NWR What films have you been watching?

For mental chewing gum, I highly recommend Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga on Netflix.

I was really looking forward to this but found it too rambling (long), too many pointless sub plots and not enough cheesy music. There’s only three and a half songs, two of which you hear quite a few times.
 
Having just returned from two weeks in Denmark, we re-watched Babette's Feast (one of my favourite films of all time; so gentle and hopeful) and then watched Land of Mine, having visited the bunker in Jutland that was one of the bases for the clearing operation. An extraordinary film, though harrowing.
 
Last night watched Shutter Island with my boys...... great film to watch a 2nd time around....... I wont give anything away here, but I was impressed that my 13 and 15 year old got it straight away.

And in a kind of weird tryptych, heavily loaded to the war in the Pacific....

Midway....a complete Hollywood film, but useful because afterwards introduced my boys to ......
Letters from Iwo Jima - such a well paced, nuanced film.
Next up we'll watch Flags of Our Fathers...
 
Last night watched Shutter Island with my boys...... great film to watch a 2nd time around....... I wont give anything away here, but I was impressed that my 13 and 15 year old got it straight away.

And in a kind of weird tryptych, heavily loaded to the war in the Pacific....

Midway....a complete Hollywood film, but useful because afterwards introduced my boys to ......
Letters from Iwo Jima - such a well paced, nuanced film.
Next up we'll watch Flags of Our Fathers...

If you or your kids are interested in learning more about the rise of japan and the war in the pacific, I can strongly recommend the Dan Carlin podcast, Supernova in the East. He recently released part IV which takes the narrative up to midway and guadalcanal. He tends to wander off topic here and there but there’s so much interesting stuff in there and he’s a very engaging speaker. We learn so little here of the areas of history that he likes to cover.
 
I'm afraid I would also give a thumbs up for Eurovision on Netflix. A friend put it perfectly..."it's so bad it's really good". It was one of those nights where you just want to crash with a bottle of wine and in that context I thoroughly enjoyed it. Having watched a couple of three-hour operas in the past week, I'm perhaps not going to complain about its length.

Dan, Letters from Iwo Jima is a great film with an interesting perspective. Nuanced, as you say.
 
If you or your kids are interested in learning more about the rise of japan and the war in the pacific, I can strongly recommend the Dan Carlin podcast, Supernova in the East. He recently released part IV which takes the narrative up to midway and guadalcanal. He tends to wander off topic here and there but there’s so much interesting stuff in there and he’s a very engaging speaker. We learn so little here of the areas of history that he likes to cover.
Dan, for your teenagers have they watched Band of Brothers? My so thoroughly enjoyed this at around fifteen. Obviously it's the European theatre, not the Pacific but it's so much more than a war series because of the interviews with the participants alongside the action. It's better paced and more involved in the characters than the straight documentaries like World at War.
 
[="Dan Baillie, post: 229369, member: 89"]If you or your kids are interested in learning more about the rise of japan and the war in the
Dan, for your teenagers have they watched Band of Brothers? My so thoroughly enjoyed this at around fifteen. Obviously it's the European theatre, not the Pacific but it's so much more than a war series because of the interviews with the participants alongside the action. It's better paced and more involved in the characters than the straight documentaries like World at War.

It was Paul’s kids not mine! Mine are girls with not the slightest interest in war or war films. As it happens, I’ve been rewatching BoB over the last few weeks and just watched part 4 last night. I find it very hard not just to binge watch the whole series. It really is quite brilliant. Very sad that we don’t have something similar for any of the elements relating to the UK eg a serialisation of the amazing book First Light.
 
Having just returned from two weeks in Denmark, we re-watched Babette's Feast (one of my favourite films of all time; so gentle and hopeful) and then watched Land of Mine, having visited the bunker in Jutland that was one of the bases for the clearing operation. An extraordinary film, though harrowing.

Line of mine is an amazing film. I've never met anyone else who has seen it!
 
Just watched My Octopus Teacher on Netflix.

Absolutely marvelous, stunning documentary - i wont explain anything about it - just watch it. My 13 year old son recommended it - it is perfect for these crappy times - just proves that not everything is shot to shit
 
The Gentlemen has just arrived on Amazon Prime and is free for those who have a Prime subscription.
Debbi and I saw it at our picture house before the closure.
An excellent cast (aside from that wooden actress from Downton Abbey) with Hugh Grant as good in his role as he was in Paddington2.
The first time I have enjoyed watching Colin Farrell.
Not life changing but a thoroughly worthwhile entertaining couple of hours.
 
For the two or three other people who love "Slow TV" here, another appealing armchair train journey on BBC4 last night...The Ghan. From Adelaide to Darwin via Alice Springs with no commentary, just a few comments from the drivers and announcements from the rather unforthcoming Train Manager (Bruce) over the tannoy, along with occasional captions on history, places, the original camel train, the building of the line, and on the indigenous peoples it affected. Three hours of meditative TV for those for whom modern life (or Call of Duty) is just too hectic. Doubtless on catch-up.
 

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Watched Devil All the Time on Netflix last night. I thought it was excellent, with some stellar performances, but it is bleak and might not be everyone's cup of blood. Reminded me, mood-wise, of something like No Country for Old Men.
 
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