oh so many movies

The Fountainhead stars Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal in this 1949 adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel. Gary Cooper plays a man who refused to compromise his values risking his career in architecture and the love of his life. Patricia Neel is the daughter of a great architect of the day and a critic who writes for a tabloid newspaper with great power to sway public opinion. The newspaper man is played by Raymond Massey. He also desires Patricia Neal, and is willing to marry here although he knows she doesn’t love him.

Ayn Rand’s characters live for their own values and happiness. They are not swayed by popular opinion. They know who they are and what they want. What they want is good and idealistic and will benefit everyone. If the rest of the world is too blind to know this then to hell with them. Oh if only us lowly beings could all be like that. Seems to me it would lead to a lot of fights. It borders on sociopath y.

The story made a good movie. I will rate it 3/5 acorns, no clives.

Samurai Spy takes place 14 years after the great battle of Sekigahara that took place in 1600. In this battle Hideyoshi’s Toyotomi are defeated by Tokugawa Ieyasu, begining 200 years of peace in the Tokugawa Era. Of course there are still squabbles as boundaries are resettled and allegiances come and go. Every lord has his little army of spies who travel the realm looking for signs on unrest.

Tetsuro Tamba gets to wear to coolest hat.

This one moved rather slowly. I will rate it 2.5/5 acorns.

The Seventh Stream
I loved The Secret of Roan Inish. This movie is based on the same legend of the Selkie. The selkie is a seal in human form. It is bound to the human who has it’s pelt and cannot return to the sea until the pelt is returned to it. Scott Glenn plays a widowed fisherman. With the death of his beloved wife, he has closed himself and his heart to all others. John Lynch who was in Secret on Roan Inish plays a cruel man who has captured a selkie and hidden her skin. He mistreats her and his blind father takes the pelt and hides it on Scott Glenn’s land. They fall in love. Will she return to the sea? And why has Glenn’s fishing catch improved so much since he befriends her? This was a made for TV movie. I will rate it 2.5/5 acorns. I am upset that John Lynch plays a bad guy. I’m used to him playing the flawed and misunderstood character, not a wife beater.

3:10 to Yuma

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I had to watch this 1957 version to compare it to th 2007 version. I was surprised at how much of the dialog is unchanged. There are some differences. The ending is different. I like this version, too. 3/5 acorns.

Eastern Promises

Is there a heart that beats beneath the cool, quite stare of this tattooed “driver”? Viggo has come a long way since The Reflecting Skin. He is Aragon, by george, The King! This is a very violent movie at times. I even went “eewww” once during the film. I was surpised at how slow it went, too. Naomi Watts is wonderful as a nursemidwife who investigates a diary trying to find family for an orphaned baby girl. The mother, only 14, wanders into a convenience store, track marks up her arms, hemorrhaging. She dies delivering this baby.

Her journey takes her to the Russian mafia. Viggo is bodyguard for the gay and impulse, substance abusing son of the Godfather.

Like I say, this movie was slow and violent at times, and about trafficking is young women for prostitution. Not a pretty story. I will rate it 3/5 acorns and some clives. None of the visceral horror I associate with Cronenberg, but plenty horrible nonetheless.

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