We will take a respite from the normal fare to do a special post on film and art. One of the regular features of this blog is that we sometimes mix up our style.
1 All of us have films that we wonder why they are so over rated. Like Elaine on Sienfeld, I think the English Patient was very over rated. It was not a bad film in any description, just one that had too many needless plot lines and needed editing. What is your view of the English Patient ?
Are there films that you feel are somewhat over rated?
2 I am a fan of some films that are seldom shown as forgotten classics. One of the films I used to look forward to seeing was Lord of the Flies. Other seldom seen films that I enjoyed are the Grapes of Wrath, Harry and Tonto and Laura. Name some older films prior to 1975 that you feel are over looked.
3 Sonia is a fan of eroticism in film. She enjoyed Eyes Wide Shut which I felt was a bore. There have been some really dreadful films with vicarious sexual content notably Bolero. I am not a cinema prude but Eyes Wide Shut was over the top and contrived. I prefer the nudity fit into the story line and be believable. Ducky what are your views of nudity and eroticism on film?
Can either of you name a film where the nudity seemed well integrated into the story line.
4 What are your views on the sword and socery films. Lord of the Rings was well done and faithful to the book. The Conan films were poorly done and did not convey the essence of the charachter. Conan frequently uses his brain and humor in the books by Howard and that was missing in the film.
5 Some film adaptations of books are excellent like Lord of the Flies, The Grapes of Wrath. Yet others like Conan and Gangs of NY fall short. Can both of you name films you feel were faithful
to books and well done and those that were not.
6 Lets talk about musicals and drama from the stage to cinema. The King and I, Oklahoma and Fidler on the Roof stand out as excellent adaptations. However, Evita did not even come close to the stage performance. I would like to have seen Bye, Bye Birdie on stage but my parents swear it was an excellent adaptaion. Both versions have a singing Paul Lynde. Grease was better on film than stage. For obvious reasons I have not heard of the Emeperor Jones being performed in my memory. However, it does not translate well over time.The Odd Couple was an excellent film and even better TV series. However, some of this is due to the immense talents involved Klugman, Randall, Mathau and Lemon were very capable. What are your thoughts on adaptations from the stage to Cinema? Name some good and bad examples.
7 There are some movies that are so bad and poorly written that they become enjoyable. My favorite examples are Johny Guitar and Superfly. Are there films that are so poorly written that
they become enjoyable.
8 We did interview a charachter actor Bruno Amato who points out that he does get type cast.
He plays detectives, wrestling coaches, criminals and said he will not ever be cast as an accountant. Vincent Price is an example of a very capable actor in Laura who evolved over time
into an almost cimena version of a loveable uncle in horror films. Can you name some good examples of people known for playing against familiar roles we associate them with. Paint your Wagon has a singing Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood and Ray Walston.
9 What are your views on the following cinema types the Disaster Epics, Martial Art films and Westerns. Can you name any notable films that you felt were good or bad in each genre.
Your thoughts on specific films
10 Forrest Gump. Puching out a commie made a good film greater.
11 Ben Hur
12 The Original Planet of the Apes Films. My favorite was the ending in the second film and humans worshiping the atomic bomb.
13 The Towering Inferno.
14The Last Emperor
15 The Indiana Jones Films.
16 Rain Man
17 Zorba the Greek
18 The James Bond Films
19 Pick five all time bombs. Mine are 1 Yentyl 2 Bolero 3 Battlefield Earth 4 Cocktails 5 Dirty Dancing.
20 Do we see to many sequels?
21 What is your favorite comedy team of all time?
22 Name your five all time bombs.
23 Are there any recent films within the last five years you envision becoming classics?
24 What is your view of Michael Caine as an actor.
25 Pick an actor and an actress that you think should find other employment.
John Travolta and Bette Midler.