The Bog of Lost Scholars

August 19, 2007

Various Movies

Filed under: Film and Media — castiron @ 11:38 am

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Actually, technically I still haven’t seen this all the way through; I only saw the second half while visitng my boyfriend’s mother. But it’s a very interesting movie, what I saw of it, and still apropros today.

Guys and Dolls, 1952 version with Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. A fun version of the musical (and oh my, if that’s the stuff that got through the censors, what’s on the cutting room floor?).

The Best of Benny Hill. A little goes a long way; I don’t have the urge to buy this and watch it over and over like I do Monty Python. But it’s fun to watch once every ten years or so.

Hairspray, the original version. Hilarious and sweet with a punch.

Nero Wolfe, Season 1. After watching a few episodes, the preponderance of young female murder victims started to be noticable. (We’re in the middle of watching season 2 now, and it becomes a bit more balanced. No one seems to ever murder elderly women, though.) That aside, these are great fun. I haven’t read a lot of the books, so I can’t speak to the accuracy, but the characters are well acted, the sets are gorgeous, and the Wolfe-Godwin relationship is beautifully portrayed. My one huge gripe, and why I’m probably not going to buy my own copy: Subtitles, lack of. There were several places where I had trouble understanding what was being said, and my hearing’s still relatively good.

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