Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
2006-11-21 09:01
by Alex Belth

Robert Altman, the prolific, wildly uneven, but sometimes brilliant film director died last night at the age of 81. "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," "M*A*S*H," and "The Long Goodbye" are three of my favorite movies of all-time. Oh yeah, and "Nashville" was pretty formidable too, wasn't it? Some found Altman's inimitable style--which featured over-lapping dialogue, and meandering narratives--pretenteous, but in his best work, it was refreshing and poignant. Rest in Peace, Big Dog, and thank you for all the wonderful cinematic moments.

2006-11-21 09:16:50
1.   Chyll Will
Irrascibly informative, like a grandfather who fought in a big war and told wildly different tales about it each time. As an aspiring filmmaker, I'll very much miss his (TinyHyphen'd) style. God Bless.
2006-11-21 09:31:05
2.   Jersey
Don't forget Prairie Home Companion, which was great fun to take in.


2006-11-21 09:54:18
3.   Alex Belth
I didn't see "Prairie Home Companion," but I also enjoyed "Theives Like Us," "Welcome back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," and "Short Cuts." Thought "The Wedding" was mean-spirited and "The Player" was wildly overrated, though clever.
2006-11-21 10:17:23
4.   JL25and3
"Nashville" makes the short list of my all-time favorite movies.
2006-11-21 10:24:58
5.   Nick from Washington Heights
Alex, good call on those Altman 3. They're my favorite of his movies as well.
2006-11-21 11:25:38
6.   The Mick 536
So many terrific movies and only a few corkers. He worked all the genres. Buffalo Bill. Prete a Porte. The Player. Three Women. Jimmy Dean. Gingerbread Man. What about the television. Shows how old I am.

Trying to figger out what movie to see tonight in his honor. Phillip Marlowe. Elliot Gould and his cat. The girls next door. Cigarette smoke. Kills Bouton. Sterling Hayden. Nina Van Pallandt. That one should come with footnotes.

McCabe and Mrs. Miller. Why did Beatty have to die? Lauren shooting the wedding. Sophia's big breasts. Paul Newman. Shelly Duvall. What happened to Three Women? The Music in Kansas City. I liked it, even though no one else did. Was Robin great in Popye? Terrific. California Split. Theives Like Us. One of my faves. Vasly underrated. Fool for Love.

Got it! A baseball movie! Not really, but close. Icarus in the Astrodome. Brewster McCloud.

2006-11-21 11:41:54
7.   jakewoods
I like Altman but Prairie Home Companion was one of his worst films.
2006-11-21 23:30:53
8.   AHF
Elliot Gould's performance in "California Split" is one of the best I've ever seen.
2006-11-22 11:06:32
9.   Jimmy Clark
He did the first season of the Combat! series and was responsible for a lot of the framework of the show. He made Rick Jason's character a LT (he had been a sergeant as was Vic Morrow's character in the pilot because series creator Robert Pirosh was a sergeant in WWII. Two of Piroosh's best men were Cajuns so he had two in the got killed). Altman had been an officer and couldn't see a TV series without officers. He was responsible for many of the chess related call signs because "war is like chess". He would kill off soldiers after a few episodes when audiences were getting comfortable with them to show war was often brutal. He left after one year because of conflicts with higher ups..he had too many "solo" episodes and they wanted an ensemble. But the actors under him thought highly of him, as they did for most subsequent directors.
Also any director who would have an 8 month pregnant Ute Lemper in a film stark naked (Prete a porter) is a man of my sensibilities.

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