Cataloging movies watched in October:

171. (708.) To Be or Not to Be (1983)
Mel Brooks take on the earlier Jack Benny movie. (Granted Brooks did not direct this, but his fingerprints are all over it.) This movie, by being sillier and more slapstick, manages to make the abuses of the Nazi's seem much darker by contrast. I love Jack Benny, but I found this to be the better movie.

172. (709.) Robin and Marian (1976)
Golly-gosh-darn, does this film have some great acting. Which is good, because it's plot is disappointingly thin. And the ending? WTF?!) It's still better than both Costner's and Crow's deviations on the same theme.

173. (710.) The Unknown Man (1951)
It's a bad sign when I can't remember a movie a month after I watched it. IMDB reminds me that this is a noir crime drama where a lawyer does something really stupid because he's overly idealistic. I'll forget it again in an hour.

174. (711.) The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
Jack Benny again, this time as an inept angel trying to destroy the world. That Benny, he's a funny guy. By the way, was there some mid-century historical precedent for coffee companies denying that there product keeps you awake? It's played for laughs here (Paradise Coffee) and is a centerpiece in Preston Sturges' 1940 Christmas in July (Maxford House Coffee). Art imitating life, or just parody?

175. (712.) The Formula (1980)
The next time that someone tells me that Marlon Brando is the greatest actor of his or any generation, I'm going to make them watch this movie. Ye, gods! If this is Method acting, I'll have no more of it, thank you.

More to come.

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