Driving all over town on a holiday weekend and mostly getting burned by movies is cranky making. Of the three movies I sought out, the best was only adequate even with modest expectations.
Besides The Debt (***) which I’ve already reviewed here, I checked out Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (***) which started out smashingly and had a great performance by Eric Elmosnino as French musical giant Serge Gainsbourg, but never quite came together into a compelling whole even if it gets bonus points for mostly avoiding the tired musical biography rise and fall routine. It needed a lot more music for starters.
After that was Tsui Hark’s Detective Dee: The Mystery of the Phantom Flame (* 1/2). With a title like that, I was prepared to give a lot of leeway to silliness and I was even ok with the general cheapness of the thing, but the fact that it was massively dull is unforgivable. I was hoping for a little goofy late summer fun, something that’s mostly been in short supply this blockbuster season, and I wound up with a ridiculous, crushing bore. What the hell happened to Tsui Hark?
So that’s that moviewise. This week’s Photo of the Week is of George Stanley’s streamline-moderne Muse Fountain outside of The Hollywood Bowl built between 1938 and 1940. The figure at the top is the muse of music seen from behind. The fountain also includes renderings of the muse of drama and the muse of dance. I also took a frontal shot of the muse of music here. Oscar fans may recognize Stanley’s name as the guy who designed the Oscar statuette. Like much of the rest of Hollywood, the fountain fell into disrepair by the 1970s and remained neglected until 2006 when it was finally restored.
That’s all from me this week. Now it’s your turn. Regale us with your recent movie adventures.
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