Friday, September 26, 2008

The Greatest Scene in the History of Film


I'm in the process of finishing up an essay on the greatest movie ever made, the one and only USED CARS (1980).

You could make a list of the 100 funniest scenes in the history of movies, and this film would have 4 or 5 of them. You could make a top 10 of the most quotable Jack Warden lines ever, and this film would have at least half.

But while I'm putting the finishing touches on just why this is the greatest movie ever made...well, how about some visual evidence? After all, if a picture is worth 1,000 words, a YouTube clip is probably worth at least 10,000, right?

But probably not 24,000. That's too fucking high!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Horn Section Salutes: Diana Sands (1934-1973)


It's hard to believe she's been gone this long. 35 years ago this week, the late, great Diana Sands left us way too young at age 39.

Sands' film appearances were unfortunately sporadic, but she was one of Broadway's biggest stars of the mid-1960's, best known for starring in the hits RAISIN IN THE SUN and THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT (with a young Alan Alda). She was Tony-nominated for her groundbreaking comedic performance in the latter and for her performance as the bereaved Juanita in 1964's BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE.

I'm planning on reviewing THE LANDLORD here soon--as usual, I can't believe it isn't on DVD yet. But Diana Sands brought her beauty, class and tremendous talent to a number of films, ranging from classics like RAISIN IN THE SUN and THE LANDLORD to the blaxploitation-lite WILLIE DYNAMITE.

The above clip is from THE DOCTORS' WIVES (1971), an unfortunately turgid soap opera. Still, Sands is terrific as usual as the 'other woman' in married Richard Crenna's life.

See for yourself how talented she was, and imagine the great performances we didn't get to see over the last three decades.

As usual, more film reviews to come.....