MASH

MASH. 20th Century Fox 1970.
MASH. 20th Century Fox 1970.

Before watching the movie:

I’ve seen a handful of episodes of the series, but I couldn’t say I know it very well. As I understand it, the book this is based on is intensely serious, the movie is a dark comedy, and the series started out almost at Hogan’s Heroes-level hilarity before getting even more morose than the movie (perhaps because the series lasted so long the war was longer for them than in reality).

So I guess what I’m expecting here is a cynical but amusing picture of the Korean War. I don’t know what characters from the series are there, and which are played by different actors, but I don’t know half of them anyway. There’s probably going to be a lot more money on the screen than a television sitcom can afford.

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Kelly’s Heroes

Kelly's Heroes. Metro Goldwyn Meyer 1970.

Before watching the movie:

I was a little skeptical on this recommendation when I first received it. I never expect much from films older than thirty years for some reason, but being self-aware of that fact, I eventually looked into it, and realized it’s not a war drama or straight action, but a comedy. And when comedy and explosions are mixed… well, it’s usually better than Sgt. Bilko (the Steve Martin film. Jury’s still out on how Phil Silvers did).

I never would have expected to see Clint Eastwood and Don Rickles in the same movie, or really Don Rickles in any movie. I thought he was all standup other than voiceovers like Toy Story.

Anyway, this looks like a war heist comedy… somehow.

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Hercules in New York

Hercules In New York, RAF Industries 1970

Before watching the movie:

According to the blurb, this movie is pretty much its title. Hercules gets bored of Olympus and goes to New York City, where crazy things happen. I found this movie looking through YouTube’s movie collection, and I’m interested in seeing if the fact that it’s not listed under Comedies is an oversight on the part of Youtube, or on the part of the writers.

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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. The Mirisch Film Company 1970.

Before watching the movie:

While I liked the new Sherlock Holmes movie, some Sherlockians (and presumably British Holmesians) disliked how the character portrayals clashed with their understanding of the canon. Even those who based that understanding on something more faithful than the Basil Rathbone serials found some big things to complain about.

While looking around Hulu’s film collection, I happened upon a Holmes adaptation that seems to be another reimagining that may well be more faithful to the idea that lives in many minds than the Robert Downey Jr. Holmes.

Additionally, while I don’t like to bring up school on this blog, my Film Studies professor was a big fan of Billy Wilder, so when I saw that Billy Wilder directed this film, I couldn’t pass it up.

I’ll find out what Billy Wilder’s idea of Holmes is in the main article.

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