Thursday, November 29, 2012

Meep Pic Of The Week: Roxanne (1987)

From Columbia Pictures
Original Theatrical Release Date: June 19, 1987

25 Years ago or so, I caught this rather charming reworking of Cyrano De Bergerac in theaters. Steve Martin would always be the wild and crazy guy, but he also became a rather clever screenwriter with his work on this Film. Though one could argue the Romantic Comedy genre skirts too closely to being merely middle of the road, and made for those who seem fine in it, there are Films in this genre that break out of that mold and win you over with their smarts and engaging performances. Roxanne is one of the best Films of 1987 because it does all of that, and it never fails to makes me smile.

And another thing... to cast Daryl Hannah as a rocket scientist, and believably so, is quiet a feat. She's great here, as is Steve Martin who plays a likable guy with some serious quirks, especially if you bring up his rather large nose. Also fun to watch is Michael J. Pollard as a dimwitted fireman, Fred Willard as the obnoxious mayor and Shelley Duvall as the best friend who tries to bring the two leads together. I also love the Film's locations. This Movie is beautifully shot with some really stunning locales. Vancouver, take me away!

 "It's because I'm afraid of worms, Roxanne. WORMS!"

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Images from Happy Birthday To Me (1981) - A Tale Of Head Wounds, Scooby-Doo Hijinks And Dead Friends.

Images from Happy Birthday To Me (1981) - A real fun Slasher Movie ride.

Ginny (Melissa Sue Anderson) in the bathroom. We've all had this moment after getting on the scale. Ginny blows out her candles, daddy doesn't approve.
Bitchin' braids.
Ginny's mom, rejected from society. She does not like this. 

Gloved hands, Eyeball. The Giallo lives on. 
Ginny and her friends unwind after school with a drink or two. Ginny's shrink does his best Hamlet; scares kids with his ever-exposed chest.Class at Crawford Academy is a hair raising experience. Ginny has head surgery.
No wonder Ginny has all these headaches.
The headmaster at Crawford Academy. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Bernadette O'hara (Lesleh Donaldson) in the car.

Bernadette later loses her head.

Ann, as played by Lisa Langlois.

Ginny and dad have a moment.

Ginny takes a shower. Flashbacks ensue.

Ginny is happy and refreshed.

Ginny smokes some dope with Rudi.

Rudi sure is a strange fellow.

The big win.

More fun at the bar.

Ginny and Ann run to class.

Never fix your motor bike and wear a long scarf. Never.

Never leave your junk out on full display when overdoing it with the weights. Never.

Shish Kebab, anyone?

Where are the students indeed.

Maggie takes a dip.

The unmasking.

Ginny and her friends, together again, one last time.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Top 10 John Carpenter

John Carpenter is a Director who plays by his own rules. He's also one of the few guys who even gets to have his name above the title. 

Though he hasn't made a great Film in many years (In The Mouth Of Madness was my last true Favorite of his), he's had quite a run. The late 70's and the entire 80's belonged to Carpenter. He has made quite a number of memorable low-budget and Studio Films. John Carpenter is a Cinema god. 

Here are my 10 Favorite John Carpenter Films, in this order. 

The List:

Halloween (1978)
The Thing (1982)
Escape from New York (1981)
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Starman (1984)
They Live (1988)
Christine (1983)
Prince of Darkness (1987)
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

And the rest...

Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
Escape From L.A. (1996)
Vampires (1998)
Someone's Watching Me! (1978)
Village Of The Damned (1995)
Ghost Of Mars (2001)
Memoirs Of An Invisible Man (1992)
Elvis: The Movie (1979)
Body Bags (1993)
The Ward (2010)
Dark Star (1974)

Previous Top 10 Directors:

Brian De Palma
David Cronenberg
Woody Allen
Paul Schrader
Wes Craven

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