"there is no try"

One of the cable TV channels has been broadcasting all six episodes of the Star Wars saga. It has been fun watching these movies in order.  I had to laugh when Episode 2 was shown and remembered that after the second time seeing the movie I thought it was one of the worst movie stories of the entire series.  The special effects were great, but the story and the acting -- simply awful.

Then, this afternoon, I tuned in Episode 5, The Empire Strikes Back. This was the movie that made sure that the third movie in the first trilogy would have to be made simply to answer all of the story questions raised.  But it was also the movie that, at the time, was one of the most powerful movie scenes about faith I had seen at that point in life.

As I watched the scene again, I was convinced that this is the scene which is my favorite in the entire movie series so far.  I have parts of "The Clone Wars" animated series that I think are wonderful, but this one is my favorite:


Old Movies 2

Ah -- summer -- and NOTHING to watch on TV.

Well I guess if someone is looking for the exciting and explosive, or series that are new and different that just won't be found, even though I have noticed that some cable channels have gotten smart and have scheduled some new series to begin in June.

So I turn back to the old movies I love to watch.

I actually own this one. You Can't Take It With You (1938) is one of Frank Capra's jewels that so many peopleTake have never seen. Capra was the director of the Christmas favorite It's a Wonderful Life (1946), but You Can't Take It With you was made eight years before the movie everyone remembers. It's another "slice of life" story that Capra is so good at telling. . .

You Can't Take It With You is like the original version of Meet The Parents.  In this version, Jean Arthur falls in love with her boss, Jimmy Stewart, who is the son of a wealthy manufacturer who is buying up land to build new and bigger factories. Arthur's character is part of a very eccentric family who has been taught by it's patriarch - played whimsically by  Lionel Barrymore (who would become the crotchety Mr. Potter in Wonderful Life). Of course the girl insists the guy's family meet hers before they move forward with plans to marry - and that's when the things become even more hilarious.

And yet, like "Wonderful Life", this movie also leaves you with an inspired feeling about making the most of life, because you just can't take it with you...

Here's one of the fun scenes from the movie. Arthur and Stewart have just entered a very fancy restaurant and have briefly met Stewart's snooty parents. What Arthur doesn't realize is that she has a sign stating "NUTS" attached to her cape and just before this scene she is trying to walk dignified through the restaurant while people are snickering at the sign they see on her as she walks past. (Watch closely and the sign can be seen as they exit the restaurant...)

Old Movies 1

I love movies. I love all sorts of movies. One of my favorite areas of movies are what some would call "old movies.Truth Now it could be argued that if a movie is in theatres for over a week it can be called an "old" movie.

I guess what makes a movie "old" for me is something that was released into theatres in my parents day or when I was young.

I saw one again tonight which I just had to sit and watch again. It starred Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. The movie is called The Awful Truth. Released in October, 1937, the story involves the Warriners who, after suspecting each other of having extra-marital affairs, begin divorce proceedings. However, because each are still in love with each other, they begin to interfere with the other's relationships before the divorce is final.

What makes the movie a delight to watch is the chemistry between Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. In a scene toward the end of the movie, Irene Dunne crashes a party being given at the home of Cary Grant's "fiance" - a rich heiress living in a huge mansion. She shows up as Grant's sister  - but she quickly shows she's not cut from the same highbrow fabric as the rest of the party:

(PS - The scene involves a song which Dunne sings with the understanding that it was part of her "act" at a local nightclub of questionable reputation... This scene makes me laugh EVERY time I watch it... At one point, Grant seems to stifle a laugh as Dunne sings and dances.)