Ben-Hur (1959)

Ben-Hur
Director: William Wyler
Writer: Karl Tunberg
Based on: Lew Wallace‘ novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Cast: Charlton HestonJack HawkinsHaya HarareetStephen BoydHugh GriffithMartha Scott, Cathy O’Donnell, Sam Jaffe
Seen on: 4.9.2016

Plot:
Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) is a successful merchant in Jerusalem, despite the Roman rule Jerusalem finds itself under. When he hears that his childhood friend Messala (Stephen Boyd) returned to Jerusalem as head of the Roman garrison, he is overjoyed. But their happy reunion is soon overshadowed by the reality of their very different politics and social standing. After an unfortunate accident, Messala sends Judah to the galleys as punishment, and Judah’s mother Miriam (Martha Scott) and sister Tirzah (Cathy O’Donnell) to prison. Judah swears that he will return and take his revenge on Messala.

I went into Ben-Hur knowing very little about it, but I wanted to see it because a) classic and b) remake. “There are chariot chases and Romans,” was about the extent of it. So a few things took me very much by surprise – like the fact that this is a religious film. This is not the only reason but a contributing factor to my utter boredom during the film and my decision to not watch the remake because why would I put myself through that twice?

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In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

In the Mouth of Madness
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: Michael De Luca
Cast: Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow, David Warner, John Glover, Bernie Casey, Peter Jason, Charlton Heston, Frances Bay
Seen on: 21.5.2016

Plot:
The horror writer Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow), so successful he is said to have driven readers to madness, has gone missing and insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) is hired to find out if he is really gone or if it’s a publicity stunt. Together with Cane’s editor (Julie Carmen) he travels to the town where Cane’s books are said to be set – and that seems to not be quite as fictional as they thought at first.

I very much enjoyed In the Mouth of Madness, although it is at times very cheesy. But of all the Carpenter movies I saw, this might be the one I liked the best.

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