Field Of Bluebonnets - Robert Julian Onderdonk


The Fix (2018)

Americans and Canadians can't do comedy panel shows. Even if they are extremely funny comedians, they are always awful on a panel compared to Brits and Aussies and Irish. Even the South Africans and Kiwis that occasionally pop up on Have You Been Paying Attention are better on panel shows than Katherine Ryan has ever been. I don't know why. I don't know what deep cultural differences cause North Americans to be totally non-functional on one specific type of TV show.


Once in a while they try to make an American panel show. sometimes they'll try to sweeten the pot by shoving some successful panel show regulars from British TV on, but it never works. The Fix wasn't as big a train wreck as this, but it wasn't consistently good and I wouldn't recommend it.



Paths Of Glory - 1957

Ridiculous. And cowardly. If he'd made this movie about his own country's military, and not an country with fighting on its own soil, he'd have had his career destroyed. If Kubrick hadn't made it, no one would take this seriously.



The Andalusian - James Whistler


19-01-27 Weekly Links


Morning, New Year, 1878 - Thomas Dewing


Coen Brothers #2: Raising Arizona (1987)

The first Coen comedy. A 90-minute redneck joke is a bit much, but the actors play their roles with so much conviction, it's impossible not to love their characters.

Holly Hunter is always good but is never in good movies, so this is the closest we can get to seeing her with the career she should have had.



The Man Moth Of Pleasant Point, West Virginia


Live And Let Die (1973)


This has my vote for worst James Bond movie. Even a campy movie like Moonraker has its charms and some good action sequences.


James Bond is completely out-of-place in a blaxploitation film. Roger Moore is bland and obnoxious; he was never the best Bond, but he's a lot more watchable in any other Bond film. Every scene is flat and tiresome and misses the mark. In the dramatic climax, the main villain gets blown up like a balloon (pictured).


In the very last scene, we find out the moral of the story is that Voodoo is real, even though Voodoo was only tangential to the plot. It's like if Godfather ended with Michael turning to the camera and saying, "I guess what we've all learned in these last few months is that oranges are delicious".