A flashback wrapped in a flash forward, as God transports Elmer to the year 2000AD, only to have Bugs reminisce about how they first met. Old, decrepit Bugs is amusing, but Baby Bugs is super cute. The funniest bits are Elmer and Bug’s ‘Origin Story’ as toddlers. However, the final Bugs reversal, involving Elmer being buried alive, is an effective piece of dark humour.
Last Year at Marienbad for the wuxia crowd. Wong Kar-wai’s most abstract work is still deeply romantic, with elusive narrative threads related to literary or mythological sources — imagine a Marvel equivalent with Baron Zemo as Ouyang Feng. In any case, its musings about memory and thwarted dreams are merely an excuse for Kar-war’s extraordinarily tactile cinema. One wonders, though, what Sammo Hung, the fight choreographer, thought about the Redux edit.
With David O Selznick off his back, Hitchcock revels in the Hollywood playground and produces his first blockbuster. It's also, arguably, his most typical adventure thriller until North by Northwest (which is, in some ways, a rehash of this film). It lacks the psychological complexities of Hitchcock's best films (including Rebecca), and even though WWII is on the doorstep, it's less pressing a propaganda piece than The Lady Vanishes, for example, apart from the earnest (and pretty terrific) tacked on…
Paula Prentiss's Abigail is so consumed by Rock Hudson's Roger Willoughby — a fraud but also a sweet, gentle soul — she goes a little nuts. She can't leave him alone, which causes Roger no amount of grief, but it also leads him to become the best version of himself. In other words, she makes an honest man out of him. This is Howard Hawks's most extreme statement concerning the battle of the sexes. At one point, Easy (Maria Perschy),…