Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Cinematic Neophyte

There are good and bad things about having a husband 15 years older than myself. The bad things include hearing phrases such as, "You've never seen that?" Good things include Roger's attempts to educate me so that I can catch up to his generation. And this education continued the other night as I watched the original MASH movie from 1970 - which was EXTREMELY FUN, given there was war involved! (Yes, I have one of those History-Channel/Military-Channel-loving spouses - who watches all war, all the time. I have yet to understand his fascination with this genre.) Also - cut me some slack - I was TWO YEARS OLD when this movie was originally released.

I loved the comedy and overlapped dialogue. I discovered how "Hot Lips" got her name! "Spear-chucker" makes sense! The daily announcements were hysterical! And, even though I might be committing some sort of cultural blasphemy here, I liked Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould better as Hawkeye and Trapper John. The absence of a "laugh track" made the humor even better.

Next up: "Mommie Dearest" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Yeah, I know, you can't believe I haven't seen those either.


SongBird said...

If you have committed blasphemy then know that you are not alone. I always liked the movie better, too. We've discussed Cuckoo's Nest. I can't wait to get your comments after viewing it. I've never thought of Mommie Dearest as an actual classic, but it is a good flick.

Mugsy said...

What a sheltered life you've led.

Other classics I'd recommend from my own collection:

o All the Presidents Men (will make you weep over the demise of investigative journalism.)

o The Day the Earth Stood Still - 1951 scifi classic. First movie to make Government the bad guy. See a trend here? :)

o Dog Day Afternoon - Al Pachino classic

o Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (1971) - Greatest ecological lesson for kids ever.

0 Ghandi - A must for any film lover with a sense of history.

o The Neverending Story - The first one only, not the sequels. The next Wizard of Oz.

o Three Days of the Condor (1975) - Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway spy thriller. Directed by Robert Altman.

o Some Like It Hot - Do you really need a descrip?

o The Princess Bride - Rob Reiner's first "big" movie. Great for kids and adults alike. Cameos by Billy Crystal and Carole Kane.

o The Right Stuff - The Mercury astronauts. Make sure it's the full 3 hours version, not the edited 2+ SpecEd.

o Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers - The first and funniest Nick Park claymation.

Plenty of others, but knowing your tastes, you'll like these.