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I Watched Two More Movie Classics: ‘Cool Hand Luke’ and ‘In the Mood For Love’

I love watching classic movies. There’s something fascinating about looking back through time and discovering a surprise gem with a profoundly compelling story unlike anything that’s made these days.

Movies these days have become so generic. Everything’s a sequel or a reboot and if it is something new it’s an unoriginal mashup of past great movies. Hence the reason why Parasite’s arrival a couple of years ago was such a breath of fresh air. Parasite was as original as they come and guess what? It was really good too. Even this year’s Best Picture, Nomadland, was surprisingly original.

So, last night, I watched two classics: Cool Hand Luke and In the Mood for Love. So, with no further delay, here are my thoughts about these two movies.

Cool Hand Luke

Paul Newman is one of the most famous actors of all time and his most influential film just might be Cool Hand Luke. I honestly didn’t know what to expect but as I watched the film it became more and more clear that this movie was going to subvert every one of my expectations.

Was the movie great? I personally didn’t think so. At times it was hilarious and riveting…and then there were other times when the movie was as exacerbating as they come. When the movie concluded I was left staring straight ahead like, “What just happened?”

Yes, I know the movie is famous and I understand why but this wasn’t exactly my cup of tea.

4/5 stars

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My Review of Two Classics: ‘The Shooting’ and ‘Eyes Without a Face’

I like watching classic movies. They reveal quite a few of the less-than-subtle inspirations for famous movies nowadays while also shining in their own right, providing quite an enjoyable experience.

Today, I was almost about to watch the 1930s’ murder mystery The Thin Man and Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps but I was sidetracked by The Shooting, a western made in 1966 which featured none other than Jack Nicholson. I had to see what it was about.

The Shooting (1966) | The Criterion Collection

Turns out, The Shooting is the strangest Western I’ve ever seen, relying on a somewhat riveting storyline that never lets the viewer know what’s happening until the conclusion which was so shocking and unexpected that my mind was positively blown. It wasn’t the best Western I had ever seen and yet it’s one I’ll definitely remember for its unique qualities.

4/5 stars

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‘Black Narcissus’ Is Surprisingly Dark and I Loved It

The other day I was bored, looking for a movie, and my sister and I ran into a list of 20th Century Essentials put together by TCM on HBO Max. On that list was Black Narcissus, a film I never thought of watching until I read the synopsis: A group of nuns struggle to establish a convent in the Himalayas, while isolation, extreme weather, altitude, and culture clashes all conspire to drive the well-intentioned missionaries mad.

Yes, there were some seriously racist tones in this movie (but duh, it was made in 1947) but besides that, I was riveted. This movie about a bunch of nuns trying to create this convent in what used to be essentially a brothal was fascinating and the darker material shocked me. They just didn’t make these types of movies back then and not only was it more mature than I expected but it was actually quite scary toward the end. I’m talking watch-through-the-slits-in-your-fingers scary (at least for me anyway considering that I’m an ultra scaredy-cat.)

I got to say, this movie really was an essential and now I’m going to have to revisit that list because there were plenty of other movies that I hadn’t seen before.

I’m giving this movie 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars (besides the fact that it was super racist at times though, of course.)

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Another Stunning Classic: ‘A Place in the Sun’

A year-old podcast featuring two of my favorite people in Hollywood, Spike Lee and Alec Baldwin, led me to two great Oscar-winning classics; Lawrence of Arabia and A Place in the Sun.

I watched Lawrence of Arabia a few months ago and it’s safe to say, I was blown away. It’s undoubtedly one of my favorite movies of all time and probably the prettiest film I’ve ever seen…on top of that.

A Place in the Sun may have gotten beaten by An American in Paris for Best Picture (and I’m not mad with that decision) but it did take home six Oscars, and for good reason. This movie had my emotions jumping all over the place!

Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor were (and still are) deemed Hollywood’s “most beautiful couple” and I’m not surprised. In their prime, they were beautiful people who helped make this film even more enchanting. The story, though, left me reeling as its story continued to evolve until the conclusion which had me on the verge of tears. When the movie went off I was so pleased with the result but actually quite upset too. Geez, this movie was pretty entertaining.

I’m giving this movie 97 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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‘Casablanca’ Is a Boringly Riveting Classic

As someone who LOVES movies, I am a fan of watching films that are bona fide classics. There are really good movies that aren’t recognized for their greatness but are absolutely fantastic and then there are those films that every movie lover should watch. Casablanca is one of those must-watch movies that I was dying to see and when I finally got to see it, well, you could say I was disappointed.

I don’t watch old films often because they’re just that, old. Women are treated as damsels in distress and people of color aren’t depicted in the greatest light either. The heroes of the stories are always white males and with Hollywood becoming more diverse than ever these stories aren’t as fun to watch anymore.

Now I can say there are four old movies that I truly enjoy watching; The Wizard of OzImitation of LifePyscho, and An American in Paris. Those four movies are absolute gold to me and I was hoping Casablanca would join their ranks. Unfortunately, it didn’t.

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