Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Valentine's Day at the Movies
It's St. Valentine's Day and three movies come to mind. The first, Some Like It Hot, is now considered one of the funniest films ever made. For those of you who have never seen it, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon play two musicians, who after witnessing the St. Valentine's Day Massacre must pose as women to avoid being killed themselves. Along the way, they run into Marilyn Monroe, and the rest of this Billy Wilder-directed film is the stuff of legend. The second film that comes to mind is the slasher flick Valentine. This film tried to do for Valentine's Day what Halloween did for Halloween. (Forget My Bloody Valentine, the quickie slasher effort that came out shortly after Halloween to cash in on the "holiday slasher" genre). This film, makes a valiant effort to revitalize the genre, but only partially succeeds. Still, it's worth a look for fans of that sort of film. The last film that came to mind was the Roger Corman-directed 1967 gangster film The St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Look quick for a bit role from Jack Nicholson. Happy Valentine's Day!