Here are some comments and movie recommendations from Daniel’s show today. Have you seen any of these movies? Please give us your comments.
Daniel said “finally” Martin Scorsese won best director/best picture for The Departed. He thought Scorsese should have won for Raging Bull and The Aviator. I agree, both of those movies were fantastic. Daniel strongly recommends renting The Departed on DVD if you want to see a great movie. Beware though, there is graphic violence. The whole cast is terrific in this film.
The Queen is not on video yet but try and catch it at the theatre or see it once it’s released on DVD. Helen Miren is excellent in this film.
Rent Little Miss Sunshine to see Oscar winner Alan Arkin. Daniel didn’t consider it a family movie due to the language. It is rated “R” so I would consider it a family film for grownups.
Daniel also recommended Dreamgirls to see Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.
His other movie pics this week were Keeping Mum and North by Northwest.
He called Keeping Mum a quirky, fun English comedy. It has a “The Trouble with Harry” feel to it which was Hitchcock’s second (and final) American comedy. Daniel said if your a budding movie buff, see North by Northwest. He also mentioned a cool scene in that movie. He said there’s a scene when Cary Grant gets shot at the visitor center at Mt Rushmore. There’s a little boy in the background about 3-4 seconds before Grant gets shot who puts his hands over his ears, anticipating the gun shot. This was obviously the 4th or 5th take and the boy knew the sound was coming. Hitchcock decided to leave that in the final print anyway.
Here’s a synopsis of Keeping Mum: When housekeeper Grace Hawkins (Maggie Smith) arrives at the Goodfellow vicarage, she finds a reverend (Rowan Atkinson) too busy for sex, a bored wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) who’s bedding her golf instructor (Patrick Swayze), a promiscuous teenage daughter and a bullied son. Little does the family know that their new “Mary Poppins” has a few tricks — and secrets — up her treacherous sleeve in this witty black comedy directed by Niall Johnson.
Here’s a synopsis of North by Northwest: What if everyone around you was suddenly convinced you were a spy? This classic from master director Alfred Hitchcock stars Cary Grant as an advertising executive who looks a little too much like someone else and is forced to go on the lam (helped along by Eva Marie Saint). Hitchcock’s sure-handed comic drama pits Grant against a crop duster and lands him in a fight for his life on Mount Rushmore. That’s a cliffhanger if ever there was one!