Friday, January 24, 2020

"Parasite" and The Week in Reviews

[I review "Parasite" as well as DVDs "Ad Astra" and "Christopher Robin."  The Book of the Week is "America's Test Kitchen Twentieth Anniversary TV Show Cookbook: Best-Ever Recipes from the Most Successful Cooking Show on TV."  I also bring you up-to-date with "My 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Project" with "Terra em tranced."


Through an elaborate ruse, members of a poor family insinuate themselves into the lives of a rich family.

The Kim family - Ki-taek, the father 
(Kang-ho Song), Chung-sook (Hye-jin Jang), the mother, and their two young adult kids, Ki-woo (Woo-sik Choi) and Ki-jeong (So-dam Park) - are all unemployed and live in a semi-basement apartmemt where they suffer the indignities of stink bugs, flooding and drunks using the sidewalk outside their window as a toilet. They also struggle to make ends meet and have basically given up. Ki-taek and Ki-woo don't appear to be making an effort to find work other than working at home folding pizza boxes for a local pizza company; Ki-jeong is grumpy and only seems to care about her wi-fi connection that the family is poaching from a neighbor; and Chung-sook can't be bothered to clean their oppressive apartment. 

So when Ki-woo's friend, Min (Seo-joon Park), comes for a visit to let him know that he is going to study abroad and offers Ki-woo his job as an English tutor for Da-hye Park (Ji-so Jung), a young rich girl, Ki-woo jumps at the chance despite the fact that he has not been to university. Min has brought the family a "scholar's rock," which is supposed to promote wealth, and now, with this chance for a job, it looks like the family's prospects are already looking up. 

But how can Ki-woo get this job without any credentials?

Well, no problem, Ki-jeong is an artist and a master at Photoshop, so she forges some diplomas for Ki-woo. When he meets Mrs. Park (Yeo-jeong Jo), he introduces himself as "Kevin" and pours on the charm, and she is easily won over.  It doesn't hurt that Min had told Ki-woo that Mrs. Park is, shall we say, not very smart? Naive? Gullible?  When Mrs. Park shares with Ki-woo that her young son, Da-song (Hyun-jun Jung), is a handful, but particularly skilled at art, Ki-woo comes up with the idea of proposing his sister, Ki-jeong, as an art therapist, though not telling Mrs. Park that she is his sister. Ki-jeong becomes "Jessica," the art therapist, and soon, he and Ki-jeong are able to get rid of the chauffeur and the longtime housekeeper (Jeong-eun Lee), so that Ki-taek and Chung-sook can also have jobs.

The Parks live in a beautiful, architecturally famous house and they are naive and trusting of the Kim family, unaware the four are related.  And the Kim family happily lives off of the Park family. Things are looking up. When the Park family goes on a camping trip, the Kims have the place to themselves and they party hardy until the old housekeeper returns, saying she left something in the house. And boy did she! When Chung-sook reluctantly lets her in, it is revealed that the old housekeeper has her own agenda and the ensuing twists and turns take you on a wild ride which doesn't turn out well for anyone.  

This is a story of them vs. us, the haves and the have nots, the class struggle. 
Despite the fact that the Kims clearly don't feel bad about taking advantage of the Parks, you empathize with them, especially when the Parks show such limited understanding of anyone who isn't rich, even going so far as to say that Ki-taek exudes an unpleasant odor. The odor of being poor? When Ki-taek tells Chung-sook that the Parks are nice, despite the fact they are rich, and Chung-sook replies that they are nice because they are rich, you see the great divide. 

One can't help but draw comparisons to Jordan Peele's "Us," which is also the same kind of story, right down to the have nots living underground.  But unlike that film, this film is a dark comedy, except maybe at the end which isn't funny at all, not even in a dark way.  

Written by Bong Joon-Ho and Jin Won Han and directed by Bong Joon-Ho, this is a strange but fascinating story of class and privilege that invites discussion.  Is it true that the Parks are only nice because they are rich?  Are the Kims forced to take advantage of the Parks because the system is against them or are they just lazy and manipulative people? Who are the villains here?  Who are the parasites? And does the chaos at the end of the film forebode what can happen because of the inequities that exist in our world?

"Parasite" has six Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, a first for a South Korean film.  It also just won a SAG Award for Best Cast, which is basically a Best Picture prize, the first forerign language film to ever win that prize, and this film has appeared on almost every critic's 2019 Top Ten lists (it would have been on mine, too, had I seen this film by the time I published my favorites for the year).  

So see this film. It is gaining award momentum. It just could pull a "Moonlight," and beat Tarantino's "Once Upon a Hollywood," which is this year's favorite for Best Picture.  (And in case you don't know what I mean by saying "pull a 'Moonlight,' remember that classic moment at the 2017 Oscars when everyone thought "La La Land" was a shoo-in for Best Picture and Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty called it as the winner only to find out the winner was "Moonlight?" That could happen again. Well, maybe not the nutty actors reading the wrong movie name, but this film must might be the surprise Best Picture).

Rosy the Reviewer says...a comedy, a thriller, a wild ride and like nothing you have ever seen before!

(in Korean with English subtitles)

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Ad Astra (2019)

It's the near future, and astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) undertakes a mission to find his father, whose aborted mission 30 years earlier, is now threatening the universe.

"Ad Astra," - "To the stars" - and that's where Roy McBride's astronaut dad, Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones), went thirty years ago to try to find extra-terrestrial life.  But something happened to that mission - The Lima Project - and he and his crew all died.  Or did they?  Now there are mysterious surges - uncontrolled releases of anti-matter - taking place that are affecting the universe and Roy's dad is being blamed.  Is Clifford McBride still alive? And is he responsible for threatening the universe?

Roy McBride was 16 when his father left on the Lima Project mission and 29 when his dad disappeared.  In the meantime, he has followed in his dad's footsteps as a well-regarded astronaut, capable and unflappable. He is cool under pressure with a pulse that is never over 80, no matter what danger he finds himself in, and he hasn't put a foot wrong.  So when the surges start occurring, and it comes to light that Clifford McBride might not be dead after all, there is the fear that he has gone rogue and could be causing these surges.  Now the son is asked to find the father, a father who in essence abandoned him 30 years ago.

So Roy "flies commercial" to the moon on his way to Mars to try to get a message to Neptune, where his father might be. The powers that be feel a personal plea from him might help. It's the "near future," a time when travel to the moon is ho-hum, and it has already been overtaken by commercial enterprises ("Subway," anyone?"), as well as hostile countries and even pirates.  So it's a wild ride across the moon to catch a ride to Mars where Roy is supposed to communicate with this Dad via secure laser transmission. When that fails, it's on to Neptune.

This is a tense and exciting film, not the least because of Brad Pitt, who himself has just gotten more exciting and handsome as he ages.

Let me rant for a bit...and this is a good rant.

I first remember seeing Brad Pitt in "Thelma and Louise," and, yes, I thought he was very handsome.  Almost too handsome.  I don't really like the pretty boys.  But now at the age of 56, Brad has grown into his face.  He is no longer pretty.  He is just damn handsome.  I look forward to his getting more and more handsome.  And then there is the whole issue of handsome and beautiful actors feeling they have to make themselves look ugly to be taken seriously.  Brad hasn't really gone the ugly route per se, but I believe he is one of those actors who hasn't been taken seriously enough as a really good actor because he is just so damn handsome.  You haven't heard anyone comparing him to De Niro, right?  But that may change, because Brad is not only damn handsome, he is a damn good actor as he shows in this film, as well as his supporting role in "Once Upon a Hollywood,a role that was not flashy, but one that he brought to life and for which he has already snagged Golden Globe, Critics Choice and SAG awards.  He is also the favorite for an Oscar as well. It's been a good year for Brad.  Now if he would just do a romantic drama where I could live vicariously through his co-star as he plants those lovely lips....

Anyway, okay, rant over and back to the film.

In addition to the handsomeness that is Brad Pitt, the special effects are awesome and there is some depth to be mined in this film.

Written by James Gray and Ethan Gross and directed by Gray, I couldn't help but think this was a space age version of "Apocalypse Now," with Pitt as the Martin Sheen character searching for Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) who has gone rogue and is supposedly insane.  This film plays out very much that way, except it's a son seeking his father, a father who emotionally and physically abandoned his son and who could be insane.  Roy has to literally let go, of his father and all of his pent-up grief.  

And I have to add that the film may be set in the future, but it's not particularly hopeful about the state of women in the world or of ugly politics or that we humans would rise above selfishness and greed. We don't.  Sadly, there are some moments in the film that could be labeled as a bit far-fetched but, hey, it's the future.  How do we know what's far-fetched and what's not?

Rosy the Reviewer says...a wonderful cautionary tale about going "to the stars." And, by the way, according to this film, there isn't anybody else out there. "Now we know we're all we've got." So make the most of it.

Christopher Robin (2018)

Christopher Robin (Ewen McGregor) has grown up and forgotten all about his childhood friends - Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl and Rabbit - and the fun he had in the Hundred Acre Wood...until they show up to remind him.

Christopher had to say goodbye to his friends and the Hundred Acre Wood when he was sent to boarding school.  And he didn't forget them. Well, not right way, he didn't. But time has a way of making us forget.  Christopher's experiences at boarding school and the death of his father make him grow up quickly.  He marries, has a daughter, serves in WW II and has a job as an efficiency expert. But he is married to his job, neglects his family and plans to send his daughter to boarding school. Christopher is over-worked and his wife thinks he is going to crack up.

Christopher's wife, Evelyn (Hayley Atwell) and daughter, Madeline (Bronte Carmichael) have planned to spend the summer at Christopher's old country home, but he can't go because his company is having financial issues and Christopher must stay behind and work much to the disappointment of his wife and daughter.  In the meantime, Pooh has found his way to London and meets up with Christopher.  Now Christopher is befuddled and thinks he actually is cracking up, but decides he has to take Pooh back to the country, just a fast trip, drop him off and get back to work in London.  But you know how these things go, the best laid plans and all of that.  When he returns to his childhood home, Christopher is pulled back into his childhood world and learns how to live again and then little Madeline meets them and yadda yadda yadda.

The film is very sentimental and predictable but that little Pooh.  He got to me despite the fact that I find a bear wearing a shirt and no pants rather disturbing. But who can resist a little CGI teddy bear? Or those other adorable little anthropomorphic characters?  And who can resist Ewen McGregor? He can do and be anything and I will buy it.

Based on A.A. Milne's characters and Ernest Shepard's illustrations and directed by Marc Forster, this is a strange film that is mostly Ewen McGregor talking to CGI characters. I couldn't help but think how difficult that must have been for Ewen - doing all of that talking to a green screen.  But the film is also strangely affecting, the story of remembering our childhood to find what is really important in life.

Rosy the Reviewer says...a reminder to stop and smell the roses.

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Terra em transe (1967)
(alt. titles: "Earth Entranced;""Entranced Earth;" "Land in Anguish")

The personal and political turmoil of a poet and filmmaker caught in the spectrum of Latin American politics of the 1960's.

In a fictional South American country named Eldorado (which is really Brazil), poet and filmmaker Paulo Martins (Jardel Filho) tells his story in a series of flashbacks explaining how he ended up where he did, which is dead. 
Martins had been supporting the conservative leader, Porfirio Diaz (Paulo Autran), for governor, and had actually been also having an affair with Diaz's mistress, Silvia (Danuza Leao). But he abandons Diaz for the more liberal candidate, Felipe Vieira (Jose Lewgoy).  Vieira is elected but reneges on his promises, which disillusions Martins, who decides to abandon politics and concentrate on his writing and filmmaking. However, he is convinced to once again get into the political arena, and after getting involved in some seedy political shenanigans and discovering a betrayal, he adopts armed, militant resistance.  Not a good choice.

Directed by Glauber Rocha, a key figure in Cinema Novo and one of the most influential film directors in Brazilian cinema, this film has been compared to "Citizen Kane," but it is a much more difficult film to embrace, mostly because of the strange editing and lack of depth of the characters. It's also overwrought and over-the-top, but interestingly, the issues at war in this film are issues that resonate today in our own political world: the left vs. the right; the class struggle; poverty and hunger depicted as "fake news;" believers vs. non-believers; and a crazy politician seeking to become King. Filmed in beautiful black and white, the film is part political propaganda and part allegory for the political history of Brazil during the 1960's, which Rocha portrays as pretty hopeless, but it could just have easily taken place here in the United States of America in 2020.  

Why it's a Must See: "Few films were as insightful nor as universally criticized.  Yet seen today it seems not only Rocha's masterpiece, but also that of the new Latin American cinema."
---"1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die"

Rosy the Reviewer says...a noble effort, but mostly not a very satisfying film experience.
(b & w; Available on YouTube)

***The Book of the Week***

America's Test Kitchen Twentieth Anniversary TV Show Cookbook: Best-Ever Recipes from the Most Successful Cooking Show on TV by America's Test Kitchen (2019)

A cooking Bible!

Remember when "The Joy of Cooking" was the cookbook you always grabbed when you weren't sure how to prepare something that was fairly standard like poached eggs or a roast chicken?  It was the "bible" for cooking.

Well, here is a new cooking "bible."

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I review cookbooks from time to time because I not only love to cook, I actually like to READ cookbooks.  I am known to sit with my morning tea and go through page after page of a new cookbook and read the author's/cook's notes.  And this one is full of notes.  It's a tutorial on how to cook everything better!

The book brings together the best of the best  recipes featured on the America's Test Kitchen TV show over the last 20 years with the spotlight on the cast members and why they love particular recipes.

Want to make the perfect poached/fried/soft boiled/scrambled egg?  It's here!  Best chicken noodle soup?  It's here. Perfect poached chicken breasts or beef short ribs?  Yep.  Pan roasted asparagus?  Best french fries? Classic apple pie?  Yes, yes, and yes.

Now you might say, well, I have cookbooks and those recipes are in at least one of the cookbooks I already have.  Yes, you are right.  But what your cookbooks DON'T have are the lengthy explanations on "Why this recipe works," with foolproof step-by-step instructions on doing it right.  Remember, these are from The Test Kitchen!  Fully indexed with nutritional information for all of the recipes, this is a cookbook you will be consulting over and over again.  And READING just for fun.

Rosy the's time to up your cooking game with this necessary addition to your cookbook collection!

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Friday, January 17, 2020

"Little Women" and The Week in Reviews

[I review the latest version of "Little Women" as well as DVDs "Ready or Not" and "Angel Has Fallen."  I also bring you up-to-date with "My 1001 Movies I Must See Before I Die Project" with "Whiskey Galore."]

Little Women

The latest version of "Little Women."

When I was a little girl I subscribed to a kids' Book of the Month Club that specialized in classic stories and one of the books I received was "Little Women."  I remember sitting on the basement stairs reading it to my mother while she ironed.  All of us little girls read that book and wanted to be one of the March sisters and if we had any gumption we wanted to be Jo.  Then there were countless movie adaptations but the movie version I remember most was the one starring June Allyson and Elizabeth Taylor.  And now we have Greta Gerwig's version which she adapted and directed...and yes, I know, I usually hate remakes...but not this time!

In case you didn't have the privilege of reading Louisa May Alcott's famous book, let me bring you up-to-date.  

The four March sisters are Meg (Emma Watson), the eldest; Jo (Saoirse Ronan), the literary tomboy; Beth (Eliza Scanlen), the saintly one who always seems to be sick; and Amy (Florence Pugh), the one who is a major pain-in-the-butt. The sisters live in Concord, Massachusetts, under the care of their almost too-good-to-be true Marmee (rhymes with smarmy), their always understanding and do-gooder mother (Laura Dern), who must raise her daughters mostly alone because the father is fighting in the Civil War. Through a series of back and forth vignettes in the film, we follow the girls as they grow from adolescence to womanhood.

The family has little money so the hope for all poor families in those days was that the daughter would marry a rich man. But Meg falls in love with a local teacher, which screws her chances of marrying rich; Jo appears to have no interest in romance and would rather write stories; and, like I said, Beth is always sick, so Amy is the family's one hope to marry rich, so Aunt March (Meryl Streep) takes her to Europe to find a rich husband.  And by the way, Aunt March is rich and why she doesn't help the March girls is really not explained except she isn't very nice. But the main focus is on Jo (as were the books, because as we know, Jo was Alcott's alter-ego), and Gerwig has turned her into a 19th century feminist, a young woman easily relatable today, writing her stories, negotiating her book contract by herself and not giving any of her dreams up for a man.

I first knew about Greta Gerwig when she starred in Woody Allen's film "To Rome with Love." But it was her association with director Noah Baumbach and her starring in his films - "Frances Ha" and "Mistress America" - that really brought her to my attention.   She was what could be described as a quirky actress, tall and unconventional looking by Hollywood standards, and I just couldn't take my eyes off of her.  Then she went on from acting to write and direct the fresh and original "Lady Bird" - and now this - well, that just sealed the deal for me. She is one talented lady and I am a big fan!

But now I am going to rant a bit.  

The Oscar nominations for the 2019 film year are now out, and despite the fact that "Little Women" was nominated for Best Picture, Gerwig was not nominated for Best Director.  What is it with Hollywood?  Oh, right, the power is in the hands of old white men. Only five women have EVER been nominated for Best Director, and, though Gerwig was one of them last year for "Lady Bird," the "Academy" deemed her not worthy this year, despite the fact that I found this film even better than that one.  So despite this whole brouhaha about diversity over the last few years, women are still being discriminated against. Here was a chance to put that right - this film is wonderful and the direction was a lot of it - and she was still left out.  Get with the program Hollywood! 

Rant over.  Back to a more pleasant subject - my admiration for this film.

Yes, this story has been told over and over, but Gerwig, who wrote the screenplay as well as directing it, brings it up-to-date by using it as a platform to make some profound statements.  From Amy explaining to Laurie (Timothee Chalamet) why she needed to marry a rich man (a woman had no means to make money except as Aunt March explained running a cat house or performing on the stage, both the same thing in her mind) to the book publisher telling Jo her stories must end with the heroine getting married or dying to the loving relationship among the sisters, Gerwig has images and dialogue that make statements for women and young girls today. For all of us, actually. For example, in the book when Jo does finally marry and inherits Aunt March's house, she and her husband turn the house into a school for boys.  In the film, it's a school for boys and girls. And there is a scene on Christmas morning showing Marmee and the girls taking their breakfast over to a needy family as townspeople are entering a church for the Christmas morning service so they can sit there and feel righteous while the March family is actually doing something righteous.  Brilliant.

My only criticism of this lovely film is the fact that Gerwig chose to tell the story in a series of flashbacks and flash forwards, almost in a series of vignettes, rather than in a linear fashion, which I think might make it difficult for those who are not familiar with the story.  But that's a little thing compared to the beauty of this film.

And the acting is flawless.  

Ronan is one of our very best young actresses but Pugh is also a stand-out as Amy.  She has been making a name for herself in just the last three years, starting out as a cold-hearted young wife in "Lady Macbeth," moving on to a comedy in "Fighting with my Family" and then on to some horror with "Midsommar." Her range is incredible. Streep has a small role but gets all of the zinger lines and Dern is fine as Marmee, though I prefer her in roles like the attorney in "Marriage Story," which gives her more to do and for which she is sure to win an Oscar. 

Watching this film, I was transported back to those basement steps, an eight-year-old girl, reading to my mother as she ironed, inspired by plucky Jo March to be anything I wanted to be.

Rosy the Reviewer says...the screenplay is fresh, the acting is impeccable and it's a return to childhood, all wrapped up in a beautiful- to-look-at film.  Utterly and wonderfully charming.

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Ready or Not (2019)

The in-laws from hell!

Grace (Samara Weaving) has married Alex (Mark O'Brien), a rich guy whose family manufactures games. In fact, the Le Domas family is THE manufacturer of games and that made them a pile of money. And fittingly, it's a family tradition that whomever marries into the family must play a game on the wedding night.

"At midnight, you have to play a game.  It's something we do when someone new joins the family."

The new family member draws a card out of a sinister box and whatever game is written on the card - that's the game that must be played.  It might be "Old Maid" or "Monopoly," but what you don't want to draw is "Hide and Seek."  Gee, guess which card Grace draws?

Similar to the film "The Most Dangerous Game," a classic film where humans are hunted, this game of "Hide and Seek" pits Grace against Alex's family members who believe that she must be killed by sunrise or they will all die. What a lovely bunch of people (I'm being sarcastic). We have Tony (Henry Czerny) and Becky (Andie MacDowell), Alex's parents; Daniel (Adam Brody), Alex's alcoholic brother; Emilie (Melanie Scrofano), his drug addicted sister; Charity (Elise Levesque), Daniel's snobby wife; Emilie's ineffectual husband, Fitch (Kristian Bruun); and the malevolent looking Aunt Helene (Nicky Guadagni).  Grace doesn't get it at first, that this is a deadly game, just that her new in-laws are, shall we say, a bit eccentric, so off she goes to hide, but it all soon becomes clear as the in-laws, armed with guns, axes, knives and cross-bows, try to find her - and kill her -- in the big, dark gloomy mansion.

And what's the reason for all of this?

Well, supposedly, their ancestor, Victor Le Domas, made a deal with someone named Le Bail.  Le Bail would make sure the family made a fortune if they would participate in this ritual. Okay. Odd.  But anyway, the night wears on with Grace being stalked by her new family, but of course, our Grace is plucky and she soon turns the tables.

The film, written by Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy and directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, plays like a Lifetime Movie.  But as you probably know, I rather enjoy Lifetime Movies and I loved this movie.  It's all very gothic with many of the gothic tropes we have come to love: darkness, isolation, madness, the artistocracy, death. But there is also lots of humor.  Yes, folks, this film is quite funny, and I hope it was supposed to be because that's what I liked about it. Black comedy is my thing and this is about as darkly funny as you can get. Lots of over-acting, lots of over dramatic characters and a great metaphor for unfriendly in-laws! It's also a great metaphor for today's political world - the rich hunting the poor!

The ensemble acting is quite wonderful but Weaving steals the show.  When she grabbed the big gun and strapped on that bandolier, I knew all hell was going to break loose...and it did!

Rosy the Reviewer says...Comedy-horror.  I loved it!

Angel Has Fallen (2019)

Another installment in the "Fallen" series ("Olympus Has Fallen; "London Has Fallen"), this time secret service officer, Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), is framed for an attempted assassination of the President (Morgan Freeman) and must try to clear his name while at the same time evading capture.


In "Olympus Has Fallen," Secret Service agent Banning must save the President from terrorists.  In "London Has Fallen," he has to save all of the world's leaders from assassination and now once again, for the third time, their is yet another assassination attempt on our President (Morgan Freeman - just how many Presidents has he played?), and Banning must save him - again.  I mean, do you see a theme here?  How many times are they going to recycle this same plot?  But Butler seems to be Teflon Man when it comes to the box office.  These movies keep making money so I guess that's why they keep making them.  We want to see Butler getting blamed for stuff but then rise to the occasion and save the President yet again, over and over again.

Despite everything that has happened, this time Banning has been made head of the Secret Service despite the fact that he has insomnia, chronic migraines and takes meds for back pain. It's no wonder after everything he has been through in the first two films.  He is assigned to  protect the President on a fishing trip but when there is an assault on the President and he is left in a coma, Banning is blamed and arrested.  However, he escapes and spends the rest of the movie trying to solve the mystery of who attacked the President and prove his innocence, a plot line we have seen many, many times.

With a screenplay by Robert Mark Kamen, Matt Cook and Ric Roman Waugh and directed by Waugh, this film provides many opportunities for car chases, explosions and Butler to say the "F" word a lot with a conclusion you can see coming from a mile away.

Rosy the Reviewer says...nothing new here. Didn't love this one.  Didn't even like it!

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Have YOU seen this classic film?

Whiskey Galore (1949)

It's what happens when an isolated Scottish village runs out of whiskey.

The inhabitants of the fictional Scottish island of Todday, part of the Outer Hebrides, love their whiskey.  It's a very isolated island, and there is not much else to do there except drink.  But it's also WW II, and when rationing occurs, the whiskey dries up and gloom descends on the island.  Life is no longer worth living.

"From that day, everyone went into mourning."

But then a boat carrying 50,000 cases of whiskey to America runs ashore, and the islanders figure out a way to get it, foiling the teetotalling by-the-book English Home Guard Captain Waggett (Basil Radford), who is working with government officials to reclaim the "salvaged" whiskey, which the locals have hidden all over the island.

Meanwhile, romance is in the air. George (Gordon Jackson) wants to marry Catriona (Gabrielle Blunt) and Sergeant Odd (Bruce Seton) wants to marry Peggy (Joan Greenwood).  George's mother is a harridan and doesn't want anything to do with Catriona and Peggy's father doesn't want anything to do with Odd.  But whiskey has a way of changing things.

Directed by Alexander MacKendrick and based on a true incident, it's a slight plot - the islanders run out of whiskey; they go into mourning; a boat carrying whiskey runs ashore and they figure out how to get it - but it's a charming and funny ride with quirky, lovable village folk getting it over the pompous rich folk who think they run the show but who get their comuppance, all held together with that dry British humor.

This film was a feather in the cap of the Ealing Studios, which earned a reputation for producing high quality British comedies, and the film received a BAFTA Best Film nomination in 1950.

Why it's a Must See: "The universal appeal of the film's antiauthoritarian humor lies in its idealization of a remote, isolated village world full of eccentrics, cards, pretty lasses, and gutsy, commonsensical folk pricking the balloons of the pompous and bureaucratic types opposing them."
---"1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die"

Rosy the Reviewer says...a fun little romp - but did I need to see it before I died?  Not really.
(In b & w)

Thanks for reading!

See you next Friday




The Week in Reviews
(What To See and What To Avoid)

as well as

the latest on

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Before I Die Project"

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