Archive for the ‘My 101 Favorite Movies’ Category

“Leaving Las Vegas” is not a movie, it’s a film.

Movie Poster for Leaving Las Vegas starring Nicholas Cage and Elisabeth Shue

Movie Poster for Leaving Las Vegas starring Nicholas Cage and Elisabeth Shue

The movie stars Nicholas Cage as an alcoholic who has, quite literally, moved to Las Vegas to drink himself to death.

Elisabeth Shue stars as a prostitute who lives in Las Vegas on the good graces and cruelty of the men she meets.

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In an effort to make the internet more appealing to users (and increase sales), programmers have written software to highlight related stories, or, related products.

I’m sure you have seen on shopping sites, software points out similar products for the one you are viewing.

Humphrey Bogart - Rick in Casablanca - 1944 Best Picture

Humphrey Bogart - Rick in Casablanca - 1944 Best Picture

But, I give up – How are Humphrey Bogart and Laika related?

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I saw “Magic Mike” tonight. In fact, I saw alot of Magic Mike tonight. And I mean alot.

Movie Poster for Magic Mike directed by Steven Soderbergh

Movie Poster for Magic Mike directed by Steven Soderbergh

And so did the ladies. The theater was filled with about 99 percent women.

And there were audible sighs when Magic Mike appears naked in the first scene of the movie. (from behind, no frontal nudity…)

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Laika, the first dog in space, died aboard Sputnik 2 in 1957.

The Soviet Union officially claimed at the time that Laika was euthanized on Day 6 of the flight, just prior to oxygen depletion.

Laika was the Russian space dog aboard Sputnik 2 - the first animal in space

Laika was the Russian space dog aboard Sputnik 2 - the first animal in space

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I’m still thinking about various aspects of Citizen Kane.

In a previous post, I discussed the use of camera angles by Orson Welles.

I also mentioned a YouTube video that I had found explaining the use of low camera angles in order to give Charles Foster Kane an imposing profile.

Citizen Kane Low Camera Angle Technique by Orson Welles

Citizen Kane Low Camera Angle Technique by Orson Welles

You know how it is. I went on YouTube to see the video about the low camera angle technique used by Orson Welles.

(By putting the camera below the floor, and, looking up at Charles Foster Kane, Welles was able to present Kane as an intimidating, authoritative pose.)

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It’s a great movie when you’re still thinking about it a week later. Last week, I saw “Citizen Kane” on the big screen. And, I’m still thinking about the characters and themes.

The theme of the movie, it seems to me, was that Kane started out idealistic; but, over the passage of time, became increasingly self-focused.

Continue reading ‘“Citizen Kane” Redux – More about the Themes and Characters in Orson Welle’s Classic’ »

Is it just me?

I was listening to some old tunes on Youtube. I found a video of Jewel’s. My thought: Jewel looks a lot like Jennifer Lawrence.

So, here are some pictures:

Jennifer Lawrence of The Hunger Games and Winters Bone

Jennifer Lawrence of The Hunger Games and Winters Bone

The first picture is of Jennifer Lawrence, known most recently for her star performance in The Hunger Games. She is also in a very good, lower budget movie called Winter’s Bone.

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Here’s a snippet from a great article i found at The Blaze.

Orson Welles’ Oscar for Best Screenplay for “Citizen Kane” was auctioned off for almost $900,000.

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I was lucky enough tonight to see the movie, “Citizen Kane” at a one-time showing at a local theater.

Movie Poster for one time showing of Citizen Kane - Orson Welles was only 25

Movie Poster for one time showing of Citizen Kane - Orson Welles was only 25

After the movie, I was asking myself the question, “How old was Orson Welles when he did Citizen Kane?” And by “did”, I mean, he co-wrote, directed, and, played the lead.

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“Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael”, a 1990 comedy/drama starring Winona Ryder, Jeff Daniels, and, Laila Robins, used to have a firm place on my list of Top 101 Movies.

movie poster for Welcome Home Home Roxy Carmichael - You Only Fall in Love for the First Time Once

Movie Poster for Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael ' "You only fall in love for the fist time once."

While the movie about the anticipated return of Roxy Carmichael to her small home town has been nudged from the Top 101 list, it’s still a very good movie.

In fact, one of my favorite lines from any movie is spoken by Jeff Daniels, whose character was the boyhood sweetheart of the now superstar Roxy Carmichael.

As Jeff Daniels’ character reflects on his past, and, Winona Rider’s character’s present, he reflects, “You only fall in love for the first time once.”

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I have to admit a bias:  I hate movies that make fun of the South.  My take is this:  Movies (and television shows) are produced on the East Coast (New York) and the West coast (Los Angeles).

Movie Poster for My Cousin Vinny

Movie Poster for My Cousin Vinny

Since most people don’t find pleasure in making fun of themselves, the East Coast and West Coast collectively look for someone else for their comic relief.  The South is an easy target.  (So is the Midwest, but I don’t live in the Midwest… so those are kinda funny).  (joke).

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Avalon is on my “101 Favorite Movies” list. Avalon is also a great movie to watch on Thanksgiving Day.

The story of immigrants making their way in America, this generational drama shows the struggles and hopes of the new Americans of the early twentieth century. From large Thanksgiving celebrations, to the tight knit fabric of family, from starting a business to moving to the suburbs, this sweeping, ambitious movie tells the story of one immigrant family.

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“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2

Dorothy Day was a populist activist in the 1930′s. She tirelessly worked for the poor and disenfranchised, and, was called a “socialist” by her critics.

Movie Poster for Entertaining Angels The Dorothy Day Story starring Moira Kelly

Movie Poster for "Entertaining Angels, The Dorothy Day Story"

The movie “Entertaining Angels – The Dorothy Day Story” does not so much dwell on Dorothy Day’s political leanings. The focus of the movie is her compassion for the less fortunate.

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In a recent post about the wartime classic, Casablanca, I mentioned that Dooley Wilson, who played the jovial piano player Sam, was not even nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

The man at the center of one of the most iconic scenes in American cinema didn’t get a nomination. I decided to do some more investigating.

It gets worse. Much worse.

Dooley Wilson Plays the Piano as Sam in Casablanca

Dooley Wilson Plays the Piano as Sam in Casablanca

In the original closing credits for Casablanca, Dooley Wilson’s name is nowhere to be found. The man who sang “As Time Goes By” had to watch time pass him by until his death in 1953 at the age of 67.

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“Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’”

And so, those were the words of the lovely Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) as she finds herself in Rick’s in the 1942 classic, Casablanca.

Movie aficionados also know that Rick (Humphrey Bogart) never said “Play it again, Sam.”

He said, “You played it for her. You can play it for me. If she can stand it, I can. Play it.”

Ingrid Bergman - Ilsa in Casablanca (1944 Best Picture)

Ingrid Bergman - Ilsa in Casablanca (1944 Best Picture)

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In what movie did a young Dennis Quaid reflect on his character’s position in life, “To them it’s a dirty word. To me, it’s just something else I never got a chance to be”?

Dennis Quaid in 1979

Dennis Quaid in 1979, who also says in the movie, he’ll be “twenty year old Mike, thirty year old Mike, mean old man Mike.”

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