The Brussels Manoeuvre (2019)
Starring Theresa May, Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and special un-invited guest stars The DUP. Occasional comic relief appearances by Jeremy Corbyn.
The PM is totally unconvincing in her role, and out of her depth, as usual. A tired, re-hashed script with predictable dire outcomes.
Starts as a drama, becomes a crisis and eventually a horror film. On TVs everywhere, today.
The photo is of Lana Turner as the "pagan temptress" Samarra in the 1955 film "The Prodigal".
The movie had some fantastic visuals, but the script was flat and some of the acting was as wooden as the sets. It bombed at the box office.
However, this studio promotional image of Lana & the pagan god is just great.
Quite by chance I came across this poster for "The Man Who Watched Trains Go By". The poster was used for the Belgian release of the film. Thought you might be interested.
That poster and some others of Märta Torén from this website:
I don't know how I missed this gem in 2016. Based on the novel with the same name, written by Seth Grahame-Smith.
The success of the film would come down to its execution (sic). As a comedy/parody I could see how this could work.
Not always a reliable indicator of film quality the box office of $16m against a budget cost of $28m does however suggest we won't see its likes again.
I know crossover genre movies are all the rage, but this is quite something.
I'm *almost* intrigued.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)
"Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies."
Kill Me Again (1989) got savaged by the critics at the time, and consequently bombed at the box office. That was completely unfair.
It is a film noir modelled after the movies of the 1940s, and stars Val Kilmer & Joanne Whalley.
Is it worth watching?
Find out here:
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This week's #FridayFilm was Fallen Angel (1945), directed by Otto Preminger and starring Alice Faye, Dana Andrews & Linda Darnell.
An atmospheric film noir, with some great performances, and an unusual storyline. The camera *loved* Linda Darnell.
Last comment on How Green Was My Valley.
The film also has an environmental message, evident from the title and the opening sequence. The film starts with Gwilym, the father, taking Huw for a walk in the valley. The older Huw acts as narrator ans says:
"In those days the black slag, the waste of the coal pits, had only begun to cover the side of our hill, not yet enough to mar the countryside, nor blacken the beauty of our village."
Last night's #FridayFilm was:
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
The story of the Morgan family who live in a South Wales mining village around 1880. Their lives, loves, financial hardships & religious struggles are told through the eyes of the youngest son, Huw.
A very entertaining and sometimes poignant story showing the highs & lows of a close-knit family & community. Fantastic performances from the leads, great cinematography, superb direction.
Go see it.
This week's second #FridayFilm was:
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Published author Richard meets Ellen while both are on vacation in New Mexico. Within a few days Ellen proposes to Richard, and 2 days later they marry. Very soon their marriage has some extreme twists & turns.
This is a classic #FilmNoir even though it is shot in glorious Technicolor. Gene Tierney is one of the meanest femme fatales to ever grace the screen.
This film is not to be missed.
Last night's #FridayFilm was:
It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
A romantic comedy & fantasy film, mostly set in the late 19th century. A city newspaper reporter's wish to get tomorrow's headlines today comes true. However, things don't quite work out the way he plans.
Dick Powell & Linda Darnell are both excellent in the lead parts as the reporter and mystic, respectively.
A simple premise, delivered really well & at a frantic pace.
Movie projector seems completely undamaged from the unexpected power loss.
We watched the remainder of the previous night's interrupted film and then watched a second one.
The second movie had one of the most shocking "murders" I have ever seen in #FilmNoir .
More details on both #films coming soon.