Moviedrome Mondays: Brazil (1985)

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I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director Terry Gilliam’s 1985 darkly satiric masterpiece Brazil. My readers can also read his transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was May 13, 1990 (read here). What else is there to say except that I agree with everything Cox says about this film. While Michael Radford’s 1984 (released a year earlier) was very good, I too think that Brazil is the better film. For me, this is the film one gets If you take Franz Kafka’s The Trial, George Orwell’s 1984 and the surrealist humor of the Monty Python troupe and blend it into one. I do not know If I am the first person to come to that conclusion, but I would not be surprised If others have beaten me to it.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Brazil


Here is a youtube video link to one of the US trailers to Brazil (Universal handling domestic distribution) with praise by critics


Here is a youtube video link to that same one – only without the critical praise


Finally, here is a youtube video link to either the UK trailer (20th Century Fox handling either UK or international distribution)

My Favorite Ishiro Honda Films

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1.   Godzilla (1954)

2.   The War of the Gargantuas (1966)

3.   Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

4.   Matango (1963)

My Favorite John Huston Films

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1.   Wise Blood (1979)

2.   The Maltese Falcon (1941)

3.   Fat City (1972)

4.   Let There Be Light (1946)
(Documentary)

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1.   The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

2.   The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

3.   The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

My Favorite Val Guest Films

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1.   Yesterday’s Enemy (1959)

2.   The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

3.   The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

4.   Quatermass 2 (1957)
(a.k.a. Enemy from Space in US and Canada)

P.S. I have not seen 1962 film Jigsaw with Jack Warner (no relation to the studio mogul) and Ronald Lewis.

Moviedrome Mondays: Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

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Happy 2020 everybody 🙂 Well I am back, how was the Christmas and New Years of my dear readers 🙂 A new year also calls for the beginning of not only a new Moviedrome Monday entry from me, but also the first episode in the new season of Moviedrome, which in this case would be season 3. I also have a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing the 1976 cult classic Assault on Precinct 13 by now legendary director John Carpenter. If any of you readers are interested in reading Cox’s introductory transcript, read here. The episode’s original airdate was May 6, 1990 (read here). Though Cox has nice things to say about the film, he seems to give off the vibe that it is “overrated”, which I totally disagree with him on. I love Assault on Precinct 13, but then again, Cox has always been something of a contrarian. If any of you readers are interested in reading my list of my favorite John Carpenter films, read here.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro of Assault on Precinct 13

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

 

Moviedrome Mondays: Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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The last episode of Season 2 in Moviedrome is undoubtedly a memorable American classic. Since I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing director/co-writer Billy Wilder’s 1950 Hollywood satire Sunset Boulevard, readers will have to made due with his transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was September 10, 1989 (read here). Every great thing that has ever been said about this film, I nod in agreement to.

While this will not be my last blog entry for 2019, it will be my last one concerning the Moviedrome Mondays entries. I will resume my Moviedrome Mondays blog series in the new year (Sunday, January 12, 2020) beginning with season 3 of Moviedrome.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

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Since I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox presenting director Alexander Mackendrick’s 1957 classic Sweet Smell of Success, readers will once again have to rely on Cox’s transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was September 3, 1989 (read here). What more can be said about this great film. We get two powerhouse performances by Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis, memorable dialogue from screenwriters Ernest Lehman and Clifford Odets (who was also a playwright) (you’re a cookie full of arsenic), spectacular black-and-white cinematography by the late legendary James Wong Howe and last, but not least, late great composer Elmer Bernstein’s jazzy score. I have seen all of Mackendrick’s Ealing comedies, but it has been a while since I saw his last two films, which were A High Wind in Jamaica and Don’t Make Waves, so I will have to re-watch them sometime in the future. Nevertheless, If any of you readers are interested in reading my list of my favorite Alexander Mackendrick films, read here.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: Five Easy Pieces (1970)

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Once again, I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing director Bob Rafelson’s widely praised 1970 character study Five Easy Pieces,  readers will have to rely on his intro transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was August 27, 1989 (read here). While I may not adore Five Easy Pieces like Cox seemingly does, I still greatly admire it. Though undoubtedly dated in some ways, it remains fascinating thanks to it’s subject matter – the working class. As Cox implies at the end of his transcript, it also contains a memorable diner scene.

BTW, my favorite Bob Rafelson film (and it is a great one) is 1987’s Black Widow with Debra Winger and Theresa Russell, who ranks as one of my many favorite actresses.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

 

Also, here is a youtube video link to the film’s memorable diner scene