A quick personal story: I grew up in West Virginia in a fairly conservative household though in somewhat of a liberal area by WV standards. There was plenty of anti-abortion rhetoric going around in my youth...and I distinctly remember coming home from college once and seeing anti-abortion protestors off the exit ramp of the highway. They were holding big posters that showed pictures of aborted fetuses....and I was appalled. I couldn’t believe they were stopping to such tactics. Around that…
I debated on whether I should give this 4.5 or 5 stars....I opted to go for 5 primarily because I feel like the film achieved what it sought out to do remarkably well.
On a very basic level, I think this was a very potent and powerful film that managed to be extremely unsettling without even showing us a lot of the true horrors of what occurred during this heinous and despicable moment in history.
Jasmila Žbanić truly did a…
Roy Scheider is one of the most underappreciated actors we’ve ever had. His legacy is most connected to JAWS for obvious reasons but his performance as Bob Fosse’s counterpart Joe Gideon is a masterclass. He was a magnificent and versatile character actor.
The film itself is also magnificent in its own right and I feel like Fosse’s heart and soul...with all of its flaws intact...are bared fully in this film and it’s like watching the most fucked up drug induced dream.
I saw a screening of MODERN TIMES at a movie theatre when I was 10 years old...I’m 32 now. I just rewatched the film for the first time in probably 12 years or so and my response to it was just as strong as ever.
While I do think CITY LIGHTS might be the better overall film, I can’t really say MODERN TIMES is that far behind. In fact, it may even be more entertaining.
The ending is on par…