Michael Wilding and Noel Coward in "In Which We Serve" (1943)

In Which We Serve (1942) Written and directed by Noel Coward. Michael Wilding as Flags and Noel Coward as Captain E. V. Kinross R.N.

Capt. Kinross: Here comes the dawn of a new day, Flags. I shouldn’t be surprised if it were a fairly uncomfortable one.
Flags: Yes, sir. Very pretty sky, sir. Somebody sent me a calendar rather like that last Christmas.
Capt. Kinross: Did it have a squadron of Dorniers in the upper right hand corner?
Flags: No, sir.
Capt. Kinross: That’s where art parts company with reality.

James Craig and Marsha Hunt in "The Human Comedy" (1943)

The Human Comedy (1943) Directed by Clarence Brown. James Craig as Tom Spangler and Marsha Hunt as Diana Steed

Diana: You will come to dinner, won’t you? You must, you know.
Tom: Dinner?
Diana: No! You promised. Yes you did. Mother and father are dying to meet you. Seven o’clock sharp…
Tom: Take it easy. Just don’t rush me!
Diana: Darling, you can’t disappoint me again, can you?
Tom: Nothing’s going to disappoint you, so just take it easy! Seven o’clock sharp… What do you mean “sharp?” I never do anything sharp.  And what do you want me to come to dinner for?
Diana: Because I love you darling!
Tom: Every time you start that kind of talk, I want to duck…

Henry Fonda in "The Ox-Bow Incident" (1943)

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) Directed by William A. Wellman. Henry Fonda as Gil Carter

Gil: Darby sure sells rotten liquor. Warms ya up though. Feels like fire creepin’ in the short grass. I guess I’ll just let ‘er spread a little while.

Daylight Savings Time is a crock of shit. You know they have this invention called electricity where you can turn on lights after the sun goes down, right? It’s scientific!

Ok, I’m done bitching about it for another year.

The good news is after a long hiatus, I’ve got a few screenings lined up this week and hopefully I’ll be back to regular reviews soon.

That’s all from me this week. Now it’s your turn. See anything worth talking about since last week? Lay it on me.

 

 

Greer Garson in "Madame Curie" (1943)

Madame Curie (1943) Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
Greer Garson as Marie Sklodowska-Curie.

Marie Curie: (speaking before the Faculty of Science at the University of Paris on the 25th anniversary of her discovery of radium.) No one of us can do much. Yet, each of us perhaps, can catch some gleam of knowledge, which modest and insufficient of itself, may add to man’s dream of truth. It is by these small candles in our darkness that we see before us, little by little, the dim outlines of that great plan that shapes the universe. And I am among those who think that, for this reason, science has great beauty and, with its great spiritual strength, will in time cleanse this world of its evils, its ignorance, its poverty, diseases, wars, and heartaches. Look for the clear light of truth. Look for unknown, new roads. Even when man’s sight is keener far than now, divine wonder will never fail him. Every age has its own dreams. Leave, then, the dreams of yesterday. You, take the torch of knowledge and build the palace of the future.

Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper in "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (1943)

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) Directed by Sam Wood from the novel by Ernest Hemingway. Ingrid Bergman as Maria and Gary Cooper as Robert Jordan.

Maria: Kiss me.
Robert: You’re shameless.
Maria: Yes.
(they kiss)

Official Blurbage:

“In the fame-obsessed world of Los Angeles, a group of teenagers take us on a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood hills. Based on true events, the group, who were fixated on the glamorous life, tracked their celebrity targets online, and stole more than 3 million in luxury goods from their homes. Their victims included Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Rachel Bilson, and the gang became known in the media as “The Bling Ring.”

In THE BLING RING, Oscar Winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola takes us inside the world of these teens, where their youthful naivete and excitement is amplified by today’s culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession. The members of the Bling Ring introduce us to temptations that any teenager would find hard to resist. And what starts out as youthful fun spins out of control, revealing a sobering view of our modern culture.

With an ensemble cast starring Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga, Claire Julien, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Georgia Rock, and Gavin Rossdale, THE BLING RING is written and directed by Sofia Coppola.

Coppola also serves as producer with Roman Coppola and Youree Henley. Executive producers for the picture are Michael Zakin and Francis Ford Coppola for American Zoetrope, alongside Fred Roos and Paul Rassam. Emilio Diez Barroso and Darlene Caamano Loquet also acted as Executive Producers via their Nala Films label. Reteaming with Coppola is costume designer Stacy Battat, production designer Anne Ross, Editor Sarah Flack, and Cinematographer Harris Savides.”

The Bling Ring opens June 14th.

Charles Boyer and Alexis Smith in "The Constant Nymph" (1943)

The Constant Nymph (1943) Directed by Edmund Goulding. Charles Boyer as Lewis Dodd and Alexis Smith as Florence Creighton

Lewis: I will not be told what I must or must not do. I’ve never permitted myself to be bullied and I’m not going to start now. I’m not a child.
Florence: Aren’t you behaving like one?
Lewis: If there is one thing in the world I hate, it is your class of upper class. Pompous, hard headed, domineering.
Florence: Now you’re becoming rude. If you hated my class, why did you…
Lewis: I know. I know. Why did I marry you? Well, you’ve said that before and each time you ask, I find it more difficult to answer.
Florence: Darling, you’ll not dare say such a thing to me.
Lewis: I do dare! I have dared and it is the blunt truth!
Florence: Whatever you feel, it’s most un-gallant and cruel of you to say such a thing to my face.
Lewis: Well, you dislike the truth. I’m sorry I haven’t got the gift for that mental sleight of hand you people call manners.

Vincent Price, Aubrey Mather and Sig Ruman in Henry King's "The Song of Bernadette" (1943)

The Song of Bernadette (1943) Directed by Henry King. Vincent Price as Prosecutor Vital Dutour, Aubrey Mather as Mayor Lacade and Sig Ruman as Louis Bouriette.

Lacade: All France will be laughing at us. And Lourdes was going have a railroad connection. I’d even gone so far as to have the plans drawn up for the depot. Do you think they’ll be granting it to us now? Never! Who’s going to run a railroad into a hole where spooks perform their many evil antics in dirty caverns? We’re dealing with a whole lot more than the mere babbling of a little swindler or an imbecile. The entire future of this town is at stake. Something must be done to stop this nonsense immediately!
Bouriette: How?
Lacade: How? Well, that’s up to you and the prosecutor.
Dutour: As much as I’d like to put an end to this stupidity, gentlemen, I am helpless. The child goes peacefully to the outskirts of the city. There she kneels, says her Rosary and goes home again. Now, tell me, is there anything unlawful in that?
Lacade: Yes! On the ground that it’s, uh… insulting to religious sensibilities.
Dutour: Really?
Lacade: Well, you could hardly call seeing the Blessed Virgin in a veritable cesspool complimentary to the Holy Family.
Dutour: But, that’s just the point. She hasn’t claimed to see the Blessed Virgin. The crowd claims that.
Bouriette: She says she sees a lady – a beautiful lady. And the envisioning of a beautiful lady can hardly be construed as a violation of the criminal code.
Dutour: It better not be or else the entire male population of France will be spending most of its time behind bars.

Richard Gaines, Charles Coburn and Jean Arthur in George Stevens' "The More the Merrier" (1943)

The More the Merrier (1943) Directed by George Stevens. Richard Gaines as Charles J. Pendergast, Charles Coburn as Benjamin Dingle and Jean Arthur as Connie Milligan.

Pendergast: Now see here, Mr. Dingle. If there’s a scandal, you’re responsible. You put us all in a bad light.
Dingle: I know it was cowardly of me, but I can’t afford…
Pendergast: You can’t afford? You’re going back to Michigan tomorrow. I have to stay right here. I’m engaged to Ms. Milligan. Our engagement is widely known. You get off scot-free by lying and I’m right in the middle of things!
Dingle: But you’re a young man, Charlie.
Pendergast: I am a young man, yes, with a career that’s just beginning.
Connie: Yes. By all means, let’s protect your career. I don’t matter. My position doesn’t make any difference at all. It’s only Charles J. Pendergast!
Pendergast: Shhh!
Connie: Don’t you shush me! You’ve been shushing me for twenty-two months now. You’ve shushed your last shush! For twenty-two months I’ve been engaged to a career, not a man. (She takes off her ring and hands it to him.) Here, perhaps this will relieve you of this embarrassing situation. Now, take your career and go run for cover!

Claude Rains and Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca" (1942)

Casablanca (1942) Directed by Michael Curtiz. Claude Rains as Captain Renault and Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine

Renault: I’ve often speculated why you don’t return to America. Did you abscond with the church funds? Run off with a senator’s wife? I like to think you killed a man. It’s the Romantic in me.

Vincent Gardenia in "Death Wish" (1974)

Death Wish (1974) Directed by Michael Winner. Vincent Gardenia as Inspector Frank Ochoa

Ochoa: This is your gun, Mr. Kersey. We tried to give you a chance to get rid of it. You wouldn’t take it. Do you hear me okay? We, uh… have here a peculiar situation, Mr. Kersey. We find it necessary to make you a proposition since you are not gonna favor us by dying. You, uh, work for a company with lots of offices. Get a transfer to another city… and I will drop this gun in the river. Are we connecting, Mr. Kersey? We want you to get outta New York… permanently.

Once again the Watercooler Musical Interlude is inspired by a recent Movie Quote of the Day, the theme song from one of my favorite movies when I was a little kid: Where Eagles Dare.

So, things have been mighty quiet around here for a while. It’s been a combination of factors, none of them serious. As I get a bunch of non-blog-related things running smoothly, I’ll be pouring my energy back into movies and reviews. It looks too like the Oscar podcast with Awards Daily will be going forward in some form or fashion during the off season. Stay tuned for the return of movie goodness.

In the meantime, let’s talk about what YOU’ve been doing. Anything but the Oscars. Lay it on me.

Jessica Campbell in Alexander Payne's "Election" (1999)

Election (1999) Directed and co-written by Alexander Payne. Jessica Campbell as Tammy Metzler.

Tammy (in voiceover): Dear God, I know I don’t believe in you, but since I’ll be starting Catholic school soon I thought I should at least practice. Let’s see… what do I want? I want Lisa to realize what a bitch she is, and feel really bad and apologize for how she hurt me, and know how much I still love her. In spite of everything, I still want Paul to win the election tomorrow, not that cunt Tracy. Oh, and I also want a really expensive pair of leather pants, and someday I want to be really good friends with Madonna. Love, Tammy.

John Sayles, Daryl Edwards and David Strathairn in The Brother from Another Planet (1984)

The Brother from Another Planet (1984) Written and directed by John Sayles. John Sayles as Man in Black #1, Daryl Edwards as Fly, David Strathairn as Man in Black #2 and Leonard Jackson as Smokey (not pictured)

Man in Black #1: We have reason to believe this man is an illegal alien.
Fly: So’s half the fuckin’ city. So what?
Man in Black #2: Could we see your green card, mister?
Fly: Green Card? Man, what you talkin’ Green card? Green card my black ass. My people built this country, sucker. You ever been to South Carolina? Huh? My people built that.
Smokey: Can’t build a state, man.
Fly: Look, all I know is when they got off the boat there was nothin’ there. Now there’s shoppin’ malls and… um, what’s that shit… miniature golf! From nothin’! Ask me for a green card… my people was in the Revolution, Jim! How long you been here?

Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood in "Where Eagles Dare" (1968)

Where Eagles Dare (1968) Directed by Brian G. Hutton. Richard Burton as Major Smith and Clint Eastwood as Lieutenant Schaffer

Smith: Lieutenant, drop that gun.
Schaffer: What?
Smith: Drop that gun and sit down.
Schaffer: What the hell are you talking about?
Smith: Sit down!
Schaffer: (sits) Major, if I live to be a hundred…
Smith: You’ll do nothing, Lieutenant. In your idiom, you’re… a punk… and a pretty second rate punk at that.

Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall and Paul Marion in Howard Hawks' "To Have and Have Not" (1944)

To Have and Have Not (1944) Directed by Howard Hawks from William Faulkner’s adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel. Walter Brennan as Eddie and Paul Marion as Beauclere.

Beauclere: You’ve got a good memory for one who drinks.
Eddie: Drinkin’ don’t bother my memory. If it did, I wouldn’t drink. I couldn’t. You see, I’d forget how good it was. Then where’d I be? Start drinkin’ water again.
Beauclere: Maybe you’d forget about water too.
Eddie: No I wouldn’t. I see too much of it.

Robert Ryan and Ed Begley in Robert Wise's "Odds Against Tomorrow" (1959)

Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Directed by Robert Wise. Robert Ryan as Earle Slater and Ed Begley as Dave Burke.

Burke: I know about you, Earle. Two stretches. One for assault with a deadly weapon, one for manslaughter. Every time you get a decent job you manage to…
Slater: Knock it off! What’s so big about you, Burke? How come you make so much noise? You been sniffin’ around trying to find a hole in the fence just like everybody else. What makes you so big you can call me up to this dump and shoot off your mouth?

Paul Muni and Karen Morley in Howard Hawks' "Scarface" (1932)

Scarface (1932) Directed by Howard Hawks. Paul Muni as Tony and Karen Morley as Poppy.

Tony: Hey, what’s all the time bitin’ you? You afraid of me?
Poppy: Well, that outfit’s enough to give anybody the yips.

Jennifer Grey in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) Written and directed by John Hughes. Jennifer Grey as Jeanie Bueller.

Student: Hi Jeanie!
Jeanie: Shut up.

One of my favorite John Williams compositions is this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude. Why? Because I just friggin rewatched Empire Strikes Back, DUH!

The Oscars are thankfully over (Yeah Ang Lee!) so lay whatever else you have in mind in the comments section below….

80th Academy Awards Rehearsals Monday
“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

My Oscar plans are taking shape as we speak. I haven’t decided if I’m going to go near Twitter or Facebook (probably), but assuming I have WiFi at my super secret Oscar party bunker, I think I’ll be commenting live here in this space bourbon in hand. That is of course if anyone decides to turn up. Feel free to drop on by around showtime and throw in your two cents.

I promise to try and keep my bitching to an absolute minimum, but the gloves are coming off if Russell wins Best Director goddamnit.

Feel free to amuse yourself with my predictions after the jump and throw in your own in the comments section. I’ll buy dinner for anyone who gets them all right.

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The Muriels

(some of my old Muriels posters) It’s my own fault really for conveniently forgetting every year that The Weinstein… er Independent Spirit Awards vote is open to anyone who wants to pay $100 every year to join Film Independent. Of course there are lots of smart people who participate every year, I know many of (read…)

Karan Soni, Jake Johnson and Aubrey Plaza in "Safety Not Guaranteed" (2012)

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Directed by Colin Trevorrow. Karan Soni as Arnau, Jake Johnson as Jeff and Aubrey Plaza as Darius.

Jeff: There’s something off about this guy, okay? So, you gotta go slow, like you’re trapping a skittish animal. You know, lure him. Play coy. Girls know how to do that shit.
Darius: You’re dangling my vagina out there like bait. What if this guy’s a murderer? What if he cuts me up into little pieces and eats me?
Jeff: Then the story’s even better.

Just for shits and giggles, let’s take a stab at the Spirit Awards. I predict a big night for Beasts of the Southern Wild, but just watch them tumble big for Silver Linings Playbook instead. God help us.

  • Picture: Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Director: Benh Zeitlin
  • Screenplay: Moonrise Kingdom
  • First Feature: Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • First Screenplay: Robot and Frank
  • Cassavetes: The Color Wheel
  • Female Lead: Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  • Male Lead: Jack Black
  • Supporting Female: Helen Hunt
  • Supporting Male: Matthew McConaughey
  • Cinematography: Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Documentary: The Invisible War
  • International: Amour
  • Paget Producers: Nobody Walks
  • Someone to Watch: Pincus, David Fenster
  • Truer than Fiction: Leviathan

Carrie FIsher in "Star Wars" (1977)

Star Wars (1977) Written and directed by George Lucas. Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa.

Leia: Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?

The Adventures of TIntin (2011)

The Adventures of Tintin (2011) Directed by Steven Spielberg. Tintin voiced by Jamie Bell and Captain Haddock voiced by Andy Serkis.

Haddock: Mr. Jaggerman. Top bunk in the center. Keeper of the keys. Careful mate. He’s a restless sleeper on account of the tragic loss of his eyelids.
Tintin: He lost his eyelids?
Haddock: Aye. Now that was a card game to remember.

Jo Van Fleet and Kirk Douglas in "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" (1957)

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) Directed by John Sturges. Jo Van Fleet as Kate Fisher and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday.

Doc: Now, Kate, Mr. Bailey came all the way from Fort Worth to see me on a gentlemen’s matter.
Kate: Gentlemen! Hm!
Doc: Wouldn’t be hospitable for me to leave town now, would it?
Kate: Don’t start that “gentlemen” business with me again.
Doc: It’s a pure case of ethics, but (chuckles) that’s something a person like you wouldn’t understand.
Kate: Why do you always have to treat me like I’m dirt? You ain’t no better’n me!
Doc: That’s debatable.
Kate: Oh, is it? You and that magnolia drippin’… Well, let me tell you something Doc Holliday: all them fancy clothes and that smart talk don’t make you no gentleman. You are dirt, just like me. And I’m tired of hearing about that Georgia plantation and all them lily-white friends of yours. They’re all gone now. They’re all gone!
Doc: Yes, they are… and here I am with you.

Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston in "Argo" (2012)

I have to admit my enthusiasm for this year’s race cooled when it became clear my pick for the best of the nominees had been swift-boated with an assist by a bunch of lefty crybabies with political axes to grind. The irony here is that Zero Dark Thirty made a stronger and more vivid case against torture than a half dozen other movies that were ever only seen by a handful of people.

So it goes. These are difficult times and people want to shut out reality and forget. Escapism has always been a strong component in the appeal of the movies so it’s really not so surprising that this will likely be the third year in a row where the voters pick not the best movie, but the best liked, least challenging movie that lets them believe everything will be ok in the end.

On the other hand, with the date changes in the voting process, this is potentially an unusual year. It’s already unusual that the current Oscar favorite failed to get its director a nomination. The point being, I won’t be surprised if weird shit goes down on Sunday night. I’m not sure if it’s just retrospective thinking, but this year feels more potentially up in the air than any in a while. I think the smart bet is still on Argo, but I don’t think I’d put money on it.

Check out my picks after the jump. Use them to influence your Oscar pools only at your own risk!

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Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Johnny Lee Miller in Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting" (1996)

Trainspotting (1996) Directed by Danny Boyle. Ewan McGregor as Renton, Ewen Bremner as Spud, Johnny Lee Miller as Sick Boy and Kevin McKidd as Tommy (not pictured)

Sick Boy: Hey, Tommy. This is not natural, man.
Tommy: It’s the great outdoors! It’s fresh air!
Sick Boy: Look, Tommy. We know you’re gettin’ a hard time off Lizzy, but there’s really no need to take it out on us.
Tommy: Doesn’t it make you proud to be Scottish?
Renton: It’s shite being Scottish! We’re the lowest of the low! The scum of the fuckin’ Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization! Some people hate the English. I don’t. They’re just wankers. We, on the other hand, are colonized by wankers. Can’t even find a decent culture to be colonized by! We’re ruled by effete assholes! It’s a shite state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and all the fresh air in the world won’t make any fuckin’ difference!





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