Sunday, November 25, 2012

Weekly Round-Up (11/18/12 - 11/24/12)

Little Shop of Horrors (Frank Oz) ***1/2 - This was a rewatch. You know, I only found out recently that this film actually had a bleaker, wilder ending but was changed due to very bad test screenings. It was recently restored in the Blu-ray and I'm thinking of getting it. The film itself, even with the happy ending, is still pretty darn good black comedy/horror/musical featuring great early from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman who would go on to create unforgettable songs for Disney animated films.

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (Mervyn LeRoy) ***1/2 - Paul Muni is quickly becoming one of my favorite American actors from the older, classic era. I've seen three of his films so different from one another, that I wouldn't believe that the same person has played them all (Scarface, Emile Zola and James Allen). A young man back from the war gets himself caught up in a robbery and gets sentenced to a chain gang. The film, being pre-code, is quite brutal in its depiction of hard prison labor. The injustice portrayed is enough to get anyone mad.

1 comment:

YeamieWaffles said...

Little Shop of Horrors sounds pretty good to me man, I'm going to have to check it out for sure, I'm not so sure about the second though, guess I'm not in the mood for anything too heavy today if that makes sense.