Day 1 - A Wes Anderson film
Day 2 - An anime not directed by Hayao Miyazaki
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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Laugh...or I’ll blow your lips off!
Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He finds a slip of paper containing a list of people who are "The Friends and Enemies of Carlotta."
There are these moments in comedies where you just can't explain why you have to laugh hysterically every time you watch them.
Steve Martin making coffee in this film is one of those moments for me. It kills me every single time.
Apart from that, this film is hilarious, with Martin's dead pan comedy blending in perfectly with all those fantastic moments from classic Hollywood.
This film is a gem and one of Martin's best.
If this film stuck to mocking film noir throughout with a vicious sneer, it might have worked, not because film noir deserves such contempt, but because so much of the so-called humor in this film derives from playing up the sexist aspects of the genre, which are its greatest failing. The femme fatale jokes might seem on point if there weren't so much evident respect for the genre in this film. (The humor in choking the shit out of women falls short for me, though.) Instead, they seem to just heighten the uncomfortable nature of the trope by making light of it, over and over and over again.
The most impressive and lauded aspect of this film seems to be…
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is an odd film in that it’s enjoyable with its cleverness but not funny with those smarts.
It’s only funny when it’s trying to be funny. I know that might sound like a really stupid, obvious and stupidly obvious thing to say, but the gimmick here of the insertion of clips from old crimers from the 40s and 50s is actually not terribly funny. It’s admirable in just how meticulous Carl Reiner must have had to be to find precisely the right clips to insert here, but do they actually add anything to the film in terms of it being a comedy? Not really.
In terms of it being an homage to old film noirs,…
Through the power of film editing, Steve Martin stars opposite some of the greatest actresses and actors of all time in this comedy. This movie was made in 1982 while the screen legends shown in the movie all made their movies in the 1940s. The movie does an outstanding job of merging the time periods. When Martin is interacting with people like James Cagney, Cary Grant, Kirk Douglas, Bette Davis and many others this is a fascinating movie to watch.
The movie stumbles when Martin is interacting with his cast mates from the 1980s. When I first watched this movie when I was younger...I had a hard time identifying all the movie stars. This time around I not only knew…
It feels like when I was a kid Noir pastiche voice overs and bad Bogey impressions were everywhere. Be it sketch shows, adverts, cartoons or semi serious detective shows every writer seemed to want to break out his inner Chandler once a series and riff off movies that I had never actually seen.
I remember watching this on VHS with my parents and not quite getting it while still finding it funny. I saw 'Play it again Sam' late one night on TV with my dad in the same period.
I don't know if all that led me somehow to actually loving Noir, I'm not sure someone growing up even a decade later would have had the same grounding in…
Immediately upon seeing this movie years ago, I fell in love with it.
Director and co-star Carl Reiner (father of spinal taps Rob), Steve Martin and a simmering Rachel Ward hit pay dirt in a sweet as a nut comedy that blends laughs and parodies classic noir without tainting it or taking the proverbial, one of my favorite genres that I am quite terrible at reviewing.
Germinated around a table while Martin and Reiner were having a meal, Martin mentioned that he had written a screenplay where he used a scene from an old movie as part of the plot. From this, he and screenwriter George Gipe trawled through countless old noir movies looking for lines that were, in their…
189/366 for 2016
What a bold and interesting comedy experiment. It's a little distracting in its existence, but the movie is still quite a hoot. I was a little worried I'd miss the whole point if I didn't see the key noirs utilized here and there, but the movie still works without that knowledge... it's really odd, but it adds up, and Martin/Reiner's game of constant justification is absurd enough to work as a meta-game. There are some really, incredibly funny moments here. A clever noir parody and tribute, in a weird way.
Possibly both the greatest parody and the greatest homage to film-noir and pulp detective films of the 1940's...
Steve Martin is brilliant in this film! The comedy is exceptional and the story is surprisingly interesting and suspenseful. It hits every note, with plenty of moments where you will find yourself laughing uncontrollably.
I thought it was so ingenious their idea of incorporating clips of classic noir films into this new story. Steve Martin's outstanding comedy blends in perfectly with the classic scenes from the old noirs. It was amazing to see all of those sequences come together and be part of a new story.
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid understands very well what it is and does a great job parodying the film-noir genre. It knows all the tropes and pieces that make those films and does a great job giving a spin on them. It is hilarious but at the same time very intriguing!
Absolutely fucking hilarious.
Il buon Reiner, con l'ausilio del sempre spassoso Martin, artiglia il noir piegandolo alla sua frenetica voglia di commedia: innumerevoli e gustose le tante citazioni al genere nero. Il gioco alla fin fine funziona, ma il rischio saturazione è davvero dietro l'angolo. Pare vincente (anche se non essenziale) la scelta di un "anacronistico" bianco e nero (un po' stile Frankenstein Jr).
Steve Martin and the real stars of Film Noir..... clever idea and funny at times but... steve martin.....
If that movie wouldn't be that freaking good, it would be a guilt-pleasure of mine ^^
The picture quality of the italian blu-ray is revelation, especially compared to the old DVD which wasn't even in anamorphic widescreen
Took selfie with Carl Reiner.
This is probably the most star-studded film ever made.
Imagine if I told you that there's a movie where Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland, Kirk Douglas, Joan Crawford, Charles Laughton, and Vincent Price all appear.
This is that movie.
True, it's all archive footage but man oh man.
Day 1 - A Wes Anderson film
The film noir genre generally refers to mystery and crime dramas produced from the early 1940s to the late 1950s.…
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…