November 2010 - Can't Stop the Movies
Can't Stop the Movies
30Nov/100

Ingmar Bergman: The Magician (1958)

Each Tuesday Andrew will be going through every available film of Ingmar Bergman.

Andrew COMMENTARYIngmar Bergman's follow up to Wild Strawberries is the sort of strange experiment that is difficult to classify.  The Magician seems to be reaching for the same kind of thematic depths as The Seventh Seal, but is content keeping things on a smaller scale.  Instead of working with the Dark Ages and the plague, he is working with types that suggest a Victorian setting and various "magicians".  It's a satisfying film, but in the hallowed filmography of Bergman it's a sorely lacking one.

29Nov/101

Noir-vember Day 30: Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Danny no longer writes for Can't Stop the Movies, and can be reached at his fantastic site Pre-Code.com

28Nov/101

Noir-vember Day 29: The Phenix City Story (1955)

Danny no longer writes for Can't Stop the Movies, and can be reached at his fantastic site Pre-Code.com

28Nov/100

Noir-vember Day 28: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Here it is.  After my long search for a film that doesn't have a single identifiable "positive" moral core, I finally found the noir that fulfills every little dark longing that my mind and body can muster.  There's murder, incest, sensationalism, lies, violence, vandalism, libel and all the other multitude of sins that one little body can dream up.

Best of all, they're mostly kept off screen, letting our minds do the dirty work that the characters so love to relish about in delectable detail.  This is the world of Sweet Smell of Success, a film noir so simultaneously bitter and delicious that it's impossible to think it a guilty pleasure, just a joy for the senses.

27Nov/100

Noir-vember Day 27: In a Lonely Place (1950)