Criss Cross, a review by Antares
Criss Cross (1949) 78/100 - I really wanted to like this a lot more than I did, but it has a few glaring problems that keep it from being considered a masterpiece in the film noir genre. First, there isn't enough exposition in the beginning of the film to explain the relationship between Steve and Anna. Second, Dan Duryea doesn't get enough screen time or character development. Third, the ending is a little convoluted. Where did Anna and Steve get all the money they have when Nelson brings Steve to the house in Palo Alto? Back at the robbery, Steve is shot in the shoulder and passes out, holding on to one half of the payroll. The other half is taken by Slim and the rest of the gang. So how did Anna wind up with Steve's share? After Steve passes out, the scene shifts to him waking up in his hospital room, a hero for saving half of the payroll. I've been going over it in my head and it doesn't make any sense. Aside from that, the film is a blueprint for what a film needs to be considered a classic noir. You have the amazingly seductive femme fatale, played by the drop dead gorgeous Yvonne De Carlo. De Carlo is the actress that Ava Gardner always wishes she could have become. She can play either a good girl or the tempting bad girl with ease. I couldn't take my eyes off of her and it's a shame that she's primarily remembered for her role as Lily Munster, because she definitely has talent. You have the poor sap, who doesn't know whether or not he's being played for a fool, but can't help himself because the little head is doing all the thinking for the big head. Top those off with a nail biting story, believable heist sequence and decent bad guys and you should have the makings of a masterpiece. But unfortunately, those problems I spoke of hinder this film's ability to reach that strata. It's a good film with a very good final scene, but it could have been more... much more.
What the color coding means...
Teal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is
(From Antares' Short Summations on November 17th, 2012)
Flying Deuces (1931), a review by addicted2dvd
Stan Laurel as Himself
Oliver Hardy as Himself
Jean Parker as Georgette
Reginald Gardiner as François
Oliver is heartbroken when he finds that Georgette, the innkeeper's daughter he has fallen in love with, is already married to a dashing foreign Legion officer. To forget her, he joins the Legion, taking Stanley with him. Their bumbling eventually get them charged with desertion and sentenced to a firing squad.
My Thoughts:I felt like a little classic comedy today. And sense I never seen very much of Laurel and Hardy... I thought this was the perfect time to check out this movie. Not a bad movie... got a few chuckles out of me. But I was expecting more... after all... this is Laurel and Hardy... one of the best known classic comedic duos. But I don't know... they don't seem to rank up there with Abbott & Costello... at least not in my opinion.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Alphabet Marathon: The Unwatched Version on September 2nd, 2011)
Angel Marathon, a review by DJ Doena
Harm's WaySynopsis: Harmony doesn't feel like she is accepted, neither by Angel nor by her colleagues. When she awakes one day on the side of a dead man - bitten by a vampire - she panics because Angel has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to the killing of humans.
My Opinion: Very funny episode from the POV of a recurring character. But Angel does treat her very dismissively. Unfortunately it's hard to translate episode titles like this into other languages. German episode titles have a tendency to spoil the episode. Not only with this but most TV shows. For example: Imagine a science fiction show episode where someone makes a clone of himself but this would only be revealed at the end of the episode. The original title would be something like "Look Upon Yourself". Most likely the german title would be "Der Klon" ("The Clone").
And I am not alone in that assessment.
Soul PurposeSynopsis: Angel has more often and longer lasting dreams that tell him that he is not the chosen one of the Shanshu prophecy. Lindsey on the other hand represents himself to Spike as "Doyle" and declares that it was him who made Spike corporeal again and that he has visions from the "Powers That Be".
My Opinion: If they couldn't get Sarah Michelle
PS: "Soul Purpose" was the only episode in "Angel" that one of the cast (David Boreanaz) directed.
DamageSynopsis: A young woman with great strength escapes from a mental institution. As it turns out, she was one of the potential Slayers and is now - thanks to Willow's spell - a Vampire Slayer. Now she's after Spike whom she believes to be her former torturer.
My Opinion: Even Buffy thinks that it was a bad idea that Angel took the job of CEO at Wolfram & Hart's. The episode was average, but the self-reflection of Spike at the end and the appearance of 12 Slayers raised it a bit. It's sad that we haven't met Buffy personally, I thought there would be another crossover after the "Buffy" finale.
(From Angel Marathon on February 26th, 2008)