It’s not Monday, but it is time for the Movie Run-down. I haven’t had the chance to do one in a while and it’s just time. I had plenty of opportunities to catch some flicks and I’d like to share my thoughts on them with you.
Nightmare Alley – Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell and Coleen Gray – this is a film noir with carnivals and sideshows. Tyrone Power plays a mentalist who starts out as an assistant to Blondell’s character, but in an attempt to get rid of her husband, Power accidentally poisons him to death. This accident weighs on Power throughout the rest of the movie. He gets to the heights of fame and sinks to the depths of depression. It’s a gritty movie and not one to be taken lightly. Power is handsome, then scary and a little unhinged. Worth the viewing at least once.
Hello My Name is Doris – Sally Field, Max Greenfield – At first, I thought this would be a feel-good, fun movie with quirkiness. Don’t get me wrong. There are definitely moments of fun and quirkiness. There are feel-good moments, too. But it’s more than that. The colors start out bland, but become a kaleidoscope of colors and sounds. I love how Sally Field’s character, Doris, grows through the movie. Little by little, she grows into herself, despite being over 55. I laughed – especially during the concert scene and her different fantasties – cried a few times and will be purchasing my own copy. This was definitely worth the watch.
Young Frankenstein – Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman and Peter Boyle, directed by Mel Brooks – If you’ve never seen this movie…you should. It’s funny, heartwarming and a little unhinged. The actors chosen are dead-on. Wilder is manic and tender at the same time. Garr personifies the innocent and well-meaning assistant. Feldman shines as Igor. He’s my favorite character and has some of the best lines. Add in Kahn, Leachman and Boyle…it’s just a great movie. Funny and with some of the greatest lines, this is one not to miss.
What did you watch this past week? Something fun? Exciting? Scary? It’s October, so I’m looking for some good Halloween movies. Give me suggestions!