What a frustrating film. Partially because of the film itself, because, like, I never gave a crap about Lana Turner's show business story, and I didn't care much about her love triangle thing with her daughter. I was all in on the Juanita Moore plot, but that was frustrating because, well, the societal-wide racism that made it even be a plot is just unspeakably horrible. But Moore did a great job in that role, and I was 100% invested in…
That was awesome. I definitely have to explore these kinds of films more, because I loved that. I watched a dubbed version because that's what was easily available; I think I would've enjoyed it even more with the original audio.
Here's how it entered my Flickchart:
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin > Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin > The Champ (1931)
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin > Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
The 36th Chamber…
Word to the wise, do NOT stay in an inn in a Melies film. Just don't do it. They're haunted 100% of the time. Even though these are pretty much all repeats of his earlier films, I still find them pretty funny and tend to give them a pass. This one gets an extra half star for the gag with the duplicating chairs, which I haven't seen before and was paced really effectively.
I figured I'd go ahead and watch this before The Avengers comes out, since I had missed it in theatres the year it came out. "Missed" isn't the right word. I heard bad things about it and opted not to go. And yeah, this movie is pretty boring, especially for an action movie. There are only like two and a half actual action scenes in it.
The first hour or so I was kind of bored stiff - there were…