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The Thin Man (1934)
A new favorite to add to my classic section.
I have always loved a good mystery,especially mysteries with a touch or more of humor.I have heard much about The Thin Man series of films for years and tonight,I finally had the pleasure of viewing the first in the series.I can't believe I had waited such a long time to indulge in this wonderful film.William Powell and Myrna Loy have perhaps the best screen chemistry that I have ever witnessed.Their constant playful interaction was so mesmerizing that you forget momentarily that you are watching a murder mystery.The supporting cast is excellent right down to the dog,Asta,who I hear seldom in her movie career did they ever have to do more than one take in any scene she was in.A new favorite in my classics section.
Remember the Titans (2000)
Enjoy the film,look up the real facts later.
Being a football fan,I'm naturally drawn to any movie about football,particularly those based on true stories.The fact that Denzel Washington is one of my favorite actors has even more pull.From a historical standpoint,this was a story that needed to be told.I'm glad that the Disney company was in charge of telling it because that means that it will be void of most if not all unnecessary bad language.Hollywood takes it's usual liberties and dresses the story up in certain places,which makes it somewhat less historically accurate,but that's OK.You have an enjoyable film here,and if you want to know the real facts about the real people the story is based on,you can always educate yourself by looking them up.It's a great film.Enjoy!
Groundhog Day (1993)
Only Bill Murray could have pulled this off.
We all have days that can be classified as "do overs".Bad days where everything that could have gone wrong,did.It's where the classic line "I should have just stayed in bed" comes in.This film gives a new spin on "do over" days by granting Bill Murray's character several do overs to a day he would not have necessarily chosen to do over again.The first do over is filled with the expected surprise and bafflement and as the day continues to repeat,you get the classic Bill Murray and the reactions you have come to know,love,and expect from him.His character,as a result,gradually grows into a better person.It's fun,and it shouldn't be missed.
Making room for Harvey.
I loved the way this film makes the viewer sympathetic to it's main character.Seemingly,Jimmy Stewart's Elwood P. Dowd has a friend in the form of an over 6'0 tall rabbit named Harvey.To his friends and family,and to us the viewer,there is nothing there,but the camera makes allowances for him anyway by including him in nearly every shot that Dowd is in.The camera believes he is there,thereby making you believe he is,too.I like that.The only possible flaw I can see here in this film is it's now rather outdated approach to mental illness,but you overlook such things because you realize that times were different then.Jimmy Stweart shines as always,here,and the supporting cast is perfect.In particular,Josephine Hull was a delight I had never experienced before with her classic comic timing and reactions.Great film.
Not as good as Sandler and Barrymore's previous films,but good.
I've come to expect good things when it comes to Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore starring together in a film,since their first two outings together were quite pleasing.As the film began,I got a little worried as it was not looking good at all.As the film rolled along,it gained some momentum,and by film's end,all was well.Is it their best work? No,I would rank this number 3 among the 3 films,but it had just enough steam to carry it through and it gets good marks from me just the same.I look forward to future films with these two as middle aged,and later,elderly couples.I have no doubt that they will get better with age.
God's Not Dead (2014)
Very well done!
While I don't believe that even the most atheistic of college professors would stoop so low as to demand of his students that they believe as he does without even giving it a thought process,I do enjoy this story quite a lot.Stories such as these need no huge names to back them up,although Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain are fairly well recognizable.When it comes to God and spreading His message,all we really need is the story,and it's presented well.I found myself wishing that I had the intellect of the young man presented in this story,and that I could bring people to believe as I do,but the truth is,as solid as my Christian beliefs are,if there are people so determined to NOT believe,I couldn't present a strong enough argument to change their mind.I found the ending to be quite touching,because though I have never witnessed the conversion of a non believer to Christianity,I have no doubt that it's a beautiful moment.Very well done!
My wife and I chose this film on a date night because it seemed to be the best option at the local theater,which isn't saying much.I'm not much on futuristic films,but I gave this one a whirl anyhow.I guess the fact that Kate Winslet was in it had something to do with that,seeing as how she is one of my favorite actresses,and this time,she's a bad girl.The rest of the cast,I couldn't say I was familiar with.The final verdict,given everything I just said was one you might expect.I was completely dulled out by this film.Not even Kate could save me from wanting my money back.So much for an exciting date night.Oh well,the wife and I had each other,which is always great!
His Girl Friday (1940)
Grant great as always,but Russell steals this show!
It's hard to steal the spotlight from the likes of Cary Grant,but Rosalind Russell pulled it off with flying colors in this film.It goes a mile a minute as it seems most films from the era do.The story compels you to keep watching,and contains dramatic moments inserted in just the right areas.Cary Grant never ceases to be great in anything,which speaks volumes for Rosalind Russell who steals the show to the point of deserving top billing here.Ralph Bellamy offered great support as Russell's fiancé,feeling like a fish out of water between Grant and Russell,who play co workers/ex married couple.A rousing thumbs up!
Animal House (1978)
The king of sophomoric comedies,if you are into them.
You have to have a certain kind of humor to consider this a great comedy film.I understand that I'm probably in the minority if I stop short of calling this film a great comedy,but I just don't have that certain humor.There were a few moments in the film where I found myself chuckling a bit,but the other moments were loaded with vulgar language and blatant sexuality that I must say I am getting a bit long in the tooth for.I suppose I should have watched it when I was younger,at say 18-21,then I guess it's possible I would give it higher marks.If you are into this kind of humor,go for it.It is considered the best of it's kind,after all.If you are more like me,I would steer clear.
The Great Dictator (1940)
Chaplin gives the best of both worlds.
Charlie Chaplin is amazing to watch.He brought the very talents that mesmerized us in his great silent films to the sound era,thereby giving us the best of both worlds in this film.The sound era was unkind to many a silent star,but not Chaplin.He made the transition with flying colors.He showed us new talents,while not letting us forget all of those elements from his silent films that made him a star.There is great support all around him,and his final speech at the end was stunning.Upon seeing it once,I had to go back and watch it again several times,not only for Chaplin's great performance,but for it's rousing message,which could be considered just as relevant today.Great comedy film and great film.