Once there was an old story of a guy who loved his friends and when… MoreOnce there was an old story of a guy who loved his friends and when they were in trouble he decides to help 'em out some, only they are scared (cause the trouble is dangerous). They would rather be miserable and suffer, they choose it unbelievably, rather than to help him help them...and so they leave him alone. they leave him...
Does the guy forget about it then? Does he leave 'em to suffer ... or is he true to them? Is he true to himself? What does he do?
The Jesus story goes West, packs a six gun and waits out alone on main street, alone to face the worst, to face the Devil, to face the future, whatever it brings...
I love this movie.
What's good about this work? Steiger as Napoleon and Plummer as… MoreWhat's good about this work? Steiger as Napoleon and Plummer as Wellington. And a glorious project that's as sumptuous as imagination could make it, lavish in numbers of people and in costumes and sets. But the story's too big. They couldn't get it all in. So you get crowds of well dressed folks simply standing around in some scenes. And if one is unfamiliar with the story forget about understanding the huge battle scenes. There's a better chronicle on this epic, historic battle somewhere, there must be.
This 1963 effort about a wacky ex-Nazi scientist trying to bring back… MoreThis 1963 effort about a wacky ex-Nazi scientist trying to bring back Der Fuhrer was probably meant as a drive-in theater entry by the producers ("movies to make out by") only the inexperienced director wasn't told ... and thought he try for gold.
Delivered stale. Stale acting. Stale writing. Stale directing. Stale everything. It was stale when it was fresh.
Out on the dusty African plains a small group of British and Welsh… MoreOut on the dusty African plains a small group of British and Welsh soldiers stand pat to fight thousands of angry native types (imagine Custer winning The Little Big Horn) . Michael Caine's first up in the big leagues is a memorable actioner about resolve, courage and grit in the face of overwhelming odds. Released in 1964 it doesn't contain the blood orgy saturation we've come to expect of modern cinema (or even television for that matter!), nor is anyone human save the white people (and this despite long lingering opening shots of topless tribeswomen dancing! - National Geographic-style soft porn), but the thrills work nonetheless.
Bob Cummings plays a down-on-his-luck returning war vet who's hired by… MoreBob Cummings plays a down-on-his-luck returning war vet who's hired by a mobster to chauffeur him around Miami Beach. There's a problem. The nearly psycho mobster's got a beautiful and unhappy wife. There's another problem. The mobster's got nearly psycho associate: Peter Lorre (the best of the film). There's another problem. Maybe the ex-sailor's a little crazy since the war, maybe he's imagining things. Maybe.
Is the mobster trying to kill him? Did the wife make a pass at him? Why's he got a chauffeur's uniform on?
Sliding reality's the thing here, confusion every moment.
Maybe you like that in a noir. Me, not so much.
I'm thinking that O. Selznick must've thought Americans soft on the… MoreI'm thinking that O. Selznick must've thought Americans soft on the Brits as here is yet another production of his wherein Brits succeeding in America is a major plot point. A family of con artists set their greasy sights on one kindly but lonely old woman ... this cannot turn out well.
Or can it?
Given the transparency of the cookie-cut plot still all do okay in their assigned tasks. Fairbanks Jr., I realise for the first time, got along as sort of a second class Ronald Colman, and you can see him crudely working that here. Goddard and Burke, w/o much to work with, merely sorta glide along using their established stage personas, as does Stephenson, too (as entertaining as those personas are). All in all not a lot of work done. The story of the redemptive power of trust does the job all on its own.