I know, I know. “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” Or so said Sweet Brown, internet meme for about 90-seconds. Your lives are very busy. But if you do have any down time, I’d like to recommend videos I’ve seen on YouTube that I thought were pretty good. I’ll spotlight these movie-related videos because of their subject matter and because of how all the elements are edited seamlessly: music, choice of clips and transitions. C’mon…you know YouTube is your favorite waste of time. Enjoy.
- “Bad & Sexy”
First up, here’s something of my own I’d like to share with you, and maybe you’ll share with people you’d think would be interested. I promised a friend I’d make a video about some of her favorite actors who are kind of…bad and sexy. Or sexy when bad. I searched for their films in my collection, pulled together some clips with attitude, added atmospheric music to establish a mood, and presented her with this. How many films can you identify…
- Mr. Muckle
The funniest word in the English language has got to be ‘KUMQUATS!’
I know it’s dangerous when you put ” –est “ at the end of a word, and one opens oneself up to all sorts of debates, law suits and knock down drag out fights. But I’ve got to say, I think this is the funniest clip I’ve ever seen. It’s hard to analyze these six and a half minutes of “IT’S A GIFT“ without giving away any of the comic bits, ( of which I count fourteen. ) Humor…it’s such a subjective thing. And if you are not pre-disposed to sight gags, this might not be your cup of Fields. I hope you find something funny in this. I shared this with a friend, as it was shared to me. And she and I spent about an hour dissecting all the high points of this segment as we watched. The moments just built and built. I’m not a big W.C. Fields fan, but after laughing at this…I think I might just have to be. You will never be the same when you hear Fields shout: “Sit down Mr. Muckle honey. Sit down, dear,” or hear his frustrated customer shouting at the top of his lungs: “HOW ABOUT MY KUMQUATS!!!”
- THE GENERAL’S WAC
“A lot of you may ask yourselves, ‘how come we’re out to destroy a town that has no industry. No enemy bases. No strategic value to anyone?’ ”
That $64,000 question says all you need to know about the absurdity and genius of Mike Nichols’ “CATCH-22.” Now with this clip, yes there is the risqué va-va-va-vooom factor. But that obvious tidbit is truly besides the point. This scene is about HOW to play comedy; the comic bit I’m focusing on starts 1:20 into this video – the dead pan and over-the-top delivery of the cast members is perfect. They all play at different comedy registers and play different notes: Martin Balsam, Buck Henry, Richard Benjamin and Alan Arkin. The silly look on Austin Pendleton’s face is hilarious, but the one that puts me over the edge is Orson Welles. When he faces his platoon to see their squirming and moaning, he turns to his aide and says: “Somebody’s gonna get it.” I’m wiped out. Who better to thread the needle and walk the razor’s edge but director Mike Nichols who sadly passed away last November. This clip, from 1970, is still a pretty funny scene. I’ve got to check out this movie.
- CLASSIC ROMANCE
A lovely edited video compilation of classic romances from the classic film era. You may spot some of your favorites here. I know I did. Nicely done.
- TCM in MARCH
This is one of the best promos I’ve ever seen TCM do for their programming. This is what’s up for March. Watching this video, my heart beats fast, I swoooon, the edits make me breathless, the music intrigues me and melds the modern with the classic. I’d give a year of my life to sit at the feet of TCM’s editors. But hey…I’m funny that way:
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