Movies Posts Tagged as '1960s'
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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
Big Cube, The (1969)
60s Hollywood had the capacity to disrespect legends by coasting on their names, making them kneel for a crap script and humiliating them to the point that we can't remember why we deified them.
Chakiris was definitely vibing to his master manipulator but I don't want to remember Lana like this. 01-Oct-2017
Group, The (1966)
There are a lot of women in this group and a lot of star to contend with. It may be glamorized but not sugarcoated. The problems are the same today, where women's fantasy of what life should be and what turns out cements suffering. Man is the surprise path that can change their lives, good or bad. The women fight on their own and are supportive of each other in the way hypocrisy, jealousy, truth and cattiness can oblige. How real. 11-Jul-2017
In Like Flint (1967)
It glides forward like Batman TV cool, exploding with wildly imaginative future tech that our present cant fathom. Women are taking over the world and the film exploits it as much as we enjoy it. Its not about actors or characters its about swinging from the chandeliers and landing on your feet. 26-May-2017
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
One word in the title professes what this hopped up and squat sitcom is. Dean Martin plays a faux version of the many Dino personas he created via his Rat Pack ties. He's star credited with guest star appeal that he seems suitably comfortable with. I was surprised how little dignity Billy Wilder had for character, women or principality. Ray Walston is saddled with being forefront, unsympathetic and manic while Kim Novak coaxes a Joan Rivers inflection to portray a hooker. It's offputting because it doesn't resemble her persona but by end her star has allowed us inside the character's soul that we can accept it. The comedy relies heavily on the premise that women are owned and subservient, to be shared with other men for the betterment of marriage, all men and pursuit of happiness. Wilder moves it at a cartoon pace which most of the support called home. 05-Apr-2017
Two Women (1960)
There was never a moment in which I didn't feel the plight and the suffering. De Sica directs the devastation with deft hands and Sophia Loren's character is what Mother's Day Cards were made to celebrate. Wow. 10-Mar-2017
Queen of Blood (1966)
Alien/Aliens pre-school. The effects appropriately stick with an era and survives it. Florence Marly as the Alien Queen doesn't convey much in silence and resembles a green onion. The movie has aspirations to be considerable but is limited by its Star Trek series influence. It serves but it doesn't satiate. 19-Jan-2017
Susan Slade (1961)
A soap told through a teenage dream cast. Connie supplicates our attention and heartily wins the acting challenge. Troy stands tall and idealistic and is forgiven dispassion. Both blondes weave plenty of gild to placate the eye while a summer read novel unravels spaciously and provocatively. 28-Nov-2016