Friday, October 7, 2016

Film Friday

A detective (Dana Andrews) investigates the murder of a woman (Gene Tierney) in New York City.  Vincent Price and Clifton Webb as two contrasting suitors of Laura.  Directed by Otto Preminger.  From the novel by Vera Caspary.  It's an old-time film and seems like it.  But it also fits the noir category, so it holds up better than other films of the era.  I enjoyed seeing Price outside the horror movie genre.  Tierney's pretty.  It's a decent film, though not the classic it's made out to be.

Daniel Day-Lewis as an Italian film director who's juggling a wife (Marion Cotillard), a mistress (Penelope Cruz), and professional issues.  With Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Fergie, Sophia Loren, and Judi Dench.  Some good music: "Be Italian" (Fergie), "Cinema Italiano" (Hudson), and "Take It All" (Cotillard) notably.  It moves along at a good pace.  Probably more style than substance, but I enjoyed it.  A modest thumb up.
(Based on the musical play Nine, which was inspired by the film 8 1/2.)

The Imitation Game  
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, an English mathematician who played a key role in cracking German naval codes during World War II.  With Keira Knightley.  It's an interesting film.  Though I didn't understand the way the code breaking worked.  Knightley's role was a bit odd.  Anyway, Turing was a big deal in the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence.


  1. Love Laura! Clifton Webb is the dandy:) I haven't seen Nine yet but one day, I will. I really liked The Imitation Game but have no clue how it worked...just know that it did and he helped save the war.

    1. Interesting. I would not have thought of him as your type.

      Happy Thanksgiving in advance. :)

    2. Only that he would be a fun friend since he was very gay and loved his mom. I easily go for Daniel Day Lewis:)

  2. I really enjoyed The Imitation Game as well, but then, I have a thing for WWII in general. I didn't fully understand everything about the code breaking either, just the general gist, and that's ok. Turing was a genius and I am not. There are just some things I'm not meant to fully understand. LOL!