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Elmer Gantry (1960)
Unsympathetic Exploration into the Business of Religion
"Elmery Gantry" shows us the interworkings of organized religion. If anything, "Elmer Gantry" should be praised for demonstrating (in 1960, no less!) that essentially, the man-made institution of religion is not about "saving souls destined for damnation", but is about acquiring wealth, social stature and perpetuating needless fear - (sounds like big business? Religion is big business.)
Religion is essentially big business. Our Popes, priests and ministers preside over the largest, most successful corporation in the history of the world. And, while religion has become a form of commerce unequaled for centuries, it has most dangerously separated us from God. "Elmer Gantry" does nothing more than expose the corrupt, fast-talking salesman approach that many sideshow preachers are caught in. When television evangelism grew to its height in the 1970s and 1980s, it was "Elmer Gantry" that had blown the warning trumpet long before Jim and Tammy Bakker had become household names.
"Elmer Gantry" is perhaps one of the most important films of our time because it comments, in a not so kind way, about the most influential movement in the history of mankind.
Frankie and Johnny (1966)
One of Elvis' worst films
"Frankie and Johnny" is undoubtedly one of, if not THE, worst of Elvis Presley's films. Mind you, none of Elvis' films were Academy Award material, but this film looked as if it were a hokey made-for-TV movie rather than a theatrical release. Donna Douglas' singing voice is obviously dubbed as is Harry Morgan's. Presley seems out of place in a cast made up primarily of 1960s supporting television actors. Even the director of the film, Frederick de Cordova, had his roots in TV working with George Burns and Johnny Carson - hardly credential enough to be directing a movie musical at a time when the movie musical was all but dead anyway.
I walked away from the movie feeling as if I had wasted my time.
Me and My Shadows is Mediocre
Perhaps I am making my comments a bit early, having seen only part one of this two-part epic on the life of Judy Garland, but I must say, this is perhaps the most dark, sad story I've ever seen. I am not a Judy Garland fan, and in my own opinion, she is highly overrated and pushed into a status of "icon" undeservingly so.
A four hour movie based upon a sad, confused little girl whose stardom only compounded her problem and resulted into nothing but a premature death? Perhaps there are nothing but low points which to touch upon in the life of Judy Garland. If so, then don't make a movie. I am sick and tired of seeing movies and reading books which "glamourize" people's psychological and emotional disturbances, drug and alcohol addictions and baiscally, sheer unhappiness. Like the old saying, "If you can't find something nice to say about someone, don't say anything at all." A nice thought for people in charge of made-for-TV production at ABC.
Finally, I will not be watching part two, as I suspect it will only be worse than part one. I hope this movie is not awarded any Emmys, as some of the buzz says it might. This is not Emmy material stuff, either by the film's writers or by its actors. And, shame on Lorna Luft for displaying such a grim reflection of her mother.
Wheel of Fortune (1983)
Wheel of Fortune is the Best!
Wheel of Fortune is a wonderful show! It is about the only show on TV today that can be watched by the whole family without anybody getting offended or repulsed. Vanna White is a beautiful, naturally sweet woman and Pat Sajak is very funny and entertaining. It is the only game show worth watching anymore, as Bob Barker is old and grumpy these days. I understand the show has been renewed for three more years - I am sure it will run much longer.
LONG LIVE WHEEL OF FORTUNE!
The Lucy Show (1962)
"The Lucy Show" was a very funny show.
Actually, "The Lucy Show" is a very funny show which, unfortunately, remains in the shadow of "I Love Lucy". However, after Vivian Vance left in 1965, the show lost its comic punch. Ironically, in its final season on the air (1967-68) it was the No. 2 most watched series on the air.
I Love Lucy (1951)
The Greatest Show on Earth!
Isn't it amazing that nearly 50 years later, no other television series in history has come close to the success of this show? Series like "M*A*S*H*" and "All in the Family" have been considered to have surpassed "I Love Lucy" in popularity but that is not true. It is doubtful there will ever be another show as popular or beloved as "I Love Lucy". Long after the novelty of such shows as "Seinfeld" and "Home Improvement" have subsided, "I Love Lucy" will still reign as the all-time favorite sitcom.