Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Double Hour (2009) **

It's well acted and produced, but a few too many twists and you stop caring.

Monday, April 15, 2019

So Dark the Night (1946) **

B level noir suffers from mediocre production and a twist that's not all that surprising.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) ****

Innovative, original musical, still influential. Kudos to director Demy for sticking the ending.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Shooting (1966) **

Good try at an existential Western features good performances (especially Mr. Oates), well photographed, but the script falls apart.

Logan's Run (1976) **

Cheesy, campy attempt at the cynical sci-fi so prevalent at the time. Doesn't hold up well.

I Married a Witch (1942) *

Ham fisted attempt at screwball comedy is nearly unwatchable. Relies heavily on the charisma and chemistry of the stars of which there are neither.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Truth About Woody Allen (Part I) | This Mortal Coil

I know these details get real boring, real fast. But once you study it, you see how even the custody decision has been misrepresented by the Farrows and their followers. Granted, none of this suggests that Woody falling in love with Soon-Yi was a smart move, but, you know, it happened, and the fall-out was massive, but they remain together and have raised two normal, healthy kids. As for Mia, out of her ten adopted kids, two are permanently estranged, and three are dead — two from suicide, and the third died in poverty. Mia also has one brother who committed suicide, and another brother who’s in prison for multiple counts of child molestation. The dysfunction in that family runs very deep, and has nothing to do with Woody and Soon-Yi.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Living in Oblivion (1995) **

Amusing movie about making movies and all the perils therein. Almost makes it to something more.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Rosebud (1975) **

Anti-terrorist procedural starts off great and the attention to detail is at first compelling but soon starts to bog down the picture. Finally it becomes a pro-Israel propaganda piece. Unfortunate since Mr. O'Toole and Ms. Huppert (so young!) are fun to watch.

Monday, April 01, 2019

The Fantasticks (1995) **

This is a very well made rendition of the long running off broadway musical. Unfortunately the songs (except for the finale of course) are quite forgettable and the story is paper thin. It's still beautifully shot and imaginatively directed.