See How They Run (2022)

See How They Run is a 2022 mystery comedy film directed by Tom George. It stars Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell, Adrien Brody, Ruth Wilson, Reece Shearsmith, Harris Dickinson and David Oyelowo. 

In 1953 London, Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap celebrates its 100th performance, and the sleazy American director Leo Kopernick tries to convince the producer John Woolf to allow him to direct the film adaptation. After Kopernick’s drunken behavior toward’s the female lead Shelia Slim leads to a fight with her husband and co-star Richard Attenborough, Kopernick is killed backstage by an unknown assailant. 

Inspector Stoppard investigates the murder with inexperienced Constable Stalker. Everyone at the theater is declared a suspect and a potential victim, including the play’s producer Petula Spencer and Woolf’s wife Edana Romney. Stoppard tries to close the theater until the murder is solved, but the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Harold Scott, steps in, assigning Stalker to assist in the investigation. 

This film is pretty slow for much of its runtime, but the acting is really good and there are several laugh out loud moments. The plot is clever. There is murder, humor, tragedy and a tiny bit of romance in this movie. Three of the characters break the fourth wall, making the film more humorous, but only making it a little more entertaining. 

Sam Rockwell is outstanding as alcoholic Inspector Soppard, Saoirse Ronan is great as Constable Stalker. Adrien Brody, though his role is cut short is very good as Leo Kopernick. Ruth Wilson is great as well as Petula Spencer. Reece Shearsmith does a fine job as John Woolf. Harris Dickinson is good, not great as Richard Attenborough and David Oyelowo is excellent as Mervyn Cocker-Norris. 

Some may find the storyline of this film offsensive, as it a comedic murder mystery. It has the feel of a typical Agatha Christie story, but with added humor and clever bits. Though the acting is superb, the film lacks in entertainment value. The trailer makes the film look wildly entertaining and funny and it is only a tad engaging and only few times did actually laugh out loud. With a great cast and plotline, I was expecting so much more, instead I found myself very much bored for a good portion of this movie. I love a good murder mystery and comedy, so I thought this was going to be a winner, but I was let down. 

Several of the charaters are fictionalized versions of real people, like Richard Attenborough was a real actor, John Woolf was a real film producer who really did produce The African Queen, and Agatha Christie we all know is was the queen (still is) of murder mystery books. 

Of course this film is filled with violence, as well as adult humor, foul language, drinking and smoking. So this is not a family film. If you’re looking for a an entertaining whodunit, this isn’t it.  Though you’ll get a few gasps and laughs out of it, for the most part, you’ll probably be rather bored. 

The film is mostly slow, but comedic at times, then ends abruptly. The best things about this one are the acting, costumes, scenery and plot. Overall, it is a pretty much an  unhurried, yet comical at times, mediocre movie. If you want a better, funny murder mystery type film, try Clue from 1985 or Arsenic and Old Lace from 1944. I can’t imagine this as a stage production, it would be probably be even more less amusing. 13+ 3/5 

Disney+ Debuts Trailer For Disney Original Documentary’s ‘Mickey: The Story of A Mouse’ —

Today, Disney+ released the teaser trailer for Mickey: The Story of A Mouse from Disney Original Documentary. The announcement comes out of D23 Expo in Anaheim, which launched the official kick-off to the 100th anniversary celebration of The Walt Disney Company. The feature documentary will premiere globally on Disney+ on November 18 – Mickey Mouse’s…

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Greatest Summertime Movies of All Time

  1. The Seven Year itch – 1955
  2. Vicky Christina Barcelona – 2008
  3. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – 2005
  4. Mamma Mia! – 2008
  5. Stand by Me – 1986
  6. Little Miss Sunshine – 2006
  7. The Notebook – 2004
  8. Crooklyn – 1994
  9. Real Women Have Curves – 2002
  10. Caddyshack – 1980
  11. National Lampoon’s Vacation – 1983
  12. Grease – 1978
  13. The Graduate – 1967
  14. Jaws – 1975
  15. Beaches – 1988
  16. Do the Right Thing – 1989
  17. The River Wild – 1994
  18. The Parent Trap – 1961
  19. The Parent Trap – 1998
  20. The Bridges of Madison County – 1995
  21. Summertime – 1955
  22. Summer Stock – 1950
  23. 500 Days of Summer – 2009
  24. Speed – 1994
  25. Thelma & Louise – 1991
  26. E.T. – 1982
  27. Clueless – 1995
  28. Dirty Dancing – 1987
  29. Point Break – 1991
  30. American Graffiti – 1973
  31. The Goonies – 1985
  32. What About Bob? – 1991
  33. Dazed and Confused – 1993
  34. The Endless Summer – 1966
  35. The Sandlot – 1993
  36. In the Heights – 2021
  37. Palm Springs – 2020
  38. King Richard – 2021
  39. The Talented Mr. Ripley – 1999
  40. Dope – 2015
  41. Lilo & Stitch – 2002
  42. Adventureland – 2009
  43. Sylvie’s Love – 2020
  44. Tomboy – 2011
  45. Moonrise Kingdom – 2012
  46. Everybody Wants Some! – 2016
  47. Luca – 2021
  48. Crazy Rich Asians – 2018
  49. Something’s Gotta Give – 2003
  50. Mystic Pizza – 1988
  51. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar – 2021
  52. The Way Way Back – 2013
  53. Summer of ’42 – 1971
  54. Pauline at the Beach – 1983
  55. Breaking Away – 1979
  56. Moana – 2016
  57. Soul Surfer – 2011
  58. Muppet Treasure Island – 1996
  59. Finding Nemo – 2003
  60. Charlotte’s Web – 1973
  61. Say Anything… – 1989
  62. The Kings of Summer – 2013
  63. Miss Juneteenth – 2020
  64. From Here to Eternity – 1953
  65. Shirkers – 2019
  66. Before Sunrise – 1995
  67. Weekend at Bernie’s – 1989
  68. Monsoon Wedding – 2001
  69. My Summer of Love – 2004
  70. In the Good Old Summertime – 1949
  71. Porgy and Bess – 1959
  72. Beach Rats – 2017
  73. The Florida Project – 2017
  74. Kiss Me Kate – 1953
  75. The Little Mermaid – 1989
  76. Anything Goes – 1956
  77. Damn Yankees – 1958
  78. The Music Man – 1962
  79. Carousel – 1956
  80. An Affair to Remember – 1957
  81. King Creole – 1958
  82. The Long Hot Summer – 1958
  83. Suddenly Last Summer – 1959
  84. A Summer Place – 1959
  85. Gidget – 1959
  86. The Whales of August – 1987
  87. A League of Their Own – 1992
  88. Howard’s End – 1992
  89. Cha Cha Real Smooth – 2022
  90. Dog Day Afternoon – 1975
  91. Roman Holiday – 1953
  92. Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte – 1964
  93. On Golden Pond – 1981
  94. Summer With Monika – 1953
  95. Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday – 1953
  96. Smiles of a Summer Night – 1955
  97. The Talk of the Town – 1942
  98. Early Summer – 1951
  99. Almost Famous – 2000
  100. Summer Interlude – 1951

Classic of the Week: Summer Stock (1950)

Summer Stock is a 1950 American Technicolor musical film directed by Charles Walters and stars Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria DeHaven, Marjorie Main and Phil Silvers. Judy struggled with many personal problems during filming and Summer Stock proved to be her final film with MGM, as well as her last onscreen paring with Kelly. By mutual agreement MGM terminated her contract by September 1950, something the head of studio, L.B. Mayer said he later regretted doing. 

Jane Falbury (Garland) is a farm owner whose actress sister, Abigail (DeHaven), arrives at the family farm with her theater troupe. They need a place to rehearse, and Jane and her housekeeper Esme (Main), hesitantly agree to let them use their barn. The actors and actresses, including the director, Joe Ross (Kelly), pay back her hospitality by doing chores around the farm. Although Joe is engaged to Abigail, he begins to fall in love with Jane after Abigail leaves him in a rage. Likewise, even though Jane is enaged to Orville (Bracken), she falls in love with Joe. 

Although this is not Garland’s or Kelly’s best work, it is still a really fun film, filled with laughter, fun songs, dancing and romance, their best is perhaps 1942’s For Me and My Gal. But Summer Stock is still worth seeing for the songs, choreography and romance. Some of the songs are a bit cheesy like so many classic musicals and Gene Kelly is a typecast again as the romantic song and dance man, but he does a great job regardless. Judy Garland is fantastic in her role, and though she was a tiny 4’11,” she seems much taller with her wide voice range and her excellent dancing skills. 

This film will have you singing and dancing and it will warm your heart. Warning, there is a scene that might make you tear up. There are many great songs throughout this musical such as “Wonderful You,” “If You Feel Like Singing, Sing” and “Get Happy” (One of Judy’s signature songs). The choreography by Nicholas Castle Sr. is so much fun, it’ll have you either tapping your foot, or dancing right along. 

There is no foul language, drinking or smoking shown and there is only one scene where Jane is shown showering and putting on clothes, but she is shown from shoulders up, so this is a very family friendly film. This is a feel good movie, one that can brighten you right up if you’re feeling sad or angry. Just the “Get Happy” scene alone will have you smiling ear to ear. Yes, this musical is a bit cheesy, but not as cheesy as Oklahoma! or Easter Parade, and many others from back in the day. That still does not make this one bad.

This is definitely not as a good as Singin’ in Rain or An American in Paris, but it’s not terrible. It is wildly entertaining from begining to end, though the plot is very simple. Would I have paid to see this on the big screen or on stage? Probably not, but if I found it on TV or streaming, I may or may not watch it. Having seen this film already, I can say, this is not one I could watch over and over again like Singin’ in the Rain. It’s a cute movie, very enjoyable, but the over the top cheesiness could have been dialed back a lot. Overall, this a very good, not great movie, though it is a joyous watch. 9+ 3.5/5

Classic of the Week: Arthur (1981)

Arthur is a 1981 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Steve Gordon. It stars Dudley Moore as Arthur Bach, a drunken New York City millionaire who is close to an arranged marriage to a wealthy heiress, but ends up falling in love with a common working-class girl from queens, played by Liza Minelli. 

Arthur Bach is a spolied alcoholic from New York City, who likes to be chauffeured around in his Rolls Royce Silver Wraith limousine through Central Park. Arthur is heir to a portion of his family’s fortune, but only marries upper class Susan Johnson, the business aquaintance of his father. He does not love Susan, but his family feels that she will finally make him grow up. On a shopping trip with his valet Hobson, he sees a young lady, Linda Marolla, shoplifting a necktie. He negotiates with the security guard on her behalf and later asks her out. Despite his feelings for Linda, Arthur remains burdened by his family to marry Susan. 

While visiting his grandmother, Martha, Arthur shares his feelings for Linda, but is warned that he will be disowned if he doesn’t marry Susan. Hobson, who has been more like a father to Arthur than his real father, realizes that he is starting grow up and secretly invites Linda to Arthur’s engagement party. Hobson tells her that he can sense Arthur’s love for her. Linda crashes the party, held at the estate of Arthur’s father, and she and Arthur get to spend time alone, which is traced by both families. Hobson is later hospitalized and Arthur runs to be by his side. Hobson dies and Arthur, who has been sober, goes on a drinking binge. At the diner where Linda works, Arthur proposes to her. 

This film is equal parts funny, sweet and romantic. Dudley Moore is fantastic as the rich, spoiled Arthur Bach, who eventually learns wealth status is really not important in order to be happy. Liza Minelli, who we are so used to as a musical star, is great as Linda Marolla, the working-class girl that doesn’t need a lavish lifestyle to be content. 

Arthur, although rich, realizes money and expensive things don’t make a person happy, as he is still lonely and has never been married. His family thinks that forcing him to marry a wealthy lady will help him grow up and be happy, but it does the complete opposite after he meets Linda. This movie shows how lavishness does not equal satisfaction,and  that oftentimes, less is more. 

Much of the humor and lines in this movie are cheesy, but not over the top. The plot of this film is very simple, but it is still entertaining and at times, laugh out loud funny and heartwarming. There is a good amount of time spent on Arthur’s booze binge after Hobson’s death, which doe make this movie a lttle less enjoyable, but at the same time, you can understand it. 

Anyone who has never experienced love, or love in a long time can sympathize Arthur, also anyone with deep depression can too. Without the character of Linda Marolla, this would have been a dud a film. She is the breath of fresh air it needed to be really good, because I would have turned this movie off after about 20 or so minutes as it would have been nothing more than a story about a lonely, depressed, spoiled man wanting love. Although this film starts out that way, it does get a lot better when she is introduced. 

Overall, this a good, not great movie. The acting is outstanding and the story is cute, but perhaps this is too simple of a motion picture, not enough action and drama, so it lacks in entertainment value. But it’s still not terrible, just not something I can watch all the time. It is rather slow and little on the cheesy side, but that may just be because of Dudley Moore, who was known for his campy characters and humor, but at the same time, I can’t imagine anyone else in the main role. This is one of the more serious, yet, still humorous roles that Liza has played and she is not campy or annoying like Dudley’s character, although they are perfect together. 

What this film lacks in entertainment, it does make up for in being inspirational, charming and funny. 10+ 3.5/5

Greatest Film Songs of All Time

  1. All That Jazz – Chicago (2002)
  2. Lose Yourself – 8 Mile (2002)
  3. Seems Like Old Times – Annie Hall (1977)
  4. (I’ve Had ) The Time of My Life – Dirty Dancing (1987)
  5. Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do) – Arthur (1981)
  6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  7. Isn’t It Romantic? – Love Me Tonight (1932
  8. Summer Nights – Grease (1978)
  9. Streets of Philadelphia – Philadelphia (1993)
  10. My Favorite Things – The Sound of Music (1965)
  11. Tonight – West Side Story (1961)
  12. Suicide is Painless – M*A*S*H (1970)
  13. (I’m a) Yankee Doodle Dandy – Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  14. Rainbow Connection – The Muppet Movie (1979)
  15. The Shadow of Your Smile – The Sandpiper (1965)
  16. I’m Easy – Nashville (1975)
  17. The Rose – The Rose (1979)
  18. Buttons and Bows – The Paleface (1948)
  19. Let the River Run – Working Girl (1988)
  20. Long Ago (and Far Away) – Cover Girl (1944)
  21. Do Ri Me – The Sound of Music (1965)
  22. Put the Blame on Mame – Gilda (1946)
  23. 9 to 5 – Nine to Five (1980)
  24. Up Where We Belong – An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
  25. Good Morning – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  26. On the Good Ship Lollipop – Bright Eyes (1934)
  27. No Body Does It Better – The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  28. Thanks for the Memories -The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)
  29. Get Happy – Summer Stock (1950)
  30. Flashdance… What a Feeling – Flashdance (1983)
  31. Goldfinger – Goldfinger (1964)
  32. Fame – Fame (1980)
  33. Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) – The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
  34. Don’t Rain on My Parade – Funny Girl (1968)
  35. Wind Beneath My Wings – Beaches (1988)
  36. New York, New York – On the Town (1949)
  37. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Mary Poppins (1964)
  38. Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off – Shall We Dance (1937)
  39. Stormy Weather – Stormy Weather (1943)
  40. Some Enchanted Evening – South Pacific (1958)
  41. ‘Ol Man River – Show Boat (1936)
  42. Everybody’s Talkin’ – Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  43. Caberet – Caberet (1972)
  44. Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star is Born’) – A Star is Born (1976)
  45. My Heart Will Go On – Titanic (1997)
  46. Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  47. The Sound of Music – The Sound of Music (1965)
  48. When You Wish Upon a Star – Pinocchio (1940)
  49. Moon River – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  50. As TIme Goes By – Casablanca (1942)
  51. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’) – High Noon (1952)
  52. America – West Side Story (1961)
  53. Make ‘Em Laugh – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  54. Summertime – Porgy and Bess (1959)
  55. Get Happy – Summer Stock (1950)
  56. Beauty and the Beast – Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  57. The Windmills of Your Mind – The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
  58. Shall We Dance? – The King and I (1956)
  59. Rock Around the Clock – Blackboard Jungle (1955)
  60. That’s Entertainment – The Bandwagon (1953)
  61. The Way You Look Tonight – Swing Time (1936)
  62. Fight the Power – Do the Right Thing (1989)
  63. Theme from Shaft – Shaft (1971)
  64. Aquarius – Hair (1979)
  65. Born to be Wild – Easy Rider (1969)
  66. The Trolley Song – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  67. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  68. Jailhouse Rock – Jailhouse Rock (1957)
  69. Someday My Prince Will Come – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  70. I Could Have Danced All Night – My Fair Lady (1964)
  71. Cheek to CHeek – Top Hat (1935)
  72. People – Funny Girl (1968)
  73. The Man That Got Away – A Star is Born (1954)
  74. Stayin’ Alive – Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  75. Mrs. Robinson – The Graduate (1967)
  76. Singin’ in the Rain – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  77. Over the Rainbow – The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  78. The Way We Were – The Way We Were (1973)
  79. Somewhere – West Side Story (1961)
  80. I Got Rhythm – An American in Paris (1951)
  81. Swinging on a Star – Going My Way (1944)
  82. Days of Wine and Roses – Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
  83. Luck Be a Lady – Guys and Dolls (1955)
  84. Hakuna Matata – The Lion King (1994)
  85. To Sir, With Love – To Sir, With Love (1967)
  86. Purple Rain – Purple Rain (1984)
  87. In Your Eyes – Say Anything (1989)
  88. White Christmas – Holiday Inn (1942)
  89. A Whole New World – Aladdin (1992)
  90. Gangsta’s Paradise – Dangerous Minds (1995)
  91. You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Toy Story (1995)
  92. Stuck in the Middle With You – Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  93. I Have Nothing – The Bodyguard (1992)
  94. Skyfall – Skyfall (2012)
  95. Against All Odds – Against All odds (1984)
  96. St. Elmo’s Fire – St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)
  97. Gonna Fly Now – Rocky (1976)
  98. Can You Feel the Love Tonight – The Lion King (1994)
  99. Live and Let Die – Live and Let Die (1973)
  100. Shallow – A Star is Born (2018)
  101. Hopelessly Devoted – Grease (1978)
  102. Unhained Melody – Ghost (1990)
  103. The Power of Love – Back to the Future (1985)
  104. Footloose – Footloose (1984)
  105. Circle of Life – The Lion King (1994)
  106. Don’t You Forget Abour Me – The Breakfast Club (1985)
  107. Maniac – Flashdance (1983)
  108. They Can’t Take That Away from Me – Shall We Dance (1937)
  109. Jeepers Creepers – Going Places (1938)
  110. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Buck Privates (1941)
  111. Baby Mine – Dumbo (1941)
  112. Chattanooga Choo Choo – Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
  113. I Fall In Love Too Easily – Anchors Aweigh (1945)
  114. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Neptune’s Daughter (1949)
  115. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening – Here Comes the Groom (1951)
  116. Secret Love – Calamity Jane (1953)
  117. Three Coins in the Fountain – Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
  118. Love is a Many Splendored Thing – Love is a Many Splebdored Thing (1955)
  119. High Hopes – A Hole in the Head (1959)
  120. Alfie – Alfie (1966)
  121. The Look of Love – Casino Royale (1967)
  122. The Bare Necessities – The Jungle Book (1967)
  123. I Just Called to Say I Love You – The Woman in Red (1984)
  124. Let’s Hear it for the Boy – Footloose (1984)
  125. Take My Breath Away – Top Gun (1986)
  126. Under the Sea – The Little Mermaid (1989)
  127. Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  128. A Wink and a Smile – Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  129. Colors of the Wind – Pochahontas (1995)
  130. Part of Your World – The Little Mermaid (1989)
  131. You’ll Be in My Heart – Tarzan (1999)
  132. Strangers Like Me – Tarzan (1999)
  133. Save Me – Magnolia (1999)
  134. If I Didn’t Have You – Monsters Inc. (2001)
  135. The Hands That Built America – Gangs of New York (2001)
  136. Scarlet Tide – Cold Mountain (2003)
  137. Falling Slowly – Once (2007)
  138. Jai Ho – Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  139. The Weary Kind – Crazy Heart (2009)
  140. Down in New Orleans – The Princess and the Frog (2009)
  141. We Belong Together – Toy Story 3 (2010)
  142. Let It Go – Frozen (2013)
  143. Glory – Selma (2014)
  144. Writing’s on the Wall – Spectre (2015)
  145. City of Stars – La La Land (2016)
  146. How Far I’ll Go – Moana (2016)
  147. Remember Me – Coco (2017)
  148. When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
  149. Stand Up – Harriet (2019)
  150. I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4 (2019)
  151. Fight for You – Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
  152. No Time to Die – No Time to DIe (2021)
  153. Down to Joy – Belfast (2021)
  154. Be Alive – King Richard (2021)
  155. When She Loved Me – Toy Story 2 (1999)
  156. Wise Up – Magnolia (1999)
  157. Eye of the Tiger – Rocky III (1982)
  158. It Might Be You – Tootsie (1982)
  159. I’ll Wait For You – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
  160. Charade – Charade (1963)
  161. A Kiss to Build a Dream on – The Strip (1951)
  162. Pennies from Heaven – Pennies from Heaven (1936)
  163. I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Born to Dance (1936)
  164. It Might as Well be Spring – State Fair (1945)
  165. That Old Black Magic – Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)
  166. Whatever Lola Wants – Damn Yankees (1958)
  167. Steam Heat – The Pajama Game (1957)
  168. Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered) – Pal Joey (1957)
  169. Oh What a Beautiful Morning – Oklahoma! (1955)
  170. Getting to Know You – The King and I (1956)
  171. If I Were a Rich Man – Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
  172. And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going – Dreamgirls (2006)
  173. I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning – Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
  174. I Enjoy Being a Girl – Flower Drum Song (1961)
  175. Put on Your Sunday Clothes – Hello, Dolly! (1969)
  176. Le Jazz Hot – Victor/Victoria (1982)
  177. Mein Herr – Cabaret (1972)
  178. People Will Say We’re in Love – Oklahoma! (1955)
  179. A Hard Day’s Night – A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  180. Pure Imagination – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  181. Where the Lost Things Go – Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
  182. The Time Warp – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  183. 76 Trombones – The Music Man (1962)
  184. Matchmaker, Matchmaker – Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
  185. Easter Parade – Easter Parade (1948)
  186. Put on a Happy Face – Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
  187. Help! – Help! (1965)
  188. Too Darn Hot – Kiss Me Kate (1953)
  189. Pinball Wizard – Tommy (1975)
  190. Love, Rein O’re Me – Quadrophenia (1979)
  191. (You Gotta) Have Heart – Damn Yankees (1958)
  192. The Real Me – Quadrophenia (1979)
  193. You Only Live Twice – You Only Live Twice (1967)
  194. Diamonds Are Forever – Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  195. Nobody Does it Better – The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  196. Rich Man’s Frug – Sweet Charity (1969)
  197. Big Spender – Sweet Charity (1969)
  198. Earned It – 50 Shades of Grey (2015)
  199. The Empty Chair – Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)
  200. See You Again – Furious 7 (2015)

Nope (2022)

Nope is a 2022 American science fiction film directed by Jordan Peele and stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, and Brandon Perea

In 1998 , on the soundstage for the sitcom Gordy’s Home, the titular chimpanzee animal actor attacks and kills its human co-stars after being startled by the pop of a balloon. Child actor Ricky “Jupe” Park hides under the table and is unharmed, though scared. The chimp finds Jupe and extends a hand before being shot dead by authorites. 

In the present day, ranch owner Otis Haywood Sr. trains and handles horses for film productions. When he is killed by a nickel through the eye that falls unexplainably, his children Otis Jr. and Emerald inherit the ranch. O.J. tries to keep the business going and to uphold his father’s legacy, while Em looks for fame and fortune in Hollywood. The Haywoods claim that unnamed jockey in “Plate 626” from Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion series of photographs was their ancestor. 

Six months later while, while filming a commercial with well known cinematographer Antlers Holst, a horse reacts violently when the crew startles it and the Haywoods are fired from the project. The ranch’s financial problems have forced OJ to sell horses to a grown up Jupe, who owns and operates the nearby Jupiter’s Claim, a smal western theme park, where he uses the story of Gordy’s Home killing for profit. Jupe offers to buy the Haywoods’ ranch, which Em encourages OJ to accept. That night Haywoods notice their electricity flickering and their horses disappearing and reacting brutally to an unknown presence. They discover that a UFO shaped like flying saucer has been sucking up their horses and spitting out any unwanted debris, which caused their father’s death. 

Seeking wealth and fame, OJ and Em decide to document the evidence of the UFO’s existence and they obtain Fry’s Electronics employee Angel Torresto set up surveillance cameras as they bait it with a pretend horse. Jupe introduces a live show at Jupiter’s Claim and plans to have a horse as bait to coax the UFO to come out, having fed it the horses he bought from the Haywoods, in front of a paying audience. This UFO is not a spaceship but predatory creature that eats anthing that looks directly at it.  

This film has a Spielbergian feel too it, much like his film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but not nearly as good. To me this is one of Peele’s weaker films. Most of the movie is spent on the creature in the sky, waiting for it, watching it, escaping from it and only a portion is actually spent on the horses and the human characters. The creature goes from looking like a giant UFO, to a giant kite, to a ginormous kaleioscope, which is neat, but entire scenes of it, is a waste of time. We get it,  we’re amazed, move on. 

The acting is great from Daniel Kaluuya (OJ) and Steve Yeun (Jupe), Keke Palmer was given a bad role, as she is really good actress and deserves better, but her character Emerald was nothing more than an annoying stereotype of a young African American tomboy wanting fame and fortune. 

This film had little flow and made little sense and you never learn why the sky creature was after that town. It is very intense but also focuses way too much on the creature and very little on the human characters, although a good bit is focused on the horses. I like science fiction and thriller films but they both must have what films need a begining, middle and end. This one has a begining, but the middle and end are combined. Had the middle and end been seperated, I would have enjoyed it more. This took Spielberg style sci-fi and just made it worse. The last about hlaf the film was spent trying to get away from this UFO looking alien creature thing and not about learning anything about it and why it wants to destroy that town eat certain living things.They just want it come out and then run from it, which makes no sense and they are just wanting it to suck them up. 

This movie is really fast paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat and because of these things, it is better to see it in theater. The intensity, violence and language in this movie are not appropiate for yound kids. Just the creature alone would give them nightmares. 

I am disappointed I spent over two hours of my life watching this movie that had very little story to it other than horses, but the alien thing is never explained about at all, not why they’re on earth, where they came from, why that town? Nothing. Jordan Peele has said that the creature represents Hollywood and the main (human) characters are Hollywood stars and the alien going after the Haywoods and Jupe represents how Hollywood mistreats African Americans and Asians. Which upon learning that, it made me like this movie a little bit more, but still not a whole lot more. 

The cinematography, scenery and special effects are amazing, i just wish there had been less alien or whatever that thing is more about the characters and their lives. It might as well have been callled Jordan Peele’s Alien. But all of those good qualities dont make the film that much better, just more entertaining. 18+ 3.5/5 

150 Greatest Musical Films of All Time

  1. The Greatest Showman – 2017
  2. West Side Story – 2021
  3. Beauty & the Beast – 1991
  4. Funny Face – 1957
  5. Love Me Tonight – 1932
  6. The Jungle Book – 1967
  7. Mama Mia! – 2008
  8. Fame – 1980
  9. Bye Bye Birdie – 1963
  10. On the Town – 1949
  11. Pennies from Heaven – 1981
  12. The Bandwagon – 1953
  13. In the Heights – 2021
  14. Rocketman – 2019
  15. The King and I – 1956
  16. Dreamgirls – 2006
  17. The Blues Brothers – 1980
  18. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – 1954
  19. Oliver! – 1968
  20. Funny Girl – 1968
  21. Chicago – 2002
  22. Dancer in the Dark – 2000
  23. Tick, Tick… Tick… Boom! – 2021
  24. Hedwig and the Angry Inch – 2001
  25. A Hard Day’s Night – 1964
  26. Guys and Dolls – 1955
  27. Meet Me in St. Louis – 1944
  28. Fiddler on the Roof – 1971
  29. My Fair Lady – 1964
  30. Top Hat – 1935
  31. A Star is Born – 1954
  32. An American in Paris – 1951
  33. Oklahoma! – 1955
  34. Mary Poppins – 1964
  35. Grease – 1978
  36. All That Jazz – 1979
  37. The Wizard of Oz – 1939
  38. Cabaret – 1972
  39. Singin’ in the Rain – 1952
  40. The Sound of Music – 1965
  41. La La Land – 2016
  42. A Star is Born – 2018
  43. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – 1964
  44. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – 1971
  45. West Side Story – 1961
  46. 42nd Street – 1933
  47. Yankee Doodle Dandy – 1942
  48. Show Boat – 1936
  49. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – 1953
  50. The Young Girls of Rochefort – 1967
  51. A Night at the Opera – 1935
  52. Sing Street – 2016
  53. Enchanted – 2007
  54. The Sapphires 2012
  55. Topsy-Turvy – 1999
  56. Sunshine on Leith – 2013
  57. Cyrano – 2021
  58. Hair – 1979
  59. Mary Poppins Returns – 2018
  60. 8 Women – 2002
  61. White Christmas – 1954
  62. French Cancan – 1955
  63. Swing Time – 1936
  64. The Music Man – 1962
  65. Royal Wedding 1951
  66. Help! – 1965
  67. Phantom of the Paradise – 1974
  68. Going My Way – 1944
  69. The Jazz Singer – 1927
  70. Carmen Jones – 1954
  71. Annette – 2021
  72. Cry Baby – 1990
  73. The Wayward Cloud – 2005
  74. Bugsy Malone – 1976
  75. Viva Las Vegas – 1964
  76. King Creole 1958
  77. Easter Parade 1948
  78. The Cocoanuts – 1929
  79. Victor/Victoria – 1982
  80. The Court Jester – 1955
  81. Everyone Says I Love You – 1996
  82. The Saddest Music in the World – 2003
  83. Hairspray – 1988
  84. Alexander’s Ragtime Band – 1938
  85. Annie Get Your Gun – 1950
  86. Hello, Dolly! – 1969
  87. 1776 – 1972
  88. Take Me Out to the Ball Game – 1949
  89. Brigadoon – 1954
  90. Carousel – 1956
  91. The Great Ziegfeld – 1936
  92. Kiss Me Kate – 1953
  93. Porgy and Bess – 1959
  94. Thoroughly Modern Millie – 1967
  95. State Fair – 1945
  96. The Lion King – 1994
  97. The Gang’s All Here – 1943
  98. Damn Yankees! – 1958
  99. Bells Are Ringing – 1960
  100. March of the Wooden Soldiers – 1934
  101. The Harvey Girls – 1943
  102. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – 1968
  103. Cover GIrl – 1944
  104. Footlight Parade – 1933
  105. Sweet Charity – 1969
  106. The Girl Can’t Help It – 1956
  107. High Society – 1956
  108. Jailhouse Rock – 1957
  109. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – 1967
  110. It’s Always Fair Weather – 1955
  111. The Jolson Story – 1946
  112. Lady and the Tramp – 1955
  113. Neptune’s Daughter – 1949
  114. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever – 1970
  115. On Moonlight Bay – 1951
  116. The Pajama Game – 1957
  117. Pal Joey – 1967
  118. Purple Rain – 1984
  119. Royal Wedding – 1951
  120. Shall We Dance – 1937
  121. Silk Stockings – 1957
  122. South Pacific – 1958
  123. Summer Stock – 1950
  124. There’s No Business Like Show Business – 1954
  125. Till the Clouds Roll By – 1946
  126. The Unsinkable Mollie Brown – 1964
  127. Holiday Inn – 1942
  128. Whoopee! – 1930
  129. Yentl – 1983
  130. You Were Never Lovelier – 1942
  131. Ziegfeld Follies – 1945
  132. Les Girls – 1957
  133. Girl Crazy – 1943
  134. Cabin in the Sky – 1943
  135. Once – 2007
  136. Elvis – 2022
  137. The Producers – 1967
  138. Nashville – 1975
  139. Coco – 2017
  140. The Nightmare Before Christmas – 1993
  141. Jersey Boys – 2014
  142. Rent – 2005
  143. Les Miserables – 2012
  144. Little Shop of Horrors – 1986
  145. The Broadway Melody of 1938 – 1937
  146. The Broadway Melody of 1936 – 1935
  147. The Broadway Melody of 1940 – 1940
  148. For Me and My Gal – 1942
  149. Anna and the Apocalypse – 2017
  150. School of Rock – 2003

Beast (2022)

Beast is a 2022 American survival thriller film directed by Balasar Kormakor. The films stars Idris Elba, Iyana Halley, Leah Sava Jeffries, and Sharlto Copley. 

A recently widowed husband returns to South Africa where he first met his wife, on a trip with his daughters to a game reserve managed by an old family friend and wildlife biologist. Soon a vicious wild lion, wanting human flesh, begins attacking them and killing everyone it finds. 

This film’s plot is simple, yet this movie is extremely intense and at times, quite disturbing. You see characters get attacked, shot at, stabbed, and even killed. Violence comes mostly from the ferocious lion that wants to kill every human human he finds, as he thinks they are all out kill his pride and other animals, or as we call them poachers. You do see some poachers shoot and kill several wild animals and drag off their bodies, which is disturbing (and illegal), and poaching is still an ongoing problem in the world. Young viewers will be too disturbed for the movie. 

Idris Elba does a great job as Dr. Nate Samuels, though his American could use some work on, as it fades to American to barely British (his real accent). Sharlto Copley does a good, not great job as Martin Battles. The film doesn’t have much of a before story, not telling much about the daughters’ mother’s death, or their parents’ marriage, except that they had divorced or seperated and first met in South Africa. The movie jumps right into the poaching and trying to survive from the lion and that’s pretty much the rest of the film, which though intense, it wasn’t that interesting and needed a lot more story, because alone, it is so one dimensional. Also this film is rather short at an hour and thirty-three minutes and I was expecting a film like this one to be at least two hours long. 

Had this one more of a storyline, it would have been more interesting and not just plain gory and nail-bitingly distressful. Although the acting is really good and the scenery is beautiful, that doesn’t make up for the weakness of this movie. I found myself on the edge of my seat nearly the wole time, but also wanting more and thinking at the end of this one, “That’s it?” 

Would I watch this one again? Maybe if it came on TV and there was nothing else on, but it would never be a first choice that’s for sure. This one is thrilling for sure, but that’s it. So much more plot is needed to make this an outstanding film. Don’t waste your time or money on this movie in theater. It leaves to too much out to make you scratch your head in the end. 18+ 2.5/5 

Classic of the Week: Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Bringing Up Baby is a 1938 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. The film tells the story of a paleontologist in numerous quandries involving an absentminded heiress and a leopard named Baby. 

David Huxley (Cary Grant) is a benevolent paleontologist. For the past few years, he has been trying to assemble the skeleton of a Brontosaurus but is missing a bone. Adding to his stress, is his approaching marriage to the morose Alice Swallow (Virginia Walker) and the need to impress Elizabeth Random (Mary Robson), who is considering a million-dollar donation to his museum. 

The day before his wedding, David meets Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn) by chance on a golf course when she hits his ball. She is a scatterbrained, eccentric young lady. These qualities soon entangle Davis in sever agonizing incidents. 

Susan’s brother Mark has sent her a leopard named Baby from Brazil. Its tameness is helped by the song “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” Susan thinks Davis is a zoologists and manipulates David into helping her take baby to her farm in Connecticut. Troubles arise when Susan falls in love with him and tries to keep him at her house as long as possible. 

David’s bone arrives, but Susan’s aunt’s dog George takes it and buries it somewhere. Davis founds out that the aunt is donor Elizabeth Random and that the leopard is for her, as she always wanted one. Baby and George run off and the zoo is called to help capture Baby. Susan and David run to find Baby before the zoo, mistaking a dangerous leopard from a nearby circus for Baby, they let it out of the cage. After being jailed let go after comfirming their idenities, they get Baby back to the safety of the farm. 

This a funny, cute movie that both animal and romance lovers would enjoy. It’s plot is simple enough that both older children and adults can enjoy it too. It’s equal parts, funny and romantic and has a little bit of intensity. There is some adult humor that will go over kids’ heads, but it is very mild and not to be really concerned about, unlike the fairly intense scenes involving Baby, especially the scene where Baby and George fight violently. Just because there is no blood seen, it still may frighten young children. 

This film was a commercial flop upon relaease and only made a small profit after its re-release in the 1940s. It fact, it was panned by both audiences and critics. Today it is celebrated as one of the greatest not just comedy film, but greatest films of all time. It has quite a bit of adult humor. Like a scene where Susan takes all of David’s clothes and he has nothing to wear but her negligee and her aunt walks in and sees him and asks why he is wearing it and he replies: “I just went gay all of the sudden!” Not only does this play on the two meanings of the word gay, it was the first time that gay was ever used to refer to homosexuality, even if it was being masked by the other meaning of the word. 

There are many other scenes where the literal and figurative meaning of words are used, like in the dinner with David, Mr. Applegate, Susan and Mrs. Random, Mr. Applegate is trying to get David to open up about himself, but he won’t and Mr. Applegate says: “Well at least I got a rise out of him.” Mr. Applegate was trying to get a rise out of david using the figuative meaning, but David rose out of his seat and left, using the literal meaning. This kind of play on words in the dialogue is so fast, you may miss it if you don’t pay attention, but enjoy it so much if you do. 

While this kind of writing has been around for centuries, this tounge-in-cheek kind of dialouge had limitations put on screenwriters when it came out in 1930 with the Motion Picture Production Code, which limited references to anything sexual, either audilbly, or visually in script. All of the talented writers in Hollywood had to create their dialogue to exclude sexual innuendos. Consequently, the screwball comedy was born, also known as “sex comedy without sex,” full of innuendos to cheat the code limitations and make the audience happy. Much of the punny script in this film will only appeal to adults, as young kids will not understand it. 

The acting is superb in this movie from all of the main cast, including Nissa who played Baby the leopard. It makes no sense why this film was originally panned, as it great and very entertaining from begining to end. Maybe audiences and critics were hoping for something more action packed and/or romantic. Well, to me it is the right amount of both. 

Animal lovers will likely love this movie, if they just put aside the animal abuse that ocurred. Whips and chains were used as the American Humane Association wasn’t enforced to monitor the use of animals in movies until several years later. Katherine Hepburn was pretty much fearless around the leopard, except for one time when the animal made a lunge for her and the trainer had to use a whip to calm it down. Cary Grant was less warm to the big cat and a double was used where his character and the leopard had to come in contact. 

This is not your typical rom-com, it’s not mushy gushy and laugh out loud funny throughout, which make it much more entertaining if you ask me. Had this movie been just stomach hurting funny and schmaltzy, it would have been very unenjoyable and I very likely would have turned it off or walked out of the theater had I been alive (and old enough) in 1938. 

Despite the few negatives associated with this film, it is still proably the greatest not just screwball comedies, not just comedies, but greatest movies of all time. This story feels like the screenwriter wasn’t happy with the original plot and threw it in a blender, turned it on, and decided to go with the end result, which is this chaotic masterpiece, that shouldn’t dare be remade. Sorry Peter Bagdanovich, but What’s Up Doc? is no Bringing Up Baby. 10+ 4.5/5