I guess Helsinki, Paris, and Rome, in that order. My high school french was just good enough to appreciate the “Ivoirien” / “Il voir rien” wordplay. But the Rome chapter with Roberto Benigni making his confession to the bishop is, in my memory, perfectly funny. I kind of doubt it’s actually that funny, so I’m fine not seeing it again.
My favorite cab ride in a movie might get shot down by the 3x3 police because it may not technically count - because the rider doesn’t know he’s getting a cab ride. In The Third Man, Joseph Cotton plays a hack writer visiting Vienna a few years after World War 2. Word gets out to some of the locals that he’s a “famous” American author and one night Cotton finds himself hastily ushered into the back of a car by a mysterious man. It takes off on a very fast and reckless run, and all the while he fears he’s being driven to his death. It’s only when he gets to the destination that he realizes he’s been brought to a book club and is the guest of honor to talk about his method of writing.
Tim, lately I’ve been using the 3x3 thread to pimp out movies, much like I did last week to Christien for The Thin Man, but I absolutely love The Third Man. It’s most famous for its “cameo” antagonist, which I won’t spoil if you do try to watch the movie. But for what it’s worth, highly recommended by me.
Well, for what it’s worth, Clooney is not that happy at the end of Michael Clayton because although he did win by doing the Right Thing ™, he’s probably going to lose his job and he’s still lost his retirement money (he could have really accepted that bribe). So it is bittersweet. I also think it’s appropriate that he’s letting of steam quietly and not being all crazy happy. It fits the tone of the movie. Lawyer-noir, is that a genre?
I spent a lot of January and February catching up on 2015 movies I missed last year, so I decided to pick 3 cab rides from 2015:
My third pick was gonna be from Taxi, but not the Queen Latifa one but then I felt lame about picking a movie that had the word taxi in the title but then I felt not as bad because it was originally called Jafar Panahi’s However You Say Taxi In Iran.
I love the cab ride in the beginning of Anomalisa, especially how the zoo isn’t too big or too small. “It’s zoo sized.”
I can’t believe it took until 2015 for me to learn why they have drive through car washes. Thanks, Tangerine.