Thursday 8 December 2022
135/2144. Nothing Compares (2022)
This autobiographical documentary makes it pretty clear that society really mistreated Sinead O'Connor, didn't we? I admit that I got sick and tired of The Song when it was everywhere in 1990, but I remember watching Sinead tear up that photo on Saturday Night Live and not thinking much of it at the time. Catholics and idolatry, amiright?
136/2145. Reform School (1939)
This long lost mostly-Black film about crime and punishment aired for the first time on TCM, and I have to say, it's actually pretty darn entertaining. Troubled inner-city kids struggling to survive a corrupt for-profit justice system is apparently very old news.
137/2146. Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972)
I know I say this about every Brian De Palma-directed film, but while the idea at the center of this story could have made a great film in different hands, almost every scene and camera shot in this thing could have been done better. Reports are that star Tommy Smothers reportedly walked off the set of this "comedy" — which might have had something to do with how badly miscast he was for the protagonist role to begin with — and studio brass couldn't stop interfering with the product. Still, Orson Welles murders his too-small part and makes me wish someone with stronger comedy chops had been at the helm.
138/2147. Black Hand (1950)
Another weird casting choice as Gene Kelly plays an Italian immigrant willing to sacrifice himself (but not children) to take down the mafia. Kelly's actually surprisingly effective in the role despite not dancing a single step.
139/2148. Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)
Come for the fembots, stay for the Vincent Price, who is far funnier and more charismatic as the villainous, scene-chewing Dr. Goldfoot than Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman are as the hammy protagonists.
More to come.