Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fritz the Cat

I didn't see FRITZ THE CAT when it first came out in 1972. I had enjoyed Ralph Bakshi's TV cartoons but didn't yet know his name. I had NO idea who Robert Crumb was! On top of all that, I was only 13 years old! I was 17 when I finally caught FRITZ on a triple bill with its non-Bakshi sequel, THE 9 LIVES OF FRITZ THE CAT and Bakshi's far superior non-Fritz follow-up, HEAVY TRAFFIC.

When i did finally catch it, though--and by now I knew the comics character and Crumb--I was pretty impressed. It was more a Bakshi film than a Crumb film but at the same time, it remained fairly true to its source other than making the title character a little more familiar in the time honored funny animal mode...albeit dirtier

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Jenny Agutter

Another longtime favorite, she was cute early on, pretty later, and has aged gracefully into a still very attractive woman, but in 1976 when I was 17, she was sex personified to me in LOGAN'S RUN. 


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Impossibly Handsome Actors

Here are my Top Ten Most Handsome Male Actors.

Cary Grant

Channing Pollock

Guy Williams

Richard Roundtree

Pierce Brosnan

Robert Redford

Rock Hudson

Steve Reeves

George Clooney

Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Hard Day's Night

I was probably 7 or 8 years old when I caught HELP on its network TV showing. It didn't make a big impression. YELLOW SUBMARINE I saw at the theater when I was 9 and I caught a matinee of LET IT BE when I was 11. It wasn't until after that, I believe, when I finally caught up with A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, the quintessential English rock and roll movie! Ringo really is excellent here, although I remain convinced by his later lack of any substantial acting ability that it was director Richard Lester who brought it out in him. The others are all charm and cheek and even Paulie's grandfather makes an impact. (He's very clean.) Visually and musically, this was a major step up from, say, Cliff Richard's lightweight teen fare. Sadly, much of what followed in the genre was more a step back, leaving A HARD DAY'S NIGHT alone at the top even today!