Slap Shot (1977)
Pretty damned funny Paul Newman flick. It's a great sports movie, with only passing similarities to of the typical sports movie story lines. Definitely captures much of the gritty, foul-mouthed, sometimes offensive use of language you'd get in the late '70s. I saw this when it was aired on network television ages ago. I enjoyed it a lot--my wife really hated it, as Newman was such a piece of crap as a human. I was not quite sure if the location was fictional--There is of course the Charlestown area of Boston, but the area depicted in the movie had a huge mill--and they were drinking Scmidt's, which made me think it may have been a fictional town somewhere in western NY or Penn. (I would think if it were in Clarlestown Mass, they'd be drinking 'Gansett)
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
This is a pretty decent telling of the Roald Dahl book. It changes a couple things, but pretty much sticks to the story pretty well. It combines live action and stop motion techniques, plus a short section of a sort-of collage animation. It's an oddball story, one that i am not particularly crazy about, but it is mostly entertaining--my kids liked it a lot. Joanna Lumley as aunt Spiker is positively hideous.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Coen Brothers' gangster film. What I like about this one is the fact that the gangster thing is just a setting--the story could be reset in any number of eras/locales with with love triangles and people vying for power. Unlike other gangster movies, this one doesn't wallow in the romance of gangster life or get involved too much in the ins and outs of gangster culture. Of course it's got much of what is to like about a Coen Bros movie: it is beautifully shot, it has a great score, great dialogue and the acting is spot-on.
This is only the second time I've seen it. It's not my favorite of their movies, but there it little to not like. Albert Finney is outstanding.
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