Film Review Short Shorts: Hugo

sacha-baron-cohen-hugo

HUGO (2011) by Martin Scorsese: 6/10

24 Words or Less: I’d seen this before but forgotten what happened–not a good sign. All the ingredients are there, but somehow not a good bake.

Best bit: Getting to see some of George Méliès’ films.

Film Review Short Shorts: Catch Me If You Can

0086917_19288_MC_Tx360

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002) by Steven Spielberg: 9/10

24 Words or Less: Cinematic entertainment par excellence. A funny and charming cat-and-mouse game with two great leads and several moving moments, based on a true story. 

Best bit: Honorary mention for one of my favourite John Williams scores, which is little known and frustratingly difficult to get hold of.

 

N.B. When you inevitably want to do some extra-curricular research on the real Frank Abagnale, I highly recommend the talk he gave here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlQ5tyHLBRc, continued https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFtxf2gZSY0.

Film Review Short Shorts: The Story of Menstruation

Screen Shot 2012-11-29 at 1.47.47 PM

THE STORY OF MENSTRUATION (1946) produced by Walt Disney

24 Words or Less: As weird as it sounds. Hard to fight off images of Disney Princesses using Kotex products. 

Best bit: ‘Of course, you’ll want to keep a calendar.’

Film Review Short Shorts: Popeye the Sailor–Scrap the Japs

endres_scrap-the-japs_1

POPEYE THE SAILOR–SCRAP THE JAPS (1942) dir. Seymour Kneitel

24 Words or Less: Hard-working ‘Murican Popeye is attacked by buck-teethed villains whose culture and industry is apparently ripe for ridicule. 

Best bit: …hard to say. The whole thing is pretty depressing.

Film Review Short Shorts: Evil Mickey Attacks Japan

EvilMickey

TOY BOX SERIES, EPISODE 3, PICTURE BOOK 1936 (1934), produced by Komatsuzawa Hajime’s.

24 Words or Less: Strange and disturbing retaliatory propaganda cartoon with dancing dolls and tigers on the good side and a Mickey Mouse army on the bad side. 

Best bit: At the end, what is apparently some kind of nuclear substance is released on Mickey, reducing him to a skeleton, and everyone points and laughs. And you’re like… what… 

Film Review Short Shorts: Dating: Dos and Don’ts

 

wddad

DATING: DOS AND DON’TS (1949) dir. by Ted Peshak and Gilbert Altschul: 8/10

24 Words or Less: Very enjoyable, laughably simplistic P.I.F. with a storyline and values equivalent to most modern romcoms.

Best bit: ‘Woody thought of Janet, and how good looking she was… too bad Janet always acts so superior and bored.’

Film Review Short Shorts: The Godfather

ending

THE GODFATHER (1972) by Francis Ford Coppola: 9/10

24 Words or Less: At first I was looking for greatness rather than feeling it, but by the end scene I felt I’d found it in Pacino’s transformation.

Best bit: Nino Rota’s score almost comedically arises every time someone dies–so quite often. 

Blog at WordPress.com.
The Esquire Theme.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 118 other followers