Saturday, February 23, 2013
TEN TALL MEN (1951)
For an old timey Saturday afternoon time waster TEN TALL MEN to alright. The pace is okay, the acting passable, the action scenes forgettable, the Morocco settings look a lot like Southern California (including that cave that's been in like a million movies), the Moroccan people don't look very Moroccan and the comedy absolutely terrible. It would have been much better if they had skipped the unfunny comedy bits and just made it a serious action movie. Worth a watch for Lancaster fans. Everybody else should probably just pass.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (1938)
To say that YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU is idealistic and overly sentimental is an understatement, but you know what? I still love it and I always get a little teary-eyed during that harmonica scene. Yea, the story is completely unbelievable, but who cares? It's a fun time.
Quick pace, great ensemble cast full of familiar faces and happy tears. What more could you ask for? Well, some closure on that Grandpa's IRS situation would be nice, but it never happens. I guess his troubles just disappear kinda like they do in films of this kind. Highly recommended.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
UNDER THE SUN OF SATAN (1987)
As dull as that sounds, I actually liked this movie. It's beautifully photographed and Depardieu's performance is quite demanding since the majority of his lines are just him standing there talking to no one, but he does an extremely believable job portraying a highly conflicted individual struggling constantly (with every thought and deed) with his relationship with God.
As a man of zero faith I have no belief in God, Satan, Zeus, Nanabozho, the Flying Spaghetti Monster or any other deity, so I'm probably not the best person to review this film, but despite my lack of faith I was still moved by Gerard's tortured performance and that of Sandrine Bonnaire as the troubled girl. Recommended.
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