117 posts categorized "Classic Cinema"

April 01, 2022

MIDNIGHT MOVIES: FROM THE MARGIN TO THE MAINSTREAM

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Screen Shot 2022-04-01 at 1.33.51 PMFilm buff essential.

This delightful documentary gives a precise history lesson about one of the key American cultural phenomenon of the 20th century.

In order of historical appearance on the midnight movie craze of the ‘70s, we get the low down on “El Topo” (1970), “Night of the Living Dead” (1968), “The Harder They Come” (1973), “Pink Flamingos” (1972), “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975), and “Eraserhead” (1977).

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Great clips and interviews with the filmmakers, programmers, and distributors make for a rollicking good time.

Bring back midnight screenings.

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We need ‘em.

5 Stars

Cozy Cole

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February 17, 2022

PAPER MOON

ColeSmithey.comAn American classic.

Peter Bogdanovich's 1973 adaptation of "Addie Pray" (by Joe David Brown) is in black and white, like his first film "The Last Picture Show," another classic American film.

Depression era Kansas is a beautiful monster under László Kovács's fantastic cinematography.

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Tatum O'Neal deservedly won an Oscar for her nine-year-old performance as kid who takes to grifting like a fish to water, under the guidance of Ryan O'Neal's bible-selling con man Moses Pray.

The dad and daughter chemistry is off the charts.

Dollars add up.

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Madeleine Kahn is terrific as Trixie Delight.

Yep.

Rated PG. 102 mins. 

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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January 28, 2022

THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comCo-writer/director Bob Rafelson's satirical take on the pathetic state of the American psyche (post Viet Nam) finds its level in the faded glory of Atlantic City.

The brotherly bond between Bruce Dern's conman Jason and Jack Nicholson's radio storyteller David, gets filtered through bi-polar prostitute Sally (Ellen Burstyn) and similarly employed step-daughter Jessica (Julia Anne Robinson).

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Atlantic City enjoys a last gasp of now long-ago-destroyed grand hotel casinos.

The nagging demands of capitalism chew and gnaw at the underpinnings of Rafelson's flawed characters.

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No apologies are made.

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Surreal elements punctuate the drama created by characters doomed to misunderstand one another, and the social pressures they suffer. 

Rated R. 103 mins. 

5 Stars

Cozy Cole

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