Movies that hold up vs. those that don't


A bit of a twist on my annual viewing this year. After my golf was cancelled due to cold weather I was looking at the movie listings for an early matinee with a particular new movie in mind. Turns out as part of its 30th Anniversary, Dazed and Confused was showing at 4:20 pm.

It forced me to head to the theater at halftime of the Wolves game, set my DVR and shut my phone off.

It was great to see it again on a big screen. It holds up. Yet again.

"13 starters coming back, 22 lettermen. Looking tough!"

I do wonder how Lee High School football squad fared in the Fall of 1976.

It was a pleasant surprise to watch the Suns get run out of Target Center upon my return home.
Even though I saw it in the theater a couple of months ago, I rewatched it at home yesterday. It started as sort of an experiment to see how watching a movie with by BOSE/Earbuds for sound. By the time Aerosmith an the Credits were done, I was hooked in for the long haul.

It sort of gave it a Drive In Movie feel to it. The music soundtrack sounded awesome. Not sure I had picked up on it before, but with hearing it that way, I could pick up that when Pink was giving Mitch a ride home from the baseball game, he had Frampton Comes Alive playing in the car.

Also I noticed the old timer at the game who talks to Pink with the "13 starters coming back, 22 lettermen. Looking tough!" line, also says, "I hope this arm has 2000 yards in it". He's touching Pink's left arm. He's for sure a rightly though. When he crumples up Coach's pledge he chucks it with his right arm. Multiple times.
 

Even though I saw it in the theater a couple of months ago, I rewatched it at home yesterday. It started as sort of an experiment to see how watching a movie with by BOSE/Earbuds for sound. By the time Aerosmith an the Credits were done, I was hooked in for the long haul.

It sort of gave it a Drive In Movie feel to it. The music soundtrack sounded awesome. Not sure I had picked up on it before, but with hearing it that way, I could pick up that when Pink was giving Mitch a ride home from the baseball game, he had Frampton Comes Alive playing in the car.

Also I noticed the old timer at the game who talks to Pink with the "13 starters coming back, 22 lettermen. Looking tough!" line, also says, "I hope this arm has 2000 yards in it". He's touching Pink's left arm. He's for sure a rightly though. When he crumples up Coach's pledge he chucks it with his right arm. Multiple times.
I watched it Thursday night per custom. Really focused on background characters this time. Went to the Parkway the night before to see Spinal Tap. That's a lot of classic one liners in two nights.
 

I watched it Thursday night per custom. Really focused on background characters this time. Went to the Parkway the night before to see Spinal Tap. That's a lot of classic one liners in two nights.
I think I finally identified Renee Zellweger as an extra. She's really hard to spot with the resemblance to Joey Lauren Adams.

She's also a Senior and both are in the parking lot when Parker Posey wraps up the hazing. It's a wide shot and hard to tell which is which, plus they are both wearing Class of '77 shirts.

I'm sure though she's at the Moon Tower doing the beer bong early in the party.
 
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She's in the back of the truck with the beer bong right?
 





Now watching the Firm from 1991 on the JVC BU 3000 that came with the movies. Seems ok.
 




Fifteen pages of "Does this movie hold up" without a mention of Mel Brooks?
Mel is - IMHO - a little tricky. his brand of humor is so much of its time. Don't get me wrong - Blazing Saddles was/is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, but there is no way that movie could be made today - too many people would be offended. Same with The Producers. Young Frankenstein is the one Brooks movie that still works the best, but you have to understand the Universal horror movies to understand what is being spoofed. I know some people really love Spaceballs, but I'm iffy on that one.

his later movies all have their moments, but are very hit-and-miss, including High Anxiety and History of the World. those movies suffer because Mel wanted to be the leading man, and he really wasn't cut out for that. His best movies feature Gene Wilder as his surrogate.
 

I re-watched Stand by Me for the first time in several decades. While I have always revered it, perhaps I have even underated it. It's a classic.

All 4 main kids are great in it as well as Kiefer Sutherland as the bully/villain, it has a fantastic soundtrack with a great mix of humor. I found it even more heartbreaking comparing the fate of River Phoenix with his character, Chris.

Some thoughts:

- I'm not sure when I have seen it previously, I recognized how they used the song Stand by Me as a subtle score in the early scenes with "the writer"/Dreyfuss.

- Vern gets the best comedic lines, especially in the Superman vs Mighty Mouse debate.

- I had totally forgotten that John Cusack was in it playing Gordie's older brother Denny in flashback scenes.

- For a decade or so, what a roll Rob Reiner was on. Spinal Tap, Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, American President & A Few Good Men. Wow.
 

I re-watched Stand by Me for the first time in several decades. While I have always revered it, perhaps I have even underated it. It's a classic.

All 4 main kids are great in it as well as Kiefer Sutherland as the bully/villain, it has a fantastic soundtrack with a great mix of humor. I found it even more heartbreaking comparing the fate of River Phoenix with his character, Chris.

Some thoughts:

- I'm not sure when I have seen it previously, I recognized how they used the song Stand by Me as a subtle score in the early scenes with "the writer"/Dreyfuss.

- Vern gets the best comedic lines, especially in the Superman vs Mighty Mouse debate.

- I had totally forgotten that John Cusack was in it playing Gordie's older brother Denny in flashback scenes.

- For a decade or so, what a roll Rob Reiner was on. Spinal Tap, Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, American President & A Few Good Men. Wow.
Princess Bride has to be one of the most underappreciated films of all time.

And Vern married Rebecca Romijn. 😮
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Princess Bride has to be one of the most underappreciated films of all time.

And Vern married Rebecca Romijn. 😮
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Yes, that's called winning.

What prompted me to revisit Stand by Me was I recently listened to the Rob Lowe/"Literally" podcast.

It was his first acting job, nobody was sure about the potential marketability of the film, possibly that it might be a straight to video. In the can for a year it was finally released with very little fanfare, no "premier" ceremony or anything. He wound up seeing it at a matinee showing with his grandparents where they were the only ones that bought tickets.

Afterwards, the theater employee recognized him as being in the movie, so refunded the ticket money. The worker also said they saw a lot of crappy movies, but this was pretty good, so he had hope.

He also said after that he didn't get any roles until he played Kush in Jerry Maguire almost a decade later. Pretty good start in the biz, even with the delay.

IMDB does list him with a couple of minor parts though. Regardless, 2 Classics in my book.
 
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Yes, that's called winning.

What prompted me to revisit Stand by Me was I recently listened to the Rob Lowe/"Literally" podcast.

It was his first acting job, nobody was sure about the potential marketability of the film, possibly that it might be a straight to video. In the can for a year it was finally released with very little fanfare, no "premier" ceremony or anything. He wound up seeing it at a matinee showing with his grandparents where they were the only ones that bought tickets.

Afterwards, the theater employee recognized him as being in the movie, so refunded the ticket money. The worker also said they saw a lot of crappy movies, but this was pretty good, so he had hope.

He also said after that he didn't get any roles until he played Kush in Jerry Maguire almost a decade later. Pretty good start in the biz, even with the delay.

IMDB does list him with a couple of minor parts though. Regardless 2 Classics in my book.
"Stand By Me" required an emotional investment similar to what I felt about "Lord of the Flies" and the "Piggy" character.
 

After watching Dazed & Confused a few weeks ago, for a 2nd movie to enjoy via the Bose/ear buds experience, the choice was obvious, Almost Famous.

It's solidly in my Top 10 favorites all time. For this century it ranks up there with Into the Wild & The Royal Tenenbaums.

It is as perfect as can be in all facets.

After seeing the Big Star documentary a few weeks ago, even though the real Lester Bangs was only in it briefly, I had a greater appreciation for Phillip Seymour Hoffman's portrayal. Crowe had the good sense to let him bring his own sensibility into the performance, and it works marvelously. My 2 favorite Bangs phrases are "Swill Merchants" & "Industry of Cool".

Some great don't blink or you'll miss 'em cameos or before they were famous:

- Eric Stonestreet plays a hotel clerk relaying a message to William from his mother.

- Mark Maron is the PHX promoter upset with Stillwater when they cut their set short after Russell gets electrocuted on stage.

- Minnesota comedian Nick Swardson plays an over the top Bowie fanatic.

- My favorite though was thinking that Eric Stoltz was the World Famous Tour Mgr "Red Dog". Not so. It's actually Zack Ward. Who's that? Well he's a former child actor who played the bully Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story that Ralphie ultimately beats the tar out of him.

- Peter Frampton is another manager in the poker game. Also was the music consultant for Crowe.

Another tidbit I had never noticed, they are drinking Schmidt beer on the private plane.
 

After watching Dazed & Confused a few weeks ago, for a 2nd movie to enjoy via the Bose/ear buds experience, the choice was obvious, Almost Famous.

- Peter Frampton is another manager in the poker game. Also was the music consultant for Crowe.
Frampton is the Humble Pie manager. The transaction eventually leads to this brilliant exchange between William and Penny Lane:

WILLIAM: "He sold you to Humble Pie for 50 bucks and a case of beer."
PENNY LANE: "What kind of beer?"


At least it was Heineken. Much more regal back in 1973.
 




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