Movie Diary 10/19/2009

walkingdead2Catching up a few days of movies:

Thrill of a Romance (Richard Thorpe, 1945); Fiesta (Richard Thorpe, 1947); This Time for Keeps (Richard Thorpe, 1947); Pagan Love Song (Robert Alton, 1950). In the deep end of the pool here reviewing the new Esther Williams box set, which is dripping with wacky plot machinations and MGM’s mid-forties ideas of adding klass to the joint (opera star Lauritz Melchoir tosses arias into the pop mix).

The Walking Dead (Michael Curtiz, 1936). You have to admire the way Curtiz always brings it, no matter the budget or subject. Karloff is in his soulful groove, in his oft-explored situation of a man for whom prison execution is merely a stage in life’s journey.

Ong Bak 2 (Tony Jaa and Panna Rittikrai, 2008). Not sure widescreen is best for Tony Jaa’s fighting, and the awesome long-take experiments of Ong Bak and The Protector have been left mostly behind, but still: dude can fight. (full review 10/23)