Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Film Week

A review of the films I've seen this past week.

MARVEL ONE-SHOT: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THOR'S HAMMER (2011)
Fun little scene of Agent Coulson kicking ass between Iron Man 2 and Thor. Cute. I'm one of the people hoping they find some way of bringing Coulson back. ***

THE CURTAIN POLE (1909) ***
COMRADES (1911) **
THE MANICURE LADY (1911) **1/2
WITH A KODAK (1912) **
A DASH THROUGH THE CLOUDS (1912) **1/2
THE WATER NYMPH (1912) ***
Some Mack Sennett films (TCM is showing a great many of them this month). A lot of the comedy is pretty obvious and silly, par for the course with these silent shorts (though it's worth pointing out that a lot of these old saws had never been captured on film before), but some of them have decent set-ups. The Curtain Pole in particular has some fun with the medium itself, doing what amounts to early special effects and camera tricks. A Dash Through the Clouds has some great shots of small planes taking off and landing, as well as Mabel Normand, who is also very funny in The Water Nymph.

CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962)
Bizarre, stilted film about a young woman (Candace Hilligoss) who survives a car accident. Her life after that becomes a David Lynch movie, with strange men in white make-up appearing and sleazy guys hitting on her. Only one of these may be because there's something wrong with her; the other is just unfortunate. It's not exactly a well-made movie, but there are some great moments that are worth the amateurishness, and a day later I find that there's a haunting feeling that won't go away when I think about it. ***

EATEN ALIVE (1977)
Just no. *

MADHOUSE (1974)
Vincent Price as a horror actor trying to make a comeback years after a terrible trauma. Pretty decent mystery and atmosphere, but the real reason to watch is Price's excellent performance. ***

3 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

where can one see the Marvel One Shot?

SamuraiFrog said...

I heard they might have had it on the Marvel.com website. I have it on the Captain America blu-ray extras. It's really short, so probably a bunch of people have it on YouTube, too.

Roger Owen Green said...

Thanks. I did find it on YouTube; worthwhile.