April 11th, 2008


and in Celebrity News ...

Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn call off divorce

Sean Penn has had a couple of rough years. His movies haven't done that well, and his boat broke down when he was trying to rescue people from Katrina. His political activism hasn't endeared him to even the people who should nominally agree with his positions.

But now he's finally done something colossally right -- he's patched things up with Robin Wright Penn. I don't know the particulars of their tribulations, and really it's none of our business. But in my fertile imagination I imagine the ghost of Andre The Giant appearing to Penn in a holocaust robe, saying "DUDE! You're married to Princess Buttercup!"

My Friday List: Movies I love unreservedly.

That last post got me thinking about movies I love. These aren't necessarily great movies, or even important movie. In fact I probably tilt the other direction -- I love things that are perfectly frivolous...

1. The Princess Bride
2. Super Mario Brothers
3. The Fifth Element
4. Pride and Prejudice (the BBC miniseries)
5. Repo Man
6. Brazil
7. You Can't Take It With You
8. A Night At The Opera
9. Monty Python And The Holy Grail
10. The Ruling Class

The only (moderately) obscure titles:

'You Can't Take It With You' is a Frank Capra movie, very much in the mold of 'It's a Wonderful Life' but much sillier and less sentimental. Though I do love "It's a Wonderful Life."

'The Ruling Class' is Peter O'Toole playing the son of a British Lord, who thinks he's Jesus Christ. It started out life as a musical, but all but a couple of the songs were removed for the movie, so when they occur, they seem ridiculous intrusions, and just add to the general silliness.

The BBC 'Pride And Prejudice' -- a miniseries I've watched all the way through at least 4 times, most recently last week. The recent movie with Kiera Knightly was OK, but pretty lame in comparison to this one. A more perfectly cast P&P I can't imagine.

Honorable mention:

16 Candles -- remember back when John Hughes didn't suck?
Speaking of John Hughes: Only The Lonely. Maureen O'Hara! John Candy! Ally Sheedy! The Chicago El!