The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Hollywood here looks diabolically seductive.
Douglas gives a terrific study of male ego, all relaxed charm and going places.
Under Minnelli's direction it becomes a fascinating study of a man destroyed by the 50s success ethic, left broke, alone, and slightly insane in the end.
...swoons for all things silver screen.
The master class in piquant flash tends to Hollywood's warts like sumptuous flowers
Charles Schnee's whip-smart script, packed with sharp one-liners and passionate dialogue is a pitch-perfect accompaniment to the noir-ish look of Robert Surtees's cinematography.
The Bad and the Beautiful took home a quintet of Oscars from 1953's ceremony and in its title alone we have possibly the greatest ever description of Hollywood.
A warts-and-all portrait of Hollywood at its zenith, a tale of how the bad created something beautiful.
Not quite Sunset Boulevard but almost.
A gaudy soap opera that also manages to satirise gaudy soap operas. Hows about that?
Even without a knowledge of the background, this is sharp, cynical fun.
Three disjointed stories awkwardly connected by a frayed thread.
A Kirk Douglas film, has to be based or meant to base a director that played a part in his career, just to factual to be a made up story. Its about a director that is pretty much ruthless, shows the story of three people who basically were made famous thru his ruthless actions. A good ole Black & White. 4 stars.
"Will you help him get started again? Will you work with him just this once?"
Three people: a Pulitzer Prize winning writer (Dick Powell), a beloved actress (Lana Turner), and an Oscar winning director (Bernard Sullivan) ; all connected by one man (Kirk Douglas). A charismatic, volatile, unknowable movie producer (with some serious daddy issues) who in the past brought all three of them great success in their careers, before selfishly taking actions that caused them all to vow to never work with him again. But now, it's years later and he needs all their help to make a movie (and a comeback). Will they help him, or are the scars of the past to painful to forgive?
The Bad and the Beautiful grew on me as it went along, and I found myself really enjoying it. The three self-obtained stories that make up the movie were very interesting, and Kirk Douglas and the rest displayed some fantastic acting (especially in the second story, which was my favorite). This was my first exposure to Douglas and Turner, and they were both absolutely great. As were the rest of the cast.
The Bad and the Beautiful is a must-see for those who like films about the movie industry. It's dramatic, captivating, and just very satisfying in that ageless, old school kind of way. Recommended.
A good movie about the movie industry, and with a good cast. I liked it.
In Hollywood, where the producer is king, it's kind of hard to make a film about what complete bastards movie producers are. The Bad and the Beautiful attempts to tackle this precarious subject matter, but it still feels kind of tame. Witness other "insider" films of the era: All About Eve, or Sunset Boulevard. They both went after their respective subject matter with no holds barred, and no attempts to pretty up the ugliness. Kirk Douglas plays Jonathan Shields, a scumbag producer who uses more talented people and then throws them aside when they've served their purpose. The film takes the approach that Shields is simply doing what must be done in order to get the films made, that these creative individuals (a director, an actress and a writer, respectively) would never see their projects come to fruition without his guiding forceful presence to get things done. It's a bit of a stretch to suggest there's anything heroic about what Shields does, as he could give some credit to those who helped create his career. In any event, I'm not entirely sure the film wasn't supposed to try (and fail) to generate sympathy for Shields. Our sympathies are meant to be torn, but Shields is so loathsome it negates the conflict of emotion we in the audience are supposed to feel. What goes on in Hollywood, what ugliness goes into the pictures that make us laugh and smile? The Bad and the Beautiful is a nice attempt at exposing hollywood's dirty secrets, but it's too wishy washy to be really effective.
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