Violent Saturday (1955) - dammmmmmn great stuff. Noir mixed with melodrama leading to surprisingly great results and an excellent cast to boot. A few hilarious lines too, and one scene that any fan of Lee Marvin/Ernest Borgnine will love. strong 8.5/10
City Lights. First Chaplin. Honestly, the praise for his physical comedy did not do it justice in my eyes. This is clearly the work of a comedic master and a genius in filmmaking. This movie had me consistently laughing more than anything I've watched in a really long time. The story is simple yet moving; considering the way the film depicts economic hardships yet with a generally optimistic, humorous tone, this film must have been essential for the audience of the time period in which it was released.
The Wrong Man. Hitchcock was right, this is a very unusual crime film. A bit flat, slow and no action almost similar with Bresson's films but the performances can make it up. Vera Miles was damn brilliant! like Fonda She sank into her character very well, a very good example of nervous breakdown performance. Very underrated.
I'm a fugitive from a chain gang. bold, entertaining and dark! Paul Muni was supeeerb! the ending is little disappointing, anti-climatic and very bleak but I actually love it! instead of making the criminal won in the end the filmmaker tried not to fool the audiences where everything will be fine, giving the reality for the consequences of crime, what a hard time! 8/10
Funnily enough I saw Hawks' later film "A Song is Born" just a few weeks ago and didn't know that this was a remake of "Ball of fire" in even many details. Got to say that "Ball of fire" is the better film though. Especially because of the leads Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, who do a great job and also because I think it's better directed and photographed as well as the whole story works better with an encyclopedia and various fields of knowledge than only with music. A fine comedy overall, but Hawks has done better with "His Girl Friday". 7,5/10
. That made it substantially less interesting and felt like it wouldn't have happened if the movie had been made a couple years later when the Hays Code was gone. Still really liked it and liked it a little better that Charade, another A. Hepburn movie with a similar story.
Stagecoach (1939). Sort of underwhelming. It's well-made, especially for its time, but it never did much to grab my attention. The characters work mostly because of the great acting of the ensemble, who imbue each of their roles with unique personalities. The film as a whole just needed more urgency and stronger tension; considering much of the film revolves around characters traversing a dangerous landscape, there is a notable absence of peril for a large chunk of it. Has a nice classic Hollywood ending, though.
California Suite. So entertaining! clever Script with wonderful ensemble! Jane Fonda was Supeeeeerb! Strong and very confidence, she reminded me to his Dad. It's one of her best performances! And Maggie Smith, Dammit i didn't know she played an Oscar Nominee here, She's so funny and wild, she reminded me so much to MsMovieStar What a great performance!
Post by FrancescoAbides on Jun 24, 2017 17:56:13 GMT
The Night of the Hunter (1955) - A hideous film, in a good way, with a charismatic performance from the great Robert Mitchum. Hard to believe this film´s reception at the time was not that good (maybe because of its violent nature). But time really told us about this film´s true qualities. A perfection combination of thriller and fairy tale