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The Big Mouth (1967)
It is a great break from the routine movie, a chance to giggle and laugh.
Jerry Lewis is a transitionalist between Vaudevillian slapstick and today's one liner comedic actors. In the Big Mouth, Jerry executes his humor with finesse. Younger audiences perhaps wouldn't enjoy this movie due to its lack of explicit sex, strong language, and graphic violence. That is exactly what makes this movie attractive. It is a great break from the routine movie, a chance to giggle and laugh. It is a good story that could be remade today into a suspense or comedy. Jerry shows his ability to be a flexible actor. Susan Bay was likewise good for her first starring role.
A Knight's Tale (2001)
Should attain a good cult following ie., Princess Bride, and The Wizard of Oz, making it a timeless classic.
So many films are produced every year yet most, despite good acting, filming and directing, blend into the masses with typicalness; ie., we would say, "It's a typical adventure... (drama, or comedy)." Yet Knights Tale has a uniqueness to stand a head above the rest. It is a fun movie for the sake of entertainment, giving its viewers a pleasant escape from everyday affairs. It has heros, battles between the forces of good and evil, villains, fair maidens, loyalty, triumph of good over bad, and true love. Possessing all the elements of a great adventure it creates the desire to be enjoyed over and over, the breeding of a timeless classic.
Brian Helgeland, the writer and director, brings to vivid life the ancient sport of tournament jousting in Europe and blends it tastefully with modern music and and current day expressions and icons. Normally an undertaking of this sort results in a work of mediocrity, but not so for Brian.
The cinematography deserves mentioning. I only detected one scene of CGI. So, all the action scene shooting is real. The sets displayed period accuracy and craftsmanship to a high level of expectancy.
If I was on the Oscar Nomination Committee, Knights Tale would receive votes from me in several categories; writing, directing, actor in leading role, best picture, art direction, and cinematography.
This is a must see adventure!!!
The Cocoanuts (1929)
This is the primer of all the Marx Brothers' movies.
I cannot say that I like one Marx Brothers' movie more than another. They all were great. Generally, people who watch this team don't care about sub-standard cinematography, out of place dance routines, poor sound quality and so on. For the most part, these deficiencies by which we judge movies today, should not be of concern when viewing early films. Otherwise, they all were crummy pictures.
What made the early film industry "Gods and Goddesses" who they were, were them; what they as actors and actresses gave to the character. The best made there characters live... on the celluloid and in the minds of their viewers. This can be elaborated on at length, but back to "The Cocoanuts" and the Marx Brothers. This all does relate to this movie, you know.
This movie is a fore gleam of the great entertainment the Marx Brothers would supply across nearly five decades. The brilliance of their comedic routines, precision tit for tats, and one liners are all here in this their first talkie.
If you have not seen "The Cocoanuts,"... see it!