movies - november 2018

  1. The Americanization of Emily (1964). A dark comedy set in World War II England, the film is a confusing blend of sentimentality, iconoclasm, and behind-the-scenes look at pre-D-Day Navy preparations. James Garner is a not completely unappealing scoundrel; Julie Andrews is a not completely-unappealing navy chauffeur and war victim. The ending is not predictable, yet not satisfying either.
  2. How to Murder Your Wife (1965). In a farce of marginal quality that is surprisingly stereotyped on gender, Jack Lemmon is an unappealing scoundrel and comic strip writer. Virna Lisi is appealing. he Neal Hefti hippity-hoppity score is maybe worth another listen.

august 2018 movies

  1. The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009). Tense but unsatisfying remake. Denzel Washington is no hero exactly just as John Travolta doesn't convey real derangement.
  2. - The Tarnished Angels (1956). Dorothy Malone, Rock Hudson, and Robert Stack.

movies - december 2017

  1. The Far Country (1954)
    • Anthony Mann. James Stewart, Walter Brennan, Ruth Roman, Henry Morgan. Wikipedia. Filmed in Jasper National Park. 7/10
  2. The Blitz (2012).
    • Rotterdam love story admidst the pending German attack. The Amazon Prime title may not match the theatrical release. Wikipedia. 6/10
  3. Girl with Green Eyes ()
    • Peter Finch, but not as old and cranky. 6/10
  4. Sunrise (1927)
    • F. W. Murnau, George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston

movies - november, 2017

  1. North by Northwest (1959). Alfred Hitchcock. Cary Grant, Eva-Marie Saint. Bernard Herrmann. Third row at the San Francisco Symphony
  2. The Lady Eve (1941). Preston Sturges. Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda. Wikipedia. Double character.
  3. One Way Passage (1932). Tay Garnett. Kay Francis, William Powell. "uncouth, brusque and implausible" Wikipedia. Pre-code romance as suggested via a TCM Backlotter via Skype. Not as romantic as I might have expected.
  4. The Lonely Man (1957). Henry Levin. Jack Palance, Anthony Perkins. Dour western.