Got through a bunch over the last week.
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Fletch (1985): one of Chevy Chase's stronger vehicles (there isn't too much competition, he says sniffily) and it's a bit of a weird stew, though somehow it all hangs together for the most part. Has a decent plot, some daffy humour, some witty humour, a very 80s score, and an attractive streak of anti-authoritarianism.
Rocky (1976): for my money, the best of the Rocky films (there isn't too much competition, he says sniffily). Love its sense of place, the richness and variety of its characters, though it is slightly odd to have such an inarticulate protagonist alongside a painfully shy leading lady and an equally inarticulate best friend. Really the only characters who speak with any kind of eloquence are Micky, Apollo and (very briefly) Gazzo, the 'two-bit loan shark'. Bill Conti's score is always worthy of praise, so a shout out for that.
Dune (1984). I have a strange soft spot for this -- I actually quite like it -- though its flaw run deep, deep, deep. Kyle MachLachlan was only 24 at the time of shooting, yet is significantly too old for the role of Paul Atreides. The film is insanely rushed after a certain point (basically everything after Paul and Jessica join the Fremen). Some of the FX shots are fine (even good), but some are terrible, given the monstrous budget. It is deliriously weird in places (at one point, the Harknonnens give a dog to Hawat that he has to milk daily. Yes, this broadly matches a plot point from the novel, but it is so bizarre). There are some totally unnecessary changes (such as the weirding modules), but the film does have a kind of poetry (try whispering spice) and it looks truly beautfiul in places (and is intentionally hideously ugly in many other places).
Being John Malkovich (1999). One of the most insanely inventive movies I can think of. I'd actually forgotten a tonne of this film's plot (really, everything after the Malkovich, Malkovich. Malkovich? Malkovich... Malkovich! scene). It is a joy how it manages to weave in new, unexpected development after new, unexpected development and enhance the story with each one. Took me 21 years to watch it a second time, but I think it's brilliant. Maybe I'll revisit it in 2041 [to celebrate 10-years of beating coronavirus :) ].
Edited by Peter Martin on 26 May 2020 at 5:57pm