Logging since January 2017, watching since 1993.
Well there is a LOT going on, and as tends to happen with Lee films the ideas are kind of overflowing.
BUT the cast is stacked (imdb trivia points out how many actors in the cast were/would be nominated for oscars in their career here - it's kind of a lot!) and this is one of Samuel L. Jackson's best performances. I also really enjoyed John Turturro here.
I was at least interested through most of it, but I gotta…
I had never seen this all the way through (to my knowledge) because I just don't like movies where people get gobbled. But I can see the appeal this has for people who don't mind all that - there are some really well-crafted moments. Among my favorites: the tension of the electric fence scene, and the surprise trick with the mirror and the girl in the oven.
This movie is also really lean! Very economical, no padding here. At the…
(Aired with PBS' Great Performances Series)
My real reaction is to just whimper in the fetal position.
But I want to highlight the genius of the simplicity of it: no sets, very basic costumes, less than 10 actors who slip in and out of various characters. Richard Topol as Lemml the Stage Manager, who is the only actor to play just one role, is so heartbreaking and sympathetic. Adina Verson is great, playing several characters, including two (or three?) different…