Friday, December 05, 2003

Last Weekend's Viewing

I got the chance to see some Three Stooges on TV last weekend. WWII-era Moe, Larry & Curly... Sarah had it on Channel 41 when I came downstairs Saturday evening, slightly surprising me that she doesn't share her mom's dislike for the stuff. (Must be something to do with the fact that she doesn't have any big brothers!)

So, I caught the end of what was evidently "You Natzy Spy" (1940), with the guys running around in military dictator type uniforms, ending up getting eaten by some lions...

Next was "They Stooge to Conga" (1943). Some classic home repair bits, with the boys trying to fix the doorbell in a house of Axis spies, so lots of politically incorrect stereotyping occurs with the Jap dude and the Kraut couple. Apart from the Period Detail, it was good to see them doing some of the classic routines. Finding random wires and pulling them out through the plaster, up the wall and across the ceiling. Moe and Curly in an unwitting (is that redundant?) tug of war involving phone wires, with the loser getting yanked right through the wall... And the usual wrenches twisting noses, eye gouging, stepping on peoples' faces, and the ever-popular blunt object assault on the head and midsection . Ah ha ha ha.

Also watched the first part of Truly Madly Deeply. Probably still my favorite movie, certainly of the non-comedy non-space opera variety. A romantic comedy, I suppose, on some levels, but deeper than Sleepless In Seattle. A thinking person's Ghost is sort of an insulting if not completely inaccurate summary. Don't read the back of the box, that gives away too much of the plot - just take it home and watch it unfold.

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