Movie Of The Day: Chasing Amy (1997)

Note: This marks the third in a series of “Movies Of The Day” that covers writer/director/actor Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse films. For the reviews of the first two films, Clerks. and Mallrats, click here and here respectively.

Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards are two comic book artists working on Bluntman And Chronic, a superhero series they created based on the dealing/mischief making duo Jay and Silent Bob. At a comic book convention, Holden meets female colleague Alyssa Jones and quickly develops an attraction, but there’s one problem, the fact that she’s lesbian. The two nevertheless strike a strong friendship and Holden falls harder and harder for Alyssa, much to the annoyance of Banky.

Chasing Amy stars Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland), Jason Lee (Alvin And The Chipmunks), Joey Lauren Adams (The Break-Up) and Dwight Ewell (The Guru). Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith reprise their roles from the previous films, Brian O’Halloran makes an appearance as another of his Clerks. character’s cousins and Ethan Suplee (Mr. Woodcock), Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone), Matt Damon (the Bourne series) and comic book legend Joe Quesada all make appearances. Trailer and review after the jump. Continue reading

Paul Newman (1925-2008)

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Very sad news today as we learn that legendary actor/food company owner Paul Newman died yesterday, September 26th 2008 of complications arising from lung cancer at his home in Westport, Connecticut, surrounded by family and close friends. He was 83 years old.

An actor first and foremost, Paul Newman has won one Academy Award, two Golden Globes, one Screen Actors Guild Award, one Cannes Film Festival Award, one Emmy Award and many others (not forgetting countless nominations). His most famous films include The Sting, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, The Hustler and its sequel The Color Of Money, The Hudsucker Proxy , Slap Shot, The Towering Inferno, Message In A Bottle and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. He was last seen on the big screen in Road To Perdition and his voice was featured in the Disney/Pixar movie Cars.

In addition to acting, Paul Newman is well-known for the food company Newman’s Own, which he co-founded. A true humanitarian, Newman donated all profits and royalties of the company to charity. The amount donated exceeds 220 million dollars. His daughter Nell, 49 years old, will now head the company.

Paul Newman was also an occasional film director, of such movies as The Glass Menagerie, and an auto racing enthusiast who won several championships. He is survived by his wife, actress Joanne Woodward (Philadelphia), his five daughters and eight grandchildren.

You can read more about the great man and his many acts of philantropy on his Wikipedia page, and view his full screen credits on his IMDB page. According to IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, his best film is the crime drama Cool Hand Luke, that film’s trailer is thus after the jump. Please share your thoughts, condoleances and comments.

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Movie Of The Day: Breezy (1973)

Back in 1973, then 43 year old actor Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby) was best known for tough guy roles in such films as Dirty Harry and Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy. He had branched out in directing two years previously with the thriller Play Misty For Me, which he followed with the western High Plains Drifter. Immediately afterwards, he made his first movie in which he didn’t star, a little romantic drama that Eastwood claims to this day is his favorite directed film, the forgotten classic Breezy.

Breezy is a pretty teenage hippy girl, who is very talkative and has a big heart. One day, while looking for a ride, she stumbles upon Frank, a dry, middle-aged real estate agent, and basically forces herself into his life. Slowly, through several subsequent encounters, an unconventional yet beautiful love story is formed.

Breezy reunited Eastwood with his Play Misty For Me screenwriter Jo Heims, and stars the late great William Holden (The Bridge On The River Kwai) and relative newcomer Kay Lenz (House). Roger C. Carmel (Harry Mudd in Star Trek: The Original Series) and Marj Dusay (MacArthur) play supporting roles while Clint himself appears in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo. Review and excerpt after the jump. Continue reading