Toy Box Movies, pt. 4 - Monday, April 27, 2015

We here at the American Treasure Tour know full well that the best way to spend a beautiful Spring weekend day is outside, hopefully avoiding chores and enjoying nice weather before it gets too hot.  Of course, the evenings are another story.  That's when it's best to pop some popcorn and sit in front of the television, watching movies.  We hope that reading our blog will give you inspiration - to visit us, of course, and to remember or discover new treasures.  We are currently writing about the movies that have posters on display here at the Tour.  Some of them are classics, some of them may be one day, some of them could never hope to be.  Tell us where you think today's movie is going to fall:  Last Man Standing.

Last Man Standing, released in 1996, stars Bruce Willis as John Smith, an unknown entity in a Texas border town during Prohibition.  When he notices the beautiful Felina, trouble begins.  She happens to be "Doyle's property."  Doyle is the gangster who effectively runs the small town of Jericho. Once John Smith appears on Doyle's radar, things get violent.  Directed by Walter Hill and inspired by Akira Kurosawa's film YojimboLast Man Standing was a box office bomb.  Critics complained that there were no likable characters in it, and the atmosphere was too dark to call it entertainment.  That said, you should make your own opinions!  Especially since it has such an awesome poster!
QUESTION:  What highly respected musician did the soundtrack for Last Man Standing?
A)  Mark Mothersbaugh
B)  Danny Elfman
C)  Ry Cooder
D)  Johnny Cash

BURN THE CAPITOL!  The War of 1812 is a largely misunderstood conflict in American history. The two most famous events were the burning of Washington, D.C. by the British military, and the writing of "The Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key in Baltimore Harbor.  Well, on this day in 1813, United States forces took over the Canadian seat of government, York (later renamed Toronto).  And yes, Americans burned their capitol.  The burning of D.C. the next year was more an act of vengeance than aggression.

CLEAN UP, OSCAR.  Philadelphia native Jack Klugman was born today in 1922.  When a student in Pittsburgh, his drama teacher recommended that he abandon his aspirations to act for a career in truck driving.  We can be glad he ignored that, as he would leave his mark in many popular films, including 1957's 12 Angry Men and 1962's Days of Wine and Roses, but more notably on television with The Odd Couple and Quincy, M.D.  

QUOTE:  Poverty can teach lessons that privilege cannot. - Jack Klugman

ANSWER:  C)  Ry Cooder
#Akira Kurosawa