Film Review : Three Days of the Condor (1975)

IMDB score – 7.5
RT Score – 87%

Academy Award Nominee for Best Editing

Sydney Pollack’s spy thriller about paranoia and the CIA hit me weird. I love Robert Redford and Max Von Sydow but I thought the whole plot to this one was a little half assed. An argument would be that the film was set up so that the viewer didn’t know any more than Robert Redford’s character. I can see that. I just really didn’t care that much about what happened due to all the instances of the CIA knowing just about everything even though the film was set in the early 70s. I’m sorry but it didn’t work out like that. The acting was great, especially from Redford and Von Sydow but it just fell flat to me.


Film Review : The Lady Eve (1941)

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IMDB Score – 7.9
RT Score – 100%

Academy Award Nominee for Best Original Story

I’l admit. I didn’t like the story. The film was made in 1941 so I don’t know how many times “con artist falls in love with victim only to have it fall apart” has been made but I just thought it was flat. It was also completely unbelievable Henry Fonda’s character was. The dude was a fool. A FOOL. HE COULDN’T RECOGNIZE THE SAME WOMAN WHO CON-ED HIM BECAUSE OF AN ACCENT. Jesus. The film had some redeeming qualities such as a great scene involving Fonda and c0-star Barbara Stanwyck in bed. The scene was long and the dialogue was sharp. There was also a great shot using a hand held mirror and some funny dialogue from Stanwyck. Also, a great Hitler impression was in this film. Overall I just didn’t like it that much, plain and simple.


Film Review : Farewell My Concubine (1993)

IMDB Score: 7.8
RT Score : 88%

Oscar Nominee for Best Cinematography
Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
Palme d’Or Winner at Cannes Film Festival

A very strange and long movie about two stage brothers as they ascend the steps to stardom in the Chinese opera circuit and encounter love and government opposition along the way. The film is gorgeously shot and acted but I just couldn’t get into the story as much as I thought I should given its credentials. I think I just find that part of Asian culture too strange for my tastes. It’s a very well made film though full of backstabbing, political conflict, subtle homosexuality, and a very fitting yet tragic ending. If you can sit through the three hours and like these sort of dramas, I’d say go for it.


Film Review : Venus (2006)

IMDB Score – 7.1
RT Score – 89%

Academy Award Nominee – Peter O’Toole

It’s been six years since this film was made and it’s looking a lot like this is going to be the amazing Peter O’Toole’s last leading role but what a way to end a fantastic career. The film was pretty good. It revolves around Maurice who is played by O’Toole who is a very old man trying to find something important in his life again and happens to find it in the form of his friends 19 year old niece. This sentence alone defines creepy old man and when it is all said and done, it really is creepy as shit, but damn it to hell if O’Toole doesn’t make you want to hang out with him every day. The film turned out to very funny, mostly because Peter O’Toole and his co-stars are hilarious old British people. The scenes in the diner with O’Toole, Leslie Phillips, and the late Richard Griffiths were hysterical. The film also has some nice moments of sad to go along with the funny. Ultimately the film balances a great line of awesome/heartbreaking Peter O’Tool, sadness from seeing old people go about their daily lives, and a morally sound notion that sometimes people can fall in love with a person regardless of age.


Trail Mix!

Here are a couple that came out recently…

Yes this is happening. Yes is looks pretty funny. Yes I will wait to see it most likely until it plays on MTV for free. I don’t need to hear every 18 year old kid hysterically laughing because Johnny Knoxville said the word “poo”.

The next film from David O. Russell is…well…I don’t know. I think they steal things? It’s the 70’s right? All I know is that everybody in this cast has an Academy award nomination/win and that Bradley Coopers hair looks weird. Should be great.

That is one great trailer. I usually hate mostly every Ben Stiller film but I might check this one out. It just looks so, uplifitng. It’s being directed by Stiller himself so maybe this will be the film that turns my hatred into respect. It also reveals mostly nothing of what I hope the story will be. This is a thing that trailers are missing…