Sunday, January 15, 2006

100 Films -- Day 10

I watched 12 Angry Men this afternoon. It is because of movies like this that I’m taking this viewing challenge. What a great film! And such great performances…since nearly the entire movie takes place in a jury room among 12 people, it’s very much like a stage play, with the sort of long-take acting that was more common in movies long ago. Outstanding.

A man went looking for America and couldn't find it anywhere…

Later in the evening we watched Easy Rider. This is a movie that is so famous, so influential, I’m surprised I haven’t seen any part of it before. The first modern "road movie", there is a sense of disillusionment and danger hanging over the entire film – the beginning of the end of "The Sixties". This was also one of the first big hit films produced outside the conventional studio system.

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