Tuesday 2 March 2021
Movies 2020, part 3 in a series.
7. (1866.) Along Came Jones (1945)
It's a cute little Western film made all the more so by Gary Cooper playing a parody of a movie cowboy (clumsy, bad with a gun, confused by women, etc.) in the only film he ever produced. I'm lukewarm on Cooper as an actor, but I think that anyone would fund a movie making fun of his own on-screen persona can't be all bad.
8. (1867.) Munster, Go Home! (1966)
"In Unliving Color!" To take advantage of the first appearance of the Munster family in color (on the big screen), the entire family gets painted an unpleasant shade of green. It's distracting, but probably not more than Robert Pine playing the love interest with a very bad British accent.
9. (1868.) Murder Ahoy! (1964)
I saw all of the other Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple movies in the early 90s, but I'd missed this one. The set is now complete, and I'm a little sad it is. I enjoy Rutherford's Marple above all others.
10. (1869.) Evil Under the Sun (1982)
Speaking of Agatha Christie sleuths, this features Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. Ustinov was the first actor I ever saw playing Poirot, and he remains one of my least favorite actors in the role. Still, I love elaborate period mysteries like this one.
11. (1870.) Murder on the Blackboard (1934)
The sequel to Penguin Pool Murder has the same very odd cast. There's a third, too. If it's as much fun as the first two, I'm on board. (RKO b-movie mysteries are the best.)
12. (1871.) Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
Everyone wants to make their own Pulp Fiction, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially when you get a cast (and a setting) this good. I'm now convinced that Chris Hemsworth is a charismatic cult leader in real life.
More to come.