The Money Pit

The Heartbreak Kid

Sixty-four years ago today, one of Alec Guinness’ best films hit U.S. screens – Henry Cass’ darkly comedic Last Holiday. Guinness plays George Bird, a boring bachelor in a boring job who goes for a routine check-up and finds out he has a deadly and incurable disease. Upon his doctor’s advice he decides to clear out his savings and make the most of his final days, checking into a luxurious hotel. It is a choice that paints his remaining time with the most wicked irony. Having a moment to stop and live rather than work and worry, George earns all the fortune his life had been missing – friendship, love and professional success that he can’t act upon. Except, this is a wildly dark comedy with enough cruel life twists that make George’s experience anything but simple. Though its wickedness is irresistible, the film has been tragically forgotten, its themes only vaguely living on in Joe Versus the Volcano until it finally got remake in 2006. But George became Georgia, Queen Latifah was cast, and the film excised all the darkness that made the 1950 film such an atypical treat in order to whip up a chipper and typical comedy full of good tidings and bolstered by Latifah’s charm. Though we always lament the obvious remakes, there are many more where the source material is forgotten, wiped away because the remake came so long ago, or because the remake was so terrible that no one ever wanted to look beyond […]

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The Money Pit house

Houses famously used as movie locations are often up for sale, and usually their listings make the rounds on movie blogs. Yeah, it’s neat when Cameron’s home from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or the farmhouse from Field of Dreams or the Home Alone home hit the real estate market, but it’s not funny. But the idea of buying “the money pit” from The Money Pit is pretty hilarious, right? After all, the mansion was one of the few non-horror-movie abodes to make our list of cinematic houses you don’t want to live in a while back. What makes the news of its actual listing, via the New York Times, even funnier is that the price is a whopping $12.5m. No, actually the funny part is that the current owners of the Long Island home — which goes by the name The Northway House — bought the thing as, yep, a money pit. Back in 2002, Rich and Christina Makowsky paid $2.125m, which was low for the area. That’s because it was falling apart. “We definitely could have done the sequel,” Rich is quoted as saying to the Times (he’s kinda joking, but I’d have watched that doc option). If only they’d paid more attention to the rumors at the time. Or read the New York Post article from 2001 (when it was listed at $2.95m) warning that “if life does imitate art, you may want to avoid buying this house” and referencing brokers who disputed Sotheby’s claim that it had been renovated to “aesthetically and technically […]

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moviesontv

The movie industry has become something of a whipping boy in recent years. Not only have we seen a tidal wave of articles arguing that TV has become the new place to go for real, important art in the wake of high-minded and beloved series like The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad, but there has also been a ton of sentiment spreading that that movie industry is just plain out of ideas. In addition to the ridiculous amount of sequels and reboots that have filled up the Hollywood release schedule, there have also been a noticeable amount of TV shows that have been turned into feature films recently. Whether this is just an attempt to market consumers something that has a title they’re familiar with or is an admission that TV is the only medium still coming up with good ideas is arguable, but the trend is undeniable. Starting sometime in the 90s and lasting all the way to today we’ve seen an avalanche of old TV shows becoming new movies—The Addams Family, The Brady Bunch, Starsky & Hutch, Mission: Impossible, Charlie’s Angels, Miami Vice, The A-Team, The Man From UNCLE—the list goes on and on. And that’s not taking into account TV shows that made the jump to the big screen without being re-imagined, like The X-Files, South Park, The Simpsons, Sex and the City, or Veronica Mars. A string of news reports from over the weekend makes it seem like this trend could possibly be […]

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10 Cinematic Houses That Should Be Foreclosed

We know it’s technically a buyer’s market right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to rush into buying a property – especially if the chairs are going to rearrange themselves or you’re going to end up being raped by trees. Be a smart consumer and avoid these listings.

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