Thursday, August 18, 2016

If You Only Know The Late Arthur Hiller As The Director Of That Crap Movie Love Story, Try These Instead

Love Story! Love Story! Bad enough the man is dead, all the papers think to mention is that he directed Love Story. Love Story stunk on hot ice in 1970 and it stinks worse now!

Try these instead:

1) The Americanization of Emily (1964) — A tart anti-war comedy starring James Garner and Julie Andrews in arguably their finest roles.

2) The In-Laws (1979) — Peter Falk as a CIA agent, Alan Arkin as his impossibly buttoned-down in-law. The most underrated comedy of the 1970s.

3) The Hospital (1971) — A savage black comedy about the sorry state of American medicine starring George C. Scott and a very hot Diana Rigg.

4) The Out-of-Towners (1970) — A salesman and his wife (Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis) try to check into a hotel in New York for 101 hilarious minutes.


5) the very first episode of television's The Addams Family! You gotta love a guy who directed the very first episode of The Addams Family!


Anonymous said...

Once again, the monkey's insight is masterful.

Erik Beck said...

I would also put in a good word for Silver Streak. Hiller is the rare director that, in my rating system, made a film at every star level, including making **** films (you are so right on The Americanization of Emily and The Hospital) and a zero star film (An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn).

Mythical Monkey said...

I saw Silver Streak back in the day and loved it, especially Richard Pryor, but I haven't seen it in a long time and didn't entirely trust my memory of it -- when I was a teenage boy, Jill Clayburgh was right in my wheelhouse. That can distort perceptions a bit.