Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Needless to say ANOTHER WOMAN is not a happy film. It's not as depressing as Allen's last film, SEPTEMBER, but it's no walk in the park either. Intimate photography by Sven Nykvist, a steady pace, strong performances by a great cast, interesting story. ANOTHER WOMAN has a lot of the ingredients to make an outstanding film, but instead it just falls into the "above average" category. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but it just doesn't have that magic spark to it. Not to worry though because Allen's next film CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is one of the greatest films of all time.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
For what it is SEVEN IN DARKNESS is a totally watchable film. The production values are obviously pretty low (the "Movie of the Week" series was rumored to budget around $400,000-$450,000 per film), but the story is intriguing and the 74-minute runtime doesn't have any wasted moments. The entire cast was good, but I was especially impressed by Lesley Ann Warren who genuinely looked blind and by Barry Nelson who did an excellent job portraying the internal struggles of a blind dude who is used to being respected and in charge and is now failing to deal with the fact that the survivors are listening to another guy instead.
Wolf attack, lots of bumping into stuff, a young woman playing a guitar and singing on a commercial airplane 5 years before AIRPORT 1975, Milton Berle not really looking like he's blind, walking canes whacking into everything. Modern audiences would probably fall asleep within five minutes, but I think anybody who has childhood memories of this film or people (like me) that are interested in television from this period will enjoy SEVEN IN DARKNESS.
Not sure why, but my copy has this interesting "Place commercial here" cue included during one of the obvious commercial breaks.
Monday, February 1, 2016
Some of the residents of the small Japanese town of Kurozu-cho have developed a unhealthy obsession with spirals. At first they simply enjoy looking at snail shells or other things that have spiral shapes but before long they are mutating their bodies into spiral shapes and turning into snails themselves. In the manga, things get really demented, but in this film adaptation things just move along at a snails pace until the weak ending.
My advise: read the awesome manga by Junji Ito and only then watch this movie. Also check out "Gyo". I'm currently reading that and it's crazy as fuck!
I would love to see another live action remake of "Uzumaki" but hopefully this time it's more faithful to the source material.