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No, No, Nanette (1940)
Not worth it
This is a terrible movie, terrible print with strange edits. Made in 1940 it has all the froth and stock characters from 30's musicals without the music. Not familiar with Anne Neagle but here I wasn't impressed with her English accent coming and going. She was far too old for the role and looked it, especially in a hairdo and clothing for a 19 year old. Her only gown that didn't make her look ridiculous was the painting, dream sequence. And that was awful I don't know whether it was the choreography or her dancing but it did not work. Without fabulous musical numbers you are left to follow the plot which was unfathomable. So unless you are studying the period do not bother.
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)
Skip it except as an historical document even if you ignore the racism, sexism, and homophobia, there are still no laughs
Shot in the dark with everyone mumbling and half the action on phone screens does anyone know what took place
Bird Box (2018)
Missing the point
The movie held my attention and was done well enough but
I'm surprised that no one else noticed this - this is a movie about refugees - everything in the world you know crumbles - doesn't matter what made the world crumble - the situation is set. Your only goal is survival for yourself, your fellow travelers and most importantly your children (even if one is not your own) - think natural disasters or more likely war- you hear of a place with safety and a chance for the children but getting there is just about impossible - now imagine when you arrive with the enemy on your heel. You knock on the door only to be told that you're not deserving and should go back where you came from - the allegory is complete. Of course in the case of this movie she succeeded in being granted asylum.
Love, Simon (2018)
AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL
Maybe this movie is needed in parts of this country, here in New York it's 10 or 15 years late. Even though the movie is slow moving and obvious it is still watchable and might be a good vehicle for the tween set who are trying to figure it out
The Wonderful Country (1959)
Robert Mitchum plays out the clash at the border between Mexico and the US
I give this movie an E for effort - Mitchum plays an American who had escaped to Mexico in his youth after a violent episode and has grown up working for the local bandits controlling that part of the country. When sent to a US border town to negotiate a weapons deal, he breaks his leg and spends enough time in he US to realize he could make a life for himself with a brighter future - of course things go wrong. Based on a novel by Tom Lea, a forgotten writer of westerns, and staring along with Robert Mitchum in the romantic triangle is Gary Merrill as the local cavalry boss and Julie London as his unhappy wife. What makes it all interesting is the fact that the movie never quite "jells"- Mitchum tries his best against a cast of grade B actors and his performance mostly works. The worst performance is from Julie London who not only is dressed incongruously but looks and acts like a robot. The scenery is spectacular and is the winner in this movie. Add the use of over the top music, and this movie presages the Spaghetti Western.
Rich and Strange (1931)
People seem to find this movie disjointed- it starts as a comedy ends on a different note. Although there are some technical difficulties, the one thing I know about Hitchcock is that his movie making was always thought out in advance and purposeful. The movies starts off as a comedy with of course that brilliant opening. We are shown the humdrum lives of our couple who desire to see the world and experience life. As the movie unfolds this is exactly what happens. From the vacation fun of Paris to sexual intrigue to misfortune and tragedy (ignoring the racist characterization of the Chinese in the picture) They have now seen the world and experienced life and seen some death. They are ready to go home with new attitudes and perspective. They are ready to start a family. The bickering at the end shows how much the wife has grown. She and her husband are now equal partners.