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Harold and Maude (1971)
Dark elements aside,entertaining enough.
While there were moments in this film that made me chuckle,I find the overall film to be somewhat too darkly humored for my taste.I have no problem with a teenager falling in love with and gaining a whole new outlook on life from a 79 year old woman.That plus the brief elements of slapstick,such as the woman tormenting the motorcycle cop on the road were quite appealing.What I have a problem with is the running gags associated with the boys fascination with death.The fake suicide scenes were not particularly funny to me,though I can see where some might see it the opposite.Overall,the film had just enough entertaining elements to get a thumbs up from me.
The beauty of romance amongst the ugly aspects of life.
I like to think of this film as a documentation,although animated,of just how lazy we are getting as a society.We are working ourselves to a point of just not even having to get out of bed in the morning.The man on the hover chair who fell out of it and just laid there like he didn't know what to do to get himself up is an example of that..It's ironic,really.We are trying so hard to take all of the work out of life because we think it makes it easier,but the truth is,we're killing ourselves slowly.Just my opinion.I love our little robotic hero and the romance story that evolves in the middle of all of the ugliness that surrounds them.Worthy of a place on the DVD shelf.
So long,Woody.You're not funny.
Since Woody Allen himself has stated that he himself does not like this film,that's all the excuse I need for myself not to like it.I'm just not into Woody Allen's humor.In every film that I have seen of his,he basically plays himself with different names.He whines about his life,he trashes religion,and he has relationship problems.He has a thing for underage or near underage girls(Heck,he proved that in real life,later).This is the last Allen film that I will be watching and reviewing,basically because it's the last film on a list of films that I challenged myself to watch and review.Now that that particular mission is complete,I can say that there is nothing in these few Woody Allen films that I have reviewed that compels me to ever watch another.So long,Woody.
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Great timely satire.
We needed laughs in 1942.What better thing to laugh at than the thing that was causing us the most tension at the time,World War II? The production of this film came at a very contentious time,and it paid off.The finished product is one to behold if you like to laugh.While the content being satirized may be dated,the humor is timeless.The only downer,I suppose,at the time was the loss of the film's star,Carole Lombard in a plane crash in January of 1942,well before the film's release.This no doubt put a damper on the film's humor for the audiences of the time,so it had to recover from this setback over time.That it has,and it is a must see comedy classic.
Take the Money and Run (1969)
I would label Woody Allen a comedic genius,but.....
I will give Woody Allen credit for being very adept at the art of slapstick comedy,and this film is loaded with many a laughable moment.What I can't seem to escape is Mr. Allen always almost always has to throw his disbelief of God in our faces by mocking God in some way.After having seen a few of his films now,I'm getting a little fed up with that aspect.We get it,Woody.You don't believe in God,and you find it laughable that there are people who do believe.I would call this a good film if I could get past that point,but I can't,and it's a shame,because Woody Allen could easily be placed in the same class as the Marx Brothers when it comes to his talent.He probably is put in that class by many,but certainly not by me.
The Bucket List (2007)
I like everything about this film from the concept to the presentation.When you think about it,we really don't give a lot of thought to living until we think,or we know that we're dying.It's funny how that works.None of us are promised tomorrow,and we all should live like each day could be our last.They casted two great Hollywood vets in the leads here,and they carried out their mission well,as always.This film may not be either's best work in the opinions of many,but when it comes to my personal favorite films,this film is easily in the Top 10 for both men,and it has a prominent place on the DVD rack in my household.In my opinion,this film should be on your "bucket list".
The Last Ride (2012)
A for effort,but it's low budget is showing a little too much.
I want to like any film about Hank Williams,because I am a big fan of the man's music.This fanship comes from my mother,who was a fan as a young girl when he was still alive.Any film or project about the man compels me to watch.Sometimes they impress,sometimes they do not.The Last Ride,I regret to say,does not.While,it has some fine,talented people presenting the story,it is all too obvious that the film was cheaply made.I'm not against low budgeted films because some fine ones have been made,but one of the things that makes a cheaply made film a good film,in my opinion,is the fact it doesn't look cheaply made,and regrettably,this one does.I will give it an A for effort,but will not likely make any effort to see it again.
Sex comedies just aren't my bag.
I did not enjoy this film.Perhaps it's because I have grown tired of sex comedies.Perhaps it's the fact that I've never really liked Warren Beatty as an actor.I'm not sure but of all the films I have viewed from the AFI's 100 Years 100 Laughs list (and I still have a few to go to date),this one is the least funny,so far.I didn't laugh at one single moment.Obviously,more than a few did and that's why it made the list.To each his own.Other than the fact that there are a few wonderful looking ladies in the cast,I can't say that I will ever revisit this film again.It's as i keep saying,it all depends on what makes one laugh.If this is your type of humor,go for it and enjoy,but I'm moving on and not looking back.
Adam's Rib (1949)
Classic,funny battle of the sexes.
The age old battle of the sexes is the setting here,and who better to play it out than cinema's all time favorite couple,Tracy and Hepburn? A woman goes on trial for shooting her husband,whom she has caught with another woman.The argument is simply this: Should men and women be treated on an equal level.A woman shoots her husband,there must have been a good reason for her to do it.He must be a total dog.Put the shoe on the other foot.A man shoots or harms his wife when she's caught cheating,he's still a dog because there must have been a good reason for her to cheat.The argument may never be settled,but you will enjoy the argument as it is played out in this very funny film.
There are many elements that are a good starting point for suspense.One of those is most certainly a complete lack of gravity.When you find yourself in the realm of outer space and a freak accident leaves you without a ship to which to return,you have a tense situation.This is a very creative idea for a story and it was carried out very well.Rather than being on "the edge of your seat" as the old cliché goes,you will instead be clamoring for something to hold onto as you witness Bullock and Clooney in their struggle to keep from drifting into the nothingness of deep space.I would gladly revisit this film in the future and perhaps there is a spot for on the ole DVD shelf.