Wake in Fright (1971)
I went into the movie blind, not knowing what to expect. Made during “the golden age” of Australian cinema. They sure get through a lot of beer in this movie. I hated the animal cruelty scenes which I guess shows the recklessness and savageness of the community. There is an imminent threat throughout about what these men are capable of. It balances between utopia and nightmare. The alcohol is almost like a recruitment tool for newcomers to stay, and you sense that he is just one of many who have dropped out of society and are stuck in the small town.
A critic wrote: “The kindness of strangers has never seemed more terrifying. I also like this comment: "Wake in Fright is a monster movie, and the monster is us.”
Favorite quote: “You need a drink” “No, water please” “Water is only for washing, drink it up”
A sweet heart-warming Italian movie. Besides being in love with the local woman, the friendship the postman strikes up with the exiled poet is what made the movie special.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
A couple of scenes with Quill stayed with me, introducing the green girl to his music tape, and when he risks his life for her. The prison breakout was also memorable. The blue guy’s arrow is pretty deadly I must say.
A fun blockbuster with a sense of humor, impressive special effects, and enjoyable retro 70s soundtrack. Maybe I would have liked Guardians even more on the big screen. On dvd it’s a different experience.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
A film I had watched scenes from just never the whole thing before. Mainly memorable for the combined animation and live action, which has aged remarkably well. The script is highly quotable, and has entertainment value for adults too, with cultural references to for example Harvey (1950).
Favorite quote: “I can’t help it, I was drawn that way”
While it is quite gripping and well-acted by Jake Gyllenhaal in his dual role, I don’t think it’s in the same league as Double Life of Veronique or Mulholland Dr. A good thriller, by a good director(Denis Villeneuve), and held my attention to the end. Perhaps I need to rewatch this one.
I already reviewed four new releases this month: Interstellar (2014), Nightcrawler (2014) 1989 (2014) (documentary), and The Look of Silence (2014) (documentary). You can read them here.
Agree or disagree. Watched anything great in November? As always, comments are welcome!