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Elaine May
« on: February 22, 2006, 11:01:55 PM »
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Hoberman writes about her oeuvre (comprised of four films):

http://www.villagevoice.com/film/0608,hoberman,72259,20.html

...I'm realizing that all the numerous negatives I've heard about Ishtar have been from media controlled and populated by those most likely to be hurt by its budget overruns and lack of profits, and therefore more likely to focus on its financial failure than its actual merits and/or flaws. It now resides alongside Heaven's Gate on my list of "film follies" to check out when given the opportunity.

I did, however, see A New Leaf on afternoon television years ago, and I remember thinking it was quite wonderful. I'd have to see it again, but I'd be happy for the chance.

No DVD of either of those, of course, and I haven't seen either of the others (Heartbreak Kid and Mikey and Nicky). Has anyone?
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Re: Elaine May
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2006, 11:26:32 PM »
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I've seen 'em all.  Ishtar is better than its reputation.  Plus, it is funny to see Warren Beatty play a guy who's awkward around ladies.

Mikey and Nicky is great.  It is very much like a Cassavetes film.  Very gritty.

Heartbreak Kid is hilarious.  Charles Grodin plays a jerk who falls in love with Cybill Shepard while he's on his honeymoon.  This is the ultimate Charles Grodin performance.

A New Leaf is funny.  I've only seen it once a long time ago.

All of her films are worth checking out.
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Re: Elaine May
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2006, 11:34:15 PM »
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cool thread, everyone just buy this:


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Re: Elaine May
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2006, 01:52:16 AM »
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I just watched Mikey And Nickey, it was solid. The dvd seems worth the money...
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Re: Elaine May
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2006, 12:05:09 PM »
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yeah mikey and nicky is the only one ive seen, and its worth owning just for cassavetes alone (but then again i'm slightly biased).  great film.

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Re: Elaine May
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2006, 03:01:54 PM »
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well if there are any elaine may fans in nyc with $75 burning a hole in their pockets...

http://www.filmlinc.com/special/events/elainemay.html
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Re: Elaine May
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2009, 03:31:35 PM »
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I really love Elaine May. She Made 'Heaven Can Wait' into what could have been rediculously cheesy into something all together classic. She did the same thing with 'the birdcage'. I've seen 'Heartbreak Kid', one of Charles Grodin's best performances ever. I can't find 'A New Leaf' anywhere. 'Ishtar' is fucking awesome!(<------Marquee) I don't care what anyone says. It really is comedy gold and I'm glad I have it on DVD, if only it is on region 2. I'm going to pop in 'Mikey and Nicky' now.
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Re: Elaine May
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2009, 01:57:36 PM »
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'Mikey and Nicky' is wonderful and my favorite Elaine May film and it feels more of a Cassavetes film. Extremely different than her others which were comedies but it packs just as much punch as her others. This film I really had a personal connection with and the friendship seems extremely genuine. Nicky really has a unique case of being paranoid and a self loathing nariscist. Some scenes feel so real because possibly of the relationship between Falk and Cassavetes.  A film to be remembered and enjoyed, one of the few crime movies that has real heart and surprising.
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