Glossing over the past
Because I don’t have time to or feel like recapping movies I’ve seen over the last few weeks, here’s the quickie version:
- 8/14: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1989) 3.0 ~ If you love movies, there’s a piece of this for you. But my God, did it get sloooow toward the end. Thank goodness it wasn’t the new 170 minute version.
- 8/14: Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki, 2004) 2.5 ~ Good for Araki, which tells you what I generally think of his movies.
- 8/13: Raw Deal (Anthony Mann, 1948) 4.5 ~ Sweet and dark. A great Mann noir.
- 8/11: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, 1939) 4.0 ~ Capra gets a bad rap for oversentimentality. But there’s some dark stuff at play here, what with private business controlling Senators and manipulation of the press, et al. Also, Jean Arthur is quite good here, better than in The Devil and Miss Jones.
- 8/8: Angels with Dirty Faces (Michael Curtiz, 1938) 3.5 ~ Cagney is great, but I grew utterly tired of the Dead End Kids schtick.
- 8/6: Don’t Look Back (D.A. Pennebaker, 1967) 3.0 ~ For once I agree with Ebert, Bob Dylan acts like a spoiled brat, and I didn’t really enjoy watching it.
- 8/4: The Thin Man (W.S. Van Dyke, 1934) 3.0 ~ Slight, but funny.
- 7/30: The World’s Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, 2005) 3.0 ~ Has the makings of a great CBS Movie of the Week, if they still made those.
- 7/26: The Matador (Richard Shepard, 2005) 2.5
- 7/26: The World of Henry Orient (George Roy Hill, 1964) 2.5
- 7/22: /River’s Edge/ (Tim Hunter, 1987) 2.0
If anyone cares for more discussion, leave a comment.