Sunday, July 25, 2010
Office Space– This film is the whimsical cousin of the Up in the Air in that it skewers the cold, uncaring world of big business. Ron Livingston plays an office drone who accidentally gets hypnotized and ends up not caring about work…And ends up getting promoted for it. This film is a bit of a muddle, with a few hits and a few misses. My main problem is that the corporate types are such overblown straw man types that it took me out of the movie. The highlight for me is Stephen Root as the beleaguered Milton, who finds himself banished to the basement and has to fight to retain his beloved red Swingline stapler.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Innocents with Dirty Hands – Claude Chabrols’ 1975 take on Double Indemnity, with Rod Steiger as the cuckolded husband and Romy Schneider as his unfaithful wife. This one is very well done, with a couple of major twists in plot. Perhaps one too many. Chabrol being Chabrol, IwDH is a pretty sexy little piece of work. If you are a red-blooded male type, I defy you to watch Schneiders’ first two minutes in this film, and not feel a major fire in your loins.
I Confess – My first viewing of this lesser-known Hitchcock. Montgomery Clift plays a priest who hears a murderer’s confession, then finds himself accused of the murder. Clift is a bit wooden in this film, and the circumstantial evidence that leads to his accusal is contrived, but I recommend it anyway. It’s a great rendering of the common Hitchcockian theme of the man falsely accused. In this case, the actual murderer doesn’t seem to harbour much guilt, but his wife certainly does, and the film builds some good tension around her. Karl Malden stars as the investigating detective. An added note is that the film is set in Quebec City, and contains some great visuals of that beautiful town.