Friday 7 August 2015
I worked some really long hours in July, but I still found time to watch 20 movies. Here's my take on the first 6:
119. (866.) Glory (1989)
A bunch of patriotic negros fought for the right to be soldiers in the War Between the States, and their reward was that they were sent on a suicidal death march. Congratulations. (But seriously, it's a good film, if not exactly uplifting.)
120. (867.) Seven Psychopaths (2012)
This movie is best described as a metatextural crime comedy. Or a darkly comic action fantasy. Or something. Probably best not to try to hard to define it. Just know that I enjoyed it, and if you like Colin Farrell or Christopher Walken or Sam Rockwell or Woody Harrelson, you'll probably like it, too.
121. (868.) The Big Clock (1948)
Noir murder mystery! Don't let the title fool you. It really doesn't have very much to do with big clocks, just small-minded people and the claustrophobic sensation that the walls are closing on on our innocent protagonist. Good movie.
124. (871.) Mr. Arkadin (1955)
Not Orson Welles' best, but that's largely due to some bad dubbing and a miscast lead who should have been more cocky and less whiny. Still, a bad Orson Welles movie is better than the best Michael Bay movie.
125. (872.) Donkey Skin (1970)
Leave it to the French to make the weirdest fairy tale ever. Donkeys who crap jewels, incest, fairy godmothers, true love, helicopters... just nuts. Can't fault the great looking sets (or stunning Catherine Deneuve), though.
More to come.