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I May Destroy You
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A delightful screwball comedy from writer/director Preston Sturgis. Barbara Stanwyck plays a beautiful gold digger who sets her sights on wealthy Henry Fonda aboard a cruise ship saling from South America to New York. Here scheme gets complicated when she actually starts falling for him. Blessed with delicious dialogue and wonderful physical comedy, "The Lady Eve" is heaven sent. Barbara Stanwyck has never been better. She commands all her scenes and makes the audience fall in love with her, just like her tricked beau. Fonda is also at his best. Great supporting cast helps make this one of the best comedies from the early years of the golden era of cinema.
I'm sure it must have seemed like a good idea to concoct a sequel to the Oscar winning police drama "In the Heat of the Night". Too bad it is a sequel that totally ignores the earlier film. The first film was a dramatic exploration of racism in a small town in the South. Here we meet up with Mister Tibbs again, this time as a detective with his wife and kids in San Francisco where he has worked for twelve years (Wait! I thought he wasn't married and was single, and from Philadelphia!!!)
This time all attempt and being relevant or even topical, or accurate is thrown out the window. Instead "Tibbs" is strictly a routine police thriller with car chases and an uninteresting whodunnit, where the real killer is easy to guess from the beginning. Sadly this is a waste.
One of the first serious Hollywood productions about the spirit world, made for adults. The plot is, of course about a haunted house by the sea. A ghost won't let the new owners rest. They seem to be targeting the home's former occupant.
It creates just the right mood with it's gothic mansion and windy cliffs. Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey are always solid.
The seance/ouija board scene is actually very effective for its time, as are the effects. The story itself does suffer from some outlandish dramatic points, but much can be forgiven since we are talking about ghosts afterall.
Though it offers a slight twist as far as its setting, I feel like I have seen this film before. Maybe the zombie theme has just run its course. Too bad because I find Tyler Posey to be a likeable actor, a combination of awkward good looks and approachable edginess. His character isn't flushed out, however. Whenever the story isn't sure what to do with him, they have him take off his shirt to showcase his numerous tattoos and fit physique.
The plot itself has a young man holed up in his high rise apartment while a zombie apocalypse goes on outside. It's a good thing the other survivor in the building is an sweet attractive young woman about the same age. You can see where this is going.
Maybe it's time to put this genre to rest for a bit while a new approach can be discovered. In the meantime...what a rerun of "The Walking Dead".