Movie Review Weekly Roundup: December 12 – December 18, 2021

Two Weeks in Another Town (1962) staring Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse.

The following is part of a weekly compilation of movie reviews from The Buzz Track staff. These movies were watched in the previous week, and the reviews were originally posted on Letterboxd.

Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)

DIRECTOR: Vincente Minnelli.
WRITERS: Charles Schnee (screenplay), Irwin Shaw (novel).
GENRES: Drama.
LENGTH: 1h 47min.
LANGUAGE: English, Italian.
WHERE TO RENT: JustWatch or Prime Video.
★★★★☆ | WATCHED: December 12, 2021.

Such a good movie with solid acting performances. It is definitely worth watching, especially as part of a double feature with The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). As always, I truly enjoy watching the classics with Kirk Douglas and Edward G. Robinson, both rarely let me down.

Macbeth (2010)

DIRECTOR: Rupert Goold.
WRITERS: William Shakespeare.
MPAA RATING: Unrated – Viewer discretion is advised.
GENRES: Drama, Horror, Historical.
LENGTH: 2h 40min.
LANGUAGE: English.
WHERE TO RENT: JustWatch or Prime Video.
★★★☆☆ | WATCHED: December 18, 2021.

It is fun to watch Patrick Stewart perform in a Shakespeare play. For many years I watched him act in numerous television shows and movies. Not a single one of them is a direct connection to the Bard. The background story is always associated with Stewart being a classically trained theater actor. Therefore, it is nice to see him perform a classically written play. I believe this would be the highlight of this particular adaptation. It is odd to displace the timeline story by several centuries. The movie occurs in the mid-19th century instead of the original 11th century. Also, the location is displaced from Scotland over to somewhere else closer to eastern Europe. Why? I cannot complain too much about creative decision-making. Akira Kurosawa applied the same approach with his adaptation for Throne of Blood (1957).

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