Mary Poppins Returns
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The film is so deftly crafted ... that the creaks in the screenplay don't show too glaringly.
As a chiller, it's top-notch.
Strange, moody, but effective.
Moody and atmospheric tale of a lonely young man (Dennis Hopper) and his growing affection for a pretty woman, a carny no less, with a strange secret. The cinematography, the sets (Santa Monica pier, circa early 1960's), and the supporting cast all lend themselves to what appears to be a memorable and spooky story, but then the ending drops the ball entirely. Which is too bad. The work becomes forgettable immediately ... but the spirit of the thing hangs on a bit. It wanted to be good.
Atmospherical and low key Val Lewton-esque thriller .
Dennis Hopper plays a combination of the world's biggest rube and possibly the world's most annoyingly desperate sailor who falls for a girl who may or may not be a psychopathic mermaid. The cinematography has a certain charm and I like Night Tide for that reason alone, but the dialogue and story are cheesy and forced. The score was enjoyable in a weird way, but it definitely didn't fit this movie. The massage scene was unintentionally hilarious and full of double entendres. Do not watch this movie before 1AM on a Friday or Saturday night for the full effect. If nothing else it sets a reasonably great atmosphere. Don't expect anything and you may enjoy it.
The B movie fest continues for me as I take a look at one of Dennis Hopper's early leading roles in Night Tide, a movie about a sailor falling in love with a beautiful but mysterious young woman who's past may come back to haunt him. That's a pretty goofy description, I know, but it's an accurate one. It's not a bad film, per se, just filled with a lot of unnecessary dialogue and a few cheesy moments. The structure of the thing is very good, and makes up for most of its shortcomings. I find the film fascinating as it feels very homoerotic at times, which I'm not exactly sure how much is picked up on by other people. I'm not sure if it was intentional, but it's there if you look for it. The mystery aspect works pretty well and feels genuine, throwing you for a nice loop at the end - although I realized what was going on in the story early on. It's not a perfect movie, but certainly deserves the cult following that it has.
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