Friday, February 26, 2016

Film Friday

Johnny Cash was born 84 years ago today.  So this post will focus on films about gettin' paid.  (Because biopics or films about musicians would have been expected.)

Jerry Maguire (1996):  Cuba Gooding Jr. won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Rod Tidwell, a football player who is represented by struggling agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise). Renee Zellweger portrays she who is wooed. 

"Show me the money!" - Rod Tidwell

Wall Street (1987): Michael Douglas as Gordon Gecko, a ruthless corporate raider, and Charlie Sheen as Bud Fox, a young stockbroker. Best Lead Actor Oscar for Douglas. Darryl Hannah portrays she who is wooed.

"Greed is good." - Gordon Gecko

Casino (1995): Sam Rothstein (Robert De Niro) is a smooth operator (and expert sports handicapper) running the Tangiers casino. Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) is his friend and Mafia tough guy. Sharon Stone portrays she who is wooed.

"In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all."
- Sam Rothstein

Brewster's Millions (1985): Richard Pryor as Montgomery Brewster, a minor league pitcher who has to spend $30 million in 30 days to inherit $300 million.  John Candy portrays she who is wooed catcher and friend, Spike Nolan.

"Monty, this is Hackensack, New Jersey. No scout comes here, you understand that. Trains are going through the outfield right now. But you strike this guy out, I'll take you with me tonight and get you drunk, that's a promise."
- Spike Nolan

The Hoax (2006): Richard Gere stars as Clifford Irving, who sold a bogus biography of Howard Hughes in the early 1970's. Alfred Molina as friend and accomplice, Dick Suskind. Marcia Gay Harden portrays she who had already been wooed.

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  1. I think these are great picks and love all the gals who are wooed in the films. sad to know that Pryer and Candy have been gone for so long.

  2. I didn't plan on the wooing part. I think I was trying to point something out about female roles, but it came off as facetious probably. But yeah - I know about the Bechdel Test from NaNoWriMo.