Archive for January, 2011

Oldies

I’ve been watching some old movies recently, and quite enjoying the experience.

Are there any old movies that you all consider classic and that you think I should watch?  Let me know what you think!

I went to the comedian, Daren Streblow, who performed at Jamestown College last night.

I didn’t expect much, to be honest, and I was pleasantly surprised.  He was hilarious.  He is probably the best clean comedian I’ve heard.  Of course, he has to be pretty funny, since he’s opened for Weird Al.

Streblow is from Minnesota, so he understands humor from this area better than many comedians I’ve heard.

If you want to check out some of his material, you can go to his website:  http://www.darenstreblow.com/

“The Way I See It”

I re-watched the movie Temple Grandin, and I think it’s the best made-for-TV movie I’ve seen.

The acting is good, the cinematography is good, and the story is excellent.

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I would recommend you watch it at the earliest convenient time.  At the risk of sounding lame, I would say it is inspiring.

Quote Quiz – 1.28.11 – ANSWERS

1.  ”I’m not very tall either. Next time I’ll come on stilts, wear a white tie and carry a tennis racket.” – Philip Marlowe, The Big Sleep

2.  ”Hold on, Sugar! Daddy’s got a sweet tooth tonight!” – Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask, The Mask

3.  ”Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges.” – Gold Hat, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

4.  ”I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.” – Bruce the shark, Finding Nemo

5.  ”You’ll thank me later.” – Adrian Monk, Monk

6.  ”I just stole fifty cars in one night! I’m a little tired, little *wired*, and I think I deserve a little appreciation!” – Memphis Raines, Gone in 60 Seconds

I watched The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) last night.  It starred Humphrey Bogart as a down-on-his-luck American in Mexico, who gets caught up in the gold craze.  I like Bogie, but I was more impressed with Tim Holt, Bogie’s side-kick.

These two Americans team up with another American, a gold-rush veteran, and set out to make their fortunes.  Because of the discussions early on about what gold does to men, viewers should not except everything to turn out well.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a good movie, directed by John Huston, who fathered the inimitable Anjelica Huston, and was the son of Walter Huston, who also appears in this movie.  What a family!

The Oscars approacheth

Here are the nominations for the Oscars:

http://www.imdb.com/features/oscars/2011/nominations

I have to say, this is probably the first time I agree with so many nominations for the Coen brothers.

Twitter-pated?

Well folks, I did it.  I am on Twitter.

For those of you who Tweet, you can follow me at www.twitter(dot)com/reelquickies

Why the sequels?

Why are so many sequels made of animated movies?  Such movies can be lame on their own, and the sequels are much worse.

For example, The Emperor’s New Groove was quite entertaining.  Kronk’s New Groove, on the other hand, put me to sleep.  Literally.

Are such sequels another example of the powers that be trying to milk the cash cow till it dies?  I’m afraid so.

Philosophical moment

Why are comedies not the same today?  Some are good, but there seems to be a plethora of bad comedy.

We’ve gone from movies like Dr. Strangelove and The Pink Panther to movies like Anchorman and Grown Ups.

Maybe the real problem is that I miss Peter Sellers.

1.  “Late is the hour in which this conjurer chooses to appear. ‘Lathspell’ I name him. Ill news is an ill guest.” – Grima Wormtongue, The Two Towers

2.  “Neurotypical people are obsessed with having friends. I’m only trying to help you get some.” – Linda, Snow Cake

3.  “How’d she die?” -  “It was sorta a do-it-yourself thing?” – Norah Lorkowski, Sunshine Cleaning

4.  “If a guy doesn’t call you, he doesn’t want to call you.” – Alex, He’s Just Not that Into You

5.  “I have introduced myself. You have introduced yourself. This is a very good conversation.” – Katsumoto, The Last Samurai