Thursday, January 7, 2010


Dark Passage: Bacall n' Bogie. Ummmm. Never realized I loved Bogart so much, but thinking about it, yep - he's dandy. The story is a little strange. A man breaks out of prison where he has been serving time for a crime he did not commit. A girl helps him. He runs, but he can't run far enough. It's not a surprising story, but then again it is, in the fact that nothing ever gets solved really. The first half is rather odd because it is almost all from a character's view shot. After a while, that gets old. A good deal of the film feels like a Nip/Tuck episode - only trust me, Bogart does it better.
3 out of 5 stars.
Lifeboat: Hitchcock classic. Brilliant. Utterly brilliant. Plot basic: a group of people who survived a Uboat torpedo sinking their ship find themselves stranded in a lifeboat. Most of the entire thing takes place in the lifeboat, only leaving it 2 time, or something like that. You would think that would leave an incredibly cramped feeling to the picture, but it doesn't. Hitchcock finds space somehow, but also juxtaposes that with the closeness of the people and of course tensions. The incredible tensions. It is a good story. Brilliant photography, the suspense, it is all screams Hitchcock. I can't imagine how it must have been to shoot the film. Acting was brilliant on all sides. There was not one wink link, in any aspect.
Four out of five stars.
I Was a Male War Bride: with Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan, directed by Howard Hawks.
First reaction: "that was cute" That pretty much sums it up - Acting was nice, but there was nothing too special about it. Story was funny and entertaining, but again, there was nothing special. It is a perfectly nice film. Plot: A French and an American officer are asked to team up again for an assignment. They don't particularly get along, but as always, that is just a front for thier love. The come to realize this, and the decide to get married. And rest of the movie is about the Red Tape. Like I said, it is a perfectly nice film, and it is worth a watch every now and again, but there was not much to it.
3 out of 5 stars.

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