Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I was just enjoying some Roasted Plantain Chips from Trader Joes and I was thinking how could I tie this into a post about movies? At first I thought of Red Dust which I saw for the first time fairly recently. Good movie by the way. I thought I remembered it having bananas. But upon further investigation I was reminded it was a rubber plantation in Indochina. No bananas. Oddly enough I did just watch Woody Allen's Bananas again last night. Good stuff. Was interesting to see odd little touches that found their way into his later films. I do miss that silly Woody Allen of the early 70s. I really enjoy that Marx Brothers influenced almost French New Wave-y thing he seems to be doing. After seeing Scoop a while back I was saddened to see that Woody may never get back to the place with the funny. It's pretty obvious he lost it long ago. I just keep hoping I guess. Not that Bananas is a comic masterpiece, but it is quite enjoyable. The Hamlisch score is quite fun and I was able track it down thanks to this lovely interweb so that made me happy. I even love the Jack Davis art on the movie posters(also love the stuff he did for The Long Goodbye). I also somehow missed the baby carriage/Eisenstein reference till now.
So more banana movies. You've got Going Bananas with Dom Deluise and Jimmie Walker. This brought to you by director Boaz Davidson who also did the much much more enjoyable Last American Virgin (which stars the under-rated Lawrence Monoson and Diane Franklin who would go to star in Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter and Better off Dead respectively. Franklin would also end up in one of my picks for all time worst movie ever- TerrorVison).
Moving on, you also have the obligatory Herbie Goes Bananas . What a cast! You've got Cloris Leachman, Charles Martin Smith, Alex Rocco and the late Harvey Korman! Which makes me also think of another Disney live actioner starring Kurt Russell, The Barefoot Executive.
It's all about Russell's character coming across a chimp who can pick winning TV Shows. Russell made the film in the midst of his "Medfield College" Trilogy, right after The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and before Now you See Him, Now You Don't. I always thought it was interesting that he made the Charles Whitman based TV-Movie The Deadly Tower (aka Sniper), the same year he ended that trilogy with The Strongest Man in the World.
Lastly, I guess there's also Hercules in New York (aka Hercules Goes Bananas) to be considered for the sake of our fair governor.
But anyway, back to these plantain chips. Damn they're tasty! Wish they were a little healthier. I mean, you wanna lie to yourself and say "oh well they're fruit so that's healthy right?". I just cannot get enough of them. I wish they made commercials for them cause I'd be in one! Here's a lovely review...