Aug 19 2016

Out of the Past non-review

Published by at 7:27 pm under I'm not making this up,Movie Review

Out of the Past is a 1947 noir thriller so brilliant I cannot do it justice. I would definitely recommend it, particularly if you’re working with…

  • Characters
  • Plots
  • Accidental deaths falsely claimed as murder-suicides
  • Double-crosses, triple-crosses, and maybe a quadruple-cross depending on how you interpret a self-defense kill with a fishing reel.
  • A complex plot that is extremely easy to follow as it unfolds.
  • A character falsely disgracing himself for the greater good, but more smoothly and dramatically than Batman taking the blame for Harvey Dent in Dark Knight. This is straight-up tragic.

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4 Responses to “Out of the Past non-review”

  1. young grasshopperon 20 Aug 2016 at 7:07 am

    Sounds absolutely awesome! How would you rate it as far as mature content? I prefer to avoid things that I wouldn’t want my younger siblings to see or read.

  2. B. McKenzieon 20 Aug 2016 at 12:23 pm

    If it were rated today on the MPAA scale, I’d consider it a PG/PG-13 on violence (several deaths, handled with Disney-like restraint, example here) and a G on everything else.

    From IMDB’s Parents Guide:
    –No graphic violence. Four acts of gun violence and three assaults. [Similar to Incredibles, I think, but there are some off-camera deaths].
    –Three instances of passionate kissing. [BM: Nothing past G].
    –A fatal fall off of a cliff.
    –No profanity.

    Also, the movie’s rated 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and is one of the best movies ever made.

  3. young grasshopperon 20 Aug 2016 at 12:39 pm

    It must be a miracle! It’s so hard these days to find good works of fiction that agree with my conscience. I don’t have any problems with violence as long as it doesn’t go overboard on gore. Really my only concerns were about sexual content and profanity. Where can I find this movie? Its name is somewhat general, so a simple search would likely yield thousands of things with similar names.

  4. B. McKenzieon 20 Aug 2016 at 1:01 pm

    It’s a classic movie, so you might be able to find it at your library. If not, Amazon sells the DVD for $16.

    “It’s so hard these days to find good works of fiction that agree with my conscience. I don’t have any problems with violence as long as it doesn’t go overboard on gore. Really my only concerns were about sexual content and profanity.” There are a lot of incredible movies from before ~1960 that are tame on adult content. Using Rotten Tomatoes’ Top Movies by Year search, here are the movies clearing 95%+ on Rotten Tomatoes. You can double-check the content with a Google search like IMDB Parents Rating [movie name].

    1940 – 1950:
    Citizen Kane
    Maltese Falcon [one of my top 10 crime movies, all time]
    How Green Was My Valley
    Casablanca
    Laura [maybe top 10]
    Double Indemnity [top 10]
    Big Sleep [top 10]
    Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    The Lady From Shanghai
    The Third Man
    The Bicycle Thief
    All About Eve
    The Rules of the Game (1950)

    1951 – 1954
    Rashomon
    Strangers on a Train
    An American in Paris
    High Noon (1952)
    Tokyo Story [if you’re into family drama]
    The Wages of Fear
    Roman Holiday
    From Here to Eternity
    Rear Window
    On the Waterfront
    Dial M for Murder [top 10 crime movie]

    1955
    Rebel Without a Cause
    Night of the Hunter
    To Catch a Thief

    1956
    Seven Samurai
    The Searchers
    Forbidden Planet
    Godzilla/Gojira (1956)
    Rififi

    1957
    12 Angry Men
    Sweet Smell of Success
    Throne of Blood
    Paths of Glory
    Wild Strawberries
    Seventh Seal

    1958
    Vertigo
    Touch of Evil
    Elevator to the Gallows / Lift to the Scaffold

    1959
    North by Northwest
    400 Blows
    Anatomy of a Murder
    Ben-Hur

    1960
    La Dolce Vita
    Spartacus
    Peeping Tom
    The Apartment

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