A completely great movie. Amazing performances, fantastic direction, heart wrenching tragedy, and a beautiful score. One of the greatest remakes of all time.
Mervyn LeRoy’s The Bad Seed is more of a eerie drama contemplating motherhood than the horror film I expected it to be, but it works well that way. It’s a little overlong, particularly with the ending that drags on, but the great dialogue and performances make up for it. Patty McCormack is shockingly great as the sociopathic Rhoda, and Eileen Heckart is fantastic as the mourning mother of a boy who drowned. Overall, a very good movie.
“Someday a Real Rain Will Come.”
Martin Scorsese and Michael Chapman bring New York threateningly to life in this classic, transforming it from a mere setting into a real character, and the personal enemy of Travis Bickle. He roams the city in his cab, peering through the rear view mirror at the faceless people of the city he hates. We know that he hates them, because De Niro’s acting through his eyes and the cinematography makes it clear that he…
Yeah, it was good, but not great. Joaquin Phoenix and the score (by Hildur Guonadóttir) are excellent, everything else is just good. Not as great as the movies that influenced it. However, as I said, it’s definitely good, so I don’t want to overly criticize it, it’s an engaging character study with some very good moments. Todd Philips directs it pretty well, and the screenplay is good.