Nothing special, but enjoyable.
It's not a masterpiece, but damned if the cast members don't put their all into the roles. I recommend it, but mind you, this is NOT a fluffy, "Almost Famous"-style look at '70s music; there are some shocking things here.
It's truly a fine movie. It's a real pity that Randa Haines hasn't directed more movies (I suspect that they're not comfortable letting a woman direct). Moreover, the movie makes one understand the challenges faced by people with disabilities, whether physical or mental. If you ask me, sign language should be required so that deaf and mute people aren't so isolated.
Watching the documentary, it was impossible not to draw parallels to the present day. I bet that in 1979, people authentically thought that there would never again be any wars. I wish!
Definitely worth seeing. Others that I recommend are "Hearts and Minds" and "The Weather Underground".
But seriously folks, does anyone remember the movie for anything other than Jacqueline Bisset's wet shirt? Bisset herself admitted that it seemed like people only talked about that diaphanous article of clothing and what was underneath. It's a real pity that she isn't considered as much of a babe as the era's other glamorous actresses.
So yes, Nick Nolte is the tough guy, Robert Shaw is the brave sailor, and there are other characters, but everyone knows that it's Jacqueline Bisset who makes the movie what it is. Enjoyable enough just for that, but for everything else also. Fun one.
Worth the time.
And then there's Neepha Pheepha. Her look appears to be based on the titular character on "I Dream of Jeannie" (probably just a coincidence, but still, how can you not love the sight of her?). My point is that every person should get a chance to see this. Definitely worth your while.
It's not Dr. Seuss's greatest production, but still quite fun. I haven't seen any of the 21st century adaptations of Seuss's work, and I don't have any desire to (in fact, after seeing the live-action "Cat in the Hat", his widow refused to allow any more live-action movies based on his books).
As for the first time that I heard German in a Wenders movie, that was "The American Friend".
Basically, it's an addition to the pantheon of great movies about quirky/dysfunctional families. With the presence of Lyonne, as well as Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, Jessica Walter, Carl Reiner and Rita Moreno, you know that you're in for something impressive. I hope to see more of Tamara Jenkins's movies.
It's a slow-moving film, but deliberately so. It takes time for the characters to develop. It adds up to a profound, intellectually stimulating story. While slow-moving, it turns out interesting (which is more than anyone can say for the empty, pointless movies that Terrence Malick has turned out in the 21st century).
Definitely one that I recommend.
This is the first Hosoda movie that I've seen, and I'd now like to see more of them. In addition to focusing on the tension that arises in this one household, he also manages to incorporate Japan's history into the story, as well as childhood fears of the outside world. It all adds up to a movie full of youthful ebullience that still addresses serious topics. Definitely one that I recommend.
Although US cinema was branching out more at the time, this movie is more low-key. Just a few days ago I saw another adaptation of a Carson McCullers novel, "Reflections of a Golden Eye". They both present stories of tension. It's more subtle here, but you'll know it when you see it. There's also a scene that makes clear that there was less consciousness about safety back then.
Anyway, it's one that I recommend. No surprise that both Arkin and Locke received Oscar nods for their roles. Also starring are Cicely Tyson, Percy Rodriguez and Stacy Keach.
I wonder how that music would sound on a ukulele.
Definitely worth your time.
The Netflix miniseries "The Family" is an OK documentary, not great. It didn't do the greatest job tying everything together, and spent a lot of time interviewing people and inserting footage. But we can hope that the story of this sinister organization reaches the entire country.
I guess that we simply have to understand the historical context.
One particular scene caught my eye. During the climax, an Indian coach speaks Yiddish while prepping a friend! This notably happened in a scene in Mel Brooks's "Blazing Saddles". I suppose that the whole point of comedy is to be as out there as possible. I'll guess that the people in the middle of the US were surprised to hear that dialogue, if they picked up on it at all.
So basically, it's enjoyable once you get past the racial material.
Richard Brooks's movie is not a masterpiece to the degree of "Once Upon a Time in the West", "Little Big Man" or "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (which showed how the conglomerates in the old west had no qualms about crushing anyone who stood up to them), but it's certainly an impressive piece of work: the acting, direction, cinematography, editing and score all added up to some fun. And besides, how can you not admire the sight of Claudia Cardinale?
It's an enjoyable, if not that significant short.
*Part of Jordan Peele's "Us" also takes place in the '80s.
Fine movie. I'm eager to see Peele's next movie, as well as Lupita Nyong'o's next one.