The list so far:
- Any Mel Brooks
- Any Gene Wilder
- How to Beat the High Co$t of Living
- Young Sherlock Holmes
- Kelly’s Heroes
- Flash Gordon
- The Poseidon Adventure
- Kind Hearts and Coronets
- Father of the Bride (1950)
- The Lion in Winter (1968)
- Sweet Liberty
- Murder, He Says
Get Kelly’s Heroes — a WWII war movie that runs head-on into a heist movie at 60 mph.
And I must say, I find this really interesting, especially since I’m of an age that I saw many, if not quite all, of the movies you’re doing in first run. You’re doing a very good job of keeping the fact that films that can seem derivative now may have been anything but that when they first came out; that stars who are established now (or even considered over-the-hill,) were young and fresh; that what the world was like was very different in many ways and that these films are a product if their times. In short, you’re doing a very good job of avoiding age myopia.
I looked up Kelly’s Heroes last week and it was not only an attractive premise, but it was available to stream. Unfortunately, it only had less than a week left to stream, and when I got to it on the day it said it would expire, it was already gone. But I will get to this.
I’m a friend of barbs. We where talking about your site last night at the club. She thought I might like this site because I’m a huge movie buff. And that’s a bit of a understatement. There’s a couple of comment I want to make on the great dictator. But I want to be at a computer and not at my phone. And I like to suggest “Forbidden Planet”.
Yes, I think I’ve seen her talk about you. Thanks for the interest, but I’m afraid “Forbidden Planet” is out, at least as a main review. I’ve already seen it a few times, and one of the main stipulations I’ve put on myself is that it has to be a film I’m seeing for the first time.
What comes to mind offhand is: The electronic “music” is a bit tough to get into, but sometimes when experimenting it’s easy to get carried away. (Also I’d love to know how a synthesizer can simulate the sound of trickling water.) Robbie has a much smaller role in the movie than in the promotional material, but the story and twist are strong enough I didn’t mind. This is the best movie in which to see Leslie Nielsen as a serious actor (that isn’t Airplane), if only because it’s the most readily available.