Dec. 10, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST
Brilliant movie! As you say Quint, pure entertainment. By the way, although very English, Hepburn is half Dutch and was born in Belgium. But now it's a Sellers spree eh? You should check out 'I'm Alright Jack'. :)
Dec. 10, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST
by Rando Calrisian
Sounds great. <br> <br> Quint... how are you holding up after 6 months of AMAD? Gonna make it the whole year?? Keep going, Man!
Dec. 10, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST
Was there ever a better ACTOR who was primarily known as a comedian? Don't think so. Kubrick brought out the best in him: "Dr Strangelove", of course, but his all-time best screen acting comes in "Lolita", where he "accosts" James Mason in the hotel, and asks him about his "small little, tall little daughter", culminating in Mason legging it, while Quilty (Sellers) sends him off with "you have a most interesting face goodnight". Creepiness was never captured with such horrifying humour as in this scene. Check out "Only Two Can Play" for more of Sellers's acting brilliance.
Dec. 10, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST
That you've got Saturday and Sunday ones written up and ready to go? :)
Dec. 10, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST
that's the plan... literally doing a Peter-Sellers-A-Thon all day today so I won't miss anything during BNAT.
Dec. 10, 2008, 11 a.m. CST
by Admiral Nelson
Speak of the devil: the soundtrack to this film (which John Williams considers his first "real" movie assignment) was just released last Tuesday by Intrada. You can get it at www.intrada.com, and it's a lot of fun.
Dec. 10, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST
What's New Pussycat and Casino Royale are bad bookends for the Peter Sellarsathon. Both are wretched. The Ladykillers and Being There would have been better.
Dec. 10, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Dec. 10, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST
Those early '60s and '50s comedies are like crack to me. I could watch them all day. And they aren't just total fluff...most of them were weirdly post-modern, with addresses to camera and mentions of the actors' home-lives (Lauren Bacall saying how she likes older guys like Humphrey Bogart to William Powell in How to Marry a Millionaire).<p> But fuck that British comedies were dry jazz. The Ealing comedies were some of the best movies ever made. Why? Because they weren't just comedies...which is always the best kind. They were political statements, as well. The Man in the White Suit addressed technology making human workers redundant, amongst other things. Kind Hearts & Coronets was one of the best movies attacking class...<p> </p>Dry?! Well shiyaaat, you can keep your wet-ass Porkys and I'll keep my Ealings.
Dec. 10, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST
Don't worry Q-Ball. It'll probably be re-made with Zac Efron and Miley Cyrus in a few years, or something similar.
Dec. 10, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST
Quint you bloody genius! I was looking forward to your review of this gem and you've I couldn't agree more. Love this movie especially the heist itself which is ingenious. Luckily I have a fairly good copy of Gambit so I think your suggestion will be taken up tonight as it's bloody freezing in England at the moment and Shirley and Audrey can do the trick of being winter warmers. Also I think both Casino and Pussycat are underated. It's always weird(and funny) to watch young Woody in action.
Dec. 10, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST
this one bored me. And I think the mid-to-late-60s is one of the best eras for film. Don't know why it didn't quite work, but I couldn't get through the video. Try again?
Dec. 10, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST
by Skyway Moaters
I've read enough AMAD reviews by now to predict that you'll howl at "The Party", and that "Being There" will knock your socks off. The scene where 'Chance' first 'ventures out' (I won't spoil it for you by saying more) is a tour-de-force of image matched to music. Peter Sellers was one-of--a-kind. Check out "The World of Henry Orient" (1964) if you get a chance. <p> The review that I'm REALLY looking forward to though is "Petrified Forest". Absolutely brilliant adaptation of a one interior stage play. Bogey plays a meaner SOB than usual for him, and Bette Davis is flat out amazing. No idea how familiar you are with Leslie Howard, (GWTW, "The Scarlet Pimpernel") but prepare to have your eyes opened if you've not seen much of his work. <p> As far as "How to Steal a Million" goes, in the day, was O'Toole the MAN or what?! Hepburn is adorable and Wallach simply kicks ass in everything I've ever seen him in. Good on ya' for the Hugh Griffith love as well, the stuff he does with his eyes slays me every time.
Dec. 10, 2008, 9:49 p.m. CST
can't WAIT for that one.
Dec. 11, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST
and would have been if it hadn't been so preoccupied with selling its crypto-fascist political agenda.
Dec. 11, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST
saw it on TV about 4 years ago, then again about 12 months later and then picked it up on DVD about 3 months after that. I watched it 'cause i adore Hepburn but this is actually one of her best, and it perfectly showcases O'Toole's comic abilities. BTW Quint, you're going to love Being There it is one of the ever under-rated Hal Ashby's best, alongside the great Harold & Maude.