OR, A MOVIE-BILL FEAST
Tonite: ***** (Five stars)
This Happy Breed**
Meet Me in St. Louis ***
Convenient and cheap, but I’d rather take the wife to see Tarantino “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” and I’ve seen it twice already. Certain I’ve seen MMIS a couple times, as well, here.
But I should say seeing a movie again at Stanford Theatre is still a splendor based on numerous factors such as: price, the crowd or co-responders; cheap popcorn and Coke; big screen, memories of seeing such with my father; or with The Cohens, who sometimes make a beeline to the threatre before dropping their bags off.
(edit to add, the next day: Terry, Phyllis and I saw Tarantino instead, me for the third time)
Wednesday:**** (Four stars, with a bullet or bang –!!)
Lust for Life **
Cabin in the Sky **
Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh and not, as far as I know, an influence on Iggy Pop. Is there a source of that phrase that pre-dates 1956?
blacked with: I don’t think I’ve heard of this, 1943 musical with: Eddie Rochester Anderson, Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, “Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe”, “Li’l Black Sheep”, “Ain’t It De Truth”(sic), “Dat Old Debbil Consequence” — which reminds me, I used to think there should be a reality quiz show called “Toot or Consequences” in which if people get answers wrong, maybe questions on the arts, Jack Walrath will let them have it; “Honey in the Honeycomb” “Taking a Chance on Love”, “In My Old Virginia Home”; “Going Up” — I am breaking here, to add this to my electronic calendar — there are six chances, a 5:40 and a 9:45 three days running — and maybe that can be a folo in itself: what happened to these songs? Things ain’t what they used to be, indeedy.
Saturday, 8/10:******(six stars, likely the pride of the pack)
Sunset Boulevard ***
(not to be a spoiler but there is a dead body floating in the pool of the new Tarantino “….Hollywood” film, and a voice over I think by the Brad Pitt character)
and1: this is a William Holden gig; see also by William Inge, “Dark at The Top of the Stairs” a Jewish teen version of which I made a hash of back in summer of ’82; I memorized enough of the kid’s “hard-boiled” speech to be admitted to Rod Alexander’s acting workshop, wherein a highlight was doing Neil Simon’s “Odd Couple” one scene with a guy named John Glenn who claimed he was related to the Rockefellers but not the astronauts. I still somehow recall pacing in the shadows of Rollins Chapel as I worked on my lines, for the audition, Inge.
Wednesday, 8/14:***** (Five stars)
Cluny Brown **
Heaven Can Wait ***
There’s a metaphysical moral theme continued from the previous bill…which somehow makes me want to call Brown Clunsey as in Broonzy.
Saturday, 8/17- Tuesday, 8/20 ***
although I am producing or seeing 3 concerts that weekend — and I just noticed that from now to September 17 there are screening every night at Stanford Theatre ie 63 days or 9 straight weeks
So I’ll likely be attending the M or the T.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
that runs nearly three hours, matinee only on the weekend
And: I am producing a Dayna Stephens concert on Sunday at The Mitch.
Wednesday, 8/21:***** (Five stars)
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn ****
Curse of the Cat People *
James Dunn VS James Dean? He won the AA.
Not sure I get the implied connection here: childhood? Halliwell lets drop that there is a Cat People from 1942 — ** — by the same producer. I’d almost want to see “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” with “Can’t Stop The Music” the Greenwich Village vehicle Village People (1980). That also leads nicely, as a music theme, to…
(And while I am at it, I’d back “Cabin In the Sky” with Dan Pritzker’s new biopic about Buddy Bolden, which is being poorly received but has great music and beautiful Jim Crow era comfort workers).
andand: also, I would go “Pygmalion” 1940 GB with “My Fair Lady” — which they may already have done — and also all four (!!!!) versions of “A Star is Born”, 1937, 1954, 1976, 2018 — by the fourth version it seems Brad Cooper’s motivation is “Fredric March did it”, if you excuse the digression.
Sun Valley Serenade *
Orchestra Wives **
Almost worth seeing — see above about Jack Walrath – – or Marquis Hill — about “Toots and Consequences” — just for the Nichlolas Brothers — and “I’ve Got a Girl In Kalamazoo” which as a kid I always thought was “I’ve Got a Girl who Swallowed a Kazoo”. Glenn Miller is in both flicks and his orchestra, but also Jackie Gleason and Cesar Romero, the Joker, which to me means Steve Miller.
Wednesday, 8/28: **** (4 stars — and in Halliwell system one star means reason enough to see it, four stars quadruply so)
The Heiress **
The Dark Mirror **
(Whereas I would do “Heiress” with “The Wolf Man” (Lon Chaney, Jr; 1940) just for the bad pun, even dropping a point)
Saturday, 8/31: **** (four stars)
The Mark of Zorro (1940) ***
Hangover Square *
Kind of makes me wonder what the very conservative David Packard thinks of DT.
Leadership, not delerium tremens. H notes that the lead of “Hangover Square”, Laird Cregar, “died after slimming for this role”. Morbid reason to see the film.
I also want a night or bill devoted to that guy from SF who plays the patsy gangster in two Bogart films, and David Thomson has an essay on him.
Wednesday, 9/4: ****** (six stars)
Now, Voyager ***
The Letter ***
Saturday, 9/7: *** (three stars)
The Ladykillers *
Importance of Being Earnest **
Halliwell gives The Ladykillers only one star (*) but I remember liking it, with Alec Guiness an Ealing Studio British film.
Wednesday, 9/11: ****** (six stars)
Stage Door ***
Bachelor Mother ***
Note: I am producing a John Santos concert at Mitchell Park on the Friday, 9/13.
Saturday, 9/14 thru Tuesday, 9/17: ***** (5 stars)
Double Indemnity ****
True Confession *
Raymond Chandler co-wrote with Billy Wilder the script based on a novel by James M. Cain:
kind of an awkward and lopsided bill, though both feature Fred MacMurray — is the connection that the famous prologue to DI is a “confession”?? Yet: I’ll be there, likely.
Ideally I’d like to go eight times to see these, between now and mid-September — a huge fan could literally go every night, for about $300, the cost of a good shrink! Tonite, I am more into binge-watching “Succession” of HBO — the faux Rupert Murdoch biopic series.
Hats off to David Packard, again, for making this fly. But I would like to see something with currently living people.
And I recommend Tarantino over this, in most cases.