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Top 5 Andy Warhols

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My latest television obsession, HBO’s Vinyl, has gotten me thinking of all the great Andy Warhol portrayals in cinema. John Cameron Mitchell plays him on the TV show (unfortunately not very well), but throughout the years there have been some fantastic, creepy, and just plain weird versions of the eccentric pop artist. This week, I’m highlighting the Top 5 Andy Warhols, in ranking order.

1. Jared Harris, I Shot Andy Warhol

jared harris i shot andy warhol

Image Credit: I Shot Andy Warhol, 1996

This is by far the best Andy. Harris plays him as bored, lonely, and slightly naïve. Or is he? I want to check into the Chelsea Hotel and find out.

2.  Guy Pearce, Factory Girl

guy pearce factory girl

Image Credit: Factory Girl, 2006

Here we see Andy as part cinematic auteur, part heartless manipulator. Leave it to an Australian to nail the voice.

3.  David Bowie, Basquiat

David Bowie Basquiat

Image credit: Basquiat, 1996

I like to think of this as “Whimsical Warhol”. Bowie seems slightly stoned, like the looney old man down the street who wandered out without his nurse.

4.  Crispin Glover, The Doors

Crispin Glover The Doors

Image credit: The Doors, 1991

By far the creepiest Warhol. Do not let him put you in a movie Jim!! Walk away!!!!!!

5.  Bill Hader, Men in Black 3

Bill Hader Men in Black 3

Image credit: Men in Black 3, 2012

This one just makes me laugh.  I’d have believed it more if Hader played Warhol as an alien rather than a MIB agent, but still funny.

Top 5 Movies of 2015

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Full disclosure: I am not a professional film critic. I know what I like, and if you read this blog, you know that tends to include a lot of Rom-Coms and Dramas, and not so much Action and Sci-fi. So while I liked Mad Max: Fury Road more than I thought I would, and Hateful Eight was a FANTASTIC three hours of blood spatter and Ennio Morricone music, they didn’t make the cut. So here they are, my Top 5 Movies of 2015, in ranking order.

  1. Brooklyn
Brooklyn

Image credit: Brooklyn, 2015

Saoirse Ronan is all grown up in this wonderful movie about an Irish immigrant beginning her life in 1950’s Brooklyn. A love triangle, pretty clothes, and fun accents- yes please!

  1. Carol
carol

Image Credit: Carol, 2015

I knew just by the trailer that this would be one of my favorites of the year, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are fantastic as star-crossed lovers, and even Kyle Chandler holds his own against the powerhouse that is Blanchette. Plus, fabulous 1950’s clothes and martinis are always the way to my heart.

  1. Far from the Madding Crowd
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD (2015)

Image Credit: Far from the Madding Crowd, 2015

I hate to make yet ANOTHER pick based on costumes, but good lord these are fantastic. The buttons! The gingham! I died. Carey Mulligan is wonderful as classic heroine Bathsheba Everdeen, and the men who court her aren’t too shabby either. This picturesque film of 19th century England makes me want to move to a farm with my border collie and raise sheep (if I can do it wearing one of Carey Mulligan’s costumes).

  1. The Martian
the-martian

Image credit: The Martian, 2015

I didn’t expect to like this MacGyver-in-Space film from Ridley Scott, but I was pleasantly surprised! Matt Damon is back in fighting form as an astronaut trapped on Mars, and the supporting cast adds levity and heart to the story. Really, I just like movies about smart people. Growing potatoes and harvesting water on Mars is pretty smart.

5.  Joy

Image credit: Joy, 2015

Image credit: Joy, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Lucci.  And that’s all I have to say about that.

 

*Disagree?  Go ahead, tell me what your favorites are!

Top Five Movie Trilogies

With Thanksgiving upon us, I know I’ll soon be in the market for a good excuse to relax after the big meal. If you’re willing to commit to a comfy sofa, and total radio silence from relatives, I suggest you select a stellar movie trilogy and settle in for the night. What follows is my list of Top Five Movie Trilogies. These will get you past the initial food coma, through leftovers/second dinner, and eventually cocktails and pie. Timing is key. Cheers!

  1.  The Godfather trilogy
the godfather

Image credit: The Godfather Part II, 1974

This is how trilogies should be done. Family drama, a dead horse, and a lot of red sauce. Cannoli anyone?

2.  The Bourne trilogy

bourne identity

Image credit: The Bourne Identity, 2002

I’m not typically one for action flicks, but when it includes Matt Damon and glamorous European capitals, I can’t resist. More tortured and damaged than Bond, Jason Bourne could be any one of us. You know, anyone with insane “kill a man with his bare hands” skills.

3.  The Ocean’s trilogy

oceans

Image credit: Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

This trio of movies featuring Danny Ocean and his crew of Hollywood A-listers will certainly keep you awake even after the tryptophan begins to take effect. And with scenes of Brad Pitt CONSTANTLY eating, you may feel the urge to join him. Go right ahead.

4.  The Before trilogy

before sunrise

Image credit: Before Sunrise, 1995

Perhaps an unconventional choice, but sometimes a person just wants something small, intimate, and wonderful.  Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight are quite possibly the most romantic films ever made, and I can’t think of anyone better than Jesse and Celine to share an evening with.  Je t’aime.

5.  The Star Wars trilogy (IV-VI)

Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford

Image credit: Star Wars, 1977

I’m including the original Star Wars trilogy because I fear there might be a mutiny among my readers if I didn’t. Contrary to public opinion, yes I have seen Star Wars, and sorry, it’s just not my thing. However, watching the original trilogy films back-to-back is the only way I would want to see them again. It keeps you in the moment, tuned in, and invested in the fantasy. Plus, young Harrison Ford. Enough said.*

(*Gotta admit, if my only goal is to watch 6 hours of Harrison Ford, I’d personally opt for the Indiana Jones trilogy instead.  But I know- Star Wars is a big deal).

 

Five Times Anne Bancroft was EVERYTHING

I’ve featured Anne Bancroft films a couple of times on Cinema Sips recently, and it’s made me realize that the woman is just amazing. Her style, her sense of humor, her way of elevating even the worst script- she’s a legend for a reason. In my 20’s I idolized Audrey Hepburn (doesn’t every girl have an Audrey phase?) but now that I’m a little older, I’m all about Anne Bancroft. Here are my five picks for when she was EVERYTHING.

  1. Mrs. Robinson, The Graduate
Anne Bancroft The Graduate

Image credit:  The Graduate, 1967

Leopard print for days. Those tanned, toned legs. That withering stare. How could Benjamin Braddock ever resist?

  1. Adele Larson, Home for the Holidays
Image credit: Home for the Holidays, 1995

Image credit: Home for the Holidays, 1995

Sure she wears unflattering winter coats and chain smokes in the pantry, but she’s still the mom that makes us want to come home for the holidays. And the bunion sneakers! I die.

  1. Glady Joe, How to Make an American Quilt
Anne Bancroft How to Make an American Quilt

Image Credit: How to Make an American Quilt, 1995

In the grand tradition of Anne Bancroft being the best thing about literally every crappy movie she’s in, Aunt Glady makes me smile as she sings along to Neil Diamond and gets high on the porch. And eats an astonishing amount of ice cream.

  1. Ms. Dinsmore, Great Expectations
Image credit: Great Expecations, 1998

Image credit: Great Expecations, 1998

She had me with the crazy eye liner and predilection for martinis. And then she went red. Even though her bedroom smells like cat piss, I still want to move in.

  1. Herself, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Image Credit: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Season 4, Episode 10, 2004

Image Credit: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Season 4, Episode 10, 2004

Iconic and chic right up until the end, it seems fitting that one of Anne Bancroft’s final performances was alongside her devoted husband Mel Brooks. Because love and laughter are the best accessories a woman can have. Although her pink gloves are pretty fabulous….

Top Five Movie Remakes

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I know I often rant and rave about how tired I am of beloved Hollywood films being dusted off and repackaged for today’s audiences, but sometimes lightning does strike twice.  It’s rare, and in fact, I could not think of more than 5 films that managed the remake successfully.  Everything else just makes me want to drink, even more than I already do.  Here is my list of Top Five Movie Remakes (note:  sequels and classic lit adaptations are not included on this list-  we all know Pride and Prejudice will continue to be done to death, in many iterations, for centuries to come.  That’s just the way it is).

1. Ocean’s Eleven

Image credit: Ocean's Eleven, 2001

Image credit: Ocean’s Eleven, 2001

This film is sort of the holy grail of movie remakes.  Steven Soderbergh managed to turn a moldy Rat Pack lark into one of the greatest caper films of all time.  Who needs Sinatra when you’ve got Clooney?  It’s a tough choice between this one and The Italian Job (also a remake), but since they’re basically the same movie, I must choose Danny Ocean’s crew.  Every time.

2.  Sabrina

Image credit: Sabrina, 1995

Paris is always a good idea.  Even when it’s with Julia Ormond instead of my beloved Audrey.

3.  You’ve Got Mail

Image credit: You've Got Mail, 1998

Image credit: You’ve Got Mail, 1998

As much as I love The Shop Around the Corner, I have to give credit to Nora Ephron for turning a classic Jimmy Stewart film into a perfect modern romantic comedy.  Bookstores and Brinkley- I’m hooked.

4.  True Grit

Image credit: True Grit, 2010

Image credit: True Grit, 2010

I am NOT a fan of Westerns, yet even I couldn’t resist this Coen Bros. update of a John Wayne classic.  Jeff Bridges was born to play Rooster Cogburn, maybe the greatest name in the history of names (sorry, Dude).

5.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Image Credit: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2013

Image Credit: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2013

I went into this one with zero expectations, but was pleasantly surprised.  The Danny Kaye version is beloved by classic movie buffs, but Ben Stiller makes it his own here.  It may have flown under the radar upon its release, but as a grizzled Sean Penn says, “Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.”

Guest Post: Top Five Vomit Scenes

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These stars (and more!) await you on Splotchlife.com

These stars (and more!) await you on Splotchlife.com

We’ve all been there after a night of heavy drinking-  knees on the cold bathroom floor, hugging the porcelain, praying for mercy.  I’ve invited another blogger (Splotch!) to do a guest post on the top five cinematic vomit scenes.  Oddly enough, none of these picks were drinking related, but nevertheless I completely agree with his choices.  Click here to visit the Top Five List.  Cheers!

*Be warned- graphic content may not be suitable for young viewers or the squeamish.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Top Five Drunken Wedding Guests

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Since we’re right in the middle of spring wedding season, I thought we should all raise a glass to the top five drunk wedding guests in cinema.  Caution:  they may have you re-thinking that open bar.

1.  Steve Buscemi in The Wedding Singer

Wedding Singer

Image Credit: New Line Cinema, 1998, The Wedding Singe

Well whoop-i-di-doo!  Steve Buscemi steals the movie with his pathetic drunken ramblings.

2.  Simon Callow as Gareth, Four Weddings and a Funeral

Image credit: Working Title Films, 1994, Four Weddings and a Funeral

Image credit: Working Title Films, 1994, Four Weddings and a Funeral

I assume he gets invited to so many weddings because he always brings up the level of fun.  Seriously, people must call in favors to be seated at his table.

3.  Jack Klugman as Mr. Patimkin, Goodbye Columbus

Image credit Paramount Pictures, 1969, Goodbye Columbus

Image credit Paramount Pictures, 1969, Goodbye Columbus

Perhaps my favorite sweaty, inebriated movie dad.  His slightly-mentally challenged son has found someone to marry-  champagne for everyone!

4.  Luke Wilson as Mitch, Old School

Image credit: Dreamworks SKG, 2003, Old School

Image credit: Dreamworks SKG, 2003, Old School

TMI, Mitch.  T.M.I.

5.  Sandra Bullock as Gwen Cummings, 28 Days

Image credit: Columbia Pictures, 2000, 28 Days

Image credit: Columbia Pictures, 2000, 28 Days

Yeah…. sometimes it’s really not so fun to have a drunk wedding guest.  Cute 90’s hair though!