My daughter and I decided to take in a movie at the classic Astor Theatre in Windsor tonight. Wednesdays are featuring a Wes Anderson festival of sorts and this week’s offering was Rushmore, a movie neither of us had seen. It was interesting to view an early work of Anderson’s and see so many of his distinctives present right from the beginning, though missing some of the polish larger budgets and more experience would bring. The wine glasses here can be purchased at different volumes, a very helpful feature. Epic indeed.
Twilight Time is a company that specializes in limited releases of movies that otherwise wouldn’t be deemed commercially viable. They had a recent sale so I bought Doctor Doolittle (the real one with Rex Harrison), Anastasia (again the real non-animated version starring Ingrid Bergman), and State Fair ( perhaps not the real one, but the 1960’s version with Pat Boone and Ann-Margret). These bring back various memories. Doctor Doolittle I saw at the Imperial Theatre in Wynnum. The others were the fodder of weekend afternoons watching the tv. It’s fair to say they’re not absolute classics (Anastasia would be closest) but enjoyable viewing in their own right and also harbingers of happy memories.
My sons gave me Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer) for my birthday.
Thankyou Peter and Robert (and Georgia and Madi)
It lights up and makes noises.
And is finely accompanied by the Thor mug I also received from my friends the Fox’s.
The quotes from Harvey:
From the cab driver: After this he’ll be a perfectly normal human being and you know what stinkers they are.
From Dr. Chumley: Fly specks, fly specks! I’ve been spending my life among fly specks while miracles have been leaning on lampposts at 18th and Fairfax!
From Elwood: Miss Kelly, you know, when you wear my flower you make it beautiful.
If you want any more, you’ll have to watch it for yourself.
Margot Kidder played Lois Lane in the 1978 Superman movie, displaying a hard-edged tenderness that was a perfect foil for Christopher Reeve’s guileless strength as he portrayed the Man of Steel.
For a comic book reading teenager in the 1970s watching a puffy Marlon Brando as Jor-el or Gene Hackman’s supposedly wig-wearing Lex Luthor were prices that seemed worth paying to get a Superman movie on the big screen, but there was no sense of sacrifice when it came to Kidder and Reeve who perfectly embodied the fictional characters they were plucked from relative obscurity to play.
Their skill as actors enabled them to respect their characters in such a way that they could have fun in the roles without ever seeming to send them up.
The personal lives of both actors transcended their careers, and for a kid from the 70s the fact that they are both gone is both surreal and another reminder of time’s relentless march.
Groundhog Day is a favourite movie; this video edits the footage to portray how Rita, the female character played by Andie MacDowall, experiences the events portrayed.
It doesn’t necessarily ruin the movie, but it does highlight how inexplicable her reaction to Phil’s (Bill Murray) transformation is.
May the force be with you.