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They Flew Alone (1942)
Reviewing with Hindsight,not a good thing.
I think that thorwald should bear in mind the circumstances that lead to the making of this film. In 1942 Britain's wartime courage had slipped to it's lowest,and many people were doubting whether we could win the war.The US did not enter WW2 until Dec 1941,and this film was made before that. The main reason that this film was made when it was,is the fact that Amy Johnson died on January 5th 1941,whilst ferrying RAF planes to airfields(her plane crashed in the Thames Estuary).So the filmmakers used this as a tribute,AND a propaganda film. If it HAD been left until after the war the impetus would probably have gone and the film would not have been made at all.There are probably quite a few(US & UK) poor quality films that apart from propaganda would not have been made.It is unwise to judge such film from the distance of 70 years or so,given that the motives for making them might seem dubious to us now.We may criticise old films that are just plain bad,but to judge wartime films purely on their film value(without their historic context) is just stupid and demeans the memory of those that took part in WW2,whether in the forces,or in the filmmaking world. It would be nice to be able to alter history,but we can't.These wartime films (good or bad) are part of WW2 and if we judge them out of context,and we alter the history they are represent.
A Wasted Opportunity!
Here we have a good acting cast,and a story that could be great,but isn't. I agree with those who say it lacks substance,it has very little. It is basically one long masturbation video.It obviously started with a good premise and then the director allowed the sex to take over. Yes,it's about a sex addict,but did we need as much graphic sex in such large quantities that it swamped the point of the plot.Any sympathy or hope we had for ANY of the characters was washed away.As soon as we got into the story another "sex video" reared it's head.It wasn't the actual sex that worried me,I am 64 and have seen most things;what annoyed me was the fact that the movie became exactly what is was preaching against,someone or something obsessed by sex.
BTW,if that is Carey Mulligans real singing voice she is great.
Black Pond (2011)
Ignore the IMDb summary,it's not really about a murder!
Please don't let the IMDb summary,and indeed the film's own trailer deceive you. This film is not really about a murder,except that's what they are accused of.It's about a dysfunctional couple(with two away from home daughters) and how their lives are changed,and indeed turned upside down by the entry into their lives of a clinically depressed neighbour called Blake. It's one of those films that will benefit from repeat viewing,as it has many nuances that you just cannot pick up in one time. A good thought provoking,and at times moving film. Do give it a try.I am not sure how this film will go down in the US,as although they have the same family problems there,they also have a different way of looking at things.
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (2006)
So bad it doesn't qualify for a rating!
I was subjected to watching this at a friend's,who thought I liked Egyptology; Which this certainly isn't! I couldn't believe quite how bad it was.It was rotten at the start and just got worse & worse & worse. As someone else has said Johnathan Hyde & Malcolm McDowell must have REALLY needed the money to make this turkey! Basically it's just a bad rip off from the excellent "The Mummy",oddly enough Hyde was in both of them;maybe he thought the Tut film was more of the same,it certainly isn't. If I could give a Raspberry Award it would go to this movie.As I can't I shall just blow a big raspberry at it. In the words of the great Carol Channing in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" "OH RASPBERRIES"
An Affair to Remember (1957)
A true classic!
I cannot add anything to the other excellent reviews here,except to heartily agree with them. However,I thought you might like a small piece of trivia? Leo McCarey,the director of "An Affair to Remember" made a previous version (called Love Affair) in 1939. It starred Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer.I think it was in black and white,and might explain why he made another version in colour in 1957. Sadly,I have never seen the 1939 version,but would like to.It appears to have the same plot as the 1957 version,it would be very interesting to compare the two.Of course I am so used to the 1957 Grant/Kerr version that I might be biased. It is available on DVD. BTW,did you know that Cathleen Nesbit(The Grandmother) was the fiancé of the poet Rupert Brooke,until he died in WW1?
A Chorus of Disapproval (1989)
How to ruin Alan Ayckbourn
Although this movie has a screenplay by Alan Ayckbourn(AND Michael Winner) it is a sad(and pale) reflection of the stage play. The (hamfisted) direction by Michael Winner has turned what should be witty light comedy,into a slow dreary and turgid drama. It may have the same plot,and basically the same script as the original stage version,but allow Michael Winner to touch it and it becomes boring. What is worse is the misuse and waste of a great cast. I have never (conciously) seen a Michael Winner film before,and going by this never will again. My (newly acquired) DVD is going straight to the charity shop! PS:~ I saw the stage play when it was premiered in 1984.
One Day (2011)
Promises much but in the end fails to deliver.
As this movie is basically a love story between two characters,and they occupy most of the movie we should like and sympathise with them,sadly we do not. Emma is vague and stupid,and Dex is shallow and obnoxious.It is hard to get emotionally involved with them as they have no emotions. The surrounding characters (of whom there are very few) are underused and only sketchily written.One character that is written well(Ian) crops up so randomly that you cannot expect him to have,or emote,any real emotions,he is cardboard,Given that this is played by the excellent Rafe Spall it's a pity.Romola Garai and Ken Stott are allowed such brief parts that they are completely wasted. However,I think where the movie really falls down is,because each scene is set on one day (which then moves on a year or several years)we completely lose track of what,who and why is happening,and as such it can be confusing and annoying at the same time. The ending is totally believable,and one breathes a sigh of relief that it's the end of the movie. But no! We have an unnecessary(and confusing) epilogue. So,it might have worked as a novel, but does not as a movie.
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
A flawed attempt!
If you remove the wooden and god awful Charlie Hunnam, AND Barry Humphries in drag,then this is not a bad stab at NN. However you can't and so this chocolate box attempt is ruled out for me. Much better watch/buy the Royal Shakespeare Company version,it's well paced out over a long journey and captures Dickens novel exactly. It's obviously aimed at those viewers that need the plot simplifying,prettifying and generally sanitising. There are plenty of equal/better versions out there. You just have to take your pick,mine is as above the RSC version. Dickens novels are not (as some directors think) easy to film,this one just falls short for various reasons.
Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
Why don't I like Jim Carrey? Everyone else seems to!
Now don't get me wrong,I DID "quite" like Jim Carrey at the start of his career,in films such as Peggy Sue got Married,Pink Cadillac,Ace Ventura,& The Mask. However,when he progressed into Liar Liar,The Truman Show and Bruce Almighty,I stopped going out of may way to see his movies. I hoped he might change in I Love you Phillip Morris,but sadly he didn't.He alternated between the standard Jim Carrey and quite a serious actor(which both in one movie was confusing and annoying)He was out-acted completely by Ewan McGregor. Now (having seen only the trailer) he has reverted to type with Mr Popper. If you like a manic,out of control, irritating actor(who to me is not even a wee bit funny) the you are welcome to him. As I say is it only me that finds him annoying and over the top?
All Passion Spent (1986)
Any news of a Region 2 DVD of this ?
I can get a Region 1 DVD of "All Passion Spent",but as I am in Region 2 that is not much use to me.I don't want to "hack" my DVD player in case it all goes pear shaped,and I don't want to pay out for a multi region player either. Has anyone heard any rumours if it might come out on a Region 2 disc? It really is annoying that a BBC production like this is only available in Region 1. BTW nobody has been able to explain(logically) to me WHY we NEED so many regions for DVD's. All this is doing is preventing me from seeing a production(and a British one at that). I did ring Acorn Media UK,but they could only tell me what I knew already,namely that it was Region 1 only.They couldn't say WHY it was not available in Region2!