nnekawells: Sad indeed, but thank goodness for DVD!
Can't believe you missed Fruitvsle Station!
Great list! Since I respect your choices of the great ones I've seen and loved, it makes me want to check out the ones on your list I haven't seen - which is what a good list should do, I reckon!
P. S. I agree that KING CREOLE is worth watching, and I liked ALMOST FAMOUS.
Actually, Cinebarre did away with that policy. Once they heard the public's reaction to the signs they immediately changed it, before it was ever enacted.
You forgot to mention that Cinebarre doesn't accept government issued currency. They only accept bank issued plastic currency.
Guess where I will never go.
I'm sorry, but club or not, the movie experience at Mez was WAY better than SMG. They had to try hard to take it down a notch. The food is terrible (think frozen TGIFridays boxes and the like), where Mez had upscale restaurant quality food. They have to keep the aisle lights on at all times now for the servers, and if you have 3d glasses on, they have a glare the whole time. They dumbed down their drink menu and hired bartenders who seem like they've never mixed a drink in their life. What was wrong with ordering your own food and drink outside and bringing it in, so as to not disturb the other half of the audience? I swear, it takes a small army of servers to make this happen, some who do NOT try all that hard to be quiet, so I can't imagine how its a good business model. I used to go to Mez all the time, but have written SMG off for good.
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Hi, Wayne. Thanks for your comments on all three stories. I agree with you about KING CREOLE being one of Elvis' best (and best-acted) films. I would also rank FOLLOW THAT DREAM and KID GALAHAD among his finest flicks (though neither are musicals, of course).
As to your comment on the Worst article: Yes to the dreadful UNDER THE CHERRY MOON. And let's not forget that mind-boggling futuristic-disco movie THE APPLE.
I would replace "Almost Famous" with "Under the Cherry Moon" or "The Song Remains the Same."
Pretty good list overall, although I would agree that "Don't Look Back" has been sadly overlooked. I own eight of these but should also have "Stop Making Sense" and "Yellow Submarine."
Shapiro: Elvis actually had two other standouts in his cinematic career. "Viva Las Vegas" was the best of his '60s cheeseball films and is quite entertaining, but "King Creole" is the real diamond in the rough. For one thing, it was directed by Michael Curtiz, who was responsible for no less than "Casablanca" among other classics. Like "Jailhouse Rock," it was a tougher film than what came later, and Elvis and the rest of the cast (including Walter Matthau, Carolyn Jones, and Dean Jagger) give worthy performances. And though the music might not be classified as straight rock 'n' roll, it's still Elvis doing his thing, so close enough.
Besides "Don't Look Back," which most definitely should've been on the list, I would also like to mention "X: The Unheard Music," "The Girl Can't Help It," "Urgh! A Music War" and "Absolute Beginners" (which technically is mostly jazz-pop, but close enough). "The Runaways" ain't bad either, and I have a lot of affection for the Beatlemania tribute "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." And where does "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" fit in the grand history of rock movies? Good, bad, undecided? Shukla: I graduated from high school in 1980 but didn't have any exposure to "The Song Remains the Same" until someone decided to play it at the Tower Video store I was working at years later. It annoyed the ever-lovin' shit outta me!
I have yet to see The Paperboy but do believe this was overall a particularly weak year for movies. I didn't give 4 stars to any film in 2012, and I tend to average 2-3 of them per year.
As for your interesting question of the last time the best picture won Best Picture, I would say 2007's No Country for Old Men, a rather daring pick for the normally conservative Academy.
Matt, if I have to choose, I'd prefer Lincoln or Beasts of the Southern Wild. But frankly, I'm still nonplussed at how few nominations The Paperboy got in all the various awards competitions. The whole Argo v. Lincoln media meme has just become tiresome.
So I'm assuming you're Team Lincoln? Or maybe Zero Dark Thirty? (I don't see you rooting for Les Miserables.)
As a long, loooooongtime movie fan, and as your former editor, Matt, I'll say that if Argo wins best film, I will slit my wrists, and maybe yours too. That film -- a decent political thriller but that's about it -- has no more business winning best film, or even being nominated for that matter, than Life of Pi, one of the most disastrous, wrongheaded interpretations of a book I've ever seen. Then again, when's the last time the actual best film won? The Oscars seem more internal-politics-ridden than at anytime I can remember, so nothing would surprise me. Make me sick to my stomach, maybe, but not surprise me.
Hi, Diana. Thanks for writing. To be honest, I like the song, but also find it to be a wee bit overrated.
I'm seriously questioning your 10 Best Bond Theme Songs that you indicated were in "preferential order" that did not list LIVE AND LET DIE.
I'm seriously questioning your 10 Best Bond Theme Songs you indicated that are in "preferential order" that doesn't list Live and Let Die.
Hi, Stephen. Thanks for writing.
The Most Poignant list is, as noted, in chronological order. Otherwise, she would have been first.
And Roger Moore was also the "new" Bond for most of the flicks when I was a kid as well. But sentimentality and nostalgia can only take one so far, and compared to Connery, Craig and, yes, the underrated Dalton, he doesn't quite cut it. And you might be the first person I've known who ranks Brosnan among the best!
The fact that you rate Timothy Dalton above Pierce Brosnan, and Roger Moore even *, shows the list is very suspect.
And rating Tracy's death as the fourth most poignant? It's the only really significant death in the movies pre-Craig, where it seems they are trying to kill off everyone, one at a time.
* I know Roger Moore wasn't all that good. But he was the "new" Bond for most of the flicks when I was a kid.
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