It's Stephen Tobolowsky day! He co-stars (very memorably, as always) in two very cute older favorites I've revisited lately:
Groundhog Day. I know I really like this movie, but I hadn't seen it in ages. D ran across it for about $5 and knew I was wanting to own it. Finally sat down to watch it the other day. It's one of those rare movies that starts out and you think you know where it's going. Kind of predictable, kind of lame. And holy shit, it actually picks up steam along the way and doesn't let you down.
Surely everyone knows the story by now--Bill Murray's character is stuck in the same day over and over ('cause he's an asshole and there's really never an explanation, which I also love). Sounds pretty awful when you try to describe it to someone. I can't believe it got made, actually. Anyway, just when you start to object because you think the point is for him to get it right with Andie MacDowell (an actress I've really never liked, yet always enjoy in several movies, go figure), you see that's not the point at all. Really has some great things to say; I should probably watch this at least once a year (presumably around New Years or birthdays or other potentially depressing times). It's a really great upper, also full of terrific scenes and lines.
Next, we bring you Sneakers. Talk about an incredible cast, River Phoenix included.
This movie has a ton of great lines and moments. Suspenseful and funny. Definitely a reliable favorite. It still makes me laugh and holds my interest each time. It's all about espionage and government secrets, betrayal, and it's a little silly. So I love it. And I'm really not shitting about the cast, you could watch it strictly for the performances. And the charm, ooooh the charm.
And on a last, completely different note, we have this. D heard about it on the radio and we watched it tonight. Wow. Just...wow. I have nothing to add whatsoever. That is some kind of special. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Miss South Carolina.