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De la part des copains (1970)
Write-Off that Vacation to the South of France!
I watch movies for specific reasons. I don't always look for such things as a plot. What did I get out of "Cold Sweat"?
First, a reminder to mix business AND pleasure. The gentlemen who produced this could have filmed in New Jersey. Rather, they chose the south of France. Good choice! Beaulieau-sur-Mer in the south of France, as well as the lovely French countryside way down south.
Charles Bronson pumped up, as usual. It appears that he does a set of push-ups before every scene. He's cut, in a black T-Shirt for the whole film. And he's not in his famous revenge mode. Here, he calculates. And expresses himself, emotionally. See the quote section...
Terrance Young's direction. Yes, the early Bond-film director is at his bond-vivant! best, with rich panoramas and an eye for pretty things. I'll have another, garson.
Nice Airport and a really cool 1970 hair salon. Think Korova milk bar ala Clockwork Orange.
Old French cars from the late 60's. Those Citroens are cool. And that off-roading experience in that red sedan was hilarious. Also, the close-up of the bias-ply tire folding over...priceless.
Finally, attractive leading ladies.
If you can find this movie, watch it! I found my DVD at Fleet Farm coupled with another Bronson movie, "Chino" for the reasonable charge of $4.99.
Porky in Wackyland (1938)
30+ Years Ahead of R. Crumb
Watching this fabulous pre-WWII creation, I was immediately reminded of the American cartoonist R. Crumb. What is interesting is that R. Crumb admitted to taking hallucinogenic drugs to draw his strange comics in the late 1960's. Of course, this cartoon with Porky Pig doesn't include Crumb's sense of pornography (thankfully). Crumb's comics are simply rehash seeing some of the inhabitants of Wackyland. I wonder what the illustrators back then did to create such fantastic off the wall stuff. Sure, there were some obvious inspirations in this cartoon (3 stooges) but just about everything is going insane!
Thoroughly enjoyable and liberating cartoon for 1938! I saw it in color on Cartoonland. I wonder if I saw the colorized version (It was in color...)
Hare Do (1949)
Bugs Finally Rids Himself of Fudd (SPOILERS)
In this typical Bugs Bunny vs. Elmer Fudd cartoon, Bugs finally rids himself of Fudd. The final scene has Elmer actually being eaten by a Lion. Typically, he would be able to climb out. But not this time - and Bugs likes it that way!
Fictional lobby poster (while in a theatre); "Hopalong Shapiro".
Ah, the non-PC days...
Missing a finger, but hitting the mark (SPOILERS!)
What a fun film to watch. As a professional business to business salesperson, I sat down to watch this "documentary" because I truly enjoy the extremely democratic and free will world of sales.
Having 10 years of experience, I recognized all the different types introduced in the movie. It hurts to watch "The Badger". He's next to be cut. He thinks too much - a sure way to lose your edge in sales. The direct sales manager chafed me - who wouldn't dislike his jock mentality, bloated neck and equal sized ego? Going through the role-playing doing the hard sell to the point of intimidation - grrrr. But then again, the point isn't making friends...it's selling!
The leads the fellows pursue are extremely qualified, and yet a few of the salesmen bumble with stupid stuff - bad addresses, etc...They churn through the objections like an assembly line.
Lastly, it was interesting to learn of The Rabbit's instant empathy-building tool and conversation starter - his right hand. I thought when I first saw him that he would be a good producer! Notice in the scene shot from the rear seat of the car while he is driving. He waves bye to The Badger and you'll notice he has no middle finger on his right hand. It's gone, clear down past the knuckle in the fist. Surely anyone meeting him at first would notice shaking hands, and if not then, when he shows the book with his hands. This disfigurement isn't drastic or horrific, but it certainly will lower a prospects guard - allowing The Rabbit an opportunity to close!
Jackass: The Movie (2002)
Anything left in that bottle?
I saw jackass while in Des Moines on business. Nothin' legal to do in the hotel, so I went to the Copper Creek cineplex hoping to find something to watch. Jackass was about it. I'm watching it along with 2 other bored people. I laughed damn hard recalling my stupid college days. So there I am watching these guys in the movie having fun while I'm in my later 30's sitting virtually alone in a crappy theater box on a dark November night on a business trip. Whoa, the reality!
Even grass can't hide this turkey
That's right, smoke a bowl and you'll still tire quickly of this classic piece of junk from the 70's. It's not funny, it's not entertaining, and it's barely laughable. Not even good for ridicule MST3K tradition.
Give this one a wide berth. Why Penny Marshall and Meathead are in this...maybe they owed someone a favor. Who knows.
Bang Bang Kid (1967)
A Spaghetti Westworld Comedy? Charming!
Tom Bosley pulls off a surprisingly funny performance in this odd-ball Italian western tale. Some camp, a good-looking girl, a handsome guy and some baddies. Oh yes, an overweight robot Sheriff!
My favorite quote - "In the hands of a woman, even a broken machine can do better than a man."
See it for fun - you'll be afraid at first that it will become a bore-fest but it really is charming.
Carnival Story (1954)
There's A Reason to Be Skeptical of Carnies
Baxter is trained for the high-diving act, and her trainer/partner in the act waits until they both stand at the very top, 100 ft up. Then, as she prepares for her dive, he announces "Willie...I love you...and I want to marry you. I waited until now to tell you." Say what? Let's get this straight. You are a high diver, doing a dangerous routine. Everything about your act is highly structured and professional. To do otherwise is suicide. But in this case you'll make an exception?!
Besides this unlikely and plain stupid event, the rest of the film is the standard "I love him, but he's so bad" routine. Add in the obligatory mid-century Freaks with their prejudiced behavior (fat lady is too happy, etc.) and you'll learn, as I experienced, why this movie is shown at 3 AM on television interspersed with "can-around" and "diet pill" offers.
It Conquered the World (1956)
Peter Graves gives the most dramatic speech of the 50's at the very end of this flick. Fast forward to 60 minutes (of a 70 minute movie) to catch all the action and the harrowing conclusion of..."It Conquered the World"!
"He learned almost too late...that man is a feeling creature. And because of it the greatest in the universe. He learned too late for himself that men have to find their own way to make their own mistakes. There can't be any gift of perfection from outside theirselves. And when men seek such perfection, they find only death...fire...loss...disillusionment; the end of everything thats gone forward. Men have always sought the end of toil and misery, but it can't be given. It has to be achieved! There is hope, but it has to come from inside...of the man himself."
Mad Max (1979)
Cundalini Wants His Hand Back!
If you're a real man and you like sci fi, wackos, cool cars, trick bikes, demolition camper trailers and bad guys vs. good guys, then this is your movie. Oh yeah, you ought to be at least 35 years old to appreciate some of the production values. This isn't slick, and can get too sentimental in a 70's flashback kinda way (soft-focus lenses...)
I saw Road Warrior (Mad Max 2) in 82 in the theater before I saw this, so it was nourishing to find Max's roots. I still am depressed about Thunderdome...who wants to see their heros develop?!?!?
Get yourself a Rondo (the thirst crusher) 'cause your get hot and thirsty watchin' dis one, mate!