Posts Tagged ‘Ray Walston’

The Apartment – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, April 21st, 2010

Review:

It’s 1960 and a young man working for an insurance company has figured out the perfect way to get promoted: let his superiors take their dates to his apartment! Naturally, this leads to some trouble, especially when the girl he is hopelessly in love with turns out to be the mistress of his new boss. The film is a classic comedy and probably one of the funniest films ever made. The pitch perfect script by director Billy Wilder never disappoints and Jack Lemmon in the lead role is simply superb, acting-wise. The film also manages to combine the comedy with some real drama and insight into urban and suburban life – long before Mad Men came along.

Random Observations:

The Apartment at the IMDb

As one could expect from any project involving Billy Wilder, the film is extremely quotable.

Nice turn by Fred MacMurray as the heartless boss. And I guess Shirley MacLaine is good as well.

Co-written by I.A.L Diamond, née Itek Domnic. If someone could explain those initials, I would be most pleased.

The eminently funny Ray Walston is also in this film – mostly there to deliver a jab at Marilyn Monroe for Wilder.

The Sting – Minute Movie Review

Montag, April 19th, 2010

Review:

After his partner is killed for taking on the wrong mark, a small-time con man throws in with a big-timer and together they set out to take the mob boss without him ever being the wiser. The film is a deft combination of comedy and drama, telling a serious story with a light-hearted touch that befits it’s theme. Robert Redford and Paul Newman are brilliant in the lead roles together, for a uniquely entertaining film.

Random Observations:

The Sting at the IMDb

The film won a boatload of Oscars, including one for Best Score for Marvin Hamlisch, who mostly opted for adapting Scott Joplin’s ragtime music, which works surprisingly well despite the fact that the film is set two decades after they were made (and popular).

This was also the film that netted Edith Head her eighth and final Oscar. To this day, she remains the only costume designer whose name I know and remember.

Watching Paul Newman and Robert Redford together is always a joy, so I also highly recommend Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

A bunch of great (70s) character actors in this film, including Harold Gould and Ray Walston.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Minute Movie Review

Montag, März 29th, 2010

Review:

Based on the book by screenwriter Cameron Crowe, the film details the adventures of a bunch of High School people during one year. The film almost single-handedly founded the genre known as teen comedy, with the ever popular themes like sex, drugs and rock & roll surviving to this date. It doesn’t really have much of a plot, but it is an often funny look at teenage life that manages to entertain for the most part.

Random Observations:

Fast Times at Ridgemont High at the IMDb

First film role for Nicolas Cage, who for the one and only time is credited with his birth name. He’s also on screen for about half a second.

It’s really strange to see Sean Penn as a surfer/stoner, considering the roles he has taken lately.

Minute Movie Review – South Pacific

Sonntag, Mai 24th, 2009

Review:

Another stage musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein made into a movie, South Pacific tells the story of a few islands in the South Pacific during World War II. There, a middle-aged French man falls in love with a young nurse and an overeager Marine tries to win the war yet also falls in love with a native girl. The film is corny beyond belief, but the revolutionary message for the 1950s still rings true today: Love knows no boundaries and age, race or whatever don’t really matter. Of course, there is no subtlety in hammering that message home, but apart from the technical flaws (many scenes were shot through coulored filters, creating rather horrible images) the film is still enjoyable enough.

Random Observations:

South Pacific at imdb.com

The film is quite the contrast to the last film about the second World War in the Pacific setting I saw…

All of the actors’ and actresses’ singing voices were dubbed by other people except Mitzi Gaynor’s.

The men’s choir (aka the navy sailors) can whistle surprisingly well.