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Rant – Princess Bride Remake – Why mess with perfection?

We are not amused

So I found a story on a website I occasionally look to for news and views, zgeek.com  which, frankly, disturbed me.  The story relates to the recently announced remake of one of the most spectacularly awesome movies of all time namely, the Princess Bride.

The story in question goes a little bit like this: Continue reading

As time goes by true brilliance becomes ever more obvious

Casablanca is arguably the single greatest film in movie history (there’s a great way to start an argument) and one which should feature prominently if not first in anyone’s list of must see movies, if only in order to understand the origins of many common sayings and references in modern culture.

Whether or not you think it the greatest movie ever is really beside the point it has left a permanent legacy on modern culture with its classic movie lines and modegreens, gentle humour, masterfully crafted screenplay and the cast; Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains make this movie the true masterpiece that it is.  This movie is a classic and mandatory viewing.

Paul Henreid who plays Victor Lazlo in Casablanca was born on this day 10 January in 1908.

A dream within a dream

The Princess Bride is one of my favourite all time movies for its wit, child like innocence, brilliant casting and multitude of cameo appearances but more than that it is a good story well told and has some of the best dialogue in movies bar none.  One of my favourite characterisations in The Princess Bride was Peter Cook’s hilarious role as ‘the impressive clergyman’ who officiated at the wedding ceremony for Prince Humperdink and Princess Buttercup.  His rendition of the marriage or should that be mawage ceremony has to go down as one of the most memorable and often quoted in movie history.  That can be said for this movie in general.  It has spawned all sorts of references in popular culture which is perhaps testament to the qualities referred to earlier.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen The Princess Bride you have been sadly deprived of a true entertainment treat and you should delay no longer in acquiring and viewing a copy.  If you have seen the Princess Bride then you already know what I’m talking about.

Today 9 January, in 1995 Peter Cook, one of my favourite comedians, passed away following a gastrointestinal haemorrhage directly associated with severe liver damage due to chronic alcohol abuse.  This abuse is abundantly clear and apparent if you have ever listened to any of his Derek & Clive material which he wrote and performed with Dudley Moore and which provide some of the funniest comedy I have ever heard.  Peter Cook left an indelible legacy on modern comedy.  When he died he was 57 years old.

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