Friday, May 26, 2017

Roger Moore again

Here's an article on Roger Moore:

Starts with this quote:
“You can’t be a real spy and have everybody in the world know who you are and what your drink is.  That’s just hysterically funny.”
— Roger Moore
Years ago, some comedian made a joke about the Beverly Hillbillies movie. He quipped that Buddy Ebsen was the Sean Connery of Jed Clampets, like anyone taking on the role later was somehow lesser. But this article quotes those who disagree:
A.O. Scott, penning for the New York Times, tired at the reminders that Connery was the better one, “real” in so far as these approximations can be. “The Connery consensus seemed like part of a larger baby boomer conspiracy to bully people my age [he's 50] into believing that everything we were too young to have experienced firsthand was cooler than what was right in front of our eyes.”
Sinclair McKay, reviewing Simon Winder’s otherwise compelling The Man Who Saved Britain, also states his allegiance to Camp Moore.  “There was just one error of judgment and it’s a mistake most Bond aficionados make: Winder has little time for Roger Moore, who was in fact the best screen Bond of all.”
I see the James Bond movies as being about a guy who works for a horrible, abusive boss who is openly hostile to him, but his job lets him get away from the office for days at a time, drive around and stays in hotels. In Roger Moore's first James Bond movie, M and Miss Moneypenny barge into his apartment in the middle of the night and start pushing him around in his own house.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Work on your titles for God's sake

I'll say this----Rick Schmidt (author of Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices) really needs to work on his titles. None are very inspiring.

Here are his movie titles (most available on Fandor):
A Man, a Woman, and a Killer

1988: The Remake

Emerald Cities

Morgan's Cake

American Orpheus

Blues for the Avatar

Loneliness is Soul

Welcome to Serendipity

Crash My Funeral

Sun and Moon

Maisy's Garden

Chetzemoka's Curse

Release the Head


Rick's Canoe

White Stork is Coming


Tears of Bankers

Sticky Wicket

Here are some much better titles of movies written by Schmidt's erstwhile collaborator, Wayne Wang:
Chan is Missing

Life is Cheap...But Toilet Paper is Expensive

Blue in the Face

Chinese Box

The Center of the World
I don't like the Toilet Paper one, but the others I like okay.

Now, George Kuchar's work was very different. lists 237 movies he directed, and the list is probably incomplete. But here are just a few of his titles. How could anyone not want to see THESE movies:
A Woman Distressed

Lust for Ecstacy

Confessions of Babette

Hold Me While I'm Naked

Corruption of the Damned

Eclipse of the Sun Virgin

Pagan Rhapsody

The Devil's Cleavage

Symphony for a Sinner

The Nocturnal Immaculation

Muffled Darkness

Mecca of the Frigid

The director of A Hard Days Night was talking with a couple of the Beatles. One of the boys asked if he had heard Ringo's odd way of speaking. For example, once, when they had worked late rehearsing, Ringo said, "That was a hard day's night." The director instantly recognized that it would be a great title. The boys dashed off the song that evening.

The title was better than the song. 

Was Anthony Weiner victim of Republican dirty trick?

Weren't there claims at some point that it was all a Russian conspiracy?

Now it's being claimed that Anthony Weiner's teenage sexting case was a Republican dirty trick. The girl was sixteen when she started talking to Weiner, not 15 as she claimed. She was above her state's age of consent, but not the federal age of consent that applied in this case, or the age of consent in New York that also could have applied.. And the girl falsely claimed to be "big fan" of Hillary Clinton when, it's claimed, she celebrated Trump's victory on social media---her father was a Republican with connections to high ranking Republicans in his state, her mother was outraged on social media at the suggestion that Black Lives Matter and her grandmother was a Teabagger.

This is from an article is by Russ Baker who also claims that George H.W. Bush took part in the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. He claimed that John Hinkley, Jr's, parents cheerfully sacrificed their son so Bush could become president.

The Hill repeated the allegations and Democrats are spreading the story online, but no one has contacted prosecutors or the FBI for comment. And for some reason, Anthony Weiner's lawyer failed to bring any of it up as their client prepares to go to prison.

Read it here:

If it was a "dirty trick", it succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, like Trump's campaign itself.

Somebody should make a movie. A girl's conservative parents push her into sexting a degenerate in the Democratic Party, but the Republican Party turns on her when she falls in love with the big lug.

Anthony Weiner disturbing the peace with a bullhorn while waving the flag of a hostile foreign power.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Roger Moore, RIP

Roger Moore has died at 89.

When I was a kid, I was forced to sit through all the James Bond movies made up to that point. They were playing every Friday night on one of the networks and my brother wanted to see them for some reason. I liked Roger Moore better than Sean Connery. They were about the same age but Moore seemed younger and hipper, perhaps because he had his own hair.

But I didn't really like the movies. Even when I was ten I thought it was absurd that SPECTRE had a far more advanced space program than the U.S. or Soviet Union. The fights weren't exciting, the gadgets were stupid and I didn't understand what women saw in the various James Bonds.

Roger Moore thought it was ridiculous that James Bond was a spy but he walked around with everyone knowing who he was and what he did for a living. He told Dick Cavett that he was on the set of that terrible James Bond movie--the one where he was in Venice in a specially outfitted gondola--and a woman asked him if he was ever going to do a serious movie. He told her how much this movie cost per day of shooting and thought that made it pretty serious, but he said he knew what she was talking about.

Reminds me of Robert Downey Jr responding to a similar question, except Downey had no sense of humor about it.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Brief quote from "Ja Rule"

"That's not fraud, that's not fraud! False advertising, maybe. Not fraud."

--Middle aged ex-convict "Ja Rule" assuring Fyre Media employees that they're not going to prison.

In 2010, Ja Rule had been sentenced to two years in prison for attempted criminal possession of a weapon. In 2011, he was sentenced to an additional 28 months in prison for tax evasion.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weiner apparently going to prison

Prosecutors are recommending a 20 to 27 month sentence for obnoxious New York Zionist Anthony Weiner.

He should have fled to Israel like I said.

Weiner blubbed as he plead guilty to sending obscene material to a 15-year-old  North Carolina shiksa. 

According to Politico:
A tearful Weiner said his “destructive impulses” led him to send the explicit images, and he admitted to “encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct” in late 2016.
“This fall, I came to grips for the first time with the depth of my sickness," Weiner said, his voice cracking.
"I had hit bottom," he told the judge, and said he began “to take a moral inventory of my defects. … I accept full responsibility for my conduct. I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.”
 Now he'll be a registered sex offender.

Weiner the Zionist

It's from 2011, but here's an article by Juan Cole on Weiner. He writes:
"A social liberal in American terms, Weiner is so blinded by his allegiance to Israel and so studied in his ignorance of the Middle East that he has played a uniformly sinister role in that aspect of foreign policy."
The article lists things Weiner did that were worst that sexting. He:
1. Called for Columbia University professor Joseph Massad to be fired for being critical of Israel; Weiner thus spearheaded a new McCarthyism.
2. On the Israeli attack, in international waters, on the Mavi Marmara relief ship, Weiner sputtered: “”If you want to instigate a conflict with the Israeli navy it isn’t hard to do. They were offered alternatives. Instead they chose to sail into the teeth of an internationally recognized blockade.” The blockade of Gaza civilians is a breach of international law; it is not internationally recognized and has on the contrary been condemned by almost every nation and human rights organization.
3. Alleged that the New York Times is anti-Israel: “Amnesty International in particular, has always had bias against Israel, and frankly I would argue that in many cases, the New York Times has, as well.”
4. Alleged that the Palestine Liberation Organization is still listed by the US as a terrorist organization. It was dropped from the list over 2 decades ago.
5. Tried to bar the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations from New York.
6. Alleged that Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestine Authority, is not the head of the PLO. He is.
7. Refused to condemn the use by Israel of cluster bombs on the civilian farms of south Lebanon in 2006.
8. Alleged that the Israeli army does not occupy the West Bank and that there is no Israeli Army presence in the West Bank.
9. Called Israel’s war on Gaza a “humane” war. 400 children were killed.
10. Voted for Iraq War authorization in 2002, before later turning against the war.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Clouded Yellow, 1950


Trevor Howard uses his secret agent skills to help Jean Simmons escape an apparently false murder charge.

James Bond movies reportedly boosted the British "Secret Service's" public image, but this movie, made in 1950, was kind of a mixed bag. Trevor Howard is fired for a single mistake and unable to find work because he can't put being a secret agent on his resume, then the Secret Service threatens and spies on him to keep him from revealing any of their secrets. He's forced to work for a wealthy eccentric helping him catalog his butterfly collection. Jean Simmons plays his disturbed niece.

In this thing, Howard can only outsmart the cops up to a point. He karate chops a couple of guys and says Sorry, old chap, as he does it, but that's it. The revelation of who the real killer wasn't much of a surprise and I don't think it was supposed to be.

There were a couple of odd things. At one point, a woman is taking her son to the bathroom on a crowded train and Howard escapes his captors by telling her he'll take the kid for her. He picks him up and carries him away and the mother is happy to let him do it. The other secret service guys are blocked by the crowd. Things were very different back then.

There's a scene where Jean Simmons is on the roof of a tall building. She runs to the edge and barely stops in time. There's no wall or railing to keep her from falling over the side. I don't know if they had some other safety apparatus but it looked terribly dangerous.

I watched this on a cheap Roku channel called "Pub-D-Hub" which carries only public domain movies. Some, like this one, are pretty good, but most are old B movies which are usually terrible. In some cases they use movies they simply recorded off TV---there are couple with the TCM logo in the corner, and some were copied from DVDs with the company logo in the corner. For this one, they had a very good copy from Janus films.