I liked this so much I had to revise my rating for Coppola's remake, which I'd seen first: letterboxd.com/jfauth/film/the-beguiled-2017/
I liked this just fine until I sat down to watch the 1971 Don Siegel version. As soon as Eastwood kisses the girl in the opening scene, I knew THIS was going to be a much more exciting movie.
Coppola's film is sumptuous, but there's something undercooked about it. All along, it felt like there were beats missing — but I couldn't put my finger on it.
In the Siegel version, every plot point, every moment of drama, from throwaway…
Loved, loved, loved this.
A four-hour long doc on the Grateful Dead could've gone terribly wrong, but Amir Bar-Lev pulls off the miracle of telling the band's story in a way that's both a perfect introduction to newcomers (I watched this with non-heads who were genuinely intrigued) and at the same time manages to reveal new layers to hardcore obsessives.
Someone once described Phil Lesh's bass playing as endlessly surprising & unpredictable — but whenever you needed him to land on…