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Arty Chick’s Seven Flicks: Week 14

This week I chose films from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 90s, and 00s. Two are from the same director. They take place in Rome and Paris and Berlin and Tokyo and Washington. Several of them are considered to be the greatest films of their genres. There’s comedy, political satire, civil unrest, a hitman double-cross, and what we do for those we love is a recurring theme.

This week’s films are:

 Bicycle Thieves,  Dr. Strangelove,  Lost in Translation,  Run Lola Run,  La Haine,  Le Samourai, and  Umberto D.

Quickie Review: On the Rocks

On the Rocks is a mellow, totally forgettable yet easy enough to watch father-daughter relationship dramedy written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It stars Bill Murray as Felix, a charming, larger-than-life philanderer who helps his daughter Laura (Rashida Jones) investigate whether her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) is cheating on her. After all, who better than Felix to know the tricks of the infidelity trade?

The Beguiled Review

When I heard this film was being done, my first thought was, “A remake of the 70s Clint Eastwood flick? Why?” But fortunately it’s not a remake. Sophia Coppola has turned the previously digested source material into her own sensually atmospheric historical drama. Starring a very talented bunch, including Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Colin Farrell, it’s a psychological tableaux set in the waning days of the Civil War at an isolated girls’ school in Virginia. When a wounded Union soldier (Farrell) is brought into their midst, their routine life is disrupted, they each begin to vie for his attention, and you just know it can’t end well.

Somewhere

Somewhere goes nowhere and I suppose that is the point, but it makes for an awfully boring movie. I spent most of this movie waiting for something, anything, to happen, and a good chunk of it waiting for somebody to say something, anything. There’s almost no dialogue for the first 20 minutes or so of the movie. Again, I guess there’s a point being made there, but oh. my. god. Zzzzzzzzzz.