Tati's films, from the little I've seen, are strange in that not a lot happens and yet, for the most part, I keep watching. They're pleasant enough. Jour de Fete did border on boring me but it's first 50 minutes or so were nice enough. The last half-hour, in which Tati's Francois races around trying to be an "American postman" is truly great in which he really starts to achieve something worth talking about in the same conversation as Chaplin,…
Absolutely fantastic story idea that is done great justice by a fine cast who all give truly great performances: Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, and Robert Cummings (who is a perfect stuttering, screwball comedy straight man here - and a great find). The movie looks great with that classic Hollywood sheen and, even though you know where it's going, the ride is beautiful and loaded with sheer pleasure. I've been saying it a lot recently, but truly, this movie is delightful. Not to be missed. This is a classic screwball comedy gem that deserves to be rediscovered. Highly underseen, highly underrated and highly recommended.
I just hit my 999th movie watched and I felt that The Birth of a Nation would be a good 1000th film. It certainly was.
This viewing has also marked a first. I think this is the first time that I feel I can't properly rank a movie. How many stars would I give The Birth of a Nation? It's terribly hard to say. If the rating is meant to describe the experience of viewing the film than it's impossible…
After watching Synecdoche, New York I wanted to watch my previous choice for the best of the decade to be able to decide firmly. Admittedly this is an odd choice for the best film of the decade, or even the best film of 2001. But I truly think that this is the Coen Brothers most overlooked film, an absolutely excellent noir tribute that is fascinating and profound.
The cinematography is beautiful. The acting by all is absolutely great. The music…