Did you sign up for Disney+ to watch Hamilton? I did and I loved it. I’d seen the play live a few months ago, but I liked it much better on the screen, where I could watch the facial expressions and read the closed captions. The question is: Will I continue with Disney+.
Anyway, here are three movies I saw even though no one asked me to watch them.
A Frozen (2013), Disney+
By the time this Disney animated feature came out, my kids could go to the movies by themselves, and therefore I missed a real treat. Yes, it follows the conventional formula for Disney animated features – with a fairyland princess, a handsome hunk, songs, and adorable animals. But this time, you’ve got two princesses, one becoming queen, both basically good but with a sibling rivalry that could destroy the kingdom. And you don’t know which handsome hunk will marry the ingenue we really care about. It’s also beautiful to look at.
B Spite Marriage (1929), Cameraman Blu-ray extra
Buster Keaton’s last silent film contains three great comic sequences: Buster trying to put on a theatrical beard, Buster messing up a stage performance, and, in one of his greatest routines, Buster trying to get a beautiful but very drunk woman into bed. Otherwise, it’s a pretty good movie hurt by an unlikeable ingénue. Coming at the end of the silent era, Spite Marriage was released with a recorded musical score and some truly awful sound effects. I suspect I would have enjoyed it much more with the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, who have their own score.
And yes, the Blu-ray is named for the other feature on the disc – Keaton’s last masterpiece, The Cameraman.
C Rancho Notorious (1952), Criterion Channel
I expected something interesting in a western directed by Fritz Lang – especially when it’s part of a Criterion Channel collection called Western Noir. But my expectations were dashed. The murder of a young woman sets her fiancé on a search for revenge, and the only way to find the killer is to become a criminal himself. The story is a mess, but there are a few interesting scenes, especially those with Marlene Dietrich and Mel Ferrer.