Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
"Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face."
A very good movie, but it took me a while to get into. For some reason I expected something like The Great Dictator. This definitely needs a rewatch. Or two. Maybe three.
Another (better) review to come when that happens.
Putney Swope (1969)
"Putney is confusing originality with obscenity."
I wanted to watch this one because this is one of Paul Thomas Anderson's favorite film. So it makes me sad to say it really disappointed me.
Directed by Robert Downey Sr. (yes, father from) Putney Swope is a dark satire about an advertising firm where the only black man gets put in charge by accident. What follows is a series of sketches, poking fun of everyone and everything, and while I like that approach, I was never engaged by the movie nor even amused. I mentioned before how I have a difficult taste in humor, and this just ain't my jam. Sorry PTA, I failed you.
La Grande Bouffe (1973)
"Wanting to be Marlon Brando is vanity."
When this movie came out in 1973, it "broke the internet", besides there was no internet to break, but it was a scandal no less. Nowadays, La Grande Bouffe would never make this kind of impact, even though I still felt nauseated after watching it.
The basic premise of the movie is as simple as it is entertaining: four wealthy men who lock themselves up in a villa to literally eat themselves to dead. And I need to confess, I don't usually laugh out loud during movies, but this movie made burst into laughter. Twice.
La Grande Bouffe is funny in a way I can't explain. This is fart jokes elevated to art. But it is not only the decadent behavior of the four men that make this movie work, it is the actual lived through performances by the actors who play them. Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tognazzi, and let me just throw Andréa Ferréol in there, they are all wonderful in this. It's a movie I would recommend everyone to at least see once in their life.
Murder By Death (1976)
"He was arrested in 1932 in Chicago for selling pornographic Bibles. The D.A. couldn't make the charge stick when the church refused to turn over the Bibles."
A mediocre script that mostly works because of it's outstanding cast. I mean: Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, Peter Falk (doing his best Humphrey Bogart impression), David Niven, Maggie Smith, even Truman Capote shows he can act a bit. And surprisingly, the weakest link of that cast is Sellers. He plays Sidney Wang, a Chinese police inspector, and as you can guess it is "Mickey-Rooney-in-Breakfast-at-Tiffany's-bad". I know, it was a different time back then, and it never feels mean-spirited, it is more the kind of racism that comes from ignorance rather than hate. It is possible that the cast and crew at the time never even thought of this being problematic. Nevertheless, Sellers "Chinese accent" made me cringe every time he opened his mouth and with him being in the vast majority of the film, he is impossible to ignore, which makes Murder by Death seem really outdated in 2018.
The Green Butchers (2003)
" I don't know if you can think of any greater humiliation than to be stuffed in your own arse."
Poor Mads Mikkelsen, he is always typecasted as a cannibal.
This is the second film I watch from Anders Thomas Jensen, and it was fun yet again. It's about two losers who open their own butcher shop, and by accident, their specialty becomes marinated human flesh, sold as chicken rolls. Remarkably, Jensen never goes for gore, but rather gritty humor and, surprisingly, a human approach.
A lovely movie about two psychopaths.
Mystery Men (1999)
"We've got an blind date with Destiny, and it looks like she ordered the lobster."
This movie flopped when it came out. But I think, if you would release this now, with the superhero fatigue most movie goers suffer from, it could actually work.
I agree, this movie isn't always funny. But when it is, it's so charming and quotable. Although it could do with less Ben Stiller (imagine a world where William H. Macy became a big star instead of him).
Dare I say, this is the Galaxy Quest of superhero movies.