Friday, June 22, 2007

Nuts - Part Deux

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I kept thinking about things in movies that make me crazy and the only two films I ever walked out of came to mind.

The last movie I walked out of (and got a refund, thank you) was To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. Yes, that's the freaking title! It only went downhill from there! I think the biggest problem I had with it was sheer boredom. Now, I've sat through many a boring film but, this particular film was released on the heels (pun intended) of a fabulous drag queen movie from Australia that actually had a plot... and a heart.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was brilliant and unlike its would be ripoff, realized that just putting a few guys in drag doesn't make a good movie. And it stars the always delightful Terrance Stamp. If you're ever stuck in a video store and can't choose a movie, Priscilla is wonderful... Julie Newmar sucks! Bottom line, if you're going to rip off a movie, do it well or don't do it!

The other movie I walked out of is Glengarry, Glen Ross. Despite having a wonderful cast (Lemmon, Pacino & Alec Baldwin) and being written by David Mamet, I couldn't sit through it. The part that made me leave??? The grand "F--- You!" scene.

I really have no problem with the F word. I used it myself way too frequently when I worked in the business. But I do have issues with unmotivated use of the word.

The dialog went something like this:

F--- you!

F--- you!

F--- you!

F--- YOU!

You get the drift... only it went on and on and on and on. I got up to leave and the manager refused to give me my money as it was an hour into the film... apparently if you're going to leave it should be 15 minutes into the film. Well, I'm a pretty squeaky wheel when it comes to money and I ended up with a free pass to the theater for another movie.

I was actually there with my boss! I told her I would be at the hot dog stand (same one I referred to in the last post). I had a dog and read a book until she came out the theater.


Anonymous said...

You bring a book to a movie theater? You're my kind of gal!

It's been so long since I was in a movie theater-I wait for the movies I want to see to come out on DVD because I need the captions to follow the dialogue. The last movie I saw in a theater is "Unforgiven". Or it might have been "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". Anyway, I agree with you-I can't stand movies with a lot of F words in it (and its variations, notably "m-fer, m-fing", etc.) I've always felt that dialogue with too many cuss words shows a lack of imagination. That's why I think so many movies of the '50s are the best ever-because someone had the skill to write a script that had a plot and intelligent dialogue and made it believable. Can you imagine "Casablanca" with F-words?

Linda@VS said...

Well, Holly, I agree with you about the Julie Newmar movie, but I loved Glengarry, Glen Ross. (Interestingly, I don't even remember the F-you scene.) It seems to be one of those movies everyone either loves or hates, no emotion in between.

In trying to analyze what I liked about it, I'd probably have to say it was the acting, not the story. I'm a big fan of Bravo's "Inside the Actor's Studio," and have long been fascinated with acting as a craft. I'm waaaaaaay impressed when someone can move me to tears or laughter with the mere twitch of an eyebrow, and I loved watching this stellar cast at work.

Maybe I wouldn't be so easily impressed if I worked in the industry, like you do.

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Janet, I always have some sort of reading material in my car - A must for long lines here in LA.

Velvet, I loved the cast and the acting til that point. I am very moved by good acting. I still remember the first time an actor made me cry on set. Glad to see you visiting again and hugs to your Kadi!

Anonymous said...

I rarely go to movies because there are so few that I like, and I'm afraid I would be with someone who would want to stay - and then I'd feel like a prisoner or a hostage. :-)
Your having your book along made me smile. I always make sure I have one in the car - and have been known to even read at horse races and car events.