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Touch of Evil – Minute Movie Review

Montag, April 26th, 2010


After a rich builder is murdered in a fictional American-Mexican border town, the American police allow Mexican investigator Charlton Heston to observe the proceedings. Meanwhile, Heston’s wife Janet Leigh is used by a gangster’s brother to ruin Heston’s reputation. After that slow start, things finally start to get interesting when Orson Welles’ American cop is revealed to be a crook, but even then the story is too convoluted to ever truly draw you in. Plus, the film is clearly over-directed, turning what could have been a great film into a mediocre one.

Random Observations:

Touch of Evil at the IMDb

The review is based on the 1998 recut based on a 58 page memo Welles wrote to the studio after they decided to change his cut of the film. It has been called the director’s cut, but nobody can say for sure how close it was to Welles’ vision of the film.

Welles clearly tried to make a film as visually innovative and unique as his earlier (and much better) Citizen Kane with this, but in my opinion failed terribly. Especially annoying are the endless shots filmed upwards from the floor. Faces are more expressive when you can see more than just the chin…

The opening tracking shot is pretty impressive, though.

Shadow of a Doubt – Minute Movie Review

Sonntag, September 6th, 2009


Young woman Charlie is highly excited when her uncle Charlie, after whom she is named, comes to visit the family. But something is off about him and she slowly discovers that he might not be the gentleman he claims to be, but a criminal instead. This leads to a slow moving thriller that suffers somewhat from many plot points being very obvious early one, but is nevertheless perfectly paced and suspenseful until the very end.

Random Observations:

Shadow of a Doubt at the IMDb

Alfred Hitchcock has said several times that this is his favourite film he ever made.

Thornton Wilder worked on the screenplay.

Star Joseph Cotten also had lead roles in, among many other classic films, Citizen Kane and The Third Man. I think any three of the films should have been enough to make him one of the greatest.

For such a serious film, there are quite a few funny moments.

Comic Book Movie July – Persepolis

Dienstag, Juli 29th, 2008

In Comic Book Movie July, Persepolis is a bit of an outsider. It’s not an American film. It’s not even in English. It’s not a live action film. And it actually takes history seriously and doesn’t abuse it for its own purposes – or at least not nearly as noticeable as is common. Persepolis is the story of a girl growing up in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. It’s the actual biography (with certain leeway, I’m sure) of comic creator and film co-director Marjane Satrapi. And it is certainly an interesting biography.

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