January 28th-Ninotchka from 1939 (Director: Ernst Lubitsch, Writers: Melchior Lengyel, Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch, Stars: Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas, Runtime: 110 mins)
Ernst Lubitsch directed my all time favorite romantic comedy, and maybe my favorite comedy in general, Trouble in Paradise. That’s what appealed to me here, not finally seeing a Greta Garbo movie. So this is the third Lubitsch movie I’ve seen and all three are good to great. This one is about a dispute between Soviet Russia and an ousted Duchess over her jewels all set in France. The Russians send Greta’s character over to deal with the situation and meets the Duchess lawyer and of course they start to fall for each other. This is a slick comedy, part satire on Russia’s anti-capitalistic views of the time. With Greta’s character, and the other three Russians, enjoying life outside their home and taking advantage of the world around them. The romance is pretty good, Greta is great. So cutting at times and just fun to watch. Was fascinated to read this was her second to last film and first full comedy. She’s a natural and want to see more with her. I would have shaved about 15 minutes in there but overall a great film. I’d definitely watch this one again.
January 29th-The Poseidon Adventure from 1972 (Director: Ronald Neame, Writers: Stirling Silliphant, Wendell Mayes Based on The Poseidon Adventure by Paul Gallico, Stars: All Star Cast lead by Gene Hackman and Ernest Borgnine, Runtime: 117 mins)
A cruiser capsizes in a tsunami. A group of people try to escape to the top, hoping to get rescue. This is apparently part of the 70s All Star Cast disaster movies! This and Towering Inferno produced by the same super producer. The gimmick I guess is get a bunch of famous actors, set the film up, and then see who survives till the end. So the ship capsized, Hackmans Preacher yells at Bornine’s character a lot to try to get as many people to the top. Some don’t want to move from the hull-guess what happens to them. They start aking their way up, some people of course die along the way. How fucking dare you with Shelly Winters! Fuck that. But she got the only acting Oscar nom for the film. It had dozen noms, mostly technical and won four. Won some acting noms elsewhere, including Winters at the Globes. This is an enjoyable film. Little frustrating but I liked it. Now I want to watch Towering Inferno. Maybe next time I do 30 or 31 films.
January 30th-The Villainess from 2017 (Director: Jung Byung-gil, Writers: Jung Byung-gil, Jung Byeong-sik, Stars: Kim Ok-bin, Runtime: 129 mins)
I got mix feelings on this one. It has insane fights and action sequences but the shaky cam is crazy. The final bus part starts kinda weird. The story is frustrating which revolves around a woman raised by killers looking for her dads killer. She is recruited into an Agency and hired to take out targets. There is a bunch of double crosses, secrets, and stuff that is needlessly complicated. This film represents the best and worse of Asian action films. The opening sequence, despite the shaky cam its incredible. One of the earliest scenes in the Agency recruitment center is pretty cool. The action is mostly flawless, the performances are pretty damn good, but it drags at times and that third act may hurt the film for the viewer. Okay, I’d recommend this for fans of action films and Asian action films. Other than that, maybe not. I liked it.
January 31st-Logan’s Run from 1976 (Director: Michael Anderson, Writers: David Zelag Goodman Based on Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, Stars: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Runtime: 118 mins)
The last days of these sometimes feel the hardest. Every once in a while I end on a high note. Doesn’t really feel that way with Logan’s Run. The scifi classic about a society that kills their population in their 30th year is okay. I knew going into it there were comments about it being kind of boring, it is. It looks okay, the main two performances are fine, but the ending showdown is disappointing. I don’t really got a lot to say about the film. Its really high concept and just ‘meh’ execution.
Ranked from Favorite to Least Liked
3:10 to Yuma
Tales from the Hood
High & Low
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance
The Snake Pit
The Poseidon Adventure
The Love Witch
Yous Mines and Ours
Boys in the Trees
The Bad and the Beautiful
The Most Dangerous Game
Thriller-A Cruel Picture