Chinatown

I first watched this film back in 2012, and I gave it a rapturous review back then, and adding it to my list of best films ever. So, it was my intention to watch this again someday, and so I did. And just as last time, I found it to be a most excellent film, just as good as I remembered.

Most of the excellent-ness is due to Jack Nicholson’s and Faye Dunaway’s acting, both were brilliant, almost as good as Humphrey and Bacall. It also felt a lot like a Humphrey crime noir film both in it’s intricate story and cinematography (except that it was in colour).

There were one or two very minor directing niggles from Roman Polanski (this was his last film in the U.S.), but it was well paced and always engaging.

Do yourself a favour and watch this again.

Date watched: April 18th
Score: 10/10
Film count 2018: 29

The Last Detail

This is a 1973 film with Jack Nicholson and a young Randy Quaid.

The story is very simple and reasonably entertaining. Jack is the best thing about it though, without him it would not have been any good.

It was set in a few different places, including Washington and New York, which were really scuzzy in those days, run down and just plain horrible looking.

Randy Quaid has become bit of a nutjob, read this.

Date watched: February 24th
Score: 7.5/10
Film count 2013: 28

Chinatown

This is one of those films where you can tell it’s going to be darn good in just the first few minutes. Jack Nicholson was the main reason for that in this one, he was commanding right from the start. The rest of the cast and the whole story was superbness too, lots of story to keep up with, clues being found to try and figure out and well paced. Roman Polanski directed it and had a small part as a nasty thug with a knife. It was set in 1937 Los Angeles and was very authentic looking.

Tarantino must have watched this many times, it feels like something he would do.

Date watched: June 28
Score: 10/10
Film count 2012: 60