Thursday, January 05, 2006

WHO'S AFRAID OF RANDOLPH SCOTT?



Larry David, that's who.

10 comments:

Sal said...

Larry david is my hero. I swear I feel the same way about the cable tv show the "L" WORD. Everytime I watch that show the voice inside my head says "you like those broads don't ya?"

Of course I would never use the word "broad." That's only the voice in my head.

blaaagh said...

I love that! I've already sent it on to my entire family...I, unlike Larry David, gathered my courage and saw "Brokeback Mountain," and though I was initially a little let down after the elephantine buildup it's received, it's really stayed with me, and I like it better the more I think about it. In fact, I'm gonna get me a job herdin' sheep up in Wyoming. (Just kidding about that last part).

nilblogette said...

I have the opposite reaction to "The L Word" and thank God I'm not a lesbian when I've flipped past it. All they do on that show is WHINE and MOPE! Larry does have a thing about cowboys, though. He has mentioned them more than once and started off that environmental comedy show on Comedy Central recently in full cowboy regalia riding a horse.

Anonymous said...

Sheriff Bart: "You'd do it for Randolph Scott."

(Cue heavenly choir)

Randolph Scott!

xoxo
Jen

Brian said...

Dennis, sorry this is off the topic, but what do you think of Showgirls?

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Brian: Thanks for the link to Flickhead's blog alert. I wish I had time to see the movie again before Wednesday, and I may yet try to get there. I saw the movie when it was released on laserdisc way back when (1996, maybe?) and was underwhelmed-- hardly outraged or disgusted, more accurately just bored, a sad comment, considering how much nudity there is in that movie. (Wait, though-- that rape and revenge angle toward the end was something I remember being fairly repulsed by.) But even through my indifference I remember having some cheerful responses to Elizabeth Berkely's enthusiasm-- she may never become the most talented actress on the globe, but how can anyone fault her for throwing herself so wholeheartedly into this project? And I'm not sure how you look at the sex scene between her and Kyle MacLachlan and not see that everyone involved knew exactly what they were doing-- it was premeditated over-the-top, not Ed Wood-style found comedy. (And it seemed rather disingenous of critics of Showgirls to lay the blame for the movie's box-office failure almost fully at her feet, while Joe Esterzhas and Paul Verhoeven continued making movies and managed to get the criticism slide right off their backs.) I really would like to take another look at it, largely because Charles Taylor's essay in Salon on March 31, 2004, seemed so unreasonably reasonable, so well written and empassioned. An unapologetic fan of the movie's from the start -- and not based on any intrinsic camp value, but based on his belief that it is a good movie-- Taylor really made me see Showgirls through a new pair of eyes, and I've wanted ever since reading the piece to see if his argument is as convincing after seeing the movie again. If I can get myself free of work tomorrow night, it may be time to rent it, because I'd like to participate in this little anniversary acknowledgment. What did you think of it?

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Okay, I've reserved my copy to pick up tomorrow night. It's on!

Brian said...

Great, Dennis! I look forward to the official post!

I'm in the "pro" camp myself, after a single midnight screening. But I plan to watch again tonight.

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Yeah, I was looking at the whole revisiting Showgirls as kind of a school assignment-- I had to go pretty far out of my way just to secure a rental copy. But let's just say that it was a very illuminating experience watching the movie 10 years apart from the hype about the NC-17 rating and the attendant herd mentality (which I admit I participated in) with which it was received. I'm now really looking forward to cobbling something together on it to mark the anniversary!

blaaagh said...

It's richly humorous, looking back at this post and the ensuing comments, that what started out as "who's afraid of the 'gay cowboy' movie" quickly transformed into an enthusiastic discussion of a movie about strippers!! Not that I'm complaining...