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The Twilight Zone
Those very black days between the assassination of JFK and the arrival of the sixties with the Beatles in February. Sally & Bobby are my little sister & brother, & I'm glued to the set with them. Incredible time machine. People still are trying to understand that time, or why it continues to define a generation who grew up practicing air raid drills under desks. Watching "On the Beach". being told during the Cuban missile crisis that if I knew how to pray, this was the time to pray. "Mad Men" is a great show but its appeal is more than the story line. Sally playing with the dry-cleaning bag and Betty warns that if her clothes are all over the floor, she'll be in trouble. If you didn't live it, you can see it 100% accurately in this excellent, riveting, fabulous show.
Gripping, terrifying, emotionally wrenching.
If only it were fiction...
"Munich" is an outstanding movie from the one director today who consistently hands us outstanding movies, making his own mark of excellence higher to reach. How can a movie maker do it again, after "Saving Private Ryan" and "Schindler's List" have slammed the moviegoer between the eyes?
"Munich" begins with the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the "peace" Olympics in Munich. The Israeli mission to hunt down and kill those responsible for planning the assassination is the movie's story. A team of 5 men, previously unknown to each other, none of whom is a trained killer or assassin, is assembled and their job is to seek and destroy those who were responsible for the massacre. Their leader is a man who has "the most boring job in the country", as he describes it to his wife; nervous, frightened-looking, inept at first, he and his team begin their mission and their discovery of killing, passion, fear, loyalty, paranoia, and the ability to retain a sense of morality in a world that increasingly shows none. Chilling, terrifying, exciting and dreadful, in the true sense of the word.
For myself, the most compelling moment was when Avner, the leader of the team, in the midst of the horror of what he is becoming, telephones his wife and hears his baby daughter for the first time. Avner's face crumbles as he weeps for what he once had, once was, once thought was so boring but was so innocent, what he can never have again.
Woody's valentine to Chaplin, Lloyd, Keystone Kops and all great slapstick movies.
Funny, absoluteley funny in physical comedy slapstick - Woody's valentine to all the greats -- from his walk to his winding of giant projection tape to his pratfalls -- perfect. His political satire is sharp 60's and 70's; trademark themes of sex, death, religion run all through it. Diane Keaton is pre-Annie Hall - same words, different melody - she thinks she appears stupid, and when she smartens up, he rues the day he introduced her to knowledge.