Thursday 12 February 2015
And now, the rest of the
story movies from January.
8. (755.) Larceny, Inc. (1942)
I expected this to be a heist film, but it's really a crime comedy. Still, I wasn't disappointed. (Edward G. Robinson has great comic timing.)
9. (756.) Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Larceny, Inc. was funnier. In my opinion, the only part of either Anchorman film worth watching is the broadcasters' fight. (What the hell is Harrison Ford doing in this?)
10. (757.) No Highway in the Sky (1951)
Jimmy Stewart plays William Shatner in "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," except here the gremlin is metal fatigue. (Jimmy Stewart is never bad!)
11. (758.) She (1965)
This movie needed a better editor. If it had been about half as long, I wouldn't have had so much time to pick on the predictable plot or cheap effects (or Ursula Andress' acting).
12. (759.) Three Days of the Condor (1975)
I don't know why I'd resisted watching this before. Except for an inexplicable and completely improbably love scene mid-movie, it's really good. (Forget Redford: Max von Sydow is the highlight.)
13. (760.) The Out-of-Towners (1970)
Hated it. Gave up after a half-hour. It's only on this list so I don't accidentally watch it again. (This showcases everything I dislike about Jack Lemmon.)
14. (761.) Lights of New York (1928)
The first all talkie! Here's the plot: two rubes buy a barbershop that's a front for a bootlegger. Then the bootlegger kills a cop. Then someone kills the bootlegger as he's trying to get the barbers to cover for him. The cops accuse a barber, but then the bootlegger's girlfriend appears from nowhere and takes the blame. Stupid barber lives happily ever after! (Clearly, the producers were counting on character actor Eugene Pallette's deep, froggy voice to sell this turkey.)
15. (762.) California Suite (1978)
Neil Simon's thematic sequel to Plaza Suite is superior in all ways. Instead of standalone acts, the movie skips between the four stories. And all characters are played by high-quality actors. (But it's Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby who steal the show.)
As always, more to come.
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