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GFS Home Movies: Dames (1934)

GFS Home Movies: Dames (1934)

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I have made no secret of the fact that I don't care for movie musicals. But I think what I'm discovering over the years is that there's a certain type of musical I don't like. I can't put my finger on it yet, but there has to be some sort of connection between the musicals I do like -- Chicago, Singin' in the Rain, and now Dames. I came across Dames (Warner Bros., 1934) while researching a piece of Popdose on the Flamingos' version of "I Only Have Eyes for You." Turns out that the song -- composed by Harry Warren and Al Dubin -- was introduced in Dames as one of the film's showpiece musical numbers. And man, what a showpiece it is! More on that in a bit. (more…)
Who’s up for another Saturday Night Live-based movie?!

Who’s up for another Saturday Night Live-based movie?!

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Well too bad, because we're getting another one.  Feast your eyes on the trailer for Will Forte's MacGruber, due out in April: I'm a fan of the recurring "MacGruber" sketches on SNL, but those are 3-minute bites.  I don't have high hopes for a full-length movie, although it has some things going in its favor.  Forte is one of the funnier current SNL cast members, as is co-star Kristen Wiig.  And hey, good to see Val Kilmer's still getting work!  Even if he does look more bloated than the national debt.
Knocked Up: Pot + pregnancy = funny

Knocked Up: Pot + pregnancy = funny

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When I saw the first advertisements for Knocked Up, I could not have been less intrigued. After all, the "unprepared couple bumbles their way through pregnancy" plot is as old as the hills, and I doubted very much that director/writer Judd Apatow would be able to bring a fresh perspective to the table. Apatow, for those not familiar with him, has produced some of the biggest hit comedies of the last five years, including Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and The 40 Year-Old Virgin. But while those movies were essentially really long sketches that relied on star power (Will Ferrell and Steve Carell) and liberal amounts of raunch for their success, Knocked Up is a much more assured and satisfying film. For those who have seen Nine Months or any movie like it, Knocked Up will ...