May 16-22, 2010
Okay short of what I needed to achieve this week but getting back into the swing of watching films.
113) Kiss Me Kate. 1960s musical about the production of a Cole Porter musical based on 'The Taming of the Shrew.' A little too heavy on song & dance even for a musical at the expense of a story line. Some beautiful singing and dancing but this film made absolutely no sense. It dragged and dragged and dragged and dragged and dragged. Did I mention it dragged? Way too long at an hour 50. + boring. 2.9 stars
114) Presumed Innocent. Harrison Ford & Brian Dennehy star in a film about a prosecutor assigned to a case. When his fingerprints are found at the crime scene, he is forced to admit to an affair with the woman, his coworker. Hyper dramatic open. Hmm... in some ways very well done. Great suspense, multiple suspects, some sort of predictability in the end. I'm not sure what rubbed me a bit in the wrong direction. 3.5 stars
115) Everybody's Fine. Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale & Sam Rockwell star in a film about a widower who travels cross-country to visit his kids when the family reunion is cancelled. I had low hopes for this movie... It was very meandering as he visits his horrible kids in scenes that last a little too long with nothing happening. It took way too long to get to what you knew was going to happen. Somber and too slow but not terrible. You at least cared about the characters. 3.5 stars
116) The Major & the Minor. Billy Wilder's first film happens to star Ginger Rogers. What a start! To get a cheaper fair, a woman (Rogers) dresses as a child to get across the country on a reduced fair. Surprisingly amusing. Propaganda at the open to the tune of: The Dutch bought NY from the Indians and by 1941 not an Indian was around who wasn't happy about it. Seriously? But anyway, the girl meets a major who helps her. Some craziness ensues. The end was kind of creepy. They didn't handle the transition very well. 3.6 stars
117) The Dark Corner. A private detective framed by his ex-partner finds himself framed again in a film noir thriller. Lucille Ball plays his adoring secretary pretty well. Some pretty cool twists. I would've preferred for them to happen a little more quickly. A rather slow unwinding of the story. Still, definitely worth watching. 4 stars