Finally back, with Wilder, Kubrick a direct to video gem and a piece of crap.
I love love love this film, everybody is perfect, but my personal favorite is Macmurray playing the finest asshole int he story of cinema. Jack Lemmon is also great as a loser anti-hero, nothing is black and white in this movie, which makes it more realistic than other films of its time, the supposed hero of the film uses The Apartment for personal gains lending it to his superiors, so they can use it for their sexual escapades. Probably the best directed movie by Wilder, just check out the office, and the party. Bittersweet ending, where you really don't know what's gonna happen next. Just shut up and deal.
"Kiss me, Stupid"
Minor Wilder, worth watching for an absolutely hilarious peformance by Dean Martin, is sort of an americanized italian sex farce, is just that anything after The Apartment would have been a dissapointment, Novak is pretty good and cute too, but Walston dissapoints in the lead role, which was supposed to be for Peter Sellers, who dropped out after having a heart attack, pretty sitcomy, but a bad Wilder is better than a mediocre film by anybody.
Another classic,probably Hollywood's first great black comedy, and still one of the best, a lot has been said about Swanson performance, but i believe Holden's was very underrated playing a man 10 years younger than him, a struggling writer with a brokedown car who finds an old Hollywood Mansion, where Swanson character lives, an old silent movie stat who is writing a script for her comeback, he promises to help her in exchange for money and a place to live, and becomes her gigolo. Full of great lines, " It was probably a very important chimp, maybe the great grandson of King Kong", "We didn't need dialogue. We had faces!". Cameos by many stars, it suffers a bit since we know from the beggining what's gonna happen, it starts with Holden's body in a pool and his after-dead narration very clever Mr Wilder, but nevertheless a great journey.
It pains me to say this, but i found it overlong and overrated, the kid was just annoying, and Shelley Duvall probably the ugliest actress ever, but like every Kubrick film, a great visual experience, the hotel was an amazing setting, and there many effective setpieces, it just take forever, and becomes predictable after a while. The most memorable Jack performance.
"Full Metal Jacket"
Most quotable movie ever: "i didn't know they stacked shit that high", "Pyle you climb like old people fuck", "You are so ugly you could be a modern art masterpiece", " you are a great guy, you can come to my house and fuck my sister", " Me so horny, me love you long time", wait i'm supposed to review the movie right?, the first half is one of the best pieces of cinema, showing what happens in the marines basic training, the deshumanization of man, so they can become killer machines, Vincent D'onofrio and R. Lee Ermey steal the movie with 2 chilling performances, then the movies stops and goes to Vietnam, where it shows 2 reporters going to their first mission, it doesn't look like Vietnam at all, it feels more like a WW2 film, more clicheish, and Kubrick trying to manipulate audiences with an overlong death scene.
Grade: first half: A. Second half: B- , full film: B+
So Pauly Shore films always got theatrical release, but this and the Ginger Snaps series doesn't, one more reason to hate Hollywood. Tom Ripley's older, married living in Europe, still a conman, tricks an englishman who is dying of cancer into becoming a hitman since he has nothing to lose, just because he offended him at a party, slow paced but always entretaining , full of twists, with a delightful performance by Malkovich, and a very underrated Scott. Leana Headey is quite fetching and would love to see more of her.
I hate when people complains when they say nothing happens in a movie, they are right about this one, Van Sant at his most pretentious conned the Cannes Jury into giving him 2 awards, for what is his second worst film of his carreer after the Psycho remake, pretty pointless, the performances are not bad, but is a failure at every other level, and commits what in my mind is the worst sin of bad cinema: its pretty damn boring.