Sunday, September 2, 2012
Top 10 30/08/2012
Network: Prophetic, angry, ceaselessly witty with a cast good enough to make utterly improbable speeches sound natural, Paddy Chayefsky's hymn of hate to the television that began his career works just as well as an arch satire on the ruthlessness of the corporation when offered the opportunity to pursue more of itself. Stellar.
Dog Day Afternoon: Another Sidney Lumet 'un like Network from his glory decade. Al Pacino and John Cazale play out the bank siege so bizarre it might have been invented by a tabloid paper. Pacino is holding up the bank to pay for a sex change operation for his extra-marital lover. Constantly entertaining, this swings easily between tension and hilarity without compromising either. All this and that tough look given to everything from screwball comedy to hardarse drama in the early 70s. If you profess a love of cinema but haven't yet seen this then you are not good enough for me; there is something wrong with you.