Some movie lines have woven their way into Americana. Recently, I was walking in Times Square in Manhattan. While I was negotiating my way across the street, a cab driver tried to turn right, and, bluff his way against the oncoming pedestrians. Before I could even say it, a man in his fifties exclaimed, “I’m walkin’ here”.
I overheard the ensuing discussion between the man and his female friend. “What movie was that?” “Who said it?”
I'm Walkin Here - Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy
My mind entered the game uninvited. What movie was that? It had the name “Cowboy” in the title, but, I always get “Drugstore Cowboy”, “Urban Cowboy” and “Midnight Cowboy” mixed up.
In the post, I mentioned that one of my favorite “British” movies is “Empire of the Sun”, one of the early works of Steven Spielberg.
Remember in “Empire of the Sun” when the young boy is lost, and, we follow him in the crowd by noticing his red jacket? I have always thought Spielberg saved the idea, and, used it again.
Years later, in “Schindler’s List”, Spielberg uses a red jacket (this time in a black and white movie) so that we can follow the young girl. Please see the two pictures, one from “Empire of the Sun”, the other from “Schindler’s List”.
Kudos to Isabelle Fuhrman who played the female “tribute” from District 2.
Movie poster for The Hunger Games
I recently saw the blockbuster movie, The Hunger Games. First, let me say that I can’t believe that this movie is rated only PG-13 by the MPAA. Maybe I’m out of touch, but a movie about kids hunting down and killing other kids… I’m thinking “R”. But, that’s just me.
Hi there, Woody Allen fans!
So, here’s a quote that i distinctly remember from one of my favorite Woody Allen movies.
It’s tonight’s trivia question:
In what Woody Allen movie did a character quote E.E. Cummings,
“nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands”?
That’s the trivia question for this week.
using google is no fair… and no fun.
And speaking of E.E. Cummings: “Master of Trivia” designation for this extra answer: In what sitcom/drama tv show did Bruce Willis speak the line, “E-baby, use some caps”?
Is there anything better than finding a great diamond in the rough? That’s one reason foreign and indie films are so wonderful.
Here’s a foreign film from the 1980′s that I recommend – “My Life as a Dog”.
The director of “My Life as a Dog” is Lasse Hallstrom. The Swedish director would later put his talents to use on such diverse projects as “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” (starring Johnny Depp), “Chocolat” (starring Juliet Binoche who also starred in “Three Colors – Blue”), and, “The Cider House Rules” (starring a young Tobey Maguire, and, an equally young Charlize Theron).
“My Life as a Dog” is an understated coming-of-age movie about a young boy who must cope with the loss of his mother. The title refers to Laika, the first dog in space aboard an unmanned Russian Sputnik capsule.
If you like Jennifer Lawrence, be sure to see “Winter’s Bone”.
Jennifer Lawrence, who stars in the “The Hunger Games”, gives a riveting performance as a young girl out to save her family in “Winter’s Bone.” John Hawkes plays her uncle. Both were nominated for an Academy Award for their performances. “Winter’s Bone” was also nominated for “Best Picture” and “Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay”.
Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes in Winter's Bone
The setting is rural Missouri. You’ll be struck by the poverty and the “hand-to-mouth” existence that we want to believe is no longer a reality in America. The visual images look like they belong in Jacob Riis’ “How the Other Half Lives”, and, not in the modern day United States.
Is it even possible to be cuter than Carey Mulligan?
Carey Hannah Mulligan will be starring as Daisy in the remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” The Roaring Twenties will come back to life as a new generation puts its stamp on this classic. Ms. Mulligan will bring to the silver screen the role also played by Mira Sorvino and Mia Farrow.
Of course, this site is in development. (Sort of obvious).
Soon, I will be posting my 101 favorite movies. Movies are very personal; so, I don’t expect my list of favorites to match your list of favorites. Some of these are everybody’s favorites, some are obscure independent films, and, some are just as obscure foreign films.
I look forward to your comments about the movies that I post. I also hope that you will share your favorite movies, and, tell us all why you love the films you love.