15-21 September 2008

September 28 2008 at 9:35 am (The list)

I’m a little behind but here are the films from last week. This week’s films will be up soon, I promise.

 

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966)

Another classic Western under my belt, and this is easily the best so far. Set during the American Civil War, this story of three men searching for buried gold never takes itself too seriously. It takes its time but the great dynamic between the main characters, Ennio Morricone’s classic score and Sergio Leone’s tight sweaty direction make the journey well worthwhile.

 

Rating: 5/5

 

 

My Darling Clementine (1946)

Henry Fonda lends his trademark stoicism to the timeless role of Wyatt Earp in John Ford’s classic retelling of the gunfight at the OK Corral. Apparently it’s not the most historically accurate telling of the story but it is one of the most poetic and affecting. Ford’s contemplative tone occasionally slows the film down when it could do with a kick, but it’s so well shot that that can be forgiven.

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

Although Back To The Future and Grease were pieces of nostalgia about how great it was (or would have been) to be young in the 1950s, Rebel Without A Cause (tellingly, a film about the ‘50s that was actually filmed in the ‘50s) shows that it wasn’t all milkshakes and rock ‘n’ roll. Despite a tone of sundrenched colour, knife fights and fatal games of chicken abound. James Dean’s performance as Jim Stark is iconic as the teen too cool for school, yet his rebellion is not against conformity, but against the idea that being a teenager means shunning the love of your parents. Tragic, powerful and reflective – of all the films I’ve discovered so far from my shame list, this is one of my favourites.

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Shame list total: 1,207

 

Hellboy (2004)

An interesting idea is slightly marred by an overreliance on CGI. It’s as visually striking as you’d expect from the endlessly creative Guillermo del Toro, but the script is a bit flabby and it does go on a bit long with an ending that feels rushed. On the plus side, Ron Perlman really makes the role of Hellboy his own and John Hurt always makes for great viewing.

 

Rating: 3/5

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