118 – The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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He’s drunk

The Maltese Falcon is an excellent documentary about birds of prey that roost off the coast of Malta.Well not really but it could have been with a title like that.It’s about this gold and jewelled falcon that Malta gifted to the  king of Spain way back when that got lost en-route to Spain.Bogart plays a P.I. who’s hired by a woman under the pretence to find her sister but really its for protection from some guys looking for the falcon which she seems to have found.The story really isn’t that good and the ‘hot piece of meat’ or the woman that everyone thinks is hot is really old,she must be 40 but everyone is acting like she’s 20.I don’t know who did the casting for the film but from all the sexualized dialogue from the guys towards here it doesn’t add up.Bogart has one great line in it,he says to his secretary “you’re a good man,sister”.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  SO-SO.BAD CASTING.SHORT TOUGH GUYS AND OLD FEMME FATALES.

122 – Rebecca (1940)

In this fine display of acting what emotion is the actress trying to convey?Answer at the end of the post.

In this fine display of acting,what emotion is the actress trying to convey?Answer at the end of the post.

Directed by Hitchcock but not strictly his film as it was a novel and was adapted and screen written by someone else.The first hour or so don’t feel like a Hitchcock at all,it all moves a bit slow and there’s not much tension building.The last 30 minutes is when it all comes together and then you can feel his directorial presence.The story is a little different from his usual but not by a long shot.In Rebecca there’s a strong love story not seen in his other stuff.The plot is a ‘paid companion’ (not a hooker)is hanging out in Monte Carlo and she runs into this guy.She goes on 3 dates with him over 3 days and at the end of it he proposes.I don’t think they even kissed before he proposed.Man it must have been easy to get a chick back then.Anyways he takes her back to his mansion where she finds out his wife drowned 1 year ago.One of the old helpers who is a blatant lesbian and was in love his old wife,Rebecca,hates the new wife.Not much else happens then for a long while,but then they find a sunken boat with another body inside,Rebecca’s, then there’s an inquest as to whether it was suicide or foul play.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    6.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  THAT FACE IS MEANT TO BE ‘AWE’.LOOKS MORE LIKE SHE JUST CREAMED HERSELF.

126 – Fargo (1996)

Steve Buscemi looking a bit chipper here.

Steve Buscemi looking a bit chipper here.

Any movie fan worth his salt will have a copy of Fargo in their collection.It’s a cult classic.When the Coen brothers get it right they get it right.We see that they’ve used two actors from The Big Lebowski but they’re playing such different characters that you don’t relate the two.Fargo’s got some great dark humour and the who setting with the accents is quality too.I’ll give you a short synopsis of the plot.A car salesman owes a lot of money,we never find out what for,so he decides to stage a fake kidnapping and get the ransom money off his father in law.The kidnappers are a bit volatile and kill a few people while moving the victim,all the while a pregnant small town cop is on their trail.Well worth the watch and tons packed into the 94 minutes.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    8.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  BUSCEMI IS GOOD FOR THE HUMOUR AND STORMARE’S DEAD PAN LOOKS ARE BANG ON.

128 – Touch of Evil (1958)

If only they'd blow this fucker up at the start of the film and not the other guy.

If only they’d blown this fucker up at the start of the film and not the other guy.

Orson Welles stars in the hot steamy pile of shit.My god this is one terrible film,from the guy who brought us Citizen Kane this is a travesty.The story is a weird one and takes about 25 minutes before you even get into it.Let me give you the gist of what it’s about.A car crossing the border from Mexico to America blows up just across the border(U.S.A) and the cops land in to see what’s the story.Meanwhile a Mexican cop and his new wife are entering the states on their honeymoon.He offers to help.The american cop is as bent as a dogs hind leg and only the Mexican can see this.While he’s helping with the car bomb case and investigating the cop his wife gets into all sorts of trouble with some ‘dope heads’ who drug her,blow “reefer” smoke on her and all other kinds of shit.Then the cops arrest her for drug charges because they can “practically smell the dope on her”.Fucking retarded.And the bad guy is some kind of Gomez Addams looking dude.I wouldn’t place this film on the top 1000.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    4
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  TOUCH OF EVIL?TOUCH OF SHIT MORE LIKE.

136 – Strangers on a Train (1951)

i was framed i tell ye,framed!

i was framed i tell ye,framed!

The best Hitchcock so far and once again it’s about ‘the perfect murder’.All three films I’ve watched so far have pretty much the same story.Guy thinks he has the perfect crime,commits said crime,blabs about it in public and gets caught.What makes this one a step above the others are all the clever camera effects he uses.Here’s a few I’ll mention:The one in the picture of the murder reflected in the victims glasses that lay on the ground,the lighter glowing in the woman’s eyes in a later scene and finally the scene where Guy hits Bruno in the face.The film is called Strangers on a Train but the title is incorrect.While Guy knows nothing about Bruno,Bruno knows everything about Guy.You see Guy is a tennis player and has some celebrity status and is in the media.The basis plot is they both have someone they want dead so why not switch.Criss-cross.Bruno is serious and follows through much to Guys amazement. In the end Bruno turns out to be a mental case.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    8.3
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  SO MANY FILMS HAVE RIFFED ON THIS PLOT.WATCH THE ORIGINAL.

154 – The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

who farted in the elevator?

who farted in the elevator?

Wow.That was fucking dark.Here we have an Argentinian film from a few years back.It’s a psychological thriller and is told through flashbacks and current day.A former councellor or detective is writing his memoirs and its basically tall about this one case he had back in the mid 70’s.The case is a brutal rape homicide.There’s a rape scene about 4 minutes in.It’s only like 3-4 seconds but it fucking jilted me.i had to stop the film and type some other shit to take my mind off it.Normally i turn off a film if there’s a rape or something.does bode well with me,i loose fate in humanity  Any who the film runs for just over 2 hours and just when you think its over there’s it’s not.i wont spoil it.As i said the film spans 25 years with the same actors,the make-up and aging looks very good.Best I’ve seen.Go watch this film,the subs i had for it were a bit wonky so have a look around online there might be some better ones.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –     8.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  THERES ONE LONG ZOOM SHOT INTO THE FOOTBALL STADIUM.GREAT.

165 – The Big Sleep (1946)

is that lara crofts house? lara  the clock thing is under the satirs

is that lara crofts house? lara the clock thing is under the satirs

Wow.Now that was a good film.Your man Humphrey Bogart is fucking deadly in this.The film has a desent musical score.The lighting is wicked and Humphreys character has some great one liners.The greasy looking fucker from The Killing is in it.And like The Killing he gets killed.Fucking hilarious when the guy slaps the chick around the face.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –     8.7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  GREAT.TOO GOOD FOR 1946.