Portrait of a Lady on Fire, 2019 – ★★★

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Don’t believe the hype. Yes there is nudity, so there’s that. Unlike many people I know online giving glowing reviews I…

do not think it’s the best film of 2019
think the camera angles and long shots are the best features
I don’t get the lesbian love story that of course had girl on girl sex scenes. (Whodathunkit?) Perhaps I am being rustic but it could have been told better, more subtly. Just me.

Once again fell for the hype around a French movie w subtitles.

You can safely miss this one.

The Invisible Man, 2020 – ★★★

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Elizabeth Moss is getting to be a force to reckon with in Hollywood. I’ve loved her stuff for years, the earliest I recall being “The One I Love” with Mark Duplass. That’s a crazy sci-fi movie too though nothing on the gigantic scale of Leigh Whannell’s “The Invisible Man.” I liked Moss in this and that’s what made the over 2 hours palatable. Unfortunately the cool stuff was saved until the end and anything else awesome was glittered few and far between.

The story has nothing to do with the 1933 classic version other than the man’s last name. It waits over half the film to show anything “invisible.” Moss’ expressive eyes keep us happy but hungry on the journey. When the shit goes down it’s pretty fun but not amazing. I really have no more to say about this film. It’s a fun ride but nothing like what it could have been.

I was hoping for a scoundrel out doing mischievous acts. Instead we have an invisible stalker messing with his woman for no apparent reason other than the fact that she has the balls to disagree with him (?) Leigh Whannell could have done much better in the screenplay chair. I must dissent from the masses on this one. You could miss this one. 6/10

The Invisible Man, 1933 – ★★★★★

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This is considered by many to be the best classic horror film ever made. Of course, there are dissenting views. I watched it in prep for the new Elizabeth Moss “BlumHouse” film I am about to see today and I wasn’t disappointed.

I can see lots of tricks you could do with this concept. Even this 1933 version has a lot of fun with simple green screens, head bandages and goggles. Of course it’s limited effects but their practicality shines through as refreshing in 2020. The Invisible Man is an evil bastard. I am looking forward to the reimagined version today at 1:30p My plan is to do a podcast on the two films so check back in a day or so. As for Claude Rains in this old version: epic film, loved it tons. Highly recommended but it’s not currently streaming free anywhere. I rented it for 48 hours on Prime for $3.99, WORTH IT!