Film Friday #135

Annie Hall

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) falls for flighty night club singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). Some time after they have split up Alvy tries to figure out what went wrong and what it all means. At the time that this came out I can imagine it was quite a revelation into the realities of modern dating and Allen is absolutely hilarious as the highly strung Alvy. Not a lot actually happens in this film but it’s all about the dialogue and all the insecurities, peccadillos and idiosyncrasies that come to light when two people decide to try and make a life together. Woody Allen is at his best and everything Diane Keaton wears is amazing. Must see. 4/5

Alvy was convinced that Annie was the one who gave him crabs

Alvy was convinced that Annie was the one who gave him crabs

Giant

Feisty Mid Atlantic princess, Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor) meets proud Texan rancher Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson) and after a whirlwind courtship they are married. As Leslie tries to come to terms with the reality of the heat, racism and sexism of the South, she crosses paths with down on his luck ranch hand, Jett Rink (James Dean). When Bick’s sister, Luz (Mercedes McCambridge) is killed in an accident, she leaves Jett a piece of land slap in the middle of the ranch… one that just happens to be packed with oil, tying Jett and the Benedicts’ futures together irrevocably. This sweeping epic was James Dean’s last film and his second Oscar nomination and he gives a dark and mesmerising performance as a man who feels like he will never be good enough for the woman he has fallen in love with. An absolute classic but also a serious stretch in concentration at three hours long. Make sure you have snacks and look out for a rather dashing young Dennis Hopper, playing Leslie and Benedict’s son. 4/5

They just don't make them like they used to

They just don’t make them like they used to

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Ron Perlman reprises his role as Hellboy, a “superhero” with a demonic streak, in this second screen outing of the comic book interpretation. This time Hellboy and his team come up against Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) the leader of a mysterious race of non-humans frustrated with humanity’s willful destruction of the planet they share. But as Hellboy becomes less and less willing to stay hidden, will he feel more at home with humans or with the planet’s hidden races? There is no doubt that Hellboy  II looks amazing and visually it has director, Guillermo Del Toro stamped all over it (what is it with this dude and the multiple eyes??) but it suffers from messy plotting and clumsy characterisation that can’t be overcome even by a creature that has a baby-shaped tumour (don’t ask… it’s actually quite amusing). 2/5

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Nuada: Come with me if you want to live. Nuala: Arnie? Really?

Heartbeats

Best friends Marie (Monia Chokri) and Frankie (Xavier Dolan) meet achingly beautiful, Nico (Niels Schneider) at a party and both swiftly fall in love with him but Nico isn’t letting on which one, if either of them, he fancies. As the trio spend more and more time together Marie and Frankie’s relationship is stretched to breaking point. The chemistry between the three leads in this little hipster romance is intense along with the tension created as the viewer, Marie and Frankie all wonder what exactly Nico is up to. This is spoiled somewhat by some pretty OTT camera work and level of self-awareness that starts off kind of cool and ends up just being lame. Despite its faults, overall I actually quite liked this and I feel like Dolan, who also wrote and directed and was only twenty-one when this was made, could have an interesting future ahead of him. 3/5

So I was just standing there and it started raining marshmallows...

So I was just standing there and it started raining marshmallows…

2 Comments

  1. Oh my god – you watched four movies I haven’t seen! I think that’s the first time with your Film Friday. 🙂 Giant sounds good (but I hate when they’re too long). I think Annie Hall is in the IMDB Top 250 so I’ll have to watch it at some point…

    1. Abbi

      I’m quite impressed with myself in that case. Annie Hall is great. Really worth all the hype.

      I will admit that I didn’t watch Giant in one sitting and it is a whopper but it is a really good story.

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