Kimiko Ishizaka, Bach,and a film

a goth or a borg

a goth or a borg i think

Kimiko Ishizaka is a performer of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier in the public domain rather than what those crooks in the record companies peddle. Its worth a hunt for after Bach has been dead for 250 plus years so he is out of copyright. After all that famous recording in copyright is not available that people mention* although they too probably went to woodstock as well**.

It is the only piece of classical music on piano i can tolerate.

Anyhow i was viewing a film on television with posh british actors pretending to be supernatural things fighting down at heel goths or something like that. Popcorn describes it well and i wont bore you with a imdb or title but lets say it has discarded by Hollywood..

It might be a teen ya book doing the lets redo harry potter thing that hollywood picked up on.

snobsGetting back to Bach i was amused to discover that if you play Well-Tempered Clavier to the undead with there out of tune piano you can detect them.  I bet that will upset the classical musical snobs (my blog) when they discover that Bach was a vampire hunter who associated with goths if you know what i mean .

It may have been er rubbish and i came in half way through but it was well worth that for the laugh at the classical musical industry.

*glen something **everybody went to woodstock and had the front row when they did not

French netflix

On netflix – another film lost to cinema.


imdb: 80165083 is a drama of the future that could be historic with references to there deposing to the king.  There is fighting in it that appears to be better fake fighting than those professional wrestlers (my blog).

Its political discourse is detached but its there

5/5 bananas

Netflix films

Here are some netflix film things (non Japanese) both links to this blog,

hell im leaving this sequel now.

Some blockbusters here but since its been months since i saw a film in a cinema the idea of seeing a comic book film sequel does not appeal.  The journalists of film reviews also make me wonder who love non mainstream cinema but forget that some us cannot see the film at 9am on a monday as its only screening.  Quite how ‘netflix’ is deemed bad and there situation is deemed good is a thing i do not understand.

However Netflix have the start of the Spongebob Squarepamts film (my blog)  thet i missed.

I note that below films i found interesting to sit through.


imdb: tt1971325 was kind of heavy going but eventuality got somewhere

3/5 bananas


imdb: tt2106651 A clever look at weaponised physics, again not great for words

3/5 bananas

Approaching the unknown

imdb: /tt2674430 introverted and a film worth a see.

3/5 bananas

Age of Adaline

imdb: tt1655441 is a charming film

5/5 bananas

While these films are not well known at least they get a release which is much more than what you can say about the cinema distribution network which is not something i am really bothered in.

These Final Hours

imdb: tt2268458 is a hard watch but worth it for the conclusion.

4/5 bananas

Here Alone

imdb: title/tt4814760 is a minimal film and while slow burn has a conclusion

4/5 bananas.

More netflix films here in the future.

some additions to Japanese netflix

From here (my blog)


imdb: tt5301958 Manzai is slightly reminiscent of Rakgugo (my blog) if less formal not quite western stand up .   A bit of a slog and sometimes funny although quite hard to know when at times.

A story of comedians which comes from a manga* is comedy trying to be unfunny and i imagine quite hard to do. Despite that it has moments of profoundness.

5/5 bananas


imdb: tt6574146 is a japan film anime and rather well done. Stylistic and thought provoking.

5/5 bananas

Knights of Sidonia

imdb: 70301578 is an interesting take on ideas but set in space, a series its format in netflix sucks so expect a lot of fast forwarding reading the subtitles from a distance is a problem as white text on a white background is a problem and is not a bananas problem.

4/5 bananas

As an anime there are two seasons of if and

*ask your mummy what manga is.

Bananas on films

Do not expect to find these in a cinema due to my scheduling and cinema owners not desiring to screen them.


imdb: tt2872732 is something i rather liked – well it did have an ape in it.- most people are a bit snobby about it – however i do hope the usb drive used is not as crap as the one i use to record television (my blog) on and which i weee’d (my blog) .

5/5 bananas

Monsters dark continent

imdb: tt1935302 is the sequel to this (my blog) not very good (undefined cgi) but as it was not in a cinema ok if not as good as the first film.

1/5 bananas

The monuments men

imdb: tt2177771 is an engaging film about art although i have not read the book which is supposed to be better.

4/5 bananas.

The neon demon

imdb: /tt1974419 metaphors throughout and a commentary on pretty people.

5/5 bananas

Europa report

imdb: tt2051879 A bit messy but full of those cliches ‘space administrators’ love – mind you it does warm up they certainly are not the right stuff

3/5 bananas

If you where expecting current super hero film reviews you better go elsewhere .

Chinese netflix

Continuing along (my blog) and since i theme these may I suggest

dot to dot

imdb: /tt3743974 is an inoffensive film which i liked from Hong Kong

5/5 bananas

The stolen years (Bei tou zou de na wu nian)

imdb: tt3175936 is from 2013 and rather american yuppie inspired however it is a film that has some charm despite the saccharine it has a range that allows the script to explore the couple from nice to nasty if once again has not a political bone in its body and with one character is a bit of a doormat, it is Beijing based film maker on the mainland..

4/5 bananas

As i am not into kung fu films i doubt i can add much more to this post.  It is an barometer of what gets made or shown domestically in China which without censor input means it will not get made.  Some of the state government propaganda films look just that

Netflix documentaries

Since my library books have dried up (jewish month is bad) , i bought a netflix sub and spent an evening or too seeing things. In this blog it is documentaries and seem a ideal way to keep things in context.

lastmanonthemoonThe Last Man on the moon

imdb: tt3219604 is a biography worth a see about Gene Cernan who actually did something sciency with rocks rather than just fly there and back for a walk.

It is a shame that science took a backseat but that short term political thinking at work

5/5 bananas

Under the Sun

underthesunimdb: /tt5129818/ North Korea get taken the piss out of via a Russian.  Expect a lot of dancing but if the North Koreans ever host the olympics the opening and closing ceremonies will be bloody brilliant

5/5 bananas

The thin blue line

imdb: tt0096257 is an older documentary dealing with Randall Adams, i knew of it for Philip Glass (my blog) and also like Errol Morris stuff say the Fog of War (my blog).   An odd case but a trailblazer for future documentary makers.

5/5 bananas

lopezKids for Cash

imdb: tt2925642 deals with the justice system and private prisons, specifically in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  It is insightful if perhaps guilty of cherry picking its examples. Somehow i can forgive that since america likes to lock up people so i am sure there are more examples of the practice.

It starts with this (my blog) as a knee jerk reaction – however with sentences of 17 and 28 years for two members of the judiciary lets hope they too endorse there chosen preferred housing scheme.

4/5 bananas

Sam T Cogley from star trek and court marshall

Sam T Cogley from star trek and court marshall

for the love of spook

Is a documentary (imdb:tt4572820) about Leonard Nimoy (my blog) and if you like old star trek then there’s something here

5/5 bananas

Amaanda Knox

Is famous for Italy where she either murdered someone (my blog) or did not.  In this she comes across as an average american who just happened to not notice a murder and had great public relations so quite what happened is still up for debate.

1/5 bananas


imdb: tt2721744 is about Russia’s nuclear processing industry and its past, present (my blog) and  future

4/5 bananas

Deep web

imdb: tt3312868 asks simple questions and gets no straight answers on.  However the fact that federal officers have been in the cash register (not here) shows the failure of the case.

1/5 bananas – rather out of date



Korean netflix

I have yet to find a decent South Korean television series either on netflix (my blog) or elsewhere, i just don’t get into them.  Films are different take:


imdb: tt6302160 is a rather hysterical worst case scenario of a Nuclear incident.  It has some merit although a little ill-informed concentrating on what ifs rather than reality.

2/5 bananas

I am sure there good kdramas but kung fu doctors and mermaids all seem to suffer from extremely pretty actors rather than characters with shiny glasses and fish tanks which Japan has a lot of and are a meme.

North Korean stuff will get its own post which is more documentary than fiction at some future point.

So i am probably the wrong person to ask.


A Spongebob squarepants moment.

Bananas saw sponge out of water imdb: tt2279373 which is the second film on netflix (my blog) and it is an experience to treasure.

I like spongebob squarepants (my blog).so if your looking for an unbiased view of the undersea fry cook please go elsewhere

This film has a number of aspects that make it perhaps a little continuity unfriendly but i laughed most of the way through it so it has something going for it.

4/5 bananas.