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Weekly Mishmash: August 16-22

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Independent Film Channel recording. Incomprehensible film is proof positive that cult hits cannot be created, they have to evolve organically via the audience. I can see why this was a box office flop; it’s the kind of film where characters constantly do things for no real reason. As the title character, Peter Weller underplays to the point where you have to wonder why he was cast in the first place. Actually, the entire cast is muted to the point where someone like John Lithgow’s scenery-chewing baddie seems like a cartoon. About the only interest this film has today is the cast, filled with actors who seemingly appeared in every other ’80s movie (Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd). Too bad they had nothing to do.
Blonde Fever (1944). Speaking of awful — this b-comedy filled the early morning schedule on TCM’s Gloria Grahame day. Grahame saucily plays a waitress here, vying for the affections of her boyfriend (the perpetually annoying Marshall Thompson) and married restauranteur Phillip Dorn. Whoever had the idea that Dorn, who usually played Nazi officials, could carry a romantic comedy ought to have faced a firing squad. Although this film was barely an hour long, it seemed to drag on forever. As Dorn’s suffering wife, Mary Astor is completely wasted. There is a grand total of one interesting moment here, and that comes when Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy appear in a cameo as a bickering couple.
Princess Mononoke (1997). One of our favorite Miyazaki films got a re-viewing this week. I actually prefer Spirited Away slightly more (simply because the visuals are cooler in that film), but this one is easily a second place favorite. You can’t beat the old fashioned craftsmanship of hand-drawn animation on display here. It is truly awe inspiring.
Dusty Springfield - Stay Awhile/I Only Want To Be With YouDusty Springfield – Stay Awhile/I Only Want To Be With You and ABC – The Lexicon of Love. Picked up these two used CDs at the local indie record shop. The clerk seemed a bit jealous that I found Dusty Springfield’s 1964 gem Stay Awhile/I Only Want To Be With You. For good reason, it turned out; this is one cute LP, with hits (“Wishin’ and Hopin'”) balanced out with expertly chosen covers. I love Dusty’s take on Gene Pitney’s “24 Hours from Tulsa,” and even her cover of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” packs a punch. The Lexicon of Love is one of the great albums of the ’80s, thanks to Trevor Horn’s sparkling, ahead-of-its-time production. You might know the hits “The Look Of Love” and “Poison Arrow,” but this LP is so much more than that.
The Sword in the Stone (1963). Not one of the better Disney animated films, I’m afraid. This was appealing and entertaining in spots, but it doesn’t hold a candle to 101 Dalmatians or even The Jungle Book. The main problem is that the characters of Merlin and Arthur are so underdeveloped that one can’t find anything to identify with them. Merlin is a scatterbrain, and Arthur is a naive simpleton — that’s it. I wish the story delved more into Arthur’s childhood or how he became king (which is treated as an afterthought here). Instead, the filmmakers spend a lot of time turning the pair into fish and squirrels. Eh.

3 Thoughts on “Weekly Mishmash: August 16-22

  1. Brad In Worcester on August 28, 2009 at 3:21 pm said:

    Ohhhh, man!
    For me, “Buckaroo Bonzai” is the LAST WORD in 1980’s film. The styles, the clothing, the script, the in-jokes.
    A marvelous geek-fest, made on a shoestring and embraced by more and more each year.
    Gotta disagree with you on this one, my dearest chum!

  2. Three of my Netflix friends gave it four or five stars. It does have its fans, but I really couldn’t see any appeal in that movie — at all!

  3. I don’t know what’s worse: your trashing of BUCKAROO BANZAI, a movie I quote at least once a day, or your telling me that I recorded BLONDE FEVER for nothing.

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