June Prompt – Musicals

Happy Summer, Cinema Shamers!

I apologize for the delay in getting the June prompt posted. Nothing says “Summer” like Musicals and if you need proof for that statement, one is a little ditty called “Summer Nights” in a small musical called Grease and the other piece of evidence is one of the most highly anticipated movies of this summer, Mamma Mia 2. I said it here; therefore, it is fact. Mamma Mia 2 is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer. (I’m waiting for my pull quote.) People have been clamoring for more of Pierce Brosnan’s singing and the miracle that is the Hollywood studio system has answered.

The main reason for June having a Musical focus is the Shameless tie-in to TCM’s online course “Mad About Musicals.” If you have the time I would highly recommend enrolling http://musicals.tcm.com and taking a stroll through the history of Hollywood musicals. 

I completed their course on noirs two years ago and really enjoyed it. Progress at your own speed, watch a wide variety of movies you wouldn’t normally. I’m hoping this musical class and this prompt will lead to some new watches and hopefully some new favorite films. My personal viewing history of musicals is limited, a genre into which I’ve failed to deep dive. I’ve probably seen more modern musicals than classic. I hope to knock off two to three musicals from the ol’ shame list, with John Waters’ Hairspray which will also be my first John Waters film.

As always, let us know your Musical Shames by tweeting @cinemashame or emailing us at cinemashame@gmail.com. We look forward to the conversation and discussion this month.

Also, don’t forget to check out James Patrick (@007hertzrumble) and Jessica Pickens (@cometoverhollywood) on the most recent episode of the Cinema Shame podcast as they discuss Hollywood Musicals.

Until next month, Shamers….

–DB

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A World of Pain–April shame prompt

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The April shame prompt was to watch and report on a film shown at the 2018 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival. Now this is an event in which I envy all who attend, since I probably never will. But I perused the list and knew right away which movie I had to see: The Big Lebowski. I have had no end of shame over not knowing anything about this movie, and never getting the cultural references that everyone else seems to get. So I got some popcorn, some raisinets, and settled in to learn something about The Dude, and why he abides. I had high hopes, as I am never disappointed in anything I see Jeff Bridges do.

 

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The coolest thing about this movie is that it is impossible to put it into a slot. Some movies are dead on Noir, Action, comedy, horror, and so forth. This one was a mixed bag of tricks that surprised me. Loved it. I give it a four out of five stars, which is very good for me as I never give anything five except the movies I could watch over and over and never get tired of, like The Third Man, Groundhog Day, and The Big Sleep. Down-side? A bit frequent on the f-bombs, more than my taste, and a pedophile, but then who didn’t deal with pedophiles in the late 90’s?

It was all part of it–the sexually ambiguous 90’s. Nothing clear and standing out like the 50’s where you knew what was morally ‘right’ to society and what you were supposed to do. You knew your role. The 90’s had slackers and hackers, terrorists and sexual predators. Yeah, I know, every era has had them. But now the general public was aware, and bothered–and I would maintain, titilated by the whole situation we’d found ourselves in. But then, this is not an analysis sort of movie review. I really hate those. You know the ones that dig into Nietzsche and Freud and tell you what to think about film history. I know what I think, and I know what I like. I like movies that don’t look like every other movie–and surprise me.

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Speaking of The Big Sleep, I did not expect this movie to feel like a noir film. The premise seemed silly to me. Not that silliness puts me off. I love it. But I thought it would be a straight comedy. It totally wasn’t. What I like about the noir films that have caught my attention is their ability to tell a story and keep me engaged, without necessarily putting closure on the plot. Like life, you finish watching the movies knowing that life will go on with those characters, as it does for us.

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Oh, and there are femme fatales, of which this movie has two, depending upon your view.

The noirs of the 40’s were pulpy and fiction-y, and the moment and atmosphere felt more important than the plot. Like Raymond Chandler. Oh dear, I do love his writing. I know, I know, it is not Shakespeare. It is not even Ian Fleming or Grisham. It had it’s own style and is very quoteable, even by those who say they don’t like pulp fiction. But I have digressed from The Big Lebowski. The Dude. A lazy-ass sonofabitch who goes to the grocery store at the start of the movie and writes a check for sixty-nine cents.

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Which brings me to my final point about this film, and what I liked about it the best. The running gag, or point, or philosophy, if you must about the rug. The Dude brings it up at the most infuriating of times, to some, seeming to be a minor issue, this rug he feels ought to be replaced by the older, crippled, mega-wealthy Lebowski. I found it funny, odd, and something like I would do. After all, who wants to live in a world, where someone can just walk into your place and piss on your rug, with no consequences?

Well that was enough for me, and alone made the film entertaining, even without the bowling, the white russians, the nihilists, and the kidnapping. But maybe you feel differently. Maybe this film didn’t do it for you, or you prefer to see something deeper into the plot.

Yeah, well, you know, that’s just like, uh, your opinion, man.

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April Prompt – TCM Film Festival

For the month of April, Cinema Shame will be focusing on the films shown at the 2018 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival. The festival will be held from April 26th through April 29th in Los Angeles, CA. (Our very own @007hertzrumble will be in attendance with a few Cinema Shame buttons to hand out!)

Here is a link to the list of films being shown at the festival http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/. The festival offers a large variety of films, many of which are widely available for home viewers. We have a healthy number of contributors attending the festival this year and look forward to getting updates on their own Cinema Shame conquests on location. If you are planning to attend, let us know by tweeting us at @CinemaShame or sending us an email at cinemashame@gmail.com.

When blogging about your First-Time Watches featured at this year’s TCMFF, use one of the below banners to link back to this page to help spread the Shame. Happy Home Festivaling!

Here’s the current festival lineup, though more films will be announced when the full schedule is released… any… minute… now…

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2018 TCM Film Festival Lineup (as of 4.15.18)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)

Animal House (1978)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

The Black Stallion (1979)

Blessed Event (1932)

Bull Durham (1988)

Bullitt (1968)

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

Create from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Detour (1945)

The Exorcist (1973)

Fail-Safe (1964)

Finishing School (1934)

Gigi (1958)

Girls About Town (1931)

Grand Prix (1966)

Hamlet (1948)

A Hatful of Rain (1957)

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

His Girl Friday (1940)

How to Marry A Millionaire (1953)

I Take This Woman (1931)

Intruder in the Dust (1949)

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Kramer Vs Kramer (1979)

Leave Her To Heaven (1945)

A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

The Lost Weekend (1945)

Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)

Maurice (1987)

The Merry Widow (1934)

A Midsummer Nights Dream (1935)

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

My Brilliant Career (1979)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

None Shall Escape (1944)

The Odd Couple (1968)

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Outrage (1950)

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Park Row (1952)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Places in the Heart (1984)

Point Blank (1967)

The Producers (1968)

The Raven (1963)

The Right Stuff (1983)

The Roaring Twenties (1939)

Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor (2018)

Scarface (1932)

The Set-Up (1949)

The Sea Wolf (1941)

Show People (1928)

Silk Stockings (1957)

Sounder (1972)

Spellbound (1945)

Stage Door (1937)

A Star is Born (1937)

The Story of GI Joe (1945)

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

The Ten Commandments (1956)

THEM! (1954)

This Thing Called Love (1940)

Three Smart Girls (1936)

Throne of Blood (1957)

To Have and Have Not (1944)

To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey (2010)

Tunes of Glory (1960)

When You Read This Letter (1953)

Where the Boys Are (1960)

Wife Vs. Secretary (1936)

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)

Windjammer: The Voyage of Christian Radich (1958)

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Woman of the Year (1942)

The World of Suzie Wong (1960)

The World’s Greatest Sinner (1962)

 

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March Roundup

Thanks to all our contributors for their discussions during the month of March. Below is a list of the contributors, the films they discussed and links to their posts. If I forgot to mention your contribution reach out to us through twitter at CinemaShame or email us at cinemashame@gmail.com.

Maaarrrggch Statement

@BNoirDetour – The Sea Wolf – https://bnoirdetour.wordpress.com/2018/03/18/the-sea-wolf-cinema-shame-for-march/ 

@deacon05oc – The Count of Monte Cristo – https://letterboxd.com/deacon05oc/film/the-count-of-monte-cristo/

@Campbelldropout– The Adventures of Robin Hood – https://cinemashame.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/the-adventures-of-robin-hood/

Other March Statements

@RaquelStecher – The Grass is Greener – http://www.outofthepastblog.com/2018/03/the-grass-is-greener.html

@TakingUproom – Bridget Jones’s Baby – https://takinguproom.wordpress.com/2018/03/23/bridget-joness-baby/

TV Shame

@realweegiemidge – Knots Landing – https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/knots-landing-1979-93/ 

The Adventures of Robin Hood

For March’s prompt I picked 1938’s “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” My first Errol Flynn film, well potentially my second if I count Cary Elwes performance as Westley in “The Princess Bride” who seems to be paying homage to Flynn’s acting. I went in completely blind, well as blind as you can be with the story of Robin Hood. Even though I knew the overall story the film was still a joy to watch. I was surprised by the film’s history and was shocked about it receiving a Best Picture nomination. Danny Perry thought it deserved the honor of Best Picture status over “You Can’t Take it With You” in his Alternate Oscars book. I had somehow completely missed this classic film, even though it was placed in the National Film Registry in 1995. Every aspect of the film is remarkable, the only part I’ve felt underwhelmed with was the score, which won an Oscar. I view that as a failure on my part as I’ve always struggled with film scores that were done prior to the mid 1950s. With its status as a classic film a lot has been written about it. I’m going to stick to the one part I thought was the most valuable part of the film and that honor goes to Errol Flynn. This guy was amazing as Robin Hood, the flair, the athleticism, the cockiness, he showed these and a variety of other attributes throughout the film. It’s an action/adventure/swashbuckling film, how much acting is really needed in these type of genres, you mainly let the action do all the work. Flynn puts in the work for this role and it’s probably the major reason this film is considered a classic.. There are two specific scenes that really show his acting range. First is the scene at the archery contest, even though he knows it’s a trap, his hubris and his infatuation with Marian get the best of him. Flynn acts the scene with such skill, as a viewer you can witness him analyzing the situation, he knows he is caught but the opportunity to be close to Marian is too strong. The second scene showing off Flynn’s acting ability is when Robin Hood is being hauled to his execution, the look on his face is one of despair, scoping the area for a potential escape route but slowly realizing he has nowhere to go. This mood is held until Robin gets up to the gallows and sees his men in the crowd. Creating a quick transformation that goes from despair to hope. This is done within a second, involving a change in facial expression and moving to an upright posture, the tone quickly changes which builds excitement within the scene. I’m giving lot of credit to Flynn but some of his co-stars deserve some credit. The chemistry shared between Flynn and Olivia de Havilland adds a raw emotion to the relationship in the film, which heightens some of the later scenes.. At first she despises Robin but slowly that attitude changes, and not just over one scene but throughout the movie, her dislike of him slowly turns into attraction. While the attraction includes personal attraction, part of her falling for Robin is related to his cause of helping the poor. That aspect of building characters seems so simple but seems so rare in films. Usually it’s at the drop of hat characters will switch sides or fall for another character. The romance between Robin and Marian builds slowly which adds depth to the story.

 

If you haven’t seen “The Adventures of Robin Hood” I highly recommend to put this on your watch list in the near future. I purchased the Blu-ray which has some nice features, especially one about Technicolor and a making of feature on the film. Errol Flynn will be go-to in the future. This year I will be adding “Captain Blood” to my Cinema Shame list, which is what put him on the radar for the Robin Hood role.

If you want to read more about “The Adventures of Robin Hood” I recommend @awolverton77 post about a recent screening: https://journeysindarknessandlight.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/the-great-movies-the-adventures-of-robin-hood-1938/.

March Prompt – Pirates and Swashbucklers

Top of the month to all the Cinema Shamers out there in the interwebs. A new month brings us a new prompt. We decided to focus on a specific genre which will be swashbucklers and pirates. Why this prompt for the month of March? Because a pirate’s favorite month is Maaarrrggch.

 

I added some space from the last sentence to let you  catch your breath after all the laughter. The swashbuckler/pirate genre is a blind spot in my film viewing history. I’ve seen the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, “Hook”, “Waterworld”, that Kevin Costner Robin Hood movie and maybe a few others but the previously mentioned are the only ones that come to mind. There is a large number of these films out there I have never even seen and I’m sure I’m overlooking films that fall into this genre. I have one specific film I want to tackle and then a specific actor. For March, I plan to watch “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” and something starring Errol Flynn. I remember receiving a DVD copy of “Master and Commander” as a member of Columbia House back in the day and I never watched it, even after paying $19.95. Sadly, I still have that issue of purchasing movies and never watching them. As for Errol Flynn, this guy is an icon for swashbucklers, it’s a name synonymous with swashbuckler . I plan to rectify these shames during the month of Maaarrrggch.

Feel free to join us and update us on your cinematic watches this month. You can tweet us @Cinemashame or email us at cinemashame@gmail.com. If you do a post on your own blog for this month’s prompt let us so we can announce it from the rooftops. 

It will be up to @007hertzrumble if stating Maaarrrggch in your shame statement is a requirement. 

We look forward to hearing about everybody’s picks and responses.

Use one of the following banners in your post and link back to Cinema Shame to spread the good word, matey.

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February Roundup

Thanks to all our contributors for the month of February. Links to the contributors specific write up on their Oscar Best Picture Cinema Shame are below. I have also included three more contributors who shared some Cinema Shame statements that fell outside the February Prompt.

Best Picture Shame Statements

@007hertzrumble -An American in Paris – http://thirtyhertzrumble.com/an-american-in-paris-cinema-shame/

@bnoirdetour – All the King’s Men – https://bnoirdetour.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/all-the-kings-men-1949/

@campbelldropout – Wings – https://cinemashame.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/wings-the-first-best-picture-winner/

Other February Shame Statements

@TakingUpRoom – That Night In Rio – https://takinguproom.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/that-night-in-rio/

@QuelleLove – The Wild Bunch – http://www.outofthepastblog.com/2018/02/cinema-shame-wild-bunch.html

@realweegiemidge – Mamma Mia 2 – https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/new-releases/mamma-mia-2/ 

If I have missed anyone send a message to @Cinemashame or email cinemashame@gmail.com.