What if Melies had an imagination
A film that features a naked sammo hung being bullied in a pool changing room, several montages of Sammo trying to get Leung Kar Yan to be his mentor that wouldn't look out of place in a 1970s tv sketch show that was substituting the idea of homosexuality for any real jokes and the main very serious rape/revenge plot being interrupted by Sammo in a full dracula costume dropping his fake teeth.
It manages despite that to be a breathtaking…
I guess I'm just going to watch this every few years for the rest of my life and keep finding different things to enjoy in it. This time it was finding Leiutenant Doyle more hilarious than usual and admiring everything Kelly brought to it.
Oh and the construction, the way the events in the other apartments are used to divert Stewart (and of course us) at key moments or to have him on the phone about lonelyhearts so he can talk straight to the police, a perfectly plotted movie.
But everything else was great too, is there a film Thelma Ritter doesn't elevate?
My opportunities for watching films are often quite limited, and often coincide with looking after my daughter and I have hundreds of films here to watch. So I tend to go for fairly short films and fit a few into my film watching days. Which means films like this, which I was always sure I would love, tend to sit unwatched for years at a time.
Which is a shame, as the long run time that makes me opt to…