This movie is 99 years old. That blows me away. We’re getting close to the point where we will be able to look back on more-and more surviving movies which are more than a century old. I guess the exact age doesn’t matter, but it is a reminder of both how rich film history is, but also how briefly the art-form has been with us compared to many other mediums. TILLIE’S PUNCTURED ROMANCE was the first feature-length comedy filmed. It is also one of the few silent films we have where Chaplin is not playing The Tramp.
Hi friends, it has been too long. I’m not sure I have ever gone nearly two full months without seeing a movie. It’s crazy to think is even possible to do so. But it was an insane semester at school, the kids had various health issues, and a show I directed ended up running longer than expected. Add that all up, mix in a first viewing of BAND OF BROTHERS (an incredible series!) and I went almost two months without any movie watching. I wish I had a more noble breaking of the fast than a minor action film co-written by Luc Besson, but maybe I needed to get my feet wet before diving into the deep.
Just minutes after finishing Fritz Lang’s master work, M, I moved on to something… different (and I am publishing this very late). The Michael Bay produced TEXAS CHAINSAW isn’t exactly legendary. I remember being indifferent towards it in theaters, but I bought the DVD because, well, back then I bought everything on DVD. This is a bit of a digression, but if any other person in the history of the world has done a double feature of M and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE I’d be surprised.
M is a film I’ve wanted to see for a long time. I am a big fan of Peter Lorre, though most of what I have seen is through his long association with Bogart. Perhaps this is too honest, but I had no idea M was a foreign language film. I knew that director Fritz Lang eventually fled Germany to make movies in America (after a short stop in Paris), and I thought M was made after that happened. Nope. This is the first sound film from Fritz Lang, and it is most definitely German.
Nominated for 2 Academy Awards, CON AIR is the epitome of grace and nuance in the normally overblown world of prisoners hijacking a US Marshal flight. Kidding, kidding. Well, kidding about everything except the Academy Awards part. This really did get nominated for two Oscars (sound and best song). It is the poster child for overly-silly R-Rated 90s action. And it is fun as shit.
I think I’ve finally sorted out this action movie bonanza on my site this year. It’s been a hectic 2013. Baby not sleeping, lots of classes, lots of work responsibility. When Liz and I sit down to watch a movie, there has been a somewhat conscious choice to avoid heavy or serious. This often leads to picking movies we’ve seen and which are easy to absorb (and easy to pause when the baby wakes up). Anyway, THE RUNDOWN falls into the easy to absorb category for sure. No work necessary in taking this thing in.