If you haven’t been there, it is easy to have an erroneous image of North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh. While there are still plenty of downtown mom-and-pop stores, the city is a far cry from the fictitious Mayberry of the 1960s TV classic, “The Andy Griffith Show.”
Tampa is often overlooked by potential Florida vacationers because it lacks Miami’s glitz and is squarely in the shadow of Orlando, an hour drive east, when traffic moves on I-4. That is a shame because Tampa is far more relaxing to visit than the aforementioned Sunshine State neighbors and there’s plenty to see and do here.
I must be getting old, too busy or picky. I’ve only seen 329 films in 2009 (then again, I had a really hard time coming up with 10 worthwhile films). Difficult choice with Best Supporting Actors this year, many interesting performances, especially in smaller films.
The first thing about mystery novels is its constant reference to itself. The mockery of detective fiction techniques is on full blast with Robert Downey Jr.’s display of Sherlock Holmes. The man is obsessed with logic and finds himself falling out of reality and through the fantastical mystery with Sir Blackwood does he finally get back on his feet and tackle the unexplainable with confidence.
So we know that TWILIGHT is one of the most renowned romance stories…ever. Watching these stories played out on the big screen makes it even more desirable, it makes me cringe in my seat as I watch the tale unfold.
HUNT THE MAN DOWN is a routine little noir of slightly more than an hour in length but rich in its characterizations so not a total waste of time. It’s a strange combination of CALL NORTHSIDE 777 and Chandler’s Farewell My Lovely, which was filmed as MURDER MY SWEET. A short order cook in a one arm joint thwarts an armed robber and his photo in the paper reveals him to be an escaped murderer who escaped his trial 12 years previously just before the verdict was to be read. Now if you ignore the plot hole that a man wanted and nearly convicted of murder and facing the gas chamber would stick around Los Angeles you can watch him as he passively is re-arrested. He draws Gig Young as his public defender who, though initially skeptical of his client’s innocence, goes about proving it.
There is absolutely no reason to see NO LEAVE, NO LOVE. It’s not really awful, or terrible, just a lot of milling about to little effect. Just another routine offering that aimed at mindless entertainment and failed. It is of some historical importance however as it represents the fault line between wartime entertainment and post-war films.
AMELIA crashes and burns long before Earhart does. Hilary Swank tries to do Meryl Streep, and fails. Richard Gere, as usual, falls back on his aging boyish charm to get Swank to swoon.
Today, there are people who think that American independent cinema began in 1989 with SEX LIES AND VIDEOTAPE; or in 1992 with RESERVOIR DOGS; or even in 1999 with THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.??
INGLORIOUS BASTERDS might be the weirdest big budget studio released film I have ever seen. Though it looks like a WW2 movie Tarantino disagrees and says that it isn’t a WW2 movie at all, I guess in the same vein of Magritte’s painting of a pipe C’nest pa une pipe.