Here are the movie recommendations from Daniel’s show today. Have you seen any of these movies? Please give us your comments.
Jim in Palm Harbor called in and said the funniest movie he has ever seen was The Party, staring Peter Sellers. Daniel agreed that it was very good and very funny. Here’s a brief synopsis if you want to check it out.
An Indian would-be actor named Hrundi (Peter Sellers) ruins an entire shooting day on an epic period film in which he’s cast as an extra. A clerical error results in the accident-prone Hrundi being invited to a major Hollywood party thrown by a studio chief, rather than being fired from the movie. Sight gags, misunderstandings and accidental destruction soon follow. Sellers’s frequent collaborator Blake Edwards writes and directs this film.
Hud – Daniel said it’s a terrific family drama.
Martin Ritt successfully transforms a Larry McMurtry novel into a contemporary Western set on a Texas ranch where Cadillacs, cattle and transistor radios threaten to displace time-honored cowboy ways. Paul Newman stars as arrogant, rebellious farmhand Hud Bannon, who’s constantly at odds with his old-school father, Homer (Melvyn Douglas, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar). Patricia Neal also won an Oscar for her role in the film.
Jesus Camp – Daniel called it a disturbing & unnerving documentary about the indoctrination of young children to become evangelists. Ted Haggard appears in the film, Daniel called him creepy. He also thought the film should have won the Academy Award for best documentary.
This riveting Oscar-nominated documentary offers an unfiltered look at a revivalist subculture where devout Christian youngsters are being primed to deliver the fundamentalist community’s religious and political messages. Building an evangelical army of tomorrow, the Kids on Fire summer camp in Devil’s Lake, N.D., is dedicated to deepening the preteens’ spirituality and sowing the seeds of political activism as they’re exhorted to “take back America for Christ.”
For Your Consideration – Daniel said it’s a very funny movie. You’ll like it if you’re a fan of mockudramas.
A director (Christopher Guest) who’s never had a hit pins his hopes on the independent drama Home for Purim, a film set in the 1940s South that’s swiftly earning buzz for its performances. Guest’s reliable troupe of improv actors — a cast that includes Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean and Eugene Levy — grows even funnier with the addition of Ricky Gervais, who plays a Hollywood studio “suit.”