Sunday night doesn’t get better than this: a wee walk to the pub. A thrilling Dr Paul quiz, perhaps with a win, perhaps not. Then a few more pints of wine, a daunder home via the chippy and then watch Das Boot on Netflix.
Such perfection could be yours… tonight!
For the quiz at the Tolbooth, here is the video for tonight’s music round free answer:
This is one of those pop videos that’s intercut with scenes from a film in which the song was used. The film is ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ in which young Americans with terminal cancer visit Amsterdam, fall in love and die.
I just read the Wikipedia summary, I haven’t seen the film and probably won’t because I usually watch films for entertainment and terminal cancer just doesn’t cut it for me as a leisure activity.
For exampe I watched ‘Rio‘ with my daughter the other day which is an animated film about parrots and monkeys with loads of songs and jokes. That was more like it.
Having said that, The Fault In Our Stars did well and has good ratings. If it’s your kind of gig then it looks like a good film.
Anyway – no one is going to die at the quiz tonight. That’s my prediction anyway.
See you later.
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Pretty much the greatest film ever made. Did I say that last week? Of course I did. But this is better.
This is one of a handful of films that I paid money to see at a cinema twice.
When I watched this in 2004 I was amazed, knew the missus had to see it, so I took her and saw it again the very next day. I don’t think she liked it as much as I did.
Wes Anderson has probably made “better” movies. I saw ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and I remember thinking at the time that both were better than Life Aquatic but Life Aquatic still remains in my head in a way that the others haven’t.
Mind you, it was probably the first Wes Anderson film I’d seen so I hadn’t become jaded about the style which, admittedly, gets slightly samey the more of his movies you watch.
One thing that makes the film stick is the music. You’ve got the guy doing the Bowie songs in Portuguese and that’s pretty cool but it’s the Mark Mothersbaugh electronic soundtrack stuff that proper got me and still rocks me.
The film is basically a father-son drama (which so many of Anderson’s films are) but, under Bill Murray’s reign as king of his own boat, there is a special, believable madness which draws you in and an attractive disregard for real geography, and real oceanography.
Here is a tour of the boat:
The film is so utterly and obviously completely made-up, but equally feels just about real and possible and you end up sympathizing with nearly everyone in the film. There are no real heroes or villains, everyone is suffering one way or another.
Owen Wilson feels, for once, that he’s not just playing Owen Wilson. All the casting is perfect. It’s a film that makes you wish you were part of the team in the film, in this case the crew of the Belafonte… which is the opposite of last week’s film Das Boot where every fibre of your viewer’s body makes you glad you are NOT part of the crew.
I watched this with my dad when I was a kid and it blew my mind. I had been brought up on Victor comic and British war films where Jerry was always the bad guy.
This was the first time I had seen anything from the German point of view.
This was a big deal in itself but didn’t take too long to get used to. After succesfully putting aside partisanship you can start enjoying the film. I know the film but watched it again last month. It is still emotional and nail-biting.
Will they survive or will they die? You don’t know – you really don’t know – right up to the end…
So that’s Das Boot. It’s a massive classic and it’s on Netflix if you want to watch it.
I still have five films to pick. Maybe next week I’ll pick something modern. But probably not.
In any case, come to the quizzes tonight. You could win £280.
I know I said that last week’s film was the greatest film ever made but this chart hasn’t been written in advance, I’m just thinking of the best film I can every week for 10 weeks so by the time we hit number 1 it should be totally banging.
Anyway- I re-watched The Good The Bad And The Ugly a couple of months ago just to check it is still brilliant and I was not let down.
Maybe you know the title but don’t know the film. Basically a story of bounty hunters, outlaws, civil war and treasure and it’s set in the American old west but filmed in Europe and made by the Italian director Sergio Leone.
There were several films of this ilk in the 60s which were made by Italian directors so they got the (slightly derogatory) name ‘Spaghetti Westerns’.
Unlike most American-made westerns, then men in the films were not clean-cut heroes. They were all dirty bastards, even the “goodies”. It was a refreshing change.
The Good The Bad and The Ugly is the last and the most famous of a trilogy by Leone and it’s just terrific.
There’s dirt in spades, sudden death at every corner and situations that just look like the end of the line, scenes of real desperation.
The film carries a constant sense of murder, menace and cheap life. All the way through you’re thinking “Ah couldnae cope with this”.
At the same time it manages to be funny, but without being a stupid clown.
Anand it has some of the greatest film music ever recorded. The music was composed by Ennio Morricone and stands the test of time. It’s a byword for “epic”
The main theme is a cracker, and very famous – but one of the best bits of tune is here: ‘The Ecstacy of Gold‘, when they finally find the cemetery they’ve been looking for, the cemetery with all the buried gold. The loot is in one of those graves.,the one marked ‘Arch Stanton’… all you have to do is find it…
Actually, Tuco finds the grave pretty quickly which is fortunate cos the music’s great and everything but it would be rubbish if this scene was two hours long which seems a more realistic prospect.
That’s why films are great though, isn’t it. They just tell you the story. None o’ the shite!
Watch this film – it is more satisfying than most. In fact, as I said above, it’s the greatest film ever made.
You want another recommendation? I happen to know this is James the Baker’s favourite film.
How is this film only number eight on my list?
Well, I have one week to think of something better.
I know I said that last week but JCS is absolutely banging. It’s the story of the last week of the life of Jesus, but largely from Judas’s point of view and with loads of strong rock music.
And a couple of nice ones too, just to smooth the butter.
This film includes the bit where Judas has to run away from tanks:
The bit where Jesus gets 39 lashes of the whip, to the pounding rhythm of raw rock:
It has the best religious hats of any film from the 1970s:
And it’s got the bit where Simon Zealotes goes absolutely mental and redefines dance itself:
The first ever production of JCS was the original album in 1970. On that cut, the part of Jesus was sung by Ian Gillan out of Deep Purple – the quality was high.
And, because it was all songs, the Broadway theatrical production which followed was deemed a “rock opera”.
Debate continues over what the term “rock opera” means and whether it has a meaning at all. Is it just a musical with an electric guitar?
Then, a few years later the film was made by Norman Jewison, a director whose other credits include ‘Rollerball’, ‘Moonstruck’ and ‘The Cincinnati Kid’.
Andrew Lloyd Webber (who wrote the music) apparently hated the film but he must be a lunatic.
So is it a rock opera? Does Webber approve? It doesn’t matter. All that matters is the acting is spot on, the scenery is amazing, the songs are unforgettable, the story is tight and emotional and it’s just fucking brilliant.
If you haven’t seen it because you “don’t like musicals”, you need to drop that toxic masculinity shit and get on board.
How is this film only number nine on my list?
Well, I have one week to think of something better.