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I saw this a few years ago and remember thinking it was a great movie. Upon rewatching it, I realize that I was wrong. There's too much waiting around, and the pay-off isn't worth the wait. John Carpenter was obviously a fan of Alfred Hitchcock, but he didn't learn a lot from him. He tries to build suspense throughout the first half of the film, but it feels too safe to be suspenseful.
The acting is borderline disaster at times with the exception of Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence. Especially from Laurie's dumbass friend who can't stop saying "totally" every five seconds. I know it's a 'character quirk' but my god.
Apart from all of that, and some very lazy writing (Donald Pleasence literally just standing around for half the movie until his character is needed again) 'Halloween' offers up some decent scares toward the end. And the music is good too. Overall, this is an alright movie, but nowhere near deserving of its iconic status.
Light-hearted and depressing in equal parts throughout. I don't know what fantasy universe this place takes in, where an entire town joins together to help a delusional person who has a relationship with a doll; but it expects a little bit too much suspension of disbelief. It's nice to see, but I couldn't get past how ridiculous everything is. It's a nice little movie, but it thinks a little too highly of people. In real life this guy would be completely ostracized, bullied, and he would probably end up hanging himself or going on a murder-spree. I'm glad they didn't go down that route, but it would have been easier to accept.
Overall, the movie is nice fun; but it is very slow at times. Ryan Gosling gives a good performance as Lars too. He's kind of endearing, and kind of annoying. The people around him have a little too much patience with him. I would describe the movie as a hipster-ized 'Shutter Island'. I liked it.
This is an outstanding western noir, with a wonderful cast (Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark) and gorgeous direction. It's one of the many westerns shot in the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, California; and Wellman uses the gorgeous scenery masterfully. The extended sequence in the beginning on the salt flats is unbelievable.
In contrast to the beautiful scenery, 'Yellow Sky' is a dark and gritty film. I haven't seen many westerns that felt this agonizingly realistic. And I mean that in the best way possible. The scorching sun, the dirt, the grime, and the sweet serenity that is fresh water.
This is a vicious, and cold-hearted film. Some of the violence, and behavior of some of the characters made me feel uneasy, and that is saying something. The brutal honesty in the way the film portrays the the gang is wonderful.
Some might have a problem with the way this story wraps up, as it's a departure from the darkness that shrouds the rest of the film. I loved the whole film, even though the ending feels like something the studio might have tacked on. It works well. Overall, this is one of my favorite westerns from the 40's, and a new overall favorite as well.
I really enjoyed this. It's concept is fresh, and it makes for some truly hilarious antics. I love how even though 'TaDvE' is a preposterous, goofy, and immature film; it manages to portray a believable and genuine love story. Tucker and Dale have wonderful chemistry, and are an excellent comedic duo. I was afraid that the violence would tarnish the light-hearted feel that the movie seemed to be going for, but that isn't the case at all. This is the first movie in forever that has left me hoping for a sequel.