Tag Archive: Pamela Anderson

Break Out the Old Ones

Family Movie Night

Do you ever get on a kick to watch certain types of movies?


I have had weeks in which I only watch movies based on Jane Austen books or Jack Black movies.


Sometimes, the only thing I want to watch is musicals or animal stories or something I know will make me cry my eyes out.


Lately, I have wanted to watch nothing but classic movies. I am talking about movies that were made during the 40s and 50s with actors who brought a certain something with them to the silver screen.



Movie Poster image from IMDb.com

Case in point – the other night we watched Casablanca (1942). Our 14-year-old stopped to watch the movie with us. I kept saying things like “look, there is Humphrey Bogart. He was a great actor.” Or “look, there is Sydney Greenstreet. He was one of the best character actors around, in his day.”


I made him wait for Ingrid Bergman, one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the planet. I wanted him to hear her voice and look at her face to see that glow that only Bergman possessed.


But more importantly, I wanted him to hear the script with lines that are ageless. We know the color of Ilsa’s dress when the Germans invaded Paris. We know Rick has a heart despite his front of disinterest. We know that Claude Rains plays the captain with an air of insouciance. 


He is shocked to find there is gambling going on at Rick’s just moments before he is handed his winnings. The Germans sing their anthem proudly until the French citizen comes back strong, even those women willing to go out with German soldiers.


There are strong moments throughout that remind me what made this movie making so great. Moments that are presented by strong actors such as Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Paul Henreid and S.Z. Sakall.


It makes me think about current actors who are just as good. My mind lists quality people such as George Clooney, David Strathairn, Holly Hunter, Jodie Foster, Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman, and Richard Gere. I think of Angelina Jolie, one of the few Hollywood stars that still glow. Helen Mirren, Geoffrey Rush and Brendan Gleeson get me excited. Alan Rickman has been thrilling in performances for over 20 years.


Pamela Anederson is "Barb Wire," Image from IMDb.com

Could I see a re-make of Casablanca? I could and there have been remakes of this movie. My favorite is Barb Wire, a so-bad-it-is-good Pamela Anderson vehicle set in a post-apocalyptic world. Good idea, poor execution. I could see a number of men – or women – pulling off the role of Rick.


Directed by Michael Curtiz, this movie is a wonderful balance of fear and hope, of passive behavior and aggressive assertiveness.  I enjoy watching Victor’s continued show of strength and Major Strasser’s determined path for the Furher.


Next classic movie I plan to watch is Rear Window (1954) starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. The director is Alfred Hitchcock.


Do you have a favorite classic?


Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

In my mind there is no better amusement than a truly bad movie.

Picture by IMDb.com

 Last week, The Bounty Hunter came out on DVD. This PG-13 movie was not given many good reviews. Roger Ebert stated only the personalities of the lead actors, Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston, carry the movie.

 The plot is about Butler working as a bounty hunter who gets the assignment to bring in his ex-wife, newspaper reporter Anniston. She is currently working on a story about an unsolved murder which gets both of them deeper and deeper into trouble as well as back into love.

 But is it truly the worst so-bad-it’s-good type of movie?

 It is one thing to have poor performances and a cheesy script. What I love is a movie that goes all out despite all of these factors.

 My favorite truly bad movie is Barb Wire starring Pamela Anderson Lee and Victoria Rowell. It is a re-telling of Casablanca in a post-apocalyptic world. Lee does her best to be Rick and Rowell is a female Victor Laslow.

Pamela Anderson as Barb Wire, picture from IMDb.com

 There are some great fight scene and truly over-wrought moments. Lee even gives us a good look at the assets that have made her famous. While there have been some truly bad movies made since then, this movie ranks as my personal highest. With the bit of nudity and salty language, it is no wonder that this movie has an R rating.

 We can argue if feminists would hate or love this movie, the rightness or wrongness of Lee’s outfits or her actions in the face of completely de-moralizing actions of others. But the explosions and fights along with the parting scene is enough to make me love this movie every time I watch it for the joy of its badness.

 Most people think that any movie made to be family-friendly must always be of lesser quality. I hate that thought and believe that this genre can be as well made as any other movie. However, there are some that one cannot ignore as being very bad although not so bad they are good.

picture from IMDb.com

 Every time I see Son of the Mask being watched by my children, I cringe. Jaime Kennedy and Traylor Howard are the parents of a child who has the abilities of the Mask that we came to know in The Mask with Jim Carrey. However, this time Loki is looking for the mask.

 While this movie goes all out, I can not find enjoyment in the badness of it all. You have to be able to like or identify with one character to truly love a movie and I have never been able to do that with this one.

 Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

 Let the world know about your latest pick for Family Movie Night and drop a note in the comment section or become my friend on Facebook.