I just finished American Horror Story: Coven. Thoughts:
This was Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, and I thought he did a fine job, both as director and actor. The film itself is nothing spectacular, but I found it entertaining. The story’s pretty minimal, and the tone seems a little confused, but it has a good setting, and there are some fairly amusing moments. I wouldn’t rush out to recommend it to everyone, but there are lot of worse comedies you could watch.
This is the final film in Chan-wook Park’s Vengeance Trilogy, the first two films being Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Oldboy (2003). I liked this one better than the first entry, but the second film in the trilogy is still the best. It has a great story, which is told in a confusing, yet ultimately satisfying way. It explores a lot of ideas around revenge and justice, and it doesn’t tell the viewer what to think, which I appreciate. The direction and cinematography are great, and the lead actress is brilliant. I recommend the whole trilogy to everyone.
It’s hard not to like this when you’ve got the combined charm of Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart. Hepburn is lovely and beautiful, and Stewart acting drunk is fantastic. The story isn’t anything special, though this is coming from a present day perspective, where the romantic comedy has been done to death. There’s some great, funny dialogue though, and I enjoyed it all, except for perhaps the ending, which wasn’t exactly what I would have preferred.
This is a good film, but not one of the better Alfred Hitchcock films I’ve seen. The way in which it depicts women and psychology are pretty old-fashioned, the score is a little too melodramatic, and it’s a bit long, too. Although Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck are fine, their romance isn’t very believable. Still, there are some absolutely brilliant shots from Hitchcock and an amazing dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali. It’s got enough good things to be worth seeing, but I don’t think I’d watch it again.
In the beginning, I started thinking this was just an average melodrama, but by the end, it was actually really good. I can see why it won the Academy Award for best picture at the time. The performances from Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster were a little understated for my liking, but Frank Sinatra was great. The film reminded me again of the severe dislike I have for the bullshit masculinity in the military. The Pearl Harbour scenes at the end were good, and even though they were short, they were far better than the entirety of Pearl Harbor (2001). It’s not a perfect film, but it’s good, and worth watching, for sure.