Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Any normal person (remember this is before cell phones) would just run back into the shitter and pull the fire alarm or break a fire sprinkler nozzle, but no, not Brolin. Instead he runs all over the joint crashing into stuff. It's kinda humorous, especially how pissed off the dogs are. They growl at everything! What's that? A mop? Grrrrr. What's that?! Stairs? Grrrrr. What's that?! A door? Grrrrr. What's that?! Another dog going Grrrrr? Grrrrr.
The dog portions are fun, but unfortunately half of the film is also taken up with Brolin's ex-wife looking for him. Those scenes are a complete snoozefest. If there were more attack dog scenes and less ex-wife walking around scenes, I would recommend it, but as it is it's just a mildly entertaining historical novelty.
Fun Fact: writer/director Frank De Felitta went on to direct the legendary TV movie DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Needless to say ANOTHER WOMAN is not a happy film. It's not as depressing as Allen's last film, SEPTEMBER, but it's no walk in the park either. Intimate photography by Sven Nykvist, a steady pace, strong performances by a great cast, interesting story. ANOTHER WOMAN has a lot of the ingredients to make an outstanding film, but instead it just falls into the "above average" category. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but it just doesn't have that magic spark to it. Not to worry though because Allen's next film CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is one of the greatest films of all time.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
For what it is SEVEN IN DARKNESS is a totally watchable film. The production values are obviously pretty low (the "Movie of the Week" series was rumored to budget around $400,000-$450,000 per film), but the story is intriguing and the 74-minute runtime doesn't have any wasted moments. The entire cast was good, but I was especially impressed by Lesley Ann Warren who genuinely looked blind and by Barry Nelson who did an excellent job portraying the internal struggles of a blind dude who is used to being respected and in charge and is now failing to deal with the fact that the survivors are listening to another guy instead.
Wolf attack, lots of bumping into stuff, a young woman playing a guitar and singing on a commercial airplane 5 years before AIRPORT 1975, Milton Berle not really looking like he's blind, walking canes whacking into everything. Modern audiences would probably fall asleep within five minutes, but I think anybody who has childhood memories of this film or people (like me) that are interested in television from this period will enjoy SEVEN IN DARKNESS.
Not sure why, but my copy has this interesting "Place commercial here" cue included during one of the obvious commercial breaks.