Monday 25 September 2017
I haven't finished off movies from August yet? Gee whiz, I need to correct that.
118. (1177.) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
I had only seen the centerpiece of this movie, the big fighting/dancing number at the barn raising, so I sat down to watch the rest. I should have stuck to the barn raising. It's the best part. Like all movies of its period, this musical is awfully chauvinistic, but at least it's colorful. But who can focus on sexual politics when there are bright colors on the screen, amiright?
119. (1178.) Nerve (2016)
I expected nothing from this YA thriller and therefore was delightfully surprised. It fits the genre nicely, with charismatic leads, some good thrills, and a ridiculously implausible ending. An enjoyable hour and a half.
120. (1179.) The Gallant Hours (1960)
I cannot attest to the accuracy of this biopic of WWII Admiral Bull Halsey, but James Cagney certainly makes it worth watching. He's another actor I don't think I appreciated enough as a younger man. The more cinema I watch, the better Cagney is.
121. (1180.) Duck, You Sucker (1971)
As you can probably tell from the name, Duck, You Sucker is Sergio Leone western. It's not nearly as good as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly or Once Upon a Time in the West (mainly because it's just too long), but no one turns the myths of the legendary American West on their head like the Italian Leone.
More to come.
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