Movie Buff

I guess it’s no secret I’m a bit of a movie buff. It is a curious kind of lazy indulgent hobby that might be analogous to wading through a field of muck (picture hip high boots here) in search of the occasional pearl. It’s the pearl that makes it all worthwhile.

There was some silly thing on the other day, on Showtime I think; a movie about an all woman bank robber gang back in the late 19th century. They played out this scene that was a stone cold rip-off from the Magnificent Seven in which the James Coburn character beats a fellow in a quick-draw contest. Coburn had a knife and the other fellow had a gun. I was really tickled by the scene because the scene in the Magnificent Seven was actually stolen from Akira Kurosawa’s movie the Seven Samurai. Each stolen vignette managed to be less artful that the last. <sigh>

I watched Twilight a week or so ago. And I understand now why it was such a complete rave with young people. Most movies these days targeted at teenage viewers are bad formula pieces that portray kids as vain, violent, stupid, and shallow. Twilight was nothing of the sort. The movie was smart, the characters were real, and the plot was compelling. It was a vampire movie though, probably representing another important evolution of the genre: Bram Stoker’s original; Bela Lugosi’s Dracula; Steven King’s Salem’s Lot; Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire; and now Twilight. Each evolution will be copiously imitated. Note that each imitation will be less artful than the last. Who really remembers Count Yorga Vampire after all?

Another kid flick I’ve watched on Showtime over the past couple of weeks is Charlie Bartlett played by Anton Yelchin. This was another rare smart movie for kids that will probably rank up there with The Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgement High, and Ferris Buehler’s Day Off as a flick for a generation. I really like the young Anton Yelchin who also played Pavel Chekov in the new Star Trek movie… that I’ve watched about a dozen times now. lol

Yesterday I watched The Maltese Falcon (on TCM of course). I would have loved to include some of Dashiell Hammett’s dialog from the movie in my Google-proof trivia contest. But of course the entire thing is instantly Googlable. There’s this great scene in which the young gunman Wilmer (Elisha Cook Jr.) shoves a pistol into Sam’s (Humphrey Bogart) gut and says “they’re going to be picking iron out of your liver.” Spade retorted, “The cheaper the crook the gaudier the patter!”

Bud’s Google-proof Trivia Contest

Who is this young man?

The first correct answer, posted as a reply to this blog post, wins a free copy of the March Jokers Notebook.

The best answer, posted as a reply to this blog post, wins a free copy of the March Jokers Notebook.

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4 Responses to “Movie Buff”

  1. Laurie Says:

    One of my student’s first guesses was Whoppi Goldberg….LOL We have decided on Tyler Perry.

  2. Michelle Blumenthal Says:

    Gary Coleman

  3. Erica Says:

    Denzel Whitaker, actor, The Great Debators and Training Day among others.

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