Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Stars:Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune
Year: 1968
 A friend recommended this movie to me telling me that it is a solid World War 2 movie.I had never heard of this movie before(this was 1997) but i was in the mood for a good World War 2 adventure movie.He conveniently forgot to mention that there is no adventure or action in the movie at all.It is nothing more than a dramatic experimental movie which bores you no end.The entire movie centers on two men,the talented Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune both of whom cannot save this stinker.
Marvin and Mifune play an American pilot and Japanese captain respectively who are deserted on an island.There they start a war of their own as each tries to hurt the other but not kill one another.After fighting for the entire movie they realize in the end that they need to work together in order to get off the island.They make a raft and manage to leave the island.
The movie has minimal dialogue which bores you even further.Directed by John Boorman this is a disappointing movie with no redeeming quality.Avoid it at all costs.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Stars: Jerry Lewis,Ina Balin and Peter Lorre
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1964
The Patsy rides on the comic genius of Jerry Lewis.Not only is he the star but he also directs the movie.The movie is not a laugh riot.It only manages to bring a smile on your face every now and then
After a famous comedian dies in a plane crash,his management team fearing loss of jobs begin to search for a suitable replacement for the star.They find one in Stanley Belt(a bland Jerry Lewis) and try to teach and coach him.But no matter how much they try,Stanley just can't seem to grasp the nuances of comedy.Tired of repeated failures the team fires him just before his big performance.But he succeeds and the tema members come back to him begging him to take them back.Stanley agrees.
This is just about the entire plot of this insipid movie.Jerry Lewis overacts throughout the movie.Ina Balin as the love interest seems lost and so are the rest of the actors.Only exception is Peter Lorre(who died before the release of the movie) who comes up with a subtle and restrained performance.Watch it only if you are true Jerry Lewis fan.