Part Five of ‘The Great Flamarion’ (1945)

Hi there! 🙂 We’re almost done with the currently-running movie series, aka, serial film or movie serial or chapter play.

Those are all terms for a “a motion picture form popular during the first half of the 20th century, consisting of a series of short subjects exhibited in consecutive order at one theater, generally advancing weekly, until the series is completed,” according to Wikipedia.

So, basically, you could say it was an early form of web series. 🙂 How about that?

Anyway, let’s get the show on the road. So to speak. 🙂

PS: According to Wikipedia, “Movie serials were especially popular with children, and for many youths in the first half of the 20th century a typical Saturday matinee at the movies included at least one chapter of a serial, along with animated cartoons, newsreels, and two feature films.”

How about them apples? 🙂

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Part Four of ‘The Great Flamarion’ (1945)

Hi there! 🙂 It’s back! The next installment in this most interesting example of film noir/mystery/grand delusion–take your pick! 🙂

It’s Part Four of The Great Flamarion!

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My Review of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ (2013)

Today’s film review comes in video and text, for your watching/listening and/or reading pleasure! 🙂

Incidentally, this is an old video from an old YouTube channel. But my opinion stands. 🙂

Sorry about all that background music. I had a tendency to go overboard on these things back then.

Hi, Debbi Mack here and we recently saw Inside Llewyn Davis, which was an unusual movie, not for the Coen Brothers, because the Coen Brothers do all sorts of different types of movies, but just an unusual movie. For instance, this movie had a literal “save the cat” moment in it.

Image via The Guardian.

Llewyn rescues a cat and keeps it from getting outside, or actually catches it after he gets outside. It leaves his apartment, but then he loses it. And it’s kind of complicated. But the point being that there is an actual “save the cat” moment in the movie yet he doesn’t really save the cat. The cat, welI … Like I said, it’s complicated. I’d like to characterize this movie as noir, because the character, the main character is not really going anywhere. In fact, most of the characters in the movie are sort of off-center and not very nice in various ways, but Llewyn has particular problems.

He seems to just kind of end up in the same place at the end as he was at the beginning. In fact, literally he does, due to the clever structuring of the movie. It is a very cleverly-structured movie, and I’ll give it that. But the main character is just so hopeless that you just have to think, “What’s the point for him?” And that’s, well, kind of the definition of noir, I think. At least one person’s definition of noir, somebody I know. So, it’s noir. Yeah.

One of Llewyn’s problems is that he weirdly sabotages all of his relationships. However, at the same time, the people who he’s in relationships with are not exactly awesome themselves, in some cases. I mean, a few of them are just, I can’t understand why they act the way they do, but then Llewyn doesn’t make it any easier for them. So, you’re not sure whether to blame Llewyn or the people he’s in the relationships with. They’re all kind of assholes really, when you come down to it. But he does have a way of sabotaging situations. And that doesn’t help him. So again, it’s hard to know whether he’s thoroughly dislikeable because circumstances work on him or he doesn’t work to make them any better. Yeah. Right.

Image via The Guardian.

So then, why would I want to watch this movie? What is it that we get out of watching this movie? I think that Llewyn represents a person who wants more out of life than simply to work, live, die. He is kind of passionate and yet, somehow he keeps—what’s the word?—sabotaging, self-sabotaging his prospects and it’s yeah. It’s depressing and it’s sad and there are sad aspects of his life that he has no control over, but there are also things that he does that he could change and yet he doesn’t change them. But then nobody is really very helpful about facilitating that change either.

I liked the movie because it realistically portrayed a situation in which a person who is not particularly nice or happy somehow manages to muddle through. But I don’t really know what the movie was about. It’s about a guy and a cat and folk singing. So I don’t know. If you like those things, you’ll probably like the movie.

Of course, my favorite part was the cat and actually Marnie was watching the movie with us. So Marnie what did you think of the movie? You were reacting at some point. So when the cat made noises, so what do you think?

Do you have any opinions? I guess not. Well, so much for that. Apparently, Marnie didn’t have much of anything to say about Llewyn Davis, although she was reacting to the movie. So I think cats can probably relate to it. At least ours did.

Best photo I could find of Marnie (on the seat to my left/your right).

And on the whole, I would say it was a good movie, if you don’t mind a depressing scenario. Yeah. Yeah, sure. That’s it.

Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Produced by Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen
Written by Joel and Ethan Coen

PS: Sadly, Marnie is no longer with us. And we lost Moze. But Tweek is still around.

PPS: If you enjoy movies (and I assume you do or why would you be here? 🙂 ), I’d like to invite you to join an upcoming online event hosted by the Anne Arundel County Library. It’s on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 (as in tomorrow), but there’s plenty of time to register.

The movie to be discussed is The Proud Rebel from 1958, and the guest speaker will be Alan K. Rode.

For all the details, click here! 🙂

It’s online, so the whole world is watching can watch it! 🙂

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The Unlikely Real Life American Inspirations Behind James Bond

Add this to your Bond movie trivia! 🙂

Screenwriting from Iowa

“It struck me that this brief, unromantic, Anglo-Saxon and yet very masculine name was just what I needed, and so a second James Bond was born.
—Ian Fleming on picking the name James Bond

In my book Screenwriting with Brass Knuckles I point out many instances of where some of the top screenwriters cribbed from others for storylines, characters, and themes. James Bond creator Ian Fleming was no different. Except where Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) says the secret is to steal a little here, and a little there so no one catches you, Fleming at least lifted the name James Bond in broad daylight—from a published writer no less.

James Bond (1900-1989) was an ornithologist from Philadelphia , Pennsylvania who just happened to be an expert on birds in the Caribbean. Fleming wrote his first Bond novel in Jamaica and was familiar with Bond’s writings.

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A Brief, Weird Intermission

Hi, there! 🙂 Unfortunately, because YouTube is weird because someone up there hates me due to technical problems, we are unable to enjoy Part Four of The Great Flamarion.

I cannot tell you how sorry I am. I feel I owe you at least a temporary substitute.

Well, look what I found in the public domain!

I’ve never seen this show, so naturally I got curious and took a look.

It seems to have some kind of promise. 🙂

It’s One Step Beyond!

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A Video Review of ‘Black Angel’ (1946) and Full Movie

For this week’s review, Séan Weathers and I share our opinions on the 1946 film noir Black Angel in the latest of our video chats!

That’s followed by the movie in its entirety!

Enjoy! 🙂

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Part Three of ‘The Great Flamarion’ (1945)

It may be a new year, but we’re still in the midst of watching this old thing an old movie.

So, get ready for Part Three of The Great Flamarion!

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It’s a Wonderful Life (of the Living Dead)!

What happens when It’s a Wonderful Life meets Night of the Living Dead?

You get something very much like this! 🙂 With thanks to DaftPhully on Twitter!

PS: Happy new year! Things are bound to improve be great. 🙂

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Part Two of ‘The Great Flamarion’ (1945)

I hope you’re all enjoying a fantastic Christmas, Hannukah,  holiday season of your choice!

And, so, here’s Part Two of a decidedly non-holiday movie, The Great Flamarion!

And, as a special holiday treat! This old thing …

PS: Happy Boxing Day! Many happy returns … 🙂

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Part One of ‘The Great Flamarion’ (1945)

Next up on The Saturday Matinee, we have Part One of The Great Flamarion!

Not to be confused with The Flying Wallendas! Although–spoiler alert!–the Great Flamarion does do a sort of high-wire act, at one point. 🙂

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