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Discussion in 'The Moving Picture' started by Amy Jeanne, Aug 5, 2007.
My Favorite Year with Peter O'Tool.
It was made in 1982, but takes place in 1954. It was great!
This afternoon Hancock.
This evening 28 Weeks Later.
Brilliant movie ... I own it and watch it at least every year. One of those bigger than life movies with a riotous story. lol I think Peter O'Tool played himself and some of his old Hollywood friends in the movie. Just reading the title in your post brought back memories of so many funny scenes it was like a fast forward watching of the movie. Time to pull it out on Saturday night at the movies at home.
I thought it was common knowledge the real-life inspiration for that film was Errol Flynn on the Sid Caesar show, with the kid being based on Mel Brooks, who was then the most junior writer in a room full of comic geniuses (including Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, and Carl Reiner [Woody Allen would also write for Caesar, but a couple of years later]).
Very enjoyable film.
Mildred Pierce. But only a small part of it. I was walking by a new pub in my neighborhood on my way to an antique store and I noticed they had a Golden Era vintage B&W movie on the big screen TV above the bar. (A welcome change from sports!). After I visited the antique store, I stopped in to have a brew and watch the movie for a while. EVERY SINGLE SCENE was an eye feast of vintage fashions, hair styles, autos, and artifacts! As soon as I got home, I put it on the top of my Netflix que. I'm going to enjoy this one! Maybe even get a copy to keep!
I've been watching a bunch of mid-twenties Charley Chase comedy shorts I taped off TCM a few years back and then lost among my large box of unlabled cassettes. Chase is one of those comics who never gets enough credit when the "legends of silent comedy" are discussed, but he had a wonderful screen personality, especially when confronted by embarassment. I especially like his two-reeler "Isn't Life Terrible," in which he plays a fumbling husband who wins an ocean cruise in a fountain-pen-selling contest, only to see his horrendous family end up demolishing the ship. The best moment in the film is the scene where Charley is trying to sell a pen to a skeptical housewife, only to end up dousing her, and himself, with an apparently limitless quantity of ink while trying to get the pen out of his vest pocket.
Incidentally, the prissy brother-in-law in this film is played by none other than Oliver Hardy -- which gives you an idea of the quality of supporting comic talent that went into the Chase series. If you run into any of his films, I strongly recommend them.
Australia ... I loved it.
watching one of my favs right now
Grosse Point Blank
Wild is the Wind with Anthony Quinn. It was fantastic!
Tomorrow with Robert Duvall.
"Turnabout," a quickie Hal Roach feature from 1940 with Carole Landis, John Hubbard, Adolphe Menjou, and one of the best casts of eccentric character actors you'll ever see.
Among its other accomplishments this tale of a corporate-climbing hubbie and a bridge-playing ex-showgirl wife who magically exchange bodies thanks to an ill-fated wish includes perhaps the *definitive* performance by Franklin Pangborn -- who twitters and flutters magnificently across the screen as Hubbard-channeling-Landis sashays past. One wonders just who was punching the clock at the Hays Office when this one came down the line.
I caught American Grafitti the other day on T.V. It was even better than I remembered. The final scene that lays out the destiny of the four main characters, right before the credits, always seems to get to me.
"The Terminator" is on G4 tonight (a cable channel).
The original movie and I haven't seen this one in a long time. Its still really good.
An all time favorite, particularly the scenes with Dan Akroyd (a highly underrated actor imho) discussing the unionization of professionals. Joan Cusack as the assistant Marcella and Alan Arkin as Doctor Oatman are also hilarious.
Dr. Oatman: Don't kill anybody for a few days. See what it feels like.
Martin Q. Blank: Alright, I'll give it a shot.
Dr. Oatman: No, don't give it a shot! Don't shoot anything!
Martin Q. Blank: [Leaving a message on Dr. Oatman's machine] Dr. Oatman, please pick up, pick up! It's Martin Blank! I, I'm standing where my, uh, living room was and it's not here because my house is gone and it's an Ultimart! You can never go home again, Oatman... but I guess you can shop there.
the unexpurgated Gambling with Souls (1936)
I have no idea how it differs from the apparently expurgated version available on dvd, but in either version it is peculiar, barely competent and gloriously sleazy. Wheeler Oakman is a perfect, double-dealing, slime-sucking weasel.
I recently saw Get Smart with Arkin, and I was reminded how funny he was as the Police Chief in So I Married an Axe Murderer.
Tony Giardino: And that's the other thing. You're too nice.
Police Chief: I'm too nice?
Tony Giardino: Yeah, you're too nice. Why can't you be like the Captain on "Starsky and Hutch"? You know, when you come in, and you haul me into your office, and you bawl me out because you're sick and tired of defending my screwball antics to the Commissioner? Why cant you do that?
Police Chief: Well, the truth of the matter is, I don't report to a Commissioner. I report to a committee. Some of whom are appointed, some elected, and the rest co-opted on a bi-annual basis. It's a quorum, so to speak.
Tony Giardino: A quorum?
Police Chief: Yeah.
Tony Giardino: Captain, when I joined the police force, I thought I was going to be Serpico. But instead, I'm like... Fish from Barney Miller.
Police Chief: Hey. Somebody needs a hug!
From Here to Eternity.
Monty Clift should have got the Oscar for his performance.
The Four Feathers
I actually just saw that last night.
Arkin is a fantastic and funny actor.
"Get Smart" wasn't bad either. I thought it did justice to the show.