I’ve been catching up on some movies that I know I need to see, so I watched the 1967 version of The Producers starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder as two dopes who pull the best worst scam on Broadway. This movie is probably the first movie I’ve seen from the 60s, at least as far as I can remember. I’m gonna be marathoning some more Mel Brooks movies with mi madre soon so I’ll get a real feel for the time period as well as for Mel Brooks. Speaking simply on the premise of the film, this movie was a success waiting to happen. To elaborate on my one sentence summary, Zero Mostel plays a down on his luck play producer who meets neurotic accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder). Together the two end making the worst play ever to scam their sponsors out of their money. This movie is listed as a musical comedy, but to be honest it’s more of a comedy that happens to have a few songs. There’s a difference.
First let’s talk about the acting. First we have Mr. Zero Mostel, who takes the lead in this unlikely pairing. He plays the crooked scam artist too a T, and I enjoyed eveyr second of his selfish finessery. And his singing voice isn’t too bad either. I’ve never heard of this man before watching this movie, and I may never see him again, but I dig him. But the real stand out was (unsurprisingly) the late, great Gene Wilder. One of the things that really inspired me to watch this movie was to see Gene Wilder in action. When he passed people were really singing his praises, so I figured it was time to finally see some of his flicks. He did not disappoint. I enjoyed his whiny neuroticism and the heart he brings to this film. This could be a movie about two scam artists who make musical to con little old ladies, but Wilder makes it something much more. It becomes the story of a timid man who finds friendship and excitement in a way he never thought possible. Just seeing his character come into his own in this corrupt business really is something inspiring. The chemistry between these two is one of the reasons this movie works. If those two didn’t work, the movie would’ve been an undoubted bust. But the real genius in this production is the great Mel Brooks. I had heard the stories but this is the first time I’ve actually seen any of his work. I now am wondering why I waited so long. First things first, some of the camera angles in this movie are just hilarious. They’re weird and kind of close up at times and it just makes the situation a bit more entertaining. Along with being director of this movie, Brooks also wrote the film. It’s this kind of writing that has helped this movie stand the tests of time. It’s funny and vulgar in all the best ways. Really ahead of its time in humor. I didn’t think ’67 could get so edgy. Edgy isn’t exactly the right word but I don’t know what other word to use. Anyway one last person I’d like to mention is a man by the name of Dick Shawn. He plays the lead in their horrible musical, and he’s just lovely. He’s a hippy and he’s funny but you know his character isn’t trying to be. It’s just great. And I noticed he kind of looked like and sounded like Robin Williams. I just really had to mention that, cause it had me pretty confused. In conclusion, this is a movie that one could watch opening night or 2oo years in the future and they’d still love it
. The performances are fantastic, and the amazing script and directorial style makes that so. I happily await whatever Mel Brooks movie I can find next, though I don’t know how this one will be topped.
So what do you think of The Producers? Do you like the remake better? Who was the better of the pair: Mostel or Wilder? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more old movie reviews and other things in the world of movies.
So oh my fucking gosh, I just saw Get Out and I am trying to get down as much as I can before the hype in my soul dies down. Okay. First things first, the concept for this movie is just amazing. It takes the simple horror premise of a couple experiencing some weird ass shit, but it’s different because there’s race involved. Now some might think, “why does a horror movie need to involve race?” My answer to you is 1) this is more of a thriller to be honest, but in my opinion some of the best horror films are thrillers, and 2) because being black in America can be a scary ass thing. This movie plays on the tropes we spend our whole lives seeing. The white parents who act different because the daughter’s boyfriends black, the black friend who is like fuck all that spooky shit. Now, everyone knows of the unwritten belief that black people aren’t really in horror movies because black people don’t fuck with that weird shit. That is still the case. This movie is a series of small weird events that alone are weird and racially insensitive but all together build up to this big fucking reality that is wild and scary as shit. Excuse my language, but this movie just has me blown away. If this review doesn’t end up being as coherent as I would like it to be, I apologize. And the actors in this movie were just marvelous. Daniel Kaluuya was the perfect black man, even if he is a Brit (not that you can tell from his performance). And Allison Williams was like the greatest. Her performance was so real and just amaze. And guess who plays the dad? Fucking Josh Lyman from West Wing! I couldn’t even tell in the movie. I just googled it right now and wow. He’s pretty unrecognizable. Just wow. And Catherine Keener was great as well. And, in the best role of all, we have Chris’s (Daniel Kaluuya) best friend, Rod Williams (Lil Rel Howery). He just stole the show. This whole movie just makes you love black people. And oh my god if you still haven’t seen this movie, find the nearest black movie theater and watch it. This is a communal experience my friend. You don’t have to be black to love it, but I think I do just a touch more because I am. Black folk will applaud at certain parts that a non-black person may not find as enjoyable or satisfying. And speaking of satisfying, this movie had the most satisfying fucking ending. I didn’t leave wanting more, I just left in awe of what I had just witnessed. Jordan Peele is an amazing man, and if
Key & Peele didn’t tell you that already this will seal the deal. Jordan Peele has a bright fucking future ahead of him, man. And I eagerly await whatever the hell he sets his mind to next. And how they balanced comedy and horror in this movie was fantastic. The only other movie I’ve seen that claimed itself to be a horror-comedy was Krampus and that was a mess, but this was actually funny and fucking bonkers at the same time. Just such a good film. Such a good story. I think that’s all I have to say but if I wrote all my reviews so fast and passionately I would publish a lot more reviews. But not everything is this good. Get Out has the potential to be in my top five this year. And this is a movie that came out in frickin’ February. Does that make this 2017’s Deadpool? I think the answer has to be yes.
So did this make any sense? I’ve decided not to edit any of it except for spelling mistakes, so you can get the vibe I got while writing this. What are your opinions on Get Out? What is it like being white and seeing this movie? Please inform me of that in the comments, because I am really lacking white friends right now. And don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for hopefully more passionately written reviews that are published within an hour of finishing the movie.
It is another lovely October weekend and that means its time for new movies! There actually isn’t much out this weekend but here’s what is out!
The Accountant – Gavin O’Conner
The only big movie to come out this week is Gavin O’Conner’s The Accountant. The Accountant is an action packed thriller with a bit of a twist. The main character, played by Ben Affleck, is autistic. Now this could be really awesome or really offensive. Or both. But offensive or not I have become very interested after seeing these trailers. Accompanying Ben Affleck is Jk Simmons (which is awesome) and Anna Kendrick (less awesome but I’m down). So a good cast and an original twist on something that could be very cliche, sounds good enough for me!
Max Steel – Stewart Hendler
And here’s the movie that came out of nowhere, Max Steel. I didn’t find out about this movie till about a week ago and I wouldn’t have known about it if I wasn’t in the movie space. I can only assume this is a movie adaptation of the Disney XD show of the same name, so that’s fun I guess. But the trailer is really gross. I just watched it without the sound of and you don’t even need sound to know this is not going to go well. The Disney XD crowd won’t even come out for this, I assure you. But I figures I’d tell you it’s coming out anyway.
Kevin Hart: What Now?
While this is not a movie it sounds a lot better than Max Steel and it’s coming out in theaters so I thought I should mention it. Kevin Hart’s newest comedy special is coming to theaters and this seems like a great thing to take the family to and enjoy.
So what are you going to see this weekend? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on what’s out and other things in the world of movie news.