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Laughs, Lost and Found
GOOD LOOKIN' (1982) Sandwiched between the releases of American Pop
and Fire and Ice, came this personal vision from animation pioneer Ralph
Bakshi. This long gestating film is both cynical and heartfelt; an unabashed
love letter to the glory days of Brooklyn and
I WILL, I WILL…FOR NOW (1975) Swinging seventies sex therapy and taboo-breaking cohabitations come to light in this comic gem that harkens back to the classic screwball set-ups of remarriage comedies. Elliott Gould and Diane Keaton plays the exes that re-connect, while Paul Sorvino gets "the Bellamy" - and we get to hear him sing! Norman Panama (Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House) directs and co-authors, while a young and lovely Victoria Principal plays "the distraction."
The Army Chemical Corps comes under satirical attack in this delirious
seventies distraction that transgresses genre conventions with the abandon of a
Merry Prankster. When the army retires Dudley Frapper (Elliott Gould) after
abusing him as a human guinea pig, the now addled, dosed, and dopey
HEARTS (1981) Acclaimed off-beat auteur Hal Ashby directs Robert Blake and Barbara
Harris in this ahead-of-its-time picaresque romance than harbingers the arrival
of the decade's later Indie Cinema. Harris plays Dinette Dusty who finds
herself suddenly hitched to drinking drifter Loyal Muke. The pair, along with
Dinette's two children, soon set out a cross-country odyssey through Woody
FIRST FAMILY (1980) Comedy king Buck Henry calls in a who's-who of ha-ha in this political comedy that takes on all conventions and comers, sometimes to startling effect. Bob Newhart plays the befuddled prez, Manfred Link (elected by tragic mishap), while Madeline Khan and Gilda Radner round out the first family as tippling first lady and sex-starved first daughter. Filling out the comedy cabinet are such notables as Rip Torn, Fred Willard, Richard Benjamin, Bob Dishy, Austin Pendleton, Harvey Korman and Mr. Henry himself.
DIE LAUGHING (1980) Robby Benson stars, co-writes, produces and performs in this Hitchcockian comedy in which a simple song-writing cab driver (Benson) ends up as the unwitting custodian of a monkey maguffin. But this monkey's mystery includes murder, nuclear arms, lurking Feds, Soviet spies, and a sinister vintner (the always amazing Bud Cort), all while our poor hackney is doing his best to win a battle of the bands. Also stars Charles Durning, Elsa Lanchester, Linda Grovenor and Peter Coyote. The songs, "MR. WEINSTEIN", "ALL I WANT IS LOVE", "FAR SIDE OF A DREAM", are all written and performed by Robby Benson, with lyrics by Jerry Segal.
Back to the Diner, Back to the Jungle
DAKTARI: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (1966-67) The Wameru Study Center for Animal Behavior makes a welcome return to a second season, this time delivering a full slate (and then some) of 30 action-and-appeal-packed animal adventures. “Daktari” (Swahili for doctor) Dr. Marsh Tracy (Marshall Thompson) continues the Wameru's mission to study and preserve the African veldt’s abundant – and sometime deadly – life. Also returning are daughter Paula (Cheryl Miller), assistants Mike Makula (Hari Rhodes) and Jack Dane (Yale Summers), and the show's prized pair of scene-stealers, Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion and Judy the Chimp. Between poachers, bandits and deadly predators, the staff of Wameru has their hands full, so it’s a good thing they get plenty of animal assistance! Newly Remastered
Not So Funny
THE GIRL (2012) This BBC and HBO co-production stars Toby Jones and Sienna Miller as the master of suspense and the mistress of his imaginings, Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren. The Girl tells the story of the director’s obsessive relationship with his leading lady during the making of "The Birds" and "Marnie." Attempting to sculpt Hedren into the perfect Hitchcock blonde of his imagination, he became obsessed with the impossible dream of winning the real woman’s love. Her rejection of his misguided attempts only added to his obsession, putting both their careers and personal lives in jeopardy. Directed by Julian Jarrold from a screenplay by Gwyneth Hughes, and based on the book "Spellbound by Beauty," by Donald Spoto. Imelda Staunton, Carl Beukes and Penelope Wilton also star.
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