Monday Movies: Criminal Masterminds
I saw the following movies this week:
- Pandora’s Box: This movie really has it all — comedy, musical numbers, romance, murder — though the final act felt very random. Lulu looked weirdly modern to us, almost identical to some contemporary actor (though we couldn’t place who it was). G. W. Pabst may well become a “light completism” project for me.
- A Prophet: I found this to be a very satisfying movie. The only thing holding me back was my worry that The Girlfriend wasn’t enjoying it, since it had essentially no woman characters whatsoever. (Her verdict was that she liked it, but less than Read My Lips.) Anthony’s post on the film turns out to be correct. As I reflected on why I like mafia and crime-oriented movies so much, I think it’s because I realize that I would completely fuck up at step one if I tried to get involved in anything like that — I’m enjoying the display of a competence I will never have.
- The Beat That My Heart Skipped: we decided to go ahead and round out Audiard’s major films this weekend (the others being Read My Lips and A Prophet). Overall, both of us agreed that it was our least favorite out of the three, but still very good — a rare instance of the well-done “two years later” conclusion scene.
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