The Pre-Fab Four's flat out denial of their pop superstar crown, their… MoreThe Pre-Fab Four's flat out denial of their pop superstar crown, their biting the hand that feeds them, seemingly aimless and without direction, but actually filled that same. None of their well known pop standards are here, but rather some intriguing new songs, some in the vein of (gasp!) Pink Floyd at the same time!
You'll either get it or you won't, love it ... or leave it.
It's a masterpiece in my opinion.
Look for Frank Zappa advising the late Davy Jones to work more on his music and less on his dancing (Jones has an beautiful dance routine here).
Its the bad guys against the strange team-up of Holmes and Watson: one… MoreIts the bad guys against the strange team-up of Holmes and Watson: one guy logical to a fault (or even to a brag) and Watson, a bumbling oaf. What happens in every movie is that the oaf haplessly, accidentally gives the logical guy to very clue needed to break the case. Wunderbar! The bad guys are the same in all of these. Rathbone and Bruce had a good run with these.
A forgotten gem from Michael Curtiz, here is a story about a… MoreA forgotten gem from Michael Curtiz, here is a story about a sharecropper's son (Gary Cooper) who wrangles his way into the fledgling cigarette game with a machine to roll the smokes instead of the old fashioned way, by hand, saving money, making money. Soon he's up against the old tobacco money crowd, cigars only, thank you, and none too appreciative of the new kid on the block, white trash. Along the way is the woman who's always loved him (Bacall) versus the one who only thinks of him as a cheap walk on the wild side, old money (Neal). Coop doesn't pull off white trash too well, the major flaw in the piece, but otherwise a competent entry by populist Curtiz.
Robert Altman's film about wartime Korea actually has very little to… MoreRobert Altman's film about wartime Korea actually has very little to do with Korea and everything to do with the counterculture revolution, circa 1968 or so, going on in the good old U.S. of A. So its the squares against the hippies more or less, with the backdrop being the blood and guts of that nigh forgotten "police action" (that mainly presaged our other police actions all across the globe). Practically the best thing about this film is how, while capturing the zeitgeist of the times, the swing of the societal pendulum towards liberalism, it also predicted the fall of that same as well because none of the "cool" and "smart" guys actually have anything better to offer in terms of an answer to societal woes.
There's not much of a story here: cowboys drive a herd of cattle from… MoreThere's not much of a story here: cowboys drive a herd of cattle from the Rio Grande to Abilene, so the characters and their motivations become nearly the whole magilla, the reason to watch this. Now while the whole cast does pretty okay with the material (particularly Walter Brennan as the sidekick) its Wayne that carries this motion picture as a man gone bad because one stupid moment of pride costs the woman he loves her life. The rest of the picture is how everyone he knows tries to deal with him seen through that tragedy. Years later George Lucas will try to assign his chief claim to fame (Darth Vader) a similar rationale for evil but, believe you me, its done a 100 times better here. And good guy Wayne's take on twisted is only a warm-up for what comes later in John Ford's The Searchers.
Maybe Sergio Leone's best film is an update of everything he's done… MoreMaybe Sergio Leone's best film is an update of everything he's done before, only politically corrected, historically corrected, with new film technology taken into context. The black guy is the hero here, the man with no name named Django.
Christoph Waltz has so much fun with his role that he should've paid Tarentino. At last Samuel L. Jackson gets to piss on the years of supposed "black parts" he's played to secure his career.
Half star removed for poorly written women's roles, but its forgivable. Otherwise, perfect.
It's all soooo predictable. Sunday. Monday. Tuesday. Yada, yada, yada.… MoreIt's all soooo predictable. Sunday. Monday. Tuesday. Yada, yada, yada. Everything. Even what people say. Especially what people say. The banality of the very height of civilization creeps through you, becomes you, how can one NOT feel ... worthless? Maniacal?
Great fun look at modern obsessions. Loved it.
Typical confidence caper pulled off by capable hands all around making… MoreTypical confidence caper pulled off by capable hands all around making for a good afternoon at the movies. Think Thomas Crown Affair. Fun stuff.
The fear of the inner city dirt and grit and slime exploited bigtime… MoreThe fear of the inner city dirt and grit and slime exploited bigtime with this cautionary tale about a innocent and na´ve businessman (?!?) seduced into an affair that explodes in his face quite literally. Everyone performs okay, only wanting for common sense from the script in this okay thriller.
Nicole Holofcener comes outta nowhere and delivers an astounding… MoreNicole Holofcener comes outta nowhere and delivers an astounding insight into American hopes and dreams that's breathtaking. A chick flick that's better than any chick flick I've ever seen. Don't let this one past you by. Great performances all around.
No CGI though.