Sunday evening: TV romantic movie time with the wife.
The Day After 1983
”You understand what’s going on in this world?” – “Yeah. Stupidity.”
Unfortunately, as relevant today as back then. Yes, it is American throughout, but this does not spoil the message and importance completely.
”They gave me that ribbon to wear. But I haven’t got any damn hair to put it into.”
From Here to Eternity 1979
”That’s what I like about you, Sergeant. You have confidence. That’s also what I dislike about you.”
A fair TV 3-part-movie. Great star cast, taking naturally more time than the cinema movie for details and characters. Still, the movie has deeper emotional impact and has no lengths in between. The Pearl Harbor scenes are mostly from Tora, Tora, Tora I assume.
”How do we control these men? Through fear.”
Little Orphan Annie 1932
” That’s life, Annie. In in a Rolls-Royce and out in a boxcar.”
Bonus on the “Annie” (1982) UHD. Unremarkable.
As Good as It Gets 1997
”My grandmother had more attitude.”
Kudos to Jack Nicholson to make an absolute fascist racist misogynist a-hole a likeable character.
Favorite scene: where Harold Ramis as a doctor makes the house call and tells Helen Hunt that he will take care of her son – heartbreaking.
”How do you write women so well?” – “I think of a man. And I take away reason and accountability.”
”It’s the hard-knock life for us.”
TBH I only watched this as it is part of the Vol. 3 Columbia UHD set. Otherwise, musicals as films and me won’t become good friends anymore in this life. Poverty and orphanage look like fun. No, not my kind of film.
”Big depression? What do we care. Movies are there.”
”All this magic, what has it accomplished?”
From Disney’s dark phase. Includes some relatively brutal effects. As good as a dragon film can get in the early 1980s. All without CGI, which you note, but it’s still better than some of the mediocre CGI that flooded the screen in the last years.
I believe that I saw this as a kid on German TV. And I believe I read a special booklet by the then famous German cinema magazine called “cinema”. Memories…
Knock at the Cabin 2023
”If you could look inside, you’d see that my heart is broken.” – “Why is it broken?” – “Because of what I have to do today.”
Tons of dialogue, and it is scary as hell.
”It might be the most important job in the history of the world.”
Deep Impact 1998
”This is not a video game, son, it really isn’t.”
Not as loud and spectacular as Armageddon, and that is a good thing. There is only so much testosterone that a movie can stand.
This is the more “scientific” version of the comet-hits-earth movies of this time. There is nothing bad with a movie that features Elijah Wood and Charles Martin Smith. And characters who you actually care for.
”We’ll never be closer to home than we are right now.”
Silent Night, Deadly Night 1984
”Christmas Eve is the scariest damn night of the year.”
Decent slasher that spawned a handful of direct sequels. Nothing fundamentally new, but some decent kills and gore (esp. in the unrated cut).
Captain Horatio Hornblower 1951
”Hornblower? He ain’t human.”
Oh, those beautiful old swashbuckler and navy films. Sweet memory of youth. One of my childhood favorites. Watched often on TV.
I love this British understatement and humor. Although, the situation on the ships back then must have been unimaginable.