Not as good as the first two, but not bad. The cinematic output of Sweden is amazing considering the size of their population.
Since I’ve been unswayed by the holidays this year, I’ve watched quite a few movies this year – here’s a partial list
- Anatomy of a murder – Jimmy Stewart at his best
- Dead Reckoning – A Bogart movie I had never seen before – another classic film noir
- Touch of Evil – Charlton Heston as a Mexican Fed (which he pulls off well), and Orson Welles as a fat, sweaty hard drinking cop, which he played well, but wasn’t that much of a jump.
- El Mariachi – a bit dated, but watchable
I recently saw All The King’s Men, and was quite impressed. It joins the ranks of old movies everyone should see. Basically it’s the story of Huey Long, the populist and crooked governor of Louisiana.
Tyler Cowen has a short write-up here. He made two of my favorite movies of all time in The Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal, both Symphonies in black and white. All very gloomy and subtitled, but magnificently done. His passing leaves the world without one of the best visual storytellers of all time.
I finally saw the V for Vendetta movie and found it soils my memory of the comic. Gone was the grit of Evie, the violent mystery of V, the looming menace of the state. Replacing it was corporate angst, an ocean of improbabilities, and a third rate parody of the Bush Administration. Gone was all the base motivation, the insight into human nature, and a believable origin of the crisis. Instead we got soap opera, pandering nonsense, and an explanation out of a Michael Moore movie.
Somehow they turned a potent story of pure anarchism into a theme of left-wing resentment.
All that being said, it was well acted, especially by Steven Rea, who caught the essence of Finch very well.
I finally finished watching The Sniper, a good film noir from 1952. It’s a good tense drama about a compulsive sex killer (who uses an M1 carbine, heh). One funny moment comes after the protagonist burns himself on a stove and goes to the emergency room. In addition to the memorable scenes of doctors smoking in hospitals, it has the line
E.R doc: A man’s got no business messing around with stoves, it’s strictly a woman’s business.