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MOVIE REVIEW | Mr Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “I loved Mr Wonderful: The Don Rickles Project as a study of a man who I already found fascinating, I also loved it as a history lesson on a period of show biz that just doesn’t exist anymore.”

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“This about Don Rickles? I’m outta here.”

In the 50s, Don Rickles starred alongside legends Clarke Gable and Burt Lancaster in the submarine classic, Run Silent, Run Deep. In the 70s, Don Rickles starred alongside legends Clint Eastwood and Donald Sutherland in Kelly’s Heroes.  In the 90s, Don Rickles starred alongside legend Robert De Niro, while being directed by legend Martin Scorsese in Casino.  But despite these decades acting in A grade movies alongside A grade talent, Don Rickles has dedicated his life to acting, he’s dedicated half a century to the art of insult comedy.  Half a century commemorated in Mr Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.

A nightclub comedian who has basically used the same act for decades, Don Rickles should be the epitome of hack.  But when generations of comedians, from Billy Crystal, to Sarah Silverman, wax lyrical about the man and the legend it’s obvious that he’s more than just his jokes.  An insult comic who deals in making fun of race via the broadest and most dated cliches, Rickles’ act shouldn’t work in the modern world.  But as this documentary tells us over and over again, he somehow gets away with it. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Kelly’s Heroes (1970)

Kelly's Heroes

“Him? Name’s Kelly. Used to be a lieutenant, pretty good one, too, till they gave him orders to attack the wrong hill.  Wiped out a half a company of G.I.’s. Somebody had to get the blame and he got picked.”

Writing this blog has been great for making me finally get my finger out and watch classics I should have seen years ago.  It’s been great for making me watch new and different things, instead of re-watching old favourites again and again and again.  But the biggest surprise benefit has become going in blind, knowing nothing about a movie before I press play.  Usually, it’s because a title sounds kind of familiar, and that’s the extent of my knowledge.  It doesn’t result in something great every time, but I think I have pretty good strike rate with everything being at the very least interesting and unexpected.  Well, I got interesting, unexpected, funny and really great, with Kelly’s Heroes.

It’s the Second World War, and while complete victory is still a ways a way, the allies definitely have momentum on their side.  During a raid on a Nazi occupied town in France, Private Kelly (Clint Eastwood) manages to kidnap a German Colonel.  With the aid if some liquor fuelled interrogation, Kelly learns from the drunken kraut that there is a bank vault, not too far away, filled with $16million in gold.  That knowledge, added to the fact that Kelly’s platoon has just been sent to the rear to have a break from the action, is all Kelly needs to decide that gold is as good as his, with a little help from a rag tag group of movie friendly soldiers. (more…)