Wednesday, February 25, 2004

A Man for All Seasons (1966) is one of those respectable classic historical movies that is actually good. Good acting, good sets, and a healthy dose of personal drama to go along with the historical plot make for a good 3-hour viewing experience. The plot is a sort of inevitable slide to death for the main character, Sir Thomas More, which is a bit of a downer -- but hey, I said it was a historical movie, right? How many of those are cheery?

Saturday, February 21, 2004

The Fortune Cookie (1966), directed Billy Wilder and starring Walter Mathau and Jack Lemmon is the not-too-funny comedy about a guy who's lawyer brother-in-law convinces him to fake a spinal cord injury after he gets run into by a football player so that he can sue everyone and get rich. Maybe it's not a comedy at all and that's why I was disappointed.

The movie gets its name from the message inside of a fortune cookie that says "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time".

Now, I've seen a lot of fortune cookies, and I know for a fact that that's way too many words to fit on that little scrap of paper. But, because I wasn't totally sure that this couldn't really be a real fortune cookie, I went looking around at custom fortune cookie sites (check out e-fortunecookie.com) and generally the rule seems to be 3 lines of 40 characters. So, 120 characters...including spaces. This phrase is 143 characters. It's actually much closer than I would have thought.

Sunday, February 15, 2004

After the Fox (1966) is one of those great movies that starts with a cartoon...for the kiddies, and stars Peter Sellers, for the ladies...er something like that. It was a good movie. It could have been shorter, but maybe that's just cause we were tired.

"The Fox" is an Italian thief (that reminds me that I made some super-good pasta last night...Spaghetti Vodka. yum.). He devised an elaborate scheme to smuggle the gold of Cairo into Italy by pretending that he's making a movie about it. So, of course there were all the wacky jokes about how people who make movies are so wacky...which is one of my pet peeves. "Hey guys, I got a great idea. Let's make a movie about making a movie! Just look at all the wacky stuff that goes on around here!"

Our journey into 1966 continues with "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". This is the outrageous film adaptation of a musical by Steve Sondheim, starring Zero Mostel and some other people. Margaret and I both fell asleep (but we saw most of it). It was ok...but, in my opinion, it felt like they just went to the high school gym and filmed the drama club's presentation of the play...not that the actors were all 16 years old, but that it wasn't really adapted for film very well.

Margaret was just interested in how the ancienct Romans got ahold of so much hairspray.

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Today we kicked off our journey into 1966 by watching Barefoot in the Park, starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.
In this fabulous romantic comedy, two young newlyweds move into an apartment on the 5th floor of a building in New York and all sorts of wackyness ensues. Jane Fonda plays Chris and Robert Redford plays me as a fuddy-duddy stuffed shirt. They went to an Albanian restaurant! Shama shama elma commama!

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