Friday, December 5, 2008

30's movies marathon - part 4

The Most Dangerous Game (1932, USA) - A hunter of big game runs his yacht across a reef of Dramatic Irony, and becomes himself the hunted on a mad Cossack's island. Contrived and badly acted, but gets points for making the quintessential Star Trek episode 30 years ahead of time.

The Island of Lost Souls (1932, USA). Good Island of Dr. Moreau, starring .. The Panther Woman?? Yes that's what the credits say. Anyway the manimals rebel and chant "Law no more!", thus making some point or other.

La Chienne (1931, France) - Introduced by a puppet, who mocks the conventions of filmmaking. Watched: 18 minutes. IMDB reviewers say that with this movie, French cinema enters the pathway to genius..

The Public Enemy (1931, USA) - Gangster childhood! Starring James Cagney, as an unconvincing teenager. Remember, kids, selling beer isn't cool.

Le Bonheur (1934, France) - Surreal allegory about happiness. Impressive, whatever. Watched: 10 minutes.

White Zombie (1932, USA) - Ooh .. I had forgotten that zombies came from voodoo! But I prefer the kind that eats brrrraaaiiiinnnsss. This movie is terrrriiiiibbbllleeeee. Okay, I'll stop now. Watched: 10 minutesssss.

The Big Trail (1930, USA) - Westerns got better over the years. Watched: 6 minutes.

Taxi (1932, USA) - Cab drivers can be gangstahs too! Yes, but I'm tired of gangster movies. Even if this one's got a yiddish-speaking James Cagney. Watched: 9 minutes.

Flight Commander (1930, USA) - Won the Oscar for best writing, which is a mystery I don't care to explore. Watched: 11 minutes.

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