Monday, July 07, 2003

Oh yeah, 4 more movies I had rented a couple of weeks ago I had never seen.

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID: The classic Western is definitely deserving of its reputation, with Paul Newman and Robert Redford and the top of their acting game. Good action and a marvelous, tense chase scene in the middle of the movie involving an extremely tenacious and intelligent posse.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT: The 1934 Best Picture that was the first movie to sweep all the major awards (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay). Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in one of the first hate-you-at-first, fall-in-love-with-you-later romantic comedies. To me, extremely dated, and lacking some of that "sneak-it-by-the-censors" magic of some Hays Code era comedies like THE AWFUL TRUTH.

THE GOOD GIRL: Jennifer Aniston in her first truly well-received performance. Decent movie but it reminded me of WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE? which is a much better film.

MALENA: One of the breakout performances for Monica Bellucci that got her noticed in the US (even though she's one of the most recognizable faces in Europe). She plays an Italian woman who loses her husband in the war and must fight to survive, however possible. Told through the eyes of a teenage boy, who lusts and chases after her, this is an OK movie from the director of CINEMA PARADISO (one of the best movies ever), Giuseppe Tornatore.

OK, so now THAT'S the update.


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