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  • Easy Living

    Easy Living


    Luis Alberni's Louis Louis is one of my favorite comic characters of all time, and Easy Living is one of my top-five favorite screwballs.

    Original review.

  • Midnight



    While broadly a screwball romance, one of the things I enjoy about a number of Leisen's comedy romance films is how un-frenetic they are, Leisen using the charm and chemistry of his actors more than the hysterical and frantic pacing common in screwball comedy. I imagine Leisen also toned down some of the cynicism of Wilder and Brackett's script, but there's still a strong vein of cynicism. Colbert is a delight, and I've come to really love her natural charm. John Barrymore may have been soused during shooting, but he makes a delightful pairing with Mary Astor.

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers


    Nancy: "Why do we always expect metal ships?"
    Jack: "I've never expected metal ships"

    The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers came out two years before I was born, and was one of the earliest horror / science fiction films I remember seeing. It was in regular rotation on late-night Creature Feature TV, and I probably saw it at least a half-dozen times by the time I saw Philip Kaufman's remake in 1978. Aside from a couple of key scenes,…

  • The Court Jester

    The Court Jester


    A perfectly silly Robin Hood-esque parody; with silly wordplay, silly songs, silly sight gags, and lot's of colorfully costumed little people. Danny Kaye is delightful and charming, Glynis Johns makes my knees wobble, and it's mid-50's Technicolor is gorgeous. Delightful family fun.