I’m on the record as being among the rare cinephiles who find Wes Anderson’s style too twee, his films too ineffectual, to really hit as intended. So, it speaks to just how excellent The Royal Tenenbaums is that I not only can abide by Wes Anderson’s sensibility for the length of it but actually enjoy it.
The Conversation represents Coppola at his finest, and also at his most subtle. I love Apocalypse Now and both of the first two Godfather films – they’re goddamn masterpieces – but there’s no arguing the fact that they’re pretty in-your-face, epic and big. By way of comparison, The Conversation is a downright small film, with just a few characters, just a few set pieces, and a very simple premise. And yet, it is just as much a masterwork as those other three films.
This review is part of my Remake Preview series, where I watch the original version (or versions) of a movie that is set to be re-made in the near future.
Barry Sonnenfeld’s Get Shorty, adapted from a novel by the late Elmore Leonard, is endlessly fun, funny, and all-around entertaining. Featuring a top-to-bottom cast of stars and character actors, Get Shorty is a crime thriller with a real sense of humor to it, the kind of light film that makes for a perfect watch at any time.