Monday, August 30, 2010

Movies Last Week

Bride of the Monster (1955)
Edward D. Wood movie starring Bela Lugosi and Tor Johnson (as usual). Typical B-Grade movie, even worse because it was by Wood. I usually find his campy movies pretty entertaining, but this one, not so much. 2 out of 5 stars

Julian Sands stars in this 1989 movie about a Warlock who travels 300 years into the future to escape his fate back in Puritian America. He arrives in LA to wreck havoc while in search of the Devil's Bible, but he is followed by a witch hunter who is determined to get even for what the Warlock has done to him 300 years ago. As cheesy as it sounds, it was not that bad. 3 out of 5 stars.

Nothing Sacred (1937)
Small town girl mistakenly believes she is dying of radium poisining. And becomes the darling of the town. She manages to find love in her 'suffering'. Decent early romantic comedy. 3 out of 5 stars.

Dorian Gray (2010)
Ben Chaplin stars as Doiran Gray in the remake of the Wilde story. This was not my favorite adaptation. Chaplin is nice to look at, but for me the story lacked charm. For a good version of this, watch "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1976) starring Peter Firth. This new version I will give 3 out of 5 stars, just because the story itself is good.

The Legend of 1900
Tim Roth plays a jazz pianist who lives on a ocean liner. He was born on this ship, and found by a worker. The worker adopts him and names him 1900, as he was found/born on January 1, 1900. This story follows 1900 as he meets different characters during his time on the ship. 3 out of 5 stars for me.

La Mission
Benjamin Bratt stars in this independent film that was written and directed by Ben's brother Peter. Ben plays a macho ex-con, Che Rivera, who finds out his college bound son is gay. You can only imagine what happens. 4 out of 5 stars. This one got the highest rating of the week.

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