Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Moving Pictures Monthly

Our Dancing Daughters (1928) - ***. "Wild" Joan Crawford battles "pure" Anita Page for Johnny Mack Brown's affections. Add dishy Dorothy Sebastian and you've got the penultimate 'jazz baby' silent film. Lotsa fun.

Defiance (1980) - ***. I remember seeing this at the drive-in back in high school. Merchant marine Jan-Michael Vincent battles New York gang with help from Theresa Saldana, Danny Aiello, Art Carney and future Soprano fixture Tony Sirico. Definitely a film of its time, but done with conviction.

Twilight (2008) - * 1/2. Christ, did this suck.

Le Samourai (1967) - ****. Alain Delon plays the definitive existential hired gun in Jean-Pierre Melville's homage to the American gangster film. A more masterful piece of coolness would be hard to find. Essential.