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USA - 81 years old
R.I.P. (1896 - 1977)
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Hawks is one of those classic directors whose oeuvre is difficult to pass by. The quality of his work seems invariably linked to its pulpiness, the bigger the stars, the worse the films. Not my cup of tea, but worth exploring for his status alone.


The Thing from Another World

1951 / 87m - USA
Horror, Thriller
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A surprisingly fun flick. It could be that my expectations were pretty low, as Carpenter's version is often cited as a superior remake (and it is, truly), but that doesn't mean this 50s version is without merit. The "thing" itself may look like a low-budget Frankenstein, but the tension and setting make for a decent enough horror.

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An expedition team on the North Pole finds a UFO. The army sends in soldiers and scientists to retrieve a frozen specimen, but once they've brought it back to the base their objectives diverge. The soldiers want to keep the specimen frozen, while the scientists are more than eager to start their study of the extraterrestrial.

It's a plus that the creature doesn't get too much screen time. The inhospitable setting, the unknown dangers and the squabbles between the soldiers and the scientists keep the tension tight. There isn't quite enough meat to keep the film interesting from start to finish, but it's certainly one of the better classic horror films I've seen so far.

Monkey Business

1952 / 97m - USA
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Red River

1948 / 133m - USA
Red River poster

A startlingly simple western stretched out to its limit, so much in fact that it passed the two-hour mark. Even after having watched the film I'm still not entirely sure how they actually managed to do it, though obviously the film did feel tepid and slow in places. Hawks really made a bad call there.

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Tom and his adopted son Matthew are tasked to move a lot of cattle from Texas to Missouri. It's a treacherous journey regardless, the fact that the two of them are constantly bickering doesn't make it any easier. Matthew grows tired of Tom's tyrannical behavior and decides to take the cattle to a different destination.

Wayne is a really poor actor and the more dialogue there is, the less appealing his performance. While the setup could've worked for a simple, short genre flick, the excess dialogue and the prolonged scenes really screw with the pacing. The ending is pretty cringeworthy too, making this a pretty confusing western.

The Big Sleep

1946 / 114m - USA
Thriller, Crime
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To Have and Have Not

1944 / 100m - USA
Romance, Crime
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A film that felt like it tried very hard to replicate the success of Casablanca. That's not really a classic I appreciated, so it's no surprise that To Have and Have Not did not do much for me either. It's a sluggish noir with some romance and action elements that failed to get the blood pumping.

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Morgan is a captain housed on Martinique, making a living by renting out his boat to tourists. When the war starts, he quickly lands himself into some trouble. The only way to survive is by helping the French resistance, helping him along is Slim, a nightclub singer whom Morgan has a passionate affair with.

I really can't stand Bogart and Bacall doesn't have a lot to work with either. The dialogs left me cold, the tension was completely absent and the cinematography wasn't that remarkable either. Not the kind of noir I like, but there's clearly a market for these films as they're still well respected.

Sergeant York

1941 / 134m - USA
Drama, War
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As someone who watches quite a bit of Chinese cinema I come across a lot of propaganda discussions. I tend to be relatively lenient, but some films do cross a line. And it's not just Chinese ones. Take a film like Sergeant York for example. Fair enough, it was made during wartime, but this was just near impossible to sit through.

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Alvin York is a small-time farmer who struggles to become an upstanding citizen. When he plans to marry one of the girls in town, his life is thrown upside down as he is drafted into the army. At first he resists, but when he is forced to become a soldier, his life turns around and he becomes a true war hero.

So yeah, if you want to give meaning to your life, become an army man and they'll turn you into veritable heroes. The performances are grotesque, the drama is cheesy and the with a runtime of two hours plus, the film greatly outstays its welcome. I think this is a film best left forgotten.

Only Angels Have Wings

1939 / 121m - USA
Romance, Adventure
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An old Howard Hawks film. He's vintage Hollywood, a guy known for handling big movie stars and cranking out classic blockbusters. And that's exactly what you may expect from Only Angels Have Wings. It is a film about burly, rough men who live dangerously and still manage to be big romantic hunks for the ladies.

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Geoff Carter runs a little airport in South America. It's a dangerous business and his personnel doesn't always make it to the next day. Carter is gunning for an important contract, but he and his men have to push even harder to get it. Meanwhile, Bonnie Lee, an American showgirl, stops by the airport and wants to get to know Carter.

Cary Grant and Jean Arthur, that's what you're getting. There's a little action (with the planes), a truckload lot of classic romance, and way too much dialogue. At two hours, the film is also a good 30 minutes too long. People with a thing for classic cinema probably won't mind, but I didn't care for any of it.

Bringing Up Baby

1938 / 102m - USA
Comedy, Romance
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Grating. Grant is absolutely horrible and Hepburn's voice is completely unsuited for screwball comedies. The dialogue is fast and there's plenty of it, but almost none of it is funny. And so, safe a few inspired moments, the film simply goes on and on and on, growing increasingly more annoying with each passing minute.


1932 / 93m - USA
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Rio Bravo

1959 / 141m - USA
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

1953 / 91m - USA
Comedy, Romance, Musical
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His Girl Friday

1940 / 92m - USA
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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