Friday, April 11, 2008
It’s a grey, rainy evening.
Good for nothing more than drinking a nice hot toddy by the fire (too bad I don’t have one) in my jammies. And maybe a little amuse me blogging — since I’m still sick. You know the drill so in the comments, if you please.
1) Favourite cowboy film and why.
2) Favourite Bette Davis film and why.
3) And just to change things up, name one book you’re reading right now.
1) Hmmmm, that’s a toss up between Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Silverado. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is just hands down one of the best films ever made, regardless of genre. The casting of Paul Newman and Robert Redford is just magical. They play the characters so perfectly that it’s virtually impossible to imagine anyone else in the roles.
Silverado is such an old school western film that it plays almost as an homage to the genre. It has all the necessary elements – stoic gunman with an inalienable sense of right in Scott Glenn, bad guy gone good Kevin Kline, absolutely excellent heavy in Brian Dennehy and Kevin Costner in the one role, besides Bull Durham and The Upside of Anger, where one could actually understand the hype around him. Hell, it even has John Cleese.
2) Ooooh, All About Eve — no question. Davis is simply outstanding as Margo Channing. As much as the story may be about Eve’s insinuation into Margo’s life, this is Davis’ film from start to finish. And the dialogue. This movie has to have some of the best lines ever written.
3) A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore ... which I highly recommend. In fact, you should just read anything that has his name on the cover. He’s witty and clever and unbelievably bent, not to mention laugh out loud funny. It’s all about the hilarious journey of one Charlie Asher, Beta Male extraordinaire, who has a relatively normal life until he wakes up one morning to find out that he’s Death or, more accurately, a Death Merchant. You should read it. Seriously.