Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Maybe not a masterpiece, but an effective little thriller - slow and filled with tension. Claustrophobic as well since a lot of the story takes place within a beach house. The rain, heavy clouds and sounds of the waves in the background add to the mood. Best of all, the story is unpredictable, and almost a bit coenesque towards the end, partly because of the kidnappers' unnecessarily complicated plans for picking up the ransom. Brando apparently didn't get along with the director, but is very good in his part. Also, what was the first film to put a camera under the plane for the shot of the plane landing?
Monday, September 23, 2013
Mitchum is ten years too old to play the part, but an older, more tired Marlowe fits the character. Rampling was born to play a femme fatale. One problem with filming Raymond Chandler is that you lose the language. They keep the voiceover, but what works as written often sounds too clever when spoken. The timeperiod, 1941, is beautifully recreated, but visually it's not the most exciting film ever made - it needs a bit more style. Polanski's Chinatown and Altman's The Long Goodbye, that came out around the same time, work better as movies.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Farewell, My Lovely, with Robert Mitchum
Julius Cesar, with Marlon Brando
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb, with Valerie Leon. Yes, that's probably the only reason I bought it.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The Night of the Following Day, with Marlon Brando
The Stalking Moon, with Gregory Peck and Eva Marie Saint
The Black Windmill, with Michael Caine
Scorpio, with Burt Lancaster and Alain Delon
L'Île Noire by Hergé, a facsimile of the original black and white version
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
http://bookmunch.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/there-is-much-here-that-is-delightfully-business-as-usual-lost-cat-by-jason/ concluding with: A new Jason is always a pleasure – a new graphic novel length Jason that is easily as good as his best work is even more of a pleasure than usual. Jason fans are in for a treat. Non Jason fans should hopefully be smelling the coffee and checking him out as a matter of no small urgency.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Monday, September 2, 2013
World War II. Marlon Brando is a nazi, Montgomery Clift is a Jew and Dean Martin is... well, pretty much Dean Martin. Directed by Edward Dmytryk. One problem with old films is that the dialogues often sound artificial. This is one of those movies. There's a constant distance to the characters - they never seem believable as people. The war scenes lack credibility as well, despite the camera shaking every time there is an explotion, and Brando as the nazi officer comes off as impossibly naive and well intentioned.
On The Waterfront
Directed by Elia Kazan. This film has the intimacy that Young Lions lacks. The scenes between Brando and Eva Marie Saint feel true and are very touching. Ah, Eva Marie Saint! As the viewer you actually care about these people. There is nothing like the glove scene or the taxi scene in The Young Lions. Maybe that's because Kazan came from the theater, and he was looking for those moments of authenticity. The one thing they do better in films today is fake blood - in this film it looks like chocolate sauce.