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Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
The first teenage gay scenes in a major Hollywood film.
The feeling by Plato for Jim are clearly gay longing. The scene outside Plato's garage reads:
Plato: Hey do you want to come home with me. There's nobody at my house and heck I'm not tired, are you? See I don't have too many people I can talk to.
Plato: If you can come we can talk and then in the morning we can have breakfast like my dad. If only you could have been my dad
James: Have you flipped or something. Look I'll see you in the morning o.k.?
Plato: Well I've got to pickup my scooter. See you tomorrow.
The longing Plato expresses here and through out the film is primarily for James. Get the DVD and see the auditions for Dean, Mineo and Wood together. The hugs and by play are mostly between Mineo and Dean, while Woods seems to just be an extra.
How would this play out nowadays. Dean and Mineo would seem to be Rebels With A Cause, that of getting out to the closet.
This is the classic teenage rebellion film that started them all and still stands up. At least the opened the door to the closet
Best monologues, o.k. comedy sketches, lousy interviews.
So no one can replace Carson, but at least the monologues are fresh and funny and some of the sketches(Headlines) do work, but Jay Leno should study Carson reruns to learn how to interview guests. Generally he's stuck with some dull celeb trying to plug something, but its amazing how quickly Leno turns the interview into mindless silliness that sets this super channel surfer in motion. Important or topical quests are hard to come by, but this show makes little effort to get anyone fresh. Maybe anyone important realizes that a Leno interview does nothing for your career. Ever wonder why Carson himself never has been interviewed by Leno?
Bring back the quest host, cause Leno reruns really suck. Wonder what Jack Parr is doing or Steve Allen or even Burt Reynolds who did a good job quest hosting for Johnny. Yeah I know Jack, Steve, and Burt are really old so younger guys will be needed most of the time, but any quest host is better than a rerun of Leno. Why I'd even suffer with Regis or Donny and Marie, but not Howard Stern, that's a whole different put off.
Beyond the Mat (1999)
Save a few bucks and see it on free TV, only if your a huge fan
My biggest sports fetish, wrestling, forced me to see the lackluster tell all, or was it just a tiny bit they told. Only drug using Snake Roberts seemed real or honest. Foley was way to busy being Mr Nice Guy Dad and Funk is overblowing his legend status.
Everyone in this movie is old and fat and should retire, some of it we see real up close and personal fat.
Some of the equipment used in the beginning looks like a personal home camcorder(all he could afford???) and the vintage wrestling footage spliced in is of very poor quality.
If we had seen the true planning and other backstage antics, this could work. Believe me Vince & the WWF comes off more positive than not.
Foley's kids watching 14 chair shots says a lot, like will you still know their names at 50? Wrestling has pushed the envelop to far and will continue to have very serious injuries, unless, as Jesse says, wrestlers unionize and get some protection. This movie only hints in a whisper at that fact.
I was there, experienced all the events, and this doesn't quite ring true.
As someone who was living in Chicago in 1968 and very sympathetic to the Chicago 8 at the time, this is not quite the way I remember it. I went to high school (Berkeley-class of 57) with two of the defendants (Froines and Seale) and followed this trial about as closely (newspapers and TV accounts) as you could without being there in the courtroom.
While this film represents itself as factual and uses a lot of actual footage of the events, I don't buy it all. Judge Hoffman was not that tolerant or sympathetic nor defense attorney Kunstler that kooky, and little of what went on behind the scenes, especially with Mayor Daly, is not conveyed. This was one of the great political trials of the century and you don't get a sense of the true politics involved. One simple example is that the city of Chicago thought it was on trial, as much as the defendants were, and I got little feel for that from this account.
If you want the history of this trial read up on it, this movie must be taken with a bit of a grain of salt.
Greatest war propaganda movie ever made
Every thing positive everyone has ever said about this movie is true. Still compelling after all these years, one of my top ten movies, I can go back and watch every few years.
This movie works on every level, drama, love story, suspense, but most of all it is a war propaganda movie. Pro war, pro allies, anti Nazi, even a little anti French, this movie was made smack in the middle of WWII when the outcome was still in doubt and designed get the public behind the war effort. It sure was more fun then those 'Victory gardens, paper drives and gas rationing' and other techniques to get public support. It is impossible for a film made for this purpose to stand the test of time, but Casablanca has, and that's why it is such an incredible film.
Little Richard (2000)
Send me some loving, I missed getting some today, because I didn't know which way to play
The Life and Time of Little Richard, as told by Little Richard, as produced and directed by Little Richard, was about as one sided as one of his songs. This is not a biography or even a docudrama, but does have good writing, great energy and an outstanding leading actor playing Richard. All the music is by Little Richard, so it rocks a tight lipsync on every song.
The movie covers his early childhood, carrys thru the formative years in music, the wild success and Richard's throwing it all away to praise the Lord. Its all tied together well and the obvious comeback in 1962 manages to stay away from the idea that Little Richard discovered the Beatles, whom opened for him.
My main objection is that his outrageous, counter cultural behavior is underplayed and you get no feel for how his audience experienced him at that time. Some of his energy, which he still has, does not come across full force. He seemed tame, compared to what I remember of him at the time.
The best scenes are Richard getting jilted by Lucille and writing a song about it and the strip to bikini shorts while performing, to make the point about not having a decent place to change.
If they had gotten into the "Bronze Liberace" as Richard use to refer to himself in interviews, then there's a story. Trust me I just saw him perform a couple of months ago and he still flirts with the pretty white boys, giving the one particularly good dancer in the audience, his headband. Nearly 68 and still going strong I recommend this movie and any concert or T.V. appearance you can find. Little Richard is always on
The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
Ultimate look at classic rock in a spoofy, campy funny musical
Wanna see when Little Richard(She's Got It-Ready-Teddy & Girl Can't Help It), Gene Vincent(BeBop A Lula),The Platters(You'll Never Know), and Fats Domino(Blue Monday)perform their hits live as the actually sang them in 1956? Wanna see campy Jayne Mansfied at her sexiest, wittiest best? Paradoies, sight gags and clever writing make the rocker musical an even better comedy, which has stood the test of time. Jayne bubbles over, while Tom(Ewell) bubbles under and somehow in the end they both bubble up to the surface and find happiness, kids.......... If this isn't enough Calander Girl Julie London does a sultry. teasing version of her hit Cry Me A River that will drive any man to drink. Check the cars out, I once owned one of those. See this movie twice to fully appreciate the music and catch all the gags, clever lines and parodies.