This is my first attempt at what I hope will be a weekly feature. We'll see how it goes.
Kind Hearts and Coronets - Possibly the wittiest screenplay ever written, and in my opinion the greatest of the Ealing Studios comedies. The protagonist, Louis D'Ascoyne Mancini, played with exquisite snobbery by Dennis Price, resolves to murder the eight members of his family who stand between himself and a dukedom. Hilarity ensues. Watch with morbid fascination as he systematically targets eight incarnations of Alec Guinness, who single handedly portrays the D'Ascoyne family. Also noteworthy is Price's love interest, played by the irresistable Joan Greenwood, whose seductive voice can turn the word "no" into an eight syllable melody. Official McBone Rating: 5.0 McBones
Clash of the Titans (2010) - One of my favorite childhood films was the 1980 version of Clash, so naturally, I was anticipating (and cringing at) this remake. No, it does not measure up. Luckily, it is just awesome enough that I was not disappointed. After all, how can you mess up a battle with giant scorpions? Sam Worthington as Perseus plays a sort of standard-issue hero. Where the movie comes into its own is in his relationship with his lifelong guide and burgeoning romantic interest, Io (which also happens to be one of the coolest moons in our galaxy). Io is played with radiant grace by Gemma Arterson, who is seriously, but seriously beautiful. Also excellent is Pete Posthelwaite as Perseus' father. As for The Gods!, it's Liam Neeson and Ralph Feinnes as Zeus and Hades, respectively. Watch with joy as they ham it up, much like Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith did 30 years ago. Complaints? It needs more of the gods and goddesses, which was a strength of the original. 3.0 McBones (No, I am not ashamed of this rating). Do not see this movie in fake 3D!
Brokeback Mountain. I love this movie. Always have, and because gay marriage is a core issue for McBone, BBM really hits home. I wish there were more movies about people whose stories don't get told because they are marginalized for one reason or another. Gay men are marginalized for a lot of stupid reasons, and that's what this movie is about: two men in love who are forced to construct fake lives for themselves because society is too blockheaded to accept them.