Thursday, July 26, 2012

Good Story 039: The Quiet Man

Julie and Scott join John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in Ireland. "If there is such a thing as a chick flick for guys, this would be it." -- Scott Nehring, Good News Film Reviews

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  1. I also love this movie and it is the only John Wayne movie I have on DVD. I like his other movies - just this one is very rewatchable.

    As for Scott's comments on Stanley Kubrick - I totally agree. There are often beautiful and maddening. Authors who books he did usually felt the same way. Stephen King hated his version of The Shining and as did Anthony Burgess regarding Kubrick's Clockwork Orange. Kubrick can do things visually stunning, but flawed otherwise.

    I can hardly wait for your discussion of The Stand. I just reread it (the long version) after not having read it since it first came out.

  2. I would also love to here a discussion regarding Catholic directors and the sacramental vision that often sets them apart. Ford, Hitchcock, Cappra, and even to some extent Martin Scorsese. Even fallen away Catholic directors seem to be influenced to some extent.

  3. Yeah, Kubrick's movies are maddening. His version of The Shining left me feeling hopeless, as if life were pointless. King's novel did not.

    I love your idea for a Catholic director discussion!

  4. I like that idea too! I just happened across several books on the topic at Amazon (can't remember what I was looking for that led me in that direction) and the library had some so I'm hoping to get them at the local branch in a week or so.

    On The Stand: I think this might be the first time I've reread it since becoming Catholic. Wow, has it been 12 years? Anyway, I'm noticing things I never would have before. Obviously. But it is a much more positive, life-affirming book with those subtle points.