This dark-hued political allegory turns the mundane tradition of raising money by selling chocolate bars into the centerpiece for an examination of ideological control and rebellion against authoritarianism. Chocolate becomes a symbolic stand-in for every product that has set in motion conflict between opposing forces throughout the history of civilization.
What better way to cheer up a lonely person than with a comedy that shows that even when surrounded by other people, you may not be completely happy. “Diner” is filled with memorable dialogue and funny young men, but the fact remains that one of the messages this ensemble comedy sends out is that your life might actually be enhanced by not surrounding yourself with friends.
About the last movie setting you’d expect to contain a vital sequence taking place during a 4th of July celebration is a Native American reservation. And yet that is exactly how “Smoke Signals” opens in a positively brilliant way that makes this one of the most entertaining choices you could make for a film to watch on Independence Day.
The 4th of July is about backyard barbecues and while firing up your Vogner Char-King Imperiale you’ll probably also want to fire up the stereo and remember what Independence Day really used to be about. Here are some 4th of July songs for your playlist. Word of warning, my fellow Americans, you won’t find any Lee Greenwood or Trace Adkins or even Bruce Springsteen on this list.
The Simpsons-style joke here is that the last name of the couple at the center of the decision was Loving. Loving Day should be getting much more attention as the parallels between miscegenation laws and laws against gay marriage become clearer. In the meantime, enjoy these movies about forbidden love.
Juneteenth began life in Galveston, Texas to celebrate the official announcement of the emancipation slaves some six months after Pres. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation actually went into effect.
Yes, you read that right. An authentic Cinco de Mayo party menu will include chalupas. But before you go running down to the nearest Taco Bell to pick up Beef Chalupa Supreme with a hard shell, you need to know that the chalupa you will be serving at your Cinco de Mayo party actually looks more like the tostada you eat at your favorite Mexican restaurant.
Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson and Dorothy Malone are essentially stand-ins for Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour in this send-up of the “Road Movies” of that threesome. But even Bingle, Dot and Hope never got to interact with Bugs Bunny. And the really weird part is that we’re not talking an animated Bugs Bunny intruding into the live action real life world of the actors. Jack Carson is every bit as animated as the Bugs from whom he receives some advice on his love life.
“Look-Out Sister” wraps its actual status as a vital record of Jordan’s jazz brilliance within a bizarre outward appearance of being a “black western.” Forget that silliness and enjoy Jordan’s sublime versions of “Jack You Dead,” “Caldonia” and “Five Guys Named Moe.”
What kind of country music song could you come up with based on a story of a woman who brings her dead husband still in the casket along with her on a trip to a Caribbean resort with their son who is, alas, very much alive?