Classic of the Week: Tootsie (1982)

Tootsie is a 1982 American romantic drama film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Dustin Hoffman. The story is about a talented but turbulent actor who has a reputation for for being difficult to work with, which forces him to change his character to a woman to land a new job.

This film has absurdity, seriousness, humor and heart. It is a film that surprisingly wasn’t controversial, despite the subject matter, it was actually a box office and critical success and earned lots of award nominations and won several. This film pokes fun at show business agents in New York and soap operas. It also challenges gender and age norms in show business, proving that not just young, attractive people can be successful in the industry, making it all the more funny at times. This movie also makes lighthearted and well intended looks at sexism and how females were (and still are today) treated unfairly.

Dustin Hoffman is outstanding as Michael Dorsey, an out of work actor, Dorothy Michaels, Emily Kimberly, a soap opera actress and Edward Kimberly. The supporting cast are all great as well. This film is filled with clever dialogue and humor and awkward situations. The character of Dorothy Michaels is a much older lady with big glasses but an eye for fashion. Both men and women flirt with Dorothy, which is highly awkward and inappropriate but works perfectly with this perfectly imperfect film.

Although this film has a PG rating, it is far from being worthy of that rating. It fact, it is more PG-13. There is sexual humor and innuendo, kissing and terms referring to sexuality. There is a good bit of foul language throughout the film, including the “F” word as well. There is also smoking and a scene where a joint is passed around and occasional drinking and a drunk character, also a character has a drinking problem. So this movie is not for really young audiences.

This film will have you laughing, get angry and smile. It is one that can be watched over and over and it gets better every time. A truly clever and wonderful motion picture that has to be seen to believed and is a must watch for any movie lover and just person in general. It is a very entertaining and fun, yet heartwarming at times, type of film. Parts are slow, but that doesn’t matter, it is still enjoyable. WONDERFUL! 13+ 5/5

Top 30 Films About Autism

  1. A Brilliant Young Mind – 2014
  2. Snow Cake – 2009
  3. Little Man Tate – 1991
  4. The Boy Who Could Fly – 1986
  5. Nathan’s Kingdom – 2018
  6. Jack of the Red Hearts – 2016
  7. Ocean Heaven – 2010
  8. Adam – 2009
  9. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – 2011
  10. I Am Sam – 2001
  11. My Name is Khan – 2010
  12. Mozart and the Whale – 2005
  13. House of Cards – 1993
  14. The Lighthouse of the Orcas – 2016
  15. Cube – 1997
  16. Rain Man – 1988
  17. Life, Animated – 2016
  18. The Horse Boy – 2009
  19. The Story of Luke – 2012
  20. Autism in Love – 2015
  21. The United States of Autism – 2013
  22. White Frog – 2012
  23. Wretches & Jabberers – 2010
  24. Fly Away – 2011
  25. Temple Grandin – 2010
  26. The Accountant – 2016
  27. Autism: The Musical – 2007
  28. Mary & Max – 2009
  29. How to Dance in Ohio – 2015
  30. Dina – 2017

Top 75 Iconic Fashion in Films

  1. Carol – 2015
  2. Barbarella – 1968
  3. Clueless – 1995
  4. The Millionairess – 1960
  5. Funny Girl – 1968
  6. Chinatown – 1974
  7. American Gigolo – 1980
  8. Belle de Jour – 1967
  9. Boogie Nights – 1997
  10. A Single Man – 2009
  11. Blow Up – 1966
  12. North by Northwest – 1959
  13. In the Mood For Love – 2000
  14. Gilda – 1946
  15. Gone With the Wind – 1939
  16. Suspiria – 1977
  17. La Dolce Vita – 1960
  18. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 1961
  19. Funny Face – 1957
  20. Annie Hall – 1977
  21. Singin’ in the Rain – 1952
  22. Guys and Dolls – 1955
  23. Bullitt – 1968
  24. Barry Lyndon – 1975
  25. The Talented Mr. Ripley – 1999
  26. Drive – 2011
  27. Grease – 1978
  28. The Thomas Crown Affair – 1968
  29. Mayerling – 1968
  30. Breathless – 1960
  31. Phantom Thread – 2017
  32. Marie Antoinette – 2006
  33. Paris, Texas – 1984
  34. Rear Window – 1954
  35. Sabrina – 1954
  36. Atonement – 2017
  37. The Devil Wears Prada – 2006
  38. Pretty Woman – 1990
  39. Crazy Rich Asians – 2018
  40. Bonnie and Clyde – 1967
  41. The Godfather Trilogy
  42. 8 1/2 – 1963
  43. The Seven Year Itch – 1955
  44. Love in the Afternoon – 1957
  45. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – 1953
  46. The Royal Tenebaums – 2001
  47. Casablanca – 1942
  48. American Hustle – 2013
  49. Basic Instinct – 1992
  50. Cleopatra – 1963
  51. Legally Blonde – 2001
  52. Sex and the City – 2008
  53. To Catch a Thief – 1955
  54. Swing Time – 1936
  55. Pulp Fiction – 1994
  56. The Great Gatsby – 1974
  57. Heathers – 1988
  58. West Side Story – 1961
  59. My Fair Lady – 1964
  60. The Help – 2011
  61. High Society – 1956
  62. The Philadelphia Story – 1940
  63. Titanic – 1997 ]
  64. A Place in the Sun – 1951
  65. The Wizard of Oz – 1939
  66. Out of Africa – 1985
  67. Rebel Without a Cause – 1955
  68. Pretty in Pink – 1986
  69. The Great Gatsby – 2013
  70. Top Hat – 1935
  71. Flashdance – 1983
  72. A Hard Day’s Night – 1964
  73. Dinner at Eight – 1933
  74. Bringing Up Baby – 1938
  75. Dirty Dancing – 1987

Classic of the Week: Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard and Catherine O’Hara . The film follows the story of eight year old Kevin (Culkin), who has to defend himself and is house from two robbers, Harry (Pesci) and Marv (Stern) , after his family leaves him behind on accident on their Christmas vacation.

Mr. And Mrs. McAllister have a bunch of children, so understandably, they can be a handful, but good parents, whether they have twenty or more kids or just one, they should be able to make sure they are being taken care of and included, though no parent or caregiver is perfect. Leaving a child behind should never happen, especially if they are little. Luckily, Kevin McAllister knows how to defend and take care of himself extremely well for an eight year old in the Chicago suburb. He knows how to bathe, grocery shop (and buys essentials like fabric softener, milk and a toothbrush), can do laundry, use microwave and order pizza, things most kids at or around that age don’t know how to do or even care to learn how to.

Kevin also knows how to take care of burglars, by torturing them (which unrealistically doesn’t seriously hurt or kill them), instead of calling 9-1-1 first. The torture is violent at times, so really young viewers may get very upset. Also the fact Kevin’s family forgets about him when they are going vacation, may also upset them and make them afraid of it happening to them. There is also some mild inappropriate language and adult humor, brief smoking and drinking.

This film is a holiday tradition for lots of people whether watching with family, a partner or alone. It is nerve racking, clever, hilarious, heartbreaking and heartwarming at times and well made. This is probably Macaulay Culkin’s most well known film and is Christmas favorite of people around the world. The main stars are all equally fantastic. There are iconic scenes like Kevin screaming after he slaps on the aftershave, Mrs. McAllister’s panic stricken face and many involving the criminals.

This movie is one that never gets old and people look forward to watching every year around the holidays. But this actually one that can be enjoyed year round, despite being a Christmas film. Everything about this one is great. It is a mixture f humorous, beautiful and painful. It is also perfectly imperfect and spectacular from beginning to end. Even composer John Williams’ music is outstanding. The sequels are nowhere near as wonderful as this truly one of a kind film. 9 & up 4.5/5

Classic of the Week: The Apartment (1960)

The Apartment is a 1960 American romantic comedy drama film directed by Billy Wilder. It stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. The film follows the story of C.C. “Bud” Baxter (Lemmon), an insurance clerk, who dreams of getting promoted at work. In those hopes, he lets higher up coworkers use his Upper West Side apartment to have extramarital affairs. Bud develops an attraction to the elevator operator, Fran Kubelik (MacLaine), who is having an affair with Bud’s Boss, Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray). Bud is a playboy who brings home a different lady each night, until he meets Fran.

This film has garnered much controversy since its release, despite winning Best Pictures at The Oscars. Some have said this film is dirty due to its portrayal of adultery and infidelity. Others have given the film positive reviews, like, “a tender and genuinely funny and romantic film.’ I personally can see both ways, the controversy and the outstanding-ness of this movie. It does make light of adultery, for most of this picture, almost saying that doing this terrible stuff is okay. But, at the same time, the main character Bud, does realize that what he is doing is wrong and that there is only one woman he wants and that is Fran.

This film is filled with sin, humor, romance and compassion. Both Lemmon and MacLaine are fantastic together. Fred McMurray is equally great. The writing is a bit on the filthy side, but that doesn’t make it a bad movie at all. Because the characters realize what is really going on and straighten it out. Fran and Bud realize who they are meant to be with and Sheldrake comes to the realization that he shouldn’t make things worse for them, himself or the company.

Of course, this not for kids of any age, as the subject matter is far too mature. There is also dreaming, as well affairs,, sex, kissing, smoking and fighting. This may make the film not seem romantic or comedic, but it is, as well as dramatic. It isn’t exactly a beautiful film, but it isn’t exactly ugly either, which to me, makes it wonderful. It is truly a movie that deserves to be watched at least nice in your life. A scandalous, yet tender story that in’t boring, over the top filthy, or cheesy. It is one that will never cease to entertain. A true masterpiece! 18 & up 4.5/5

Most Hilarious Movies of All Time Part II

101. Home Alone – 1990

102. The Princess Bride – 1987

103. Uncle Buck – 1989

104. Dumb and Dumber- 1994

105. Stripes – 1981

106. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective- 1994

107. Wedding Crashers – 2005

108. Zombieland – 2009

109. Grumpy Old Men – 1993

110. What About Bob? – 1991

111. Three Amigos! – 1986

112. Robin Hood: Men In Tights – 1993

113. Galaxy Quest – 1999

114. Fletch – 1985

115. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World -1963

116. The Pink Panther – 1963

117. Liar, Liar – 1997

118. Man on the Moon – 1999

119. Bridesmaids- 2011

120. Play it Again, Sam – 1972

121. Monkey Business- 1931

122. Swingers – 1996

123. Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid – 1982

124. Dinner at Eight – 1933

125. Zoolander – 2001

126. Hot Fuzz – 2007

127. What We Do in the Shadows – 2014

128. Beetlejuice – 1988

129. Waiting for Guffman – 1996

130. A Shot in the Dark – 1964

131. Shaun of the Dead – 2004

132. My Cousin Vinny – 1992

133. Fantastic Mr. Fox – 2009

134. Shrek – 2001

135. Toy Story – 1995

136. Waking Ned Devine – 1998

137. Death at a Funeral – 2007

138. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein- 1948

139. The Navigator- 1924

140. Spite Marriage – 129

141. The Cameraman – 1928

142. Speedy – 1928

143. For Heaven’s Sake -1926

144. The General – 1926

145. The Absent Minded Professor – 1961

146. Harvey – 1950

147. Mr. Mom – 1983

148. His Girl Friday – 1940

149. The Big Lebowski – 1998

150. Hababam Sinifi – 1975

151. Korkusuz Korkak – 1979

152. Withnail & I – 1987

153. Click – 2006

154. Happy Days – 1978

155. Sut Kardesler – 1976

156. Tosun Pasa – 1976

157. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – 2005

158. Slap Shot – 1977

159. The Pink Panther Strikes Again – 1976

160. Big Daddy – 1999

161. Wayne’s World – 1992

162. Spaceballs – 1987

163. High Fidelity – 2000

164. The King of States Island – 2020

165. The Darjeeling Limited – 2007

166. Crimes and Misdemeanors- 1989

167. Deconstructing Harry – 1997

168. Everything s you Always Wanted to Know About Sex, but Were Afraid to Ask – 1972

169. Love and Death – 1975

170. What’s Up, Tiger Lily? – 1966

171. Zelig – 1983

172. Larceny, Inc. – 1942

173. Sweet and Lowdown – 1999

174. Bullets Over Broadway – 1994

175. Smokey and the Bandit – 1977

176. 9 to 5 – 1980

177. The Man With Two Brains – 1983

178. Topper – 1937

179. Dolmite is My Name – 2019

180. Mean Girls – 2004

181. Friday – 1995

182. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – 1988

183. Monty Python and the Holy Grail – 1975

184. Bells Are Ringing – 1960

185. Auntie Mame – 1958

186. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes- 1953

187. Old School- 2003

188. Step Brothers- 2008

189. Barbershop- 2002

190. So I Married an Axe Murderer – 1993

191. The Awful Truth – 1937

192. The Freshman- 1925

193. Private Benjamin- 1980

194. Fast Times at Ridgemont High – 1982

195. The Court Jester – 1955

196. Lost in America- 1985

197. Go West – 1925

198. Chicken Run – 2000

199. Sixteen Candles – 1984

200. Ball of Fire – 1941

Most Hilarious Movies of All Time Part I

  1. Duck Soup – 1933
  2. The Philadelphia Story- 1940
  3. The Jerk – 1979
  4. Sleeper – 1973
  5. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town – 1936
  6. Diner – 1982
  7. When Harry Met Sally… 1989
  8. Airplane! – 1980
  9. The Graduate – 1967
  10. Ghostbusters – 1984
  11. Shampoo – 1975
  12. A Day at the Races – 1937
  13. Arsenic and Old Lace – 1944
  14. Manhattan – 1979
  15. Singin’ in the Rain – 1952
  16. The Thin Man – 1934
  17. It Happened One Night – 1934
  18. The Apartment- 1960
  19. The Gold Rush – 1925
  20. Tootsie – 1982
  21. This is Spinal Tap – 1984
  22. Moonstruck- 1987
  23. Cat Ballou – 1965
  24. City Lights – 1931
  25. Raising Arizona – 1987
  26. Bringing Up Baby – 1938
  27. Groundhog Day – 1993
  28. Arthur – 1981
  29. Sherlock Jr. – 1924
  30. Mrs. Doubtfire – 1993
  31. The Nutty Professor- 1963
  32. The Bank Dick – 1940
  33. Safety Last! – 1923
  34. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure- 1985
  35. Broadcast News – 1987
  36. The Grand Budapest Hotel – 2014
  37. The Birdcage – 1996
  38. Clue – 1985
  39. Lost in America- 1985
  40. Dazed and Confused- 1993
  41. Big – 1988
  42. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – 1989
  43. The 40 Year Old Virgin- 2005
  44. Legally Blonde – 2001
  45. City Slickers – 1991
  46. Bridget Jones’s Diary – 2001
  47. The Lady Killers – 1955
  48. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels- 1988
  49. Best in Show – 2000
  50. National Lampoon’s Vacation- 1983
  51. Meet the Parents – 2000
  52. Being There’s – 1979
  53. Playtime – 1973
  54. Office Space – 1999
  55. There’s Something About Mary – 1998
  56. Elf – 2003
  57. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy- 2004
  58. The Odd Couple – 1968
  59. The Lady Eve – 1941
  60. Adam’s Rib – 1949
  61. A Fish Called Wanda – 1988
  62. Four Weddings and a Funeral – 1994
  63. Beverly Hills Cop – 1984
  64. A Night at the Opera – 1935
  65. Sullivan’s Travels – 1941
  66. Trading Places – 1983
  67. The Naked Gun – 1988
  68. Coming to America – 1988
  69. The General – 1927
  70. National Lampoon’s Animal House – 1978
  71. Modern Times – 1936
  72. The Blues Brothers – 1980
  73. Young Frankenstein- 1974
  74. Annie Hall – 1977
  75. Caddyshack – 1980
  76. What’s up Doc? – 1972
  77. The Producers – 1968
  78. Planes, Trains and Automobiles- 1987
  79. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 1986
  80. School of Rock – 2003
  81. Way Out West – 1936
  82. Bananas – 1971
  83. Sons of the Desert – 1933
  84. The King of Comedy – 1982
  85. Broadway Danny Rose- 1984
  86. His Girl Friday- 1940
  87. The Pink Panther 1963
  88. Blazing Saddles – 1974
  89. A League of Their Own – 1992
  90. The Full Monty – 1997
  91. American Graffiti- 1973
  92. Girl Shy – 1924
  93. The Kid Brother – 1927
  94. Steamboat Bill Jr. – 1928
  95. Animal Crackers – 1930
  96. Horse Feathers – 1932
  97. The Hangover- 2009
  98. O Brother, Where Art Thou? – 2000
  99. The Wedding Singer – 1998
  100. Father of the Bride – 1950

Classic of the Week: Misery (1990)

Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film directed by Rob Reiner based on Steven King’s 1987 novel of the same name. It stars James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth and Frances Sternhagen. The plot follows an obsessive fan who holds an author captive and forces him to write a story.

Paul Sheldon (Caan) is a famous author of Victorian romance novels featuring a character named Misery Chastain. He wants to focus on more serious stories, so he writes a manuscript for a new novel that he hopes will help create a new career after Misery. While traveling from Silver Creek, Colorado to his home in New York City, Paul is caught in a blizzard and his car goes off the road, making him unconscious. A nurse named Annie Wilkes (Bates) finds Paul and takes him to her home.

Paul regains consciousness and finds himself strapped to a bed with broken legs and a dislocated shoulder. Annie claims to be his number one fan and makes his stay there even more miserable after reading his manuscript fr his new novel.

This is definitely one of Stephen King’s best stories and one of the best film adaptations. It grabs you from the very start and knocks the breath out of you. Kathy Bates is not the sweet lady she was in Fried in Green Tomatoes, she’s a master manipulator, an evil and sick woman seeking revenge on a famous individual. Bates is outstanding as Annie Wilkes, proving she can play any type of character. She abuses Paul so bad that she causes him to be wheelchair bound from breaking his legs. James Caan is terrific as author Paul Sheldon. He starts out helpless, until he finds a way to seek revenge on Annie and give her a taste of her own medicine.

The majority of this film takes place in Annie’s remote house. It is very disturbing, so it is not for the faint of heart. Both characters are sent through Hell and back. Annie eventually gets what she deserves and Paul rescued, but the road there is extremely gruesome, with one fighting another for most of it. Some scenes start out slow, but usually have a disturbing part, that will make you wary of strangers.

This movie is full of painful scenes, so definitely not a family flick. There’s violence, foul language, drinking, smoking, and drug usage. The extreme gore may upset some viewers, so use caution when watching this film. This is an unsettling movie from beginning to end, but it is very well done from the acting to the writing, It is truly one of the best psychological thriller films of all time. Adults only 4.5/5

Swallow (2019)

Swallow is a 2019 psychological thriller film written and directed by Carlo Mirabella Davis, in his directorial debut. It stars Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche and Denis O’Hare. The story follows a young woman who is suffocated emotionally in her marriage and outside life, starts to consume inedible things on impulse.

Hunter Conrad (Bennet) lives like a 1950’s housewife, including her fashion sense, except she enjoys games on her cellphone. Her husband Richie has taken over his as CEO of his father’s corporation and is gone a lot, leaving Hunter bored at home a lot. She isn’t nearly as outgoing as Richie or his family. She eventually finds him to be inconsiderate and removed towards her. One day at home alone, she develops the urge to swallow a marble. She finds it gives her a feeling of euphoria and begins to swallow other non-food items around the house, including thumbtacks, metal figurines and even batteries. Each object, after digested, she obsessively cleans and arranges in a dish on her vanity.

When Hunter finds out she is is pregnant, she and Richie go to the hospital for an ultrasound, during which the technician finds an anomaly in Hunter’s stomach. She is transported immediately to the emergency room to remove many different things trapped in her intestine. She is diagnosed with pica, a psychological disorder that coaxes people to eat inedible items. She is forced to go to therapy where she reveals her unhappiness in her marriage and how she was born from her mother being raped and being too conservative to terminate the pregnancy.

This film is very slow at times, almost boring, but it does pick up and gets a lot better. You get to see how a person with a pica lives, how they struggle, hurt themselves and the ones who care about them. You also see how it is to live as the black sheep in the family and through a broken marriage that keeps getting worse. It is disturbing knowing that pica is s real condition and seeing a person (real or not) is hard to watch, but you can’t help watch Hunter swallow almost no food throughout the film.

Hunter’s husband Richie (Stowell) is veery little help for her, he mostly yells and tells her to get professional help or he’ll divorce her. Her doe however, mention the health of their baby and calls her selfish for not thinking of them or her own health. Richie’s parents are worried she might kill the baby and herself and she eventually checks into a mental institution.

Haley Bennett is outstanding as Hunter Conrad and definitely worthy of any best lead actress awards. Austin Stowell is great as Richie Conrad. Elizabeth Marvel does a fine job as Richie’s mother, Katherine Conrad. David Rasche does a fine job as well as his father Michael Conrad. Richie’s parents are a lot nicer and more helpful than him. They are there for Hunter when Richie is not.

This film is more disturbing and eye-opening than scary. Much of this movie is quite slow, but it is a story that should be told as not many people know about pica. It is an eating disorder like anorexia, where the person suffering craves eating things that shouldn’t be eaten. This film also deals with how psychological disorder affect people and their loved ones. It also deals with marital problems.

Despite the slowness, this film is well done and all the lead stars do great jobs in their roles. The only problems are that the movie could have been a bit less slow and gotten into Richie and Hunter’s marriage issues more as well as how her loved ones were affected, since it mostly focused on her and the pica. This film really only has a few somewhat romantic scenes and I get the feeling Richie didn’t really love Hunter after all,

Not exactly a thriller, but not exactly a complete drama either, it’s a bit of both. Not fantastic, but terrible either. 18 & up 3.5/5

WALKING THE WALK WITH CHARLIE CHAPLIN.

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MabelsStrangePred1914gl4 “It’s a dirty old man!” The tramp first time out (Mabel’s Strange Predicament 1914).

One of the biggest mysteries in film comedy, is how Chaplin came up with his tramp character. However, contemporary reviews of his early films, suggest that his walk was more important to audiences, rather than who he was, or who he represented. A master-stroke? You bet, and he lived off the back of the walk for decades. In general, we now accept the story of the advent of the flat-footed tramp, as ‘given’ but how did the little guy actually come about? Let’s look at the evidence.

From Music Hall to Keystone Comedies.

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The first mystery that we have, is that of how Chaplin came to be at Keystone. Mack Sennett said, in his autobiography, that he’d seen Chaplin in his English Music Hall show and thought he’d be just right for his slapstick…

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