Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Impossible Years

Cristina Ferrare--later known as John DeLorean's wife--is surprisingly charismatic in this silly little  overlong sex farce that tries hard for some reason to remain demure. David Niven is fine in the lead and Michael McGreevey has a fun boyfriend role. Chad Everett--usually so deadpan--shows a fine sense of humor and every scene she's in is stolen by young Darleen Carr. It was also Ozzie Nelson's final film.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Even Angels Eat Beans

Bud Spencer made 20 fun flicks with Terence Hill. They were so popular in some countries that each of them was able to carry a successful solo career for decades as well. There were even attempts at casting similar Asterix/Obelix combinations to make Hill/Spencer rip-off films. EVEN ANGELS EAT BEANS is very much a Hill/Spencer flick, only without Hill. In his place is handsome, funny Giuliano Gemma, himself also an actor known for his lighthearted spaghetti western roles...just like Terence Hill. He plays a crafty young con man who teams up with a former wrestler to work both with and against a gangster in 1920s America. There are touches of THE STING crossed with THE GODFATHER and--for some bizarre reason--some martial arts stuff. But in the end, it still plays like a Hill/Spencer flick and it wouldn't surprise me at all if Hill had been meant to co-star here or perhaps even started it and dropped out!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Orson Welles-My Top 5

Even today, on what would have been Orson Welles' 100th birthday, I remain fascinated by everything he ever did as an actor and/or a filmmaker. I find myself entranced whenever the subject of his many uncompleted projects comes up. Here are five of his most mainstream appearances, though, and all favorites of mine. (F FOR FAKE, a low-budget experimental film he made with later porn director Gary Graver more than a decade prior to his passing, is also a favorite.)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

My Top Marx

Since the Marx Brothers (either 4 or 3) only ever had 13 starring vehicles, I've posted them all here...but in the order in which I personally prefer them! Your mileage may vary.