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The Long Goodbye

Phillip Marlowe is so cool. Right after seeing this movie, he quickly became one of my favorite film characters of all time. My favorite comedy of all time is Fletch, starring Chevy Chase, and Elliot Gould's Marlowe reminded me a lot of Chase's Irwin Fletcher. Fletch is overall a funnier character, given that it's a comedy, but Gould had some really hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments. It was just entertaining to see him on screen. I wouldn't say the plot is particularly inspired, or that it's even executed in a unique way, but it still works on every single level. As said in my earlier review, Altman never cares much about plot, which is still true here. I would say this movie is a bit more plot-focused than Gosford Park, but he still goes for character and style more than anything here, which is fine by me. Again, the resolution is a pretty big twist, but it doesn't leave a big impact like it would under most directors because of how little it was ever built up, but it certainly worked well here. I was never on the edge of my seat, but there were some shocking and fascinating scenes, mixed in with the jokes.


2nd Robert Altman
Gosford Park

4th Elliot Gould
Ocean's 11,12, and 14

6th Arnold Schwarzenegger (I didn't even recognize him at first)
Total Recall, Predator, The Running Man, Conan the Barbarian, Batman & Robin