31
Aug
09

#88: Easy Rider, #38: Double Indemnity, & #53: Amadeus

I sat here looking at the blinking cursor for hours on end, typing and deleting the summation of my feelings and experiences in the week since my last post.  Frustrated and fed up with these attempts, here’s the abridged version:

I’m getting really tired of looking for employment, not having a job and living with my parents.

My girlfriend is getting really tired of me looking for employment, not having a job and living with my parents.

The Beatles: Rock Band is going to kick ass.

Oh.  I have a job interview.

And I watched some movies.  And here they are.

EasyRiderMaybe it’s because I enjoy all things psychedelic, but Easy Rider (#88) always serves as a good trip.  Wyatt and Billy (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper respectively) travel via motorcycle to creepy hippie communes, small towns, and whore houses in 1960’s Americana.  I learned some valuable lessons from this film.  Chief among those: tripping acid in a graveyard with Tony Basil (Yes.  The woman behind, “Oh Mickey you’re so fine”) never turns out good.  Oh and also, if you were a male with long hair  in the ’60’s, you were likely met with heckles and gunfire.

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Double_indemnityIf Easy Rider is ultimate film of the counterculture movement, Double Indemnity (#38) serves as the film noir cornerstone.  Insurance agent Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) teams up with bored housewife Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) to knock off her husband in a good ol’ fashioned case of insurance fraud.  The crime duo’s steamy romance cools down when Neff’s boss suspects something fishy going on.  The only thing I found fishy: Neff’s insistence on ending every one of his sentences with the word “baby.”

brett headbrett headbrett head3 out of 5 Brett Heads

AmadeusmovGoing from classical uses of voice over to classical uses of…classical music, Amadeus (#53) was next on my list.  F. Murray Abraham plays the part of Antonio Salleri, an accomplished composer bent on outdoing his creative archrival, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Told from Salleri’s point of view, one can’t help but compare Mozart to “that guy at work with the annoying laugh and no self awareness.”  Yes, the film features beautiful music, sets, and some great performances, but Amadeus doesn’t rock me enough to feel like it merits a place in the top 100.

brett headbrett head2 out of 5 Brett Heads

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