Thought I'd send the year out on a high note... And did I get the new Marx Brothers box set for Christmas? You bet your sweet bippy I did!! This isn't the best movie of the five, but it's still a nice slice of merry mayhem... Happy New Years!!
"The Bourne Supremacy" (2004)
"The Manchurian Candidate" (2004)
"Shaun Of The Dead" (2004)
"Kitchen Stories" (2003)(?)
"Time Of The Wolves" (2003) (?)
"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" (2003)
"Liliom" (20th Century Fox, 1934)
This film tells the story of the seige, in the 1890s, of the Sudanese city of Khartoum, an event which was one of the dramatic moments of the British Empire. Egypt, a British vassal state, controlled the Sudan, which had recently become a British protectorate. When a Sudanese rebellion arose, under the leadership of Mohammed Ahmed, a charismatic religious warrior who claimed the mantle of the Mahdi (or "chosen one") Khartoum fell under siege for months, and was eventually overrun and sacked. In the middle of the fray was the British emissary Charles Gordon, who was killed just two days before a British relief convoy arrived. This movie's okay, if you get past the racist scenes of the dark-skinned inhabitants of the city worshipping Gordon almost as a god, and the nobility of his imperialism, etc. The film's weak point, of course, is that Charleton Heston plays General Gordon and, well, he's Charleton Heston. When he plays opposite a seasoned British actor like Ralph Richardson, the scenes have more snap to them; when he strides about and intones in his Hestonlike way, it's a bit slower going. Laurence Olivier plays the Mahdi, and while it isn't his greatest role, he does invest it with a little subtlety and a twinkle of of personality that perhaps wasn't in there to begin with. Not the grandest of epic films, but it was interesting enough that I hauled out the old encyclopedia and read up on a bit of imperial history.
"Spiderman 2" (2004)
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