It's rare when you can fall completely in love with a movie on a first watch but this movie did it for me. The Criterion Blu-ray was purchased on a blind buy and I hoped if it was half as good as Fellini's 8 1/2 then it would be well worth the purchase.
From the opening helicopter aerial shots the film was followed by one beautiful sequence after another. Fellini does black and white, textures, landscapes, light and shadows like…
Let me start by saying this film is in no way a historical telling of the real 47 Ronin. That story has been told countless times and in many films before this one. This film is only inspired by that story and good or bad depending on your point of view this is the first "Hollywood" version.
Now that we have that out of the way let me tell what this film is a throwback to good old fashioned adventure…
There are so many thoughts I have after watching the third and final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Batman Begins was an incredible re-introduction of Bruce Wayne/Batman's origin tale. The Dark Knight expanded on the legend with a story of madness and mayhem.
Now comes the final act of the Dark Knight's epic saga and with it a story of spectacle and drama. Batman encounters Bane (Tom Hardy), a villain who can match and even surpass him in strength…
Pretty impressed with The Sweet Smell of Success. Cinematography was stellar. Shot in gorgeous black & white. Dialogue was unbelievably good throughout.
Burt Lancaster was brutal. Tony Curtis was so sleazy. Everything moved so fast. An abrupt ending but other than that I recommend this film highly.