“Chicken with Plums” co-writer/co-director Vincent Paronnaud

Mathieu Amalric, Eric Caravaca, Isabella Rossellini and Rona Hartner in Chicken with Plums Following my recent interview with Marjane Satrapi about her latest film Chicken with Plums, I also enjoyed a chat with her writing and directing partner Vincent Paronnaud. In addition to a common background in graphic novels, the filmmaking team share an Oscar (read…)

Friday (1995) – Happy 40th Birthday, Chris Tucker

Friday (1995) Directed by F. Gary Gray Chris Tucker as Smokey and Ice Cube as Craig Jones Craig: You a hype. Smokey: Man, ain’t nothin’ wrong with smokin’ weed.  Weed is from the earth. God put this here for me and you! Take advantage, man. Take advantage.

A Life Less Ordinary (1997) – Happy 40th Birthday, Cameron Diaz

A Life Less Ordinary (1997) Directed by Danny Boyle Cameron Diaz as Celine Naville and Ewan McGregor as Robert Lewis (not pictured) Robert: Enjoying the book? Celine: No. Robert: What’s it about? Celine: It’s a romance. This girl meets this guy. They fall in love. It’s bullshit. Robert: I’m writing a novel myself. A lot (read…)

“Persepolis” filmmaker Marjane Satrapi on her second film “Chicken with Plums”

Golshifteh Farahani and Mathieu Amalric in Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Chicken with Plums. Photo byPatricia Khan, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics In 2007, filmmaking team Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud earned global acclaim and an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature for Persepolis, based on Satrapi’s graphic novel of the same name. Their follow-up, (read…)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Do the Right Thing (1989) Written and directed by Spike Lee Ossie Davis as Da Mayor and Ruby Dee as Mother Sister (not pictured) Mother Sister (from the window): Hey, you old drunk! What’d I tell you about drinkin’ in front of my stoop? Move on, you’re blockin’ my view. Da Mayor: (stares back at (read…)

Predator (1987)

Predator (1987) Directed by John McTiernan Sonny Landham as Billy and Richard Chaves as Poncho (not pictured) Poncho: Billy, you know something. What is it? Billy: I’m scared Poncho. Poncho: Bullshit. You ain’t afraid of no man. Billy: There’s something out there waiting for us… and it ain’t no man. We’re all gonna die.

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) – Happy 60th Birthday, Paul Reubens

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) Directed by Tim Burton Paul Reubens as Pee-Wee Herman Pee-Wee: When you’ve gone over something again and again and again and again like I have, certain questions get answered, others spring up. The mind plays tricks on you. You play tricks back. it’s like you’re unraveling a big cable knit sweater (read…)

Do the Watercooler Thing

The recent release of Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer has put me in the mind of his 1989 masterpiece (yes, I just used the M word) Do the Right Thing and the percussive assault of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude. Reductivist bloggers looking for easy headline clicks pegged Red Hook (read…)

For All Mankind (1989) RIP Neil Armstrong 1930 – 2012

For All Mankind (1989) Directed by Al Reinert Neil Armstrong: That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

Bunker Hill Bunny (1950)

Bunker Hill Bunny (1950) Directed by Isadore Friz Freleng. Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam voiced by Mel Blanc. Yosemite Sam: Ahoy there! Enemy ahoy! Bugs Bunny: What’s up, Doc? Yosemite Sam: A rabbit? Ah ha ha haa! A rabbit! Bugs Bunny: Yeah, eh heh heh heh! A rabbit. And just who do you think you (read…)

What’s New Pussycat? (1965)

What’s New Pussycat? (1965) Written by Woody Allen. Directed by Clive Donner. Romy Schneider as Carole Werner and Peter O’Toole as Michael James Carole: Michael, I have to have a talk with you. Michael: What about? Carole: Us. Michael: Us… Carole: Yes. Michael: That’s a very touchy topic that you get personal and start to (read…)

McAdams and Rapace in De Palma’s “Passion”

The original French film, Love Crime, was an enjoyable psychosexual potboiler with Ludivine Sagnier and Kristin Scott Thomas. Based on this brief TIFF glimpse, Brian De Palma has rather gleefully De Palma’d it up a little. Rachel McAdams takes Scott Thomas’ role as a successful but manipulative business executive while Noomi Rapace steps in for (read…)

An American in Paris (1951) – Gene Kelly’s 100th Birthday

An American in Paris (1951) Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Gene Kelly as Jerry Mulligan and Ann Codee as Therese (not pictured) Jerry: Good morning, Therese. Therese: How are you today, monsieur? Jerry: Well, I could be better, Therese. I’m broke. Therese: Broke? Jerry: It means I have no money. The trouble is, when I’m broke, (read…)

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) Written and Directed by Peter Greenaway. Michael Gambon as Albert Spica and Tim Roth as Mitchel. Albert: You know, Mitchel, what prairie oysters are? Mitchel: Fish. Albert: No, if someone give you a prairie oyster to eat, what do you think you’d be eating? Mitchel. (read…)

O.C. and Stiggs (1987) – Happy 90th Birthday, Melvin Van Peebles

O.C. and Stiggs (1987) Directed by Robert Altman. Melvin Van Peebles as Wino Bob Wino Bob: Enough of this folklore, picaresque, Uncle Remus bullshit.

The Hunger (1983), RIP Tony Scott, 1944-2012

The Hunger (1983) Directed by Tony Scott. Catherine Deneuve as Miriam Blaylock and Susan Sarandon as Sarah Roberts. Sarah: What’s that piece you’re playing? Miriam: It’s “Lakme” by Delibes. Lakme is a Brahmin princess in India, she has a slave named Malika. Sarah: Malika… Miriam: In a magical garden they sing how they follow the (read…)

Cape Watercooler

I’ve been doing these Watercooler Musical Interludes since March and I’m shocked, SHOCKED, to realize I still haven’t done Bernard Herrmann. The question is, which one to pick? One of the Hitchcock’s would’ve been an obvious choice or maybe his final score for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, but I think I’ll go with the original (read…)

Dead Man (1995)

Dead Man (1995) Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Gary Farmer as Nobody. Nobody: Stupid fucking white man.

25th Anniversary Blu-ray of Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs”

Although Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs is a bona-fide comedy classic, upon its release in 1987, it was seen as a far cry from the films of the heyday of the Oscar-winning writer/director whose earlier classics include The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Although cineastes, including those polled for the famous American Film Institute “100 Years…100 (read…)

Red Dawn (1984) – Patrick Swayze’s 60th Birthday

Red Dawn (1984) Written and directed by John Milius from a story by Kevin Reynolds. Patrick Swayze as Jed. Jed: One thing’s for sure now. No one can ever go home again. Never.

French writer/director Christophe Honoré on his new musical romance “Beloved”

Milos Forman, Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni in Christophe Honoré’s Beloved Photo credit: Jean-Claude Lother. A Sundance Selects release. A fixture on the film festival circuit, writer/director Christophe Honoré’s films include In Paris, Love Songs, Making Plans for Lena and La belle personne. His latest film Beloved is a musical romantic drama starring Catherine Deneuve, (read…)

My Little Chickadee (1940) – Mae West’s 119th Birthday

My Little Chickadee (1940) Directed by Edward F. Cline. Written by Mae West and W.C. Fields. Dick Foran as Wayne Carter and Mae West as Flower Belle Lee. Flower Belle: I ain’t met the man yet I was scared of. Carter: They’re more apt to be scared of you, I imagine. Flower Belle: How do (read…)

Despicable Me (2010) – Happy 50th Birthday, Steve Carell

Despicable Me (2010) Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. Gru voiced by Steve Carell and Fred McDade voiced by Danny McBride. Gru: Hello, Fred. FYI… your dog has been leaving little bombs all over my yard and I don’t appreciate it. Fred: (Laughs) Sorry. You know dogs. They go wherever they want to go. (read…)

#1 Chasing Amy (1997) – Happy 40th Birthday, Ben Affleck

Chasing Amy (1997) Written and directed by Kevin Smith. Ben Affleck as Holden McNeil and Joey Lauren Adams as Alyssa Jones. Alyssa: So, you’ve never been curious about men? Holden: Curious about men? Well, I always wondered why my father watched Hee Haw…

#2 Julie & Julia (2009) – Julia Child’s 100th Birthday

Julie & Julia (2009) Written and directed by Nora Ephron from books by Julie Powell and Julia Child & Alex Prud’homme. Meryl Streep as Julia Child. Julia (pulling two cannelloni from boiling water): Whoo! These damn things are as hot as a stiff cock!

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Natural Born Killers (1994) Directed by Oliver Stone. Juliette Lewis as Mallory Knox and Woody Harrelson as Mickey Knox Mallory: I bet I know what you been thinkin’ about. Mickey: Yep. I been thinkin’ about why they makin’ all these stupid fucking’ movies. Doesn’t anybody out there in Hollywood believe in kissin’ anymore?

Ronin (1998)

Ronin (1998) Directed by John Frankenheimer Robert De Niro as Sam and Sean Bean as Spence (not pictured) Spence: What do you use… weapons-wise? Sam: Hm? Spence: Weapons. I’m a, I’m a weapons man. Sam: Weapons man. Spence: Yeah (chuckles). Sam: OK. Spence: They tend to settle the argument. So what you favor? Sam: Oh, (read…)

The Spy Who Watercoolered Me: Marvin Hamlisch 1944-2012

Composer Marvin Hamlisch died last week so he’s the subject for this edition of the Watercooler Musical Interlude. The voice is Carly Simon’s of course and the words are by Carole Bayer Sager, but the music belong to Hamlisch who stepped in when regular Bond composer John Barry was waylaid by tax problems in the (read…)

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) – Jane Wyatt’s 102nd Birthday

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Directed by Leonard Nimoy. Jane Wyatt as Amanda and Leonard Nimoy as Spock Amanda: Spock, does the good of the many out weigh the good of the one? Spock: I would accept that as an axiom. Amanda: Then you stand here alive because of a mistake made by (read…)

Bacall to Arms (1946)

Bacall to Arms (1946) directed by Bob Clampett Bogey Gocart voiced by Dave Berry Bogey: Hey, fat boy. This is the beginnin’ of the feature. If you want to see how it ends, SIT DOWN!

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