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Beat the Devil (1953)
Forgettable, except for the SOUNDTRACK...
Yeah, this movie is pretty darn forgettable. Huge potential in the lineup with Bogart, Morley, Lorre and Lollobrigida as well, but now gone completely to waste given a script that must have been too full of dated social or political in-jokes. As humor it's consequently droll to the point of catatonia. If you want good Bogart directed by Houston, stick with Treasure of the Sierra Madre, the African Queen, Key Largo or Maltese Falcon-- this one's absolutely the last on that list..
On the other hand, the SOUNDTRACK by Franco Mannio is a haunting "Third Man Theme" like piece that has tempted me to buy the DVD in the budget bins just so I can have it...
Hollywood Ending (2002)
I wish Allen's bad acting was the only thing wrong with this movie-- the writing is tired and predictable and the couple of funny bits would be better be presented in a two minute Saturday Night Live skit. It tries way too hard to be absurd, but ends up merely dumb. His humor, and in fact, apparently his entire moviemaking technique here has become painfully formulaic. This is a movie only his mother could love...