As soon as the old detective starts talking about buying a boat and all the fish he’s going to catch, or what the view will be like from his back window when he retires, you pretty much know he’s not gonna make it. Or maybe he will, but not without taking a bullet in the gut first just to psych you out. It’s not because he’s not a good guy – in fact he’s often the most genuinely decent, likeable character. It’s because life isn’t fair, and bad guys are only clearly bad if they hurt good people. And, like a bad boyfriend/girlfriend, the movie wants to hurt you so it can be the one to make you feel better. Continue reading…
Posted July 7, 2014
Writer, director, actor and producer Paul Mazursky has died. Mazursky directed Bob And Carol And Ted And Alice (1969), Harry And Tonto (1974), An Unmarried Woman (1978), Moscow On The Hudson (1984), Down And Out In Beverly Hills (1986), Enemies, A Love Story (1989). Mazursky was Emmanuel Stoker in The Blackboard Jungle (1955), a tv interviewer in the pilot of The Monkees, which he co-wrote, Norm in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Sunshine in The Sopranos. Mazursky wrote most of his films. He also wrote the screenplay for, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968). The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Variety have obituaries. Here Mazursky talks about Bob And Carol And Ted And Alice. Here’s a tribute to Mazursky from the 2010 Ventura Film Festival. And here Mazusky interviews Leonard Nimoy and Mel Brooks and Richard Donner on his internet show, It’s All Crap.