This is my favorite quote from film.
“I know what you’re thinking. ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”
Smacking people and getting smacked back!
This is how they made gangster movies back then.
Thanks to igvmyslf1000pts on YouTube for the video.
And if you’re thinking, “Who was that lady that was roughing Cagney up at 0:15?” That was Ann Sheridan, a lovely actress that didn’t take his crap in Angels with Dirty Faces.
Lawrence of Arabia is coming out on Blu-Ray this year, which happens to be the 50th year since it was first released. For those of you that haven’t seen the movie, it’s a true story about T.E. Lawrence and his adventures in Arabia during World War I. It is directed by David Lean and has Alec Guinness, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, Claude Rains, and Arthur Kennedy in it, and it introduces Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence. It is considered one of the best films in the history of cinema. If you haven’t seen it yet you probably should.
So how many people are familiar with Akira Kurosawa? I would guess the majority of Americans don’t even know who he is. And even if they did, who wants to see Japanese movies anyway? Well, I’ll tell you who should want to — everyone. Akira Kurosawa is one of the greatest directors of all-time. He is my favorite, and I don’t think my second or third (Sir David Lean or Sergio Leone) really come close. He was named Asian of the Century in the Arts, Literature, and Culture category. He was named 1 of 5 people who contributed to the betterment of Asia in the past 100 years. One of the other 4 include some player named Gandhi. (Though he says that he is not a player, he just walks a lot.)
So why was Kurosawa good? You should see a movie to make that decision. However his use of multiple cameras so that the actors have no idea which would be used in the film, the wipe in between scenes (see Star Wars), and his editing every day (Yojimbo came out 4 days after he finished shooting…4 DAYS!) are three of the most popular things about his work. And that work was loved by Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and George Lucas. Hell even Coppola said, “One thing that distinguishes [him] is that he didn’t make one masterpiece or two masterpieces. He made, you know, eight masterpieces.”
So what movies were good? A bunch, but I will recommend 5. The first two are Yojimbo and Sanjuro, frequently found together because they have the same main character. Yojimbo is so good that it’s in my top 5 movies of all-time. It has a homeless samurai walking around and going in a town where rivaling men have their henchmen do the fighting. It was so good Sergio Leone made A Fistfull of Dollars with Clint Eastwood and got in trouble because he actually remade the film with cowboy hats instead of swords. The other three I would definitely see are Kagemusha, Roshomon, and The Hidden Fortress. And the two men in the Hidden Fortress gave George Lucas the idea for R2-D2 and C-3PO. That enough should tell you to go see Kurosawa!
Today I was reading Twitter highlights when I spotted one that said “Make your Mac Keyboard Sound Like a Typewriter.” Curious was I, so I went over to the website to download it and give it a whirl. After using it for hours I must say that it’s very well done. You can even go into the program and change the sounds. My favorite is the return key, sounding just like when we used to hit the return key on typewriters (yes, I am old enough that I used typewriters in middle school…very sad). Go here to download it: http://fffff.at/noisy-typer-a-typewriter-for-your-laptop/
This is my new blog! It’s generally going to be about whatever strikes my fancy. I’ll tell you about the name of the blog, Cagney and Kelly. And I’m sorry if you’re a Cagney & Lacey fan. Like reallllly sorry.
James “Jimmy” Cagney happens to be my favorite actor. He’s up in the header with Margaret Lindsay for the movie G Men. Though he won an Academy Award for his musical talent in Yankee Doodle Dandy, it was his tough guy performances that really stood out. Some of his movies are: The Public Enemy, G Men, Angels with Dirty Faces, The Roaring Twenties, and White Heat. If you’ve never seen one, I would try The Public Enemy first (though G Men is my favorite).
The Public Enemy is an early movie where he won the leading role because he simply was brilliant. And if you’re watching a bunch of these movies thinking, “Is that Humphrey Bogart? Why is he playing second to Jimmy Cagney?” Yes, Cagney was *that* good.
Grace Kelly aka Princess Grace is my favorite actress. She was one of Alfred Hitchcock’s favorites, and she worked with excellent stars like Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, and Cary Grant. Was she the best? Not at all. But yes, she was extremely attractive. And Philadelphia’s Kelly Drive is named after her brother, so what’s not to like there? She was in Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, and she won an Academy Award for her role in The Country Girl. I would watch Rear Window or To Catch a Thief first, as they are my two favorites.
Now you know why I chose Cagney and Kelly for the title of this blog, and knowing is half the battle!