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Where can I get that T-shirt? :-D
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2014 on Return of the crank at Some Came Running
Hey, "Rocky & Bullwinkle"'s pretty darn good, and it has both a terrific line from Whoopi Goldberg as a corrupt judge--"Don't you know celebrities are always above the law?"--and one of the best self-deprecating puns of all time: When asked if Bullwinkle can rappel [down a wall], the moose replies, "Why, sure! We've been repelling audiences for years!"
The problem is the perpetual misunderstanding of what a "cut" is. The "four-hour version" of WOLF is undoubtedly the first rough assembly, before they began editing it in earnest. (Marty's first assembly of NEW YORK, NEW YORK was over 5 1/2 hours, with the ballroom sequence alone running around 90 minutes.) I've been recently enduring this myself with MAD MAD WORLD, with both Karen Kramer and Barrie Chase claiming the first "cut" ran five hours and that it was actually shown to audiences. The record shows it was first previewed at 210 minutes and tightened to its premiere length of 192 (both figures minus overture and such). It may have SEEMED like five hours to Chase (Karen wasn't even there at the time; she didn't meet Kramer until the following year), but it's still nonsense.
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2014 on Gravy/Oscar post-mortem at Some Came Running
During my nearly 20 years at Sony, I tried like hell to get rep houses to take Quine seriously as an artist with a distinct style and oeuvre, especially given his mentorship of and influence on Blake Edwards. Alas, only the L.A. County Museum went for it. I still believe a major reappraisal of his work is in order.
Glenn, thanks so much for the kind words. And yes, you are absolutely spot-on about what I call the "comfort food" vibe the movie has for us "slightly older" folks. There are places in the film, such as when Charles Lane pops up, or the scenes in the tower with Reiner, Ford, et al, where I almost feel like I'm inside the movie with these beloved folks (a la SHERLOCK, JR.), many of whom gave the best feature-film performances of their careers. And yes, it does make me yearn for that time in my childhood when we were truly a great nation that built things and were looked up to, and the concept of some maniac walking into a school and opening fire on children was simply beyond our comprehension. So yeah, we all wish we could go back to that era, but we can't, so we worship this talisman of a happier time as a respite from what we've become. Plus it's a goddamn funny movie. So there! Mike S.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2014 on Nostalgia for the rejected at Some Came Running
"Three hours of horrible people doing horrible things." You mean like THE GODFATHER?
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2014 on More "Wolf of Wall Street" at Some Came Running
Oddly, seeing the film today, I thought it was a good picture, but it lacked the FUN I thought it should have. Corneau's version was properly serious, but where's that wicked sense of humor that almost a DePalma trademark? Also, is it just me, or did this version seem a bit top-heavy with climaxes (the non-sexual kind), especially at the finale?
LIFEFORCE: The original 116" version with Mancini's score or the 95" U.S. cut with some Mancini and new cues by Kamen?
A year or so ago, I was at UCLA to see the premiere of their restoration of an early Anthony Mann called STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT. You could hear the proverbial pin drop throughout the screening, especially during a horrific train wreck that comes out of nowhere. One month later, it played the Film Noir festival at the American Cinematheque. Unfortunately, there were three gorillas (sitting right behind me, of course) who found the train wreck (and subsequent scenes of bloody bodies being hauled out) the funniest goddamn thing they'd ever seen and howled with laughter. and as you know, laughter is contagious, and pretty soon everyone was laughing, and it continued right to the end of the film. I was furious, but there was nothing I could do about it. However, it does prove that it only takes one weasel to poison the well. As for first-run movies, just do what I do: Wait a couple of weeks. The stupid kids will have moved on, and we grown-ups can enjoy the movie in darkened peace.
Funny thing is, people who are going to RANGER seem to like it very much and are posting as such on the 'net. It will never recover from its dismal opening, but it may hang around longer than initially thought. And yes, I loved it. So sue me.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2013 on Mizzou Tigers at Some Came Running
Puga is just another of those twerps with zero skills who gets hired because she's cute and skinny; no actual ability or intelligence required. She's just lucky she's never interviewed Tommy Lee Jones. As for Hill: he was, is and always will be a dick. That he has a career at all is cosmic retribution upon the world for some unknown sin.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2013 on I am Romina Puga at Some Came Running
McGavin was a swell Mike Hammer as well. Always liked him, even long before Kolchak. Plus he was married to Kathie Browne, hubba, hubba.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2013 on Darren McGavin: He's Like Heroin To Me at Sunset Gun
Barbara Payton could make a lot of people do a lot of things.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2013 on Three Obsessions: Oscar Edition at Sunset Gun
Don't you mean Franchot Tone? :-O
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2013 on Three Obsessions: Oscar Edition at Sunset Gun
BTW, did you know that stripper in THE GRADUATE is my pal Lainie Miller, aka Mrs. Dick Miller?
Well, Dennehy is a big star on Broadway, where he frequently gets leading roles. In a bizarre coincidence, I saw him a couple of years ago in the Wm. J. Bryan role in a revival of INHERIT THE WIND, while several years earlier, I saw a different revival in which Bryan was played by...Charles Durning!
Toggle Commented Dec 26, 2012 on Jack Klugman, 1922-2012 at Some Came Running
David, you suspect correctly. Per Mirren, Pat was against making the film and refused any cooperation.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2012 on Knife in the water at Some Came Running
Okay, someone has to be the contrarian here, and I guess it's gonna be me. I enjoyed the picture thoroughly. Is it "baloney," as Norman Lloyd put it? Yeah, pretty much. But show me one biopic that isn't. Moreover, the main point of the story--the love/irritation relationship between Hitch and Alma--is fabulously done (it's no small irony that the movie's title bears only his name), and the filmmaking sections are far truer to the production experience than I've seen in far bigger pictures, even if they get some details wrong (e.g., nobody ever called Herrmann "Bernie"). And if nothing else, I thought Johansson--an actress I generally can't abide--did right by Leigh. Plus it has one of the funniest last lines in years (excluding a brief epilogue). Finally, it has Helen Fucking Mirren. So there ya go. My two cents.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2012 on Knife in the water at Some Came Running
Mr. Hulse misremembers slightly. I wouldn't "wouldn't be caught dead" at a B-western; in fact, I had not been exposed to many of them, and indeed I owe him a great debt for furthering my understanding of and appreciation of the genre. He is no doubt referring to my less than great affection for singing cowboys, and the cracks I would make during screenings of some of the worst offenders. He has a tendency to take one specific remark and make it a blanket statement. He also can't understand my great affection for JOHNNY GUITAR. But that's okay. The man knows his shit, and deserves props for that.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2012 on The last of Louise at Some Came Running
A few years ago, Paramount kindly struck a new 35 of OSR--the first since 1953!--so we could shoe it at Cinecon. Not just because it's a darn good picture, but I felt that Brooks' presence might attract some folks who otherwise wouldn't be caught dead at a B-western. It played like gangbusters, with several people expressing surprise afterwards at how slick and well-made it was. The moral, of course, is that any road that gets you there is the right one.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2012 on The last of Louise at Some Came Running
You include recent one-shots like Zero and Starling, but leave out such vintage durables as Mr. Moto, Michael Shayne,Bulldog Drummond, The Lone Wolf, Boston Blackie, Bill Crane, The Saint/The Falcon and the Warren William incarnation of Perry Mason? Are you auditioning for a gig at "Entertainment Weekly?" :-O
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2012 on Panic in Detroit at Some Came Running
I've always been a stickler for logos. When I reissued Capra's BROADWAY BILL in the early 90s, which had wound up at Paramount, we pulled a B&W logo from ROMAN HOLIDAY and placed it AHEAD of the original Columbia Torch Lady. And when we started to do the American version of GODZILLA 2000, the editor said when the Toho logo came up, "We're losin' that, right?" "HELL, NO!" I hollered. And in fact, it not only got a great reaction from the fans but several critics, including Gleiberman, favorably commented on its retention.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2012 on "Argo" (and logos) at Some Came Running
For the record, I have absolutely no desire to be Paul Thomas Anderson. I want to be Mel Brooks.
See, I had the exact opposite reaction to HT. It strikes me as a movie for the boomers. The kids today--their "monsters" are Freddy, Jason and Jigsaw. They wouldn't know Dracula from Drake. The fact that the movie addresses the idea that the classic monsters are somehow outdated (not unlike that classic moment in "The Simpsons"' Halloween episode a couple of years back) kind of tickled me. But you're right that the rap number at the end negates everything that happened before, but such numbers are apparently de rigueur ever since the "Shrek" movies beat the idea to death.
What's especially funny is how Wells frequently rails against the fact-denying thugs of the right without realizing he's become one himself when it comes to movies. As Steve Martin says in ROXANNE, "We haven't had any irony here since 1983."
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2012 on Oh God No at Some Came Running