2017 Movie #126: The 400 Blows (1959)

2017 Movie #126: The 400 Blows (1959)

If I’m being completely honest, while I admired the realism and commitment of The 400 Blows, I found it kind of boring. This is, to put it lightly, a film that doesn’t have much to it for a modern audience. I fully confess that both because of its age as well as the fact that it’s a French film, this is a film that I had very little to tether myself to, which leaves me with very little to say about it. I wish I could share some effusive praise about a film which is, by all accounts, a stone-cold classic, but I can’t.

2017 Movie #121: Some Like It Hot (1959)

2017 Movie #121: Some Like It Hot (1959)

Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot is a classically hilarious romp built upon a premise that, all things considered, hasn’t aged well at all. And yet, thanks to Billy Wilder’s excellent sense of comic timing, as well as fantastic lead performances by Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, this movie feels fresh and vivid even nearly 60 years after its original release.

Lemmon and Curtis may be the stars of the show, but Marilyn Monroe is easily the most captivating actor in Some Like It Hot, delivering an all-timer sultry performance that won’t be easily forgotten.

Ultimately this film, despite its many signs of age, proves to hold up.

“Nobody’s perfect” is the perfect line for this film to end on, too, with absolutely top-notch delivery from Joe E. Brown.