Random Thread for July 2016

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Noted without comment: Scarlett Johansson is the highest-grossing actress of all time:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/top-grossing-movie-actress-of-all-time-is-scarlett-johansson-2016-06-30

About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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  1. Not to be disrespectful, but one really should read Vincent Canby’s review of Heaven’s Gate. It has many brutal lines, perhaps none more so than:

    ”Heaven’s Gate,” which opens today at the Cinema One, fails so completely that you might suspect Mr. Cimino sold his soul to the Devil to obtain the success of ”The Deer Hunter,” and the Devil has just come around to collect.

  2. Final Cut by Steven Bach, on the making of Heaven’s Gate, is an essential read, and sheds maybe a bit better light on some of the reasons for its failure.

  3. The Times’ passive/aggressive headline for the review of Woody Allen’s Cafe Society:” ‘Cafe Society’ Isn’t Woody Allen’s Worst Movie.” Wow.

  4. And the rash of departed directors continues with Garry Marshall passing away. While he would be regarded by few as a great director, his overall career is pretty comprehensive and remarkable. Had a lot of success (popular and critically) as a TV writer in the 60s and 70s, then became enormously successful as the creator of many iconic and enormously popular TV series in the late 1970s. And if nothing else, that he started his film directing career so late and managed to be commercially successful for 30 years is pretty impressive.

    And in terms of his films while he made a lot of sludge, I’ve always found his 1987 film Overboard immensely appealing and agreeable. And the original Princess Diaries was quite crafty and likable.

  5. Garry Marshall was a terrible film director, but he gets into entertainment heaven if only for The Odd Couple TV show, which was great. Never a fan of Happy Days and all its various spin-offs (and for giving Scott Baio his first break, which we now see was a bad idea).

  6. I know that The Rocketeer is not a Marvel comic book, but I’m really not sure why they wouldn’t tie this into the well-established WWII-era Marvel Universe. Seems like a missed opportunity.

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