Monday, January 08, 2007

Watched January 1 - 7, 2007

They Drive by Night (Raoul Walsh, 1940)

As usual for early-ish Walsh, an excellent film overall. George Raft and Humphrey Bogart made a fairly convincing set of brothers, trying to stay afloat as independent truck drivers. Ann Sheridan was quite decent as a young waitress who catches the eye of Raft (and vice versa). Ida Lupino was generally fine as the black widow-esque spouse of a more prosperous friend of the two brothers (who ran a trucking business -- and wanted them to work for him -- played by the redoubtable Alan Hale). The script (based on a book by the just-deceased A. I. Bezzerides) is also good. Only a couple of niggles -- the use of a whizzing clock to show passage of time seemed pretty trite -- even for a 1940 film) and Ida Lupino's climactic court scene didn't quite work (was it script, direction, acting? or some combination?).

Ce jour-là / That Day (Raoul Ruiz, 2003)

Reviewed a few weeks back -- but watched with a bigger audience. Most of whom were quite appreciative. One of the greatest romantic comedies of the past decade (at least).

The Last Samurai (Edward Zwick, 2003)


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