Over the past several days, I’ve been re-watching a crapload of movies by Martin Scorsese because he’s going to be the main theme of the masthead and also Movie Quote of the Day for the month of November. He’ll be 69 on the 17th and his latest film Hugo comes out less than a week later on the 23rd.

I’d love to regale you with everything I’ve seen so far, but I’ll parcel out my thoughts on each film as it’s quoted in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for your personal favorites.

I didn’t make it out to the theaters this weekend (it’s been all home video all the time), but I did resume my screening schedule this week after a month or so of a break. I’ve given a taste of Wim Wenders’ 3D documentary Pina here and I’ll have more to say upon its screening at AFI and again when it’s finally released into theaters. Suffice it to say I think it’s one of my favorite movies of the year so far.

I also caught up with Alexander Payne’s The Descendants with George Clooney. As a big fan of both men, I had really high hopes for this comedy drama and I’m sorry to say they mostly came crashing down. That’s not to say it wasn’t frequently moving and effective, but I just couldn’t get away from the feeling that it was all just a big load of calculated horse shit. I don’t want to sound down on it, but I really am having an odd love/hate relationship with it right now. I’ll have more to say about it upon its official release.

Besides Pina, The highlight of my week was a chance to sit down and interview Paul Feig, the director of this summer’s comedy hit Bridesmaids as well as the creator of the cult TV favorite Freaks and Geeks. He turns out to be the kind of guy that makes interviewing fun and almost makes me want to do them more often. We chatted for about an hour and I haven’t finished transcribing it yet, but I’ll let you know when the piece runs over at Awards Daily.

That’s all from me this week. Now it’s your turn. Anyone get up to anything interesting in the last week?

12 Responses to “Scorsese Says”

  1. I’ve been sick all week so I stayed in this weekend and watched some of my favorite Halloween movies including but not limited to Carnival of Souls, Beetlejuice and Addams Family Values.

  2. Sorry to hear you’re under the weather Alison, but glad you got a healthy dose of cinema anyway!

    Speaking of Addams Family, a Twitter friend who blogs and also does a movie quote of the day (I sorta stole the idea even though it’s something I’ve wanted to do since the blog began) recently did a great exchange from the first Addams Family where Wednesday and Pugsley are working a lemonade stand and they’re approached by a girl scout:

    Girl Scout: Is this made from real lemons?
    Wednesday: Yes.
    Girl Scout: I only like all-natural foods and beverages, organically grown, with no preservatives. Are you sure they’re real lemons?
    Pugsley: Yes.
    Girl Scout: Well, I’ll tell you what. I’ll buy a cup if you buy a box of my delicious Girl Scout cookies. Do we have a deal?
    Wednesday: Are they made from real Girl Scouts?

  3. The original Addams Family movie is a lot of fun and that’s a classic exchange from it. But its sequel Addams Family Values surpasses it by far in my opinion (and has so many amazing quotes and exchanges). Such as the scene where they’re all doting over the newborn Addams baby in his crib:

    Gomez: He has my father’s eyes.
    Morticia: Gomez, take those out of his mouth!

  4. I watched House of Strangers (1949) directed by Joseph Mankiewicz with Edward G. Robinson and Susan Hayward. It was a great little family story. Even if (or maybe because) everyone in the family wanted to kill each other. Good fun!
    I also saw Them!. I love James Whitmore, but really, this quote from the film sums it up:
    Dr. Patricia ‘Pat’ Medford: [observing the tunnel walls] Look! Held together with saliva!
    Ben Peterson: Yeah! Spit’s all that’s holding me together right now, too.

  5. You know, I’m not even sure if I’ve seen Addams Family Values. Haven’t seen either one since they were in theaters so they’re kind of a blur. Would’ve been a good time to revisit them. Barry Sonnenfeld kind of ended up on my shit list after movies like Wild Wild West.

    Jeanine, House of Strangers sounds perfect for Thanksgiving!

    Hahaha. held together by spit. And I thought being attacked by giant ants was the problem…

  6. Craig, you definitely ought to revisit Addams Family Values. There is so much in it that’s hilarious.

  7. I went to “The Rum Diary” and was bored to tears unfortunately. Very dull film, and unless my theater (which was at the Landmark in LA) screwed up the projection, the cinematography in the film seemed very underlit and dark, even for daylight scenes. Either way, good cinematography wouldn’t have saved the script. It’s just a boring sit. Not as funny, exciting, sexy or hallucinatory as I was expecting. I like the cast too, which made it all the more disappointing.

  8. Congrads, Craig, on your hour with Paul Feig. I can’t wait to read your writeup because, as I recall, you have a talent for interviewing.

    but I really am having an odd love/hate relationship with [The Descendants] right now.

    Odd — I”ve been having similar feelings ever since chatter about the film first emerged — and even moreso after having seen the trailer.

    I’ve been catching up with back episodes of Breaking Bad — and I took someone to see Drive. It was my second screening, and I still like it very much and understand it a little more, too.

    Addams Family Values is great fun.

  9. Congratulations on the interview with Paul Feig! I’m sure that will be most interesting when posted!

    And the Scorsese series looks intriguing too. I am excited about the upcoming release of HUGO CABRET.

    Another slow week for Lucille and I at the theatres, though for a number of reasons this was to be expected. The freak snowstorm ruined weekend plans,(we don’t have any electrical power in our home, and I’m told we won’t until Wednesday!) but the demands of the musical countdown have prevented me from seeing some films I hope to see in the near future. Still we managed three films, two recent releases and a movie palace horror classic:

    Paranormal Activity 3 *** (Tuesday evening) Edgewater multiplex

    Puss n Boots *** 1/2 (Sunday afternoon) Edgewater multiplex

    House on Haunted Hill **** (Friday night) Jersey City Loews

    The highlight was seeing William Castle’s B horror classic HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1958) for the second year in a row during Halloween season, but this time on the 70 ft. screen of the renovated Jersey City Loews movie palace at Journal Square. Castle’s grandson Kyle was aboard for a Q & A, and the theatre was rigged with “Emergo,” which was a gimmick that had a skeleton glide across the screen and out into the audience. The theatre’s volunteers offered up a balcony haunted house for the kids after the film.

    PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 had a few acute scares, but it was up to the same game as previous installments, and offered little we haven’t seen in one way or another. PUSS N BOOTS has enough visual ingenuity and jokes to sustain it, and Banderas does some fine work. Yes, in the SHREK mold, but a fun time, especially for the kids.

  10. Yes, I’m hoping to watch Addams Family Values tonight. It’s great fun and much better than the first film.

    Jennybee watched Jennifer starring Ida Lupino. It was dated and creaky and had a weird ending, but was diverting enough and Lupino was good.

  11. Though now cuzza the header photo I want to watch Bram Stoker’s Dracula again.

  12. Ari, with that cast and that original material, how in the world did Rum Diary turn out boring of all things? That’s really too bad. I may still catch up to it, but ehhh…

    Sam, the one little twist for me to Paranormal Activity 3 that seemed like it would bear fruit was the sweeping camera, though it was really only paid off once and only modestly. Something about the sweeping back and forth amplified the tension of waiting for something to happen just off the edges of the frame. Even so, the movie was mostly boring. It might’ve been more interesting if we hadn’t already seen the other two. I think the idea has run its course and the expanded mythology doesn’t add anything all that interesting.

    JB, I’ve never seen Jennifer, but Ida Lupino’s a good one and she had quite a run as a director too in the 50s and later on TV.

    Pierre, I don’t want to rain on anyone’s Descendant’s parade since it’s mostly getting good reviews. I’ll have more to say about it later down the road, but part of it might’ve had to do with elevated expectations.

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