Monday, January 28, 2008

Top & Bottom of 2007 - #3

Going My Way (1944) & The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
Bing Crosby stars as Father O’Malley, the coolest priest in movies. Going My Way is essentially the story of a friendship that develops between O’Malley and the much older Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald). Father O’Malley must get Father Fitzgibbon to change his ways in order to be more relevant to younger generations while still giving him the respect due him as an older, senior priest. The Bells of St. Mary’s has Father O’Malley teaming up with Sister Mary Benedict (Ingrid Bergman) to keep the St. Mary’s school open, with prayer being one of the main tools used to combat the unfriendly developer next door who wants to turn St. Mary’s into a parking lot. It also contains one of the sweetest nativity stories in it. Each film stands on its own, and they can be watched in any order. With people like Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman in the clergy, it makes the priesthood look that much more attractive.

Red Sonja (1985)
And I thought Conan the Destroyer was bad. The action scenes were anything but thrilling, the kid was almost more annoying than the kid in The Poseidon Adventure, and the dialog was wretched. Just about the only saving grace of the film is that it has some interesting art direction (some of which works well while other aspects fall under the category of over-the-top silliness) with the skeleton bridge being the highlight. Also, there’s the fatal flaw in the construction of the world: the thing that made the world needs sunlight (which it created) to survive, and to keep the world from being destroyed, it has to be destroyed (though wouldn’t that destroy the world too?). Talk about a bad rip-off of Lord of the Rings.

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