I am curious what makes ChiO pick Play It Again Sam and Mike pick Love and Death? Simply what makes you laugh?
I'm absolutely convinced that if someone says X is his or her favorite drama, and one disagrees as to its merits, a cool and calm discussion can be had and, perhaps, a mind changed -- but even if not, each person can understand the other's position. With comedy, however, if someone doesn't find it funny, it's pretty difficult even to get that person to accept that anyone it in right mind could conceivably find it even mildly amusing.PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM
(yes, I know Woody
didn't direct it) just hits all the right spots for me. I like ANNIE HALL
a lot (I still tear up where I hear, "But we need the eggs.") and I probably laugh harder during it, but PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM
has me smiling and laughing and nodding throughout. When it was released, I saw it five times within two months or so...then at every opportunity at revival theaters. She bought it!
, with that goofy look still cracks me up. And what guy doesn't want to be Bogart
? A film critic wanting to be Bogie
And it is so Noir: Woman in Museum
: It restates the negativeness of the universe. The hideous lonely emptiness of existence. Nothingness. The predicament of Man forced to live in a barren, Godless eternity like a tiny flame flickering in an immense void with nothing but waste, horror and degradation, forming a useless bleak straitjacket in a black absurd cosmos. Allan
: What are you doing Saturday night? Woman in Museum
: Committing suicide. Allan
: What about Friday night?
Or a line I use whenever the possibility of rain arises in a conversation:Allan
: I love the rain - it washes memories off the sidewalk of life.
I started sketching out a film class that would be called Boys Will Be Boys...And Men Will Be, Too
. The partial line-up: DINER
, PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM
, HIGH FIDELITY
. I ran it by Mrs. ChiO, she rolled her eyes and asked, And why do you think anymore would want to watch movies that are just about you?
Also, though I am sure that others have said this many times - John Cazale = brilliant.
That is one of those statements that cannot be made often enough. Note that I had three of his films in my Top 5. If hearing him say "Wyoming" in DOG DAY AFTERNOON
doesn't explain everything in Life and bring a tear to your eye, you have no Soul.