I like silly movies, and one of my favorites is the ultra-silly and wild Stanley Kramer flick "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World." You may remember the show. Smiler Grogan, played by Jimmy Durante, crashes his car down a hill and is tossed from his car. Before he dies, Smiler tells 5 men, played by Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters, Milton Berle, and Mickey Rooney, that he's hidden "350 G's" under a "big dubbya" in Santa Rosita State park. A wild chase ensues for the next 2.5 hours as the 5 men and several others make a dash for the cash.
If you've ever wondered about the film locations then and now, Mark Furqueron has a nice site showing you all you've ever wanted to know about the road locations of the film. Here's a San Diego Union Tribune story on the Seven Level Hill area where the opening scenes took place. Here's information on the airport scene.
The article lists some of his credits. I shall mention one not mentioned in the article: he played the chatty limo driver in This is Spinal Tap, the one who held a sign saying "Spinal Pap" in the airport in the movie.
I rarely go to movie theaters and I don't think I've ever seen a movie on the day it came out. But tonight I took the PowerKids to see Cars, the new Pixar/Disney animated flick this evening. From Christie Lemire of the Canadian Press:
The makers of Doc Hollywood called. They want their movie back.
Cars rolls along like an animated, automotive version of that 1991
Michael J. Fox gem, from its basic plot points to its feel-good
...It's certainly a beautiful film, just like its Pixar predecessors. The
animators keep getting better at creating backgrounds and details that
look so realistic, you often forget you're watching a
computer-generated cartoon and feel as if you're looking at filmed
footage. The reflection of neon light on a car's hood, the splash of
water or rustle of leaves on the road, the hazy glow from lamps hanging
over the highway - all tangibly, stunningly rendered.
The last paragraph describes one thing that caught me about the movie - its stunning animation. Computer animation has come a long way since Dire Straits' video "Money for Nothing"... and even Shrek.
Kids will find the film fast and colourful (if they can sit still for
its two-hour running time - many couldn't at a recent New York
screening and were running around the theatre by the end). But adults
may find it quite facile, especially during a draggy stretch in which
James Taylor sings a song - one that's surprisingly clunky, considering
Randy Newman wrote it - which explains how tiny towns along Route 66
dried up once the interstate came plowing through the Southwest. It's
as if Lasseter yanked the emergency brake.
The theater was populated by many young boys and their families... like the PowerKids and I. It was sort of an odd treat to see my kids start fidgeting at almost exactly the same moments throughout the film as other kids did.
The movie starts slow and I could see its end coming a mile away, but it works its way into being a charmer. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times liked it.
The recent trend in the field has been to go the wiseguy route. Disney,
Fox, DreamWorks and others have led us to equate computer animation
with bulletproof repartee and snappy patter, turning every creature on
the planet into a Borscht Belt comedian. It's not that those films
haven't been a treat, or that "Cars" doesn't have its share of gags
that make you laugh out loud. But director John Lasseter's latest is
not powered by glibness and speed but by warmth, emotion and
good-hearted charm. It offers the kinds of sensations all Hollywood
once did, and it makes us remember why those films made us care.
John Palmer (aka Big Daddy) has tagged me about my favorite movies***. As a little 40 year old bundle of energy, I don't much care to go and sit in a movie theater. I'd much rather see most movies in the comfort of my home when I can find comfort in a glass of beer or push pause when something else of interest crosses my mind - which is frequently.
Star Wars - will always rank as one of my all-time favorites. To this day, the opening scene still gives me goosebumps when I watch it. Here are some other movies I like (I have little knowledge on when each came out and, frankly, am too lazy to look it up ;-) )
Blazing Saddles Young Frankenstein It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World What's Up Doc Animal House 1941 Stripes O' Brother Where Art Thou? Wayne's World 1 Monty Python and the Holy Grail Fast Times at Ridgemont High (I just watched this the other night... as I look at it today, my god, what an edgy movie that is... maybe even more-so today given today's PC mumbo-jumbo climate) South Park - Bigger, Longer, Uncut Shrek The Incredibles
Can you tell I like comedies? Other non-comedic movies I like:
Tora Tora Tora (it was the one and only movie I saw with my dad) Wrath of Khan Grease
I feel I should tag a couple of bloggers. Guys, you're it!
***Update - the game is to list each movie you considered to be your favorite and estimate when it became your favorite. The only movie I can remember being "my favorite" is Star Wars. That's why I listed it first. The rest of the movies are movies that I like.
****Update #2: Eye don't spel verry gude, and eye mispelt King's name in my original post (sorry).