Musical-Mike: Outside the Top 20 Best-Selling Soundtracks of all-time...and sometimes the soundtrack is even better than the movie. Honorable mention: “East bound and down, loaded up and truckin', We're gonna do what they say can't be done. We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there. I'm east bound, just watch ol' "Bandit" run.” A flop in NYC on its initial release at Radio City Music Hall, “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977) looked like just another Reynolds action comedy before it became the “sleeper” of ‘’77, the No.2 top grossing film after “Star Wars” that year. Starring the south in a race against time from Texas to Georgia to truck a load of Coors illegally across the border in record time, the “Bandit” Bo Deauville played by Reynolds takes along cohort Jerry Reed before he meets Carrie a runaway Bride played by Sally Field. They are all chased to broadly comic effect by “Smokey” or Sheriff Buford T. Justice, Jackie Gleason who’s actually after that runaway bride for his son. Loosely based on a real incident (Coors was unstable due to its lack of preservatives and at the time banned from crossing boarders), friend and stuntman-actor Hal Needham had written the script in longhand and wanted to direct it with country singer-actor Reed as the Bandit. With funding difficulties Reynolds stepped in, Reed was happily relegated to sidekick and once Reynolds insisted on the far more comic Gleason rather than Richard Boone as Justice, it was filmed almost totally improvised on set and the best experience according to Reynolds of his career. Reynolds and Fields fell in love. Gleason suggested many of the best comic bits, Needham became a legitimate film Director with Reed contributing its theme song “East Bound and Down.” Although it didn’t crack the Pop charts (it “bubbled under the Hot 100” at 103), it quickly became three-time Grammy winner Reed’s signature song and a No.2 country hit. Atlanta born Reed had 38 Top 40 Country hits altogether. The hit soundtrack peaked at No.10. Filled with amazing stunts the film eventually repeated its out of town success in New York too. “Keep your foot hard on the pedal, Son, never mind them brakes...”
Tonight! One of the most heart-warming, coming-of-age, romantic valentines to movie loving ever made: CINEMA PARADISO (the cut that won the Academy award in 1989), Sat Sept 22, 2018, 11:59p, the Vista. #secretmovieclub Get tickets:
Friends, my mom is in town so there is no new art work to show you but if you can name my favorite (movie shown in the picture) I'll give you a coupon for 15% off anything in my shop good through the New Year! 😍
TONIGHT (September 22)! Experience MEAN GIRLS under the stars at Victory Park in Pasadena! With Special Guests Jonathan Bennett “Aaron Samuels” & Chef Nikki Martin (plus exclusive opportunity to sample the “I Can’t Help That I’m So POPular” popcorn from their new @burncookbook!) With music by DJ Ivy, street food from Dina’s Dumplings, Lobsta Truck, Falafel Factory, VCHOS, BBQ Smokehouse, Sabores de Mexico, Vivace, Dreamy Creations, Kona Ice & more! Doors 5:30p. DJ 6:30p. Meet & Greet 6-7:30p. Movie 8:00p. Tickets & Details www.streetfoodcinema.com
Horror Heaven No.23: John Carpenter’s The Thing(1982), is probably the best horror remake ever, everything about this movie screams perfection. The Antarctic setting, the amazing practical effects, the exciting set pieces and superb acting... are impossible to fault. My favourite moment is when one of the team members is being shocked by a defibrillator, but then suddenly his chest opens and the rescuer’s hands get chomped off 😱. It is quite unbelievable that this was a box office flop and was critically panned back then. However, it is now considered as one of the best horror films ever. 👍🏼. #thething#johncarpenter#horror#aliens#classicmovies#80 ’s
Kulture Fact #16
Walker began modeling at the age of two and began working on television shows in 1985, with roles in shows such as Highway to Heaven, Who’s the Boss?, The Young and the Restless, and Touched by an Angel.
Robert Redford. The Great Gatsby. 1974 Dir. Jack Clayton.
Taken from the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic novel, it was Francis Ford Coppola who wrote the screenplay, but the real winner in this film are the costumes. Costume Designer Theoni V. Aldredge quite deservedly one the Oscar for her work. Athough Redford's character Jay Gatsby steals the show with his impeccable style, the other characters of Bruce Dern, Sam Waterston and Mia Farrow equally epitomize the sophisticated jazz style era of the 1920's. @Ralphlauren tailored the male lead's costumes, even though left out of the Aldredge's Oscar acceptance speech, and there is no surprise because they are so Ralph Lauren as we know him today, so American with some English dandy influences. Some of the suits would be very daring to pull off, the pinks, the whites, the pastels, but Redford wears them with such conviction and elegance that it just looks normal. The pink suit has become an iconic one in cinema history and was also donned by DiCaprio in the Baz Luhrmann version. It even made its way into the @Brooksbrothers Gatsby collection which was inspired by the films.
The alleged conflict between Aldredge and Lauren does not appear to have had any impact on the final product which is one of the most famous costume designs in the history of cinema. Redford wears it perfectly and no surprise that he went on to work with Lauren on many advertising campaigns. The films look is a continuous Ralph Lauren modern day photo shoot!