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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby JackFavell » October 6th, 2014, 10:20 am

That would be a fascinating topic for discussion in a thread, Chris... drinking in the movies is quite often a liberating experience. Well, before The Lost Weekend and the kitchen sink films of the fifties. No wait, that time frame goes out the window... just thought of A Star is Born and What Price Hollywood and Lilly Turner. I guess it just depends on the genre. But still, I think it's a topic worth exploring further.

I just watched Gravet in the presumed to be awful film Fools for Scandal, with Carole Lombard. (Lina Lamont voice here) I liked it! Wasn't this film supposed to be a big bomb?

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Postby movieman1957 » October 6th, 2014, 10:45 am

Mostly in the 30s they are happy drunks. I thought of "The Lost Weekend" when I wrote it thinking that is about the time the sensibility may have changed. I don't know enough about "Fools For Scandal" to be any help.

I was wondering where you found that picture of me for your avatar.
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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby JackFavell » October 6th, 2014, 10:50 am

I was looking through your childhood scrapbook recently and found that lovely photo of you, Chris. High school wasn't good to you was it? :D

Not that I should talk....

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Postby movieman1957 » October 6th, 2014, 11:28 am

Thanks for making me laugh. I needed it.

Now, to talk to my mother about my pictures.
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Postby JackFavell » October 6th, 2014, 11:39 am

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Postby kingrat » October 10th, 2014, 3:16 pm

Did anyone else see The Trip to Italy? Gorgeous scenery, great shots of food (I could have done with more attention to this), and I loved all the visits to places Byron and Shelley had been during their travels to Italy.

The gimmick is that two actors or TV personalities I've never heard of, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, go to Italy. Coogan fades into the background. Brydon is the dominant one, or at least the one who rarely shuts up. He likes to do impersonations. Some are very good (Michael Caine, Hugh Grant) and some are not (Gore Vidal, for one). The funniest bit comes early on, when Brydon devastates The Dark Knight Returns, riffing on a director's assistant desperately trying to understand a mumbling Christian Bale and a totally incomprehensible Tom Hardy.

The movie devolves all too quickly into gorgeous shots of scenery interspersed with--gasp! how did they ever think of something as original as this?--Godfather imitations. Sort of like an "I went to Italy and all I got was this lousy Godfather imitation" T-shirt.

But oh, those Italian vistas!

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Postby ChiO » October 10th, 2014, 4:07 pm

No impersonations of George Sanders and Ingrid Bergman?

We recently saw LOVE IS STRANGE (Ira Sachs 2014). I kept thinking of MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (Leo McCarey 1937).

I liked John Lithgow, but Alfred Molina was fabulous. Just two guys very much in love. But nobody wants them when individually they become intrusions.

The ending had me smiling and near tears.

Oh, and I never mind watching Marisa Tomei, for whom I will forever have a crush.
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Postby kingrat » October 10th, 2014, 6:25 pm

Impersonations of George Sanders and Ingrid Bergman would help! They do visit the room with the skulls which freaks Ingrid out in Viaggio in Italia. Somehow, Rossellini used it more effectively. This is also true of Wyler, Fellini, and other directors of famous films set in Italy which are referenced in the film.

We have not seen Love Is Strange, which would hit home for us because we know a couple who lost their jobs at a Catholic church when they got married. One had been music director for years. The other (who was a brilliant computer technician before he had an aneurysm) was doing janitorial work, and had converted to Catholicism because people at the church had been so kind to him. The priest wanted them to stay, but a few rich and influential people in the congregation did not.

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Postby CineMaven » October 20th, 2014, 10:43 pm

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Hung out at the Film Forum today. “MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON” was going to be my filler for the double bill I went to see. I was really waiting for the fireworks of “STATE OF THE UNION.” ( Whew! Lansbury! ) Well I haven’t seen “Mr. Smith...” in its entirety in ages and I’ve got to tell you, it packed an unexpected emotional wallop for me. I see just why James Stewart became a star. As Jefferson Smith he was the heart, soul and conscience of the movie. He carried that film and didn’t overplay his hand. He was affable, sincere, passionate and idealistic; yes, all those things. Stewart was a lamb brought to slaughter. He gets raked over the coals by powerful politicians. It hurt so much, it was painful to see him betrayed... BUT, rousing to see his eyes opened and use what he’s learned.

Behind him all the way, teaching, coaching, guiding him was Jean Arthur. She was wonderful. In-Washington-too-long, I believed her as the jaded, cynical reporter, wet nurse to political newbies. I have to keep re-discovering Jean, because I have NOT...yet...learned ...my... lesson...with...her. She’s a gem in this, and helps Stewart navigate through the muck and mire that is Washington. ( Not much has changed in that regard. ) Her cynicism melts in the face of his idealism and blossoms into love.

Capra pits Boy vs. Man, The Individual vs. The Machine; Small Town vs. Corporate. Of course you know how it’s going to turn out but dammit you root for it anyway. In spite of myself, Capra grabs me by my collar and never lets me go. I smiled in recognition at the many many character actors dotting the landscape.

While “State of the Union” appealed to my brain, “Mr. Smith...” appealed to heart. My tears ( yes, tears ) were for Jefferson Smith ( an Oscar-worthy, star-making performance by Jimmy Stewart ) for fighting the good fight. My tears were also for America; the America that was. Maybe for the America that never was...but an America I want to believe in.
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Postby RedRiver » October 21st, 2014, 1:43 pm

While “State of the Union” appealed to my brain, “Mr. Smith...” appealed to heart

You've just summed up the effectiveness of Frank Capra. Especially those I consider the four great ones. SMITH, DEEDS, DOE and that Christmas movie! American classics.

Will the CINE-TOR please yield?

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Postby CharlieT » October 21st, 2014, 2:34 pm

Went to our local "atmosphere" theater this past Sunday with my daughter to watch Poltergeist. Planning on going this next weekend to see Psycho and the following weekend to see Ghostbusters. Hoping they show some of the older Christmas movies this December like they did last year, Something about seeing them on the big screen.
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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby CineMaven » October 21st, 2014, 6:47 pm

While “State of the Union” appealed to my brain, “Mr. Smith...” appealed to heart
RedRiver wrote:You've just summed up the effectiveness of Frank Capra. Especially those I consider the four great ones. SMITH, DEEDS, DOE and that Christmas movie! American classics.

I agree with you wholeheartedly Red. I do have to be "in-the-mood" to watch them. But when I settle in and watch...I'm IN!

Will the CINE-TOR please yield?


I WILL ( to you ) because that is the BEST PLAY ON WORDS ( for my nom de plume ) THAT YOU'VE EVER GIVEN ME. OMG!!! You have to get a "BRILLIANT!!!" :D :D :D

Well, I'm off to see Ulmer and Constance Bennett. I won't come up for air until tomorrow evening! :mrgreen:
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Postby RedRiver » November 7th, 2014, 12:29 pm

I caught a little bit of THE LAST COMMAND on yet another bizarre cable channel. Sterling Hayden as Jim Bowie at the Alamo! It looked good. I had seen it once before, but that was MANY years ago. Arthur Hunnicutt plays an unrefined Davy Crockett. Richard Carlson the valiant Col. Travis. I only watched the last half hour, but I couldn't fault it if I tried. The film was directed by Frank Lloyd.

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Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby kingrat » November 7th, 2014, 1:46 pm

Speaking of Capra, I recently saw Meet John Doe. Our much missed buddy Kyle Kersten has pointed out the importance that one of the first things we see is a jackhammer removing the newspaper's motto, "A free press for a free people." This is a very powerful image.

Like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, this is quite a dark film. Its view of the rich subverting the independent press and using populist sentiments for their own purposes rings true in a contemporary way (millions of dollars unleashed by the Citizens United decision just poured into our congressional district, all of it devoted to mud-slinging and trash-talking). Mr. Smith offers a beacon of light in James Stewart's heroic, if naive, idealism, and in Claude Rains' feelings of guilt, but not much changes in Meet John Doe, despite the optimism of the John Doe clubs. The editor gets a backbone, and Stanwyck finally rejects her part in the John Doe scheme. Structurally, the movie shifts away at the end from politics to the romance between Cooper and Stanwyck.

In Capra comedies like It Happened One Night and You Can't Take It With You, the rich are saved by their contact with ordinary American folks. The possibility of this politically is suggested in both Smith and Doe, but darkness and suicide aren't far away, either.

I liked Meet John Doe much more than expected, despite the long speeches at the center of the film about the success of the John Doe clubs and getting to know your neighbors. Barbara Stanwyck is, once again, excellent, and Gary Cooper is cast well here. By the way, I couldn't help noticing how jealous Walter Brennan was as Cooper becomes more involved with Stanwyck. I'm glad the script goes there. Although Glenn Ford and George Macready said they deliberately played a homosexual subtext in Gilda, I'm guessing Walter did not.

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Postby RedRiver » November 7th, 2014, 2:06 pm

A beautiful summation, King Rat! The shot of the jackhammer and the Free Press is monumental. As much as I love Capra's OTHER Christmas classic, this one is darker, more political, and ultimately better. The scene of John being crucified, I mean humiliated, at the convention is one of the greatest in cinema. The argument could be made that this is the great American movie. Someday, I just might make such a case!


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