The besties review
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"JAZZ! JAZZ! He was the greatest Jazz saxophone player that ever lived!"
This wasn't really my thing. There were some highlights (the records scene, Eddie's introduction to Bergman, basically anything with Kevin Bacon), but a lot of the humor was outdated and the characters were less than likable. I can see why this was recommended to me (especially considering what I'm working on right now) but this was kind of a mixed bag.
Breaking Away is a lot more than just another funny and heartfelt coming-of-age movie— it is a beautiful and fraught portrait of class stratification in the American midwest. All four leads (especially Dennis Christopher and Dennis Quaid) are amazing and Steven Tesich’s Oscar-winning script feels absolutely effortless. I will definitely be coming back to this one whenever I need a little jolt of inspiration regarding emotional depth and character motivation.
I had so much fun watching this one. I really loved the snappy script and sincere performances (specifically Paul Le Mat as John Milner). Throw in a little bit of Harrison Ford and one of the most frustratingly melancholy epilogues I've ever seen, and you've got American Graffiti.
Angels with Dirty Faces
This movie is a classic if only for the last ten minutes. Truly one of the best endings I have ever seen. Cagney and O'Brien slay.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
A sci-fi classic with a timely message about the nature of violence and fear. Oh how small our Earthly squabbles seem once we discover we are not alone...
What is 5 Film Film Festival (5FFF)?
In short, 5 Film Film Festival is an ongoing personal project to help me watch more classic films. For each mini “festival,” I will choose a random theme (be it a genre, actor, director, etc.) and curate five movies that fit that theme to watch for the first time. When I started this journey, I posted my brief, unpolished thoughts on Letterboxd. I like this more informal, less pretentious mode of watching older movies, so as I begin documenting the project here on the site, don’t expect a lot of in-depth analysis— every “review” will read more like a “first reaction.”
If you’re like me, and you have more than a few blind spots in your cinematic knowledge, then consider joining me on this lifelong endeavor. Watch along, recommend themes, and organize some mini festivals of your own!