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High Society (1956)
Watch the movie for more than the story!
I just read a review of this movie that said that the movie was great performances, great songs and duets, and great fun. Then they went on to say that the movie lacked in script strength, and they gave the movie a 5 or 6. Preposterous! This movie is a great movie not because of the story, but because of all the all star cast members and the amazing song selection created by Cole Porter. Yeah, the movie does have its fair share of cheesy lines, but it has some memorable ones as well ("Right song, wrong girl." is one that comes to mind). To see this movie for how great it is, you have to see past the script and watch it for the entertainment value. Now this might be hard for some, since the script is the body of the movie, but the performances and the music are what make this movie so great that if you truly immerse yourself in this movie, then you won't even notice some of the flaws in the story. Now I know that the argument that the movie is great because of the all star cast is one that does not have much merit, because there have been a few films that have had the all star cast, yet have failed to live up to expectations. So how is this movie different, you may ask. It is different because it was one of the first, if not THE FIRST movie, to have such combined star power in a single film. The sheer star talent (Sinatra, Kelly, Crosby, Armstrong and the supporting cast) is enough to give anyone a reason to watch this film. So don't watch this movie to critique the script and get all analytical about the plot, this is a movie that was made for sheer entertainment value, and it should be viewed in that way.
Double Indemnity (1944)
My 2nd Fav Noir
I need to start by saying I love film noirs, probably more than almost any other film genre. Now I'm 19 I have just became a movie buff or movie freak in the last year or so, but I have come to love film noirs with a a passion. This movie is my 2nd favorite film noir, behind The Maltese Falcon. Now I just watched this one a few days ago, and I must say that it was suspenseful up to the end. Now this is a lot harder to do with this film, since they give the ending away at the beginning of the film, but it still manages to keep you intrigued to the end. The acting by both leads is superb, even though I thought it was a little annoying by the middle of the movie having to hear Fred MacMurray call Stanwyck "baby" every ten seconds. Stanwyck definitely deserved the Oscar nomination, but I think that MacMurray should have gotten at least a nod for the performance. The writing was excellent as well, as I said very suspenseful, and it makes me wonder just how much was taken from police reports or news stories from the crime in the late 20s that this story was supposedly based upon. Overall, I think that the story is what kept the movie flowing for me, and the performances just put it over the top. Kudos to Cain and Wilder though, superb script.
Best political satire period
This movie was an excellent satire on the political times of the 60s, focusing on the Cold War aspect. This movie touches upon many different aspects of the problems of the Cold War, from the urge to use an atomic bomb, country to country hostility, as well as the whole espionage area of trying to find out what your opponent was doing before they could attack. Except Kubrick manages to do it all with such class and hilarity and Sellers delivers arguably some of his best performances (especially of the German Scientist Dr. Strangelove). George C. Scott is a good addition as the fiery soldier who just wants to end the "commies before its too late", he bounces off of the other communist characters in the film quite well. The jokes are all very well placed and a majority of them are subtle sexual innuendos that I am surprised got by some of the censors back in the 60s. Overall, a movie all movie fans need to see.