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Everything posted by EricJ

  1. Although the "Billy Shears" intro was the abandoned concept-album idea that we were hearing a "concert" by SPLHCB, that the Beatles hoped would go on tour for them. Ringo did write "Octopus's Garden", and it, um....does sound like one of his. 😐 (Albeit on the Abbey Road album, where they were all just doing their own solo messes anyway.) I still can't understand how this never became one of Netflix's Beat Bugs episodes... Ringo's funny in Caveman for above-mentioned movie-star affability reasons, but as for the movie itself, I'll agree with the one critic who called it "Proof of the rampant cocaine problem in (early-80's) Hollywood."
  2. Oh whew--I was going to say Last Year at Marienbad, but that WOULD be an accurate description. Now I'm going back to watch the movie about the frustrated artist who develops a hobby with 30's art-deco, and teams up with an aging contractor to real-estate-flip a condemned Los Angeles arena.
  3. It is not what it seems. TCM's own schedules have also since fixed (and fired, no doubt) the hipster intern wag who wrote: 🙄👏
  4. "Poverty"'s a good track, but Morricone's more iconic OUTIA track was the one that made me look up more Morricone films:
  5. The clue of the victim "grunting rudely", which the movie awkwardly glosses over, was, in some versions, supposed to point to the killer using the stolen hypodermic to give the victim a paralyzing drug to throw off the time of death. (Or at least was the case in the David Suchet version, I haven't seen the book or play.) Still, at least this is one of the last "good" Golan/Globus versions of Agatha Christie that relatively follows the more respectable Peter Ustinov A-movie formulas. G/G's version of Ten Little Indians (1989) set at a safari outpost has also finally surfaced on streaming, and, um...WOW. That one's a little closer to what you'd picture from "Golan/Globus does Agatha Christie as a Cannon picture". 😱
  6. I'd already seen it, but our school managed to get the local theater to show a 4th-grade field-trip screening, so we all walked out of the school to go see it..Two blocks away! (Woohoo! The 70's days of small-town main-street theaters! 🤘😁 ) Not sure if 4th/5th-grade were up on all the long historical discussions, but they did like the funny parts with Ben Franklin. The teachers did have to apologize for John Adams' constant "Good God!" and other PG language. The only other time we had a cross-town movie trip was for the 1974 "Huckleberry Finn", but I don't recall any others afterwards.
  7. Well, you're right, it wasn't. It's just that Warner is literally stack-of-bibles convinced that the public has, quote, "forgotten" about Bugs Bunny and the Looney Toons--except for the misplaced children-of-the-90's love for the obnoxious basketball movie--simply because we're not watching the insufferable Cartoon Network versions, or those crappy new HBOMax versions that took Elmer Fudd's gun away. And, thoroughly convinced of that self-delusion, they equally literally believe they have no other way of marketing the Looneys into their "Next Franchise" horse race. So, they're calling up all the NBA stars they know, and seeing whose agent picks up the phone.
  8. King wrote the book because he wanted to return to the character - But Warner did the movie because the studio's panickingly going through a shopping list of what they can prop up as literally "The NEXT New Warner Classic Franchise", now that the once-reliable Batman, Harry Potter and Frodo Baggins have now permanently spent themselves out, leaving the formerly smug studio adrift without a Plan B. (And although being exiled to digital wasn't Scooby-Doo's fault, Wonder Woman may be next on the unemployment line, just sayin...) And, in addition to currently flogging the last sorry drop out of Wizard of Oz, Gremlins, A Christmas Story, Willy Wonka and Space Jam to find something that fans will sit up, bark, and flock to endless sequels/prequels/Legacy-quels/solo-spinoffs of, they've somehow hit it into their heads that the original Kubrick Shining was "a classic decade-iconic Big-80's Movie", just because it was a cult-reference plot point in Ready Player One...Say, King already had a sequel ready! How fortunate, this will simplify everything! And judging from Sleep's fate at the box office, okay, Warner, note to ourselves. Just try not to make the Space Jam sequel quite as obnoxious this time. 🙄
  9. As you can see from the poster, under its "Scent of Mystery" title, it was not only faux-Cinerama, but also "The first picture in Smell-O-Vision", with clues heightened by aromas pumped in through the theater air conditioning. (No, not "Scratch & sniff", John Waters came up with that later.) Nice idea, but eh, it'll never replace television. It'll never work.
  10. Whoa. Cool! (I'm in my 50's too, btw.)
  11. Reiner scripted the "It May Look Like a Walnut" episode, and until the first cast read-through, producer Sheldon Leonard reportedly didn't want to do the script because he couldn't understand a page of it. 😵 Leonard didn't invent the "Hey, bud..." racetrack tout on Jack Benny's radio show, but he did continue it on the 50's TV show. To this day, when you imitate a back-alley con-man, there's a good chance you're probably imitating Leonard's voice. Rob: [can't contain his laughs] "Um, honey....(snicker!)...Did any mail come for me today?"
  12. And those who wondered when David Bradley, aka "Argus Filch" of Hogwarts ("Oh, dear, Mr. Potter, we are in trouble, aren't we?...") was ever going to fulfill his destined role in life of playing a seedy Dickens character, he has a small role as Gaffer's partner Rogue Riderhood.
  13. Because there great too. Did I mention there great too? Y'know, just because.
  14. Rob: "Now, Alan, as Laura's husband, I insist that whatever you were about to say to Laura, you say to me first!" Alan: "Okay, Rob, I'll say this: 'You're a beautiful girl!'...No, no, I mean it, sweetheart!"
  15. Costner didn't direct Waterworld - That was his old hack directing pal Kevin Reynolds, from way back. Now, as to The Postman (1997) , Costner's actor/director career infamously had no one else to blame... (Just recently, I dug up an old Siskel & Ebert clip from 1990, where the two had liked "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves", and Siskel was doing a special editorial that week on "Why is Costner taking such guff from the critics and audience right now for his Robin Hood performance?...Is Hollywood JEALOUS of his success?" Ohh, Gene...Posterity looks back at our national innocence back then, and shakes its head. 😑 )
  16. Here's one nobody mentions: Hackman phoning in a day's work--almost literally as well as figuratively--as the offscreen voice of God in Two of a Kind (1983). The one-day-at-the-mike boredom is more palpable than his onscreen one in Superman IV.
  17. Oh, whew--I thought I had to celebrate with early 80's Canadian Film Development Corporation tax-shelter movies. 🇨🇦🏒 😩 Fortunately, a quick check on IMDb showed that included Meatballs (1979), Heavy Metal (1981), and David Cronenberg:
  18. (Now, see, I always thought it was young Neil Simon...) (Rob & Buddy think the inventors of the flying saucer are enemy spies: ) Inventor: "This new invention will make us the rulers of the toy world!" Buddy: "...You guys are toys??"
  19. And (as the risk of SPOILERS) just think what Disney could have done with Herbert Lom as Captain Nemo....
  20. Up to that episode, we were never even supposed to SEE Alan Brady--He always had his back to the camera, sitting in his Big Office chair, except for the special "Christmas With Alan Brady" episode, where he was disguised in a Santa suit. Reiner as a director was...hit or very miss, but he hit with John Denver and George Burns in Oh, God! (1977), and the Steve Martin's Early Movie Career Trilogy: Reiner: "Schweinhundt!" Martin: "Jerk!" Reiner: ".... 😡 !!" - Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
  21. And let's not even discuss Brendan Fraser in a truly baffling and name-only Dudley Do-Right (1999), which only thought it was cashing in on Disney's George of the Jungle (1997). 😲 Like that Leslie Nielsen "Mr. Magoo" and that Disney "Underdog", Classic Media didn't care HOW they got their icon-license movies. (And to even try and delve Fraser's worst movie would cause irreparable psychological damage...)
  22. TBF, Robert DeNiro CAN be funny, in The King of Comedy or Meet the Parents, and especially SNL. Just not in this movie, where nobody has a hope of being funny with the sour, snarky, hipster, franchise-plugging script that's wayyy too in love with itself for its own good.
  23. Warren Beatty has the perfect face for playing a dimbulb, but when he actually does it, you sort of feel sorry for him compared to his other and off-screen characters. 🙁
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