The Cotton Club Encore - Francis Ford Coppola (2019-1984)
Don't have a copy of the original to make a comparison but the newly edited version looks really good, with more song and dance . Still feels off kilter with the musical side never meshing with the weak gangster storyline.
The musical numbers are super good and I would have been happy just watching those. In one scene some arguement in the foreground is supposed to be the focus of attention while a spectacular song and dance number is playing out on stage.
My attention was entirely on the stage and that sums up the schizoid nature of the film.
Top marks for the music, although some has been edited out, but much less enthusiasm for the weak mob storyline stuff.
Judy - Rupert Goold (2019)
Renee Zellweger deserves praise for giving it her all. The film is certainly worth watching but the all pervasive sadness is wearing. It might have been better to offer more light to the darkness of the film. The studio abuse of the young Judy was sickening.
Made For Each Other - John Cromwell (1939)
Carole Lombard and James Stewart are great together. As the film darkens Stewart moves into almost a dress rehearsal for the later tormented George Bailey
The film goes completely off the rails in the last 25 minutes, to the point of very nearly destroying the film.
One of the worst examples of studio tampering I've ever seen. Apart from that it's very enjoyable.