Movies Posts Tagged as '1960s'
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Venus In Furs (1969)
Hot stuff (James Darrin) obsesses over dead girl. Like the drugged out haze it was written and directed in, the film lingers on aspects that make it boring. It was bold to include an interracial couple and lesbians romping freely but the sex scenes consisted of a man's back against a woman's catlike nails on repetition. Giving Barbara McNair the insufferable title song hurt her vocal chords and our ears. By the end, you'll feel as misplaced as James Darrin. 20-Dec-2019
Butterfield 8 (1960)
Anatomy of a slut. The downfall of insatiable passion is perception. La Liz pounces, purrs and self-destructs. She is not allowed empowerment because she wont march. She wont march because she's empowered. The dialogue is sharp and reflective, the mothers are concerned and full of wisdom and the men can't think pass their hunger. The honest speak seemed closer to a resolution than the unsighted delusion of today. 17-Nov-2019
8 1/2 (1963)
To evoke such oddities, the landscape needs to be bathed in color. Splattering random thoughts willy nilly to fill it, feels like forgery. It slackened my brain to the point of sleep. I woke to a frenetic ending that confirmed my not wasting time with the middle. I didn't get it. 15-Nov-2019
It's a film out of time in a space that a generation didn't complain about. The first is man's ego and his perception of the ideal woman (she doesn't speak.) The second evokes the woman as she really is (she doesn't stop talking.) The last is a caper that ties the loose bits with a feminine swing in snappy grand style. Shirley is slinky cat to Caine's dastardly bat. 02-Nov-2019
Morgan, The Pirate (1960)
Spanish history, slave trade, pirates, wenches and ship wars. Plenty of action and debauchery for short attention spans and Steve Reeves exposes body beautiful to keep the eyes fixed. 20-Apr-2019
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
Daring to deconstruct the parameters we set in relationships and sex. The foursome glow exploring sexual hypocrisies and reciting the truth no one wants to hear. 24-Mar-2019
Devils of Darkness (1965)
The ladies strike, big bad twirls and the rest is Hitchcock bargain basement. Our parents partied wild. 26-Jan-2019
Period of Adjustment (1962)
The utters of Fonda and Hutton chanted high. Tony Franciosa kept the octaves low and his charisma forward. John McGiver sets and Mabel Albertson resists becoming the in-law stereotype. They glorified it. Lois Nettleton steals it because she could.
Marriage is deemed a terror, everyone screams their heads off until a surprise gift changes it. It has a loud message but you can still hear it.
Unfortunately, George Roy Hill's absurdity didn't allow Tennessee to be tragic. It's what the writer did best. 03-Jan-2019
Muscle Beach Party (1964)
Its progressive in its use of men as sexual/gay bait, our parents consumed much energy in their youth and Frankie and Annette defined teenage charisma. It's unfortunate the ending piles so much silliness to appease short attention spans (parents) but it zips. 07-Aug-2018
A Raisin In The Sun (1961)
Our predecessors left us an honest slice of life art to authenticate their struggles and to cultivate resolution for their successors. The players are fierce and representative, the writing/directing excels in depiction and respect and the past allows us to retrospect and opine our future. Respect. 31-May-2018
Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966)
What was once a playful satire on the battle of the sexes is today considered educational sex exploitation. It's breezy and disrespectful but its also nervy. The men were talking about how they perceived three generations of women and how the female always acquiesced. Either the women weren't listening or they were content as long as men pretended to care about them. Elke Sommer is courageous sexual dynamite, Phyllis Diller played it like one of the boys and Hope got forgiven for every sexual invective. The movie gets broad and loses its aspiration but it does not need to be erased. It teaches us a history parents cannot. 21-Mar-2018
Birds, The (1963)
The birds fly parallel to the women, whom are prone to devise, be territorial but isolated. It isn't until they start flocking together that the birds let up. Most of the mystery lays in the mind of the master and the star he artistically immortalized. 31-Dec-2017
Madame X (1966)
A woman of leisure receives a lifetime of punishment over one indiscretion. Don't fret over the suds, Lana is intent on frothing the act, the drama and the regret. She is a woman's movement and a mother superior. 28-Dec-2017
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)
The mystery surpasses the acting but not its mythology. I think Joan "was" the missing piece. 26-Nov-2017
Nanny, The (1965)
This is one of the last times film extracted any of what was left of Bette's craft. She hitches to the three C's (cool, calm and collected) and doesn't abdicate it until the film's dramatic apex is certified. Her nemesis is a 10 year old William Dix who matches her bitch with antagonism and corruption. 30-Oct-2017