Posts Tagged ‘1984’

Sixteen Candles – Minute Movie Review

Montag, Oktober 4th, 2010

Review:

A day before her sister’s wedding, Molly Ringwald’s entire family forgets her sixteenth birthday. And that is not the only trouble she has: the boy she likes doesn’t even know her and she has to fend of the advances of perennial geek Anthony Michael Hall. In short, not one of her better days, but things are definitely looking up in this classic teen comedy from classic teen comedy writer-director John Hughes, his début feature. He hasn’t quite gotten the grip on teen angst he later demonstrated with The Breakfast Club and the film is not nearly as outrageously funny as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but it’s a solid first effort that is definitely worth seeing if you’ve ever been a teenager and especially if you were a teenager in suburban America in the 1980s.

Random Observations:

Sixteen Candles at the IMDb

Both Hughes regulars were only fifteen when the film was made, actually fitting the age of their characters.

John Cusack has a small role in this film as another geek – not quite the role he’ll be remembered for.

His sister Joan Cusack is also in this film. And a Beth Ringwald – Molly’s older sister. John Hughes definitely made family films…

Dear God, was Long Duk Dong ever offensive. I always thought political correctness had arisen in the early 80s.

Amadeus – Minute Movie Review

Sonntag, Januar 3rd, 2010

Review:

The composer Salieri, now confined to an insane asylum, tells a priest the story of how he did everything in his power to take down Mozart, the musical prodigy who he envied all his life and for whose death he ultimately feels responsible. The film, even though filled with historical figures like the two composers, doesn’t bother with historical accuracy, instead telling a fairly interesting story accompanied by some great music. It’s a well made film despite the liberties it takes or more precisely because of it, but with three hours run time (in the director’s cut) it runs too long to hold any interest and while the sardonic portrayal of Salieri by F. Murray Abraham is quite good, depicting Mozart as a bubbling fool is just silly and adds nothing to the story.

Random Observations:

Amadeus at the IMDb

This film isn’t the only source for Salieri envying Mozart, but that doesn’t really excuse it from depicting a talented composer as mediocre and an at least decent human being as pure evil.

Of course, having the two main characters just be colleagues, not bitter rivals, wouldn’t make for a very interesting story.

Incidentally, if you have never heard any Salieri, it is well worth your time. The same, naturally, goes for Mozart even more so, but I am just going to assume that you have heard some of his wonderful compositions.

The film’s title, taken straight from the stage play of the same name, is one of the best titles ever used, for Amadeus is not only Mozart’s middle name, but also means “loved by god”, which has great bearing on the plot of the film.

Blood Simple. – Minute Movie Review

Montag, September 7th, 2009

Review:

Bartender Ray has an affair with the wife of the boss, who wants to see both of them dead and hires a private detective to kill them. But he has other plans and what follows is a bloody thriller. The first film written and directed by the Coen Brothers, “Blood Simple.” (the period is part of the official title), demonstrates their extraordinary film-making skills. It is a slow-paced, atmospheric film with some very memorable scenes and even some of their dead-pan humour. It’s not as great as some of their later work (such as No Country for Old Men), but it’s an impressive début.

Random Observations:

Blood Simple. at the IMDb

The film was made in 1984 and everything says so. It’s dated, yet still good.

This is my first foray into the earlier work of the Coens. I will watch and review their other early movies, i.e. everything from the 80s and 90s, over the next few weeks.

The theme – or at least what I assume to be the theme – by Carter Burwell, is amazing and contributes heavily to the dense atmosphere.