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Cheese going bad
I like these actors in most everything I've seen them in, but this one has a whiff of cheese going bad in the fridge. Ray Milland is psychotic over his search for financial success and kicks his wife around like a dog. Colbert has lost her mind and her self-respect as she whimpers fondly around him hoping for a pat on the head. And then things turn weirdly comic as Brian Aherne drops in to distract her.
A divorce seems comfortably inevitable; she and Aherne seem soul mates for sure, until Colbert's own psychosis turns her back towards a scheming Milland. Me oh my, who will she choose? Is anyone following this? I could have used cue cards for applause and hissing because the director didn't know where this thing was going. And it didn't get there.
This mishmash was not fun, and now I've got to carve off the mold to salvage a single bite of cheddar goodness. One of the few times I've rated a film at less than the user average, but at only 103 voters, this fuzzy stinker seems to have kept most of them out of the fridge.
Acting that isn't acting makes Tremors a classic
Don't you just love it when actors, directors, and producers take their work seriously but not themselves? I do, and that's what happens in Tremors, a well-acted, well-directed, well-produced gem that makes us glad that those involved allowed it to become a cold Coors six-pack of country boy capers. Much of the delight in watching Tremors derives from the rib poking guy fun that Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward have when working their scenes. And the fun starts early. In the second scene of the film, our erstwhile out-of-pocket handymen, Val (Bacon) and Earl (Ward), are constructing a barbed wire cattle fence. Kevin Bacon, an obvious non handyman, takes 10 strokes to hammer a nail into the fencepost. This apparently amuses Fred Ward, a true life handyman, who watches Kevin nearly botch the job. As Kevin walks away, Fred does an impromptu eye-ball inspection of the fencepost and then turns to give Kevin an "I can't believe it" look that surely made for some after-scene razzing over beers. If you're a late comer to Tremors, break out a couple of cold ones and watch it for more of the acting which isn't acting that makes this film so damned good and so much more than monster eats man. Thanks Kevin! Thanks Fred! Thanks Ron!