Sort of a backlog of movie reviews for you today. Quite the variety. Not a whole lot of time to give them a great deal of attention. I'm going from worst to best here, so those of you who are willing to hang around the post long enough will be rewarded.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes--We'll start off with a Marilyn Monroe bit--the film where she did her Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend schtick. Nothing too remarkable about this one. Marilyn plays a girl who wants to marry a man for his money, but she's attracted by money wherever she sees it, and the man's father is suspicious. Jane Russell, a cruise, the American Olympic team and blackmail ensue. A fun movie, but just okay, despite being directed by Howard Hawks. Two and a half stars.
How to Marry a Millionaire--Another Monroe flick, and vastly superior. For one thing, it has Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable. How can you lose? The three of them play girls aimed at (surprise surprise) marrying millionaires. Naturally, things don't go as they plan. A delightful romantic comedy, which Denisa and I thoroughly enjoyed. Three and a half stars.
Sherlock Holmes--The most recent version, with Robert Downey Jr. Holmes and Watson are much younger and more physical. This movie almost got four stars from me. I enjoyed every bit--there were just some small details here and there that held it back from true perfection. Still, a great film and lots of fun. Fantastic soundtrack by Hans Zimmer helped, too. Three and a half stars.
Inglorious Basterds--There are people in this world who love Tarantino movies, and people who don't. I love them. This movie was incredible, but if you're not a fan, it's probably not for you. You already know if you want to see this movie or not, and nothing I say will change your mind. Four stars.
Bubba Ho-tep--And my personal favorite from the recent past, Bubba Ho-tep has what has to be one of the best plot descriptions on IMDB ever "Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy." Folks, it doesn't get any better than this--especially when you've got Bruce Campbell (of Evil Dead fame) as Elvis, and Ossie Davis (the limo driver in Joe vs. the Volcano) as JFK (yes, JFK is black in the film). It's rated R (for some language, sensuality and a bit of violence). But it's one of the coolest movies I've seen in a long time. Right up my alley. Four stars.
So that's it for this round--any of these movies strike your fancy? Seen any? Loved 'em? Hated 'em? Do share!