April 19th, 2008

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Michael Caine makes Demi Moore "Flawless"

"Flawless" is a little movie that should not be missed. The early scenes featuring Demi Moore's poorly aged makeup is distracting at first. Yet with the help of Stan Goetz musical score and the casting of Michael Caine, the viewer is transported to London circa 1960 anno domini.

"Flawless" is a story about diamonds from South Africa. Demi Moore portrays Laura Quinn, a competent career woman who is victimized by the corporate glass sealing. Enter Mr. Hobbs (Michael Caine), a janitor who knows more about the diamond corporation than he lets his superiors know. As the cold war forces the corporation to choose sides between the Soviet Union and capitalistic countries, a heist occurs that upsets the confidence of the diamond corporation.

The heist is thrilling and occurs at the halfway point of "Flawless." The second half of the "Flawless" is equally thrilling as one uncovers the private motives of Mr. Hobbs. The second half is equally thrilling in an emotional way. Despite Demi Moore's flawed make-up, "Flawless" provides a fine conclusion.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Meduzot, aka "Jellyfish"

"Jellyfish" is about three women in search of fulfillment, after frustration,.
One lady is a bride who breaks her leg at her own wedding reception.
One lady is a private duty nurse to the terminally ill.
One lady hallucinates and has a rich mother.

The film is very unusual, but builds up to an emotional payoff by the time the film concludes. Filmed in Israel, the film avoids the topics of religion and politics and works as pure escapist entertainment. Hmmm...if a small little country in the middle of mideast can make escapist movie entertainment, perhaps Hollywood can follow suit?
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

PBiFF Mickey Rooney interview

I knew that the organizers of the 13th Annual Palm
Beach International Film Festival had defeated jynx of
13 when I spotted Eric Miller, the doorman for the
Sunrise Mizner movie theatre. As iconic as Executive
Director Randi Emerman and Chairperson Yvonne Boice
are to PBiFF, Eric the Doorman is a PBiFF institution.
From Patrcia Heaton to Malcolm McDowell, Eric the
Doorman has been treated with courtesy and respect.
Then Eric the Doorman met Mickey Rooney.

As Eric reached out to shake Mickey Rooney's hand, the
old thespian pulled it back saying;
“I'm sorry, I broke my hand.”
At which point, Mickey Rooney slapped Eric across the
face with his left hand and wrestled this Sunrise
Mizner Institution. The shocked audience watched as
Mickey Rooney darted to the escalator for his
screening. When Journalist/actress Rachel Galvin
commented that he had a lot of energy; Mickey Rooney
put his fist up to her face and proclaimed;
"What...I shouldn't have energy?"

Perhaps the ghost of Spencer Tracy rolled his eyes as
this misfit from "Boys Town" went on a rampage in
Boca Raton, perhaps Judge Hardy wants to sentence his
son to reform school after this aggressive behavior.
Truth be told, Eric and Rachel loved every moment and
appreciated being a new chapter about the Legend of
Mickey Rooney. Even veteran movie actor, 15 year old
Josh Hutcherson, soon to be seen in Jules Verne's
"Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D," commented;

“He is an inspiration. Mickey Rooney shows what it
takes to make the transition from child actor to

Rooney has worked non stop since the age of two,
including a role in his recent blockbuster hit,
"Night at the Museum" with Dick Van Dyke, Robin
Williams and his friend Ben Stiller. After growing out
his teen years and serving in the Army, Rooney
accepted character roles ranging from criminal ("Baby
Face Nelson") to heroic ("Bridges of Toko Ri.“)
While he does not like talking about his past, he
speaks fondly of his old costars, referring to Spencer
Tracy and William Powell as “Gentlemen.”

While MGM and Hal Roach studios produced the **Our
Gang/Little Rascals** comedies, Rooney portrayed
Mickey “himself” McGuire in 78 short subject comedies
for Columbia Pictures. When asked if there was a
rivalry between his gang and the Little Rascals,
Rooney replied,

“No, we were all professionals. Afterall, we were in
the same business!”

Mickey's gang included Little Billy Barty, the
“sinister dwarf“ who Goldie Hawn threw out a San
Francisco window in her thriller comedy, "Foul
Play." Of Billy Barty, Rooney said, “He was a great
guy.” Rooney was also an influence for Walter Disney,
who changed the name of his immortal mouse from
“Mortimer“ to “Mickey.“

When not performing in motion pictures, Rooney
performs in nightclubs and live theatres. He recently
performed a tour of "Cinderella" with his favorite
costar, Jan (Chamberlin) Rooney.

Family is his chief priority. During his acceptance
speech for the Legend Award, Rooney stressed the
importance of family and implored film makers to make
more family friendly motion pictures. Mickey Rooney
would like to see more musicals on the big screen.

Until he met Jan Chamberlin in the 1970s, the
marriages of Mickey Rooney had been the punch line for
comedians from Johnny Carson to Dean Martin Roasts.
Yet his current marriage to Jan Rooney has endured for
over 31 years. I couldn't resist asking Mickey Rooney
for a dating tip; Mickey Rooney replied;

“Find somebody you can respect and who is a lady. It
isn't easy today, women don't know what it is liked to
be treated like a lady, but treat her like a lady.“
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

The LOST Caddyshack trailer

Thanks to YouTube, this lost "Caddyshack" trailer has resurfaced and here we go!!!

Meet Cindy Morgan and attend a free screening at

Old Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
219 SW 2nd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 463-4431