September 2, 2007

Movies

Last weekend I watched the The Quiet Man, and I enjoyed it tremendously.. It's a pretty charming movie, and holy crap, Maureen O'Hara was incredibly, astoundingly hot. So hot. Uhm. What was I saying again? Oh yeah, good movie. One thing that was difficult for me, though: a lot of the humor in this movie revolves around a sortof tongue-in-cheek take on man/woman relationships in marriage. The problem is that, well, it was filmed in 1952. So, I had a hard time figuring out what was a joke and what was real. You know, they'd say something about the "woman's place" and I'd laugh, and then realize that wasn't a joke. Demonstrates pretty well how the thin margin of social commentary is a moving target. The Irish players were pretty awesome, too, though it took me a while to get the hang of their thick brogue.

Last night, I watched Inherit the Wind -- what a fantastic movie.. The story itself is interesting enough, but in this film it serves mostly as a pretext for some interesting relationship dynamics. What I really loved about this movie was the acting.. The chemistry between Spencer Tracy and Gene Kelly is pretty great, and between Frederic March as well -- in particular the rocking-chair scene. Gene Kelly does a great job in general, playing Mencken Hornbeck, the Cynical, Witty Reporter with a Heart of Gold (tm).