BEST SERIE # 8

A YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK

A doctor (Jon Hamm) recalls his time at a small Russian village in 1917 and interacts with his younger self (Daniel Radcliffe) in this black comedy series based on short stories by Mikhail Bulgakov.

For reasons that are never explained, the young doctor (who remains unnamed) — the most promising graduate of Moscow’s top medical school — has been sent to a remote hospital “in the back of the back of beyond.” There, he encounters a skeptical staff and peasants who are convinced that everything can be healed by the right kind of drops (or maybe a gargle, in a pinch). Everywhere he turns, he is confronted with portraits of the ferociously bearded Leopold Leopoldovich, his predecessor, and he is continually reminded that he doesn’t seem up to the job by a staff who worshipped Leopoldovich.

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This tale of the unsentimental education of a newly minted doctor is sort of a black comedy, but it’s also a farce, a period piece, a melancholy Russian tragedy and a meditation on despair and addiction.

This Comedy-Drama series is brilliantly directed and served by two excellent actors, the only weakness is the short duration and  number of episodes (2 seasons of 4 episodes).

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A Young Doctor’s Notebook starring Daniel Radcliffe 

BEST SONGS

– “If loving you is a Crime” by Lee Moses

from the movie “A Teacher” (bad movie, 2/10)

Lee Moses (13 March 1941 – 1997) was an American R&B and soul singer and guitarist, whose recordings in the late 1960s, and his 1971 LP Time and Place, are highly regarded by fans of the deep soul genre. He had some intonations closed to Otis Redding’s voice added to a real funk rhythm and tremendous energy. This song deserved a better movie.

Another notable great song is “Bad Girl” used for the movie “BLOOD TIES” (2013), actually my favorite Lee Moses’ tittle:

Please also enjoy his amazing “Hey Joe” version:

That was one of the best soul voice ever in my opinion.

BEST SCENE EVER # 44

BARRY LYNDON directed by Stanley Kubrick

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Genre : Drama

Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon,” received indifferently in 1975, has grown in stature in the years since and is now widely regarded as one of the master’s best. It is certainly in every frame a Kubrick film: technically awesome, emotionally distant, remorseless in its doubt of human goodness. Based on a novel published in 1844, it takes a form common in the 19th century novel, following the life of the hero from birth to death. The novel by Thackeray, called the first novel without a hero, observes a man without moral, character or judgment, unrepentant, unredeemed. Born in Ireland in modest circumstances, he rises through two armies and the British aristocracy with cold calculation.

Rating : 8.75/10

The soundtrack is amazing, even better than the movie itself :

– Memorable song : « Sarabande » by Haendel

Please find the full Barry Lyndon’s soundtrack below :
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072684/soundtrack

BEST SONGS

“Waiting for the Miracle” by Leonard Cohen

– “Sweet Jane” by Cowboy Junkies

from NATURAL BORN KILLERS directed by Oliver Stone

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Genre: Thriller- Crime- Drama

Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” might have played even more like a demented nightmare if it hadn’t been for the O.J. Simpson case. Maybe Stone meant his movie as a warning about where we were headed, but because of Simpson it plays as an indictment of the way we are now. We are becoming a society more interested in crime and scandal than in anything else – more than in politics and the arts, certainly, and maybe even more than sports, unless crime is our new national sport.

Rating: 7.25/10

The full Natural Born Killers’ soundtrack is very good:

  1. Leonard Cohen – “Waiting for the Miracle” (Edit)
  2. L7 – “Shitlist”
  3. Dan Zanes – “Moon over Greene County” (Edit)
  4. Patti Smith – “Rock N Roll Nigger” (Flood Remix)
  5. Cowboy Junkies – “Sweet Jane” (Edit)
  6. Bob Dylan – “You Belong to Me”
  7. Duane Eddy – “The Trembler” (Edit)
  8. Nine Inch Nails – “Burn”
  9. “Route 666” 
  10. “Totally Hot”
  11. Patsy Cline – “Back in Baby’s Arms”
  12. Peter Gabriel And Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – “Taboo” (Edit)
  13. “Sex Is Violent
  14. A.O.S. – “History (Repeats Itself)” (Edit)
  15. Nine Inch Nails – “Something I Can Never Have”
  16. Russel Means – “I Will Take You Home”
  17. The Hollywood Persuaders – “Drums a Go-Go” (Edit)
  18. “Hungry Ants”
  19. Dr. Dre – “The Day the Niggaz Took Over”
  20. Juliette Lewis – “Born Bad”
  21. Sergio Cervetti – “Fall of the Rebel Angels” (Edit)
  22. Lard – “Forkboy”
  23. “Batonga In Batongaville”
  24. Nine Inch Nails – “A Warm Place” (Edit)
  25. “Allah, Mohammed, Char, Yaar”
  26. Leonard Cohen – “The Future” (Edit)
  27. Tha Dogg Pound – “What Would U Do?”

BEST SONGS

“Where is my mind” by Pixies from Fight Club

Fincher was concerned that bands experienced in writing film scores would be unable to tie the movie’s themes together, so he sought a band which had never recorded for film. He pursued Radiohead ,but chose the breakbet producing duo Dust Brothers to score the film. The duo created a post-modern score that included drum loops, electronic scratches, and computerized samples. Dust Brothers performer Michael Simpson explained the setup: “Fincher wanted to break new ground with everything about the movie, and a nontraditional score helped achieve that.” The end credits feature the song « Where is my mind » by the Pixies.

Find the full Fight Club’s soundtrack : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0137523/soundtrack

BEST SONGS

– “Atomic” by Blondie from the movie Trainspotting directed by Danny Boyle

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Genre : Drama

Trainspotting the 1996 Danny Boyle’s drama takes you in the life of those who have ventured into the darker corners of addiction know that one of its few consolations, once the fun has worn off, is the camaraderie with fellow practitioners. Substance abuse sets the user apart from the daily lives of ordinary people. No matter how well the addict may seem to be functioning, there is always the secret agenda, the knowledge that the drug of choice is more important than the mundane business at hand, such as friends, family, jobs, play and sex.

Terrifying !

Rating : 7/10

BEST SCENE EVER # 40

– THE EXORCIST directed by William Friedkin

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Genre : Horror

The Exorcist is a 1973 American horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by Willima Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name the 1949 exorcism case of Roland Doe,deals with the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl and her mother’s desperate attempts to win back her child through an exorcism conducted by two priests.

Rating : 7.5/10

BEST SONG

– “You never can tell” by Chuck Berry

from PULP FICTION directed by Quentin Tarantino

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Genre: Thriller

Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s. Director and co-screenwriter Quentin Tarantino synthesized such seemingly disparate traditions as the syncopated language of David Mamet; the serious violence of American gangster movies, crime movies, and films noirs mixed up with the wacky violence of cartoons, video games, and Japanese animation.

Rating: 9/10

BEST SCENE EVER # 34

Pay it Forward directed by Richard LaGravenese starring Kevin Spacey

“How about possible?”

Enjoy a slice of optimism, so sweet… an excellent movie.

BEST MOVIE SONG

– “Sitting on the dock of the bay”

by Otis Redding from TOP GUN