Rules Don’t Apply (Warren Beatty, 2016). Can’t remember how strict the embargo is on this. On the other hand, who the hell reads this blog? In any case, this is a lively and surprisingly original movie, with Beatty as Howard Hughes – a subject he has noodled on for many years, yet this film has no hint of the magnum opus about it. (full review 11/23)
Islands in the Stream (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1977). The posthumous Hemingway book, with George C. Scott’s performance emphasizing the sensitive side of a mature, regretful artist. Almost inevitably, given the episodic structure, an uneven film, although the good parts are affecting. The Jerry Goldsmith score is echt-Seventies. It also has one of the best post-Blow-Up performances by David Hemmings (he’s a variation on Walter Brennan in To Have and Have Not).
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