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Acting is not the noblest profession in the world, but…

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Acting is not the noblest profession in the world, but there are things lower than acting—not many, mind you, but politicians give you something to look down on from time to time.

Spencer Tracy

Quoted from Spencer Tracy: A Biography by James Curtis

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February 1, 2012 at 7:49 am

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A smart character requires smart writers

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A smart character requires smart writers and in this movie the producers saved the money for special effects.

Alex Tabarrok, writing about Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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January 31, 2012 at 8:24 am

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“If They Knew What They Liked, They Wouldn’t Live In Pittsburgh.”

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The Economist‘s so-called Intelligence Unit has released its 2011 Liveability Rankings, which claims that the most “liveable” city in the United States is…

…Pittsburgh?

Well, perhaps they’re right. But I can’t help recalling this exchange from Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels:

Aw, what do they know in Pittsburgh.

They know what they like.

If they knew what they liked, they wouldn’t live in Pittsburgh!

 

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February 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

The Professionals: Memorable Movie Hitmen

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Over at Amazon’s Armchair Commentary blog, Andrew Wright offers his list of Memorable Movie Hit Men.

I’m familiar with several of the entries on this list, including…

The Killer” – The movie’s tagline, “The Biggest Body Count in History”, might very well be accurate. John Woo directed Chow Yun-Fat in this intense bullet ballet made in Hong Kong before they both went to Hollywood. The English subtitles are unnecessary for much of the film: you won’t need a translator while the bullets are flying.

Pulp Fiction” – I’m not as big a fan of this movie as many people are. The best part of Quentin Tarantino’s movies is the dialogue, including the back-and-forth between hitmen John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in this movie. Oddly enough, his violence seems more gratuitous to me than Woo’s—or maybe it’s just less graceful.

Grosse Pointe Blank” – John Cusack is a hitman whose upcoming assignment happens to intersect with his high school reunion. Minnie Driver is the old flame that he hopes to reunite with, and Dan Aykroyd is the whack-job competitor.

But the best hitman movie of all time is probably Luc Besson’s “The Professional“, which was a Glaring Omission from Wright’s list. Jean Reno is Leon, the title character. Natalie Portman is the neighbor’s child who lands in his lap, and Gary Oldman is great as the villain.

 

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January 31, 2011 at 9:42 pm

A Gun Is A Tool

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A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.

Shane (1953)

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January 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

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“Ninotchka”: Good, but Overrated

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We saw Ninotchka recently.

It was good. It was entertaining. We would watch it again.

But I would not consider it a great movie.

There seems to be a lot of four-star love for this film. Maybe this is because it’s the rare  intersection of Garbo and Comedy. Maybe it’s the love affair that movie critics have always had with Ernst Lubitsch.

I think it’s good, and yet overrated.

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December 18, 2010 at 9:47 pm

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