Friday, March 2, 2012
Netflix and What's Up Doc?
Netflix. I still have my account. But I have a problem that goes beyond Netflix to DVDs period. I had "Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice" last week because (a) I love Natalie Wood and (b) I love that movie. Everyone's so great in it. But I couldn't get it to play. Why?
Because I do everything on the laptop. I only use the TV if I have company. Otherwise, I'm watching TV and movies on the laptop. And "Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice" wouldn't play on the laptop. It's one of those early generation DVDs.
And here Netflix is a big help. Thanks to them, I knew that any DVD I bought anytime soon of this movie would end up not playing on my laptop so I bought the streaming one from Amazon ($9.99).
So that's my Netflix issue.
"What's Up Doc?"
I feel like I've covered this film before but can't find it with a search.
I love this movie.
I was in after school day care when I saw it for the first time.
I didn't like it too much, after school day care. I liked my friends. But most of the 'teachers' were idiots. Like Miss Wendy who was this White woman with a southern accent. Or Miss Natalie who was just a total b-word. She was always talking to the other kids (and me but I walked off on her) about pot and sex. She was just totally inappropriate and never could handle anything. The indulgent parent. There were others that I forget. But I loved Miss Corey (who had the most pretty white hair -- and she was young, like college age) and Mister Jacob (about the same age). They were just so funny and if you made them laugh, they didn't do a polite laugh, they really laughed. And if you needed something different -- like couldn't do the schedule -- they'd sound you out and usually find something you'd rather do. But most of all, these two knew movies.
That was great because if it was hot, you really just wanted to be in the main room watching a movie. Remember the b? Miss Natalie?
I should probably explain that this day care and after school care was at the church my family attended.
That's an important detail. Miss Natalie decides she's going to show a movie. You know what she shows?
"The Last Temptation of Christ" -- to kids ages six through twelve.
She nearly destroyed the movie option for everyone.
But instead the woman in charge (never knew her name, sorry) said, fine, but only G-rated films.
No, thank you!
But Miss Corey and Mister Jacob knew movies. And they managed to bring in G movies that we would actually watch. (Most of the stuff, if you weren't 8 or younger, you didn't want to sit through.)
One of those films was "What's Up Doc?" And we loved this film. We begged them to show it all the time.
If you don't know the movie, first off it's directed by Peter Bogdanovich. It's one of his classic films. (His other classics? "The Last Picture Show," "Paper Moon" and "Mask." I would add "Texasville" but I'd be in the minority. I bet ten more years and "Texasville" will be seen as the strong movie it is.)
It's kind of a homage to "Bringing Up Baby."
But it's got a different spirit.
It stars Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal.
This was a new Barbra and we've never really seen her since, long, straight, golden hair, relaxed and beaming.
(Miss Corey called it "Malibu Barbra." :D)
Also in the cast? Austin Pendelton whose usually pretty good in everything. (In "The Mirror Has Two Faces," Barbra cast him as the man her character is always breaking a date with.) The hilarious Madelyn Kahn. The woman who played Darren's mother on "Bewitched" (the TV show). The guy who played Boss Hogg on the TV show "The Dukes of Hazard." And probably other people you'll know but I didn't.
So Barbra's Judy. She is very hungry. In her first scenes, she ends up in a hotel in San Francisco because she's been following a pizza delivery guy. She has a suitcase but apparently no money because she's trying to get free food from hotel room service.
Howard is Ryan O'Neal. This is probably my favorite of all of his roles. I like the father in "Paper Moon" a lot but I think he's better at this role. Remember the suitcase Barbra has? Ryan has the same one. But he keeps his rocks in it. He is a music professor and has come up with a theory that early man made music using rocks as instruments. Howard is in San Francisco because he is up for a scholarship. It comes down to him and another man named Hugh. Howard brings along Eunice Burns, his fiancee (Madelyn Kahn).
Judy bumps into Howard (whom she calls "Steve") in the drug store and won't let him go -- even after she tears the back of his jacket. Eunice wants to know who is this woman and why is she calling him Steve? He turns to Judy and says something like, "Miss Maxwell," and Eunice shrieks, "You know her name!"
There are about four other characters with suitcases like Judy and Howard's suitcases. And one contains classified government secrets. And a government agent is trying to get those. One contains expensive jewels.
Along the way, Judy poses as "Burnsie." The name she gives herself when she pretends to be Eunice Burns.
They end up running from everyone, first inside a Chinese dragon and then in a VW bug. They drive the bug into the harbor.
And end up before the judge. O'Neal's very funny explaining about his fiancee and "Burnsie." Which ones your fiancee. No, the one who is neither my fiancee nor Burnsie. The one who isn't either. :D
So by then we've learned that Judy has college problems and keeps getting kicked out for various infractions. And turns out, the judge wants to hear from Judy (who has covered herself with a blanket). He says something like, "Young lady, what do you have to say for yourself?" And she uncovers her face and says, "Hello, Daddy."
There's a happy ending and a swipe at "Love Story." There's also Barbra and Ryan singing Cole Porter's "You're The Top" and "As Time Goes By."
This is a film classic. And it's hilarious. And I could watch it over and over.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"