Thursday, March 17, 2016

Movie Mash-Up #14: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Last night I saw The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for the first time, and thanks to Cinemark, I was able to see it on the big screen. I left in awe of the film. I love genre movies that defy their genre by having their own stylistic twist.

I also enjoyed each of the three main characters and found Lee Van Cleef's Angel Eyes to be one of the most magnetic, charismatic, and likable villains ever. Maybe it was the smile, the laugh, the voice, but it was probably his seductive gaze.

Another equally shallow observation I had involved Clint Eastwood's hair. His performance is cool, and he does more with silence than he does with words. But that head of hair! Holy cow.

Finally, is it fair to say that Eli Wallach stole the movie from his co-stars? He's one of those performers who was always so good that I forget how good he was. Every scene in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly with Wallach is made better by him being in it. His physicality and his timing are simply flawless. And there's something magical about his feverish run through the graveyard in the last act of the movie.

And my gosh, the soundtrack. There's nothing original I could say about it, so I'll leave it at this: Guess what I was listening to first thing this morning.

There was only one thing that bothered me about the movie: the title doesn't have an Oxford comma.

As you can see, I have my artistic priorities straight.

Next week, Cinemark, Fandango, and Turner Classic Movies are rereleasing The Ten Commandments to theaters. I loved that movie as a kid, but I've never had a chance to see it on anything other than VHS or ABC and where we lived, the reception was so bad, the movie looked like it had been shot through sands in an hourglass.

Before you go, here's Metallica's cover of  "Ecstasy of Gold" from Ennio Morricone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly score...



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Superman Replies

If Metropolis had been destroyed at the end of Man of Steel because Superman was texting and flying, that movie would have been so much better...
This cartoon is by Liam Francis Walsh and was printed in the most recent issue of The New Yorker. I wish I had thought of it...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Caesar Classic

This March's Ides may be waning, but this sight gag is so good, it must be shared...

Still Feeling the Bern

I hope you're watching Bernie Sanders' speech right now. This speech is an example of someone who is committed to his principles and his values.
No matter how badly he may have lost tonight, no matter how disappointing the results may have been, he gets out there and reminds everybody that, to him, politics is first and foremost about those values and principles he has held for a lifetime. If you think his only priority is to win this election, then you're mistaken. Sanders wants to equip a national audience, comprised of unprecedented numbers of Millennials (i.e., the generation strapped, saddled, and sideswiped with this failed corporate experiment in oligarchy), with a battle cry that will be heard long after he is gone. Like MLK, Sanders may not be the one to lead the country to the mountaintop and back to its democratic, people-based roots, but he has equipped my generation with the knowledge of what is wrong with the United States right now; he has fueled us with the passion to change it; and he has articulated the goals that need to be accomplished if we are going to reach that mountaintop. Politics is not always about winning, no matter what Donald Trump thinks. It's also about getting people--specifically the next generation who has not yet reached the age of comfort with the status quo--to think about what they want their futures to be and what they want their country to look like. For that reason alone (and many other reasons), I will continue to support Bernie Sanders no matter how much he wins or loses going forward. Because once again, it is not about winning or losing. It's about the values you espouse and the principles you commit your life to upholding... #FeeltheBern #NotMeUs

My Bitter Post for Super Tuesday III

I'm going to revolutionize how the American media handle election nights.

Instead of waiting for 1 percent or 2 percent or 3 percent or even an outrageously high 6 percent of a state's counties to report their results, I'm going to start calling states for candidates when only 0.0 percent have reported. That way, we won't have to bother ourselves with the formality of having any of the results returned, and we can all just call it a night and flip back to NCIS and Law & Order reruns or return to mindlessly browsing Jimmy Fallon and Ellen clips on our phones...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Contending with the Bern

Bernie Sanders was trailing Hillary Clinton by 18 points in final polling before today's Michigan primary. As the results come in, they're now neck-and-neck with Sanders in the lead.
In newsrooms across America, headline writers are desperately trying to figure out how to turn Rocky into a loser, not a contender, tomorrow...‪#‎FeeltheBern‬ ‪#‎NotMeUs‬

A Sexism Intervention

Sexism exists, but I'm not sure we, as a society, fully understand or appreciate what it is...