Sunday, June 7, 2009

Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss

I had very fond memories of this Jean Shepherd film. It was hard to track down -- no DVD version available. Once I watched it, I saw why. It is not the best of his films. It has moments, without a doubt -- it was a collage of those moments I remembered watching 25 years ago. But it also has lots of dry patches, and gags that don't go over like they should. Oh well -- I still had fun seeing it again. And at the end, I realized why it really meant so much to me -- the parts I didn't consciously remember -- it's a movie about a boy and his father, finding peace at a lake, despite the whole world working against them.

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