18-24 August 2008

August 22 2008 at 7:14 am (The list)

A good week last week, with three films ticked off the list:

Working Girl (1988)
It’s a shame that Melanie Griffith is billed third here since the film is all about her. Working Girl is a typically 80s rags-to-riches tale that time has not been kind to – it’s all about slick power players and big business, but today it looks dated (the shoulder pads, the makeup, the enormous hair). Still it’s great to see Sigourney Weaver in a rare villainous role as the nasty piece of work boss, and Harrison Ford show off his comedy chops to great effect.

Rating: 4/5

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
John Carpenter’s cult siege movie based on Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo is a slice of 70s exploitation cinema. Claustrophobic and taut, it actually benefits from the low budget and poor acting and makes a virtue out of Carpenter’s own ominous score.

Rating: 4/5


The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
Widow Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney) decides to rent a seaside cottage which happens to be haunted by the ghost of sea captain Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison). The two build a strong relationship which is complicated when Lucy meets and falls in love with oily writer Miles Fairley (George Sanders). This surprisingly good romantic ghost story benefits from a solid script, although some of the acting is quite odd especially Rex Harrison’s dapper yet gruff sailor.

Rating: 4/5

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