I’ve been making my way through this, and it’s fantastic, as usual.
As a Martin Short fan, I was tickled to see TCM honor him. However, the choice of highlighted movies was a bit mystifying:
Now, Innerspace is a solid movie (it was directed by Joe Dante; if he’s made a bad movie, I haven’t seen it) but…Clifford? I mean, really? Over Three Amigos, Captain Ron, Pure Luck, etc, etc?
I remember when Clifford came out. The TV spots made 11 year-old me say “I love Martin Short, but this new movie of his looks stupid.”. Plus, I remember the movie being a financial load in the backyard of it’s respective studio. So…why the spotlight on it now, TCM?
One of my favorite Martin Short movies: Jungle 2 Jungle. Sure, he’s kind of an annoying shrill in it at times, but I’ve always liked that movie. I saw it on an eighth grade field trip, and when that Batman & Robin trailer started, everyone in the theater went nuts with excitement (as did I, albeit in a reserved, quiet fashion).
Also, Leelee Sobieski played Short’s daughter. She and I are the same age, so did I have a crush on her after seeing J2J in '97? You. bet. I. did. Also, her name sounds like “Leeloo”, from The Fifth Element. Jungle 2 Jungle came out in the Spring of '97, so she had a couple months ahead of Leeloo’s debut on May 9th, 1997. In any event, my summer of that fantastic year was spent dreaming of those two lovely ladies…and getting ready for my Freshman year of high school, but really, let’s be honest: I already had my priorities in place, and they weren’t school-based.