The Sun Also Rises (1957)

I Saw A Film! Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power, and Hemingway himself would all soon be gone. While Eddie Albert would last til he was almost 100. This is the old bullfighter and Pamplona tale by Hemingway that features a group of buddies sort of doing the Beatnik thing (Kerouac style) but back in the…

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

I Saw A Film! And so I've been on a bit of a Hemingway kick while reading a brand new book (Just released) by favorite author Mark Kurlansky. Kurlansky tracks some of his adventures in journalism alongside those of Hem while on assignments and travels in Europe, Cuba and elsewhere. I didn't read this particular…

Out of It (1969)

I Saw A Film! A well done film about the awkwardness of teenage wasteland, is less about careless adults and systems and more about the painful ineptness of developing youth. Those that play with that human tendency to review our misdeeds and misfortunes and twist justice and heroics out them, are the most fun. It's…

The Doors (1991)

I Saw A Film! I don't know sometimes what to do with those child-beloved things that turn out to be rather disappointing in retrospect. Not this film, of course, but my youthful fascination with Jim Morrison and the excellent musicians who together with him were the Doors. As a teenager, the dark death of this…

The Helicopter Spies (1967)

I Saw A Film! In deepest Africa a mysterious red streak seems to have been painted across a thatched hut and a poor fellow resting comfortably on his belly. Is he dead? He is indeed. A British radio operator sits in agony over a radio set, a bright red paint stripe across his chest. Soon…

Kalifornia (1993)

I Saw A Film! I realize that you need a kind of hokey premise if you want to create a fun dramatic thriller. It's not much use making a boxing movie if the opponent isn't as nasty and pre-loaded with insults about your beloved wife as possible. Basically, you gotta have the pro-wrestling "heel" if…

Portnoy’s Complaint (1972)

I saw a film! I've sort of been meaning to get around to it for a while. It'll still cost you on Prime (USA) a few bones to watch what was probably considered an outrage at the time and today something even more terrifying. It's a comedy, of course, but one of such invasive singular…

Avanti! (1972)

I Saw A Film! Jack Lemmon is a cute devoted CEO who gets news of his well respected father's death of a car accident in Italy, where the old fella often took his lone holidays to recuperate. This alone a sweet kind of silly naivete popular in movies of the age, though perhaps waning at…

Barefoot In the Park (1967)

I Saw A Film! A standard Neil Simon comedy, befitting of the time. The formula was not quite as silly as Lucy, not quite as neurotic as Woody Allen, and perhaps somewhat less madcap than Buck Henry's ideals with Barbara (cute prostitutes befitting Irma la Douce). Watching Fonda and Redford slog through these scenarios, some…

Light Sleeper (1992)

I Saw A Film! Willem DaFoe is a kind of high end drug dealer who writes compelling prose and wanders around with overwrought Michael Been music playing. It's a bit like Taxi Driver but much less menacing. DaFoe's character Tour is considering getting out of the game as Sarandon's character is considering getting out and…