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August 2017 in Films


This month was mostly filled with Summer Under The Stars, but I also caught up on a  bunch of Sam Shepard films, and went to Noir City Chicago. As always, everything I watched is under the cut.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Bad Company, 1972 (dir. Robert Benton)


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Big Joe: My boy, let me give you a little piece of advice. If you’re going to pull a gun on somebody, which happens from time to time in these parts, you better fire it about a half a second after you do it. . .because most men aren’t as patient as I am.

 

Movie Quote of the Day – Cutter’s Way, 1981 (dir. Ivan Passer)


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Richard Bone: You know, you have one big problem.
Alex Cutter: What’s that?
Richard Bone: Your imagination.
Alex Cutter: These are just the facts, Rich. I mean, I haven’t even begun to let my imagination loose on this one.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Fabulous Baker Boys, 1989 (dir. Steve Kloves)


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Susie Diamond: So, did you find another girl?
Jack Baker: I didn’t look.

Movie Quote of the Day – Starman, 1984 (dir. John Carpenter)


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Mark Shermin: Have people from your world been here before?
Starman: Before, yes. We are interested in your species.
Mark Shermin: You mean you’re some kind of an anthropologist? Is that what you’re doing here? Just checking us out?
Starman: You are a strange species. Not like any other. And you’d be surprised how many there are. Intelligent but savage. Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? [Shermin nods You are at your very best when things are worst.

Oscar Vault Monday – The Last Picture Show, 1971 (dir. Peter Bogdanovich)


I first saw The Last Picture Show in 2011 right before I moved back to San Francisco for film school. I decided I had to finish all of the A.F.I. 100 Years. . .100 Films lists (the original combined with the 10th anniversary). I didn’t have many left and this was one of them. I watched it on a weekday morning with my mother and the two of us were so sucked into we hardly noticed two hours had gone by. What a film. I recently was lucky enough to watch it on the big screen at the Castro Theatre and I must say, as I often do, pretty much everything is better when you see it ont he big screen. I’m so glad I got to see Robert Surtees’s divine cinematography on the big screen. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two: Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress Ellen Burstyn, Best Supporting Actress Cloris Leachman (won), Best Supporting Actor Jeff Bridges, Best Supporting Actor Ben Johnson (won), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. The other films nominated that year were: A Clockwork Orange, Fiddler on the Roof, Nicholas and Alexandra and winner The French Connection.

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Movie Quote of the Day – TRON, 1982 (dir. Steven Lisberger)


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TRON: If you are a user, then everything you’ve done has been according to a plan.
Kevin Flynn: Ha! You wish! You guys know what it’s like. You keep doing what it looks like you’re supposed to, no matter how crazy it seems.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Fisher King, 1991 (dir. Terry Gilliam)


Jack Lucas: You know, I mean, women are great. They make homes and they kill the livestock so the knights can go and get Grails. Slaughter villages with a clear head. Where would King Arthur be without Guinevere?
Parry: Happily married, probably.
Jack Lucas: Well, that’s a bad example. But trust me on this. A woman who loves you keeps you going, gives you strength. Makes you feel like you can do anything.

Trailer For The Coen Brothers’ Remake of “True Grit”


I recently saw the original film, for which John Wayne won his only acting Oscar, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m usually pretty wary of Hollywood remakes, but I almost universally love Coen brothers films, so I’m hopeful for this. Also, I have lots of love for Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin and Roger Deakins’ cinematography looks to be as lush as ever.

You can watch the trailer here on iTunes. The film is due in theaters on Decemeber 25th.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Big Lebowski, 1998 (dir. Joel and Ethan Coen)


The Dude: They gave the Dude a beeper, so whenever these guys call–
Walter: What if it’s during a game?
The Dude: I told him if it was during league play–
Donny: If what’s during league play?
Walter: Life does not stop and start at your convenience, you miserable piece of shit.