Seconds (1966)

Director: John Frankenheimer
Writer: Lewis John CarlinoDavid Ely
Cast: Rock HudsonJohn RandolphFrances ReidBarbara WerleMurray HamiltonJeff CoreyRichard AndersonSalome Jens
Part of: /slash Filmfestival (Trouble Feature Surprise Film)
Seen on: 22.9.2017

Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) has a very average life. His marriage to Emily (Frances Reid) is stable and unexciting, he barely sees his daughter, his job isn’t really fulfilling, but it gets the bills paid. That’s when he gets a call from an old friend (Murray Hamilton) he thought had died. That call leads him to an organization that promises him a fresh start: After faking his death and changing his face, Arthur wakes up as Antiochus Wilson (Rock Hudson). But starting over comes with its own challenges.

Seconds is a little slow-going and some things remained unclear for me, but it’s not uninteresting and Rock Hudson is always worth watching.

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The Graduate (1967)

The Graduate
Director: Mike Nichols
Writer: Calder WillinghamBuck Henry
Based on: Charles Webb‘s novel
Cast: Dustin HoffmanAnne BancroftKatharine RossWilliam DanielsMurray HamiltonElizabeth Wilson
Seen on: 15.3.2016

Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) just finished college where he did very well. Now he’s returned home and has to make decisions about what to do next. But he’s overwhelmed and doesn’t know what to do with himself. When his parents’ friend Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft) makes a pass at him, he starts an affair with her. But then he is set up on a date with Elaine (Katharine Ross), the Robinsons’ daughter. Without meaning to, he finds himself drawn to her as well.

I know that The Graduate is an important film in cinematic history and it is by no means a bad film. I just didn’t like it very much.

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Re-Watch: Jaws (1975)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb
Based on: Peter Benchley‘s novel
Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb
Seen on: 11.7.2015

Police chief Brody (Roy Scheider) moved to Amity Island in the hope of a calmer life with his family, although he doesn’t like the water. And he likes it even less when people start dying in it, apparently from shark bites. But Amity’s income and survival hinges on the money made from tourists visiting their beaches, so the locals don’t want to hear about closing the beach for safety. But as people keep on getting hurt, something needs to give. Finally, Brody decides to hunt the shark down himself, together with marine biologist Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and under the leadership of veteran fisherman Quint (Robert Shaw).

I hadn’t seen Jaws since I was a kid and it was both more gruesome and funnier than I remembered it ot be. In any case, it was excellent.

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