103. Cat Ballou (B)
104. Monsters, Inc. (B)
-- The AFI called this the tenth best Western in a 2008 TV special. That's an inflated score for this comedy, but it's hard to deny how good Lee Marvin is in the dual role of a drunken cowboy/deadly gunman. It's a bit uneven at times, but the performances keep it moving along (Jane Fonda is good in the lead role, playing against the conventions of what a female can do in a Western film), and it often is quite funny ("I'm drunk as a skunk" makes for a memorable scene). It looked good in 35mm, especially for a film that was shot so quickly.
-- A perfectly good Pixar movie, but not a great one. There isn't a scene that approaches the emotion you'll find in the prologue to Up
, for example. One would expect more imagination in the world of the monsters, too -- the kind on display in the futuristic setting of Wall-E
-- but what we get turns out to be fairly ordinary. The voice acting is quite good, though, and Randy Newman's score is spot on.
Theatres: 41 +1
Home Video: 55 +1