Day 326 & Day 327 & Day 328 – Hush & Double Indemnity & It Happened One Night / Pop Chart Lab Scratch #17

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Movie Title: Hush

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 22 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Hush is a simple and straight forward thriller. Maddie (Kate Siegel) is a deaf writer that has decided to alienate herself from humanity. She lives in the middle of the woods with only one neighbor close by. They are friendly with one another. After a visit where they discuss her latest novel, her neighbor is murdered and the murderer discovers that she is completely deaf when he rubs the dead woman’s body against Maddie’s window.

The Man (John Gallagher Jr.) is not a masked killer. He takes it off pretty quickly. He ineffectually stalks and torments Maddie through the night as Maddie makes attempts to outwit him. The story is very straightforward and there is no character depth whatsoever. You already know as much about Maddie as I do and the killer has no depth beyond a persistent sadism.

Verdict:

It is a simple yet effective thriller. It also isn’t anything you haven’t seen before. Take it or leave it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Double Indemnity (1944)

 

Movie Title: Double Indemnity

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 47 min.

Rated: Passed

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Double Indemnity is a classic film-noir starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, and Edward G. Robinson. Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) is an insurance salesman with loose morals. He stops by the residence of one Mr. Dietrichson to renew some auto insurance policies that have lapsed. He is immediately struck by Phyllis Dietrichson and falls head over heels for her. She is a kept woman that hates her husband. She is inquisitive about taking out a life insurance policy on her husband without him knowing. Neff sees through this immediately, but he is taken. He is quickly in for a penny which becomes a pound.

Neff decides he is going to go along with it. He makes the plans and plans to do the deed himself with Phyllis’s cooperation and help. After Mr. Dietrichson turns up dead, Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson)  an insurance investigator starts looking into the death. Keyes works with Neff closely and a game of cat and mouse ensues. He doesn’t want to pay out the double indemnity on the life insurance policy to Phyllis. He thinks everything is shady and starts turning the screws on everyone involved as Neff slowly realizes he may have been played the whole time.

The whole movie is done through a recorder in Keyes’ office as Neff makes a confession of the deeds he has done. The narration is masterful and MacMurray’s voice is terrific.

Verdict:

Double Indemnity is one of the greatest film-noir ever made. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: It Happened One Night (1934)

 

Movie Title: It Happened One Night

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.

Rated: Not Rated

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

It Happened One Night stars Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert as unlikely lovers in what could likely be considered the original romantic comedy. Peter (Clark Gable) is a down on his luck newspaper reporter. He has just been fired from his most recent job. Ellie (Claudette Colbert) is a rich heiress that has married a man named King Westley against her father’s wishes. Andrews, her father, insists on having the marriage annulled. Ellie quite literally jumps ship and goes on the run from her father in order to reach her husband in New York.

On the way Peter and Ellie run into one another. Peter sees a story and Ellie sees security for her escape attempt. They spend a lot of time together and go through screwball situations that are endearing and amusing. Gable and Colbert both do a beautiful job of chewing the scenery and it is a lot of fun. Toward the end they become estranged, but this builds to a beautiful climax at the altar to put the finishing touches on what is truly a great movie.

Verdict:

It Happened One Night is a fun and touching story with humor that translates from the 1930s to today. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Creep (2014)

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