Saturday, May 28, 2016

Fried Green Tomatoes: #SaturdayMatinee

I can't remember the last time I watched Fried Green Tomatoes! Even after watching the trailer, I'm so old I can't remember the half of it! 

(Pssst. I'm not really that old but it's my birthday so, like Kathy Bates, I'm feelin' it, you know?)

The movie, based on the book by Fannie Flagg, came out in January of 1992. My father was dying in a hospital in Sherman Oaks from liver disease that month so I wasn't spending much time going to the movies; in a surprising bit of synchronicity, Carol Sobieski who co-wrote the Academy Award nominated screenplay with Flagg, died from liver cancer just before the film came out.

Beautiful, British born Jessica Tandy was nominated for best supporting actress. She was a ripe old eighty at the time with a half century of film work behind her including her Oscar winning turn in Driving Miss Daisy and Cocoon, with Nobody's Fool still to come. She lost out to Mercedes Ruehl in The Fisher King. I'm sure she didn't give a fig. 

Of course the movie belongs to marvelous Kathy Bates and even I remember that classic scene where she gets the last word on those younger women in the parking lot.

Fried Green Tomatoes, this week's Saturday Matinee, also stars Mary-Louise Parker and Mary Stuart Masterson along with Cicely Tyson and Chris O'Donnell. 

The film is available to stream on Amazon, Vudu, iTunes, YouTube, GooglePlay for about three bucks. Check your Netflix account, like a lot of great films, it comes and goes. 

And because it is my birthday, a look at the 'best birthday ever' scene from the film.

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