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Movie Madness

I've watched quite a few of movies this weekend and still have a number to get to yet. Friday night, nofriggingway and I watched the ever precious But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) and a Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant movie I had never heard of called Holiday (1938). It was pretty good but not as incredible as The Philadelphia Story (1940). Holiday got in a few good digs on the Depression Era rich and their politics. When told to wave hello to some reactionaries in the family, the protagonists gave them the fascist salute. I enjoyed watching Edward Everett Horton in a major supporting role. This quavering voiced character actor has been in a ton of stuff, but he is probably best known as the narrator of "Fractured Fairy Tales" on The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. In the beginning, there was a bit about the restoration of this film, so I suspect that it's obscurity had to do with there not being a decent copy available until now.* I rented this gem up from Wild & Woolly.

Both fortunately and unfortunately, I also bought Roger & Me and Angles in America (2003) from Book and Music Exchange. I love them both, but I have seven days to watch everything to make sure all the discs are okay. After that, I can't return or exchange them anymore. I watched Roger & Me right away and it's even better than I remember. In fact, I prefer it to his latter films which seem a bit less focused. (Speaking of his other films, who has my other Michael Moore DVDs?) Thereafter, I plunged into the first two harrowing hours of Angels in America. Only four more to go. ...

Finally, I borrowed Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and Gentlemen Prefer Blonds (1953) from Ekstrom library, but I haven't watched either of them yet. Should I? Gentlemen Prefer Blonds stars Marylin Monroe and Jane Russell, who I imagine were cast for their dimensions; but it was directed by Howard Hawks who also did His Girl Friday (1940) which was the zenith of proto-feminist screwball comedies. Not that I expect Gentlemen Prefer Blonds to be particularly liberated, but it might at least be smart. The fact that I have heard of it gives me hope. After all, Hollywood has made a ton of utterly forgettable fluff films with big name stars. Surely this film's staying power means there is something to recommend it. ... Something beyond the obvious, I mean.

* Edit:

I have just spoken with one of the library's resident cinephiles. Apparently, the movie has always been available and I've just been under a rock.
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