H

February 19th, 2005 by Editor B

Our cinematic journey through the alphabet continues. There sure were a lot of H films on my list. 26 to be exact. (Compared to only three films that started with the letter G.)

Great:

Good:

  • Hard Times — I’m not into Charles Bronson or James Coburn but this movie, set in New Orleans, was surprisingly good.
  • The Heartbreak Kid — Charles Grodin does Neil Simon.
  • Heart of Glass — Bizarre. Herzog hypnotized his actors for this one. If you only watch it once, turn on subtitles and play the commentary track.
  • A High Wind in Jamaica — James Coburn again. He grates on my nerves, but this was fun.
  • House of Sand and Fog — Good and depressing.
  • Harvey — Really good; seems like it should have been great; why wasn’t it?
  • Hud — Stark and sad.
  • Hero — Epic historical martial arts fantasy. Visually dazzling.
  • Hope & Glory — The Blitz from a kid’s perspective.
  • The Hours — I’m not sure I really understood half of what was going on here.
  • Huey Long — Documentary by Ken Burns. I didn’t really know Jack about Huey. Seems he almost became an American dictator.

Mixed bag — I enjoyed these pretty much, but with some reservations:

  • Hamlet — The 1948 Olivier version.
  • Happy Accidents — Romantic comedy with a science fiction twist.
  • Heavy Traffic — Bakshi animation.
  • Hidden Agenda — Political intrigue in Northern Ireland.
  • Holes — If I was a kid, or if I had a kid, maybe I would have liked this more.
  • The Homecoming — Oddly compelling. Or was it just odd?
  • The Hospital — Great Scott!
  • Hoosiers — I wouldn’t have liked this as much if I hadn’t lived most of my life in Indiana. Hell, I would never have even watched it in the first place.

Not so good:

Downright awful:

Didn’t actually watch:

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour — Sent it back to Netflix after keeping it for a few weeks. I just couldn’t get in the mood to watch this film.

So now we’re gearing up for the letter I, which should be Interesting. The Iceman Cometh is four hours long, and I, Claudius is almost eleven hours…

2 Responses to “H”

  1. lemming Says:

    Harvey the film is deeply and horribly watered down when compared with Harvey the play. As a play, though still funny, Mary Chase offers some fruitful questions about the line between sanity (“normal”) and insanity (slightly off-kilter.) The movie eliminates all of the questions, plus the context. I love the play and loathe the film.

  2. Editor B Says:

    Ahhhh…. That explains a lot. I was actually in the play in high school — I played Judge Gaffney — and remembered it being so much better.

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