Tuesday 24 June 2014
Ok, while dodging raindrops as I try to finish painting the house, I've increased the June movie count to 20 so far. I covered 7 last week. Here's 7 more:
86. (623.) Taxi (2004)
This movie performed so poorly at the box office that it essentially killed Jimmy Fallon's nascent film career as a leading man before it could get off the ground. It's not good.
87. (624.) Panic in Year Zero! (1962)
Actor/Director Ray Milland (of Lost Weekend) gives us a b-movie about life in California after nuclear war. It's surprisingly boring.
88. (625.) Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
I'm so thankful that I didn't have to go to war. Twelve O'Clock High makes it pretty clear that no one wins, even the survivors. It's pretty good.
89. (626.) The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
I cannot get enough William Powell. Here he's playing someone very similar to his Thin Man Nick Charles persona. It's very entertaining.
90. (627.) The Wizard of Oz (1925)
This, the second film adaptation of the book, is a very loose adaptation, indeed. Dorothy is the rightful Princess of Oz, the Scarecrow is a farmhand, and most of them die in the end. It is not a successful reworking.
91. (628.) Orpheus (1950)
A French retelling of the Greek myth, Orpheus is an art film that, like so many other art films, is a little too self-indulgent. It's worth a look.
92. (629.) No Strings Attached (2011)
I complained that Friends with Benefits spent too much time pretending not to be a Romantic Comedy. This film makes no such pretension, and if anything makes its mistake by embracing the genre too closely. It's formulaic.
More to come.