Mae West is a circus performer who has captivated New York City, and Cary Grant. Although she has been known to accept money and expensive gifts from her lovers in the past her intentions toward Grant are absolutely honorable--and she even proves it in court!
It's Mae West as a saloon singer and Cary Grant as a member of the Salvation Army-but not everthing is as it seems. Best exchange? He, "Can I hold your hand?" She, "It ain't heavy, I can hold it myself."
Mae does her best to disguise her loathing for W.C. Fields in the story set in the oldish west. Mae even logs some time as a school marm! Mae, "One and one is two, Two and two is four, and five'll get you ten if you know how to work it."
Cary Grant almost goes nuts trying to cover for his to elderly aunts who ARE nuts--they like to kill elderly gentlemen and then bury their bodies in the basement. Great screwball comedy that also features Peter Lorre and Raymond Massey doing his best Boris Karloff.
Katherine Hepburn works in the reference depatment of a major television network She and her staff either know or know how to get the answer to anything. Then one day Spencer Tracy walks in lugging a big shiny computer. Can you say "unemployment"?
Peter Cook as The Devil buys Duddley Moore's soul for 7 wishes, all of which Moore uses in an attempt to gain the love of a waitress he works with at Wimpy's where he's a short order cook. (Peter Cook could never resist an opportunity to take a shot at Moore's lack of height.) The remake can't hold a candle to this one, although I do like scene where Brendan Fraser is delighted to discover he's speaking Spanish when he's a Columbian drug lord.
James Coburn is the titular character who finds his own sanity starting to slip away under the weight of the secrets the President has passed on to him. He begins to imagine he's being followed--or is it his imagination?
Altman's quirky film about a young man (Bud Cort) who lives deep in the Bowels of the Houston Astodome where he is building a pair of wings that will enable him to fly like a bird. Proecting him (and presumedly killing all those who would keep him from his goal) is his literal Guradian Angel Sally Kellerman. There's also a wonderful performance by Rene Auberjonois as a lecturer on birds who comments on things from time to time, and who physically transforms into a bird as the film progressives. This stuff is great. Oh, there's also Michael Murphy as a Bullitesque cop from San Francisco who kills himself after his "piercing blue eyes" are discovered to be tinted contact lenses.
Jim Abrams and the Zucker Brothers made one of the first and definitely the best of the sketch comedy movies that were so popular for a while. The take off an ENTER THE DRAGON alone makes this flick a classic.
A zany movie from the guys who gave you AIRPLANE! and KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE. In this one Val Kilmer plays an American rock and roll star (He's definitely NOT Mel Torme) on tour in Nazi Germany who joins the French resistence and rescues a famous scientist. Highlight is Kilmer's stage show,
Australia. A boys boarding school on one side of a lake, a girls school on the other. A brilliant, sensitive young teenage boy, the shy daughter of a Kenyan diplomat. An amusing, tender coming of age story. Not the type of film I normally seek out but I'm very glad I saw it.
A Coke bottle tossed from a low flying plane causes problems in a tribe of Bushmen who believe it to be a gift from the Gods. In fact it cause so many problems that one man is chosen to return it to them, saying thanks, but no thanks. And so he starts walking.
A one man show written and performed by Bogosian in which he moves from one street character to another sometimes without so much as the blink of an eye. Many of them are hilariou, some of them are tragic--a couple of them are frightening. This is the most impressive show I've ever seen, and I say that having seen Bogosian's other shows including his Tony Award winners.
Nicole Kidman is a beautiful coniving woman who wants to become a network news anchor. Towards that goal she marries into a family with Mafia connects and gets a job as a weather girl on a tiny local station. While working on a show about Teens she seduces a boy and ultimately gets him to kill her husband. Based loosely on the Pam Smart case. hard to believe there's anything funny here, isn't it. But Kidman is terrific in the role.