The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The four principal actors -- Newman, Neal, Douglas, and de Wilde -- are so good that they might well form the nucleus of a cinematic repertory company.
Where it falls short of the mark is in its failure to filter its meaning and theme lucidly through its characters and story.
One of Ritt's best films.
Martin Ritt directed, putting a little too much dust in the dust bowl for my taste.
Patricia Neal delivers a subtle and sensual Oscar-winning performance.
An interview with Patricia Neal, RIP.
...a Western Gothic, where everyone is headed for trouble.
A blistering adult western which broke ground in its depiction of an unglamorous West and in the decidedly anti-heroic nature of its lead.
These questions are richer than they might have been in Hud because Newman...creates Hud as a sum of conscious choices, not an animal or an icon.
Paul Newman established himself as a superstar in this uncompromising antihero role.
Violating the the Producion Code, Martin Ritt's best film, which features Paul Newman in top form, includes forbidden words such as bastard and SOB, heard for the first time in American movie.
Newman at his best
Look under the skin of the American dream and there's a dust bowl the size of Texas, where the wide open spaces still do not provide enough breathing room, where everything still feels too unbearably close.. Martin Ritt's film introduces us to a family running their own spread, cowboys all, but disease and dissatisfaction, selfishness, eat away at any semblance of decency. Newman makes his mark as the most honest soul walking and unhappy, unhappy, unhappy. Melvin Douglas and Patricia Neal are great here.
I can't get enough of Larry McMurtry's West Texas, and Hud is yet another excellent film based on his novels (see: Last Picture Show, Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment, and note that he wrote the screen adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's short story Brokeback Mountain, too). Paul Newman plays one of the angriest young men you'll ever see on screen, a farm boy too wild for his home who has a terrible relationship with his father, and maybe a drinking problem. Brilliant for its esoteric nods to remote, small town life, and memorable for the Oscar-winning performances by Patricia Neal and Melvyn Douglas, Hud tells a classic story that, though it slows a little by times, frequently punches you in the gut like only McMurtry can. The writing is incredibly economical, too. As Chekhov said, if there's a gun on the mantle in Act I, it had better go off in Act III. Every new element that comes into the story pays off, to the point that, with every new revelation, you ask, "Now where is THIS going to go," and you're never disappointed. It's a very good film.
Bleak, beautiful, and well acted = my kind of film.
Paul Newman at his best, managing to make a severely flawed character incredibly charming and sympathetic. This has some extremely beautiful black and white images and definitely sets the mood for a very depressing story. At first glance, this isn't even something I would consider a western. However, the story is such an important step in the western genre because it goes beyond the cowboys and indians scenario. I would say that this is the most important modern western in that it analyzes the idea of a true cowboy and proves that they are a dying breed and incompatible with current morals and values.
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