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|There exists in human nature a strong propensity to depreciate the advantages, and to magnify the evils, of the present times. -Edward Gibbon||Quotes|
Pocket Review, Title Broadway Danny Rose, Studio MGM/UA, Rating 4.5,
The top of my Woody Allen movie list is reserved for Broadway Danny Rose'. The movie opens with a scene at the Carnegie Deli, with a bunch of (actual) Borscht Belt comedians swapping stories on a lazy afternoon, and one of them begins to tell Danny's story. Danny is a very small-time theatrical agent in New York City, kind of the Charlie Brown of agents, who never seems to get a break. He works his butt off for small-time acts: Balloon folders, waterglass musicians,one-legged tap-dancers, stuttering ventriloquists, and the like.
I came across this provocative double-entendre comic from the great Bizarro Comics. As a left-hander, I laughed my head off.
My brother Peter showed me a comic from the witty Existential Comics that captured the ZeitgeistĀ of the world cup this year, or is it l'esprit du temps? Ā Such questions are to be decided on the pitch.
American football combines two of the worst things in American life: It is violence punctuated by committee meetings. – George Will, occasionally lucid, occasionally witty. Re-quoted from Lexington, the Economist.
Pocket Review, Title Get Shorty, Studio MGM/UA, Rating 4.5,
The wry premise of this movie: the best training for a Hollywood producer is loan-sharking.
Pocket Review, Title The Incredibles, Studio Disney / Pixar Studios, Rating 5.0,
The best cartoons growing up were ones that were aimed at both kids and adults, like the Looney Tunes with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, or the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. The Incredibles manages this multi-layered presence with masterful ease at feature length.
Pocket Review, Title Dumb And Dumber, Studio New Line Home Entertainment, Rating 3.5,
This movie just makes me laugh. Usually, movies that feature juvenile humor begin to pale at some point, but Jim Carrey holds my attention as a completely oblivious, selfish idiot.