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Mar 7, 2023·edited Mar 7, 2023Pinned

One of my favorites and continually underrated. It's also really funny. The snappy 1940s dialogue is right out of Preston Sturges. "It might work. It could work. It's working already" is brilliant, especially the last line delivered by a cigar chomping Paul Newman at his best. I like the tie-in with Boethius and the sage janitor who takes care of the clothes clock (though it is the magical negro trope, it makes sense here.) The Coens are big Sturges fans and have referenced many of his movies throughout their catalog, most notably o brother where art thou which was the movie Joel McRae wanted to make in Sullivan's Travels. I gleefully anticipated hail Caesar but it wasn't as entertaining or thought provoking as I'd hoped. I always go back to Hudsucker and A Serious Man.

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Yes, we agree! The Hudsucker Proxy is a really unique, wonderfully crafted, thoughtful, intentional film. It gets better with age because so many contemporary films lack the level of organization and care that went into it, so in comparison this movie really stands out. The dialogue, as you mentioned, is a feat in itself, with Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance being particularly masterful. A Serious Man is likewise another thoughtful film, as is Sullivan's Travels, which I wrote about a bit in:

The Meaning Of Life: According To The Movies (A Virtual Comedy Film Festival)

https://moviewise.substack.com/p/the-meaning-of-life

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Usually Jason-Leigh annoys me with her overacting, but it's spot on here. There's also an homage to How To Success in Business Without Really Trying where Norbert is learning about the mailroom "THEY DOCK YOU!" that also refers to Brazil. It's glorious thievery all around.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKC8iPeIvEA

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Yes, you're correct, she was right on the money with the old-school fast talking reporter style. I loved teh scene where she had to pretend to know the Old School song.

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Watch Caesar again, better the second time. Not their greatest, but much better the second time. The best one in that vein was Barton Fink, a masterpiece, very hard to beat, thanks to John Tarturro's brilliant performance, so under-rated.

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One of the most under-rated movies, I love it when I watch it every year. The simplicity wins out.

I have an invention, sorry, an innovation that will help many people who own Macs, I would think half of the owners would buy it, and if I presented it, it could be a straight line on a page, and I could say to the board of directors, "you know, for Mac users".

I wish I could present to Apple and get a small percentage of sales, which will be millions, but I know I couldn't trust them or any other huge corporation. I have to go it alone, which means the sharks who have never had an original thought in their lives will poach my idea and leave me high and dry. I need to crowdsource it and get orders in advance. It's almost as simple as the hula-hoop.

I recommend The Hudsucker Proxy to everyone. It's up there with Groundhog Day.

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One of the most under-rated movies, I love it when I watch it every year. The simplicity wins out.

I have an invention, sorry, an innovation that will help many people who own Macs, I would thnk half would buy it, and if I presented it, it could be a straight line on a page, and I could say to the board of directors, "you know, for Mac users".

I wish I could present to Apple and get a small percentage of sales, which will be millions, but I know I couldn't trust them or any other huge corporation. I'll have to go it alone.

I recommend The Hudsucker Proxy to everyone. It's up there with Groundhog Day.

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Absolutely! The Hudsucker Proxy is underrated and unknown considering how intricate and interesting it is. Groundhog Day is a masterpiece. I must write a post about it. Thanks for the reminder!

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How does one write a post, I can only see reply comments?

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You have to go to your publication/newsletter:

https://raymelbourneberlin.substack.com

There is a button on the top right called, "Dashboard." You click on that and on the right side there will be a button for Create "New Post." Once you are finished writing your post, you click on the "Continue" button on the top right, then on the next page, an the bottom right, there will be a button, "Send to everyone now." That will send the post to your email subscribers and publish it on your publication site:

https://raymelbourneberlin.substack.com

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Thanks for your help. BUT, I don't really have any subscribers yet, maybe one I think. How do I post it to be seen with he other movie reviews?

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Once you publish, the post will be displayed on your publication/newsletter (https://raymelbourneberlin.substack.com) and you can share the link to your post with others.

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Problem is, I can't find the area to actually write in. As a newbie, I'm finding it all quite cumbersome, or maybe I'm just a dummkopf when it comes to these types of online pages. I think the people who make them forget that new people don't know what they know. I keep coming back to a page that says PUBLISH at the top, but I haven't written anythng yet, it's also my intention to write a review for Groundhog Day, so it will be good to compare each others notes. Must sleep, I'm fading fast, I'll look for a reply tomorrow, thanks again for your help. Best

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