Best 40 of 2012 — Films 6-10

12 Jan

Again, I love the craft of acting, and that’s what I love writing about best. Every one of these films is acted remarkably in one way or another. From Cary Grant who always underacts to Robert Newton who never underacts.

40 Best Films Reviewed In 2012 On Films 6-10

Amazing Adventure – 1937. Light Comedy. Cary Grant. Here he is in the last of his tuxedo roles, and it is a perfect moment to take in the sort of actor he was. Read about that on, and check out the movie and see if you agree.

Argo – 2012. International Thriller. Ben Affleck is not supposed to be everybody’s favorite, except when the big-hearted lug plays a part like this – a docu-caper, being the actual story how eight members of the American Embassy hid out at the Canadian Embassy and were spirited out of Iran by the mad scheme of a fake movie being shot there. Yes, it actually happened. Affleck directs.

Autumn Reunion – 2007. Drama. Many years after he saved them from the gas chamber, three Jews reunite in Canada with their savior. A stirring grown up movie, beautifully told and acted by Susan Sarandon, Christopher Plummer, Gabriel Byrne, and Max Von Sydow.

Big Brown Eyes – 1936. Comedy. Fast talking dames like Joan Bennett should be framed and hung in the Smithsonian. This is vintage perfection. Cary Grant plays her slippery boyfriend. If you like His Gal Friday, this should entertain you no end. Raoul Walsh directed it handily.

Blackbeard, The Pirate –1952. Swashbuckler. Robert Newton raves through this technicolor high-seas tale, with the sumptuous Linda Darnell aboard with the hoard. Directed by Raoul Walsh who had directed Errol Flynn’s piracies. Don’t deprive yourself. The bows and furbelows in Newton’s beard alone are with the price of admission.

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