Humanity's worst sin? Its boring. So muse the principals here, an… MoreHumanity's worst sin? Its boring. So muse the principals here, an elegant, intelligent, cooler than cool couple who isolate to pursue their various aesthetic interests, sort of Renaissance thinkers, alone and very nearly happy in their rarified world of trivial pursuits.
And they're vampires.
Hiddleston and Swinton and Hurt are all good here, not simply answering the question of what does one do with unlimited quantities of time, but doing so with aplomb. Its a sweet romance of a film.
A ready team of adventurers, a mysterious diary, a trip to someplace… MoreA ready team of adventurers, a mysterious diary, a trip to someplace totally exotic, someplace in South America, and crazy rumors about live dinosaurs ... no, it's not Jurassic Park! Its only about 6 decades before!
The boisterous Wallace Beery and serious Lewis (Andy Hardy's dad!) Stone lead a team into the forgotten jungles of time to enact Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's adventure tale for the ages. The stop motion animation, the same technique that'd bring King Kong to life years later, is incredible for its time and they serve up a heap of it, not skimping at all, like when the great brontosaurus runs amok in London.
Pretty cool stuff and a must for adventure fans
Dustin Hoffman executive produced and then directed this ode to those… MoreDustin Hoffman executive produced and then directed this ode to those who chose the stage, to entertain, and who live to see the spotlight pass them by. Buckshot with many who actually made that choice, who lived that life, it then proceeds to display very nearly a sitcom view of the last act of life, or at the very least the Disney version. Everyone is dressed up, very clean, in this mansion out in the country, a home for retired musicians, appointed with fine lawns, and have rooms that should be called suites. Whatta way to go!
The story concerns the difficulties a once popular foursome have in getting together to do one more show ("to save the orphanage ... for the penguin ... we're on a mission from God" The Blues Brothers then, though w/o the major players doing even one song!).
The players perform their required duties but are ill served finally by the platform given them.
Only Pauline Collins gets any real work done here. No, honestly.
Easy with time, and methodically (it does take awhile), yet ultimately… MoreEasy with time, and methodically (it does take awhile), yet ultimately interestingly, this film looks in on that old adage about travel broadening the mind as a visitor to a foreign locale (Scotland), only there on business, finds herself beginning to pick up some of the local customs against even her own will.
Scarlett Johansson solidly continues her climb to Hollywood's upper reaches by taking on this indie introspection on the complicit danger when staying anywhere foreign too long.