A late post for today’s birthdays!

Happy birthday to Sean Connery (82); Blake Lively (25).

Sean Connery

Sean Connery has played great characters: James Bond (often coined the first actor to portray him), but I’ve only seen him in Finding ForresterMarnie and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I’ll have to see the J.B. films before I die, but for now that’s all I’ve seen him in (that I can think of). He’s one great actor and he has a really cool voice. Connery won the only Oscar he was nominated  for; for his work as the character Jim Malone in The Untouchables.

Blake Lively

This girl is one of my favourite actresses, for both her talent and her sexiness. The only films of hers that I’ve seen have all been good (well, no, except for Green Lantern but I’m not counting that because I just couldn’t find it in myself to finish it). While she doesn’t have a very large filmography, she’s been in such films as The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (which was her breakout performance), The Town, Savages (which is still in theatres, and gets released on home media October 23, 2012) and her best known role as Serena van der Woodsen on TV’s Gossip Girl. I always like to see perform.

Other people who were born on this day are Tim Burton (54), Alexander Skarsgård (36) and Rachel Bilson (31).

Marnie – A Film review by Daniel Prinn — I think I used the words ‘interesting’ and ‘fascinating’ a bit too much here..

Marnie

Release Date: July 22, 1964

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Stars: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker

Runtime: 130 min

Tagline: From Alfred Hitchcock with sex and suspense.

I guess Hitchcock liked watching Hedren get attacked by birds so much, he just had to cast her in another flick. It’s a good decision though, as she’s a pretty good actress.

 Marnie is a habitual kleptomaniac with multiple psychological problems (like an extremely odd fear of the colour red, thunder, and being touched) who has just picked a new town to hit. After she steals some money from the safe in a suspenseful scene, she gets caught by Mark, a wealthy man high up in the corporation, who marries Marnie in order to try to delve into her life and help her confront and resolve her psychological problems.

For a Hitchcock flick, it isn’t as suspenseful as one would expect but nonetheless, it is extremely fascinating. It does have its fair share of suspenseful scenes, but they are quite far from each other, and it can be entertaining, but the best word to describe this flick is either interesting or fascinating.

I never got bored but it really was quite lengthy for not a completely entertaining ride. Mark’s obsession with Marnie and how he treated her like a caged animal was a little peculiar, I think he’s aspiring to be a psychologist, but he really is a little troubled himself seemingly.  It’s actually a really good character study, and is pretty thought-provoking. It’s a real treat for those movie-goers with an interest for the human mind. It’s not a film I’ll rush back to any time soon, or may even watch again, but it’s a very intriguing one-time-experience that mostly kept me glued to the screen, and there’s not anything I regret seeing. It could have been shorter in length and is probably one of Hitchcock’s weakest films, but it really is interesting and isn’t bad at all. Some of the sets are extremely artificial in a very obvious way that made me criticize it, and that is probably one of its biggest flaws.

The film stars Tippi Hedren who delivers a really good performance, Sean Connery who delivers a great one, Diane Baker and Martin Gabel.

It’s generally one of Hitchcock’s weaker attempts, but it’s a good experience that should be seen. Respecters of fascinating films, character studies, old time cinema and Hitchcock generally, should really check this one out. It really does blend aspects of romance, mystery, thrills and some suspense very well  together, with some very fine leading performances and an interesting finale.

75/100