Under the Roofs of Paris (Rene Clair) **** - This is my first Rene Clair film and it is a magnificent one. It's a film about a love triangle between a young woman, a street singer and a gangster. It's funny, thrilling, moving and goes into unexpected directions. This was made in 1930 and it's one of the early sound films with some scenes playing out kind of like a silent movie. It also features some highly inventive use of sound and music. The ending is a bit unexpected but very satisfying nevertheless.
Rock of Ages (Adam Shankman) ** -
People who know me know I just love, love, love, love musicals. Indeed,
for me, there's nothing quite like a spectacularly choreographed
song-and-dance number in the middle of a film. There are few things
better than a great musical. This is not one of them. This is jukebox
musical on '80s rock songs with a generic plot. Now, a jukebox musical
can be great (I mean, Singin' in the Rain
is a jukebox musical) if the staging and performance is fresh and
imaginative and a cliched, generic plot can be easily overcome by wit,
charm and great performances. This movie barely did any of these. It is
almost devoid of charm Tom Cruise gives an interesting performance but
not enough to completely save it.