and slimy creatures, who do not fight by clock and rote. No signs raised above heads indicating what round we are up to. However, it may be a suitable family alternative to television wrestling, with stand-ins for wrestlers and there are no scantily clad models. Yes, I am serious in a sense. There have been numbers of Godzilla and King Kong movies in film history, this one has the tropes of a family-friendly movie, with an appealing child actor and little if any gross out moments, very minimal bad language (and not blasphemy of the Lord Jesus himself although there are a few G*D’s) and is for moderates who can take their action as fictional fighting between two monsters, while the humans watch on. It also has quite a bit of heart.

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Pete’s small disappointment in 2001, to the week

Apocalypse Now Redux was released August 3, 2001—twenty years ago this week. I found Apocalypse Now Redux disappointing. This was the version that was supposed to improve on the original Apocalypse Now with added scenes.

In this review I focus on that redux version from 2001 that I watched in a fully packed theatre. I thought that adding 53 minutes of footage to the original 1979 version would have added something more, but it was still a lengthy, arduous plod (for the audience and presumably the actors and crew) wading through these scenes as I sat waiting for more in the theatre.

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A reminder of ‘victory’

Victory (“Escape to Victory” in other territories) was released in American cinemas at the end of July, 1981, that is forty years ago almost to the day. Victory is a sports film with a difference. That was its appeal as I sat down to watch it on home video all those years ago. This film was not my choice, but a soccer mad family member wanted to see it, and wanted me to watch as well. I should not refuse and found the film okay—I reckon, these days, it is a film that may be suitable viewing without having my finger on all the facts, but it was personal for the family member. The story is one of those that would be considered quite interesting family viewing. POW’s (Prisoners of War) in World War II may find their way of escape if they win a football match against their captors. Great idea, even if I did not get fully on board. I would have sooner played a game rather than watch, but sometimes you got to think what others want to watch as well even if the idea smacked of a bit of a phony. But for someone who lived through Nazi Germany, it may a second hand thrill to pull one over their eyes, in the safest way possible. After all, may be that Victory is a reminder that the oppressor did not win.

Who’s who

The films directed by Peter Brook, a British theatre as well as film director, now in his nineties, are challenging to find for streaming or on demand in my vicinity. His first feature film was in 1953, The Beggar’s Opera, so its age may explain its evasiveness in the market. He followed this by several art house films which seemed quite fascinating as subjects, The Lord of the Flies the best known, which can be easily accessed where I am. The other film I can find of his is Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979). Not that I had been looking for Peter Brook films to watch, but I happened to read about the film first and thought it interesting and even relatable so looked him up and discovered more.