November 21st, 2006

Uncle Duke

1925 - 2006

Brewster McCloud
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
The Long Goodbye
3 Women
Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Vincent & Theo
The Player
Short Cuts
Gosford Park
A Prairie Home Companion

In A Prairie Home Companion, Robert Altman's final film (on which, honestly, he didn't do the bulk of the work; Paul Thomas Anderson took up most of the directing duties when Altman didn't have the strength) there's a scene where Garrison Keillor's character is asked to deliver a eulogy on the air for a beloved cast member who's recently died.

"I don't say eulogies," Keillor refuses.
"What if you die someday?" Lindsay Lohan's character asks him.
"Then I die."
"But don't you want people to remember you?"
"I don't want them to be told to remember me!" Keillor protests, as stubbornly and as defiantly as only a Minnesota Lutheran can, then walks out of the room.

Robert Altman has nothing to fear about that. He followed "show, don't tell" to the letter and the body of his work, often screened frame-by-frame by wide-eyed film students, definitely shows how much he'll be remembered and missed. We almost don't even need to be told.

and yes, I do consider Popeye to be one of his flawed masterpieces. so there.

movie review written by r. noyes age 11

Here's the thing about James Bond, okay.

James Bond is this spy on Her Majesty's Secret Service (it said so in one of the movies.) He is British, though sometimes he talks with a Scottish accent. His boss is named M. His number is 007 which you say as "double-oh seven" even though you know from math that numbers shouldn't start with one zero, much less two zeroes, unless there is a decimal point involved.

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Oh, and James Bond's favorite drink is a Martini Shaken Not Stirred and I'm not sure what that means, but I do know that there will come a day when I turn 21 and I will go out to a bar especially to try a Martini Shaken Not Stirred just like James Bond drinks, and I will be kinda sad because it'll turn out to taste just like gin, and I won't have had gin at that point so I won't like it, and it will be rather disappointing. But I'll get better at it.

PS this review is about a hundred times funnier if you pretend that instead of saying "James Bond" every time, I say "James Brown."