The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Reviews
*NOTE: Does anyone else think that Lizabeth Scott looks like a poor man's Lauren Bacall?
Acting is solid all round, and the direction is great. Unfortunately the story is the big let down here with a rubbish ending.
Dark and shadly with depressing atmosphere this is a great movie.
As for those who have pointed out the Lizabeth Scott/Lauren Bacall similarities, I must agree!
It's interesting to watch the 'little guy' square off against the rich and powerful, if only because they think they can bully him around.
Well worth a look if you can catch it on cable or track it down for rental.
A man who was orphaned as a boy returns to his home town to find his boyhood crush married to an alcoholic politician. His crush and her husband performed heinous acts to the crush's aunt and the man charged with her murder. Will the man fall for his former crush's tricks again or will he find a new love and escape town once again?
"You don't own the whole world."
"I own enough of it so that you'll always be brought back here."
Lewis Milestone, director of Pork Chop Hill, Mutiny on the Bounty, Ocean's Eleven (1960), The Purple Heart, A Walk in the Sun, Of Mice and Men, Edge of Darkness, and Two Arabian Knights, delivers The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. The storyline for this picture is a bit methodical but definitely worthwhile. The cast delivers excellent performances and includes Kirk Douglas, Van Heflin, Barbara Stanwyck, and Lizabeth Scott.
"Scared of thunder?"
"No. I like it."
This recently aired on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) as Kirk Douglas' first ever movie. Supposedly, Milestone was looking for the next great Hollywood movie stars and someone recommended Kirk Douglas and a star was born. As a whole, the movie is a bit bland in terms of the delivery of the content, but the conclusion is excellent and the movie turns out to be worthwhile.
"I am sorry I was caught."
The story is very well-conceived, showing first a tumultuous series of events in the youth of its main characters, and then showing how their adult lives are still shaped by things that happened long ago. The three child actors are all able to make their characters ring true with the adult versions played later by the stars, and the script makes good use of the opportunities that the setup offers.
The tension is built up skillfully, and it never lets up. Although the danger and the drama involving the characters is more than enough to carry a good movie, it also brings out plenty of observations about the characters' personalities and their decisions in life, and this adds additional depth to an already very interesting story.
[b]The Lady Vanishes[/b], an Alfred Hitchcock ("Family Plot") movie mostly set in the confines of a train, is a mystery where one woman notices another has gone missing, but no one believes her. Of course. Good. Of course. But not Hitch's best.
I liked [b]Marnie[/b], another Hitchcock film, better. Tippi Hedren ("Dead White") stars as a con girl who falls for her mark, Sean Connery ("The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"). But then he turns the tables on her. There's also fits of hysterics, horses, crazy mothers, color flashbacks and birds. Different than the average Hitchcock, still very suspenseful and good.
[b]The Strange Love of Martha Ivers[/b] was definitely strange. A young girl kills her overbearing aunt, but a friend witnesses the event and things change forever. Most of the story occurs when the participants are grown-up and full of bitter mind games. This is classified as a film noir, so it has much of the darkness, femme fatale and brooding anti-hero typical to that genre.
[b]Margot at the Wedding[/b] is quite possible the worst movie I have ever seen. Wow. Horrible people saying ridiculous, hateful things to each other and behaving as humans never should. Jack Black ("Be Kind Rewind") is the best thing about this movie. Sad, but true.
Anther After Dark film, [b]Wicked Little Things[/b] is definitely not the best, but there are some very creepy moments. A bunch of kids were buried alive in an old mine and have since been terrorizing the families in the area. When some new people move into an old house, they begin piecing together the mystery and things come to a head. Look for creepy old houses, zombie children and some annoying teenagers getting eaten alive.