Day 216 & Day 217 & Day 218 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid & Feast & MASH

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Movie Title: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 50 min.

Rated: PG

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a classic western starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the title roles. Butch and Sundance tear their way across the American west, but unfortunately they do too good a job at it. After hitting the same train too many times, its operator hires a specialized group of lawmen to hunt down the outlaws and their gang. They are driven to the brink and are forced to use all of their skill and cunning to evade them. They then decide to escape to South America and go straight. Once they arrive they discover they aren’t well-suited for much else aside from banditry.

The movie is made by Paul Newman and Robert Redford’s banter and companionship. They laugh, think out loud, and fight like a married couple. They are exceptional and do a great job together. The movie is strung together by montages. It opens with a montage, has a montage in the middle, and closes with a still. All of which is accompanied with contemporary music by Burt Bacharach that at times works well. When it is interlaced with the actual action of the movie it really pulls the viewer out of the movie.

Verdict:

The first half is much better than the second, but it is on the whole a very good movie. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Feast (2005)

 

Movie Title: Feast

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Feast is a horror movie with a cast of B-list actors trapped in a roadside bar when creatures from the desert decide to kill them. If it sounds a bit like From Dusk till Dawn that sounds about right. The acting is generally pretty poor. There are way too many characters and it is hard to care about any of them. Henry Rollins makes an appearance as a motivational speaker a la Tony Robbins in what is probably the movie’s best role. The monsters are not particularly compelling and the effects are cheap. The best of the effects were used on Beer Guy (Judah Friedlander) who gets severely mangled over the course of the movie. It did not hold my interest.

Verdict:

It starts off promising, but within the first half hour it devolves into boredom inducing delirium that only gets slightly better at the end of the movie. The attempts at gross out horror and creature feature are ineffective because both of them are pretty lame. Skip it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: MASH

 

Movie Title: MASH

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 56 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

MASH is a movie from its time and does not translate well to today’s culture. I found it to be terribly offensive while also enjoying it to some degree. Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland), Duke Forrest (Tom Skerrit), and Trapper John McIntyre (Elliott Gould) act like jocular boys in a medical camp during the Korean War. Aside from montages of surgery in which nothing much is seen, the war is not particularly present. There are no bombing, bullets, or much in the way of death seen on screen although the occasional body is viewed being loaded into a helicopter. To escape the “horrors” that aren’t readily present the boys pull pranks that are of poor quality.

They drum Major Frank Burns (Robert Duvall) out of the army because he is religious. They ruin Major ‘Hot Lips’ O’Houlihan after they record her having sex and broadcast over the camp radio. Her complaints are dismissed completely by her inept commanding officer and his higher up. She even has to report to her commanding officer while he is shacked up with another woman. The boys want to see if the curtains match the drapes and pull the tent down off the woman’s shower while she is in it. It humiliates her in front of the whole camp. One soldier wishes to commit suicide because he believes he is gay. He had a hard time getting busy with a woman one night and can no longer stand the thought of living. They trick a woman into sleeping with him, so he won’t do it. They go to Japan and treat the locals terribly.

My big problem with the movie is that there is no war commentary. These characters are not blowing off steam because of the trauma of the war. There is no evident trauma caused by the war in the movie! There is also no plot. It is set up into a series of vignettes a la Monty Python, but of much lower quality. This movie shows the boys will be boys era of Hollywood with all the crap that entails. This movie is an artifact. It is a document of an era in film that has thankfully passed. It is important to see, especially for those that think its conduct is perfectly appropriate.

Verdict:

It is from a bygone age in film. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

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