' Cinema Romantico: Counting My Cinematic Blessings

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Counting My Cinematic Blessings

Ticket prices go up, up, up and theater popcorn will be the death of anyone who eats it. A remake of "Bonnie and Clyde" with Hilary Duff looms and "Transformers 3" is set for release next summer. Film critics openly wonder if TV is more fulfilling than the cinema and every time I see a movie at the City North 14 the first two to five previews are shown without sound. Oh, I could gripe and moan more but that would obscure the fact that the movies - the glorious movies - still have provided us with oh so many blessings. So let's stop whining just for tomorrow. Let's eat our turkey and stuffing and bourbon walnut sweet potato mash and watch the Lions get whipped and open that fifteenth bottle of wine in spite of ourselves because, hey, it's Thanksgiving and it's time to be thankful.

So here are just a few of the cinematic things for which I am most thankful:

The last shot in The Ghost Writer.

The first shot in The Merry Gentleman.

In Prairie Home Companion where Kevin Kline flips closed the cigarette tin to reveal Virginia Madsen walking toward him in a long shot.

The extreme long shot of Warren and Daphne on the frozen lake in The Myth Of Fingerprints.

The tracking shot in Atonement.

This shot in Miami Vice.


Ree Dolly.

Kate Frazier.

Jackie Q.

Billy Mack.

Stanley Motss.

Marty (Beautiful Girls version).

Taste & Whippit.

Steve & Slim.


Dracula's Lament.

The Annual Fancy-Dress Hudsucker Christmas Gala.

Suntory Time.

Showdown At House Of Blue Leaves.

Salt: Semi Trucks.

Quiet City: Dance Scene.

Elizabethtown: Road Trip.


"That's after gross net deduction profit percentage deferment ten percent of the nut. Cash, every movie costs $2,184."

"I'm Shiva the destroyer, your harbinger of doom for this evening."

"I'll answer the door. You play blackjack with the hostage."

"You might want to slow down. There's no alcohol in that."

"Son of a bitch, I'm sick of these dolphins."

This.

And, of course, Sienna Miller.  Sigh......

5 comments:

Castor said...

Happy Thanksgiving Nicholas!

Nicholas Prigge said...

You too, my friend.

filmgeek said...

"A remake of "Bonnie and Clyde" with Hilary Duff looms"

How am I just hearing this? *shudder*

Thanks for reminding me of the awesomeness that is Steve & Slim and the Elizabethtown road trip

Carl said...

Good to know that the TV is more fulfilling than the cinema also the pictures are also great.
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Nicholas Prigge said...

Filmgeek: I am so, so, so sorry for spoiling your blissful ignorance about the Hilary Duff "Bonnie and Clyde" remake. Truly. I wish I could erase it from my memory. If it's any consolation, it seems like the production keeps getting delayed so perhaps the project will eventually just collapse.

If we all have enough faith...