John Cassavetes - C or D

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I've never seen any of his films. I was planning on watching Gloria today but it turned out to be the Sharon Stone remake - arrrgh. So is he any good then?

Justyn Dillingham, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

New "don't mention K. Hanna" answers.

Justyn Dillingham, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Uneven, but often brilliant. I find "Faces" is a very powerful movie, a good one to start off with to get used to his style. "Killing of a Chinese Bookie" I think is a masterpiece, just totally spot-on and quirky, one of the least typical gangster films I can think of. "Love Streams" is another great one. The one about racism (can't remember the name, but it was scored by Charles Mingus) is a bit goofy, mostly due to the low budget and dated acting. "A Child is Waiting" is quite good, but very mainstream and not at all representative of his style (it's his "Spartacus"). Most of all, Cassavettes had wonderfully lowbeat endings...the married couple drained and listless on the stairs in "Faces", Ben Gazzara's nightclub owner walking out into the street in "Bookie", Cassavettes waving goodbye to Rowland in "Love Streams". The stuff that makes true cinema, in my book.

Joe, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

What was the one where Gena Rowlands played I believe a mother who was cracking up or had mental problems or something? I saw that years ago. Rowlands was excellent as I recall.

Sean, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"what's your take on Casavette's x2 alcholic, genuis, alcholic, genius."

Letigre- What's Your Take on Cassavete's

sorry, it's a song also asking whether Cassavete's is clasic or dudd. Haven't seen his films so i cant comment but he inspires good songs.

chris, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

It's "A Woman Under the Influence", btw.

Sean, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

New "don't mention K. Hanna" answers.

someone didn't see that.

di, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Firstly, he was kinda sexy as an actor; see Rosemary's Baby. Gena Rowlands was his wife, and he put her in a bunch of movies, to the benefit of both. I think his son just put her in a movie recently, something like that. Shadows was his first film, it's a really impressionistic, jazzy take on interracial relationships in NY. A Woman Under the Influence is great, as is Gloria, both are similar actually as is Opening Night, all which use Gena Rowlands as this sort of archtypal woman under the influence figure, classically breaking down and beautiful. In Husbands he uses Ben Gazarra and Peter Falk as part of a bunch of married men who live in Long Island and work in the city who decide to go a spree. His films may seem a bit dated now, though I think his style was very influential, he was into improvising, fairly low- budget, freewheeling ensemble pieces, and all of it seems to be made up as they go along, in a good way. I only wish he acted more, but I think he only did that to pay the bills, what he really wanted to do was direct. Classique: in a very '60s/'70s Americana sort of way...

Mary, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

two years pass...
okay, i saw that criterion "Five Films" 5xDVD box but was turned off by this particular retailer's price ($110). anyone know of a place online to pick it up on the cheap-cheap?

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 11 October 2004 19:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Amazon is $93. Scarecrow is $90. ebay's ceiling is around $80.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 11 October 2004 19:33 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.dvdaficionado.com/price.html?dvd=47248 - clunky, but it's the top set on my DVD wishlist/price comparison page.

DVD Planet is the current winner at $81.22 w/ free shipping.

I was thinking about reviving this today. I've never seen any of Cassavetes films and I'm a little scared off by the 'actorly' tag/mythos. I associate Method-y stuff with Sean Penn overacting, are Cassavetes films good or bad in that regard?

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Monday, 11 October 2004 19:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Hmm, I don't think I'm qualified to answer this question as I'm not very aware of any "actorly"-ness affliction but if you are referring to the "verite" quality of the acting (esp. in "Woman Under The Influence", "Minnie & Moskowitz", "Gloria"), I think you'll find it pretty believable. Do you like Raymond Carver's mid-70s work?

A lot of people are unloading their original issue Cassavetes' DVDs so you may be able to find one on the cheap ($10) which may be a more conversative investment.

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 11 October 2004 20:17 (sixteen years ago) link

same stance as gyxax, but Husbands is my favorite by Cassavetes. Three crotchity old friends pick up and bag english chicks for a few nights and get all drunk and mad at each other.

brock (brock), Monday, 11 October 2004 20:39 (sixteen years ago) link

The boxset is worth every penny.

Jeff-PTTL (Jeff), Monday, 11 October 2004 20:48 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Husbands and Love Streams should have been in this box (which i just bought for £30.99 from play.com).

jed_ (jed), Thursday, 22 June 2006 23:04 (fifteen years ago) link

they are both out of print :(

¨ˆ¨ˆ¨ˆ¨ˆ¨ˆ¨ˆ (chaki), Thursday, 22 June 2006 23:09 (fifteen years ago) link

so were other things that are in this box, no? i have only seen "A Woman..." (years ago) what to watch first? i watched a bit of Shadows. it looked kinda crappy lol.

jed_ (jed), Thursday, 22 June 2006 23:16 (fifteen years ago) link

minnie and moskowitz should've been in it too.

¨ˆ¨ˆ¨ˆ¨ˆ¨ˆ¨ˆ (chaki), Thursday, 22 June 2006 23:42 (fifteen years ago) link

one of the great things about cassavetes is his attempt, somewhere in the middle of his career, to try and take movie genres (romantic,gangsters etc...) and combine them with his style - the improvisised,realistic style based extremely on acting/actors/The great Gena Rowlands.
He did it great in the lighter "minnie and moskowitz" (the love genre), Chinese bookie and Gloria (crime/gangsters/noir genre) and "opening night" (films about actors).
from his other period, the straight style Cassavetes, "women under" and "faces" are probably the best.too long, yes, but powerfull and very original at least to its time.and you cant dismiss the acting.

"shadows" is a curiosity for itself, it got a bit old, but steel is very good.

emekars (emekars), Thursday, 22 June 2006 23:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Love Streams is a tour de force.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Friday, 23 June 2006 03:08 (fifteen years ago) link

Love Streams is in print in R2!

Jeff LeVine (Jeff LeVine), Friday, 23 June 2006 05:50 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Just got Opening Night. I better like it or else.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 3 January 2008 18:44 (thirteen years ago) link

uh oh.

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 3 January 2008 18:45 (thirteen years ago) link

"faces" is probably my all-time favorite, i think shadows is VERY VERY good though, and the datedness of some of the performances just makes it more fascinating by my lights

can't remember who said it or even the exact quote, it may have been peter falk, saying that everyone thought cassavetes' movies were improvised but he says "are you kidding? there's no way i could think up lines like that - no, every line was written"

i believe that's true for "shadows" as well, and the title at the beginning (or end?) saying "THIS ENTIRE MOVIE WAS IMPROVISED" was actually a p.r. stunt

i find absolutely nothing "actorly" about any of his movies, which is surprising given his sometimes abhorrent working methods

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 3 January 2008 18:51 (thirteen years ago) link

(i.e. slapping people when they weren't "angry" enough!)

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 3 January 2008 18:51 (thirteen years ago) link

bits of Faces excepted, I haven't liked any one of his films; I know he wrote scripts, but he indulged his actors, refusing to curb their mannerisms. Those running times are brutal too.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 3 January 2008 18:53 (thirteen years ago) link

"i believe that's true for "shadows" as well, and the title at the beginning (or end?) saying "THIS ENTIRE MOVIE WAS IMPROVISED" was actually a p.r. stunt"

haha right - I saw a back-to-back screening of "Shadows" and "Faces" a couple of months ago. The line about improvisations was right at the end. I didn't know whether to believe it or not, as I simply don't know about how improvising makes it onto films and how you could identify such a thing -- I'd think of seeing something really raw, something that could annoy an audience, perhaps. In that sense, nothing in "Shadows" fit that, unlike the beginning of "Faces", which I really loved, though I had to really stick with it after that opening.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 3 January 2008 21:10 (thirteen years ago) link

What's that song at the end of "Faces", it ws really perfect wasn't it?

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 3 January 2008 21:11 (thirteen years ago) link

woman under the influence is one of my fav movies - gena rowlands is so scary good in it

jhøshea, Thursday, 3 January 2008 21:16 (thirteen years ago) link

just scary to me.

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 3 January 2008 21:22 (thirteen years ago) link

that too

jhøshea, Thursday, 3 January 2008 21:26 (thirteen years ago) link

one more vote for Faces. I liked that one. I think I saw a couple of others like ten years ago that didn't really make an impression - other than "wow, this is kind of annoying."

I do want to see Husbands. Is that the only one of his films in which he also starred.

will, Thursday, 3 January 2008 21:38 (thirteen years ago) link

I can prob Google that.

will, Thursday, 3 January 2008 21:38 (thirteen years ago) link

I used to have a giant Faces poster that I got in Paris during a Cassavetes revival. I think over time I started liking the poster more than the actual movie.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Thursday, 3 January 2008 21:51 (thirteen years ago) link

im surprised hes not getting more ilx luv here

jhøshea, Thursday, 3 January 2008 21:54 (thirteen years ago) link

ILX hates faked improv.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 3 January 2008 21:54 (thirteen years ago) link

I'll know after tonight whether I think that Cassavetes ever got a good performance from his wife; to me her best work is still in Another Woman.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 3 January 2008 21:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Tracer OTM about the, uh, non-actorly-ness of Cassavetes films (although I guess I prefer his later films to his earlier ones where the 'improv' is foregrounded). The workshop element seems to lie much more in pacing and story-logic than the kind of mannerisms Alfred mentions.

C0L1N B..., Thursday, 3 January 2008 22:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Opening Night is my fav Cassavetes, and his best with Gena Rowlands. Minnie and Moskowitz rates a close second.

Sparkle Motion, Thursday, 3 January 2008 23:24 (thirteen years ago) link

The brutal running times is the only thing that keeps me from going back to my 5 Films collection more, but everytime I do the naturalism (from actors and equally the look of the films) pulls me right back in.

A Woman is still my fave, but obviously I'm gonna have to rep for Ben Gazzara's character in killing of a chinese bookie.

Cosmo Vitelli, Thursday, 3 January 2008 23:32 (thirteen years ago) link

I've only seen two: Killing of a Chinese Bookie (which was GREAT) and Gloria (which was AWFUL). never understood where his rep comes from.

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 3 January 2008 23:36 (thirteen years ago) link

the other good ones?

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 3 January 2008 23:38 (thirteen years ago) link

never seen minnie and moskowitz, big trouble's okay, gloria's pretty obnoxious, otherwise yes yes yes

Cosmo Vitelli, Thursday, 3 January 2008 23:47 (thirteen years ago) link

"never seen minnie and moskowitz"

my fave cassavetes movie.made in the (better)period of his genre movies,this is the "romantic comedy" one.

Zeno, Friday, 4 January 2008 00:02 (thirteen years ago) link

LOVE STREAMS, GUYS

impudent harlot, Friday, 4 January 2008 02:23 (thirteen years ago) link

Love Streams: Not on DVD (officially), barely +0rren+able. It's been 3 weeks, seeders!

Sparkle Motion, Friday, 4 January 2008 20:08 (thirteen years ago) link

don't sleep on minnie and moskowitz, everyone.

chaki, Friday, 4 January 2008 20:16 (thirteen years ago) link

MIKEY & NICKY. Elaine shoulda been around more often

Dr Morbius, Friday, 4 January 2008 20:30 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

So far out of the 5 disc box set, I've watched 'A Woman Under' and 'The Killing of a Chinese Bookie'. I loved both movies, but really The Killing was amazing and so odd. What kind of a strip bar was that, those skits?? When he leaves the casino with the girls, which I wasn't expecting it to look as it did either, I almost cried. I was moved by this movie in such a unexpected way. Which of the remaining films should I watch next? Shadows? Faces? Opening Night?

Jacob Sanders, Saturday, 1 August 2009 20:02 (eleven years ago) link

nine months pass...

We don't discuss his acting much. Edge of the City has a first-rate performance by Sidney Poitier (loose, laughing and casual like never before or since) and a weirdly moving one by Cassavetes. As dock workers who become best friends, they have real chemistry, and Macho Man of All Macho Men Cassavetes plays it like he's got a crush on him; he certainly cares more about Poitier than the girl Poitier sets him up with.

cool and remote like dancing girls (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 1 May 2010 01:11 (eleven years ago) link

Brooklyn retro of the acting and directing:

http://www.bam.org/film/2013/cassavetes

playwright Greg Marlowe, secretly in love with Mary (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 6 July 2013 15:42 (seven years ago) link

saw the 108-minute cut of ...Chinese Bookie. Admired about a quarter of it. Cassavetes and I don't mix -- and I've tried.

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 6 July 2013 17:04 (seven years ago) link

try the Elaine May version!

playwright Greg Marlowe, secretly in love with Mary (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 6 July 2013 17:41 (seven years ago) link

Elaine May version?

The Butthurt Locker (cryptosicko), Saturday, 6 July 2013 20:14 (seven years ago) link

i love that cassavetes' favorite director was frank capra.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Saturday, 6 July 2013 20:15 (seven years ago) link

nine months pass...

Big Trouble playing this weekend in NYC. I'll finally cover the Falk-Arkin diptych.

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 May 2014 14:24 (seven years ago) link

Just read the Ray Carney BFI monograph on Shadows, after watching the movie for the first time. Carney confirms what Tracer Hand said way upthread and a lifetime ago, that the second, longer version (the one that's in circulation today) was almost entirely scripted, although the film did initially have its roots in an improvisation.

I like the fact that Cassavetes would constantly rework his movies, so that a number of them - Shadows, Chinese Bookie, Husbands - exist (or existed) in markedly different versions, because the films themselves often give off the sense that they're as much about process and play as they are about arriving at any kind of fixed, permanent statement or narrative. Flux cinema.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 1 May 2014 15:21 (seven years ago) link

Big Trouble might be the worst movie I've ever seen by a director I otherwise love.

Funk autocorrect (cryptosicko), Thursday, 1 May 2014 16:34 (seven years ago) link

well even ppl who like it agree it's only partly "his"

http://www.avclub.com/article/my-year-of-flops-case-file-37-ibig-troublei-14928

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 May 2014 18:35 (seven years ago) link

Yale-pajamas!

Ludo, Thursday, 1 May 2014 19:31 (seven years ago) link

last half hour of Big Trouble in partic is an unholy mess, but early peaks of Arkin's "sardine liqueur" take and Falk "heart attack" in drug store are LOL.

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Monday, 5 May 2014 14:56 (seven years ago) link

four weeks pass...

"Shadows" June 15th at Nat. gallery of Art in DC

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 16:31 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

Finally saw Love Streams.

I've undoubtedly had my expectations inflated by the years of the film's inaccessibility and its status as the last real Cassavetes film, going into this unable to accept anything less than an flat-out masterpiece. The shift towards surrealism in the final act were startling, to say the least, but I'm not sure how successful they are--Rowlands's joke-shop pranks on her family are every bit as hilarious/sad/unhinged as her on-stage breakdown from Opening Night, but the ballet sequence feels like a bit of an overreach, and the dog/man bit towards the very end (an in-joke stemming from the director's staging of the source play, the Criterion essay informs) is a bit of Bunelian whimsy that doesn't quite work. Other attempts at symbolism are outright ham fisted--Rowlands literally travelling around with too much baggage feels like a rookie's touch, not a veteran's. I also thought Cassavetes offering his eight-year-old son a beer put too fine a point on the scuzziness of the character; his later abandonment of the child in a Vegas hotel room felt more like something the character would do (negligence, rather than willful corruption).

There's still a lot that's great here, though: I think Rowlands was supported by stronger scripts in both A Woman Under the Influence and Opening Night, but no one ever offered her better roles than her husband (Minnie and Moskowitz needs to become available next), and any moment she's on screen here is captivating. The minor character of the lounge singer's mother was a nice touch; I don't know that Cassavetes's work was intended as a diagnosis own generation as broken and rudderless, but the occasional inability of his characters to comprehend the ambitions and responsibilities of of the younger generation emerges as a subtle thread (see also, Faces). The presence of children in the film--one unwanted by his parent, another rejecting the emotional neediness of hers--probably alludes to enough of a backstory for the two main characters that we don't need the script to fill in the details of how they got to where they are.

OK, I'm liking the film better already...

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Saturday, 3 January 2015 23:35 (six years ago) link

Minnie and Moskowitz is available as a Region 2 DVD:

http://www.mrbongo.com/products/minnie-moskowitz-1971

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Monday, 5 January 2015 07:26 (six years ago) link

nice review, crypto. I watched the Criterion edition. The continuity in places is still baffling, and in eight places out of ten Cassavetes will put the camera in the wrong spot.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00 (six years ago) link

Thanks!

The film has been lingering in my mind quite a bit since I watched it last week, my initial objections feeling less and less relevant.

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:10 (six years ago) link

I'm still thinking about it

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:18 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

Those kids in Love Streams are pretty terrible actors.

Late JC just makes me think of that story of Bette Davis stomping out of a Broadway rehearsal of Night of the Iguana, screaming "I'm sick of this Method SHIT!"

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Monday, 5 October 2015 01:02 (five years ago) link

what is the point of that ballet/opera dream sequence, when the camera is miles away from anything interesting?

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Monday, 5 October 2015 01:04 (five years ago) link

I was unsurprised to learn that JC threw out the last third of the play script... a shame he didn't replace it with anything, perhaps.

(Diahnne Abbott looking lovely in the CC supplementary interview btw)

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Monday, 5 October 2015 18:25 (five years ago) link

Lots of LS is pretty terrible.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 5 October 2015 18:46 (five years ago) link

love streams is really hard to get through, but im glad he made it. godbless cannon films.

chaki (kurt schwitterz), Monday, 5 October 2015 18:53 (five years ago) link

the kid slamming his head against the door til it bleeds!

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Monday, 5 October 2015 18:57 (five years ago) link

i think minnie and moskowitz is a really special, magical film. wish it was held in better regard. also his son stole a lot of it for the notebook!

chaki (kurt schwitterz), Tuesday, 6 October 2015 00:11 (five years ago) link

Trying to to reconcile the first and last halves of that post.

Norse Jung (Eric H.), Tuesday, 6 October 2015 00:17 (five years ago) link

he stole it from a notebook -- presto!

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 October 2015 00:22 (five years ago) link

ok i was being hyperbolic when i said he "stole" a lot of it, but in a way the notebook can be looked at as the story of john and gena and so can m & m.

chaki (kurt schwitterz), Tuesday, 6 October 2015 00:28 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

Saw Gloria for the first time, beautiful 35mm print (intro'd by the guy who wrote that City on Fire novel). Great Rowlands, and goofy genre wears better than the late-era endless improv stuff of Love Streams et al.

Lots of NYC street scene madeleines from the summer of '79, oh man.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 December 2015 05:29 (five years ago) link

Garth Risk Hallberg suggested after the screening that Gena's squalling 6-year-old co-star could've been an inspiration for the dancing dwarf of Twin Peaks.

http://www.filmlinc.org/page/-/uploads/comment/archives2010/marapr/gloria.png

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 December 2015 15:08 (five years ago) link

i do not enjoy gloria.

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 11 December 2015 16:32 (five years ago) link

Haven't seen this one either. Figure its gotta be better than Big Trouble, though.

Fetty Wap Is Strong In Here (cryptosicko), Friday, 11 December 2015 18:35 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

just saw The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and when I was walking out of the theater I heard some guy say "it was great...I gave up on following the plot, though."

...

flappy bird, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 02:08 (four years ago) link

entirely fair assessment

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 02:23 (four years ago) link

sorry, he said "i gave up on trying to follow the plot." dude it's the title of the movie

it was the 108 minute cut... i'd like to see the longer one, what are the differences besides the strip club routines?

flappy bird, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 02:41 (four years ago) link

i don't know bcz i think i've only seen the extended (original) one.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 02:50 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Andrew Bujalski seems surrealism in Opening Night

https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/5876-john-cassavetes-underrated-surrealist

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:16 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

i watched "minnie & moskowitz" having never seen another cassevetes(-directed) movie before. i think i enjoyed it but also had one of those "the past is a foreign country" things that i sometimes have with '70s independent movies where not only are the decor and fashion and street scenes so different from how things are now, the people don't behave or talk like any person i've ever met. from what i know about cassavetes movies, the constant yelling and anger and fucked-up relationships seem to be more about him than about actual human behavior, i'm guessing? anyways, the acting was all good, i loved the bit with timothy carey accosting cassel in the diner near the beginning and the monologue by the loser who takes gena on the lunch date, and the scene near the end with the two moms was funny.

na (NA), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 20:00 (one month ago) link

I think two things are simultaneously true: 1. people talked differently in the '70s and 2. the way people confront each other and the general rhythm of human interactions in Cassavetes films is very much a product of JC's imagination.

That Dick Cavett Show segment when he goes on to promote Husbands with Gazzara and Falk seems to me like JC attempting to bring a little of his movie reality into actual reality (or whatever you call a TV talk show). And the results are kind of awkward.

Josefa, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 21:29 (one month ago) link

I just noticed Mazursky's Tempest in on Criterion.. I might check it out tonite, it's been years since I've seen it

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 21:35 (one month ago) link

Haven't seen M&M yet (soon), but I did just watch Martin Ritt's Edge of the City, with JC and Sidney Poitier in a mildly homoerotic spin on On the Waterfront. On Criterion til the end of the month, and recommended.

edited for dog profanity (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 22:32 (one month ago) link

Tempest is a time capsule, man.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 22:33 (one month ago) link

the constant yelling

That just overwhelmed everything else in Minnie & Moskowitz for me--if there was anything good in there, it was drowned out by the constant yelling.

clemenza, Thursday, 13 May 2021 00:02 (one month ago) link

The constant yelling in M&M vs the constant laughing in Faces

Josefa, Thursday, 13 May 2021 00:25 (one month ago) link

Well, Tempest was a bloated, aimless mess but still a pretty fun watch. I thought I'd seen it before and remembered it all being on the Greek island, but at least half of it is in NYC and Atlantic City. Acting is great, but as a romantic comedy it fails on both fronts, so I'm not sure how to classify it.
A film that cost $13 million and did $5 million at the box office, and you can see why.

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 13 May 2021 16:33 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

there was almost as much yelling as laughing in Faces

Dan S, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 00:51 (two weeks ago) link

and no acting

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 00:52 (two weeks ago) link

:)

Dan S, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 00:57 (two weeks ago) link

I prefer Bugs Bunny’s performance of “I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair.”

edited for dog profanity (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 01:13 (two weeks ago) link

Go watch Deathdream if you'd like to see the lead husband + wife play husband + wife in a much better movie.

Jerome Percival Jesus (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 01:24 (two weeks ago) link

I thought Shadows and Too Late Blues were really interesting snapshots of the late 50s-early 60s. but have not been sure I've liked Cassavetes’ films in general

Dan S, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 01:28 (two weeks ago) link


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