Something of a surprise, Emperor.

emperorWell I totally thought the movie was supposed to be about MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) and the Emperor of Japan (Takatarô Kataoka) but it was a little more. The story line has to do with proving if the Emperor gave the order for Dec. 7th and as the story goes on their are other factors going into this investigation. The real story line involves General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) and Aya Shimada (Eriko Hatsune) who met before the war with Japan. If you are looking for a man’s movie this probably won’t be the one for you. If you are looking for couples movie this is it. A little romance, a little war and intrigue, something for both. Worth watching once. Enjoy!

Robin we miss you!

robinIt’s been hard to put in to words the loss of a person you only knew from afar yet in someways felt so close to. He could make you smile and then create character that would scare you to death. I grew up near Boulder Colorado where the facade of a house represented the home of Mork and Mindy. I drove by that house today and felt the loss yet again. My dream of seeing him do Teddy Roosevelt as a feature character in something other than Night at the Museum will never come to pass. But I have to say everything he did do made me admire him all the more for his versatility. Below you will find what I thought were good compilations of his career and one special video that touched me.
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We love you and miss you.

Two Men, each with one standout character, pass away.

peterotoolePeter O’Toole died at 81. His most memorable character may be “Lawrence” from Lawrence of Arabia. Acted in some 93 productions. Nominated for countless awards and won 33 awards including an honorary Oscar.

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Tom Laughlin died at 82. His most memorable character may be “Billy Jack” for the films by the same name.
Acted in 37 productions, he received his only award for Billy Jack. Some people forget that he was in the 1957 film South Pacific.

Two Actors: Dennis Quaid and Clancy Brown!


If your are not aware of these two actors where have you been hiding.
Seriously Dennis Quaid has 77 credits in movies with some of my favorites being,
Vantage Point, DragonHeart, D.O.A., Innerspace and Caveman.
Clancy Brown has 215 credits to his name and my small list of favorites includes,
Highlander, Earth 2, Starship Troopers, Cowboys vs Aliens, Carnivàle.
If you haven’t checked out some of these, find them and then post what you liked.
Enjoy your popcorn!

The man behind A Few Good Men, Aaron Sorkin.

sorkinWell if you haven’t heard the name you have missed out on a great writer. Aaron Sorkin is the man behind, “A Few Good Men”, “Moneyball”, “The Social Network”, and some great TV shows as well, “West Wing”, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”, and “The Newsroom”, just to name a few.

If you haven’t seen any of these they are all worth watching.

I just spent the better part of a week watching “Studio 60” with Matthew Perry and wished the series hadn’t been cancelled.

I can’t wait to see the new season of “The Newsroom” with Jeff Daniels.

I hope we see more great stuff from Aaron Sorkin in the future.

 

Old but interesting Moulin Rouge, 1952.

moulonrouge195osYeah I didn’t realize there was an older movie by the same name. This one is about Toulouse-Lautrec. Now how accurate it is as a historical piece I’m not sure, but the cast is something to see.  Jose Ferrer plays Toulouse, Zsa Zsa Gabor is also among the cast of women who interact with Toulouse. Peter Cushing is also in the movie, but what is surprising is the people who don’t get credit who appear in this picture like Christopher Lee.

Even though this tale covers the sad and short life of this artist, I find the performance by Jose Ferrer very compelling. This was an extremely demanding role physically as you will see watching this movie. In a day when it was much more challenging to make yourself shorter than you really are, and no CGI. There is only one seen I could spot where you can tell where he tucked his legs.

Other great movies with Jose Ferrer are Cyrano et d’Artagnan more commonly known as Cyrano de Bergerac for which he received an Academy Award.

Lawrence after Arabia, not really that good.

“Great Performances: A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia.” Is unfortunately a very forgettable movie, because I forgot I had seen it once before. Even though it has Ralph Feinnes plays Lawrence and Alexander Siddig plays Feisal the movie is over shadowed by the politics in which this movie is set. Though the politics is fascinating this movie is not that exciting.

Ralph Feinnes is much better in The English Patient, Quiz Show, Harry Potter then in this.

Alexander Siddig is brilliant in Kingdom of Heaven, Syriana, and Vertical Limit.

My first favorite movie, Lawrence of Arabia.

      The movie poster and a picture of the real man.

The movie came out in 1962 it won Oscars and Globes and British Academy Film Awards. There was much to like about the movie even if everyone is still arguing as what is to believed in it. It made me want to find out more about Lawrence and over the years more books come out about this famous British solider. But the movie itself in widescreen is a captivating movie. It is coming out in November here in the US on Blue-ray as a 50th Anniversary collectors edition. The movie digitally restored will run 227 mins, a little longer than the director’s cut of 216 mins.

If you haven’t seen it, you should watch it. Adventure, biographical (maybe not so much) and dramatic.

Cast: Peter O’Toole, Alex Guinness, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, Jose Ferrer, Claude Rains and many more great actors.

Watch it and tell me what you think.