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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

So much for FinReg...

Goldman Sachs is already hard at work, exploiting loopholes...

Cinema Rx for a Hot Summer Night #6 - The In-Laws (1979)

Don't fall for cheap substitutes, like, say,  Michael Douglas' medicore remake.

Peter Falk, who plays a quite possibly unhinged CIA oerative, and Alan Arkin who plays a NYC Dentist, Falk's future in-law,  and his unwitting and as well as unwilling partner, are hysterical.

Cinema Rx for a Hot Summer Night #5 - Bedazzled (1967)

The original version of this Faust-send-up, with Dudley Moore, Peter Cooke, and Raquel Welch, set in mod London - London of the '60's, for those non-boomers out there - is riotously funny.

Cinema Rx for a Hot Summer Night #4 - After the Fox (1966)

Bosley Crowther of the NYT panned it as stupid, but After the Fox is undeniably funny and entertaining.

Directed by Vittorio DiSica, and scripted by Neil Simon, the fim's cast includes Peter Sellers, Britt Eklund, Victor Mature,  Akim Tamiroff, and Martin Balsam. Great send-up of various show-biz types, from the over-the-hill matinee idol (Mature), the Hollywood agent (Balsam) to the crazy-inspired Italian film director (Sellers).

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cinema Rx for a Hot Summer Night #3 - Tea House of the August Moon (1956)

Highly entertaining. Marlon Brando does a star turn as the rascally Korean translator, Sakini

Cinema Rx for a hot summer night #2 - DIVA (1981)

Can't say enough about this film.  It's like a swim, in warm Caribbean waters...

Cinema Rx for a hot summer night #1 - The Red Shoes (1948)

Insipired by Ty Burr's Globe review (see TODAY'S PAGE on this blog ) I borrowed The Red Shoes - a previously released DVD version - from the Reading Library.

It is an astonishingly beautiful film, not only in terms of Jack Cardiff's cinematography and use of Technicolor, but more importantly in terms of its music and ballet.

True, the plot is more than a tad melodramatic, and the film is long (> 2hrs) but the ballet is nothing short of otherwordly, surpassing such efforts as American in Paris and The Bandwagon.

Quite simply, it is candy, for the eye and the ear.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Innocent of but the barest plot and character development, PIRATE RADIO is not worth a theatre admission.