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Born Yesterday (1950)
Take a Holliday.
Broderick Crawford was great.William Holden was great.The real treasure of this film was Judy Holliday.To play the dumb blonde to the absolute hilt and watch her character slowly become educated to the ways of the world thanks to Holden was a delight.Her character,by the end of the film,was more educated,yet she managed to hang on to that ditsy innocence that made her so appealing in the beginning of the film.This is a feel good story with Crawford as the gruff shady business man who happens to be Holliday's fiancé,who managed to keep Holliday's character in what he felt was her place until Holden,a man he trusted,craftily swept her away.Well done.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Funny,underneath the bad language.
Having assigned myself to review this film,I knew pretty much what to expect from it by it's reputation and rating..I deduct points for foul language.It's just me.It's how I roll.Peel away all of that and you have a fairly funny "mockumentary" here.Rob Reiner did a fantastic job of bringing the film across as a real documentary,and Michael McKean and company as Spinal Tap were dead on.They had Ozzy Osbourne fooled into thinking it was the real deal,after all,so that alone says they did their jobs well.Did I laugh? In places,yes.Would I buy it? No,because I've grown to long in the tooth for films overrun with foul language,plus I have small kids.It was a nice visit,but it's doubtful I will visit again.
Raising Arizona (1987)
Wall to wall silliness..A joy to watch.
Normally,I have a problem with any film or TV series that depicts child endangerment,but Raising Arizona is the exception to this.At it's core,the story is a fairly serious one,but there is so much wall to wall silliness permeating the film that it is impossible to take seriously,so all is forgotten there fairly quickly.Each character has his or her own unique quirkiness which adds to the humor.It was perfectly casted with very well known actors and actresses willing to take a chance on these newcomers,the Cohen Brothers,who were still fairly new to Hollywood at the time.The gamble paid off.We have a winner here.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Definite inspiration for the modern day dark comedy
This is definitely the most off the wall and bizarre film that I have ever seen involving Cary Grant and very against type for it's era..Grant was great as usual in this very different setting.The film,I believe helped set the stage for the dark comedies to come in the modern era.I love how the two elderly spinsters are totally oblivious to the fact that they are doing wrong and Grant's discovery and reaction to this.Each character is colorful in his or her own way and lends much to the story.Most who are absorbed in modern film without much experience in watching older era films might take offense in regards to mental illness being used for laughs here,but it was a different time and that must be taken into consideration.Raymond Massey and Peter Lorre do a great job of lending a horror film touch in the middle of the laughs..I like it!
Being There (1979)
Intelligent Comedy.Sellers was brilliant!
Most people only think of Inspector Clouseau when it comes to Peter Sellers.It seems unfair because Peter Sellers was way too talented to be associated with just one role.He saved his best work for last as he took on the role of Chauncey Gardiner in Being There.His portrayal of this child like man is one of the most brilliant performances I have ever seen.It was definitely worthy of an Oscar in my opinion.I don't know if I have seen all of the Best Actor nominees for that year,but if I haven't,I can't imagine any of the rest being better than ASellers' work in this film.I also loved the film's humor as the supporting characters took on Gardiner's childlike responses as a fresh new perspective.It was smart comedy.
There's Something About Mary (1998)
Great premise ruined by over the top,vulgar humor.
I like the premise of this movie a lot.Cameron Diaz was perfect in her role as Mary,the girl that every guy dreams of,although not always in a flattering way..Ben Stiller was a perfect lead.It had all the makings for a great comedy and in the eyes of many,it is a great comedy.Here's what killed it for me personally,however:The over the top GROSS humor.I'm just not into it,and I may well have nightmares about the,shall I say,bodily function humor contained here.It's embedded in my mind and it will,no doubt take a long time to shake it.It ruined what would have been an otherwise enjoyable viewing experience.I won't be visiting this film again.
The Thin Man (1934)
A new favorite to add to my classic section.
I have always loved a good mystery,especially mysteries with a touch or more of humor.I have heard much about The Thin Man series of films for years and tonight,I finally had the pleasure of viewing the first in the series.I can't believe I had waited such a long time to indulge in this wonderful film.William Powell and Myrna Loy have perhaps the best screen chemistry that I have ever witnessed.Their constant playful interaction was so mesmerizing that you forget momentarily that you are watching a murder mystery.The supporting cast is excellent right down to the dog,Asta,who I hear seldom in her movie career did they ever have to do more than one take in any scene she was in.A new favorite in my classics section.
Remember the Titans (2000)
Enjoy the film,look up the real facts later.
Being a football fan,I'm naturally drawn to any movie about football,particularly those based on true stories.The fact that Denzel Washington is one of my favorite actors has even more pull.From a historical standpoint,this was a story that needed to be told.I'm glad that the Disney company was in charge of telling it because that means that it will be void of most if not all unnecessary bad language.Hollywood takes it's usual liberties and dresses the story up in certain places,which makes it somewhat less historically accurate,but that's OK.You have an enjoyable film here,and if you want to know the real facts about the real people the story is based on,you can always educate yourself by looking them up.It's a great film.Enjoy!
Groundhog Day (1993)
Only Bill Murray could have pulled this off.
We all have days that can be classified as "do overs".Bad days where everything that could have gone wrong,did.It's where the classic line "I should have just stayed in bed" comes in.This film gives a new spin on "do over" days by granting Bill Murray's character several do overs to a day he would not have necessarily chosen to do over again.The first do over is filled with the expected surprise and bafflement and as the day continues to repeat,you get the classic Bill Murray and the reactions you have come to know,love,and expect from him.His character,as a result,gradually grows into a better person.It's fun,and it shouldn't be missed.
Making room for Harvey.
I loved the way this film makes the viewer sympathetic to it's main character.Seemingly,Jimmy Stewart's Elwood P. Dowd has a friend in the form of an over 6'0 tall rabbit named Harvey.To his friends and family,and to us the viewer,there is nothing there,but the camera makes allowances for him anyway by including him in nearly every shot that Dowd is in.The camera believes he is there,thereby making you believe he is,too.I like that.The only possible flaw I can see here in this film is it's now rather outdated approach to mental illness,but you overlook such things because you realize that times were different then.Jimmy Stweart shines as always,here,and the supporting cast is perfect.In particular,Josephine Hull was a delight I had never experienced before with her classic comic timing and reactions.Great film.