My 2013 Movies: Get Shorty (1995, on Blu-ray, home collection)
See, this is what happens when I don’t watch these movies and write about them right away: people die. I rewatched Get Shorty earlier this summer when my wife had picked up a $5 Blu-ray for me, and before I could lazily think “yep, I’ll put that on my blog any day now, ” both Elmore Leonard and Dennis Farina were dead.*
Which also reminds me that I don’t own Midnight Run. Need to remedy that.
I won’t go too deeply into this wonderful, fun movie except to observe what a mixed bag of talent and subsequent disappointment it is:
SEE: Barry Sonnenfeld’s non-GS career of such insane highs and lows!
WATCH: Post-Pulp Fiction Travolta at his most assured, possibly in the role he was born to play, never to reach such acting or believability strengths again!
CRY: As you realize that Shorty represents Gene Hackman’s career-pivot into comedy roles (with brilliant results!) - and he would more or less never play a great dramatic role again!
That’s all pretty heady stuff to contemplate for a fun little movie like this one.
(photo via hollwow)
*EDIT: ah hell, I forgot Gandolfini died this past year, too. 2013 was not kind to this movie.