I watched this somewhere over the Tasman Sea, on the way to Brisbane during our trip back to Japan.
Same old stuff here, rehashed jokes and story with some new characters thrown in to make it seem fresh.
The highlight of the film was Simon Peggs’ character “Buck”, a nutty weasel who saves the day. All of the other characters are mildly funny, or not.
It passed part of the flight away quite well though, and some jokes were funny.
Date watched: April 6th
Film count 2017: 53
I accidentally selected this in my “Recommended” list on YouTube, but watched it anyway.
As it turns out, this was Yul Brynner’s first film, and in those days he had hair…
The story was about a drug-lord (Brynner) who stole a large amount of medical opium from a ship, as well as the murder of the ship’s crew member who had helped to get the opium off the ship.
This police procedural was told in documentary style with a chap narrating away throughout the film, making it seem more like a propaganda film for the narcotics squad.
Most of the acting was pretty dull, but Yul was outstanding as the cool, confident, and dangerous drug-lord, kind of like a suave gentlemanly version of Tony Montana.
This was a dark film noir, some scenes were so dark you couldn’t see what was going on (the quality on YouTube was not great either). There was also a fair amount of fisticuffs, and a few people got plugged.
This is not really worth watching except for Yul Brynner, and New York which was mighty impressive even in 1949.
Date watched: December 16th
Film count 2016: 196
The 1940’s produced a lot of crime mystery comedies it seems, with this 1946 film trying to be more of a comedy.
Actually, this is the tenth out of fourteen films made with a chap named Chester Morris as Blackie. The first films made were silent films from 1918 to 1927, then it was rebooted in 1940 with Chester.
Blackie Morris started out as a safecracker in the original magazine stories from the early 1900’s, but he came good in the films and became a detective. Like “The Falcon” from my last review he was a smooth-talking, wise-cracking, and a cool customer who likes the ladies.
Unfortunately, the comedy in this consisted of double-takes, characters being tricked and then saying “Hey, wait a minute! That’s not what I said!”, Blackie’s sidekick dressed as a waitress for half the film because cross-dressing is always funny, a cute baby blowing raspberries, some forms of slapstick, and just plain silly jokes. The mystery story itself was decent enough, but the acting was definitely where Gilligan’s Island got it’s inspiration from.
I might try another film just to see if they can get any better, or worse.
That is enough of the 1940’s, next I am moving onto 1950’s sci-fi/horror extravaganzas, should be a hoot.
Date watched: June 6th
Film count 2016: 94
This is another mystery film, but this time from 1933. It stars Ginger Rogers and a chap named Lyle Talbot who I had never heard of, but it turns out he had a long career in film and television.
The story was pretty standard stuff, very much like any other mystery story with a bit of whodunit mixed in, but of course this is older than most mystery films.
The acting was wooden on the whole, although Ginger and Lyle were quite good. There are one or two funny bits, one or two scenes featuring a stereotypical scared African-American woman, and the now standard dialogue at the end explaining to the audience the whole sordid plot (it was explained too quickly though, and took a while).
Ginger was 22 at the time, and this was her sixteenth film after starting her career in films only three years prior. She made several films each year, in 1933 alone she was in ten of them, and continued until 1965. I will add her to my list of all-time great actors and actresses.
Not essential viewing, but I like old-timey films just for the look into life back in the day.
Date watched: May 25th
Film count 2016: 86
Damn lame horror with no scary bits, kind of a fun idea but boringly done. Based on a short which is apparently quite good, should have left it at that.
Date watched: 3rd August 2014
Movie count: 36
What a CGI mess this is. Industrial Light and Magic’s most ambitious and technical special effects movie ever, on account of all those animals and all that water I guess. Pity they couldn’t CGI in some acting talent into Russell Crowe.
Still, it was pretty to look at.
Date watched: 31st July 2014
Movie count: 35
Ka-pow! Another great movie ruined by a crappy sequel. Nothing like the fun, surprising original, did the makers not even watch the first one? Ka-flop!
Date watched: 27th March 2014
Movie count: 22