Needle in the Hay

A sad Kermit the Frog covering Elliott Smith’s “Needle in the Hay” and Luke Wilson’s key scene from The Royal Tennenbaums:

Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, White

Funny room colors scene from Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948):

Dead Grotty

My favorite clip from A Hard Day’s Night (aside: Boy, do I know about these lately!). Here’s George Harrison in full proto-punk rock mode:

There Will Come Soft Rains

1984 Soviet Uzbekfilm Studio animation of Ray Bradbury’s post-apocalyptic story, “There Will Come Soft Rains.” This is courtesy of a posting on the H-Net List for Utopian Studies. Quite a creepy and moving little ten minute film set in the Allendale, CA of 2026.

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The Glass Menagerie

Newman directed this one but didn’t star in it. He, like me, was quite in tune with the Tennesseen Williams. Here’s a short clip from 1987’s The Glass Menagerie with Paul’s lovely wife (now sadly widowed) Joanne Woodward, John Malkovich and Karen Allen. In my opinion it’s the quintessential version:

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I Never Planned Anything in My Life

A few more Newman clips, although I regret that I couldn’t find any good ones from The Long, Hot Summer: One of us is going to have to remedy that some day.

Cool Hand Luke, talking to God:

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, jumpin’:

The last time I saw Paul in a theater. The Road to Perdition, “I’m glad it’s you.”:

The Hudsucker Proxy, blue letter scene. Classic:

The Hustler, Final Game:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Paul Newman, R.I.P (1925-2008)

Heaven just got a new leading man. Keep on shining that Luke Smile of yours up there, Paul. You really were a natural born world-shaker. You taught many of us to grasp that side of ourselves. Another Ohio boy done good.

Sign of a good life: All the girls wanted you and all the guys wanted to be you. Hell, you were so charismatically sexy that same thing can said the other way around.

We’re gonna miss you Paul. We loved having you here so much.

Greatest LA Films Ever

This will be a continually growing post and I need your help to improve it. I’m trying to put together a list of the Greatest LA Films Ever. Conditions: 1) LA, “LA-ness”, or Southern California more generally, must be an integral character in the film. 2) The film must be truly outstanding in one way or another.

Here’s what I have now off the top of my head, in no particular order. Feel free to add yours in the comments section. I’ll add them below if I feel that they’re worthy, or allow you to persuade me through argument if I’m uncertain. Thanks.

Sunset Boulevard
Short Cuts
The Player
Pulp Fiction
Jackie Brown
Double Indemnity
Menace II Society
Boogie Nights
There Will Be Blood
Training Day
L.A. Confidential
Ed Wood
Boyz ‘n the Hood
American Me
Stand and Deliver
Blade Runner (future LA counts)…
L.A. Story
Mulholland Drive
The Big Lebowski

There’s a speed limit in this state, Mr. Neff.

Double Indemnity

Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck getting to, ahem, know each other:

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