Rancho Notorious is an atypical Western staring Marlene Dietrich as woman running a hideout for criminals, Mel Ferrer as her lover and Arthur Kennedy on a mission "of hate, murder and revenge."
Good: The three stars are all good but Dietrich stands out.
Bad: The song, "The Legend of Chuck-a-Luck," adds to the movie's uniqueness but it is terrible.
Meh: Mel Ferrer's aging makeup and hair was rather ineffective.
"Go away and come back ten years ago."
There is a lot to like about this movie and then there are the puppets.
Good: The movie seems designed to make Leslie Caron shine, and she does, but I kind of liked moody Mel Ferrer more. The song "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" stands out.
Bad: "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" have always creeped me out and these puppets are no different.
Meh: I like Caron and Ferrer individually but together they are bland.
"We don't learn. We just get older, and we know."
The fact that I was not allowed to see this movie when I was young only added to the mystique. I knew it was going to be awesome and it did not disappoint. The music is perfect and sets the right creepy tone putting me on the edge of my seat. Roy Scheider was perfect as the police chief uncomfortable with the water and forced to deal with the crisis, weighing the needs of the townspeople with the safety of…
Since seeing this movie, I have never been able to hear Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle With You" without thinking of Michael Madsen and his dance as he tortured a captured policeman.
I watched this movie knowing nothing about it one night and I was hooked. Tarantino has a gift for dialogue like none other. I love the pop culture references, the snappiness of the exchanges and yes the profanity. The soundtrack for the movie was perfect, the juxtaposition…