The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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For all its unpleasant nature, it must be said that this film is a dynamic crime-and-punishment drama, brilliantly and broadly realized.
A poetic, terse, beautifully exact, and highly personal re-creation of the American underworld, with an unpunctuated Joycean screenplay by Polonsky that is perhaps unique in the American cinema.
The film cleverly uses illicit numbers running as a metaphor for unethical business practices in post-war America
Force of Evil is a masterpiece, usually lumped in with films noir of the period, but unique.
One of the major themed films of the '40s.
Top notch Garfield vehicle
At its best, Force achieves a style at once brutal and poetic, documentarian and noir.
A gripping thriller with a terrific performance by Garfield. It seems only the good peformers and directors got blacklisted (in this case Garfield and Polonsky).
A thinly-veiled outright damnation of capitalism and its merger-heavy practices. Heavy-handed but quite intriguing and poetic.
"Force of Evil," starring John Garfield, is a serious and heavy noir depicting corruption in New York in the early days after WWII. It could have been a great film, but it drowns in muddled and overly complex storytelling. I could barely keep track of the characters.
The story threads I could keep track of were phenomenal. Also great was the titanic performance from supporting actor Thomas Gomez, who plays the brother of Garfield. I had never heard of Gomez until this, but I see that he was nominated for an Oscar the year before "Force of Evil" came out (for "Ride the Pink Horse," a film I've never heard of). So clearly he was a heavy hitter in his day. It's a shame that his reputation faded over time.
Unfortunately, alongside everything that's great in "Force of Evil" is a ton of overly complex storytelling that must have left 98% of the audience in 1948 scratching their heads. No wonder this film garnered no Oscar nominations.
Here it is, 60 years after the release of this cinematic pearl, and I'm just now discovering it. The only thing that beats watching a film noir classic again and again is watching one for the very first time. Thank you John Garfield.
Plausible facts on this one.Aggressive till it bleeds.I saw this film on a cine-club somewhere in Athens.All 5 of us who attended were shocked at the boldness of that period,no,wait: the undercover "beauty" of it.McCarthy was approaching and if Polonsky was given better chances,he'd do miracles with noir stories like this.The edge of small-time con-men as an alternative title.
Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Force of Evil is just kind of bogged down with mediocrity in it's uneven acting (with the exception of an icy performance from Marie Windsor) and often horrific dialogue in this tale about organized crime taking on a numbers racket. In its defense, Polonsky's direction is superb as is the cinematography, namely during the climax. When it ended, I just didn't care about any of the characters. Not quite essential film noir, but not a bad place to go if you hit all the major films already.
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