This was a very perceptive thing for a public figure to say: I’VE DONE TOO MANY STUPID THINGS FOR THERE NOT TO BE MOVIES MADE ABOUT ME WHEN I’M DEAD, SO I MIGHT AS WELL WRITE THE SCRIPT. — GEORGE MICHAEL Continue reading George Michael on Bio Films
I BELIEVE IN CENSORSHIP. I MADE A FORTUNE OUT OF IT. — MAE WEST Continue reading Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining. Well, Some Clouds.
I THINK IT’S ALWAYS HARD FOR PEOPLE TO GET THEIR HEADS AROUND THE FACT THAT POPULIST, COMMERCIAL FILMS CAN ALSO BE GREAT WORKS OF ART. — HELEN MIRREN Continue reading Another Helen Mirren Quote
THE WHOLE “R” RATING DEPENDS ON A STRANGE SORT OF FANTASY LAND WHERE ALL ADULTS ARE RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE, AND CHILDREN ONLY EVER GO TO THE CINEMA WITH THEIR PARENTS. — HELEN MIRREN Continue reading Helen Mirren is a Realist
(Disclosure: This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page.) Actor Tim Curry, now semi-retired, has appeared in movies that fall on every point of the quality spectrum. Depending on the audience, he’s most likely to be noted for portraying Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show or the Plaza Hotel concierge in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. However, those aren’t his only films, and two of the most obscure are among the best. Pass The Ammo (1988), a comedy co-starring Annie Potts, depicts a Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker-type couple operating a sham TV ministry. … Continue reading Forgotten Tim Curry Classics
Update: I’m sorry I don’t have the documentation, but a little while ago I heard someone on NPR say Marni Nixon’s work on classic films was uncredited because at that time people were under serious pressure to keep her work confidential. That conflicts with my earlier impression, and the content of this blog post was based on the early impression. As the Milli Vanilli scandal proved, part of the time singers who dub voices go uncredited. We don’t have any way of knowing how often it happens. However, there’s no real scandal when it’s common knowledge — or at least … Continue reading R.I.P. Marni Nixon
Last night, while doing online research — or farting around on the computer, depending on your vantage point — I found a listing for an excellent live action short film. I paid a small fee to buy the movie, and downloaded it onto a device. The running time of The New Tenants is about twenty-one minutes, and the basic information is included in the link below. Note: Buying or renting the movie is recommended if you plan to watch it. Although it’s possible to watch many videos for free, indie filmmakers generally don’t turn a big profit on their work. We can show … Continue reading The New Tenants (2009)
Do any of you remember the 1975 movie Sheila Levine Is Dead And Living In New York? It’s based on the novel of the same name by Gail Parent. I read the novel first, and it didn’t click with me. The central character seemed a little too cold and self-absorbed. In the movie, Sheila has more empathy. Maybe you’ll be disappointed if you rent this film. A lot of people don’t care for it, and maybe with good reason. It didn’t deserve the abuse from critics, though. They could have given it one star and found something gracious to say, but they were critics. … Continue reading The Critics Trashed This Film, But I Love It