Here at Baker Street, in an effort to creatively expand our horizons, we’ve been screening different films from all around the world, old and new alike. Each day, a new film is selected and screened in our lobby, playing on a loop throughout the working day. Baker Streeters are invited to sit down and watch it during lunchtime. Here is a summary of the films we’ve shown during the first half of this month. This is to become a semi-monthly feature on the blog, so keep an eye out!
Hard Boiled (1992)
John Woos police action classic of Hong Kong cinema. An Asian take on classic American dirty cop movies like Dirty Harry and Bullitt, Hardboiled also includes slow motion shootouts that would go on to inspire films like The Matrix.
Dustin Hoffmann plays an out-of-work actor who, out of desperation, pretends to be a woman and strikes it big in the world of soap operas. Its a comedy that speaks to serious issues that affect American society to this day.
Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and John Candy star in this classic example of a service comedy a type of story that has been told for centuries in one way or another, often portraying sloppy soldiers as protagonists among a serious and intimidating armed force. Its both a celebration and satire of military life, defying authority and embracing it.
Continuing the theme left by the two previous lobby films, Tootsie and Stripes, I thought it would be fun to explore the world of comedy exclusively for the next 2 weeks, starting with one of the most iconic comedies in American history.
Annie Hall (1977)
Woody Allen at his peak (at least for his acting career). I would argue this is the most adored romantic comedy of all time, perfectly mixing comedy with the sting of an ending love affair.
The Graduate (1967)
Seductive filmmaking galore, from the cool shots of the pool ripples overlaid onto Dustin Hoffmans head to the clever editing between scenes as one action seems to lead into another at a completely different time and place, The Graduate is nearly an art house comedy with its attention to detail and love of the art of film.