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by MichiganJ
May 30th, 2008, 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 423
Views: 78185

ChiO, West is a fine album. Many of the songs are about Lucinda’s mother who had recently died, but the album isn’t somber. My favorite is still Car Wheels (do you have the Deluxe Edition? The second disc is live and it ROCKS...) So far Ah Um is the only Mingus I have. I’m more into Davis and Coltra...
by MichiganJ
May 30th, 2008, 4:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 423
Views: 78185

Found this thread late but I’ll toss in my 2-cents: I like most kinds of music (I admit I don’t get rap/hip-hop) so here’s a list of the CD’s I’ve recently listened to (they are still on my desk, waiting for me to re-shelve them): Elvis Costello and the Imposters--momofuku Nick Drake--Fruit Tree Jet...
by MichiganJ
May 30th, 2008, 3:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Karajan and his directors
Replies: 7
Views: 1837

I’m really sorry I didn’t get to see this, it sounds fantastic. I rather like Karajan, particularly the Brahms Symphonies (although I prefer Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony), but nobody could touch Karajan and the Berlin when performing Richard Strauss (in my humble opinion). Generally my taste...
by MichiganJ
May 30th, 2008, 2:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: American Movie (1999)
Replies: 1
Views: 685

This is a documentary after my own heart. Being born before video cameras, I never had the chance to make my own movies. My parents wouldn’t dare getting a ten-year old a super-8 camera because they knew I’d be shooting rolls and rolls of film (and needing it developed, which would add up fast). Tha...
by MichiganJ
May 30th, 2008, 12:33 pm
Forum: Welcome New Members!
Topic: Hello
Replies: 12
Views: 12460

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! Being new to forums, I was a bit apprehensive in jumping in, but everyone has been so friendly (and understanding), that I already feel at home. Again, thanks. Klondike, I appreciate the comments about the length of my musings. I do tend to ramble, though, and I...
by MichiganJ
May 30th, 2008, 10:13 am
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: Karloff, Lugosi or Chaney (Jr.)?
Replies: 22
Views: 6046

Hi Chris, I completely agree. The only bad thing about home video is the loss of discovering these amazing films on late-night TV (I, too, missed many an episode of Scooby-Doo in order to see the Wolfman battle the Frankenstein Monster [the Monster obviously won, by the way!]). In New York (Jersey, ...
by MichiganJ
May 30th, 2008, 9:26 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Birth of a Nation (1915): A New Perspective
Replies: 56
Views: 11991

I still believe that Griffith never intended to make a racist film and was confounded by the accusations when the film was released. I suspect that confronted by the vitriol (coupled with the film’s mega-success), Griffith felt the need to protect his work of art (which is what Birth is, among other...
by MichiganJ
May 29th, 2008, 10:59 am
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: Karloff, Lugosi or Chaney (Jr.)?
Replies: 22
Views: 6046

The first time I saw Bride of Frankenstein was on Creature Features on a Saturday night. Outside, the weather was storming, lightening and thunder (what better way to watch a horror movie?) I distinctly remember being terrified when the Monster was rampaging around the cemetery when my father, who s...
by MichiganJ
May 29th, 2008, 10:41 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Birth of a Nation (1915): A New Perspective
Replies: 56
Views: 11991

I am very interested in reading this book. I think context does play some part in the racism discussion, and it appears that this is what Melvyn Stoke’s book provides. Considering Dixon’s original book and how adamantly Griffith defended his film and its content as historically true, it’s hard not t...
by MichiganJ
May 28th, 2008, 9:15 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 319999

I agree that this is a great collection. While a secondary character in Ace of Hearts , Chaney gives a standout performance. I have a little trouble with Leatrice Joy’s character, however. She plays Lilith, the sole woman committed to the “cause”, only to completely renounce the “cause” after a nigh...
by MichiganJ
May 28th, 2008, 7:15 am
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: Karloff, Lugosi or Chaney (Jr.)?
Replies: 22
Views: 6046

Since all three gave such terrific performances as their ‘monsters’, I find it difficult to pick just one. It’s interesting that Chaney was the only one to play all three monsters (four, if you include the Mummy, and why wouldn’t you?), but it’s unfair to compare his Frankenstein monster to that of ...
by MichiganJ
May 28th, 2008, 6:25 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924) and Swedish silent cinema
Replies: 30
Views: 7564

It’s great news that Kino is releasing the Sjöström DVD’s. Just last week I re-watched the Kino laserdisc of The Outlaw and His Wife and was again taken with the spectacular scenery as well as the natural performances. I suppose it’s best to wait until the release of the DVD to discuss the film furt...
by MichiganJ
May 27th, 2008, 5:14 pm
Forum: Welcome New Members!
Topic: Hello
Replies: 12
Views: 12460

Hello

Hello. My name is Kevin and I’m new to this board (and posting in forums at all), so please forgive me if I’m doing this incorrectly. I’ve loved movies since I got my very own (albeit used) 8mm projector for Christmas when I was eight years old (and discovered how wonderful it was to watch the 4-min...

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