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Friday, December 01, 2006

GREENLIGHT #94: For Your Consideration (with "Singin' in the Rain" and "The Bad and the Beautiful")

Ann and Les offer slightly split reviews For Your Consideration (2006.) While both are big fans of (not to mention friends with) director, writer, and star Christopher Guest they don't think this is his best movie. Les thinks it's funny but too inside for the average moviegoer. Ann also thinks it's funny but the subject matter, Hollywood, is a bit tired. Everybody already knows things are "different' out there so there's no surprise element to the film. That said, they both laughed and are hoping for an Oscar nomination for Catherine O'Hara who plays the actress who thinks she deserves an Oscar nomination. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends his all-time favorite movie about movies. It makes him smile, (and probably you too,) just thinking about Singin' in the Rain (1952.) The movie features stop-whatever-you're-doing-even-if-you've-seen-it-50-times dance numbers with the greats: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, and Cyd Charisse, along with a fantastically funny performance from the under-appreciated Jean Hagen . Ann recommends another movie about movies made in the same year as "Singin' in the Rain" but it goes decidely in the other direction. It features a very-good performance from Kirk Douglas playing a very bad man who does nothing good for anyone even when it looks like something good and that includes being wonderfully mean to Lana Turner. This glorious movie about an ignoble world was directed by Vincente Minnelli called The Bad and the Beautiful (1952.)

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