Saturday, December 23, 2006

10-Second Film Reviews #19

As violent as an NBA brawl but without the sucker punch: it's my 10-second film reviews!

Movies I've seen this past week, along with my Netflix ratings (out of five stars):

Fallen Angel: A film noir with plenty of mood and mystique to spare. The dialogue is quick, hard and tough. The middle of the story is the movie's crescendo. The interesting second act is sandwiched by a dull beginning and an absurd ending (***)

Accepted: Never mind the plot doesn't make much sense. In these sorts of sordid comedies the story isn't relegated to the backseat; it goes flying out the trunk. The character are lame when they're supposed to be funny and wooden in the dramatic moments (see protagonist's parents), although Jonah Hill delivers a few good laughs. (*)

Elevator to the Gallows: There's a bit too much reliance on chance and fortune to truly believe this murder drama, but it's an intriguing story nonetheless. Situations the characters endure (either through coincidence or their own volition) are tense, amusing and even a little wry. (****)

Laura: An excellent detective film. Dana Andrews, who also appears in Fallen Angel, gives a great performance as the persuasive cop. Gene Tierney is stunning and cryptic as the titular character everyone falls in love with. The entire cast is stellar. Directed by Otto Preminger, who crafts a stark world of slights and shadiness in this wonderful whodunit. (*****)

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