31-35 The 40 Best Films Reviewed in 2012

04 Feb

31-35 Top 40 Best Movies Reviewed in 2012

31.- Penny Serenade – 1941. Well, Cary Grant was up for Oscars twice, and never for a comedy, and this is one of those times, and you can easily see why. I recommend that you do. The remarkable George Stevens directed it, sufficient reason in and of itself.

32.- People Will Talk – 1951. A prominent professor is attacked by a bigoted colleague. Cary Grant again. Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve et al) directed.

33.- Roadhouse – 1948. Not to be missed for the character Ida Lupino creates. So funny. So true. Richard Widmark does one of his crazies, and Cornell Wilde plays sensitive hero. Celeste Holm immediately after her Oscar win.

34.- Rock Of Ages – 2012. Tom Cruise as the rock and roll superstar pushing fifty – a sort of combination of Iggy Pop and Robert Newton, a walking Parnassus Of Sex, his jewelled crown a codpiece of rubies. It’s an astonishing turn by an astonishing actor – who once again throws himself into a role hook, line, and sinker. His joy in his craft is abounding. His actor’s imagination is unfathomable. He is not to be missed. Nor is Paul Giamatti in one of the funniest scenes ever.

35.- Seven Men From Now – 1956. One of the great Budd Boettecher Westerns. Randolph Scott is super, as is the sumptuously beautiful and endearing Gail Russell. Surprising, witty and imaginative.

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