9.11.2004

Five Great Movies You Probably Haven't Seen

Following the lead of Middie Back! here are five great movies you probably haven't seen:

5. Big Night - Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci playing brothers running an authentic Italian restaurant, no matter what the customers may want. A great, quiet, funny movie. And Minnie Driver looks great.

Great line: "Sometimes the spaghetti likes to be alone."

4. The Candidate - A movie about an innocent idealist thrown into the slime of a political campaign. Unfortunately, always in vogue. With Robert Redford in the role of John Edwards Bill McKay.

Great line: "Now what?"

3. Night Shift - Ron Howard's first time in the director's chair. Michael Keaton's first movie. Fonzie playing a dweeb. A very funny movie where you can tell everybody had fun making it. Keaton and Henry Winkler run a prostitution ring out of the city morgue, and Shelley Long is actually very believable as a hooker. Go figure.

Great line: "That Barney Rubble, what an actor."

2. Tin Men - Glengarry Glen Ross going for laughs. The only time Danny DeVito played a slimeball on a human scale. Has the same sharp back-and-forth dialogue as Diner. Part of the Barry Livenson Baltimore trilogy.

Great line: "I'm gonna tell you something. 'Bonanza' is not an accurate depiction of the West . . . You ever see the show? It's a fifty-year-old father with three forty-seven-year-old sons. You know why they get along good? 'Cause they're all the same age."

1. Nobody's Fool - A great movie based on Richard Russo's great book. Some of Paul Newman's best work. Everybody is just dead on. Even Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith, and I hate Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith.

Great line: "Ollie, you know my feelings about arming morons: you arm one, you've got to arm them all, otherwise it wouldn't be good sport."


6 Comments:

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

"Big Night" is terrific, and Shalhoub and Tucci are good in almost everything. "Night Shift" is excellent, especially when Keaton asks his passenger is he likes music. He then "sings" Jumpin' Jack Flash by grunting. Fabulous!

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Plus the whole tape recorder thing: "Wait a minute! Why don't they just mix the mayonnaise with the tuna in the can... HOLD THE PHONE! Why don't they just FEED the tuna fish mayonnaise!"

 
At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen two of these movies....Night Shift and Tin Men. The only thing I remember about Night Shift is that Michael Keaton was in it. Tin Men was excellent. I haven't thought about that movie in years, I should look for it on dvd.
Donna

 
At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody's Fool is a great movie... and I do like Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffin.

~ Janie

 
At 6:06 PM, Blogger Mark said...

I'll try not to hold it against you.

 
At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent choices!

Big Night is one of my favorite movies of all time. I like the bit about the woman who wants a side of pasta with her risotto.

Never saw The Candidate; thanks for the tip.

My husband frequently channels Michael Keaton from Night Shift.

Love, love, love Tin Men.

Paul Newman was PERFECT in Nobody's Fool.

Karen
http://verbatim.blogs.com

 

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