I haven’t done one of these lighthearted fashion in film posts for ages and since I’m up with nothing better to do (ok there are many better things but I can’t be bothered right now) due to an annoying, pampered Summer Solstice child who due to his birth date and misconceptions got everything whilst I the Winter Solstice child got hell (not that I would want the ridiculously overdone/overkill/pompous life he has either). As usual though, what most people don’t realize and as it isn’t what is purported the Winter Solstice is actually the Light Bringer, and the Summer one the Fore-shadower of Darkness so with people being people separate everything making opposites instead of balance and unity, they put positive connotations and treatment on the Summer and vice versa. Really each day is both for the whole planet (yin & yang) but per location is seen as one Solstice at a time; the Summer being the shining glory/the peak of the empire about to fall and the Winter one more poignant/potent given this planet’s proximity to the moon along with the significance of the sun – ‘darkness and light as one, the light [Summer] chases away the darkness but makes the shadow deeper, the darkness [Winter] holds the light but has light of its own so dark it…’ (Like the way both ice and fire burn.) I’m not saying the Summer Solstice child has it easy but there’s plenty of compensations and indulgence. The Summer Solstice child is selfish, takes and is lauded; the Winter Solstice child gives, is taken from and hidden/made unsightly.
Anyway The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) is basically a film about a uni (though the maths questions they get are secondary school level) student who gets a lot smarter than he is and more popular than he should be by accident (caused by his own stupidity, how could he not know that and still get into uni-level Physics)? A bit like being born into a wealthy family and becoming a z-list celebrity in reality but A-list status without merit. Starring Kurt Russell, he did other films like this for Buena Vista/Walt Disney such as The Barefoot Executive (1971), Now You See Him, Now You Don’t (1972) and The Strongest Man in the World (1975). They’re also akin to the Flubber films.
This film features some beautiful suits.
Thankfully there are no MIB Men in Black suits in here though one borders it (the mafia, casino owning guy above avoiding the paint) – but at least he’s not wearing sunglasses. What is with that ridiculous look, the whole suit or half suit with leather/ette outwear and/or gloves – they look like dumbasses (oh wait…)
I liked the way that the makeup for the guys didn’t cover their freckles and moles as is normal to do nowadays like they’re some kind of imperfection or something to be embarrassed/ashamed of (not talking about large, ‘disfiguring’ ones where professional makeup really does help people feel better and more confident.)
Also throughout the film Kurt stuffs his face with food, lucky b*stard (albeit gross food). Ha if he lived in a place that gets cold from mid-late August and freezing through to mid-Spring he’d not only afford heating but ramp it up! I have swollen fingers from typing as usual and they’re almost numb with the cold, thankfully kitty is no longer hogging my bed so I can sit down again!