The Criterion films have arrived! And it's not a moment too soon to lose myself in the sweet, soothing relief of I Wanna Hold Your Hand, that tells about a group of kids who are trying to get in to the Ed Sullivan theater to see the Beatles perform. This movie is pure fun, and that is just what was needed tonight after an extremely difficult week. I will watch this film again and again. I love the Beatles, and their music brings me perpetual joy. This film would pair well with The Rutles.
Friday, March 5, 2021
Sunday, February 28, 2021
While Saturdays are my day for picking out a scary movie, it seemed appropriate to make Sundays a day for tales of immorality, which leads me to watch The Sin of Nora Moran tonight.
"I'm not dying for something you did. I'm dying for all the good things you're going to do. And I'm dying rather than give up something that was precious to me--my life with you."
|Edith Crawford shows her brother, DA John Grant, |
love letters she has found from her husband's mistress.
|Grant shows her the mistress.|
|Nora recalls the events that led up to her death sentence.|
|Scumbag Paulino slinks into Nora's train compartment at night.|
|Nora awakens to the horror of Paulino's brutality.|
|She finds love with Dick Crawford, who puts her up in a house.|
|Things go south.|
|The truth comes out about who killed Paulino.|
|It didn't matter that it was self defense.|
|Nora comes up with a solution.|
|"Eternal rest and perpetual light. Is that frightening?"|
|The movie poster that has nothing to do with the movie.|
Saturday, February 27, 2021
"The worms are in their brains!"
|If only Grant had seen The Blob, he'd know not to go poking|
squishy things in a meteorite with a stick.
|Grant is not feeling well.|
|She's so hungry.|
|Coming apart at the seams.|
|Not something you want to find in the bathtub.|
|"Girl, you're every woman in the world to me..."|
Friday, February 26, 2021
"There you are. They just come up to you and say, 'Look, you made somebody mad, you made a big mistake, and now there's somebody doing time for it. There's nothing personal in it you understand, but it just has to be done. Now get your hand out there.'"
|"Ever hear bones breaking? It's like a man snapping a shingle. |
Hurts. Like. A. Bastard!"
|Eddie's friends, on their way to work.|
|Eddie's gun buddy.|
|Making a deal.|
ThoughtsThis is an interesting film. The violence is subtle and somehow more menacing, and I found myself holding my breath during the robberies, expecting the worst. There are no good characters in this film, but Eddie somehow manages to elicit some sympathy. When punishment comes for Eddie, it's hard not to wonder if he saw it coming or not. It's not a feel good movie, but it's potent, and well worth a watch.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
It's that time of year again, when I manage to find a few more movies I'd like to add to my collection from Criterion at half price. Here's what I picked up this time around.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
It's a lovely pre-spring Saturday afternoon, and I'm sitting down to watch a TV movie featuring Barbara Eden. I picked this one off the shelf today because it was written by Richard Matheson, author of I am Legend, The Shrinking Man, Bid Time Return, and Hell House, among others. He also wrote episodes of The Twilight Zone, as well as other TV series and movies. Even if you've never heard of him, chances are you have seen or read something he created.
"Why do we always assume that anything that comes from outer space is horrible? Maybe it isn't. I mean, hell, maybe it's great! What do we know? Maybe it's just what we need."
|A picture takes form.|
|Ann has developed a preference for frigid cold temperatures.|
|1970s style hypnosis.|
|Evelyn Wood style speed reading.|
|Ann starts leaving sloppy messes.|
|More work done on the painting.|
|Ann displays terrible table manners.|
|Another sloppy mess.|
|Ann listens to a record with her fingers.|
|Another delicious, salty meal.|
|Good to the last drop.|
|Ann offers an explanation for her odd behavior.|