The Night of the Hunter (1955)

The Night of the Hunter is one of the most bizarre movies I’ve seen, operating mostly as a crime thriller but also with elements of religious allegory, horror, and laugh-out-loud camp (an old lady walking down the street wielding an ax?). In very basic terms, this movie has the always creepy Robert Mitchum as an … Continue reading The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Company (2007)

The 2007 revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical Company, and likely the original as well, is a show peppered with painful truths and emotional heartbreak, but filled mostly with caricature. The serious subject matter is unfortunately often reduced to cartoonish images of marriage, which bog down the true heart and ambition of this musical. Company explores … Continue reading Company (2007)

Bikini Beach (1964)

Bikini Beach may be the Beach Party series at its camp best, with the one-two punch of over-the-top humor and some fantastic songs. While not the very best Beach Party film, it has all the trademarks of a classic and reminds us why this series is so special. The plot is similar in structure to … Continue reading Bikini Beach (1964)

The Great Gatsby (2013)

Like the tragic characters and stories that light up the screen and wrench up our hearts, The Great Gatsby 2013 film adaptation is almost more devastating for how great it could have been. Baz Luhrmann’s film is a very, very good one. But it is not great. The performances are excellent. Reviews have been somewhat mixed on Leonardo DiCaprio, … Continue reading The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Impossible (2012)

Disaster movies usually have a two-pronged challenge: to make a believable film, and to make an effective film. The surprisingly good The Impossible achieves both, through amazingly realistic sets and special effects and through the intense family drama of the narrative. It recounts the true story of a Spanish family of tourists in Thailand for Christmas 2004, … Continue reading The Impossible (2012)