This seems like it's gonna be a basic underdog/resistance war film, but as soon as they go into the sewers, it's basically a horror film. Amazing and terrifying.
Good at the thing it does, I'm just not that into the thing it does, at least not right now.
How it entered my Flickchart:
10 Cloverfield Lane > Dementia
10 Cloverfield Lane < Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque
10 Cloverfield Lane > The Professional
10 Cloverfield Lane < The Wild Bunch
10 Cloverfield Lane < A Trip to the Moon
10 Cloverfield Lane < The Man Who Came to Dinner
10 Cloverfield Lane < Match Point
10 Cloverfield Lane < You Can’t Take It With…
Got shut out of this one at TCM Fest last year, and the repeat screening was sold out, too. I've been dying to see it ever since. Finally caught it thanks to Ann Harding day on TCM's Summer Under the Stars, and it is...not that good. Aw. Harding is good, though, in what's really a pretty thankless role.
Terrific forensic noir. John Alton MVP as usual, but also more emotionally deep than many and a great non-exotic role for Montalban.
How it entered my Flickchart:
Mystery Street > The Inn Where No Man Rests
Mystery Street > The Shining
Mystery Street > The History of Future Folk
Mystery Street < The Muppet Movie
Mystery Street < Moana
Mystery Street < Westward the Women
Mystery Street < Topper
Mystery Street > The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Mystery Street > Son of Frankenstein
Mystery Street < Hail the Conquering Hero
Mystery Street < Rooty Toot Toot
Mystery Street > Pinocchio
Final #470/3961 (88%)
A couple in a cafe buy a Rembrandt, but when a woman accidentally sits on it, it comes off on her derrière (it was a fake, duh). When the dope who bought it reaches for her butt, she assumes he's harassing her and runs off, not before trashing the cafe. This turns into a massive chase of HILARIOUS destruction. Like, this was a terrible print on YouTube, but this should be an early slapstick classic. Very over the top and hilarious.
A companion piece, I guess, to In the Border States. This time it's a southern soldier given a letter to carry to the front and instead gets chased by northern soldiers and hides out in his own house. The stories aren't mirrors, though, this time his sister dons his uniform and carries the letter. When she doesn't return, their mother forces the son to stay inside with the shutters closed to avoid bringing shame to the family if he cowardice…
Interesting for being an early film directed and acted by Native Americans, but story is pretty routine even for 1910 - settler gets notice he's inherited a fortune but his native wife refuses to go (not stated why, but assumedly she thinks she won't be accepted?), and stabs herself, leading her daughter to think her father has killed her, and she sets the whole tribe on him. Last minute revelation saves the day, but really, some actual discussion might've saved a lot of trouble!
I should rewatch Tarkovsky's now. This one is more focused, more narratively clear, and in some ways I enjoyed that more (and was able to stay with it more), but I'm not sure it's actually better for it. But it is different and still compelling, and I think Soderbergh accomplished a lot with this mainstreaming of the story while keeping a remarkable amount of the same mood.