What Kevin Gootee has watched:
Ruthless People (1986)
Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, and Judge Reinhold in one of the 80s-est films you’ll see: opening credits animation, tons of divorce humor, gratuitous titty shots, and basic plot fuckery. Danny DeVito has a mistress and wants to kill his wife, Bette Midler, but by happenstance, she gets kidnapped by Judge Reinhold. This isn’t anything special, I never saw it until this first watch. Don’t waste your time as well. 3.5/10
Pam Grier in blaxploitation at its finest and I’ve said it before: Pam Grier is a fucking smokeshow and you get a TON of topless shots of her. And the desk sergeant in Robocop is in this and by the way, there must have been a problem with Grier and that actor on set. Pam undresses and you see damn near everything. They cut to this guy wearing damn near a singlet and he doesn’t have a boner. Not that I’m checking that out but there’s no containing that when you see Pam Grier 2/3 naked. Oh yeah, the plot is 70s AF and bad as it comes. But Pam…get her on Mt Rushmore, NOW
4.5/10 and Pam is the only reason for that 4.5
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
The movie that shot James Dean to stardom and boy, Chris Evans may have to do a 23 and me as they look damn close. This movie has been revered for years and for the life of me, not a fucking clue why. Dean is a high school drunk and the new kid in school. He doesn’t make friends and in fact, inadvertently gets one killed during a drag race. It seems that the 50s were indeed a boring time via a lot of the movies portraying the times. That or they’re not being honest regarding that era. I couldn’t care less about the story, it was just a bunch of brooding with his buddy who has family problems and girl who didn’t like him. This film needs to be knocked off of the top 100 list, NOW. This is a complete fucking bore. I get why Dean was a star and why people loved him. But this story is trash.
Crimson Tide (1995)
Saw this in the theater opening weekend, loved it. Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman have a power struggle when their communication system goes out as Russia is ready to send nuclear warheads up our McDonalds loving asses. It’s great to watch a lot of actors early in their career like Gandolfini, Viggo Mortensen, and even the kid from Bronx Tale who broke into peoples’ homes. It’s fun to watch those 2 titans of screen joust and chew up the confined scenery.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Owen Wilson is a writer with his overbearing fiancé (Rachel McAdams) currently vacationing in Paris with her parents. He goes on a walk and at midnight (here’s that title!) he runs into real life Ernest Hemmingway, Gertrude Stein, Zelda and F Scott Fitzgerald, and others as he tries to figure out his novel. This is written and directed by Woody Allan and it’s GOOD. You know why? Because Woody Allan keeps his vagina drying face out of frame the entire film and it’s also not about a nebbishy Jewish guy. Great idea, well executed.
What Kevin Israel has watched
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
- The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor-trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.
- This movie shaped my childhood. I definitely shouldn’t have been watching it as a 10-year old, but my mom thought it was just about fast cars…and it is….but it’s so much more. Burt Reynolds is phenomenal as the arrogant, wisecracking Bandit and Jackie Gleason is an amazing foil as Sheriff Buford T. Justice. On a recent rewatch I was surprised by how well this 44 year old movie actually holds up – even though you could never make it today. But that’s what’s so great about it. It reminds us of a different time and never apologizes. This movie led to my life-long love of cars…and mustaches. OK, just cars.