Another film about which I've written before. This is a film from the Japanese master director Yasujiro Ozu. This is one of several films he made that considers the transitional period in life where the child-parent relationship shifts as the child comes of age to marry and move out.
Here Huston crafts a fine noir-adjacent film out of a large cast without the characters becoming confused and keeps a heist simple and cracking along so that you're riding the edge of your seat waiting to see what comes next and brings the whole thing in under two hours. Modern directors would be well-served to take notes.
While the plot really isn't that important (the Marx Bros. are about the jokes, not the story), but the basic idea is that the four brothers all end up at a large weekend house party thrown by one of the ultra-rich. Hijinks ensue.
I wrote about this a year and a half ago or so for my series Movies You Might Have Missed. If you missed it then or want to revisit what I said you can click the link.
decades later. After all, this is nearly 30 years before Psycho and 20 years before Rear Window, Vertigo, and North by Northwest. But no! Far from being one of his first, this is actually the 19th feature Hitchcock directed. After cutting his teeth on the earliest of talkies during the transition from silent films, one might say the film marks instead the beginnings of his long peak as one of the greatest directors of all time.
The trailer for The Drop fooled me about what kind of movie I was getting into. Initially I believed it was a heist film. It's certainly not that. There's a few brief moments where one would think it was a gangster film. Which on the surface, I suppose, it is. But at its heart it's a movie about one of my favorite topics for film: humanity and the problem of evil.
Free Guy then, isn't maybe my usual cinema-going fare, but after not going to the movies for a couple years, the bar was lowered and I'd have gone to see anything with a reasonable chance of enjoyment. Even another *shudder* MCU film.
Decided it was time to open the blog back up, since I do have a job now. On the agenda: finishing up the Movies You Might Have Missed (I didn't write the last 4 after getting laid off last year), writing some more about baseball (been to a few games this year so far), adding … Continue reading I’m Back
I don't understand the Mae West phenomenon. Partly maybe it's because she didn't make any films until she was 40. From her iMDB bio she was vamping men since 14. The double-entendres are mildly entertaining. I'm happy she gave Cary Grant his big break. But she seems...tame? No, that's not right. Perhaps she just tries … Continue reading Not a Tweet: Mae West
A few weeks ago on a weekend, I chose to watch Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal. I like the movie, my girls are old enough to appreciate it (and had not seen it), and it's in a foreign language without any nudity or realistic violence so I don't even have to worry about the wee … Continue reading Not a Tweet: The Seventh Seal and My Son