Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Going in Style

Dir: Martin Brest, 1979 (8.6*)
Touching and unique comedy of three elderly gents, Art Carney, Lee Strasbourg, and George Burns, who decide they're so old, their best days in the past, so they have nothing to lose and decide to rob a bank together; at least they may leave their kids some untaxable cash. Wearing Groucho masks, they unexpectedly succeed, and the story and their problems begin. Brest has pulled off a touching statement on aging (Burns is especially affecting in his role) within a funny heist caper; a rare unknown gem.


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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