Old Movie Week (or Month)

Old Movie Week (or Month)

As a testament to how boring exciting a couple we are, Jill and I are about to embark on an Old Movie Tour in the coming weeks. Many of which are from my recollection of movies I watched but never really understood so much as a kid, but nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed, and had somewhat shaped my opinion and perception on popular culture, the arts, artists, and what movies and theater were all about. Forgive me if I sound serious but movies a serious topic, for me, be.

A sampling:

Cabaret

Cabaret is one of the most frequently copied, spectacular movies I’ve ever seen. I was surprised when everyone was raving about Chicago, when I realized that they had probably never seen Cabaret. To be plainly clear about it, Chicago is a sad, pathetic attempt. When I think of great singing, dancing performers, there is nothing quite like Liza Minelli. Check out Michael York here, before he became just another funny character in those Austin Powers movies. The only copy that can possibly come close is Flashdance and maybe some scenes from Fame, but that’s about it.

Two For The Road

We’ve already watched Two For The Road last week. Jill let out a gasp of surprise when I told her Albert Finney was Julia Robert’s boss in Erin Brokovich. Here he somewhat reminds me of Robert Redford, but very much his evil ahole twin brother. It was my first time to appreciate Audrey Hepburn’s timeless appeal. She can be devastatingly pretty but still be your average girl next door. The hot chick in this movie is even a small role by Jacqueline Bisset, who was a real knock out.

I credit this movie for starting in me a lifelong appreciation of small British and Italian cars, such as the MG, a Triumph (I think), an Alfa Romeo, a Bentley and the luscious white Mercedes 230SL whose model a friend owned I managed to test drive once. The non assisted clutch was a back breaker, but no matter, it looked fabulous, exactly what old-Hollywood stars would be driving.

Grease I

I still make references to Olivia Newton John and John Travolta’s Grease, specifically where Newton John’s character changes from nice to bad girl, the ‘Greased Lightnin’ song and Stockard Channing‘s ‘bad girl’ role, which is a precedent for all those ‘popular girl in high school’ roles like in Mean Girls and Clueless.

Fans of High School Musical only need to watch ‘Summer Lovin‘ to understand what a teen musical is all about.

The Graduate

The Graduate can be summed up with these lyrics:

“Fools,” said I, “you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

Never have I seen a better movie re youthful disillusionment. The Simon and Garfunkel score given, there’s also the beautiful Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider, charging along the US’ open highways to the sound of Mrs. Robinson, its 1600 overhead twin cam engine roaring like the beautiful Italian Goddess that it is. Yes I take notice of movie cars as much as the movies.

Wayne’s World parodied that scene to perfection, with even a hilarious cameo by the late Charlton Heston.

Rocky I

I’m not particularly sure which I like better, Rocky I or II. Rocky I however, remains the most ‘perfect’ of all the Rocky movies imo, since I assume they never knew it was gonna be a hit so they just laid out the story of the struggling, no name but talented boxer to the hilt. There’s even a scene I can’t forget, where Rocky takes money from a mobster, kind of like the way The Sopranos pictured it to be.

This was a great movie after which of course, ridiculousness set in. From the entertaining Mr. T version to the mildly so so US vs USSR version, to the sad latest one, which isn’t even worth a mention. Rocky I is the ultimate guy’s sports movie. Better than anything out there, bar none. Movie trailer here, which sort of reminds me of how Philippine movie trailers were made. I’m trying not to remember the absolutely hilarious Chiquito version.

Well, that’s it for the old movies section, unless we think of a few others. I would’ve wanted to watch ‘Oliver’ the musical again, but Jill said it’s too sad. I would’ve also wanted my favorite oldie, High Noon, but I think it’s too much of a guy thing.

After this, we’re going 80’s teen romantic movies, such as Pretty In Pink, Valley Girls, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and others. Friends who want a copy (you know who you are), just lemme know :)

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