Cracking up cos I was writing a whole new review forgetting I'd already watched this… I think this has to speak in the movie's favour, cos ultimately I kinda liked it… I just love Janette Scott let's be honest. old review.
Probably my second fave Mel Brooks after Blazing Saddles this viewing around even though I saw it before I'm sure I didn't know how involved Hitchcock himself was in its production till reading Brooks' book recently… did you know that? Like he literally suggested a whole joke they had to abandon cos they didn't have the budget. Anyway he loved it so much he sent Brooks a case of ridiculously expensive wine. I love stories like this especially when they make me watch movies different. And as silly as this is it really has a sense of class you can't deny… it starts with Madeline Kahn…
I don't know where to begin with this but it doesn't really matter cos I'm not really counting it in my personal log, just that I can't help express the notes I made on it here anyway…
[part one - this was Sunday]
You'd think I'd love this even more than Apatow's doc on Garry Shandling, who I knew less… maybe it's the timing… it's an exhilarating assembly but my attitude to comedy has changed so much since Carlin died.…
"There is nothing you can do. There is nothing, okay?"
"There's so much here that doesn't make sense."
"I loved her of course."
"You know that's not possible."
"I know better."
"What do you believe in, David?"
"They are a dying species, grasping for resurrection. They don't deserve to start again, and I'm not going to let them.”
"I think if we are kind it will be a kind world."
We're just so inevitably doomed once…
"Alright you proved it I'm human!… barn burner!"
"I'm prepared to be the Queen of Sheba for some lucky man or at the very least the best man that any man could hope for…'"
Was drawn to this in the mesh of my broader '58 list n now I'm a little embarrassed about the reasons I excused it for how bad it was, it just fit my sense of how to write about this kind of person and location somehow,…
Another 58 movie I wish I loved more than I really did. I just didn't get into it, I should've been ready for it being based on a play but I try not to let that kind of thing put me off cos I have a lot of faves of that origin… and with this cast? but as much as the tone and moods was in my zone the characters and story never connected, it did totally drift in to…
Avoided this for so long cos it seemed so obviously part of the post Full Monty period of pretend progressiveness that went as long as the recent Pride about which I felt the closest same feelings watching this. It broaches issues in places that made me understand why Harvey Fierstein was drawn to adapt it for the stage - the only reason I finally came to watch it 17 years later - but mostly panders to the same ooh-er humorous…
"We're just going around in circles."
"This is the alpha verse mission to take it back to the way it use to be."
"That doesn't make any sense."
"Joy? Why do you look so stupid?"
"I'm sorry… you're still hung up that I like girls in this world?"
"Sucked… into … a bagel."
"Please be kind, especially when we don't know what's going on."
"It's too late."
"Maybe there is some discovery out there that will make us feel…
Closer, but I really hoped this would balance the Robert Wise '58 double against the disappointing Run Silent, Run Deep a little better. The female performances life it a lot. It's obviously my fave of the two, though no less dated. On the one hand I appreciate that this may be the earliest courtroom drama (a genre I very quickly came to love in my early movie love days), on the other, even if it was the first on some of these narrative techniques, it can't help but feel tired. Robert Wise was clearly versatile but he had better years than '58.
"Those are tall words you better stop and think a minute."
I had a realisation prior to watching this, realising it was a submarine movie, that probably did it a disservice, cos I watched it for Robert Wise and the first Robert Wise movie I saw probably (if not The Haunting) was Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and there's always been a strong association with those movies and the submarine cinema dynamic, so I was expecting something more comparable? Like…
"One final thing I have to do and then I'll be free of the past…"
"If I let you change me will it do it?"
"If I had the nerve, I'd stay and lie, hoping that I could make you love me again, as I am for myself... and so forget the other and forget the past. But I don't know whether I have the nerve to try…"
I don't have a lot to add to my sort of crummy…
Such a weird middle for John Waters. I love his completely unhinged originals on one level, I appreciate his later semi-mainstream shit even more (just specifically Pecker, I guess). I only wanted to watch this after reading Harvey Fierstein's autobiography that made me wanna watch all the filmed versions of his works.