Centenário de Robert Aldrich

Aldrich foi desses diretores altamente qualificados que se deu bem em diversos gêneros, portanto vai aqui um top-dúzia: Para o ranking dos demais filmes do Aldrich acompanhados de suas respectivas resenhas, eis minha lista no letterboxd.

Professor Ed Avery’s Cortizone-Fueled, Bigger-Than-Life, Super Big Gulp-Sized Summer Movie Quiz

1) Depending on your mood, your favorite or least-loved movie cliché 2) Regardless of whether or not you eventually caught up with it, which film classic have you lied about seeing in the past? 3) Roland Young or Edward Everett Horton?Em toda sua lubitschiana glória 4) Second favorite Frank Tashlin movie 5) Clockwork Orange– yesContinuar lendo “Professor Ed Avery’s Cortizone-Fueled, Bigger-Than-Life, Super Big Gulp-Sized Summer Movie Quiz”

Towel Day

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Tony Curtis (1925 – 2010)

I’d hate to take a bite out of you. You’re a cookie full of arsenic. – Palavras de JJ Hunsecker Curtis, Penn, Chabrol, Menke, Gloria Stuart, esta que acabara de completar seus cem anos. Com exceção do Chabrol, todo mundo morreu na última semana, a entrada do outono no hemisfério norte é deveras impiedosa. Top-dúziaContinuar lendo “Tony Curtis (1925 – 2010)”

Top dúzia: John Sturges

Nota: Nem gosto tanto assim dele (meu Sturges é bem outro!), mas ele me proporcionou alguns bons momentos de entretenimento, então nada mais justo do que lembrar dele em seu centenário.

Centenário de Elias Kazanjoglou – Parte 2

13- O Compromisso (The Arrangement, 1969) Everyone become a salesman here. If you don’t sell anything else, you sell yourself. Ours is a society dominated by business, and the economic pressure even at the upper-middle-class level is fantastic. The epitome of this business civilization is the advertising industry. Everyone feels some degradation, some violation ofContinuar lendo “Centenário de Elias Kazanjoglou – Parte 2”

Centenário de James Mason – Parte 1

– I have a passion for James Mason. – Is he good? – Absolutely terrific. So attractively sinister! Taurus, the bull, you know. – Very obstinate. – Really? Diálogo de Festim Diabólico (Rope, Alfred Hitchcock, 1948) Certa vez li uma definição certeira de que Mason nos anos 40 era a personificação de Heathcliff, Mr RochesterContinuar lendo “Centenário de James Mason – Parte 1”

Centenário de Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Top 5 do homem: 1- Trama Diabólica/Jogo Mortal (Sleuth, 1972)Laurence Olivier e Michael Caine num duelo até a morte? Aqui Mankiewicz levou ao topo sua obsessão com o tema de duelo de egos que perpassou toda a sua carreira, nada mais adequado do que transitar a vida real para o cinema quando Sir Olivier eraContinuar lendo “Centenário de Joseph L. Mankiewicz”

Centenário de Robert Surtees