Sunday 17 June 2018
May movies, part 3 of 3.
97. (1326.) The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)
The first filmed Perry Mason mystery! It's a bit dry, and Perry is quite unlike what those of us used to Raymond Burr would expect (any lawyer who behaved this way on a regular basis would soon be answering to the bar). That said, the mystery was good and the twist ending was a nice touch.
98. (1327.) Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter (1939)
This was the third Nancy Drew movie ever made, and the third of four to feature Bonita Granville in the title role. (I've reviewed the others here and here.) I'd say this was my third favorite.
99. (1328.) Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
There's a lot I didn't like about this adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic: too much CGI, too many Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes-style action scenes. However, Kenneth Branaugh's Poirot is delightful, and the film, as a whole, is so very much better than the dull 1970s movie adaptation that no one ever needs to watch that one ever again.
100. (1329.) Battle of the Bulge (1965)
Robert Shaw is the prototypical Nazi tank commander in this vast oversimplification of one of the most well-known battles of World War II. I find little to recommend here.
101. (1330.) How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)
This is a light comedy about a delusional, selfish man learning to be part of a family. It's cute. Not a terrible way to pass a couple of hours.
More to come.