"The Last Of Sheila" is my second favorite movie, and, as with most of the ones I really love, it didn't have to be as good as it is. After all, a bitchy, gossipy murder-mystery script by Stephen Sondheim ("Who's that?" you ask, while I restrain myelf from screaming) and Anthony Perkins , directed by former choreographer Herbert Ross, would be a seventies novelty item alone. And that cast! Dyan Cannon, Raquel Welch, Joan Hackett, Richard Benjamin, the young Ian McShane, James Coburn and James Mason (playing a riff on his Humbert Humbert character), most of whom were Seventies superstars, all together in a film that doesn't feature a ship going upside-down, a towering building on fire, an earthquake or a swarm of killer bees...
...well, that's what you usually got with all-star films in the seventies. This film, put together by Sondheim and Perkins' love of puzzles, combined with slightly disguised takes on friends of theirs (Dyan Cannon's "Christine" is a stand-in for agent Sue Mengers), is one I saw when I was six or so on an afternoon movie ("What are those?" you query... "Ah, kids", I sigh) and kept catching over the years. Like a lot of the films I love, it not only holds up pretty well under repeat viewings, it demands repeat viewings.
I haven't said much about the plot, because it's part of the mystery in the film and I don't want to give anything away. Please watch this movie, if only so I'll have more than my wife, my brother and two other people to talk to about this.
Future Jones and Mom News...
...both are okay, although FEMA lost Mom's paperwork a couple of weeks ago and put her through some pretty unnecessary stress, given what she's gone through. Luckily, the good people at Fake Radio put on a nice charity event that raised $500 for her and the sister of Dan, the computer fiend who puts together the website, sound cues and music cues.
Future Jones danced his way through the entirety of "Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire" showing, once again, he is his father's son.
1) Sweet Charity- both the cast album from the sixties and the movie soundtrack with Sammy Davis Jr. Because I'm a big girl.
2)The SNL that Eva Longoria Hosted- Only because of the "Vincent Price 1958 Thanksgiving Special". That kid who did Price was pretty good, although not as good as myself. If he is reading this, leave a comment and I'll tell you how to do it better. Because I'm helpful. Also, a big girl.
3)Hitchock's "The Wrong Man"- One of the most excruciating film experiences ever, and not because Henry Fonda plays an Italian bass player at The Stork Club. You must see this film.
4) Lost/Threshold/Arrested Development/Alias/NBC's The Office/TheDailyShow-The Colbert Report- I watch a lot of TV. This year only two of my faves will be cancelled, both by FOX!
5) Remington Steele (season 1)- This dvd collection is on fi-yah! See the shows that made me wear a trenchcoat every day of my senior year in High School. Because I'm a big girl.
Looking Forward To...
... King Kong, Syriana, Walk The Line, The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Capote, Superman Returns and Spiderman 3.