March 06, 2008
All About Eve
All About Eve won the Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor, and Screenplay in 1951. It's about a conniving woman who's desperate for fame and undermines an aging Broadway starlet. I'm slowly but surely overcoming my bias against old films (loosely defined as black and white films) but I can still it's still deep within me because I'm pleasantly surprised whenever I can actually enjoy one of these older movies.
I very much enjoyed this film. The story was engrossing, the acting and writing were excellent, it's definitely worth a rental. I didn't know that people have been so obsessed with celebrity and fame for so long. I guess part of me thought that today's fixation was more a result of the 100s of cable channels, youtube, entertainment blogs, etc. But this film shows that these have been issues for decades.
4 out of 4 - You should love this film.
Posted by jason on March 6, 2008 04:34 AM
Jason, it has been really fun for me to read your first impressions on some of my favorite movies. "All About Eve", "Some Like it Hot" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" are great movies that I haven't seen in ages (mainly because Jason J. has some of the same anti-old movie bias that you describe). Anyway, thanks for writing your reviews- it has rekindled my love of movies in the midst of the barrage of mediocre movies that litters the cinematic landscape these days. Don't get me wrong- there are a few gems out there- but I think the movie industry was better off when they made fewer movies per year. Seriously, does the world need to see three sequels to the movie "Saw"?!?
Posted by: Susan on March 6, 2008 09:35 AM
Oh, cool, I'm glad you like reading them. It's definitely been a very cool education for me.
The most movies per year were actually in 1920, when over 800 feature films we produced and released annually. And in the Golden Age of the Studio System, when directors and actors and writers were under contract to just work on the lot like normal employees, they also produced more films than are released today. However, I think what you're complaining about is the dearth of original material. Most of what is released is a sequel, or based on a known property such as a book, a cartoon, another movie, or a toy!
Posted by: jason on March 6, 2008 12:32 PM