12 May 2011

Movie week, days 5 and 6: Out of the Past; The Four Musketeers

Out of the Past [ 3/5 | IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes ]

From one volume 1 of my film noir collection, so far every one of which has been solid. This had the unusual form (though maybe common in noir) of having 30 minutes early on spent in narrated flashback. The odd aspect was that lead Robert Mitchum's narration detailed his time with a past love and was told to his current love interest. Twisty and interesting and with a very satisfyingly off-kilter final 20 minutes. It had many noir characteristics (the abovemetioned flashback, lead is a detective, femme fatale, lots of double-crossery) but, as with any good genre film, rose above being merely a genre film.

The Four Musketeers [ 3/5 | IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes ]

Sort of the Ocean's films of the 70s: a group of some of the biggest named actors of the time return to the sequel and have a lot of fun on screen. Watched the first movie last month. Both were ripping good yarns with action, humor, and the odd sets and wardrobes that I associate with the 1800s of 1970s films. These would be ideal choices for the now-defunct Screen on the Green: a perfect spectacle for large format viewing.

[ posted by sstrader on 12 May 2011 at 6:21:37 PM in Movie week | tagged film noir ]