Archive for the ‘FILMS’ Tag

“WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS”–A MOVIE REVIEW PLUS MORE–FREE MOVIE IDEA   Leave a comment


This is going to be a review of two films, the first being the movie I saw on the screen called “We Are Your Friends” and the movie I was making in my head called “Wes & Zac, Where From Here?”

“We Are Your Friends” is about a DJ, his 3 friends and electric dance music, learning more about the latter than I knew or need to know but, as I have found lately with a few movies, that is more a generation gap than anything else. Incorporated into the movie is a lot of ‘eye candy’ of both sexes along with a screenplay by the director Max Joseph and Meaghan Oppenheimer based on a story by Richard Silverman. It’s an old story offering very few surprises along with an unnecessary ‘aw shucks’ moment during the end credits. Joseph does add a few musical and southern Californian collages that are eye catching and like other films recently, including last week’s “The Diary of a Young Girl” plus last year’s “Birdman”, also uses animation. 

Aside from his good looks Efron hasn’t impressed me yet with his acting though to be fair I have only seen him in 3 films and he does have an impressive scene talking about how a DJ works the crowd. His friends played by Jonny Weston who wants to be a club promoter, actor and drug dealer played by Shiloh Fernandez and Alex Shaffer as the hanger on nerd offer good support. Wes Bentley is a has-been DJ living off his past and has a younger girlfriend, Emily Ratajkowski, with the latter basically in the pretty girl role. 

“We Are Your Friends” was an interesting movie from the point of view I knew nothing about how electronic computer music is made and, of course, nothing wrong with eye candy. It was also interesting for the ‘second movie’ I watched in my head.

When I saw Wes Bentley, September, 1999, when he was 21, in “American Beauty” I walked out thinking “Wow! This is the next generation’s Kevin Spacey!” For the next decade he descended into the world of drugs admitting he made movies only to make money for drugs. He is 37 today, has been clean since 2009 and between his appearance in a Broadway play in 2010 and playing Seneca Crane in “The Hunger Games” in 2012 he has been working his way back but he lost the momentum of stardom that pursued him 16 years ago. 

Zac Efron had his breakout role in “High School Musical” in 2006 followed by the movie version of the Broadway musical “Hairspray” when he was 19 and 20.  In 2013 at the age of 26 it was reported that he completed an alcohol and substance abuse program. Now at 28 will he have a decade unlike the one Bentley had? Did Wes talk to Zac and give him advice and/or did Zav ask Wes what happened and how could he avoid the same mistakes? 

Now that’s a film I would like to see—and make!

WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS TRAILER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZzAeYWXFpk

Posted August 28, 2015 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT

Tagged with ,

“INFINITELY POLAR BEAR”–MOVIE REVIEW   Leave a comment


For 23 years Mark Ruffalo has been a journeyman actor, always becoming the character he is called on to play as in his last 3 films. He was Dave Schultz the wrestling Olympic champ in “Foxcatcher”, Ned Weeks, AIDS activist, in “The Normal Heart”, and in today’s movie “Infinitely Polar Bear” is Cam, husband and father who is bipolar. Though probably not a “STAR” or  “A” list actor as defined in Hollywood he has had 55 nominations for acting roles in movies, on television and the stage. Lucky for us he can star in ‘large’ movies that allow him to star in ‘small’ movies.

In “Infinitely Polar Bear”, a name his youngest daughter gives to her father who was diagnosed as manic-depressive order in the late 1960s which will become bipolar disorder years later, Cam is handed the responsibility of raising his two daughters, Amelia (Imogene Wolodarsky) and Faith (Ashley Aufderheide) for 18 months in Boston while his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) goes to New York to earn her MBA at Columbia in New York while the born to a rich for generations family he is poor. 

The film opens with Cam having a mental breakdown and unable to hold down a job and though his family believed in a first rate education he was kicked out of Harvard and other schools. His background is explained somewhat but it doesn’t go into detail as to why his grandmother would pay his rent for an apartment and, offer him her Bently when his car is really in bad shape, yet won’t offer to send her grandchildren to private school. 

Though based on a true story written by the director-writer Maya Forbes about her family she seems to have handled her father’s illness with humor whether he was experiencing bipolar episodes or going out on a drinking binge. The fact that her mother is an African-American and father white of  an elite Boston family—remember this is in the 1960s–is referred to very briefly in a scene between Maggie and her daughter Amelia, who looks Caucasian as her father and Faith looks Black, telling the former she is Black having a Black mother. Sadly Saldana’s role is underwritten and we learn nothing about her family, or how she learned to deal with her husband’s illness but not why she stopped any sexual relations with him and seems reluctant to resume them.

Instead of looking into a man’s mind who is bipolar or a family who is biracial, and the problems both situations may have caused, we are given a warm, funny, feel good family movie where it might have been the way the director-writer dealt with the problems.

Mark Ruffalo IS Cam presenting a bipolar man who is a hoarder, a curser, an alcoholic who clearly loves his wife and daughters and takes care of the latter, not always in the best ways, but doesn’t hold back his love. Zoe Saldana is excellent even if her role is underwritten. Imogene Wolodarsky, as the older daughter, represents a teenager embarrassed by her father, which most teenage girls are, but even with dealing his bipolar loves him more. Ashley Aufderheide, the director’s daughter, is a little preconscious and loud but neither daughter changes in any way over an 18 month period.

The main reason to see this movie is for another memorable portrait by Mark Ruffalo.

TRAILER

http://www.bubblews.com/posts/infinitely-polar-bear-a-movie-review

Posted July 10, 2015 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT

Tagged with , ,

“SPY”–A MOVIE REVIEW   Leave a comment


There isn’t a crude word and/or gesture that I don’t know and have used at one time or another in my lifetime but I am from the ‘old school’ of being  a gentleman who doesn’t curse in front of a woman or give someone ‘the finger’. I avoid films with Adam Sandler and his ilk because they are guaranteed to have curse words, vagina and penis jokes, a foot in someone’s crotch and other things that appeal to the naughty 14 year old boy who secretly looks at the pictures in Playboy.

I admired Melissa McCarthy in “St. Vincent” where she was a supporting player in a quiet role and I have enjoyed her in “Mike and Molly” her television series where she is funny without the vulgarity of the ‘boys’. It was first in “Bridesmaids” where she started her way on to stardom and each movie after that had her getting more and more raunchy and in “Spy” she has reached her lowest.

McCarthy seems to be very comfortable with her body and can give and take fat jokes like the professional comedian she is but in “Spy” she curses more than any man, constantly hits guys in the crotch, vomits on someone and is vulgar from beginning to end. This is suppose to be a comedy, a spy spoof, a take off of James Bond’s films and yet I didn’t find anything funny in the film and, except for 3 audience members who laughed from beginning to the end even at very not funny scenes, no one else found it funny either.

“Spy” is full of unnecessary violence and in too many scenes it is very obvious that doubles were used and not for humorous purposes.

It is always good to see Jude Law and he is fine in this film but Bobby Cannavale, in my opinion, gives his first really bad acting job. Rose Byrne’s role and acting is cringe inducing at parts and Allison Janney continues giving good support in movies while Jason Statham and Peter Serafinowicz have very odd roles that should be funny but they strain too much. Miranda Hart takes a stereotypical role and does her best with it.

The writing and directing by Paul Feig is a mess, all over the place, and I hope somewhere he acknowledges the writers of “Criminal Minds” and  gives them big thank you for the way he wrote the relationship between Jude and Melissa which is almost word for word for the characters played by Shemar Moore and Kirsten Vangsness.

It is predicted that “Spy” will be a big hit for Melissa McCarthy but I would like to see her use her comedic talent without relying on all the vulgarity. I do not recommend the movie as either a comedy or a thriller or a film to see.

“SPY” TRAILER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrY3v1eDmQY

Posted June 5, 2015 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT

Tagged with , ,

“I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS”–A MOVIE REVIEW   Leave a comment


I don’t know if 2 movies of the same genre are the start of a trend but I hope so. During the second week of May I went to see “Five Flights Up”, a movie about an elderly couple together  for forty years with neither dying of Alzheimer’s or any other ‘old people’ diseases nor were they battling with being an inter-racial couple. They were a pair who made and enjoyed a life together the only trauma being of the old man and their old dog having to climb 5 flights of stairs. The leads were played by Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman each looking and feeling comfortable in their long term relationship and the audience believed in them.

This week I saw “I’ll See You In MY Dreams” with Blythe Danner sparkling in her role as an independent woman, a retired school teacher, who, when younger, had dabbled as a band singer, now a widow for 20 years, has a daughter who lives on the other coast and they maintain a mother/daughter relationship and friendship. She lives in her own home having enough money to maintain it along with hiring a pool boy. Her major conflict at this point in life is that she may have to put down her beloved Hazel, a dog, of 12 years. Just watching the light go out of Danner’s blue eyes as the procedure is done is the dramatic moment of the movie though other things do happen.

Danner plays cards with her girlfriends June Squibb, Rhea Perlman and Mary Kay Place, all who are trying to get her to move into the retirement community where they live. These are women who have adapted to being seniors who can get goofy on medical marijuana, go on a speed dating romp, play golf, talk a little ‘naughty’, drink some, well a lot, of  wine.

When Mary Kay sees Danner’s pool boy leaving her house early one morning she is not above thinking what most women would think and when a handsome, virile looking, possibly Mr. Right in the form of Sam Elliot shows up in a meet cute scene you think you know where the movie is heading just as you might justifiably think you know what will happen between Danner and the pool boy Martin Starr when they go to a karaoke bar on what might be or not be a date.

Directed by Brett Haley, who also wrote it along with Marc Basch, this is not a Golden Girls television situation comedy or a cougar and young man story or woman desperate for another man to make their life whole. This is a film, like “5 Flights Up”, that looks at a group of people who have lived most of their life, are near the end,  and still find aspects to explore. Actually along with “Love Is Strange” starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, these pictures show professional actors who have always supported others with first class work now doing the same with and for others giving themselves a chance to be the stars they are.

PS No one ever made scarves look as good as Blythe Danner’s face and eyes do!

TRAILER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AhP-EeIMc4

Posted May 31, 2015 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT

Tagged with ,

“THE 100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED”–FILM REVIEW   Leave a comment


While watching “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared” (hereafter called 100!) I would flash on to Peter Sellers in “Being There” and Tom Hanks in “Forrest Gump” more so the latter due to Robert Gustafsson’s performance as a man, Allan, who meets famous people in history and sometimes changes the course of that history.

The flashbacks to Allan’s earlier years, and his love of pyrotechnics at times, plays with your head and makes you lose track now and then though this movie doesn’t go as deep as the other two but we join him on his adventures after climbing out that window stumbling on a suitcase of money, rescues a elephant and wanting to live and see 101!

The biggest problem I had with the film was that it seemed to have been written by at least a dozen writers and had a feeling that ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ so much to my surprise I see it was written only by the director, Felix Hemgren, who also directed, and Hans Ingemansson based on a best selling Swedish novel by Jonas Jonasson. There are 6 different languages used and characters come and go without explanation. One minute it is a comedy and the next it seems to be reaching for farce while a lot of slapstick is thrown in but it doesn’t quite gel. A lot of the humor fell flat for me though there was a guy in the audience was laughing constantly.

The cast is led by Robert Gustafsson who doesn’t seem to make the role he plays, that of Allan Karlsson, likeable and for a guy who blows up people, gets sterilized because he ‘must have some Negro blood due to the size of his penis’, kills people and walks away as if nothing happened, that likeability is missing. Allan goes through life seemingly not aware of all the chaos he creates around him and for other people.

I’m not quite sure who played who but I believe as his partner in crime Iwar Wiklander  seemed more solid than Gustaffson while Mia Skaringer as Gunilla exchanged some sharp dialogue with a few of the men particularly a ‘suitor’ who is ‘almost’ everything.

While Allen liked this film a lot more than I did I am inclined to put it on my 2015 ‘worst’ list.

TRAILER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-7VM1QOrI0

Posted May 26, 2015 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT

Tagged with ,

VHS GAY THEMED MOVIE VIDEO TAPES PART 2   Leave a comment


I’ve spoken about my tape collection in the past at one time having over 600 tapes. I sold most of them on eBay and gave a lot away but I held on to my gay tapes–no, not porno! I currently have about 84 tapes of which 33 were pre-recorded while the other were taped from both cable and network stations.

In any case I am looking to give them away either singularly or the whole lot and will only asked to be reimbursed for mailing them. If anyone is interested in knowing the titles of the ones I taped just drop me a line at GreatMartin2003@yahoo.com

Here are the pre-recorded one and a comment here and there.

1. The Celluloid Closet–a history of gays and gay films before gay was acknowledged until the present.

2. Another Country with Rupert Everett and Colin Firth as gay British spies Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean

3. As Is–Robert Carradine and Jonathan Hadary–an ex-lover takes care of his AIDS ex partner when the latter’s young lover can’t deal with it

4. The Children’s Hour  Shirley MacLaine and Audrey are accused of being  Lesbians

5. Common Threads: stories from the quilt

6. The Birdcage with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane  An American version of the French film La Cage Aux Folles

7. Beautiful Thing  A British film about a love story between two youths

8. The Crying Game  Stephen Rhea, Forest Whitaker and Jaye Davidson with the latter as Whitaker’s  ‘exotic’ girlfriend

9. The Broken Hearts Club A gay baseball team starring Dean Cain and John Mahoney

10. Big Eden A man faces his unrequited passion for his high school friend–it is an American fable about home and family

11. Kiss of the Spider Woman  William Hurt won an Oscar as a gay political prisoner

12. Gods and Monsters  Ian McKellan as gay director James Whale with Lynn Redgrave and Brendan Fraiser

13. Gypsy of the Year–a tradition of Broadway musical theatre

14. It’s My Party  Eric Roberts is dying of AIDS and decides to throw a great farewell party for himself before he dies–Margaret Cho, Olivia Newton-John, George Segal, , Gregory Harrison, Lee Grant

15. The Lost Language of Cranes  The destructive sexual hypocrisy of one family– with Brian Cox, Eileen Atkins, Corey Parker

16. Maurice The film of E.M. Forster’s controversial novel with Hugh Grant, Simon Callow, Rupert Graves, Ben Kingley, Billie Whitelaw

17. An Early Frost the effects of AIDS on an average American family–Aidan Quinn, Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Sylvia Sidney

18. Making Love  A married man falls in love with another man with Harry Hamlin, Kate Jackson and Michael Ontkean

19. Midnight Cowboy the classic film starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight

20. Priscilla Queen of the Desert  the Australian classic starring Terrence Stamp

21. In & Out  Kevin Kline, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillion, Debbie Reynolds

22. Love! Valour! Compassion! The Tony award winning play by Terrence McNally

23. My Own Private Idaho River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as hustlers directed by Gus Van Sant

24. Midnight Express Brad Davis arrested in Turkey for smuggling drugs and receives a 4 year sentence.

25. Normal–Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson The latter confesses to the former that after 25 years he wants to have a sex change (Bruce Jenner anyone?)

26. Priest A young priest faces extraordinary events within his own congregation.

27. Philadelphia A landmark film dealing with AIDS starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington

27. The Opposite of Sex  Christina Ricci seduces her brother’s boyfriend Matt who jilted his ex-lover  Lisa Kudrow, Johnny Galecki, Lyle Lovett

28. Querelle Brad Davis as a gay sailor, Jeanne Moreau and Franco Nero in a film based on Jean Genet’s novel and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

29. Sunday Bloody Sunday–Glenda Jackson and Peter Finch both are deeply in love with Murray Head

30. The Sum of Us A father wants his gay son to be happy  Russell Crowe is the son

31. Six Degrees of Separation A gay hustler claiming to be the son of Sidney Poitier works his way into a wealthy white family–starring Will Smith

32. The Twilight of the Golds  If there is a gay gene would you abort a pregnancy because the child might be gay? Brendan Fraiser, Jennifer Beals, Faye Dunaway, Rosie O’Donnell, Garry Marshall

33. Tea and Sympathy A teenager is wrongfully accused of being gay and his teacher’s wife proves to him he isn’t–Deborah Kerr and John Kerr directed by Vincent Minnelli

Posted May 23, 2015 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT

Tagged with , ,

“5 FLIGHTS UP”–MOVIE REVIEW   1 comment


After 40 years of marriage, and living in the same Brooklyn walk up apartment, it is obvious that Alex (Morgan Freeman) and Ruth (Diane Keaton) are still in love and very comfortable with each other. They were married at a time interracial couples were still not accepted in 30 States and ‘got looks from people in the other 20’. As it is her parents didn’t accept them. Alex is a painter and Ruth was a teacher whose students became her children when she found out she couldn’t have children. 

In “5 Flights Up” we meet them at a time Alex is getting too old to walk up the 5 flight of steps to their apartment and their 10 year old dog is having spinal problems so they have put their apartment on the market and her niece Lily (Cynthia Nixon), who is a realtor, is handling the sale telling them that they should be able to get a million dollars and they can downsize to a smaller, less expensive place with an elevator.

Though there is a secondary, needless, plot regarding a ‘terrorist’ this is a sweet movie with no special effects or wild car chases or explosives going off. Due to Freeman and Keaton charms and acting abilities you accept them as the long standing in love couple who know each others faults, quirks and endearments. He knows all the right answers to give her such as asking “What old Lady?” when she points to a recent portrait he had done of her and she remarks that she doesn’t know why he still is painting that old lady. She knows how to manipulate him even when he is aware what she is doing.

Aside from their love story anyone who has ever sold an apartment or house will recognize the many different types who will show up such as those who just come to see how other people live or the woman who has to lay down on the bed to get the ‘feel’ of the place. Lily gives them nicknames such as ‘the dog ladies’ or ‘blue  leggings’. It is an ongoing gag through the movie.

Instead of the terrorist story the screenwriter, Charlie Peters, and the director, Richard Loncraine, could have spent more time on the background stories of Freeom and Keaton. In the few flashbacks Claire van der Bloom and Korey Jackson look enough like the present day Alex and Ruth to add believability to the unfolding of the love story if more had been on the screen.

“5 Flights Up” is a sweet, believable, love story and shows changes that can, do, take place as people age. The photography by Jonathan Freeman shows Manhattan and Brooklyn as clean, sparkling boroughs and the music by David Newman adds, instead of distracts, to the film’s romance.

While the film won’t win any awards it certainly should be seen to remember when Hollywood knew how to make love stories with happy ever after endings!

TRAILER  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuzMvKZFgfo 

Posted May 12, 2015 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT

Tagged with , ,

MOVIE HAPPENINGS PART 5   Leave a comment


Most of the movies I have mentioned so far are twenty years or older–some of you have remarked about the lack of sci-fi, horror, etc. Sorry, I saw the first chapters of Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars but they didn’t entice me to see the sequels–and forget Texas Chainsaw, The Ring and such films.

And now on with some of my favorites:

“Gone With The Wind”–“Dr. Zhivago”–“Lawrence Of Arabia”–“Giant”–“Sunshine”–5 epics that I can, and do, watch over and over–great acting, cinematography, directing, story, etc–each is close to or even over 3 hours but seems like they take place in half the time–if you aren’t familiar with Sunshine Ralph Fiennes gives a monumental performance playing 3 roles: his grandfather, father and son.

“West Side Story”–of all the musicals I love (and own) this is the one I have probably seen the most–I went to see the opening night of the Broadway production and bought tickets for the next 7 performances so I approached the movie version very hesitatingly but fell in love with it–the same energetic dancing, the same great score and, most important to me, the same feelings–I don’t know how many times I’ve seen it but each time I hear “Tonight”, “Somewhere”, “A Boy Like That” I cry–I cringe each time Anita goes into the drugstore to give Tony the message from Maria–my body just moves during “The Dance At The Gym” and I want to shout Ole during “America”.

The musicals from M-G-M during the 50s and 60s, like “Singing In The Rain”, “The Bandwagon”, “Silk Stockings”, just to name three, are gems just as many ‘from Broadway to Hollywood’ (not all–believe me “Man Of La Mancha”, “A Chorus Line”, etc., are pitiful!) like “Annie Get Your Gun”, “South Pacific”, “Oklahoma”, “Carousel”, “Sound Of Music”, to name only a few, are a joy to watch again and again.

“Love Me Or Leave Me”–I fell in love with Doris Day in August 1947 when her first movie “Romance On The High Seas” and she sang “It’s Magic”–after that I saw every picture she ever made and I have many favorites; “Calamity Jane”, “Pillow Talk”, “Storm Warnings”, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, “Lullaby Of Broadway” just to name a few but “Love Me Or Leave Me” is at the top of the list–she and Cagney had electricity, her rendition of “Ten Cents A Dance” is a classic while her acting is superb.

“The Accused” Jodie Foster was pitch perfect in this movie and earned her Oscar for it just as she did for “Silence Of The Lambs”

“The Fastest Indian In The West” Anthony Hopkins in a great performance in a feel good movie.

“Rocky” yes, Rocky–come on how can you not feel exuberant when Sly jumps on the steps when training? How can you not feel moved when he yells “Adrianne” his face and body all battered in the ring. (Please, don’t even think of mentioning the sequels and remind me to stay away from the one he is filming now!)

“Bambi” I cry every time I see it and his mother dies–I remember the scary fire–and, yes, laugh at Thumper and the his other ‘friends’.

“The Bad Seed” Nancy Kelley and Patty McCormark excellently recreate their Broadway performances and Eileen Heckart brilliant as the dead son’s mother–the ending was changed (to it’s detriment but there was a ‘code’ at that time) and the ‘bows’ at the end were hokey (though I do miss the times when at the end of the movie they showed the actors and the roles they played)–this movie shows some people are born evil and ‘Rhoda’ certainly was evil!

(To be continued–okay 1 more posting, well maybe 2 but then again I have, literally, seen thousands of movies and I’m not even mentioning the ones I just liked :O)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OJsYKDCXPs  30 YEARS OF LAUGHTER

Posted May 11, 2015 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT

Tagged with ,

“FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD”–A MOVIE REVIEW   4 comments


Is it fair to judge a film against 5 previous productions of the film? Or a TV version? Or the classic book it is based on? This review is based solely on the 2015 movie production of “Far From The Madding Crowd”.

Carey Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene, a young lady in 1874 who is an independent thinker, even before she becomes independently wealthy with the death of her aunt inheriting a rich farm, being pursued by three men. 

The first man in her life, Matthias Schoenaerts,  who proposes marriage and she turns down, is Gabriel, a virile looking acting man who owns a farm which he soon loses and goes to work for Bathsheba. In spite of her turning him down he remains loyal to her always ready to help when she needs help. Her second proposal comes from William, played by Michael Sheen, a wealthy farmer, an older man who offers her security while the third, Tom Sturridge, playing  ‘bad boy’ Army man Troy , on the rebound from losing a woman he loves, Juno Temple, playing Fanny Robin, who went to the wrong church on the day of her marriage leaving the soldier high and dry.

The film reaches for an epic feeling, but falls short, with the musical score sometimes overpowering a scene and at other times the photography of the beauty of Dorset, England, make it hard to listen to the dialogue of the screenplay’s David Nicholls, based on the Thomas Hardy novel. Where the director, Thomas Vinterberg, and Nicholls, fails the fine performances by the actors is not giving them enough explanation and depth for events that take place.

One disturbing aspect is the make-up department’s failing at certain points. For example when the beauty of Bathsheba is talked about and there is a close up of her face she obviously has a ‘growth’, maybe a pimple, on the top part of her nose that comes and goes from scene to scene and is obvious enough to be talked noticed.

“Far From The Madding Crowd” has some good acting, gives a feeling of the place and time that the story takes place, certainly captures the beauty of the country side, but just stops short of getting the filmgoer pulled into the story.

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-_9AFwMDmQ

Posted May 8, 2015 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, REVIEWS

Tagged with ,

MOVIE HAPPENINGS PART 4   Leave a comment

As I said many times before I could no more list my favorite movie then I could make a list of ‘my favorite 100 movies’–what follows are movies that I have seen more than 5 times or many unaccountable times–they were all seen for the first time in a movie theatre  since many were pre the world of tapes!

The comments are strictly my opinion.

“Monsters” Charlene Theron gives THE best dramatic performance by an actress EVER in a movie!

“Funny Girl” Streisand at her best–a perfect performance of dramatic and comedic acting, plus singing the score magnificently and looking beautiful, yes beautiful in many scenes such as singing “Sadie, Sadie” sitting on the bed looking at her ring–the whole sequence of “Don’t Rain On My Parade” is filming at it’s best.

“Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing”–Jennifer Jones running through the streets, and up the hill, after William Holden’s death gets me EVERY time and then the title song comes on the soundtrack–magic–as is how she looks in her magnificent clothes–also contains one of my favorite lines from a movie about ‘waking a sleeping tiger’.

“Sordid Lives” one of the funniest campiest movies ever made.

“The Big Knife” a very under-rated movie about Hollywood with Jack Palance giving his best performance and Rod Steiger his hammiest. Ida Lupino, as always, a standout.

“Chicago”–brilliantly conceived Broadway to Hollywood transfer.

“The Barefoot Contessa” The most sensuous actress ever in Hollywood, Ava Gardner, shows that besides being a beauty she was a good actress.

“All About Eve” a perfect blend of story, acting, directing and everything else a movie should be.

“Gilda” is there a more sexier and affirmation of life than Rita Hayworth singing “Put The Blame On Mame”? Though in black and white you saw her red hair. And what about the gay undertones?

“Imitation Of Life” of the 4 versions made of this film the Lana Turner one is the standout–talk about ‘a 4 hankie’ movie! (Whatever happened to Susan Kohner?)

“10 N. Fedrick” just watching the sheer magic of Suzy Parker walking is what ‘moving’ pictures is all about.

“A Walk On The Wild Side” a trashy movie with Stanwyck at her butchest, Capucine unintentionally funny and Harvey trying seriously to make it look like Shakespeare–camp and a soap opera all in one.

“Born Yesterday” One of the funniest performances by an actress in a movie–Judy Holliday convinced you she was the original source of all of today’s blonde jokes–a brilliant actress.

(To Be Continued)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebMaSD-qcPs

Posted May 7, 2015 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT

Tagged with ,

%d bloggers like this: