The Informers

Not long into watching this I realised I had seen this before, and looking back through my blog posts I found that I had reviewed it back in September, 2012. No matter, it was kind of worth watching again.

The film involves different characters and follows them as they go through 1980’s high life in Los Angeles. So there is a lot of being high, and one character comes down with a mysterious new sickness, the result of sleeping around too much.

The acting by all is superb, and it should be with actors like Mickey Rourke, Amber Heard, Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, and Billy Bob Joe Hank William Thornton. Chris Isaak is in it too, and he did an admirable job of it.

Ultimately though it didn’t really do much at the end. Some of the stories had an ending, some not, and maybe it was not supposed to come to a satisfying end. Basically the film was about despair, loneliness, and helplessness so perhaps the filmmakers were trying to get us all really down.

A whole subplot that involved vampires was cut from the film, perhaps for the best. Then again, it could have spiced the film up more. There was one scene in the film though that did show a remnant of that plot (involving a very nasty and pale-faced character who was trying to buy a kidnapped child). The film was a huge bomb, which is a pity as it was not a terrible film, but I guess most people want a happy ending, and maybe keeping the vampires would have helped.

Date watched: July 6th
Score: 7/10
Film count 2019: 20

The Crucible

This is a quite good film about the Salem Witch Trials, something I have been wanting to read up on but have been too lazy to Wiki it.

I was only going to watch half of this last night, then finish it tonight because I started watching it late and it is two hours long, but I couldn’t stop. It isn’t gripping or overly exciting, but I thought it was a good story and even if this was only partly true it was quite an interesting history lesson. People in those days went berzerb if they thought the devil was around.

The language used in this was ye olde style British/colonial American English, so at times was hard to follow, but no biggie.

Daniel Day Lewis was in this as well as Winona Ryder, both great, as was the magistrate guy, a British chap by the name of Paul Schofield and quite the thespian apparently.

Reviews on this are mixed, most of them say it doesn’t compare to the original Arthur Miller play which is kind of unfair as a film cannot really be compared to a play, they are different beasts.

Anyhoo, I thought it was jolly good.

Date watched: 27th March
Score: 8/10
Film count 2015: 41