One of the best. Story of an already flawed and troubled cop going bad. The incredible Dana Andrews, along with the Ben Hecht-polished script, Preminger's long takes, and cinematographerJoseph LaShelle, Cyril Mockridge's score (but see below re the use of the ubiquitous Fox "Street Scene" theme, composed by Randy Newman's Uncle Alfred - who also composed the 20th Century Fox fanfare) really sells this.
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There are so many fascinating details about this movie, which I'm learning about on the disc. For example, it was a dangerous movie to shoot, and even Herzog marvels on one of the two commentaries, that he was able to do it at all. He calls it "a miracle" and "a mystery".
It's very flawed, but enjoyable. But not for the squeamish nor for people turned off by gun-fu. There are a *lot* rounds fired in this film. It's a bit gratuitous, but due to the nature of the characters and the setting, it didn't bother me.
Mad Max remains fresh. It put Australian cinema on the map. And now finally, we get to see it with the original Australian voices on it.
Yeah, AwDF is corny, but also classy, beautifully shot by Sol Polito and directed by Michael Curtiz (The Adventures of Robin Hood, White Christmas, Captain Blood, Casablanca ), with some great performances from Cagney, Bogie, The Dead End Kids, Ann Sheridan and Pat O'Brien. Also awesome musical score from the legendary Max Steiner (King Kong, Casablanca and Gone With the Wind among many others).
I put this spanking brand new Netflix Original series in my Watch List as soon as I watched the two trailers early last week, and I think they were only released last month. I mean, they had me at Winona Ryder, but the trailer seemed to promise something creepily scary. Horror, but of the more subtle variety.
That promise seemed to harken back to things like the Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone but with an over-arching show length story arc, with a strong Dean Koontz or Stephen King science fiction/horror feel, and yet also a kind of Steven Spielberg glow or ambience. Or at least a sparkle.
Also has a whiff of shows like the X-Files, or Eerie, Indiana (maybe more of the latter).
As soon as it dropped, the entire series was in my queue and I just watched the cold opening of episode 1, until the opening theme finished. And a great theme it is too. It also harkens back to themes of yesteryear, but more like 70's through 80's electronica - think Tangerine Dream or Jean Michel Jarre.
Which is appropriate, because the show is a "period piece", set in the 1980's. And I think it's the early 80's. We see someone use a dial phone! And something about that just feels so long ago and far away now.
And so far, it is keeping the promise of the trailers.
I'm going back to watch more of this first episode, which has been calling to me since the entire first season dropped on Friday.
Stay tuned: to be continued...
The Killing on Netflix: Deceptive Theme About Deception
This show has such a tortured production and "broadcast" history. I *almost* shy from watching it for fear of the massive disappointment so many critics and viewers reported.
But I think that I won't be due to the almost certain persistence of what is to me, the most important element of this show:
Not the plot.