Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
Raintree County (1957)
Ten ton turkey
The attempt of MGM to replicate GWTW resulted in a forty pound robin of a film. While the scenery is beautiful the characters are dull as dish water. In GWTW all the players are memorable while in this mess not one interesting, likable, or even hateable character exists. Poor Montgomery Clift, no wonder he was drinking heavily throughout the filming. Compare his role as Johnny to Gable's Rhett Butler. An example of total miscasting. Clift's acting skills were becoming increasingly wooden as his career progressed. Even the lovely Liz could not redeem this worthless extravaganza. It is bad, pretentious, poorly written, overbaked and excruciatingly long.
This Man Is Mine (1934)
This is a pot boiler from the thirties but is worth seeing because of Irene Dunne. She had the most impeccable comedic timing of any actress. Nominated for best actress five times she never won an Oscar, a real injustice. The Academy never honored her with a lifetime achievement award either. The script is witty and somewhat daring for its time. There is implied adulterous sex. I enjoyed seeing Charles Starrett in a supporting role. He later became famous in B westerns as the Durango Kid. Sidney Blackmer was also featured and he is best remembered as Roman Castevets the warlock in Rosemary's Baby. Take a bite of this confection; it is short sweet and to the point.
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
if you like the three stooges you will probably like this
They don't make movies like this any more and it is a good thing. For as Molly used to say, "tain't funny Mcgee." How can you take a brilliant cast and a talented director and come up with a long, dull, repetitive, completely unfunny film. IMHO there is not one funny scene or line in the entire film. The scenes in the movie make scenarios from the Three Stooges look like sophisticated drawing room comedies and the script makes the Stooges seem Shakesperean. I love slapstick when it is original and funny neither of which describes the action here. Repeated car crashes, really hilarious. What was Spencer Tracy thinking when he signed up for this?
The Pride and the Passion (1957)
the gun misfires
There are two big reasons to watch this film. The giant cannon which is the real star of the movie and Miss Loren's bosoms. No make that three reasons. Cary Grant, after his dreadful performance in The Howard's of Virginia seventeen years earlier, had vowed never to make another costume drama but was lured back to the genre perhaps because of the proximity of Sophia. Unfortunately his role in TP&TP was just about as ludicrous. Cary prances around Spain in a costume that made him look like Gainsborough's Blue Boy. Sinatra was woefully miscast as a Spanish revolutionary and he is laughable in the role. The movie should be watched, not purchased, for the laughs and Miss Loren's considerable physical attributes.
The Howards of Virginia (1940)
Cary was dreary
I liked this movie despite the dreadful miscasting of Cary Grant. His performance beggared all description. What were they thinking? Cary looked like he had been on amphetamines, jerky and hyperactive. He sounded like an Englishman trying to speak like he thought an American should sound. Grant realized that his performance was woefully bad and vowed never to do a costume drama again. Unfortunately he must have forgotten that pledge for seventeen years later he starred in The Pride and the Passion with Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren. While he was bad in this role too, he did not stand out as much as Frank and Sophia were equally inept. Cedric Hardewick, Richard Carlson and Martha Scott were competent in their roles in HOV which contrasted Grant's fiasco.
this film is not a drag
Tootsie is a classic. Hoffman, Murray, Coleman, Garr and company create a laugh out loud movie. There are many great lines in the film and Sid Pollack's scene with Dorothy in the old Russian Tea Room is priceless. The Russian Tea Room was on 57th street and Dustin changed for the scene in a nearby apartment. When he was coming down on the elevator he noticed Jose Ferrer on the elevator. To test his costume and makeup he asked Ferrer' " I heard you were not circumcised, Mr Ferrer, is that true?" Ferrer did not recognize Hoffman and thought he was trapped by an unbalanced woman . He was getting panicked when Hoffman identified himself and they both had a good laugh
Mister Buddwing (1966)
it's good to be an amnesiac so you can forget this movie
This film would have been OK if it had been played for laughs but someone wanted to make a "serious" movie and it ended up a pretentious piece of crap. What were they thinking? When I saw the cast I was excited, three delicious babes and Maverick himself. Poor Jim Garner, his emotions ran the gamut from A to B. In fairness to him, however, Laurence Olivier could not have done much with this part. The plot was confusing and the film so disjointed that it was impossible to follow. Did the movie have a message? The scene where Garner finds the razor and blood all over the sink must be symbolic of a person who has seen this movie. As Tallulah Bankhead once remarked about a play,"There is less to this than meets the eye."
Meet Me on Broadway (1946)
This movie is pretty much forgettable, simple story line, weak script,mediocre songs,and no real laughs, a real grade B production, however you might want to catch it one evening on Turner Classic Movies if only to get a glimpse of the lovely Jinx Falkenburg. America's top model, she was the first Miss Rheingold and the sister of the 1948 Wimbledon tennis champion Bob Falkenburg. Once during a radio interview she was asked if she did anything to bring him luck. "Oh yes," she replied, "I kiss his balls before every match." The interviewer, obviously flustered, waited a moment and then said, "She means, of course, his tennis balls."
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
a comedy disguised as drama
If one can't laugh at this film one has a serious problem with his sense of humor. The dialogue is unintentionally funny. Does any one on the planet talk like Mrs. Venable? The symbolism in Sebastian's garconerie is ridiculously heavy handed and obvious. Monty Clifts performance is so woefully bad that it defies description. Somehow Clift's acting had drifted into the nerdy, wimpy school and almost all of his later roles portrayed him as a simpering idiot, Noah in The Young Lions and the victim in Judgment at Nuremberg. What happened to the virile Matt of Red River? The redeeming feature of the movie is the scene of Liz in her diaphanous bathing suit. Wow! Prefrontal lobotomy was used in the 40's as a means of dealing with uncontrollable mental patients. There were no effective psychotropic drugs available and psychosurgery was the alternative treatment. JFK's sister had the procedure but it was unsuccessful and she spent the rest of her life in an institution.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Anatomy of a Murder is among the best courtroom drama films. James Stewart excels as the country lawyer defending the accused. George Scott, in one of his early roles ,is scintillating as the big city prosecutor sent to teach the country bumpkins how to conduct a murder trial. The bleakness of upper peninsular Michigan is faithfully captured by the black and white filming. Eve Arden and Authur O'Connell provide excellent supporting roles. One of my favorite character actors, Murray Hamilton, plays a key part (Al Pacquette) to perfection. Murray had a role in Jaws as the smarmy mayor, and in The Graduate as the cuckolded Mr. Robinson; both jobs he managed with great aplomb. This film was shocking and controversial when it came out and still packs a dramatic punch.