George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones starred in a very funny movie in 2003… the best comedy you have probably never seen… “Intolerable Cruelty”.

“Intolerable Cruelty” is about marriage for the sake of divorce, and, gold-digging raised to an art form.

Clooney plays a high-priced divorce attorney, Miles Massey, whose claim to fame is the “Massey Pre-Nup”. (“They devote a whole semester to it at Harvard Law School.”)

Movie Poster for Intolerable Cruelty starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones

Movie Poster for Intolerable Cruelty starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones

Catherine Zeta Jones plays the gold-digger, Marilyn, whose loyalties only extend to her divorce attorney (not her husbands).

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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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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

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.

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A few days ago, I posted an observation about Oscar’s love for British movies.

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.

Christian Bale stars in Empire of the Sun

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”.

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Kudos to Isabelle Fuhrman who played the female “tribute” from District 2.

Movie poster for The Hunger Games

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.

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Is it just me? Or does it seem that all you need to do to win an Oscar is to be in a movie that takes place in the Mother country?

Mind you, I like British culture… and I have liked many movies that are set in Britain, or, feature British actors or actresses.

Movie poster for The King's Speech

But, come on. I have long speculated that Academy voters have a bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to the level of culture across the pond.

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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”?

picture of Woody Allen

Woody Allen

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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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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

“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.

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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

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.

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Carey Mulligan -

picture of Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan




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.

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Welcome to Just Movies!

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.

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