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Johnnie Be Good
Another Selznick-Hitch-Joan Fontaine collaboration, a year after Rebecca. This time Cary Grant joins the club. Suspicion is one of Hitch's favourite themes, considering he would also direct 'Shadow of a Doubt' couple years later. Doubt, suspicion, curiousity are a passage way to suspense which he masters craftsmanly. The story of the film is rather simple, has Lina married to a murderer ? Does he have intentions to confiscate his wife's inheritance by killing her? All this romance and marriage, was it a con in the first place or is it love? Despite all his bad habits, his gamble addiction and dishonesty, at the end of the day is Johnnie a good fella? In the hands of another director, it could have been an ordinary film. 8/10
A Turning Point in Hitch's Career
Shot in 1940, his first picture in the U.S, one can argue that Rebecca belongs to Hitchcock's early era, although he had directed 15 films thus far. All the best films he'd done, Spellbound, Notorious, North by Northwest, Rear Window, Vertigo etc. are yet to come. Setting off his collaboration with the producer Selznick, we see the hints of his cinematic brilliancy in Rebecca. I believe nobody would argue that Hitchcock invented the suspense in Cinema. That being said, Rebecca is a masterfully directed film. The multi-layered screenplay which was adapted by Daphne Du Maurier's gripping novel, the art direction, cinematography and the brilliant cast. Just flawless. Throughout the film, you wait to see something about Rebecca, a flashback, a photo or a painting. However, we never see her and just like in the story told, her abscence haunts the audience as well as the characters and Alfred Hitchcock uses the cinematography and especially the off-screen space craftsmanly. 9/10
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Kind Hearse and Coroners
A brilliant Ealing comedy that sets at the beginning of 1900's and a kind of Monte Cristoesque vengeance story and "literally" a serial killer film which is narrated by a Dexter'ish way with VO's from first person singular point of view. The narrator happens to be the protagonist of the story that is told with a flashback smilar to Citizen Kane. You can't help but empathy with Louis D'Ascoyne, an eloquent and an elegant English gentleman, who is trying to inherit his birth right dukedom by killing the other dukes one by one and avenge his mother's death! It's a fun film where Alec Guiness plays eight different characters (D'Ascoynes) fantastically and David Price plays two characters, Louis D'Ascoyne and his father Mazzini. "Kind hearts are more than coronets, And simple faith than Norman blood." 10/10
War of the Worlds (2005)
Tore of the Worlds
Upon receiving good reception with Minority Report, there were high expectations with this film but Cruise-Spielberg formula didn't quite work this time. It was a big disappointment for many audience at the time it was released. Unlike he did in ET and Close Encounters, Spielberg hostiles the "aliens" this time and take it very seriously on H.G. Wells adaptation by veering the sci-fi genre and the atmosphere much closer to a horror genre. The extravagant CGI, brilliant DP Kaminski and A-list cast couldn't prevent the failure of the story, told somewhat dull with a 'deus ex machina' ending. I'd rather watch some B films from the 50's. 2/10
Is this another adaptation I see before me?
Comparad to Welles' and Polanski's films, there isn't anyhting new about it. Only the atmosphere is captivating and the A list cast.
And Then There Were None (1945)
And Then There Was This Film
A brilliant Agatha Christie adaptation and an entertaining who-done-it mystery. Ten people who have some grim secrets in their lives are invited to an isolated house on a remote island by a mysterious host. They are introduced to the audience -by directly looking at the camera in a self reflexive way-and one by one, started to get murdered, bizzarrely suitable to the "Ten Little Indians" nursery. Rene Clair manages to set a light tone for the picture and his direction brings out some dark humour to the murder story. Especially with the scenes like, everyone in the house is a usual suspect and a potential victim at the same time and toying around with the "the butler must have done it cliche", where the house butler gets offended to know he's one of the suspects. There is also a scene where the camera tracks the threads and literally follows the loose-ends! 8/10
All About Eve (1950)
All About Awesome Storytelling
A brilliant film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz who happens to be the younger brother of Herman J. Mankiewicz, the writer of Citizen Kane (I guess brilliancy in writing runs in the family). Whenever Hollywood produces a retrospective story like "Citizen Kane", "Singin' In the Rain", "Sunset Blvd" or "The Player", it gets more interesting for the auidence who are on the other side of the glamourous world and All About Eve shares a similar approach with "Sunset Blvd" in terms of themes such as: 'fame', 'competition', 'greed', 'aging' and 'stardom'. Both films have a main pratagonist, an aging actress who is afraid of losing her fame and her love to a younger wanna-be ambitious actress that can pull out all the stops. Both films are narrated by VO's and flashbacks. 'Sunset Blvd' stands aside as being a more self-reflexive film noir about Hollywood, where as 'All About Eve' mainly focuses on actors and stars of the Theater World, with a distintive cinematography and even pioonering a 'freeze frame' scene. Remarkably, both films are made in 1950 and they have similar characters like Norma Desmond (played by Gloria Swanson) and Margo (played by Bette Davis) who sometimes deliver similar lines about 'ageless stars.' Bette Davis and Anne Baxter delivers brilliant performances in this Hollywood classic and "What a story! Everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end." 10/10
La grande illusion (1937)
Duty vs Humanity
It's hard to ignore the timing of this picture: Two years prior to WWII, nineteen years prior to Robert Bresson's timeless classic "Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut" and twenty six years prior to "The Great Escape", Renoir's cinematicly rich POW escape film that sets during WWI is pretty unusual by all means. The languages, nationalities, religions, whatever obstacles lay between humanity, after all humans are humans. Is it naive to believe humanity can live in peace? Perhaps it's a grand illusion.
Get ready for Lalo's thunder!
It's all good man! Season 5 was magnificient and ended with an awesome episode. And I can't wait to see Season 6! As we come closer to BrBa timeline, the tension excalates. My sincere thanks to everyone who worked in this show, writers, producers, actors and the entire crew. They do a great job.
I have high expectations from S6 and there are many questions waiting to be answered:
*What will happen to Nacho and his father? *When will Tuco be back? *Will Lalo die? * What will Jimmy and Kim do? *Will Kim survive?
In BrBaS04E10 "Salud" episode, Gustavo Fringe visits Hector Salamanca after he takes down Don Eladio and tells Hector that his grandson Joaquin, his only family alive, is now dead. Killed by Jesse Pinkman. According to this, Lalo must have been dead. But... is he? Is there any chance he went rogue and operating clandestine under Gustavo's nose? Is that the reason Jimmy is so scared after he started a new life in Nebraska , shown to us in black and white at the beginning of every BCS season?
LALO SALAMANCA is a perfect BrBa-BCS character for his complexity. And Tony Dalton is delivering brilliant performances.
First time we heard about Lalo when Saul Goodman was introduced to us in BrBaS02E12 and later in the episode, he was brought to the desert by Jesse and Walter to be executed. He asks them in fear: "Did Lalo send you?" We never see Lalo in BrBa or hear about him again. Until, the producers cleverly introduce him in BSC in S04E08 "Coushatta".
Lalo carries a big smile to camouflage his intentions. He is even likable to some degree. Smart, observative, suspicious like his uncle Hector, but more reasonable. He is as dangerous as Salamanca Twins and Tuco but more in control. With this episode we learned that he doesn't sleep much, he is a nocturnal person, he prefers to think late at nights and get his best ideas when everybody's at sleep. He is loyal to his family. He holds a grudge -after all he's a Salamanca- and naturally, and obviously, he had an escape plan. No wonder he had a tunnel built under his bathroom! And perhaps Gustavo and Nacho underestimated his wicked intelligence.
The way he stared at Bolsa when he said "I understand it was expensive for you to get out", Lalo is maybe aware of Bolsa's affiliation with Gustavo. We know that Bolsa dies in BrBa S03E08 "I See You" as Gustavo planned it. Everyone would assume Lalo is dead. Lalo will probably take advantage of this situation.
Will Lalo learn from Jimmy that he was attacked on his way to bring his bail money in Bagman episode? Will he also learn that Bolsa has planned it? He might even be behind Bolsa's execution in BrBa S03E08. Somewhat asisting Federales. Just a theory.
Lalo knows Nacho's betrayal now. Will he also find out that he is responsible for Hector Salamanca's condition?
NACHO is street-smart. He just wants to get out of the picture with his dad. But he tells Don Eladio that he wants: Respect. To make his own decisions. Go his own way. He doesn't want anyone to even think of playing him. He doesn't want to be looking over his shoulder. But now Nacho from halfway being Salamanca to being a traitor, will be on the run to oblivion. Nacho's mistake was assuming it would be easy to take down Lalo Salamanca. But he was wrong. And perhaps he took the Bad Choice Road.
DON ELADIO: In this episode there were so many foreshadows and references to BrBa S04E10 "Salud" when Don Eladio's mansion with the swimming pool and his famous necklace appears. And each time he said "bikers" and "businessman". He even raised his glass with Nacho and said "salud!"
In this episode there is a Scarface reference, again, and it's funny to see because Mark Margolis who plays Hector Salamanca and Steven Bauer who plays Don Eladio both had played in Scarface. Fortunately Saul doesn't reference to Fargo or Little Women!
Lalo bribed Don Eladio with a Ferrari and a "frunk" full of cash. We know how Don Eladio's weakness to "regalos" would affect on him as we saw in BrBa Salud episode. This "suavita" gesture of Lalo gave Bolsa chills. Seems like Lalo and Bolsa's tension will rise.
KIM WEXLER: Finally we saw Kim breaking bad. Deep down, she is a good person, she has a good character. She is fair and just. But she wants to punish Howard's vanity. And people like Kevin. We know from BrBa that Messe Verde name only exists as Messa Credit Union. We saw Walter White going there many times. Messa Verde changing its name might have something to do with Kim's involvement. She might find valuable information from the office she entered with his colleague Grant, where she'll deal pro bono cases.
S06 epectations: We might see new characters. My guess would be: Bolsa's brother, who is a police chief, he mentioned it to Gustavo in BrBa S03E08 "I see you". We might meet Joaquin Salamanca. Hector Salamanca's grandson, whom killed by Jesse Pinkman in BrBa S04E10 "Salud". Nacho wanted to deal with "bikers", maybe we can see Todd and his uncle's gang. The flashback we saw about Kim and her mom in Nebraska might have something to do with Jimmy's escape to Nebraska. And some more surprises perhaps. It would be exciting to see some more flashbacks like, Gustavo Fringe on his early days in Chile. With Max and his German buddy Peter. And why, in the first place, Gustavo needed to go to Don Eladio with Max. If there is any chance writers/producers are reading this comment, consider it a fan request!
House of Games (1987)
Selling snow to the eskimos
What a terrible way to end a premise that was promising at the beginning. This movie has, as Robert McKee would call it, a third act problem, moreover it also has a fourth act problem. Someone might argue that it has a second act problem as well. But the main problem is, the story is so annoyingly predictable and the plot and the characters are unconvincing. Unsatisfied? Watch "The Sting" instead.
A monotonous heist film
The script tries too hard to be smart, the story gets weary with too many plot-twists. The characters are unconvincing. Unsatisfied? Watch Rififi instead.
Better Call Saul: Bad Choice Road (2020)
Feel the suspense
Another brilliant episode where the tension rose gradually.
We know the fate of the certain characters from BrBa universe: Crazy8, Tuco, the Salamanca twins, Victor, Hector, Gustavo, Tyrus, Mike, Lydia, Hank and Gomez... BCS has presented new characters unbeknownst to us in BrBa timeline. Through five years as we got to know them, as an audience we started feeling empathy towards them. And just like in BrBa universe, the characters in BCS are as equally complex and deep as BrBa characters. They make some choices that bring consequences. We want certain characters to survive and we wonder what will happen to Saul, Kim, Nacho and Lalo. (We might have a clue what happens to Lalo from Breaking Bad S04E10 "Salud") And as we are familar from BrBa, we have a feeling that not all of them will get away from danger.
Speaking of danger, desert is a place we often saw in BrBa and continue to see in BCS, where meetings are held and transactions made. As we witness Jimmy's complete transition to Saul, as he walks in the desert, we are reminded of the danger that he is pulling himself into once again, when tarantulas and rattlesnakes enter the camera frame. Now he is in the game. And the game is deadly. Unwillingly, Jimmy let Kim enter the game. And in each episode, Lalo builds more tension. He is clever, nosy, dangerous as a rattlesnake, always suspicious, holds a grudge-well he is a Salamnca after all-and he traces like a detective in the story, somewhat unsettled. And in this remarkable episode, we saw that Kim spotted Lalo's doubts and used it against him. We witnessed why Jimmy needs Kim desperately and shouldn't lose her. Questions rise in spectators' minds once again: all this money, seemingly success after his late brother's legacy... Is it worth it? Is it worth losing Kim, the biggest success Jimmy has in his life after all? Will Kim pull the strings behind the curtain?The anticipation is the key to BCS's success.
What I respect deeply for Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould and their crew is, they never take the audience for granted. They reward the patience of the audience as they move on with the plot, they set the bar high, they care about the details and each episode gets better and better. This episode had the similar editing tricks that we are familiar from BrBa and I loved the split-screen sequence at the beginning. Gilligan tries to make the show as cinematic as possible. Which is a delight for fans.
BCS is a pre-quel to BrBa, so all the choices the writers make ragarding to writing deep backstories and side-plots work out flawlessly so far to serve both BCS and BrBa universes. What I also respect is, they don't show us a BrBa character unless it is relevant in the story.
Note: Rhea Seehorn deserves an emmy for this episode.