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This Land Is Mine (1943)
conscience and collaboration
this land is mine is timeless and a cautionary tale for today. previous revues of this film were offered either before our recent economic crash or very early on when we didn't know the depth of the calamity. now, in the ensuing years, it is becoming clear collaboration exists and requires no occupying enemy. despite the movie was propaganda, it was propaganda of the best kind. the entire film was without theatrics nor a punch-to-the solar plexus message as evidenced in the Laughton soliloquy; the clear measured tenor of a man who has found his heart and courage. casting of the supporting players was inspired. in a film with perhaps three or four second and third part players it may be easy enough to recruit a strong supporting cast but this movie had so many important roles the casting seems a minor miracle.
kudos to all concerned in this gem. the one misstep, if i may be so picky, was the crescendo-ing close as the screen went black.
Pretty Poison (1968)
pretty poison. half the title is right; not pretty but poison to endure
the only reason to watch this movie (?) would be to see Tuesday get naked. alas.
there is no plot to nor driving force behind this cinematic silliness.
okay, there is a plot. but it's swiss cheese. The always lovely Tuesday Weld, at 25, was miscast as a hyper impressionable teen who, until far too late, never gave a clue (called foreshadowing) to the fact that she would be the true poison here.
running and brooding was Perkins contribution and John Randolph showed how NOT to do a comb over. is there a lower rating than "one", i wonder.
laff out loud fall down comedy
outrageous commentary on hollywood & its denizens. laff out loud fall down comedy w/the cleverest lines going to Dr. Feingarten. too bad all these actors had to die. the end
The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)
this could be YOUR family
if you understand this movie, you're in heaven, if not, you're in a movie house or living room or wherever. the reason this movie makes some uncomfortable is: this could be YOUR family w/a little luck.