I tuned in at the part where Clarice is just about to meet Hannibal Lecter for the first time. As she's walking down that damp, dark, spooky hallway toward Lecter's cell, one of the other crazy inmates comes rushing up to the front of his cell and sniffs the air and says in a creepy whisper...
..."I can smell your scent."
Not quite the impact of the original version of that line, eh?
Also, you people are being ridiculously quiet this week. Entertain me!
1963. Directed by Robert Wise. Starring Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Julie Harris, and Russ Tamblyn.
I didn't really care for this movie much, mainly due to getting very tired very quickly of Eleanor's inner monologues being the main narrative device. Well, her inner monologues combined with her constipated facial expressions. That's not to say that there weren't some good points to this movie. First, the black and white cinematography was great with a real, crisp dark haunting picture and lots of interesting camera moves and angles. Second, the set of Hill House was really the star of this movie. I don't know if they filmed it in a real house or built it on a stage, but either way, it fit the bill perfectly. And there were about 10 or 15 minutes toward the very end that were genuinely spooky for the most part. This was a good-looking movie, but overall it just didn't hold my interest. Grade: C+
EDIT: 1:20 a.m. Just finished movie number two of the night. I've got one Mountain Dew left and I'm going to try and watch a movie I haven't seen in years--Airplane!
1973. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. Starring James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson.
I think I would have liked this movie a lot more if it had been the exact same movie only with two fictional characters in the title roles. I used to be a bit of a Billy the Kid nut years ago, and it was just hard to get past the million historical inaccuracies and really enjoy this movie. That's not to say it wasn't a decent movie. It was beautifully shot and Coburn did a very good job. Kristofferson, not so much. The soundtrack was awesome, of course. There were a bunch of individual scenes I really liked, but as a whole, this movie just didn't work as well as it could have for me personally. Grade: B-
EDIT: 2:14 a.m. Made it about halfway through Airplane! but I'm too sleepy. I'll finish it tomorrow.
First up--Preston Sturges' classic Sullivan's Travels.
EDIT: 1:49 a.m. Just finished movie number one.
1941. Directed by Preston Sturges. Starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake.
I might think about taking up the life of a hobo if I meant I got to spend my life with Veronica Lake. She is absolutely gorgeous in this movie, even when they tried to dress her down. This is a great movie, though that 10 or 15 minutes towards the end when Sullivan is on that chain gang are kind of hard to watch. Still, I love how this movie, for the most part, does a pretty job of constantly swerving away just when you think it's about to fall into the same old Hollywood plotlines. Grade: A
I'm doubting I make it through another whole movie, but I'm going to try. Next up: The Seven Year Itch. I don't think I've ever seen a Marilyn Monroe movie except for Some Like It Hot. Well, and All About Eve, but that doesn't really count.
EDIT: 4:04 a.m. Amazingly enough, I made it through movie #2. I'm not even really sleepy right now but I think I'm going to call it quits. I just can't find anything in my DVDs that looks entertaining at this point. I'll go to the library tomorrow and find a few things to watch, after I sleep in of course. Oh, who am I kidding? My idea of sleeping in will mean I wake up at 9:30 a.m. at the latest.
The Seven Year Itch
1955. Directed by Billy Wilder. Starring Tom Ewell and Marilyn Monroe.
Wow. I really, really got a kick out of this movie. I had no idea what it was about before I started watching it. All I knew was that at some point Marilyn Monroe stood above a subway grate. Anyways, I enjoyed Monroe's performance, but it was Tom Ewell that was a revelation. I've never seen him in anything else except for that clip from The Girl Can't Help It that's shown in the The Beatles Anthology, but he nailed this part. Funny movie, good writing, great acting. Loved the Technicolor vibrant colors too. They suited the material perfectly. Grade: A-
If anyone wants to contribute towards buying me a ticket to see John Mayer here in a couple of months, I'd be willing to sit through his show just so that my powers could be used for good instead of evil. Carrie Underwood and Patti Lupone are also playing here in the near future.
by Nathan Rabin
Started: January 11, 2010
Finished: January 12, 2010
This was yet another memoir of a fucked-up life written by someone under the age of 35--in this case, Nathan Rabin, head writer for The Onion A.V. Club. The catch here was supposed to be that each of the chapters was named after a song, movie, book, or television show that represented what Rabin was going in through in his life during the time period discussed. I don't think he really pulled the concept off. The pop culture elements seem shoehorned into many of the chapters and not really necessary to the storytelling. Also, writing for The Onion and all, Rabin tries to interject a lot of comedy into his writing, usually in the form of pop culture references or sarcastic lies. Most of the jokes fell flat to me. They weren't bad, but they never really made me laugh out loud. The best parts of this book were his stories of the other inhabitants of a Jewish Children's Home that Rabin lived in for most of his teenage years. This wasn't bad, but it also really didn't stand out from most of the other similar memoirs that have been written in the last ten years. 339 pages. Grade: B-
The Secret of the Unicorn
Started/Finished: January 12, 2010
Yet another Tintin book. This one was a good pirate story. The ending with the pickpocket being some weirdo who just likes to collect wallets so he can store them on a bookshelf in alphabetical order was pretty dumb, but maybe it was worth it for the gag of Thompson and Tompson finding a whole shelf devoted to them. 64 pages. Grade: B+
Total # of Books Read in 2010: 18
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 3,099
Currently Reading: Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Reading Soon: More Tintin; .45 Dangerous Minds by Steven Blush and George Petros; The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy; The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy; The Voyeur by Alain Robbe-Grillet