Scenes That I Love: The Final 9 Minutes Of The Oscar


Happy Oscar Sunday!

Since the Oscars are going to be awarded on Sunday night, now seems like a good time to remember the 1966 film, The Oscar.  My friends and I have a running joke.  Whenever I invite anyone to watch a bad movie with me, I never actually say, “Let’s watch this terrible movie.”  Instead, I always say, “This is a cult classic.”  Let’s just say that The Oscar is a classic among cult classics.

Directed by Russell Rouse, The Oscar tells the story of Frankie Fane (Stephen Boyd) and his friend, Hymie Kelly (Tony Bennett ….. yes, the singer).  Frankie uses everyone in the world to become a film star and abandons them all once he becomes famous.  Frankie is determined to cement his stardom by winning an Oscar and he’s totally willing to go to all sorts of unethical lengths to win that golden statuette.  He even hires a private investigator (Ernest Borgnine, naturally) to leak private information about Frankie and his friends, in the mistaken belief that it will cause the Academy to sympathize with him.

However, Hollywood is not a place for heels!  Or, at least, that’s the case in this film.  In the scenes below, Frankie first gets told off by his old friend Hymie and then he gets the ultimate comeuppance at the Oscar ceremony itself.  Apparently, Frankie failed to consider that he wasn’t the only Frank nominated that year!

You can read my full review of The Oscar here.  For now, enjoy the final nine minutes of Frankie Fane’s Oscar campaign.

Holidays Scenes That I Love: From It’s A Wonderful Life, George Bailey Wishes Bedford Falls A Merry Christmas


I love the pure joy of this scene.  Not even old Mr. Potter can bring George down.

Of course, for that matter, George can’t bring Mr. Potter down either.  It’s a Merry Christmas all around!

(Be sure to check out Case’s alternative reading about life under Mr. Potter, It’s A Wonderful, Pottersville!)

Put On Your Silver Shamrock Masks, It’s Time….


It’s time.

Evening approaches.  The sun is setting.  It’s time to start counting treats and perhaps playing a few tricks.  In other words, it’s time to put on your Silver Shamrock masks and gather around the television….

(Actually, its seem like Silver Shamrock would have more success if they had a bigger online presence but I guess they like to do things the old-fashioned way….)

 

Scenes That I Love: Boris Karloff Tells A Story In Targets


In the 1968 film, Targets, Boris Karloff gave one of his final performances.  It was also one of his best.

Karloff played an aging horror actor named Byron Orlok, a role that was based on Karloff himself.  Though once a huge star, Orlok’s style of horror has gone out of fashion.  As he explains it, the real world has gotten so scary that his horror films are now tame by comparison.  In this scene, Orlok proves that he can still give a compelling performance when he recites a short story about death and fate.

Reportedly, Karloff did this scene in one take and received a standing ovation after director Peter Bogdanovich called cut.

 

Horror Scenes That I Love: The Ending of Zombi 2


For our next horror scene that I love, we have one of the greatest horror endings of all time.

As Lucio Fulci’s 1979 masterpiece, Zombi 2, comes to a close, Ian McCulloch and Tisa Farrow are on a boat.  They’ve managed to escape from an island that been overrun by zombies.  However, as they listen to a New York radio station, they discover that the zombie outbreak is not over.  In fact, it’s just begun!

And then you get the final scene, in which hundreds of zombies are seen stumbling into New York!

Enjoy the end of the world!