I couldn't even be bothered to come up with a good pun to start this review with. I suppose Edge Of Poo-m would have been nearest. But what a massive disappointment Mark Robson's noir turned out to be. A piss-poor morality tale loosely based on Crime And Punishment, it is almost an hour and a half of Farley Granger walking around telling everyone that he's going to give his mum a big funeral
Granger is given such a strange central…
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The perfect distraction from a poisoned finger, apparently. Don't ask me how I got it, I don't know.
In the end it was worth manipulating the last couple of film noirs I watched to keep this as part of my stupid letters game. I think there was an undertone to my suggestions that unless I could squeeze The Lego Movie into my list that I wouldn't be taking my daughter to see it for her 7th…
I had to manipulate my letters game list so I could watch a noir starting in 'r' and ending in 'l' in anticipation of taking my eldest daughter to see The Lego Movie tomorrow for her birthday. I was supposed to watch Rififi tonight. She'd better not talk all the way through it or adoption it will be. I think this letters thing might drive me mad. I've got to incorporate Lise's 30 Countries thing in May into it. Argh.…
Ahh films, my old friends. Nice to be reacquainted.
The very late 1950s and early 1960s were a fascinating little period for cinema. They were a strange sort of no man's land between the Hays Code restricted decades that had gone before them, and the less censorship happy decades that would lie ahead. You had lots of films that dallied a little bit with being more adult in their content, language and tone, but very few that would really go…
A slight change of plan saw me having to replace anime movie You're Under Arrest!: The Motion Picture with a Fritz Lang classic that I might never have seen otherwise. Sometimes things do work out for the best.
So it does mean that the run of noirs that I was going to do has now expanded from ten to eleven, and if any of them turn out to be as good as this then I am in for a real…
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Can I just say that this film led to me getting this shit song stuck in my head? Thanks a bunch, Miyazaki!
I suppose I'll let him off considering the similarly named film turned out to be quite wonderful. This is my third and a half Hayao Miyazaki after Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, and half a viewing of Porco Rosso that was abandoned years ago when the VHS tape I was watching it on…
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What an infuriating film.
There is absolutely no reason at all for this film to be over 2 hours long. You could cut at least 40 minutes out of this film of pointless material and occasional bits of utter drivel and it would be a really nice, straightforward and very slick serial killer thriller.
The last 20 to 25 minutes are absolutely superb. Relentlessly violent, impressively nasty and pleasingly unshakeable in the vision of the main…
Probably the best cautionary tale about the dangers of tuberculosis.... in the world.
After an ill-fated attempt at expanding my Akira Kurosawa viewings with The Quiet Duel the other night, I was delighted that I had a version of Drunken Angel where the subtitles appeared to be completely coherent. It really has been a priority of mine to watch more Kurosawa - I've at least enjoyed all of the films I've seen by him.
Drunken Angel is vaguely cast as…
I could do with a thunder-sand bomb to clear the bus on a Monday morning.
I have to say that Lady Snowblood turned out to be a disappointment even though I thought it was pretty good. With the way that it starts off in a whirl of flashing blades, gushing blood staining pristine white snow and the ethereal beauty of Meiko Kaji, I really did think it was set up to be an absolutely great film.
And then it just....stops.…
I couldn't finish this one, unfortunately.
The problem was not with the film itself but that I appeared to be watching a version with subtitles that were done by someone who clearly has no grasp on the English language at all.
A great shame, really, because although I did try and stick it out and was very much enjoying the performances of Toshiro Mifune and Miki Sanjo especially, it just became too difficult to follow and I'm bloody annoyed because…
Hands up who would like to see Takashi Miike direct a children's film?
If there is a director more prone to eclecticism in their work than Miike working right now then I would love to know who that is. It's diversity that walks hand in hand with prolificacy when it comes to him as well, churning out stuff like he's the cinematic version of The Fall. It would also be a pretty fair fight to see who is more mental…