1. In Wong Kar-wai’s visually stunning and sad part one of a loosely based triology, In the Mood for Love, we have a tale of two people coming to terms with their cheating spouses, re-creating how the affair began, but themselves vowing never to be like their cheating mates. The backdrop is 1962 in China, and Kar-wai’s rich, velvety settings are moody with style, sound and modern composition.
2. Jim Carey’s serious side is expertly on display in this unlikely love story, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Its a tale of girl and boy who want to be erased from each other’s minds, only to find each other again. Written by savant Charlie Kaufman and directed by wonderkin Michel Gondry, this scifi romance plays out as a nonlinear story exploring the nature of memory and its grip over romantic love. In addition to Carey, my girl crush Kate Winslet, plays the lead romantic chick, and is beyond brilliant. Cast also includes, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Woods.
3. Let set our sails away from the romantic drama and towards a romantic comedy! Overboard starring Goldie Hawn and her real life lover, Kurt Russell, is an all-time favorite of mine, (as well as my bestie’s Marci Marshall). This 1987 Romcom, loosely based on the 1974 Italian classic, Swept Away, is set in the wilds of Oregon, and throws together a bitchy heiress and a widowed, father of four, country man. Hawn falls off her yacht, gets amnesia, is tricked by Russell into thinking they are married and the sparks fly! It’s directed by Garry Marshall, and surprisingly does not star Julia Roberts or Richard Gere, but rest assured, he keeps to his formula and has you rooting in the end for love!
4. Ahhh, who could turn the sweet Audrey Hepburn from the naive Sabrina to the New York City Call Girl Holly Golightly? Truman Capote, duh! The classic love story of drifters, hustlers and paid lovers, falling in love for love and not the dolla dolla bill y’all is at the core of this classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I consider this Capote’s true masterpiece, over “In Cold Blood.” You won’t be able to resist seeing Holly, Paul and Cat, finding love in New York City, all to the tune of Henry Mancini’s Moon River. I think the lyrics say it best, “We’re after the same rainbow’s end - waiting round the bend, my huckleberry friend, Moon River and me.”
5. With classic lines like “no one puts Baby in a corner” and one of the best-selling soundtracks worldwide, Dirty Dancing is an out right CLASSIC! Jennifer Grey plays a young woman, blossoming under the arms of skilled lover and dancer, Patrick Swayze (r.i.p.), during the family vacation. They dance their way out of abortions, infidelity and into L.O.V.E. This coming of age story is scorching with sexual tensions that only white people could find in the wilds of the Poconos. This is an essential tale of young love between two people from different sides of the tracks. (This pick would only be replaced with “Pretty In Pink” if available on streaming.) (Law&Order Bonus - Jerry Orbach plays Baby’s dad! Dun Dun)
L’Amour & Happy Streaming!
Mike Shea’s B-Reel is a preview for movies long forgotten in the annals of film, time and perhaps your movie queue. Like Indiana Jones, Shea will explore the film crypt to find hidden gems and discover the good, the bad and the ugly. This week: C.C. and Company.
C.C. and Company is a 1970 Seymour Robbie joint starring football quarterback superstar “Broadway” Joe Namath, Ann Margret, and lots and lots of motorcycles. Joe Namath plays C.C. Ryder, a character who represents the moral compass for a freewheelin’ group of motorcycle thugs who are led by Moon, a mustachioed hippy jerkoff.
1. C.C. Ryder says NO to aggressive Ann Margret groping
2. C.C. Ryder says YES to non-aggressive Ann Margret gawking
3. C.C. Ryder says NO to drugs and women who aren’t Ann Margret
4. C.C. Ryder says YES to stealing motorcycles in order to get Ann Margret’s attention
5. C.C. Ryder says NO to giving Moon all his motorcycle race prize money
6. C.C. Ryder says YES to touching Ann Margret’s bathing suit area
7. C.C. Ryder says NO to kidnapping Ann Margret
8. C.C. Ryder says YES to motorcycle racing for Ann Margret’s freedom
The first scene in the film shows Joe Namath walking around a grocery store and assembling a bologna sandwich from packaged foods located around the store. This is a perfect introduction to C.C. Ryder: a man who is cool and carefree enough to casually shoplift, but not so reckless that he needs to raid the register or punch out the manager or anything. I have a difficult time imagining Vin Diesel performing such a subtle act of rebellion.
Dear Contemporary Hollywood,
It has come to my attention that there is one significant ingredient missing from all of your movies, and that ingredient is Superstar Quarterbacks. I mean come on: they’re handsome, they’re athletic, they have a built-in fanbase, and they’re guaranteed to be better actors than Steven Segal. Joe Namath doesn’t seem to have any idea how he got on set in C.C. and Company but he’s down to just ride it out and see what happens. I for one was on board for that ride, and without Joe Namath this film would’ve been just another Hippies on Hogs Fest (HHF).
Anyway here, I’ll do the hard work for you (you’re welcome) brainstorming possible new films:
The Exorcist IV - starring Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow stars as Father N’eauble Goodington, the whip-smart leader of a crack- team of globe-trotting exorcism specialists. While on a mission investigating the spiritual possession of a Qatari Prince’s first-born son, he and his team accidentally unlock an ancient Sumerian spirit tomb and Father N’eauble is forced to make a choice between faith and vengeance. Directed by Michael Bay.
Escape Goat - starring Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning stars as Jack Jack, a disgraced ex-cop living in seclusion and trying to cope with his inner demons. When his estranged famous brother gets kidnapped, Jack Jack is pulled out of retirement and into a world of danger, intrigue, and second chances. Directed by Robert Rodriguez.
Techno Prisoners - starring Tom Brady
Tom Brady stars as 0m1cr0nW0n, Earth’s most notorious computer hacker on the run from the law in the dystopian city-state New Bai. Framed for the online murder of his best friend and mentor’s MMORPG character, 0m1cr0nW0n is torn between two worlds and starts to lose track of what life really is. Directed by Keanu Reeves.
Just remember to thank me at the Oscars.
As Art: C-
As Entertainment: B
(See also: CC & Co.)
(Mike Shea is a freelance graphic designer/illustrator/cool guy living in Brooklyn with two cats and an esteemed lady-friend. He earned his BFA at Maryland Institute College of Art and is available for hire, but only if you want a really great end-product.)