30 Days, 30 Movies {Day 8} 60’s Beach Flick – Beach Party

Do you like weird sound effects? How about close ups of random butts and bodies without heads? Are you someone who enjoys real action spliced with the most fake looking close ups ever made? Then this movie is for you!

I really don’t recommend this movie. This was the first of the “Beach Party” movies and I am surprised that it wasn’t the last. I will say that I understand how this would be a great  drive in movie. You don’t have to pay attention to the movie at all to follow the almost nonexistent plot. One could grab some popcorn, stop by their friend’s car to see what’s going on, and make out with their main squeeze and leave knowing that nothing was missed.

The best part of this movie was the end credits. It said, “INTRODUCING CANDY JOHNSON,” with an action shot of her dancing beside it. This girl had ZERO LINES. None. All she did was shake her body to make the fringe on her dress fly around. I am being totally serious. How do you “introduce” someone who doesn’t even act and has only one scene?

I also found out that Annette Funicello was under contract with Walt Disney when she was offered this role. She asked Mr. Disney personally if she could do this movie. He agreed on two conditions: that she wear modest bathing suits and that her navel did not show. Annette went on to do five more beach movies.

Old Movie (Old is a Relative Term)

I was talking with a few ladies and one of them referenced the movie RV. I mentioned that I hadn’t seen RV, to which she replied, “Oh, it’s an old movie.”

RV was made in 2006. It’s not even ten years old yet. The lady who referred to it as an “old” movie is twenty years older than I.

Hunny and I were talking to someone who said he was a movie buff. Hunny mentioned that we love film. He said, “I even love old movies from the 80’s and 90’s.”

When I refer to old movies, I’m talking about black and white movies from the 1930’s and 1940’s. But I guess I have a different view of film than other people. My mother is a huge Disney fan. Her family life wasn’t all that great growing up, but she said she loved seeing Walt Disney on Sundays on television. Because of the joy they brought, she raised her children on Disney films from her childhood. I watched movies from the 1960’s growing up. Movies from that time period aren’t old to me. According to my mother, the first two films our family owned were Cinderella (1950) and Pinocchio (1940).

In all seriousness, my definition of an old movie is way off base. Silent films are much older than the 1930’s and 40’s. Film began in the late 1800’s, so those films should be the “old” ones.

Do you think RV is an “old” movie or is Back to the Future an “old” movie? What is your definition of an “old” movie?

A Silent Film from 1927

Saving Mr. Banks (Disney on Disney)

I love Disney; I love period pieces; and I am beyond excited about Saving Mr. Banks. As a small child, I loved Mary Poppins.  There is home video of me and my brothers singing “Stepping Time,” and if I knew how to convert VHS into digital, I would share it on the blog.  I reviewed Mary Poppins for my 30 Days, 30 Movies challenge, and while doing research on the film, I found that P. L. Travers left the premiere in hysterics over how Disney ruined her book.  I am so looking forward to how they portray this in Saving Mr. Banks, if they portray it at all. The Disney company has a tradition of taking stories and changing them to fit a “feel good” paradigm (have you ever read or seen the original The Little Mermaid? Gruesome).

In preparation for watching the film, I am reading the book and I will review Mary Poppins with Hunny this go around.

Are there any movies coming out this holiday season that you are looking forward to seeing?