Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Top & Bottom of 2007 - #6

Sergeant York (1941)
Gary Cooper puts in the performance of a lifetime as Alvin York, a man who after finding God, spends the rest of his life trying to be the best person he can. This leads him to WWI, where he manages to win just about every award and commendation available for his heroics. And yet through it all he remains as humble as ever. One thing that really struck me was in a scene where York has a debate with one of his commanding officers over the morality of war, and the arguments of both men come from Scripture. And neither man has faulty exegesis. That is not something I would expect to see in a movie today.

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
The plot was mostly concerned with Dracula killing three men who were instrumental in bringing him back to life. It is also one of those dumb horror films in which none of the main characters die (though if the filmmakers are truly committed to their world they would) and yet all the supporting characters get bumped off. Sure the colors were gorgeous and Christopher Lee was fabulous as Dracula, but the deeply flawed script puts it squarely in Mystery Science Theater 3000 territory.

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