Thursday, March 7, 2019
Format: Alamo S. Lamar
This evening the Alamo S. Lamar and Birth.Movies.Death's Scott Wampler hosted a screening of Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) along with a Q&A and book-signing with Mallory O'Meara, a film maker who just released a non-fiction book about Milicent Patrick, the original designer of The Creature entitled The Lady From the Black Lagoon.
SimonUK and Ryan take on that one Bond movie starring George Lazenby as 007. Bond falls in love and fights Telly Savalas on a toboggan run. SimonUK and Ryan puzzle out what sort of lady gets Bond to want to settle down, what led to an Australian men's wear model putting on the tux, and what it all means 50 years after the film's release.
James Bond Theme - Monty Norman & John Barry
We Have All the Time In the World - performed by Louis Armstrong, written by John Barry with lyrics by Hal David
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
So, Luke Perry has passed and the internet is ablaze with remembrances. And on the face of it, it seems odd so much ink is getting spilled over a guy who had his peak of popularity in about 1993, never really landed any major roles in zeitgeisty Hollywood movies and has been a workman actor in mid-tier TV shows for most of the past twenty years.
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the state of shock you're seeing has less to do with a tremendous and still-massive Luke Perry fanbase as it has with two things:
Monday, March 4, 2019
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Format: Alamo Slaughter
This was the third time. I'm still seeing all-new things in this movie, still totally swept up in the story and characters, still getting weepy multiple times... I love this movie so much.
In case you didn't hear - it did win
Academy Award - Best Animated Feature
Golden Globe - Best Animated Feature
Critic's Choice - Best Animated Feature
New York Film Critics Circle - Best Animated Feature
BAFTA - Best Animated Feature
PGA - Producer of the Year Award in Animated Feature
I don't care too much about awards, but there are a lot of people out there who like this movie who kinda know movies. And I would genuinely try not to steer you wrong.
Format: MST3K on Netflix
This movie is a bizarre mess with no story. Now, sometimes MST3K cuts these movies for time, so its possible we lost some key moments or elements on the floor, but... I don't think so.
The MST3K episode DOES feature an astonishing musical number lifting music from The Music Man. The current crew has really hit their stride. And - there's a Kim Cattrall callback.
But, yeah, it's a bunch of unmotivated special FX and a cast that I can't not talk about.
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Format: Amazon Streaming
This movie is exactly (exactly) what you think it's going to be. That's not a knock, it's just a statement.
It's weird. I feel like Paul Feig would do really well managing a network TV comedy. It seems better suited to his sense of humor where he could have fun with characters than trying to cram in an actual story in 90-120 minutes.
This was part of my "I have a cold, so let's just watch some inconsequential stuff" viewing from Friday night, and it fit the bill.
Friday, March 1, 2019
Format: Amazon Streaming
No write up. I'm a bit under the weather, but I really enjoyed it. And I can't believe Disney went off-script with their own IP to that degree. A lot of good stuff. And, of course, Vanellope's song - just brilliant.
Late Edit: Our own NathanC wrote a great review over at the TPR site, so go check that out.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Format: Amazon Streaming
Viewing: No idea. At least third.
Back when Hollywood Shuffle (1987) first showed up on home video, it was a movie I recall renting and really liking. I know for a fact I only sorta got what the movie was saying and doing and was more interested in the fact that some of the sketches and spoofs played well to even a 13 year old. After all, the movie is about an actor's journey through casting and into his first day on set of a film, loaded with cut-away scenes where they lampoon Hollywood movies.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Format: TCM on DVR
I'd intended to see Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) during it's theatrical run, and I don't really know how I didn't. It was a wide release and ran for a bit. In the intervening years I've watched more noir of the original era, not necessarily watching what came out as noir and neo-noir at the theater.* The 90's and 00's saw a fair number of mid-century crime and costume dramas and glossy neo-noir films that I think a lot of folks today see in their mind's eye more than actual films of the original noir era. Some of the films were pretty good (I love LA Confidential), others were less so (I really struggled with The Black Dahlia).
There's a lot to recommend Devil in a Blue Dress, even if it feels like writer/ director Carl Franklin was more intent on establishing a string of movies based on the protagonist's exploits than he was in actually getting into the why's and wherefore's of the story's central mystery. It's one of the extremely rare Black-focused noir films, and does a phenomenal job of world building, leaning on familiar noir tropes and giving us new spin based on the Black experience of mid-Century LA.