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April 22, 2005

Trish's Movie Recommendations

Seeing the classic comedy voting going on over at Norbizness put me in the mood for some classic films. Last night I taped "In The Heat Of The Night," starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. I haven't seen that movie in years. We couldn't watch it while it played on AMC because my husband and I were cooking dinner. Or, more accurately, he cooked dinner while I and our cat Lucky kept him company in the kitchen.

That movie is about a black detective from Philadelphia helping with the murder of a prominent white man in the Deep South. I saw the first part of it, where Poitier was accused of the crime because he's black. What I thought was amusing was that Poitier's character, Virgil Tibbs, was paid more as a detective than Good Ole Boy Rod Steiger. That really stuck in Steiger's craw. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of it tonight. "In The Heat Of The Night" won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1967. Steiger won the Oscar for Best Actor. AMC is showing the movies I like to watch. Around Halloween, I usually look to see what horror movies the Sci-Fi Channel is playing, but last year I ended up watching the classics I like on AMC. AMC's movies are vastly superior to the Sci-Fi Channel's dreck.

Hey, Michael, we watched "Sneakers" last night. I never get tired of that movie.

So far at Norbiz, Dr. Strangelove is giving the smackdown to Duck Soup. I voted for Strangelove.

Posted on April 22, 2005 at 10:56 AM | Permalink


OMG, OMG, OMG (just joking...don't let the earring fool you)...I just got through watching "The Last of the Mohicans." It was GREAT! Allot like "Dancing With Wolves."

I don't do love stories very well, but I actually got into this story very much. Mucho machismo but sickeningly sappy sound track.

Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't that directed by Michael Mann? I can't believe it took me so long to break down and watch it.

BTW, congratulations on your latest publication. Not bad.

Posted by: Masculiste at Apr 22, 2005 2:00:18 PM

Aren't there two "Last of the Mohicans"? I think Madeline Stowe was in the remake, assuming there was a remake. I've never seen either one of them. I'm not sure who directed it. Norman Jewison directed "In The Heat Of The Night".

Thanks for the congrats, but which latest publication? I have a couple of them out there.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Apr 22, 2005 2:48:28 PM

Strangelove ending up trouncing. Interesting that somebody not traditionally associated with comedy is the last surviving cast member/principal (James Earl Jones).

BTW, Michael Mann (Collateral, Heat, Manhunter) directed the 1992 Last of the Mohicans. According to imdb, there was a 70s miniseries version and a few attempts in the 30s, but nothing recent.

Michael Mann's version works because of the intensity of Daniel Day-Lewis, and the work of the supporting actors (especially Wes Studi, who re-appeared in Heat).

Posted by: norbizness at Apr 22, 2005 3:30:31 PM

I've never seen the 1992 "Last of the Mohicans." I'll have to check it out. I own "Manhunter." I liked that better than "Red Dragon." I bought my son "Collateral" for Christmas.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Apr 22, 2005 4:46:43 PM

Mann's sense of cinematrogrophy works extremely well here too. The locations are beautiful.
I'm with you on 'Manhunter' as well although NOBODY plays Hannibal better than Hopkins. I DID like 'Red Dragon' though. I thought Ratner could have went further. But he couldn't have picked a better lead than Ed Norton.

Posted by: Masculiste at Apr 22, 2005 7:05:03 PM

Silence Of The Lambs will always be the best work IMHO. But I've heard that Manhunter was quite excellent too--I haven't seen it but it's one of my husband's favorite movies. I'll have to pop it in sometime. I'm a bit more lukewarm towards both the book and movie versions of Red Dragon, though...I guess I felt as if the author was just pandering to the readers' desires to see Clarice and Hannibal getting it on...

Hannibal Lecter is most frighteningly sexiest soulless man-eating monster ever created. Hopkins did a deliciously good job bringing the character to life. The books were a great read too, even if they aren't my usual genre.


Posted by: Denita TwoDragons at Apr 23, 2005 10:05:50 PM

Back to "In the Heat of the Night," though...I thought Sidney Poitier was talcum powder cool the way he played against Rod Steiger's menacing character.
See if you notice it. Everyone is sweating in sweltering southern heat, and the 'Sidster' is as cool as a cucumber. I loved the tension.

Posted by: Masculiste at Apr 23, 2005 10:56:18 PM

I did notice he was super cool. He was very understated and powerful. I know there was a sequel called "They call me Mr. Tibbs!" but I never saw it.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Apr 24, 2005 6:57:20 AM

Denita, I think you're thinking of the third book, "Hannibal." That's the one where Hannibal and Clarice get it on. I didn't like it at all. Jodie Foster didn't like it either. She didn't like the way Clarice ended up, and turned down the role in the movie version. "Manhunter" and "Red Dragon" were the movies (the book was titled "Red Dragon".), a prequel to "Silence of the Lambs." Clarice wasn't in it. William Petersen, who plays Gil Grissom on "CSI," played the detective in "Manhunter." That was the first movie on that book to come out.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Apr 24, 2005 7:01:30 AM

I saw "They Call Me Mr. Tibbs." I didn't like it nearly as much. It was clear that the producers thought they had a franchise. What they didn't have was as compelling a story as the first.

That last book of the series was a dissappointment. I could understand Lecter's attraction to Starling, I could even see how it might drive a story, but them ending up together? Now that was just too much. I DID like Scott's vision however. I confess that I like anything with Ridley Scott's stamp on it.

Posted by: Masculiste at Apr 24, 2005 10:00:46 AM

Sorry, I brain-farted and got the two books mixed up--you're right, Trish, it was Hannibal. Or "Hanni-blah" as I called it after forcing myself to read it cover-to-cover...*groan*

I can only plead lack of sleep and not enough caffeine for my mistake.

Too bad Hanni-blah stank, too. It could have been SO much better...


Posted by: Denita TwoDragons at Apr 24, 2005 12:50:55 PM