Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Movie Weekend

I made it through two classics this weekend.

First: Citizen Kane

No, I had never seen it before. Yes, it is a really great movie. You can see lots of bits that have been "borrowed" from it over the years. If you have not seen it, give it a try.

Second: The Way We Were

I have seen this a few times. I will watch it anytime I am passing TCM/AMC/FMC and see it on. Sappy? Yes, but it is a beautiful movie. Visually it is very nice. The story is solid, if a bit rushed. The end is a dull knife between the 7th and 8th ribs, with a sharp twist. If you do not cry at this movie, you had better be "Three Laws" compliant, 'cause you're a robot, baby!

8 comments:

iasa said...

I love Citizen Kane. Unfortunately for those around me, I went through an intense Orson Welles phase as a kid.

Darius Whiteplume said...

It's a shame he descended into B-Movies and wine commercials. He was visionary.

Wings said...

Have tried to sit through "Citizen Kane", but I have had no luck. Maybe next time it's on TCM, I will give it another go.

Never saw "The Way We Were", either. But now I am intrigued!

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Sounds like I am back in film studies class and I love it. Kane is best seen after its been studied and you know all the innovation to look for and the personal history behind it.

Keith said...

I enjoyed both films. It is a shame that Orson Welles drifted into the career he ended up with.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I don't know much about Welles, but I wonder if Hearst/Hearst family had something to do with killing his career? Personally, I don't think it was that awful of a portrayal. Certainly Kane had his problems. I think W.R.H. was not used to being questioned or called out.

Video Production Massachusetts said...

Citizen Kane is a really good movie, glad you chose it. As for the other one "The Way We Were", I haven't heard of it before. I might check this out, although I'm not one for sap stories.

Darius Whiteplume said...

It is a classic. Probably Streisand's best film, and Redford is very good in it (like he ever isn't). Definitely worth checking out. Not sappy in the "Bridget Jones" vein, but certainly has its sad moments.

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