The live-action ultraviolent Looney Tunes bit with the two drivers was my favourite.Watched Wild Tales with my girlfriend after reading some recommendations in the "best foreign movies" topic. She really wanted a light movie after binging "The Sopranos" with me, and I hoped the humor in the film would help. Lo and behold, we both found this movie quite dark in most of the short-stories, but thankfully some of them ended better than others. Good movie overall, generally extremely absurd but well-made and with some great acting. We both found the last short-story the best one by far, and after that the one about the DMV.
Deliverance (1972): Decades of backwoods horror films would lead you to conclude that
the creepy kid from the duelling banjos scene
On the Town (1949): New York, New York is indeed a hell of a, er, a wonderful town; the movie is solid, but I think these old Freed Unit-style pictures aren't really my preferred form of musical. The musical numbers rarely do much to advance the stories or characters, as impressive as the dancing is. This movie also casts Frank Sinatra as a nerdy guy more interested in stats and museums than in pursuing women, which is...a bit of a hard sell. There are some interesting cultural bits here showing the immediate postwar period, as when the gang encounters a female cab driver and ask why she's still doing that when the war is over and all the men are back.
Lifeboat (1944): I often find that Hitchcock's less high-profile films are more interesting to watch these days, because I know less about them. Lifeboat is a wartime picture, set entirely within the titular object (albeit a commodious example of one) with the survivors of a sunken merchant marine vessel and a lone survivor of a destroyed U-Boat (this conceit requires Hitchcock to assume U-Boats surface to attack, which they did not do in World War II, as a rule). Tallulah Bankhead, an actress I knew from her reputation off-camera but had never seen in anything before, is the lead here, and quite a fun presence. The movie rather notable for having a black character (played by Canada Lee) who is heroic and largely stereotype-free (particularly in terms of dialogue; the "yessuh" dialogue that grates so much in Golden Age Hollywood doesn't rear its head here).
The moral of the story featuring the lone Kriegsmarine officer ends up being that the Nazis are all snakes that can never be trusted,w hcih is what you'd expect from a wartime movie, and probably the opposite of what a filmmaker would do with this basic premise today.
Atomic Blonde (2017): This movie kicked so much ass.
But casting Sofia Boutella in a movie and not giving her a great fight scene is a disappointment; you know from previous roles that she'd be up for one of the heavy physical sequences that David Leitch is great at choreographing. Well, she looks great naked, anyway.
The movie briefly looks like it's going to go full No Way Out before backing slightly away from that; I'd have loved if they had just fully committed to that idea.