The Week in Pop Culture History
April 25, 2010
- While the rest of us watch HBO’s emmy baiting Doctor Death – Jack Kevorkian BioPic its star Al Pacino will be blowing out 70 birthday candles! Happy Birthday, my little FRIEND!!!
- In sad, Serpico related news, the amazing film editor Dede Allen died this past week. Her distinct editing aesthetic – seen in such films as Bonnie and Clyde, Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon, Beatty’s Red and Hanson’s Wonder Boys – and influence can be observed in editors such as the criminally underrated and Oscarless Richard Francis-Bruce (Air Force One, Se7en, Mad Max Movies, Harry Potter I, The Rock). Allen’s impact on the look of film, particularly in that golden year of 1967, utilized a European aesthetic on decidedly American films; elevating our films from their cheesy, technicolor tiki tacky origins. When a film or TV show looks cool (and is a stateside product) thank Ms. Allen! Oh yeah, for the cheap seats, she EDITED SERPICO.
- Twenty years ago this week Pretty Woman topped the box office and fortunately I didn’t actual get mobbed in the theater trying to see it. While on a “popcorn run” I gave my friends the slip and instead went to see the number five on the same list – The Hunt for Red October. A La Mommie approved film. I would later see Pretty Woman, pronouncing the re-imagined Fame ’90 “SHEER BRILLIANCE” and Richard Gere – “dreamy!”.
- Twenty five years ago, STICK – the Empire Strikes Back of Reynolds’ crime trilogy (Sharky’s Machine, Stick and Heat ’86) – topped the box office. This uneven adaptation of the Elmore Leonard book of the same name has some great direction (by Reynolds) but ultimately it cannot compensate for the poor script and disappointing performances. Say what you will about the persona of Reynolds, but his directorship – particularly in crime thriller genre – is nuanced and skillful. Shame this project fell apart!
- And of course thirty years ago, the real Empire Strikes Back had us all engaged in more spoilage than potato salad. One of the best “Oh Snap” moments in film history. *sad trombone*