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Quantum of Solace

(2008)

I suppose it got started when a cowboy in a silent-movie saloon fight broke a balsa wood chair over another cowboy’s head, and the stricken wrangler didn’t fall down dead with a cerebral hematoma, but got up to fight some more. It wasn’t helped when Tom Mix or Gene Autry shot a pistol out of a bad man’s hand, and the baddie just said OUCH! and shook his hand like ... Read more »

Quarantine

(2008)

A remake of a Spanish film of 2007 called REC that got very good reviews at Rotten Tomatoes … and one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. For that reason I’d like to see REC (not yet available on DVD) to see what could be made of the promising premise that this movie totally wrecked. The idea: A super-rabies ... Read more »

Quartet

(2012)

Quartet (2012) Way back in 1978 Dustin Hoffman began directing a nice little film called Straight Time. But he found it too demanding to both direct and star in the picture, so he handed it off to Ulu Grosbard, a Belgian. Other than that, he has directed no movies until this one. It’s not bad, and considering he’s now a senior citizen like me, even the choice of ... Read more »

The Quatermass Xperiment

(UK, 1955)

This was listed as The Creeping Unknown, which was the US release title, but when the film started it used the original title, so I’m going with that. It’s much better than the US title would lead you to believe.

I have seen one of the Bernard Quatermass movies, Quatermass and the Pit (US title: Five Million ... Read more »

The Queen

(2006)

First, we must always remember that a movie is not historical truth. Never is. A conscientious movie may try to be a close approximation, but that’s all it can be. Sometimes they don’t even try. I believe they tried here, what I know of events seem to have been presented accurately, and it rings true, but you know certain choices were made for dramatic purposes. But we ... Read more »

Quick Change

(1990)

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Bill Murray comedy where he didn’t make me laugh, even the few I didn’t like. This is a good one. It’s really in two parts: an ingenious bank robbery, and then the attempt to make a getaway, which is foiled mostly by the city of New York. It reminded me of Martin Scorsese’s only comedy, After Hours. These bank robbers just keep ... Read more »

The Quiet American

(2002)

One of those movies that I quite enjoyed at the time, but now I can remember very little about it. Must have been too quiet.

The Quiet Man

(1952)

Though John Ford is best known for his classic westerns, he did other stuff, too. He made The Informer, Young Mr. Lincoln, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, and Mister Roberts. He won the Best Director Oscar four times, which is a record that will probably never be broken. The Quiet Man is a movie ... Read more »

Quinceañera

(2006)

… is a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday in many Latino cultures. If there is an equivalent thing for boys, I don’t know about it. It’s like a Bar (and more recently, Bat) Mitzvah, in that you’re coming of age, but you don’t have to study for it. It’s also like a debutante ball, though Latinos often do those in addition to the Quinceañera. They ... Read more »

Quintet

(1979)

Robert Altman made two films starring Paul Newman, and neither was a commercial or critical success. This was the weakest of the two. It’s his only real science fiction film (I don’t count the horrible Countdown or the fantasy {{Brewster McCloud). It is in some undefined place, maybe Earth, maybe not, but an ice age has descended and the few survivors are huddled ... Read more »