It’s Valentine’s Day, and you can’t avoid the stench of cheap chocolates, smelly flowers, and desperation in the air. So let’s embrace it.
Are we going to see a mad rush by all the studios to convert old — and not so old — movies to 3D and get them back out in multiplexes? Would that be an entirely bad thing? Would it be better if we just got unconverted classics back on a big screen?
“The problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”
I might pick the end of The Usual Suspects. Or the “you’re getting on that plane” bit in Casablanca. Or… Well, there’s a lot of them, probably. It would be tough to pick a single one…
“There are certain sections of New York that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.”
To avoid the first Classic Blunder, you should: A. Never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line; B. Never get involved in a land war in Asia; C. Never utter a line from The Princess Bride unless you want to be spouting quotes all day
What is *The Third Man* is no great mystery: it’s one of the greatest expressions of the noir attitude ever committed to film.
White Christmas is billed as a remake of Holiday Inn, but the only thing these two films have in common is Bing Crosby singing the most beautiful secular Christmas carol, Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ (which was originally written for Holiday Inn). White Christmas isn’t as delightful as its supposed predecessor, but if for no other reason, it’s worth seeing for a gorgeously simple arrangement of the title tune, which Crosby croons accompanied only by a windup music box.
Make no mistake — Ben-Hur is not great art. But it is great fun. Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston), a contemporary of Jesus, is a Jewish prince in Roman-ruled Judea newly reunited with his boyhood friend Messala (Stephen Boyd). Messala, a Roman, has just returned from the empire’s capital to reign as tribune, a sort of lieutenant governor, of Judea. These old pals now find themselves separated by politics — one is the ruler, the other the ruled.