Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Auntie Mame

Dir: Morton DaCosta, 1958 (9.1*)
The epitome of screwball comedy, a dazzling performance by Rosalind Russell, a classic stage comedy - how in the world did this get NO Oscars? This is about an eccentric, spinster aunt who inherits her orphaned nephew, with hilarious and heart-warming results for all concerned. Her menagerie of free-thinking, bizarre, (and yes, sometimes a bit gay!), and occult friends is unrivaled in film casts, everyone is perfect, esp Peggy Cass (Oscar nominee) as perennial wallflower secretary "Agnes Gooch", who also benefits from Mame's free-thinking influence. This is not to be missed! 8 Oscar noms, no wins.
Quote: We're gonna raise that boy to be a decent, God-fearin Christian if we have to break every bone in his body!


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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