Thursday 3 April 2014
I ended up watching nineteen movies in March. I've already covered the first 8, so here's the second batch of 6 more.
34. (571.) The Slender Thread (1965)
A race against time to save a woman who can't communicate. The portions with Anne Bancroft are boring, but Poitier is his usual, awesome self.
35. (572.) Speed (1936)
No, this is not the Keanu Reeves version, but the Jimmy Stewart version. In Mark Evanier's obituary of Jimmy Stewart, he recounts a conversation with Stewart in which the movie star said, "I don't remember a thing about it but apparently, I made it." It was apparently Stewart's first starring role, but it isn't very memorable.
36. (573.) It Happens Every Spring (1949)
An unknown breaks into big league baseball as the "next big thing" with an unusual background. (See also: The Natural, The Rookie, Rookie of the Year, Major League, etc.) Pretty entertaining, although I always think of Lost Weekend when I see Ray Milland, so its weird to see him play The Absent-Minded Professor. Otherwise, a fun hour-and-a-half.
37. (574.) Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Mom made me watch it. I didn't want to. It's every bit as violent as its reputation, but I still didn't enjoy it.
38. (575.) Run, Fatboy, Run (2007)
David Schwimmer's directorial debut is hit and miss. It's almost like the director didn't know who his audience was, so he threw everything he could think on the screen. It's not bad, just schizophrenic.
39. (576.) The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937)
I love William Powell, but this film tried my patience. Part romance, part spy thriller, part comedy, it spends just a little too long on each element to be really satisfying.
More to come.