Imposter's Movielog, November 2004

Tags: 
  • Eyes Without A Face (1959, dir. Georges Franju) - Excellent
  • Broadway Bill (1934, dir. Frank Capra) - Good
  • The Last Laugh (1924, dir. F.W. Murnau) - Excellent -
  • Destination Moon (1950, dir. Irving Pichel) - Very Good
  • I ♥ Huckabees (2004, dir. David O. Russell) - Very Good
  • The Ox-Bow Incident (1943, dir. William A. Wellman) - Excellent
  • House Of Flying Daggers (2004, dir. Zhang Yimou) - Very Good
  • Chungking Express (1994, dir. Wong Kar-Wai) - Excellent -
  • Bob le Flambeur (1955, dir. Jean-Pierre Melville) - Excellent -
  • Ray (2004, dir. Taylor Hackford) - Good +
  • Love Me Tonight (1932, dir. Rouben Mamoulian) - Good
  • Picture Bride (1994, dir. Kayo Hatta) - Good +
  • L'Atalante (1934, dir. Jean Vigo) - Excellent
  • 2046 (2004, dir. Wong Kar-Wai) - Very Good ++
  • Grand Theft Parsons (2003, dir. David Caffrey) - Good +
  • The Story Of Qiu Ju (1992, dir. Zhang Yimou) - Excellent -
Author Comments: 

This month's ratings scale: Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor, borrowed from DVD Savant.

How is Love Me Tonight? I'm curious because I know his Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the previous year pretty well.

I guess I should clarify--I see that it's rated "good" but I was interested in why.

His Jekyll/Hyde is terrific, as is The Mark Of Zorro, but Love Me Tonight is some pretty lite fare in comparison. It's a perfectly fine movie, but can easily slip from the mind afterwards. I really only watched it for Myrna Loy, who's sublime here (as always).

I may have to look into Zorro, then. Never actually seen anything with Myrna Loy--unfortunately Fredric March doesn't really do it for me (particularly as Hyde). But I really like the way the movie brings out some ideas that are a little more buried in the book, like the conflicts between science and religion. And Mamoulian's filming of night scenes is wonderfully atmospheric, all those claustrophobic dark alleys and shadows.