Thelma And Louise

*Originally written in 2004

Since much has been said about the feminist themes in this movie, I will not add anything except to say that this is an empowering film with strong female characters made in the time before the movement, from a celebrity standpoint, went wrong. Moreover, it’s a story of friendship and unity, and happens to include some terrific performances and memorable dialogue and action.

I’ve long felt this is one of the best road movies ever, not merely because the central characters are women, and have an enduring bond but because the film has that sense of freedom that road movies should have, apt given that the characters are each escaping something mundane or painful, ironic because they are constantly, inevitably being hunted down by forces that would ensnare them. We have gorgeous shots of the open road, we have some fun chase moments, and we have that intangible something that fuels dreams of revolution and wanderlust. The script is excellent, every performance is worthy of an award, Davis and Sarandon are a wonderful partnership, and the cinematography is beautiful, working well with the soundtrack. Scott is known for his ability to capture an image, and his visual style here is very strong.

The plot sees two women going on a weekend trip to get away from their mundane, housewife style everyday lives. When a man is killed after an attempted rape, they find themselves on the run, wondering whether they should give themselves up, or continue together. As the film moves on, their bond grows, and the ambiguous ending will continue to be discussed for many years. One of the best films of the nineties, and worth watching again to remind ourselves of the time when Feminism seemed like a movement gathering momentum rather than the fractured one many see it as today.

The DVD is filled with excellent special features – a highly illuminating documentary and a variety of key deleted scenes mean that this is an essential purchase for movie fans.

Walk Of Fame Inductees – 26 June 2015

To check the dubious reasoning behind these posts, check the original here:

https://carlosnightman.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/walk-of-fame-a-celebration-of-heroism/

In this new series of posts I’ll be selecting a Star at random from every decade (who was born in that decade) starting from the 1880s up until the 1990s to be interred in this land of magic and wonder, who will for ever more see their name set in stone far beyond the places where Gods dare to tread. Each name will have a unique star placed and statue built-in their honour. Often accompanying these additions will be news of a new store or museum to go alongside those stars whose work is of particular genius, and you too can visit and see the place of your dreams, simply by closing your eyes….

1880sHarry Warner: For contributions to Cinema and Television. One of founders of Warner Bros along with his Brothers, Warner can be seen as one of the most successful contributors to Cinema with his company creating many classics.

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1890sWalter Brennan: For contributions to Cinema. Three time Oscar winner Brennan holds the record for male wins with Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day Lewis, picking up his last award three years after Nicholson was born. With a career spanning 6 decades, Brennan’s work includes Come And Get It, The Westerner, And Rio Bravo.

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1900sLeon Klimovsky. For contributions to Cinema. A pioneer of Argentine cinema and influential to later Spanish filmakers, Klimovsky’s films include Marihuana, Vengeance Of The Zombies, and Walpurgis Night. 

1910sRobert Wise. For contributions to Cinema. One of the most successful cross-genre directors of all time, Wise started out as an editor (earning an Oscar nomination for Citizen Kane) before winning two Best Director Oscars. His films ranged from musicals to horror to drama with such works as The Sound Of Music, West Side Story, The Haunting, and Star Trek.

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1920sGuy Hamilton. For contributions to Cinema. Hamilton is one of most famous directors of the James Bond franchise directing four movies in the series between 1964 and 1974. His works include Goldfinger, Live And Let Die, and The Colditz Story. 

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1930sRonnie Corbett. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Remember in Britain as one half of The Two Ronnies, pint-sized CBE recipient Corbett has been on our screens since the 1950s in works such as Now Look Here, Casino Royale, and Small Talk.

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1940sPeter Mayhew. For contributions to Cinema. At over 7 feet tall, Mayhew is forever etched into the public consciousness thanks to his performance as Chewbacca throughout the Star Wars Series.

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1950sGeena Davis. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Aside from being a Golden Globe and Oscar-winning actress, Davis also is an activist for equality in Sports and the Entertainment industry, has been a model, and almost qualified for The Olympic Games. Her works include Thelma And Louise, The Fly, Beetlejuice, and Commander In Chief. 

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1960sFrench Stewart. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Although most well-known for one sitcom in particular, Stewart has appeared in a number of successful movies and shows including Third Rock From The Sun, Stargate, and Leaving Las Vegas. 

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1970sStuart Townsend. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Townsend has always seemed to be on the cusp of greater success, but has nevertheless found fame and praise in such works as Shooting Fish, Queen Of The Damned, and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

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1980sBlake Lively. For contributions to Cinema and Television. With a career featuring blockbusters and unexpected indie hits, Lively is sure to continue her success thanks to works such as Gossip Girl, The Green Lantern, and The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants series.

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1990sHailee Steinfeld. For contributions to Cinema. As well as her modelling and music career, Steinfeld has already been nominated for an Oscar and has appeared in such works as Ender’s Game, True Grit, and Pitch Perfect 2.

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In addition to the stars and statues dedicated to the above performers, this week sees the creation of:

The James Bond Museum: In honour of Guy Hamilton’s induction, a museum has been erected featuring countless pieces of memorabilia from the Bond universe, including cars from every movie which you can take for a spin, a gadget try-out area featuring every gadget from every film, and full-scale sets from the series such as Blofeld’s volcano and Scaramanga’s Funhouse.

Hill House: In honour of Robert Wise’s induction, an authentic full-size recreation of Hill House has been built, based upon both Wise’ The Haunting and the original Shirley Jackson story. The haunted house features a number of bedrooms which only the bravest guests should choose to stay in, as well as running some haunted tours where your sanity and bravery will be fully tested.

What exhibits, or attractions based on the works of the above Stars would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!

Beetlejuice: Ooh La La!

Imagine Batman crossed with Johnny Depp and you’ll probably start crying. Beetlejuice has nothing to do with either of those things. It is a film starring Winny Roader, Michael Clayton, Billy Baldwin, and Macauley Culkin’s mum and of course Genie Davis. Genie and Billy have just moved into a scary looking haunted house in a small town. On the way to a shop their car is attacked by a dog and they drown. They die but as we all know when you die you become a ghost, or sometimes a zombie. It turns out though that there are rules, bureaucracy, and a whole new world (don’t you dare close your eyes!) of the undead. They are given a massive rulebook for ghosts called ‘The Unholy Bible’ which tells them their powers and responsibilities. It turns out that they can stay together, but that they are trapped within the confines of the walls of their house. If they step outside they’ll be eaten by a graboid. Where’s Steve Irwin when you need him! Just as they are getting used to this, a new family of yuppies decides to move in to the house and wreck everything. The ghosts begin to haunt, but they may need some help…

Help comes in the form of Buster Keaton. He plays a malevolent demon called Beetleguy, but if you say his name 3 times he turns into a bee and flies into your mouth. He specialises in ridding houses of pesky humeans, and will go to extreme lengths to achieve his goals such as making their trousers fall down in public. Genie and Billy give him the job but they realise he is too evil and wants to hurt the people. They have become fond of Winowner who plays their odd goth/emo/punk/metalhead/alt.country/hippy/weirdo/son/daughter, and who happens to be able to see the dead. Beetleguy wants to marry her and then do things to her so they all have to work together to stop him.

There is top class acting from everyone here, especially from Keats just one year before he dons the cape to become Clark Kent in Spiderman. He improvises many lines and shows his comedy stylings from his days as a comedian in such shows as T*A*X*I and mash. His most famous line is of course ‘Go ahead… make my day punk!’ but is also known for coming up with the popular phrase ‘I’m the ghost with some toast’. He has many monologues, talks into the camera and has a dolphin of a times, coming out with filthy gems like ‘Let’s turn on the juice and shake out our juice!’ when he sees a strip club has been built in his town. His chemistry with Winoprah is like Hydrochloric acid mixed with sulphur, but not as smelly- Betelguy: (after Lydia says his name three times) Time to playee!

Overall this is a mostly enjoyable film, but perhaps too scary for the younglings. It was certainly too scary for me. Good costumes, graphics, and music, featuring the classic Harry From Delmonte songs ‘Shake Manure Yeah’ and ‘Jump In The Lime’ as well as a useful score from long time Tim Bunion fan Danny ‘Elf’ Man.

Best Scene: When Beetleguy is annoying all the other dead guys so the voodoo lady sprinkles his head with dust until it grows and grows to the size of 8 heads. This makes me laugh every time I see it- (once)

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