Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bye Bye Blackbird: From Fosse

Best Screen Kiss

The New York Times showed some good ones this week although some were more pecks or jokes than kisses.I liked Rosaria Dawson and Jenny Slater's the best.

There are so many great ones on the big screen. But the small screen usually gives us the added twist of a kiss perhaps taking years to come--like this one.

What is your favorite on screen kiss? Big or small screen.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bye Bye Blackbird: Joe Cocker

Forgotten Movies: LARCENY, INC

Directed by Lloyd Bacon, this early forties comedy tells the story of three recent paroled criminals who buy a luggage shop in order to tunnel through to the bank next door. A pretty familiar plot nowadays but perhaps less common then.

It doesn't matter though because the movie is played for laughs and takes a lot of unexpected turns. The street the shop is on is being dug up for a new line of the NY subway, which adds to the confusion. The writing is sharp (S.J. Perlman) and the acting and directing is swell.

At 93 minutes it felt a tad long but its Christmas theme fit right in with the season, so we didn't mind much. Jack Carson as a love interest? Jane Wyman as a blonde?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bye Bye Blackbird: Julie London

Too grim for me

There are not too many movies that are too grim for me. I think I can tolerate gloomier fare than most people although I find it easier to read gloomy books than to see such movies. But tonight I bailed on OUT OF THE FURNACE. I put an hour in before escaping.

I think this was probably a good movie but if I find no hope, if the people are too evil, if the good men never win, I eventually either turn off or take off.

What movie was too grim for you? (This is not a criticism of the quality of the film but just my tolerance for it)

Saturday, December 13, 2014