Test post with miscellaneous musings on a few movies seen in the past month-
, my favorite Altman since Short Cuts
. The layered , textured style is as elegant as the setting. Altman's mordant wit sparkles and is as precise
as the measured table settings. I liked the moral ambiguity of the disclosure-what would have troubled me in a different film, seemed appropriate in this one. Also good to see Krstin Scott Thomas show that she is a very fine actress, sadly wasted in the dismal American films she has made.
Curse of teh Jade Scorpion
. Very slight, fitfully amusing. I do enjoy period films. This was minor Allen in a majorly long film.
. On cable. So shoot me. The best I can say, is that I did not hate it.
Pah! to the detractors. I loved it. Boys will be boys even when they are gangsters. I really dig the almost unbearably long takes where it seems like nothing is happening, and I realize I can't breathe for the tension.
The new popular foreign film that is fun to knock. I thought it a well crafted sweet film that went on for about 15 minutes more than it should have. I thought it was gorgeously filmed.
The Invisble Man
, James Whale director. First time. I was impressed with the primitive FX. The combination of humor and murderous mayhem didn't work(or doesn't hold up over time). This is the film that made Claude Rains a star. He has always been a favorite actor of mine. There is a glorious, glorious long tracking shot that
is just so swoony that I have to comment on it. And there is no reason for it, other than it is beautifful, and by the end of it, Gloria Stuart's face is framed by etherialized
. I want to see this agin-because, one it's powerful, and two, we now have a DVD player.
The Lady Eve
, Preston Sturgess is a god.