Film Fustians, 2/26/13

Reviews of .. AMOUR, DARK TIDE and THE AMERICAN SCREAM. A report out on the Academy Awards, The Independent Spirit Awards and our favorite THE RAZZIE AWARDS. The latest news, and the Fustians will each offer their individual six selections for the TOP 6 FILMS WITH FOOD AS A CENTRAL THEME. Not to be missed!

  • clevelandphil

    Answers to the Oscar game.

    1. Riders On The Storm—-Beasts Of The Southern Wild
    2. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head—Zero Dark Thirty (waterboarding)
    3. Penny Lane–Lincoln
    4. What’s New Pussycat–Life Of Pi
    5. Crazy In Love—Silver Linings Playbook
    6. When Bullfrogs Croak–Les Mis (remember croaking means singing)
    7. I’m Free—Django Unchained
    8. Pillow Talk—A bore, I mean Amour
    9. Let’s Make A Movie–Argo
    BTW Slither was the 1973 movie starring James Caan and Sally Kellermann.

    • robinhall

      I think “crazy in love” for Amour is much funnier (she has dementia, and they are in love). And for Zero Dark 30, I chose Pillow Talk b/c of pillow cases over the heads of detainees, though Raindrops works there as well. What did you mean by “Dina and her clones” for Beasts of the Southern Wild??

      • clevelandphil

        The first word of the movie’s title says it all. BEASTS of the Southern Wild.

  • Rockauthor

    The Deer Hunter was an interesting selection for Justin’s list last week. I remember seeing it on TV once, as a teen, thinking it was just so cool to watch an uncensored movie on broadcast TV, that I never appreciated the film for its artistry. I must view the 1978 Best Picture winner again, this time with matured scrutiny. As for the top 6 FILMS WITH FOOD AS A CENTRAL THEME, these are my picks:

    3.Java Junkie (short film)*
    4.Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
    5.Food Inc. (documentary)
    6.No Reservations

    One honorable mention: Super-Size Me (documentary)

    *I don’t know when or where this B/W short about a coffee addict was released theatrically, but it was featured on an episode of SNL (circa 1979-80).

  • TalkinHorse

    Barry was working on the Joseph Sarno retrospective, wasn’t he? I am anxiously awaiting the correct opinion about Sarno. Trash, certainly. But unpretentious trash. A more noble grade of trash than we get today. That’s what’s gone wrong with the world: The trash takes itself seriously.

    I snuck out to see WARM BODIES, and was somewhat disappointed. Yes, a bit quirky and amusing at points. But nothing surprising. Once the major characters and scenarios had been introduced, it became pretty formulaic. So how’d they get John Malkovich? Was this “arty” enough to merit his participation? (Also, I thought they could have made peace with the skeleton zombies, if only the other zombies would stop calling them “boners”.)

    Finally, Justin mentioned Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, and it’s worth reflecting upon. The people trapped in the Cave are unaware of their limitations. So when one of them escapes and experiences true reality and then returns to enlighten the others, his former companions will regard him as an insane person. I suppose the Fustians, in their futile battle against Hollywood abominations, must feel like that wretched man that escaped the Cave.

    • Patience Please… There is a lot of material.

      I am sampling work from all of his periods AND this project is competing with a review of the Love American Style television series, the Airport movies and quite likely a trip to that G-damn Dine-In-Theater.

      Q: Do I bother with 2004’s Suburban Secrets?

      • TalkinHorse

        When you compile your report, please mention how Mrs. From Omaha reacted to the project. This could be a useful tip to anyone that follows up with their own research. Should guys be saying, “Hey, honey, check this out!”? Or would it be wiser to retreat to the clubhouse and neglect to mention the outing to spouses and significant others?

        (As an editorial point, I would argue that material of this nature ought be handled with discretion. One of the many errors of the modern era is to make pornography easily and shamelessly available. This defeats the purpose. If you don’t have to sneak it and hide it, it’s no fun.

        The old-school sleazemasters understood and respected the value of the taboo. I had the privilege of attending a speech by the late David Friedman at the Nuart Theater, and he condemned modern exploitation flicks with the aphorism, “You sell the sizzle, not the steak.”

        Pornography can never satisfy, and the attempt to make it satisfying merely results in degrading filth. Yesterday’s sleazemongers knew how to make you want. The new breed of fools try to deliver, and the result is excruciating.)

  • Andrew_in_the Uk


    6) Oliver Twist (1948)
    5) Waitress (1997)
    4) Ratatouille (2007)
    3) Tampopo (1985)
    2) Julie & Julia (2009)
    1) BIG NIGHT (1996)

    • TalkinHorse

      Yes, BIG NIGHT is a gem!!