Never Have I Ever is a g.d. delight. I loved how right out of the bat we knew everything we needed to know about Devi as an all-American Indian girl (and younger alt-earth Mindy Kaling surrogate) by seeing her more traditional vegetarian parents declining meat at a picnic & then turning around and seeing her happily ch… Read more
I’m delighted to see Dirty John: Betty here (in addition to the expected shows, of course). This season is really, really good -- far less by-the-numbers true crime story and far more art. Peet and Slater are tremendous.
Maybe Mamet was a screenwriter and it’s a surreal witticism along the line of the “Everybody needs money. That’s why they call it money!” from Heist.
I remember watching this on broadcast TV on an evening when there was a torrential storm, as a kid who was fascinated by the story of the Titanic and the idea of ocean liners sinking. When Leslie Nielsen showed up as the captain, I only knew him as Frank Drebin and assumed it was a comedy, and so spent the first half… Read more
I read and re-read that a bunch of times before I ever saw the movie.
I believe the scene went like this: She was holding the cat in a full elevator and an explosion caused the elevator to rock and the glass panel fell out behind her. The rocking of the elevator caused her to fall backwards and her last action before falling to her (hideous) death was to hand the cat over so it was… Read more
I watched Movie 43. It still haunts me to this day.
I have to go with The Poseidon Adventure in spite of the far more powerhouse cast in The Towering Inferno. TPA was simply more clever, story wise IMHO, than TTI. Plus, after a while I felt TTI was a really sadistic film, gleefully reveling in finding clever ways of roasting the cast and/or showing them fall to their… Read more
YES! 70s disaster films are my jam. I grew up watching them on TV, in the summer, with my friends. We’d each pick a survivor to be our avatar, which made the experience so much more fun. I usually picked the pretty girl, and they usually died in some gruesome way. SPOILER ALERT Read more
Also, a great early example of the “totally incongruous tie-in hit song.”
While you played Lava, we played Poseiden Adventure jumping furniture in the living room
I can’t recommend prime Capra enough and this is a great one. Thanks, Gwen. A nice write up as always. Sadly Capra wasn’t the New Dealer his films make him out to be but reportedly a reactionary and lifelong Republican who hated Roosevelt and was just being career savvy for his era (not unlike Ronald Reagan, who… Read more