Posts Tagged ‘MotW’

MotW – Death at a Funeral

February 17, 2018

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Tagline: From director Frank Oz comes the story of a family that puts the F U in funeral.

Death at a Funeral is a favourite film in our family. It is a wonderful farce. There is a 2010 American remake but we prefer the original 2007 British verion. The humour is dry, rude and hillarious. The whole cast is brilliant, but Alan Tudyk’s Simon is exceptionally funny.

We have a family joke because we have tended to tell others about it and given a disclaimer that the movie is a great family movie, extremely funny, but there is lots of profanity, bathroom humour, drugs, nudity and gay midget sex. We highly recommend it.

Here is the IMDb entry. If you haven’t seen Death at a Funeral, set aside ninety minutes. The time is well worth it.

 

 

MOTW – Groundhog Day

February 2, 2018

Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?

Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen.

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Since today is February 2nd and I am a few “Movie of the Week” posts behind, I decided that it was a good time to write about Groundhog Day. The IMDb entry is at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/.

Groundhog Day is one of the two movies starring Bill Murray that I picked as my MOTW selections. I have seen this movie many times and I highly recommend it. I am always left feeling positive and contemplative after watching it. Groundhog Day is a movie that challenges me to be a better person, to understand the meaning making of my own life, and to work to improve myself and the lives of others.

Here’s the original trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LFdjZnU57A. If you have never seen the movie, skip the trailer because it gives too much of the story away. Go get the DVD and watch it. We have a copy at the library.

For more Groundhog Day articles, you could read the Roger Ebert review at https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-groundhog-day-1993 and this one from the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/feb/07/groundhog-day-perfect-comedy-for-ever.

 

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I randomized the list of 50 remaining movies with https://www.randomlists.com/random-numbers. Watch for a few more posts until I catch up.

MotW – Aloha Bobby & Rose

January 13, 2018

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Today’s movie is the first of 52 that I decided to examine.  At first, I thought I would do them in alphabetical order so Aloha Bobby and Rose happens to come first. I will do randomize the order of the rest.

When Aloha Bobby and Rose was released in 1975, I was nine years old. It was a movie that my mother and soon to be stepfather went to see on a date. They liked it. Later, us kids got to see it with them at a drive-in theatre which was probably one of the ones on the outskirts of Toronto.

Aloha Bobby and Rose is one of the first movies that I remember seeing. I still can visualize the robbery scene. I have incorporated the wrong person in the wrong place theme into my own writing as riffs from this concept that I first saw in Aloha Bobby and Rose.

Both Diane Hull and Paul Le Mat are still acting. Dianne is an accomplished acting coach! The movie was made on a $60,000 budget and grossed over 35 million in the United States.

The songs were the ones that were on the radio in the mid seventies (lots of Elton John) and I still enjoy listening to many of them today.

  1. “Begin the Beguine” – Artie Shaw
  2. “First Impression – Part 2” – Emerson Lake and Palmer
  3. “What Does It Take to Win Your Love” – Jr. Walker and The All Stars
  4. “Just My Imagination” – The Temptations
  5. “Locomotion” – Little Eva
  6. “Smiling Faces” – The Undisputed Truth
  7. “Bennie and the Jets” – Elton John (uncredited)
  8. “Since I Fell for You” – Lenny Welch (uncredited)
  9. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” – Stevie Wonder (uncredited)
  10. “Your Song” – Elton John (uncredited)
  11. “Tiny Dancer” –  Elton John (uncredited)
  12. “Honky Cat” – Elton John (uncredited)
  13. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Bob Dylan (uncredited)

Here’s the trailer.

Richard Brody provides a review on video here. His article at New Yorker can be found here and it includes the video review as well. The IMDb information is here.

Here’s a review from the Eclectic Screening Room.

Some have said that the 68 Camaro is the best car portrayed in a movie ever.

Coming soon – Movie of the Week

January 6, 2018

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During 2018, I am going to do 52 posts about movies that have influenced my life. Some are great movies, some are dreck. They are films that either because of the content, timing in my life or both, have lingered in my psyche.

I am planning my first movie post for January 13th, but then there should be a new post weekly. At first, I was going to do them alphabetically, but I am going to use a random number generator to create the order of the posts.

I will try to include some links about the film for further discovery and fun.