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Sailor Beware (1952)
Martin and Lewis in the navy
Ladies's man Al Crowthers and the geeky Melvin join the navy and become friends. Melvin wants to stay away from girls since he's allergic to the cosmetics they wear. But he falls for a girl that walks without any makeup on. Those two also have to face a bully. Hal Walker's Sailor Beware from 1952 is the fifth of 16 comedy films Martin and Lewis made together. It's not their best but offers a few laughs. The boxing scene is quite hilarious. And so is the moment before he steps into the ring with the tough guy accent. And the one on the deck of the submarine. What a funny man that Jerry Lewis! 😁 He turned 90 this year and is still going on strong. He and Dean Martin shared a great amount of chemistry before their split. The leading ladies in this movie are played by Corinne Calvet and Marion Marshall. Also James Dean appears in it before he was a star. For the fans of Martin and Lewis Sailor Beware is not to be missed.
The Man from Snowy River (1982)
Kirk Douglas in a double role
It's 1880's in Australia. Jim Craig's father is killed and so he goes to work for Mr. Harrison. His one-legged brother Spur is his brother's enemy and Jim's friend. Jim starts to have feelings for Harrison's daughter Jessica. He also wishes to find his horse who ran off with wild horses. The Man from Snowy River (1982) is a film by George Miller. It's an Australian western with a twist of romance. Kirk Douglas is fantastic as both of the brothers. Today happens to be the 100th birthday of this legendary actor. He has had a remarkable career that spanned for many decades.Other actors may be overshadowed by Mr. Douglas' performance, but none of them does a bad job. Tom Burlington does a very nice job as Jim. And so does Sigrid Thornton as his love interest Jessica. Watch this movie if you like horses, and Kirk Douglas.
Iso viulu - kaks sataa (1976)
From the text of Daniel Katz
Iso Viulu- Kaks Sataa (1976) is a miniseries of two episodes, directed By Eila Arjoma. It takes us into the life of Mikko Papiross, a student who tries his hands on different jobs. It's based on the book of Jewish-Finnish writer Daniel Katz from 1972. They're both a little dated now, but not too much. The most hilarious part must be when Mikko works as an interpreter for the French. The actors do all a good job. Heikki Kinnunen, who turned 70 last week, plays the part of Mikko. Marja Packalén is his wife Hanna. Other cast includes Heidi Krohn, Esko Salminen, Pertti Palo, Ahti Kuoppala, Liisi Tandefelt, Jukka Sipilä and Olavi Ahonen. Many big names. If you like the original book by Daniel Katz, or Heikki Kinnunen for that matter, you should see this.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Woody Allen travels through time
Owen Wilson plays a screenwriter called Gil Pender who goes to Paris with his fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams). He has troubles finishing his first novel, and then all of a sudden he finds himself from the 1920's, his favorite era. There he has a chance to talk to people like the Fitzgerald couple, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso. Midnight in Paris (2011) is a movie directed By Woody Allen. This Jewish New Yorker born as Allan Stewart Konigsberg turns 80 today, and still comes up with a movie per year. Now there's an achievement! He has made most of his movies in New York, but in the latter years he has gone to Europe. This movie made in France works very well and is one of his finest movies made in Europe. I am a big fan of time traveling, and that's one of the reasons I like this movie. This is like Back to the Future, in Woody's style. It's most intriguing to watch this 21st century guy interacting with celebrities of the past. The meeting with Salvador Dali must be the funniest. The acting work works as it always does in a Woody Allen movie. Owen Wilson is really good as Gil. In supporting roles you can see people like Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard and Adrien Brody.If you want to see a time travel themed movie handled in an intellectual way, you should see this movie.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Magical transition from Kansas to somewhere over the rainbow
Can you believe I just saw this movie?! I've watched many classics over the years, but I just hadn't got to this one. Until this week. And I'm glad I did.The young Judy Garland as Dorothy singing Somewhere over the Rainbow is one memorable moment. And that's just one among lots of others in this movie. And all those lovable characters, The Scaregrow who wants to have a brain, The Tin Man who wants to have a heart and the Cowardly Lion who wants courage. Not to forget The Munchkins. The Wizard of Oz (1939) is a timeless classic, that's suitable for both kids and adults. Some kids may find some scenes rather scary, though. If you haven't seen this one yet, go do it now!
National Velvet (1944)
Young Liz Taylor and all grown up Mickey Rooney
12-year old Velvet Brown loves horses.She wins one and trains it for the Grand National steeplechase.She is helped by a young drifter, Mi Taylor, who used to be a jockey.National Velvet(1944) is directed by Clarence Brown.This movie has a nice casting.The young Elizabeth Taylor plays the lead Velvet Brown, and does a superb job.Former child star Mickey Rooney plays Mi Taylor, and he does a great job.Today we heard sad news about the passing of Mr. Rooney at the age of 93.His career lasted nearly his lifetime, starting in 1926.Donald Crisp portrays the father Herbert Brown and Anne Revere is the mother Araminty.Angela Lansbury, Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins and Juanita Quigley play the other children.And let's not forget King Charles, who plays The Pie, horse.This movie is a little gem from 70 years back.Especially for those, who dig horses.
The Cure (1917)
The absence of The Little Tramp
The Cure from 1917 is a Charles Chaplin film in which he doesn't play The Tramp character.He plays an alcoholic who enters a health spa with a big suitcase full of alcohol.There he meets a beautiful girl (Edna Purviance), who could help him become sober.At some point, all of the spa's inhabitants are loaded after the liquor ends up at the health waters.I have never been drunk in my entire life, and intend never to be, but it can be funny to watch comedians portraying drunkards on films.And Chaplin sure plays a funny drunk.And the absence of The Little Tramp isn't a problem, he was in that costume in many other movies.But how funny the movie is, that's the main issue here.And this movie is pretty funny.
The Count (1916)
Chaplin the fake count
Charlie Chaplin is tailor's (Campbell) handyman but is fired after he burns a count's trousers.Then they both end up at a party pretending to be a count.And they both want to win the heart of Miss Moneybags (Purviance).The Count from 1916 is Charles Chaplin's 5th movie for Mutual Film Corporation.This short comedy is pretty funny, not his best though.But it's a lot of fun to watch Charlie taking measurements from the lady customer.The eating scene is mildly amusing.Chaplin shows us his physical comedy skills on the dance floor with Edna.And on some other places, too.He was a true comedian who knew what was funny to the audiences of that day and tomorrow.
Easy Street (1917)
Charlie enters a Mission and has a religious awakening, thanks to a beautiful woman (Edna).He then becomes a policeman to maintain law and order on a restless street, where Eric Campbell bullies around good citizens.Of course the little tramp is tough enough to beat the bully, never mind the size difference.Easy Street (1917) is a Charles Chaplin comedy filled with fast-paced action.It is quite funny the way he uses his nightstick, like after the man laughs at him.This movie also contains a drug addict, and there is a scene with a needle shooting up.And Charlie sits on this needle.That was a little shocker to me.But oh well, they show a lot worse stuff in modern movies.
The Vagabond (1916)
Chaplin saves the girl
Charles Chaplin came up with the Tramp character one hundred years ago, in 1914.In 1916 the world had known him for two years.And that was the year he made this film, The Vagabond.This time he's a saloon violinist, who saves a girl, played by Edna Purviance from a gypsy caravan led by Eric Campbell.Then a painter finds the girl and paints her portrait.But does the painter get the girl? Or is it our beloved little tramp who gets her? Charles Chaplin has come up with a great story, once again.The funniest scene is where he performs for the girl.And he keeps falling into a bucket of water.This all reminds a bit of his latter film Limelight (1952), where he also played the violin.Chaplin was also an amateur violin player.He was really an artist, not just a regular movie maker.