Always Yes to Arsenic

At some point you have to question...who picked these people?
I have decided to Interview all the Monkey Barners one by one, so you can get an idea of the insane people we have over there. Today is the First Interview: Dominique.

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Remember back when McConaughey still cared?
I watched CONTACT again last night. I absolutely love the bravery of the silent beginning and the worm-hole sequence. (BTW, am I the only one who thought CONTACT was better than FORREST GUMP, also directed by Robert Zemeckis? If this movie comes out earlier, doesn’t it get a Best Picture nomination? Yes it has that hokey compass that you just know will come back later, but Gump has dozens of gimmicks. Maybe I’m just bitter.)

For more see the entry in its entirety at The Alligator Pit: Carl Sagan.

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Fair and Balanced: That's us
After yesterday’s list of words that are hard to spell (and you may not know what they mean) but you definitely don’t want them, there was a cry from the Hyperion Nation for balance, a list of “good thing.” (There was also a cry that most people in fact didn’t know what the words meant, to which I say, if you’re on a computer, which I’m guessing you must be if you made it here, you can look up those words! Don’t be afraid of learning, kid! You can do it!!!) Anyway, you ask, and I answer:

The Top Five Things you probably can’t spell, and may not even know, but may indeed want:

Honorable Mention: Autoerotic Asphyxia – Not for everyone, but word on the street is that it can help.

#5 Pubococcygeal Muscle Control – A Kegel party beats a Kegger any day of the week.

For the rest of the list, see Rank Everything: Good Words


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Is it hot in here, or is it just Sea Hag?
We have another in our increasingly popular series: "Oh, Those Summer Nights!" Today's entry is not as steamy as the past (I'd rate it MSC for Mild Sensual Content), but still has a haunting erotic flare. Also, for the first time in the series, we have an attribution. Our very own Sea Hag wrote the story, and it's a good one. If you wonder what it's like to be a woman, lonely in the night, take a journey and find out with Always Yes.

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Tell me this wouldn't make a great band name

Movie-Hype00678 - ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

Here’s the set up: Carey Grant (improbably named Mortimer Brewster, but from now on we’ll call him Carey Grant) is a confirmed bachelor drama critic, who’s just gotten married to sweet Elaine, who lives across the street from Grant’s two dear aunts in Brooklyn. (Clearly the scariest place in America. And while I’m in the parenthesis, what’s up with Grant always playing woman-haters? We need to get Schrödinger to look into that.)

About to go on their honeymoon, Grant makes the startling discovery of a body in his aunts’ home. This starts off a mad-paced farce with Grant trying to get his uncle Teddy committed to the nut-house for thinking he’s Teddy Roosevelt (which will somehow save his aunts) and the return of an evil prodigal murderous brother, along with Peter Lorre!

It’s obvious from moment one that ARSENIC is an adapted play, which works pretty well, basically taking place in one room. The black comedy farce of aunts who kill old men certainly has a lot of humor, although I have to point ask: why spend all your time committing the relatively harmless Uncle Teddy (who’s major crime seems to be yelling “Charge!” and flying up the stairs as if they are San Juan Hill), while protecting aunts who have killed 12 people? They’re sweet old things, but if anyone belongs off the streets….

The movie is hilarious at some moments, although with a dim view of women. (The newlywed Elaine is almost brain dead, and gives up her horror at discovering dead bodies when Carey Grant kisses her passionately. Then again, most Elaines are like that anyway, so maybe it’s not so sexist.) It’s also a bit stodgy and twenty minutes too long. My sister vehemently objected to the characters continually discussing idiots who refuse to turn around when they are in danger, while the very thing happens to the characters. You know that kind of SCREAM-esque self-aware stuff. Perhaps they did rely on that gimmick a tad much, but it didn’t bother me too much. Bottom Line: if you like dark comedy or Grant ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is a must see.

6 comments:

Chelle said...

Contact is awesome. Did not get half the credit the movie deserved and even though, yes, the book was better,it was not by much.

Gump is an overly sentimental well written, well acted movie. Contact had great content on many levels including the superficial one.

Chelle said...

Arsenic and Old Lace is a classic that for me is up there with The Thin Man series. Love them. Cary Grant was a brilliant physical comedian.

Hyperion said...

Mariemm3 - I agree with you the CONTACT was awesome. 1997 was a monster year for movies (see my BEST MOVIES OF THE '90s series on Rank Everything), but I fully expected CONTACT to be in the running for Best Picture. I read "experts" say it wouldn't be since, "Zemeckis already won an Oscar for Gump." I had already been disillusioned by GUMP winning over PULP FICTION to begin with, but this was another nail in the coffin of my faith in the Academy. (It would be completely killed the next year, when SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE beat SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, and really never recover, as lesser films like GLADIATOR, A BEAUTIFUL MIND and CHICAGO beat out far superior work.)

Mariemm3 - I've read The Thin Man like 20 times. To me it's even better than the book The Maltest Falcon. Dashiell Hammett is a god (who wrote both), but I've never seen the movie. I'll have to rectify that.

Tracy Lynn said...

The Thin Man series is one of my favorite film series of ALL TIME. Some of the films are better than others, my favorite being the second if I remember correctly, but the first three, at least, are hysterically good. I can't believe you hven't seen them. William Powell and Myrna Loy-awesome.

Hyperion said...

TL - To be honest, after a life-long battle with anorexia (which I only recently overcame), I'm hesitant to see any movie that reminds me of my former condition.

Dominique said...

The Thin Man series rocks! I have the complete collection.

Hypie - as for you (The newlywed Elaine is almost brain dead, and gives up her horror at discovering dead bodies when Carey Grant kisses her passionately. Then again, most Elaines are like that anyway, so maybe it’s not so sexist.) -- YES WE ARE...with the right guy (who is Cary Grant or my Honey)