The besties review
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I thought the cinematography, editing, and soundtrack were really good, but I just didn't connect to the film as much as I was hoping. That being said, I think Easy Rider is certainly an important artifact of the counterculture in the 1960s and an essential watch for anyone interested in Hollywood history. I'm looking forward to seeing how Tarantino channels the themes and atmosphere of Easy Rider into his latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
While I thought the performances from the four leads were actually very good, I didn't particularly enjoy watching this one. I have come to believe that there is no such thing as a taboo topic in comedy, but that doesn't mean it's easy to make light of anything. In the case of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, the whole premise is based around one couple trying to convince the other couple that practicing infidelity is not only a moral way to live, but a superior one.
Much of the film is spent lampooning hippie morals and the idea of "free love," but that lampooning stops at a certain point. There is a climactic event (that I won't spoil here) that is portrayed to be both a positive and pivotal moment for both couples. That's when the film stopped amusing me and started to leave a bad taste in my mouth. Call me old fashioned, but I just didn't connect the film's sincere defense of marital infidelity.
“I just prefer to live, that’s all.”
I found Jacques Demy’s Model Shop to be a sensitive and sensorial portrait of Los Angeles in the late 1960s.
One of my favorite things about the film is its soundscape, which is characterized by the deafening sounds of cars rumbling, airplanes flying overhead, and a melancholic piano score from the band Spirit. Between this film and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, I’m starting to understand Demy’s modus operandi— stories of forbidden love, emotional self-discovery, the juxtaposition of sounds and color, connected stories. I may not have been crazy about The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, but I am crazy about this. Can’t wait to dig deeper into Demy’s filmography.
This was a neat little film. I love movies that are just based around miscommunications and lies that snowball out of control. I guess my only real critique is that the humor feels a little old, but even so there's a lot to like here. The three leads are great, though I was surprised to learn that Goldie Hawn won an Oscar for her performance... if only comedic performances could win Oscars nowadays!
The Wrecking Crew
I totally get why Tarantino recommended this movie and why he included it in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but this film is bad. He knows it, I know it, I think we all know it. Believe it or not, the only good thing about The Wrecking Crew is Sharon Tate, who has some pretty amusing scenes as Miss Carlson, "the klutz."
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!