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December 02, 2005

Enjoy A Movie With The Count and Countess

I know all my readers probably think I watch nothing but horror films, splatter films, and pseudo-snuff films, since I recently saw "I Spit On Your Grave" and "Blood-Sucking Freaks". I've also ordered "The Last House On The Left" from Netflix. Sure looks like all I watch are blood, guts, and gore.

Not so! The Count and I are going to watch some more classics today. We've already seen "Topper", "Topper Returns", "The Thin Man", and "After The Thin Man". Today, we are going to watch "Mr. Roberts", "Pat And Mike", and "His Girl Friday". I do love those screwball comedies.

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Posted on December 2, 2005 at 08:34 AM | Permalink

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When it comes to Mr. Grant, I prefer to watch the Hitchcock catalogue. LOVE IT .

Posted by: Roxanne at Dec 2, 2005 1:50:51 PM

If you like screwball comedies, you might like "I *heart* Huckabees". I enjoy the whole aesthetic. I don't find it an "LOL" sort of funny, but it's entertaining.

Posted by: Mandos at Dec 2, 2005 4:03:05 PM

Oh, I love Mr. Grant in Hitchcock, Rox. My favorite Hitch movie with him is "North By Northwest".

I heard mixed reviews of "I *heart* Huckabees", Mandos, but now you've talked me into it. The Count came down with a scorching stomach virus this afternoon just as "His Girl Friday" was ending, so we'll watch "Pat and Mike" later. This came out of nowhere. I hope I don't catch it. It was a particularly nasty bug. I'll add "I *heart* Huckabees" to the list. Yes, I love screwball comedies.

Guys, looks like it's time to update the Netflix queue again. ;)

Posted by: The Countess at Dec 2, 2005 4:12:15 PM

Oh, yeah - Seeing "Mr. Roberts" put me in the mood for "Operation Petticoat". I'm dying to see that pink submarine again.

I'll have to balance all this out with something more somber, like "Das Boot". If I get any more chipper I'll turn into a soccer mom. Heh.

Posted by: The Countess at Dec 2, 2005 4:14:12 PM

Oh, wow, I need to teach Introduction to Film again so that I have another excuse to watch His Girl Friday. What an incredibly fun film. Rosalind Russell's newsroom entrance in that film is simply jaw-dropping. Just a great scene.

Posted by: Chuck at Dec 2, 2005 8:51:06 PM

Chuck, I also have "Auntie Mame" on my Netflix queue. Watch "His Girl Friday" with "Auntie Mame". Just for kicks, watch "The Front Page" with Jack Lemmon as Hildy Johnson for a change of pace.

Rosalind Russell was awesome all the way through "His Girl Friday". We aren't sending that movie back to Netflix yet. We're going to watch it again tomorrow.

Posted by: The Countess at Dec 2, 2005 9:44:13 PM

I think you and all your readers will really really like this one Countess:

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Posted by: Stephen Rene at Dec 3, 2005 3:11:10 AM

I think you and all your readers will really really like this one Countess:

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Posted by: Stephen Rene at Dec 3, 2005 3:12:41 AM

Your fine movie recommendations aside, I just saw two movies today that I thought were just brilliant and totally original. I HIGHLY recommend these two...
"The Life Aquatic with Steve Zizzou" with Bill Murray and Owen Wilson,
and
"The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy," with Mos Def, Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell. You will laugh your ASSES off! Enjoy!

Posted by: Masculiste at Dec 3, 2005 5:28:26 PM

Thanks for the recommendations, Michael. I tried to watch "The Life Aquatic", but I couldn't get into it. I heard that "Hitchhiker" wasn't good, so I haven't rented it yet. I had no idea Alan Rickman was in it. I love Alan Rickman. Now I'll have to rent it.

Posted by: The Countess at Dec 3, 2005 5:53:36 PM

Hitchhiker actually was pretty good, I thought. Could have been better, but it too is worth seeing.

Posted by: Mandos at Dec 3, 2005 10:26:13 PM

It depends on which parts of the book you liked. If you haven't read the book, you won't really understand the movie - for example, nobody in the movie explains to you the importance of always knowing where your towel is. If you have, then if the jokes you liked are those that are easily transported to the screen, then you'll love it; if the jokes you liked are the more verbal ones, then forget about it. Personally I think Zaphod ruins every scene he's in (whereas in the book he's alright), Trillian is less than useless in the movie, Humma Kavula is redundant, and most jokes from the book were either dragged for too long or hurried too much.

Posted by: Alon Levy at Dec 4, 2005 2:42:38 AM

Alon, are you talking about "Hitchhiker"? I tried to read it (The Count has the book), but I couldn't get into it. I might give it another try before seeing the movie.

I wish they'd make a movie out of "The Stainless Steel Rat". I loved that book. It was a riot.

Posted by: The Countess at Dec 4, 2005 8:45:42 AM

Alon was talking about the Hitchhiker's guide indeed.

I actually liked the old version of the Hitchhiker's Guide, I think it was a miniseries on the BBC once? They repeated some of the jokes in this one.

Posted by: Mandos at Dec 4, 2005 11:25:21 AM

Yes, I am talking about the Hitchhiker's Guide. I loved the book series, but the first book (and the only one the movie bases its plot on) is far better than the other four.

About The Stainless Steel Rat, what is it about?

Posted by: Alon Levy at Dec 4, 2005 11:28:04 AM

Alon, The Stainless Steel Rat is about a guy who starts out as a very talented crook who later works for the Special Corps as an agent. He's hired because he's such a good crook. It's a very funny book. It's also an entire series. When I first met The Count at a sci-fi convention, he was carrying that book around. We met because we have The Stainless Steel Rat in common.

I'd also like to see the John Dortmunder books made into a movie. One has already been made, but it wasn't very good. The John Dortmunder series was written by Donald Westlake. The series is about a bunch of offbeat crooks. These are caper novels, and they are some of the best. If you've never read Westlake, I highly recommend him. He also wrote "The Ax", which is about an unemployed middle manager who gets his corporate revenge by killing off all the contenders for a management job he wants. This was during the management unemployment problems in the 1980s. The book is a riot. It's satire.

Posted by: The Countess at Dec 4, 2005 12:01:25 PM

Mandos, I've never seen BBC's version of "Hitchhiker", but I heard from lots of people that it was good. I'll have to try to read that book again. I don't think I was in the mood for it when I first tried. I'll give it another go.

Posted by: The Countess at Dec 4, 2005 12:02:33 PM

Okay, I'll check these books out, sometime. I have a ton of books I want to read by the end of the month, but hopefully I'll be able to delve into it sometime soon (at worst it will have to wait until next summer).

Posted by: Alon Levy at Dec 4, 2005 12:25:42 PM

I have more books for you to read, Alon. ;)

If you can find them, read anything by Joe Lansdale. He's hard to pigeonhole. He writes a lot of bizarre horror. He wrote the Leonard Pine/Hap Collins series. Those are some of the goofiest books I've ever read. Have you heard of "Bubba Ho-Tep"? It was made into a movie. Lansdale wrote the short story. I'm a big fan of Joe Lansdale.

Posted by: The Countess at Dec 4, 2005 12:31:30 PM

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