1. Makes for a fascinating double bill with Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. Both are buddy movies that lament the end of an era. One takes place in 1969. The other was released in 1969.
2. The three highest grossing American films in 1969 were Butch, Midnight Cowboy, and Easy Rider. All buddy movies with doomed endings. One with real cowboys, one with motorized cowboys, and one with a wannabe cowboy. I will never get over this and how it managed to happened.
3. Newman and Redford are so insanely good together, it makes you doubt every relationship you've ever had in your own life.
Quentin Tarantino’s skill is too pruned and too precise to not make an interesting picture, a compulsively entertaining one and the freedom to make an eccentric one. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a supremely textured throwback that resurrects the drive-ins, the muscle cars, the nighttime hot spots, the Dirty Mary’s with extra long celery sticks, the suede threads, the pom-poms and the Playboy Mansion as go-go dance rave of its’ 1969 day. Margot Robbie has undergone the subject…
Last movie of this year’s Cannes for me. Last but not least.
Saw it couple of times before, but last time it was nearly exact 15 years ago.
Never thought it to be this good. I don’t know why I loved it today. Sentimentality? Atmosphere? Or watching it on big screen at Cannes beach?
But maybe that now it’s more important than at the moment it was released.
Last time I saw it - just this January. But I went just to see new restoration and 4K (and maybe Alfonso Cuarón). While watching it I got a feeling that I haven’t seen some episodes (which is odd, because I’ve seen it bunch of times over the years). Only later I understood that it’s complete US Cut (well without epilogue). Definitely great experience.
Performances : 6.4/10
Story : 1/10
Production : 6/10
Overall : 4.46/10
"If she didn't look so exactly like the other girl I might be suspicious."
Are you fucking kidding me? Seriously? It was the same fucking girl, dude! I was ready to kill Henry Fonda the entire time. Then I remembered he pretty much killed the entire McBain Family, so I didn't do anything about it.
God bless the French.
There's no other way to describe I Married A Witch other than pure delight. It's an uproariously funny screwball comedy that clips along at a brilliant pace and contains a tremendous performance from Veronica Lake. Though, to be fair, every Veronica Lake performance is terrific. She's maybe the most charismatic person every captured on camera. It's so joyously bouncy and light, a trifle, sure, but if…
Personally, I prefer Martin Scorsese's remake of this classic, The Departed (2006).
However, it is clear as day that this film's story provided a brilliant base for Scorsese to work from.
The story is masterful, the film is slick and stylish too. The score is immense and the acting just tops it all off.
I was thrilled when Scorsese decided to make The Departed, but I am disappointed the only discussion on this film seems to be whether it is superior/inferior to its Hollywood 'remake'. To me the two are vastly different and culturally specific, the only things in common are the skeleton of the plot, and that they are great films.
The original film title 無間道 (literally 'boundless way') came from the idea of Avici (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avici) in Buddhism, the lowest level of hell…
The moment when Eric Tsang smashed Tony Leung's hand cast on a table, I knew instantly that this is a film that I will adore for.. well, forever is a strong word, but it's definitely a long, long time.
Powerful performances by the entire cast including the two mentioned above and of course, the great Andy Lau. An exciting ride that tells a genuinely good and original story. Awesome soundtrack. Cheesy death scenes. No CGI rats. Hong Kong crime thrillers are invincible.
Noir-vember Film #16