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June 15, 2005:

Father's Day Flicks; Ismail Merchant, 1935-2005; Deep Throat Revealed; Summer Movie Spotlight; Time Magazine's 100 Best Movies; Mailbag

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Speaking of Spielberg, excited to see his remake of The War of the Worlds?   Why not give a listen as well to the original radio broadcast that spooked a nation?  Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre production of H.G. Wells' Martian invasion novel, The War of the Worlds, told, in pseudo-documentary fashion, the story of alien spaceships landing in New Jersey.  Many who tuned in after the show had begun were convinced that the earth was under attack.  


BCLMC Mailbag


Glinda, from northern Oz, writes, "Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?"

I'm a loser movie geek.  Duh


WickedQueen, from high in her castle, writes, "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?"

She is.  Or maybe she is.  Or her, her, her, or her.  I told you I was a loser movie geek.  And then there's always her, her, her, her, and herHer. But not so much her

This issue of  BCLMC is brought to you all the way from the back row by Media Assistant  Patrick "Jack's Dad" Jewell.  Tell your friends.

Four Fine Father's Day Flicks


To Kill a Mockingbird - Gregory Pack plays the noble single dad and southern lawyer, Atticus Finch, in this wonderful adaptation of the Harper Lee novel about a brother and sister whose father defends a young black man against rape charges.   Look for a young Robert Duvall as Boo Radley. 


A Bronx Tale - Robert De Niro plays against type as a hardworking, blue collar father who's trying to keep his son from falling in with the glamorous dangers of mob life in 1950's New York City.  De Niro also directs, from a script by Chazz Palminteri, who plays the local mob boss.  

The Lady Eve - Eugene Palette and Henry Fonda are a beer baron father and his snake-studying scientist son; Charles Coburn and Barbara Stanwyck are a slick father-daughter con-artist team. Stanwyck falls for Fonda while she and her pop are trying to fleece him, and the rest is the essence of screwball comedy and one of the sexiest flicks around. There is a real and touching father-daughter tenderness in the scenes between Stanwyck and Coburn. My vote for Preston Sturges' best movie. Advice from father to daughter: "Let us be crooked, but never common."

Rushmore  - Bill Murray plays a rich, if not so great, father of his own sons, who becomes a bit of a father figure, and romantic rival, to an over-imaginative prep school kid in this warm and funny movie. And the kid's barber father is a real gem, too.  Great soundtrack in Wes Anderson's second film.  

Don't miss these other great film fathers: 

Peter Bailey - It's a Wonderful Life "Ask Dad - He Knows"
Kunta Kinte - Roots

Don Vito Corleone - The Godfather
John Kinsella - Field of Dreams "Hey Dad, wanna have a catch?"
Darth Vader - The Empire Strikes Back


Ismail Merchant, 1935-2005


The producer Ismail Merchant is best remembered for his filmmaking collaborations with James Ivory.  Merchant-Ivory films are noted for their literary elegance, fine performances, and exquisite period detail.   In our collection:

A Room With a View, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Shakespeare Wallah, Autobiography of a Princess.  Of these, we recommend the first, a delightful comedy of manners starring Helena Bonham Carter, and featuring beautiful shots of Florence.  Look for a young Daniel Day-Lewis doing a very funny turn as a rather affected fop. 


Deep Throat Revealed


Earlier this month saw the end of one of the great American mysteries of our time: the identity of Deep Throat, the man whose information helped Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward and the Washington Post break the story of the Watergate break-in, which eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.  Deep Throat revealed himself to be the former number 2 man in the FBI  Mark Felt.   The fine film version of these events is All the President's Men [1976], directed by Alan J. Pakula, features Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein, Robert Redford as Woodward, and Hal Holbrook as Deep Throat.   See also the audiocassette Abuse of Power, for more information about the Nixon administration, and also a video called Understanding Watergate.  And if Deep Throat makes you think of Linda Lovelace, we've got (warning: link to adult material) that movie, too.  


Summer Movie Spotlight - Jaws


Everybody else in my family had already seen Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Peter Benchley's novel, so when the movie was reissued, I went, alone, to see Jaws.  I must have been about ten, twelve years old.  I kept my feet on my seat until the lights came back on, and I jumped about a mile high when the [pseudo-spoiler!] severed head pops up.   It was not only one of the first big summer blockbusters, it is a great movie that does everything well, and one that I can still watch on TV today no matter where I come in on it.   Also one of the great quotable flicks.  You have a favorite, I'm sure.   "This was NOT a boating accident!!!"   "Get out of the water!"  "I'll find him for three.  I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten."   "You're going to need a bigger boat." 


Time Magazine's All-Time 100 Movies


Love'em or hate'em, best-movie lists are fun to read, even more fun to disagree with.   Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel of Time Magazine put their list together here.   My disagreements include The Awful Truth [good screwball comedy, just not good enough to be one of the all-time 100, and no Bringing up Baby, baby, not to mention It Happened One Night], Charade [fun, but Hitchcock did it better], Detour [great B movie noir, but again, not an all-timer to me], The Fly [the gooey yucko 1986 version], and Taxi Driver [Gasp! Yeah, I know, I'm the only person in the world who thinks that particular piece of sacred seventies celluloid is overrated].  All 100 are worth seeing, I'm just saying my all-time 100 would look different.   I bet yours would, too -- that's half the fun.  


On the other hand, I strongly approve of The Lady Eve, The Shop Around the Corner, A Hard Day's Night, King Kong, Goodfellas, Swing Time, Notorious, Dr. Strangelove, Smiles of a Summer Night, Some Like It Hot, Pulp Fiction, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, among others.  


By the way, the BCLMC has 79 of Corliss and Schickel's 100 picks.  Not bad.  You think your local Blockbuster can do as well?  Doubt it. C'mon up and take a look, pally. 



"If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
--Atticus Finch [Gregory Peck] To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962



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