Let’s Get Criterion Presents: The Awful Truth (1937, Leo McCarey)

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are a married couple on the outs in the fun and savvy romantic comedy The Awful Truth. The pair goes their separate ways since they can’t trust one another, yet neither one can help interfering with each other’s love life. Particularly Dunne potentially getting hitched to Ralph Bellamy, who I know mostly from westerns and Trading Places, and who has good comedic timing. He even comes across as likable in this film, despite not being a good match for Dunne.

My major complaint is I wanted a different ending than the movie could give me. I did really like The Awful Truth a lot as both Grant and Dunne had fabulous chemistry together and really felt like a married couple who argue, fight, and act really jealous toward one another. Grant always made acting look easy, and Dunne has a knack for comedy that not all actresses or actors possess. I am glad I got this on Blu-ray as it makes the black and white cinematography look sharper and more focused.

Let’s Get Criterion Presents: Design For Living (1933, Ernst Lubitsch)

So this where Putting On The Ritz got the line about Gary Cooper, who in this film is not a stoic hero but is instead a lovable cad involved in a three way affair with Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins. She becomes their muse and also the source of trouble between the two of them in a delightful comedy of manners that is elegant and about going from struggling artist to successful upper class. However as they say you can take the troublemakers out of of trouble, yet you can’t take the trouble out of the troublemakers. Something like that, I guess.

Ernst Lubitsch created a modern sensibility in the 1930s and Wes Anderson basically copied his shtick. This is my kind of romantic comedy movie, and while it is largely fluff the trio of Cooper, March and Hopkins plus the snappy one liners elevates some of the more thin material. I will most likely see Design for Living again later, perhaps on a gloomy day when I need a fine pick me up. The Blu-ray looks fantastic and as I may have noted before it’s the really old films that benefit the most from these restorations.

Horrorfest 2020 Presents: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966, Jun Fukuda)

That is a really long title for a Godzilla movie: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep. Ebirah happens to be a giant lobster that Godzilla ends up fighting later on in the movie. First though a group of people end up on an island controlled by a terrorist military group that even has airplanes and a nuclear reactor. Boy does this series really dial up the camp factor by this point, and people just went along with it. No matter because I really liked this movie: it’s fun, and wacky.

Plus fun for the whole family, really, as this entry is one that the kids could watch too. I liked how the heroes kept having to play hide and seek with the bad guys. They are forced to awaken Godzilla, who of course does underwater combat with Ebirah. Too bad Godzilla didn’t fight more underwater monsters in the series. Oh and Mothra pops up later on to help out, which makes sense considering she is the real hero of these movies.

Maybe one day I’ll finally tire of viewing Godzilla movies, and perhaps they’ll even stop making them. Yet I doubt either of that happens. Give me movies with huge monsters fighting each other while the humans run for cover. Sometimes cinema should be a blast, reveling in pomp and circumstances. If one can’t enjoy a movie with a killer lobster and a giant lizard sleeping off a bender, can one truly enjoy movies? Probably not.

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