And, we’re back! We haven’t shared a movie recap from the AFI top 100 films in a little while. You can find each of our his and hers reviews here, but for those of you who aren’t familiar with the project, Keegan and I are working our way through the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time list. Sometimes, we agree. Others, we couldn’t be further apart.
All About Eve
Lane: I loved this film. The primary characters are women, and they are STRONG and interesting. Bette Davis is fantastic in it, which you’d expect, but Anne Baxter is great too. I don’t have enough good things to say about it. Love, love.
Keegan: Shockingly, I didn’t love this film. There were entertaining parts and the overreaching storyline of “what goes around comes around” is kind of gratifying. But, this movie is not anything I would willingly subject myself to again.
Lane: Double Indemnity is full of sharp dialogue and double entendre. It’s smart and interesting and really great. Barbara Stanwyck is kind of magic in this role, as the conniving woman who’s pulling the strings. I adore this movie. They don’t make them like this any more.
Keegan: This movie was made in 1944 and was way ahead of it’s time. It has murder, seduction, adultery, and betrayal. I would think that’s pretty racy for the 40’s. It’s a good movie.
Lane: Not a fan. I liked the first half of the movie, but then, it got long and really, really weird. There were some great performances, but Marlon Brando’s character was a little too out there for me in the end.
Keegan: I’m conflicted about this movie. Lane’s right, the first half is good, and then, the last half is like one of those stoner songs where there’s a 5 minute guitar solo at the end and all you’re thinking is “for God’s sake, just stop it already.” If they would have just killed Col. Kurtz early, it would have been a hit.
The Maltese Falcon
Lane: There’s a detective, a tricky lady and a twisty-turning plot. Humphrey Bogart has the charisma of 10 men. Two, enthusiastic thumbs up on this one.
Keegan: This is one of those classic private dick movies with the voice-over, over coats, fedoras, dames, cigarettes, and stiff drinks. It has murders, and a plot that keeps you guessing. It’s pretty much everything you would hope for from this style of film.