Dec. 7, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST
you're about to witness why the man is brilliant, Quint. including the only NON panther film with Sellers and Edwards.
Dec. 7, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST
This is one of my favorites. Cassavetes is, of course, a genius. I really like the series you are doing. You should do more Cassevetes... next up.. A Woman Under The Influence... but another great 70' flick in this vein is "Scarecrow" with Pacino and Hackman.
Dec. 7, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST
Now that one I can't believe! <p> Quint, I'm a simple guy, don't get out to many films or see many on the TV, but Being There? My folks took me to see that when I was 10 and it was in theatres - an all time favorite, one I've watched many times - on laserdisc, no less. So I'm really looking forward to that review! <p> I've never even heard of Mikey and Nicky until today. Keep the movies coming!
Dec. 7, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST
That being said, TWO MINUTE WARNING is a guilty pleasure movie of the highest order.
Dec. 7, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST
by nolan bautista
Dec. 7, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST
I've been looking forward to this run Quint
Dec. 7, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST
Wow, that sounds like a really interesting flick. Just by name and box art alone, it looked like one I'd be skipping over, but I'm definitely going to seek this one out now. Thanks Quint!
Dec. 7, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST
Oh man, there is nothing better than early 70's mob/cop movies. So entertaining. So much fun to watch. "The Friends Of Eddie Coyle" with the great Robert Mitchum. "The Seven Ups" with Roy Scheider. "The Outfit" with Robert Duvall and Joe Don Baker. So many others. Just classic 70's badass goodness.
Dec. 7, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST
Mikey and Nicky! One of the best American films EVER! Don't know if I'd compare it to the Coen Bros. "Blood Simple". That film was more like Hitchcockian film noir, while May's film was more like neo-realistic Cassavetes-esque film noir. In May's film, the assassin complains about job security and paying the bills. You won't find that in a Coen Bros. movie, where their films' characters are more caricaturistic and stereotyped for comedic effect. Anyway, "Mikey and Nicky" truly is a unique American movie that true filmophiles should own.
Dec. 7, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST
...But a terrific goddamn movie. Glad you liked it, Quint. But yeah, the Coens are all about stylized dialogue and dolly-shots. This is pure improv/you-are-there intimate filmmaking. Totally apples and oranges. Also, there's a great story on the DVD about how Cassavetes took over as DP for a few days, and it was a complete disaster. He demanded that scenes would only be lit by car headlights, and it resulted in reams and reams of unexposed, wasted film. Elaine May had to beg to get the original DP back. I guess despite his greatness as a director, Cassavetes didn't know shit about lighting!
Dec. 7, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST
Despite 5 directors doing their own thing and Sellers being banned from the set before filming had been completed, they still do a decent job of putting the whole hodge-podge together.
Dec. 7, 2008, 12:25 p.m. CST
While there have been "buddy" character studies in the the 70s about the bonds between men that I liked (Kings of Marvin Gardens, Scarecrows, Mean Streets, Last Detail, Husbands) this one always felt the most forced and obvious to me. Except for a few spots, which I admit were real great to watch, I always felt like I was watching something artificial trying desperately to feel real. But that is just my opinion.
Dec. 7, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST
by Adrian Marcato
While the film is slightly disjointed, the dynamic shared between these two men in real life (long time friends and co-workers on Woman Under the Influence and Husbands) that translates to the screen in a most off-beat schizophrenic way is worth the rental. I think the films in which Cassavetes himself starred in are mostly gems, and if there is lesser entries (like DePalma's the Fury) at least his presence adds a flair that only a unique genius like himself can offer. Plus, it's amazing to watch his performances to note that his presence was justified in his own mind as a paycheck for backdoor financing his own films, which all of us film geeks hail as the work of a truly original American auteur. Mikey and Nicky was written and directed by Elaine May, one of the most prolific writers/ghost writers of the 20th century, and the fact that she's able to capture the male dynamic in such a taught manner is commendable. This is a movie that has gained steam as film geek generations have progressed particularly for Cassavetes' performance. Also, on Sellers, his Pink Panther films, while funny are not his most eclectic takes or endeavors, despite their undying longevity. Being There is perhaps one of the finest films ever crafted, and a wonderful penultimate swan song for Sellers (whose last film Fu Manchu, is well, nearly undermining). That final scene with him on the lake is incredible. Plus it is endlessly quotable, "Do you know Raul?" The Party is one of my favorite Sellers take on the uncomfortable fool, it is a playground for him to play in. You're going to love them, and see Sellers in a whole new light.
Dec. 8, 2008, 3:37 a.m. CST
Dec. 8, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST
I think it's overlooked for a variety reasons. Sounds great on paper, but that's about it. I give it 2 stars out of 5.