Thursday, February 10, 2011
Ten random thoughts on the tenth
--- I wish I was in Hammersmith.
--- I like the idea that Turner Classic Movies showed a baseball movie around the same time as The Super Bowl on February 6.
--- We're told that when William Wyler tired of watching excessive close-ups in others' films he would try to look around the subject's head to see what the other characters were doing.
--- When I was a boy, in a dark movie house, The Spiral Staircase scared me more than any of the Universal horror films.
--- My favorite mogul was (and still is) Louis B. Mayer (I know all the bad stuff).
--- I usually admire Lee Marvin, and Jane Fonda was a good comedienne and sexy then -- but the motor of Cat Ballou belongs to Nat Cole and Stubby Kaye.
--- Am I the only one who would have preferred Eli Wallach rather than Frank Sinatra as Maggio?
--- When I go on about being there, back during the Sarris-Kael dust-ups, I feel like one of those cantankerous old Civil War veterans in thirties westerns.
--- Watching it again on Turner Classic Movies in January, I had forgotten how good 99 River Street is.
--- My English friend, Nicholas, of High Barnet, whose family hails from the north, is fond of saying: “You can always tell a Yorkshireman -- but you can't tell him much.”
Note: “Random thoughts” pieces bring to mind the great Jimmy Cannon, whose “Nobody Asked Me, But” set the form. Any similarity stops there.
Source: Photograph of the young woman at the tube platform is from As I Travel