Tuesday, 27 April 2010

(500) Films of Empire - Day 223

429 - Danger Diabolik - 3 stars
Imagine if the story of Robin Hood had been set in the world of Austin Powers or Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls.
But in this story, master criminal Diabolik steals from the rich and... well just keeps it for himself and his unfeasibly hot girlfriend.
Campy comic book style nonsense.

119 - The Wages Of Fear - 3 stars
An old school example of high concept as a group of poor bums and petty criminals are given the chance to make some serious cash in exchnge for transporting a truck of nitroglycerine across country. Will the money outweigh the risk?
The first part of the film sets up the characters, allowing the audience to become emotionally invested in them once they start making their dangerous journey.
The second half switches up a gear as Clouzot manages to ring quite a few drops of tension out of the towel of suspense.

335 - The Seventh Seal - 3 stars
Ah, the infamous 'Death playing chess' film. Its impact slightly diminshed by seeing Bill And Ted's Bogus Journey when I was 11.
Still had the mystify and was surprised at the amount of humour in it as I had always thought that it would be quite dour and po-faced being a film about the plague and death and all.

314 - Sweet Smell Of Success - 4 stars
A cracking little noir tale that truly explores the dark side of show business in which the two lead characters are, for lack of a better word, absolute bastards.
Tony Curtis has never been better as Sidney Falco. the slimy, sycophantic press agent desperate to get in with Burt Lancaster's bullish J.J. Hunsecker, a Broadway columnist who can make or break careers with his typewriter.
The best thing about noir-type films was the writing. Always guaranteed some classic cutting dialogue and this film is no exception:
"I must have left my sense of humour in my other suit" and "I'd hate to take a bite out of you, you're a cookie full of arsenic".

Days remaining - 142 Films remaining - 174

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