One of the things that I’m in charge of on The Less Desirables is the movies section. I aggregate the new releases of the week and then have to watch and rate a “Movie of the Week.” Sometimes I love the movies and sometimes, well, I don’t. Usually, to the chagrin, one way or another, of Eugene who doesn’t usually see eye-to-eye with me on the movie front or the tastes. Date back over two years ago when I rated “The Birds,” probably one of the most beloved of Hitchcock’s repertoire. I gve it only a 1.5 out of 5 stars. He flipped out. I didn’t get it. I didn’t like it. Wouldn’t want to watch it again. There is a sound effect of him saying “What!?” that we play every once in a while and that’s from his reaction.
The film that I watched this week (which won’t be the MotW until December 17) was Alfie. This is the 1966 version starring Michael Caine and Shelly Winters. I know they made a remake many years later (2004) with Jude Law as the title character. I was looking forward to it, too; I own it even. I’ve just heard what a classic it was, never knowing really what it was about. I still don’t know what it’s about. I know that Alfie is basically a man ‘ho. He loves (really lusts) ’em and leaves ’em. Some he sees often and others he just picks up. I get that, but, really? I don’t get the rest of it. He jumps around jobs and it’s hard to keep up with.
Apparently, he got one of his lays preggers and although he doesn’t want the kid, grows attached to it and then it’s taken from him when she moves on. I think a health problem happens and then he goes into some depression. I think he gets turned down at the end by Shelley Winters. I dunno.
I love my movies but sometimes I get the doozies that I just don’t get what’s so great about them. As much as I love the AFI’s Top 100 Films of All Time (and the 400 nominees – only 40-ish to go) and Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums of All Time, there are plenty on both lists that I don’t know why they’re on there. To me, this is over-hyped as “classic.”
One thing, though, that I did like was the breaking the 4th wall. Caine talked to the camera throughout the film in comedic style. It was cool, that. I’ll probably give the film another try after time to see if I can determine what I’m missing. You should, too, Dear Reader, and explain to me what I’m not getting. Tune in to The Less Desirables and see what I say about movies, every week.
And by the way, today marks the halfway point of the NaBloPoMo! I’m doing quite alright!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Make a married woman laugh and you’re halfway there.” – Alfie