Fast Times at Ridgemont High!!!
Very timely, Mr. Brunson! I still have well-worn VHS tapes of most of those if anyone wants dubs. And I was just telling someone how, if you glance at the Loafing URL www.clclt.com and don't look too closely, you'd swear it reads CLIT.COM... just sayin'...
Fred Mills/Raleigh NC
I think, the film about Johnny Cash was real good. The music was great!
No Monkees "HEAD?"
Apparently The Kids Are not Alright?
Of local interest that native Charlottean Kristen Anderson Lopez nominated along with her husband for best song Let It Go from the movie Frozen. Kristen attended Country Day and used to do theatre at Children's Theatre.
12 Years a Slave - Best Picture
Lupita Nyong'O - Best Supporting Actress
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Best Actor
Judi Dench - Best Actress
Barkhad Abdi - Best Supporting Actor
Original Screenplay - Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Adapted Screenplay - 12 Years a Slave
Best Director - Steve McQueen
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.
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