Saturday, March 21, 2020

This Blog...


...to be a "Covid-19 Free Zone"...

I know because I personally disinfected each and every letter as I typed them...

...a tedious and time consuming task I assure you, but hey, at the Atomic Monster Cafe...

...we're here for you through good times and bad, and even those times when you can't tell the difference.

So sit back, relax, and leave the driving to us...
...we promise it will be exciting! *

* "exciting" may differ in substantive ways from "safe".  "promise" may differ in substantive ways from "guarantee".  not a guarantee.  heck, not even a promise when you get right down to it.  this statement has not been evaluated by any government agency and is not intended to perform any useful function; i.e., it's piffle, fluff, palaver.


In spite of all the big talk about excitement you may have read recently, this is probably as good a time as any to admit I got nuthin'...

...I mean, c'mon, cooped up at home for days on end, looking at my co-workers via video conference calls sitting on their couches in bathrobes...I'm lucky to still be sane.

But, to fend off boredom I have kept up with my workouts...
I was tired that day so I took it easy here...
...as well as enjoying good cigars...

...while listening to great music...

...anything to help pass the time.

And in that spirit, I personally directed my department of expert researchers here at the the AMC...

...to scour our extensive vault of historical records and compose the definitive list of the best movies you absolutely need to watch while you're hiding out from the Attack Of The Monster Virus...

...to wit:

#1  The Artist...

...the absolute pinnacle of silent movie making - filmed in 2011 - and a delightful love story with a happy ending.

Jean DuJardin won Best Actor and Berenice Bejo should have won Best Actress for their brilliant performances.

You could use a happy ending right about now, couldn't you?

#2  Their Finest...

...the spectacular 2016 film that tells the story of tragedy and triumph during Great Britain's "finest hour"...The Blitz of 1940 in WWII.

Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy all give exceptional performances.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be inspired at this "movie within a movie".

Great story telling at its best.

#3  City Lights...

...a Charlie Chaplin masterpiece from 1931.

The "Little Tramp" at his comic best in a heartwarming story of love and philanthropy.

Be inspired by a spirit of giving and selfless love, and laugh along the way.

#4  Casablanca...


...the 1942 classic directed by Micheal Curtiz starring Bogey and Bergman.

World weary cynic Rick Blaine runs a saloon in Vichy controlled Casablanca during WWII where "...everybody comes to Rick's".

And of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, who walks into his but Ilsa Lund...Rick's long lost flame from days gone by.

But...now she's with her husband, Victor Laszlo, leader of the Czech resistance who's being hunted by the Nazis.

Rick may be able to help the fugitive couple, but...will he?

And does anyone actually say "Play it again, Sam" in the movie?

You've got to watch it to find out...and right after you do, be sure to cue up...

#5  Play It Again Sam...

...Woody Allen's hilarious 1972 send up of the film noir classic, Casablanca.

Allen takes the ability to laugh at himself to previously unknown heights and you'll be laughing right along with him.

Marvel at Jerry Lacey's dead on portrayal of the hard boiled Bogart at his wisecracking, tough guy best.

And of course, watch for the tip o' the hat to the famous Casablanca ending.

#6  The Rocketeer...

...Joe Johnston's 1991 sleeper that turned into a cult classic, and why not?

Set in 1930's Los Angeles, it's got adventure, romance, Hollywood stars, gangsters and a handsome pilot (Cliff, played Billy Campbell) who gets to be a comic book hero.

Plus, he gets the girl (Jenny, played by Jennifer Connelly) before the credits roll.

As a bonus, you'll finally find out the real story of how the HOLLYWOODLAND sign became just HOLLYWOOD.

What are you waiting for?

You're not afraid of flying, are you?

#7  Testament Of Youth...

...released in 2014, this is James Kent's powerful portrayal of Vera Brittain's moving autobiography set during WWI.

Alicia Vikander plays Vera and gives a luminous performance as an independent and talented young woman determined to make her mark on the world.

Sadly, the world has other ideas.

By the autumn of 1914 WWI has burst forth with all its unprecedented fury, shattering hopes, dreams and lives.

Her men march off to war - fiance, brother, friend - and she soon follows them as a volunteer nurse in the bloody conflict.

The acting is excellent, the cinematography gorgeous, but keep the Kleenex handy for this one, folks.

A meaningful and thought provoking experience.



So there you have it...7 excellent movie classics for your cinematic education and enjoyment.

Don't say I never did nuthin' for ya.

Until next time, keep washing those hands and keep cocooning...this too shall pass.

And by December, watch for the baby boom.

later, mcm fans...

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