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Unscrupulous and undeterred
Margot Shelby - played by Jean Gillie - has to be one of the most unscrupulous and determined femme fatales in the noir genre. No swerving from her path or contrition for the multiple horrors she perpetrates in her quest, nor any pity for the men who fall for her, quite the opposite. The shocking ending alone makes me wonder how this film got past the production code. Top notch and no regrets!
This Changes Everything (2015)
Hope and change
My bias first. No question that humans are having a devastating effect on the environment, not just emitting way too much CO2. As a long time activist I am familiar with Naomi Klein's work, particularly her excellent "Shock Doctrine - the rise of Disaster Capitalism". I have not read her latest book which is the subject of this movie. The movie - despite some fairly inspiring stories - I found lengthy, repetitive, and missing a couple key points.
The movie essentially proposes that local community action and control is the key to avoiding the escalating impact of climate change. While in theory this might be true, at least two of the examples cited don't bear this out. One is the case of Greece, in which mostly peaceful local opposition to the destruction of basically their entire way of life has been crushed by the EU and the IMF. As of Nov 2015 riots have not improved the situation.
The second is the case of India, the 2nd most populous country on the planet and accelerating to 1st sometime around 2025. The issue here is that no matter how you plan to provide electricity to the vast majority of the population who don't have it, that plan will still have severe impacts on the environment as the ecological footprint of each person is magnified by huge population numbers.
Forecast human population growth to 9.2 billion with increasing ecological footprint (including CO2 emissions) is pretty much guaranteed to tip the planet further into devastating ecological overshoot which is already happening and probably beyond control given the ingrained profit driven nature of capitalism (another key topic not really covered in the movie), corporate control, and sheer public apathy.
Yellow Submarine (1968)
Let me start by saying I'm a HUGE Beatle fan. Grew up in the 60's to their music. Collected all their albums and bootlegs as well. Loved "A Hard Day's Night", and like "Help" as well.
In movie terms, the "plot" wanders aimlessly. The quality of the animation ranges between boring and excellent, with a definie Monty Python flavor.
What really disappointed me about Yellow Submarine was that the Beatles didn't voice their characters. To me the voices they used venture too far into parody and stereotype, and are a distraction. The Beatles only apparent contribution to the movie (about from songs) is a small segment at the very end.
I fell asleep watching it, and had to finish watching it another day. Wouldn't recommend to anyone but a hard core Beatle fan.
Piece of Cake (1988)
The ME109s were powered by Rolls Royce Merlin engines!
The ME109s used in the series have a hidden irony. They were Hispano Aviación HA-1112 M. 1. L "Buchons" which had the "body" of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the "soul" of a Spitfire. They were powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin engine! This required significant modifications to the 109 fuselage. Look closely at the ME109s in the series and you can see the exhaust line at the top of the fuselage and the air intake under the spinner. The DB 601A used in Luftwaffe ME109s were mounted inverted. The exhausts are near the bottom of the fuselage. Also, there is no air intake directly under the spinner. The Buchons were retirees from the Spanish Air Force.