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some women whom i adore:
ghost world (2001)
the raging bull (1980)
in cold blood (1967)
cool hand luke (1967)
taxi driver (1976)
pulp fiction (1994)
apocalypse now (1979)
barry lyndon (1975)
eyes wide shut (1996)
catcher in the rye by j.d.salinger
factotum by charles bukowski
trainspotting by irvine welsh
tough guys dont dance by norman mailer
in a free state by v.s.naipaul
the rum diary by hunter.s.thompson
a scanner darkly by philip k dick
platform by michel houellebecq
sometimes a great notion by ken kesey
sideswipe by charles willeford
As you might infer from my short write ups, I am not too good at writing about music :). I use words that come to my mind while describing the score for each movie. Mostly melancholic and tense and thrilling.
Some of the scores/films mentioned here might not be THAT obscure. But they are clearly not as well known as Morricone's really famous works.
Sarvopari Palakkaran (2017)
Aparna Balamurali saves the day ..... but it is still a banal film .....
Anoop Menon is no leading man. This film proves it. But it is not entirely his fault. His part and the scenes associated with his family were so poorly written that they were hard to take seriously. Especially the scenes where Alancier (who play's Menon's father) and Balu Varghese spy on Menon's future wife while also drinking alcohol. I am not sure which moron came up with that scene. Not only was it ridiculous, but it indicated poor taste. The first half of Sarvopari Palakkaran is mostly banal with the typical clichéd scenes about life in a Malayali Christian family. There are so many films like this now, they have started to become boring.
But the second half picks up with the arrival of the spunky Aparna Balamurali. She saves the film. The film should have had her in the central role and not Anoop Menon's ill etched character. Aparna Balamurali is a force to be reckoned with. This is another fine performance from her after Sunday Holiday. She carries the film on her shoulders.
Veteran Nandakumar/Nandu turns in a fine performance as a cruel pimp. The tracking shot where he walks out of a hotel room in disguise seemed like an aberration in what was otherwise a poorly written and directed film.
Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
This was pure torture .....
I am a big fan of John Wayne. I like Ray Miland too. I bought the DVD of this film only because the two of them were in it. I must admit that the DVD print was quite shoddy. I might have enjoyed this film a lot more if I saw it on Blu-ray or something. Though I doubt it.
I found it hard to sit through this one. The film is about the rivalry between two sailors - Wayne and Milland over a woman - Pauline Goddard (who has inherited a marine salvage business), even as the three of them try to stave off and defeat pirates in the Key West. Wayne's character is saved by Goddard at the beginning of the film and even gets beaten up at one point by Milland's competing character when he is about to get married to Goddard on a ship. Wayne switches sides at least twice and him and Milland are constantly at odds with each other. Goddard has a soft corner for Wayne though. Wayne's character dies in the end and Goddard goes back with Milland. The climax involves a prolonged underwater scene where Wayne and Milland wear underwater suits to search for the body of a woman. An octopus/squid attacks Miland. Wayne looks on for a while. Then he decides to intervene and he gets killed by the creature. It is pathetic. As I said earlier, Miland and Pauline Godard decides to unite in the end. Zzzzzz!
The film did boast of some fine shots of monstrous waves and underwater sequences. But I could tell that the scenes on the ship were all shot on a set. The film did win an Oscar for visual effects.
John Wayne was a lot thinner compared to his later films and looked quite dashing. A word you would not associate with his more beefy avatar in the prime of his career. The film was quite talky and overtly dramatic.
It was directed by Cecille.B.Demille. I would not recommend this. But I am from another era. Some of the reviewers seem to be quite fond of this film which explains the respectable 6.8 rating on IMDb. I did not like it. Even though I enjoyed Mutiny on the Bounty - the version that came 20 years after this one.
Murphy's Law (1986)
Was Gail Morgan Hickman drunk?
The only law I know is "Jack Murphy's law." It's very simple. Don't *fuck* with Jack Murphy. You remember that.
Now that is a great dialog mouthed by Bronson's hard drinking disillusioned cop. But some of the abuses that comes out of Kathaleen Wilhoite's mouth made me wonder whether Gail Morgan Hickman, the film's writer was drunk when he (or is it a she?) wrote this film.
Murphy's Law is a pretty simple film. A disillusioned cop has to team up with a foul mouthed female thief, when he is falsely accused of murdering his nude dancer wife and her pimp.
It makes no pretensions of being high art. It is a sleazy 80s action thriller. It never rises above a certain level. But films like this were the mainstream in the 80s. Before the superheroes and special effects took over.
I wont really recommend it. But it is not a bad film. It sucks but also has a few amusing bits. I don't think I would watch it ever again.
Kamal Hassan vs Suresh Gopi
Yes. I am sure many of you thought Kamal Hassan and Suresh Gopi never acted in a film together. But they did. In this IV Sashi directed film called Vrutham. The film has nearly every villain who ever grazed Malayalam cinema in that period. Johny, Babu Anthony, C.I.Paul, Prathapachandran, Captain Raju, Sunny and Sreenath. It also boasts of a large supporting cast featuring Soman, Thilakan, Shankaradi, Jose Parkash, Sukumari etc.
There is a homage to the famous Jayan scene where Jayabharathi looks on at Jayan massaging the horse. Kamal replaces Janayn in the scene. Shobhana and Geetha are the heroines.
A group dance sequence where Babu Anthony emulates Sunny Deol is quite cringe-worthy. Kamal Hassan's jailbreak is probably the most random jailbreak ever. I can only wonder about the minds which conceived that scene.
Kamal Hassan recently admitted to being a big fan of I.V.Shashi. Maybe that is the reason he acted in this turkey of a film.
A personal anecdote - I watched this film as a kid in the theater with my uncle and aunt. They were newly married but took me along. I sat in the middle, separating the newly weds. My uncle politely requested me to sit on the side so that he could sit next to my aunt. I obliged.
White Dog (1982)
A unique film that did not fulfill its potential .....
A film with a truly unique premise. A dog trained to attack black people is hit by a car driven by an aspiring actress. She takes him in and the dog even saves her from a burglar/rapist. But when the dog attacks her black co-star on the sets of a film and makes her boyfriend uncomfortable, the actress takes him to the owner of an animal training ranch. The owner of the ranch (a great Burl Ives) directs the actress to an animal trainer (Paul Winfield) who is black but agrees to cure the dog of its racism.
I am surprised the makers couldn't find a better leading lady than Kristy McNichol. She was alright, but I am sure there were better actresses in the 1980s who would have been interested in working with Fuller. I liked the scene where Ives character takes a dig at Star Wars by throwing an arrow at the Star Wars robot target. Paul Winfield had great screen presence. The dog also looked sinister as hell with its sharp teeth and long tongue.
Morricone's score is terrific. But it was best suited for one of those intense Italian movies of the 60s and 70s.
The film had so much potential. But writer-director Samuel Fuller and co-writer Curtis Hanson messes up. Many of the scenes lacked weight. The plot developments were unimaginative.
This is a film that seems to have garnered a cult following based on its unique premise, rather than what the writer-director actually realized.
Alla ricerca del piacere (1972)
A great erotic Giallo filled with beautiful women .....
The first time I can say that I really liked a Giallo. Barbara Bouchet must be one of the most beautiful women to be shot on screen. Her slow motion lesbian scene with Rosalba Neri to Teo Usuelli's dreamy background score makes this film worth watching. Another lesbian scene under a waterfall was also terrific. The hunting scene where a paranoid Barbara Bouchet runs around like a scared rabbit was well edited. The plot, suspense and resolutions are all quite banal. But the beautiful women, the excellent score and the locales made me like this film. Farley Granger looked quite creepy i guess.
A small, unique and interesting film
Caryn Krooth is an interesting director. But I think she was confused whether to make a sleazy lesbian thriller or a film that about the limitations of rape laws or a police procedural. Carla Gugino is great eye candy. So are the other females including the rather corpulent investigator (Aida Turturro) who always wears low cut dresses. The threesome lesbian skinny dipping that leads to rape is very well shot. Rya Kihlstedtthere is excellent as the vicious lesbian. She really pulled off the role well with the great introduction scene at the bar. Catherine Dent was pretty and I could sense a hint of sexual tension between her and Turturro. But the sexual tension was not well developed. There are certain arty farty student aspects to the film. But overall, i liked it. It does not really work as a mystery/police procedural. But it is a nice little unique film with a great Carla Gugino, set in a sleepy beach town.
Passion Play (2010)
Interesting but ultimately quite mediocre .....
A jazz musician (Mickey Rourke) falls in love with an angel (Megan Fox) and pursues her relentlessly, after he stumbles upon a roadside attraction in the middle of nowhere. He was brought to the middle of nowhere by an assassin who was supposed to kill him because he was sleeping with a gangster's woman (Kelly Lynch). But a bunch of Indians rescue him.
Megan fox looked great. But an aging Kelly Lynch looked better than her. Mickey Rourke was cool. But the guy isn't aging well. Bill Murray was unremarkable at best.
Passion Play is a confused mess of a film that alternates between a Rob Zombie movie with roadside attractions and a stylish city based gangster flick.
I loved the background score.
For once, the IMDb rating is perfect. I don't know how Mickey Rourke zeroes in on these masterpieces.
People in the 70s were lucky .....
Breakout is a cool Charles Bronson action film. Bronson plays a mechanic who is hired by a woman to rescue an American who is serving time in a Mexican prison. Robert Duvall, John Huston (in one or two scenes) and Randy Quaid are the male supporting cast. Jill Ireland and Sheree North are the sex objects to be groped and shared by the men (Bronson is involved in two love triangles). The title scene set to a playful score by Jerry Goldsmith is very impressive. But then the film slows down with Jill Ireland (who plays the jailed Robert Duvall's wife) trying to save her husband. But things pick up after the beer guzzling Bronson makes an appearance. The action scenes with the helicopter were good but not spectacular. Mexicans are portrayed as complete idiots. The actor who played Bronson's helicopter coach and the scenes with him and Bronson were amusing. So were the scenes with Bronson and Shirlee North's husband. Tarantino might have borrowed the coffin scene in KILL BILL 2 from this film and not SPOORLOOS as widely believed.
The ending was very very violent with an airplane smashing into the villain who was fighting with Bronson on the tarmac.
People in the 70s could look forward to watching cool, badass and provocative action films like Breakout. We are reduced to watching SPIDERMAN and AVENGERS. I bet this film looks great on Blu ray. The DVD I watched was just about OK in terms of picture quality.
High Plains Drifter (1973)
An unbelievably violent and dark Western .....
I was completely taken aback by High Plains Drifter. This must be one of the most violent Westerns ever made. There are at least two prolonged scenes of torture. Clint's thoughts on female sexuality seems to mirror that of Charles Bukowski and Norman Mailer. I wonder whether the film created a furore when it first released. I am sure a film with the rape scene would not be made today. At least not in the mainstream.
It is a relentlessly bleak Western with occasional moments of fun and scenes of kindness.
I liked the small town by the sea. The background score was unremarkable at best. I read that Morricone refused to work with Clint because he feared that Leone would become jealous. This film needed a solid score by Morricone. Which would have taken it to another level.