Liked ‘Em

Here are a few movies I’ve watched or re-watched recently that I enjoyed. I would recommend fellow movie fans to check them out – if they haven’t already.

Rope (1948)

Rope 1948 movie Alfred Hitchcock James Jimmy StewartAlfred Hitchcock tells a tale of a murder in one New York penthouse apartment with one continuous real time shot.

Roommates Brandon (John Dall) and Phillip (Farley Granger) strangle to death their former classmate David. They feel they are the superior beings and feel entitled to commit the perfect murder by eliminating an inferior human being.

Taking their arrogance further, they hold a dinner party with David’s body hidden in a wooden chest in the middle of the gathering. In attendance is David’s father, his aunt, his fiancée Janet, her former beau Kenneth and their old college housemaster Rupert Cadell (James Stewart).

With their housekeeper Mrs. Wilson milling around, it’s a tense afternoon that Brandon relishes and Phillip fears. Their odd behavior starts to raise the suspicions of Rupert, who begins to wonder what exactly are they up to, why David hasn’t shown up to the party – and just what exactly is in that chest! READ MORE

Running Scared (1986)

Running Scared 1986 copy buddy movieBilly Crystal and Gregory Hines are two Chicago cops who are looking to retire. They’re getting a bit tired of dodging bullets from criminals. They want to move to Key West, open a nice little bar and enjoy sunsets with tanned lovely ladies on their arms.

But before their last thirty days as cops are up they want to put away one of Chicago’s most notorious criminals – Julio Gonzales played by Jimmy Smits. So, before they get to enjoying margaritas on the beach there’s plenty of time for the two buddies to engage in car chases, shoot outs and trade light hearted banter as they protect and serve the Windy City.

We all know the components of the cop buddy genre and Running Scared ticks all the boxes. It’s got the police action, it’s got the comedy it’s got the fun partners, it’s got their screaming police captain, it’s got the bad guy. It all might sound as routine as ever – and it is. There’s nothing unique going on here, but Running Scared manages to make the formula work once again and it ends being entertaining thanks to Crystal, Hines and director Peter Hyams. READ MORE

Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

Joe Versus the Volcano Tom Hanks Meg Ryan 1990 fantasy comedyJoe Banks (Tom Hanks is stuck in a dreary job wasting his life away. When he’s diagnosed with having a ‘brain cloud’ he finds himself with limited life left. This changes Joe’s perspective on life and he accepts a bizarre one-time only, life-ending job to jump into a volcano.

Joe attempts to make up for all the lost time he’s squandered. He goes on a journey encountering three incarnations of Meg Ryan, orange soda-loving natives and discovering a new appreciation for the gift of life in John Patrick Shanley’s offbeat fairy tale.

Joe Versus the Volcano was very poorly received when it was first released, but since then this strange, surreal tale has found new appreciation and attracted a following. I think that’s been a long time coming. READ MORE

Back To School (1986)

Back To School 1986 Rodney Dangerfield Keith Gordon comedyRodney Dangerfield is a wealthy clothing chain owner. He’s got plenty of cash, is crass, knows how to have fun, is a great high diver and a has a son who he loves. He also has a gold-digger wife and no formal education.

That changes when he dumps his wife (Adrinne Barbeau of all people!) and joins his son by enrolling in college alongside him. Rodney is let loose on campus! And he’s bringing along his patented one-liners and plenty of outrageous gags that unfold as he goes after his diploma. READ MORE

The Window (1949)

The Window 1949 film noir Bobby DriscollA nine year old boy witnesses a murder through a window in his apartment building. He tries to convince everyone about the crime, but after hearing so many tall tales from this overly imaginative kid before don’t believe him about this murder. His parents don’t believe him, the police laugh the kid off, but the couple who did the killing are taking him talking about it very seriously.

As you probably know, witnesses to a murder is not a good thing to have around, so the nasty culprits go about trying to silence this one for good, even if he’s just a little kid. READ MORE

Fourteen Hours (1951)

Fourteen Hours 1951 film noir dramaNew York City is gripped by a tense drama that unfolds fifteen stories above the street!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day in New York City when a man (Richard Basehart) steps out onto the narrow ledge of a hotel. Immediately Paul Dunnigan (Paul Douglas) a street cop is on the scene. Rushing to the man’s room he learns the potential jumper doesn’t want the police near him. Quickly ditching his uniform Dunnigan poses as a resident of the hotel in the hope of luring the man back into the room.

Meanwhile, on the streets below panic and curiosity captivate the city by the bizarre scene. Cops scramble to hold back the crowds. The media frantically attempts to get as much information as they can to report the story. The jumper is soon identified as Robert Cosick, but his reasons for wanting to jump remain a mystery. Now only agreeing to talk with Dunnigan, the two strike up a rapport with Dunnigan tasked to save the man. READ MORE