Moviedrome Mondays: Funny Bones (1995) (Mark Cousins intro)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to director Peter Chelsom’s 1995 comedy Funny Bones. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was October 4, 1998 (read here). Been a while since I have seen this one so I will have to check it out again in the future.

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Funny Bones

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

Moviedrome Mondays: Shaft (1971) and Force of Evil (1948) (Mark Cousins intro)

This week’s Moviedrome Monday blog entry is a double-bill consisting of a neo-noir and a film noir – both shot on location in New York City.

Shaft (1971)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to African-American director Gordon Parks 1971 action crime thriller Shaft. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was September 27, 1998 (read here). Along with Melvin Van Peebles Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (also from 71), the more mainstream Shaft is reported to have birthed the blaxploitation subgenre, though Ossie Davis Cotton Comes to Harlem (from a year earlier) is sometimes credited as the earliest example. Either way, this is truly a fun film (as Parks himself states) galvanized by Soul singer Isaac Hayes iconic score and theme song – winning an Oscar for the latter.

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Shaft

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

Force of Evil (1948)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to blacklisted director/writer Abraham Polonsky’s 1948 crime drama Force of Evil. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was September 28, 1998 (read here). I agree with every single word of praise that Cousins showers on this film noir classic.

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Force of Evil

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

Moviedrome Mondays: Trespass (1992) (Mark Cousins intro)

Season 9 and the two that follow happen to be the shortest seasons of Moviedrome to date.

Since I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to Walter Hill’s 1992 action-thriller Trespass, readers will have to rely on Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was September 20, 1998 (read here). I really do not have anything to add except that it is a very good Walter Hill film. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Walter Hill films (read here).

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

Moviedrome Mondays: Highway Patrolman (1991) (El Patrullero) (Mark Cousins Intro)

Since I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to cult director Alex Cox’s 1991 crime drama Highway Patrolman (El Patrullero), readers will have to rely on Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was March 8, 1998 (read here). Now isn’t this an interesting Moviedrome pick? Cousins is introducing viewers to a film directed by the former host of the aforementioned program, which in this case happens to be it’s director Alex Cox. Not much to add here except that I agree 100 percent with Cousins thoughts on this excellent film. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Alex Cox films (read here). Also, check out the season 5 episode of Moviedrome that featured then host Cox introducing his great 1987 film Walker, that I recapped here.

Here is a youtube video link to the Kino Lorber 2018 re-release trailer

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s own intro to the film

British film critic Mark Kermode interviewed Alex Cox twice back in 2016 – watch the youtube video links here and here

While we are it, Kermode also interviewed Mark Cousins that same year – watch the youtube video link here

Also, here is a youtube video link to Kermode’s commentary on Highway Patrolman as his BFI Player choice of the week

Moviedrome Mondays: All That Heaven Allows (1955) and The Reckless Moment (1949)

This week’s Moviedrome Monday blog entry is a double-bill consisting of two Classical Hollywood era melodramas centering around a female as it’s leading character.

All That Heaven Allows (1955)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to legendary cult director Douglas Sirk’s 1955 quintessential melodrama All That Heaven Allows. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was March 1, 1998 (read here). Everything Cousins says here perfectly demonstrates why Sirk is a master filmmaker of melodramas and more. One oft-cited example comes from his how he marries visual style (his beautiful, expressive and exuberant use of color and black-and-white) with content (over-the-top emotions and an implicitly scathing depiction of suburban conformity respectively defining the characters and drama). Anybody who has seen Todd Haynes superb 2002 period drama Far from Heaven, will know exactly what I am talking about. In fact, it has been reported that directors Pedro Almodovar, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and John Waters (to name just three) cite him as one of their many influences. Let us not also forget that director/writer Quentin Tarantino named a restaurant menu item after him (i.e. the Douglas Sirk Steak) in 1994’s Pulp Fiction. Last, not least, All That Heaven Allows notably influenced Fassbinder’s masterful 1974 drama Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Douglas Sirk films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to All That Heaven Allows

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

Here is a youtube video link to a brief interesting essay/review of the film

Also, here is a youtube video link to Independent American director Allison Anders Trailers from Hell commentary for it

The Reckless Moment (1949)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to legendary director Max Ophuls great 1949 American film-noir melodrama The Reckless Moment. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was March 2, 1998 (read here). Once again, Cousins perfectly sums up why Max Ophuls is such a master filmmaker. The elegant tracking shots that define his visual style, has reportedly influenced later cinematic artists like Stanley Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson (to name just two examples). This aforementioned trademark that shaped Ophuls later European masterpieces (i.e. La Ronde, Le Plaisir, The Earrings of Madame de… and Lola Montes) is not only also evident here in The Reckless Moment, but also in his other two American masterworks (i.e. Letter from an Unknown Woman and Caught). If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Max Ophuls films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to The Reckless Moment

I could not find a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Also, here is a youtube video link to an analysis/appreciation of Max Ophuls by director/writer Paul Thomas Anderson – in it, he is discussing The Earrings of Madame de… and you can also find this special feature on The Criterion Collection edition of that aforementioned film (see here).

Moviedrome Mondays: The Conversation (1974) (Mark Cousins intro)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to celebrated filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 mystery-thriller classic The Conversation. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was February 22, 1998 (read here). Not much to add here except that I agree with every single thing that Cousins states about this truly great film. If any of you readers are interested, here is a list of my favorite Francis Ford Coppola films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to The Conversation

Here is another youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to The Conversation

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

Moviedrome Mondays: Bad Timing (1980) (Mark Cousins intro)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to late master filmmaker Nicolas Roeg’s 1980 psychological drama Bad Timing. Readers can also read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was February 15, 1998 (read here). Aside from his snide comments about Lawrence of Arabia (which I will happily forgive), I agree with absolutely everything that Cousins says here about this twisted masterpiece. Similar to Roeg’s approach to form and content (both here and in his other great films), his extremely gorgeous leading actress Theresa Russell (whom he married in 1982) delivers a performance oozing of eroticism, mystery and raw emotion. Though a talented musician, Art Garfunkel’s acting skills have always left a lot to be desired and in Bad Timing, this is admittedly no exception. Nevertheless, he comes off as surprisingly tolerable here and his performance does not taint the film at all. If any of you readers are interested in where I rank Bad Timing on my list of my favorite Nicolas Roeg films, click here.

Here is a youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Bad Timing

Here is another youtube video link to Mark Cousins Moviedrome intro to Bad Timing

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

Here is a youtube video link to what may or may not be (I can’t say for sure) a shorter version of the aforementioned trailer link from above

Here is a youtube video link to British film critic Mark Kermode’s commentary on Bad Timing as his BFI Player choice of the week

Also, here is a youtube video link to British director Bernard Rose’s Trailers from Hell commentary for it

Moviedrome Mondays: Liebestraum (1991) (Mark Cousins Intro)

Since I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Mark Cousins introduction to director Mike Figgis 1991 mystery drama Liebestraum, readers will have to read Cousins intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was February 8, 1998 (read here). Despite it’s atmosphere, the drama never really gels like it should. As Cousins so eloquently implies, the best reason to see Liebestraum lies in the appearance of the great Kim Novak in a supporting role, which as of 2022, marks her last film to date.

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