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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby feaito » July 25th, 2012, 2:36 pm

I watched the ending of Pygmalion and was watching the beginning of the beautiful print that TCM aired of "Berkeley Square" (1933) -much, much better than the bootleg available on youtube- and the connection broke off. :cry:

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby MichiganJ » July 25th, 2012, 2:53 pm

I saw The Beasts of the Southern Wild, and there's no doubt in my mind that Quvenzhané Wallis will be the youngest person ever nominated for best actress. All of the performances--mostly, I believe, from first-time actors--are terrific, and the direction, by first-time director Benh Zeitlin, is also pretty great. (He just needs to take it a bit easy with the hand-held camera.)

Seen through the eyes of six-year old Hushpuppy, she, her ill father, and the other inhabitants of the small community located outside of the levee, somewhere in the south (aka: New Orleans), are determined to stay in their squalid surroundings, even after they are flooded by a huge storm. Because this is a tale told by a six-year old, there is a bit of wonderful magic, and the film is also filled with allegories that will have you thinking long after seeing it.

So far, the best movie I've seen this year.
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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby JackFavell » July 25th, 2012, 3:37 pm

That movie sounds really good, Mich! I am a big fan of anything told from the point of view of children.

Alison, 1st place belongs to

My Man Godfrey,
2nd - Pygmalion,
3rd is The Miracle of Morgan's Creek,
4th is Harold and Maude.

5th is up for grabs, with Curse of the Cat People, Gun Crazy, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Third Man and A Star is Born(1937) all vying and moving into that spot at different times. Any of the top 9 can switch up into the top 4 at a moments notice (sometimes all it takes is to watch one of them again), but generally, those movies stay pretty solidly at the top of my list.

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby knitwit45 » July 25th, 2012, 8:17 pm

my avatar is just for you, Jacks!!!

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Postby JackFavell » July 26th, 2012, 8:50 am

Ooh, thanks, Nan! how lovely to see my dear Godfrey every time I come here. You'll have to post more! :D

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Postby knitwit45 » July 26th, 2012, 12:21 pm

isn't that a marvelous photo? I think it is more an artist's rendition, but however it was done....I love it.

Didn't realize that was your favorite movie..it is one of my top ones, also. Haven't really given much thought as to what goes where, it seems whenever I see one I love, it jumps to first place...until the next one comes along. :roll: :roll: :roll: I know, just a fickle woman! :lol: :lol:

I have a 'knitting' tee shirt that says, "I am not easily distracted...Oh look, YARN!" Kind of sums up my whole personality :oops: :oops:

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Postby charliechaplinfan » July 26th, 2012, 1:44 pm

I wasn't all that taken with My Man Godfrey first time around, I revisited it last year when we had the screwball contest, seeing as so many members loved it and I rated it far higher after the second viewing, I haven't watched The Miracle of Morgan's Creek or Harold and Maude yet. No Charles Boyer :shock: I don't think I could put my favourite films in order, I could put my favourite stars in a collective order, even with them it depends on my mood but the same 10 or so always remain at the top.

Last night I watched Tarnished Angels [spoilers ahead] a second Douglas Sirk movie starring Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone and Rock Hudson. I guess mose ladies would go for Rock Hudson but his role was as an onlooker, Robert Stack's character was far more interesting although he doesn;t have much to say much is conveyed. Of course I thought his flyer was a chauvanist, an awful man who used his wife and his son whilst selfishly devoting himself to flying but he goes too far by asking his wife to go to another man to get him another plane to fly after his first plane burns up. Jack Carson plays his mechanic Jiggs who seems to hang around in part for Stack's lovely wife played by Dorothy Malone and how she shines here as the woman completely in love with her man but trapped because he doesn't love or appreciate her. Rock Hudson is the journalist who allows them to board in his rooms and develops a connection to Dorothy/Laverne one what she rejects when her husband dies in the borrowed plane. My only critcism is that it was so obvious what was going to happen to Stack's character. Very different to Written on the Wind starring these three and Lauren Bacall.
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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby kingrat » July 26th, 2012, 3:21 pm

I'm a big fan of THE TARNISHED ANGELS. This is one of the films where Robert Stack actually seems to be acting. Though it isn't a noir, the lighting is very noirish. It's easy to believe that three very different men would fall for Dorothy Malone.

Over the weekend I saw two entertaining Howard Hawks films, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT for the first time in years and, for the first time ever, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES . What they have in common is the deliberate effort to build their stars' screen personas. TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT is fun, very talky, with noirish shadows from time to time, but not really to be taken too seriously, despite the overt theme of commitment to the anti-Nazi cause. What's more serious is the flirtation style of Bacall and Bogart. Hawks gives Walter Brennan free rein to empty his bag of tricks, and though Brennan has some engaging moments, I couldn't help feeling sorry for anyone who had to act in a scene with him. I prefer the more restrained Brennan of NOBODY LIVES FOREVER and HANGMEN ALSO DIE.

Bogart called Bacall "Slim" in the Hawks film, a nickname which would not be appropriate for the curvaceous Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. Love the Technicolor of GENTLEMEN, love the costumes, have to shake my head at the homoerotic choreography of Jack Cole in the "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?" number. With the artificiality of Marilyn's Lorelei Lee and with Jane made up like Marilyn in the court scene, the film veers closer at times to a drag show than you might expect. As usual, Jane Russell seems to be the down-home gal next door who just happens to be a gorgeous movie star. By the way, Hawks gets his name above the title. The credits are "Jane Russell [and] Marilyn Monroe in Howard Hawks' GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES." That shows how high his status was in the early 1950s (or how sharp his agent was). Apparently they liked casting Marilyn opposite shy bookish types, Tommy Noonan here and David Wayne in HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE, but I don't know why they cast the little-known Elliot Reid as Jane's leading man.

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby JackFavell » July 26th, 2012, 3:49 pm

I knew you were going to mention Boyer! The Earrings of Madame de... would probably come in 10th.

I love every single moment of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, kingrat, I think it's purposefully kitschy. I watched it again too, and it went way up in my estimation. Perhaps Elliot Reid was the perfect choice? He's certainly no distraction from Marilyn and Jane. Personally, I find Tommy Noonan strangely attractive in a Wally Cox way in this movie. Also love David Wayne in anything. :D

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Postby charliechaplinfan » July 26th, 2012, 4:32 pm

I love Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, it's such a fun film.

I knew Boyer had to be in there somewhere. I'd have to have an Ophuls movie in my list but whether it be Madame De or Letter From an Unknown Woman I'm not sure.
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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby movieman1957 » July 26th, 2012, 4:42 pm

When I saw "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" all I could think was what a sleazy movie. I'm usually not so prudish but I thought it was cheapened the ladies. They seemed desperate but that is just my take on it.
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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby JackFavell » July 26th, 2012, 4:59 pm

Chris: I liked it! (Lina Lamont voice) :D

For me, Alison, Madame De... would be hands down above the other Ophuls. Probably because of Boyer mainly, but all the actors in it have supreme control over the frail nuances of romantic despair. The story is more mature, and seems to me to be just a bit more intricate. But I love all the Ophuls movies I've seen so far.

I wanted to write earlier that watching Berkeley Square with SOTM Leslie Howard was a real treat! Thanks to RO and TCM for making this one available to see. I enjoyed it very much, thought that the story was really different, showing how awful the reality of time travel might be. Howard was so melancholy as the man who thought he was born in the wrong time (modern day), only to find he can't deal with living in the past he has chosen. Heather Angel was excellent as Howard's beloved Helen, so far, she has never disappointed me in the few movies I've seen with her. Does anyone know why her career petered out? I found the story engrossing and did shed tears at the end from the power of the two leads performances.

I do wish it had been directed with more style and pace. The mise en scene could have been incredible but I thought that Frank Lloyd's direction was just adequate here. It's a shame, he did a couple other movies that were very good, even magical, but this one just bothered me a tad. You have all of Hollywood's magic at your disposal, and yet there was no real magic for me at the moment when Howard goes back in time. Just a shot of the door opening into the house from the outside during modern times, then a cut to a shot of the door opening slowly on the inside seemingly by itself into 1784, and that's it. Now you are in the past, and there is nothing interesting about it. A few blurred dissolves were all Lloyd had up his sleeve as a director?

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby movieman1957 » July 26th, 2012, 5:05 pm

I know that I am alone in my thought on that movie.
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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby knitwit45 » July 26th, 2012, 5:09 pm

Chris, you may be looking at GPB with today's sensibility, rather than stepping back in time?? By today's awareness, it is, I agree, an appalling movie...but by 1950's standards, just a hoot of a movie. But you know, this is why we come here to share our opinions and views...Bless the SSO!!!!! :lol:

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby JackFavell » July 26th, 2012, 5:12 pm

Hear hear! :D

I can certainly see the sleaze factor, Chris. It must be my natural element! :D


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