A secret society influences the culture in hidden ways, electing who… MoreA secret society influences the culture in hidden ways, electing who they want, building empires where and when they want, or destroying peoples lives should it suit their purpose, as one member finds out when he disagrees with that society's mandates and tries to get out of it. A strong cast and production team complement this little known effort. Look particularly for the scenes where a man is character assassinated on a popular television show led by interestingly casted William Conrad.
Good looking, undoubtably, as a mysterious hero with mysterious powers… MoreGood looking, undoubtably, as a mysterious hero with mysterious powers fights against an ancient evil, but the delivery is a tad watery, and so this should have been first in a series was ultimately dropped. Too bad.
In the future, what'll we do with senior citizens, the bothersome old… MoreIn the future, what'll we do with senior citizens, the bothersome old crones, this sci-fi jumble posits. And what exactly is the definition of senior, eh? Let's not quibble about this: when do the old farts start to be a bother? While not high art, there is still some fun to be had in this schlocky Flash Gordon-like actioner, if it's only watching Jenny Agutter run around braless for an hour and a half.
Absolutely one of my favorite Grant efforts, with the teaming with… MoreAbsolutely one of my favorite Grant efforts, with the teaming with Leslie Caron nearly a perfect combination. The scene where he teaches her how to fish is so erotic, while still being playful, that I can't stand it. Grant is a misanthrope hiding from society on a Pacific island when he gets wrangled into contributing to the war effort. An accident hooks him up with Caron and her little charges, and ... well, it's just fun to watch.
I've tried to watch this thing over and over again through the years,… MoreI've tried to watch this thing over and over again through the years, based on its reputation, but once they would start singing my attention would wander and I'd either fall asleep or leave it. My faux pas, baby, my big frickin' faux pas. Better than nearly 98% of musicals out there simply on theory alone, this very human arc of a love affair manages to comment as well on the art form of musicals, of romances, and even on tourism. And does it in another language. Truly a well deserved reputation on this one, try to get through it and NOT see yourself and all your previous romances, I dare you.
Toni Collette plays a woman with a coupla niggling personal defects… MoreToni Collette plays a woman with a coupla niggling personal defects that're overblown by her own consciousness until she's nearly paralyzed: us. The piece charts her arc from her personal dreamland of ache into a reality that's dealable with serio-comic poetry, and ABBA provides the soundtrack. Pretty darn good. Rachel Griffiths (one of my favs) plays the buddy everyone would love to buddy with admirably.
They made this in Britain?!? Yes, it's hard to believe, but somehow… MoreThey made this in Britain?!? Yes, it's hard to believe, but somehow the Brits got their ducks in a row and turned out this big, rich, snazzy product of such high quality (and without a lot of talking, their national strongpoint) that you'll be left wondering. The music is highly contagious, the performances (except for young Olivier himself) very strong, and everything else is simply very well done. Standouts include Ron Moody, Oliver Reed, and the undeniable Jack Wild.
A little bit of fun in this camp classic as a knight, Gary Lockwood,… MoreA little bit of fun in this camp classic as a knight, Gary Lockwood, goes on a mission to save his lady fair. Against him, Basil Rathbone, hamming it up as the villain you "boo" whenever he's onscreen, a script that's unintentionally funny, near comic special effects, and ham-fisted direction. Still enjoyable ... with a joint or two to help it along.
I never even heard of this film, but what a gem it is! Brit social… MoreI never even heard of this film, but what a gem it is! Brit social conventions are the target here as a snooty family of royals find their prejudices tested once stranded on the ever clichéd desert island. The cast is great in both settings, at home in high society and once roughing it in the wild, too. Another one to look for, and well worth the looking.
A surprise from out of nowhere, Joe Cotton is great as a sensitive… MoreA surprise from out of nowhere, Joe Cotton is great as a sensitive vet`with PTSD, struggling to cope. Ginger Rogers has her own kind of agony to deal with, just as serious, on home for a Christmastime furlough. They meet, these two terribly damaged people, and somehow manage to strengthen one another, and such are the performances of the leads that you root for them all the way through. I didn't expect anything from this, but boy was I wrong. Don't wait till this accidentally shows up on your doorstep. Instead seek it out, and you'll be rewarded.