HELLO Mr. Grey...
Sounds like a challenge!
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha... To quote Mr. T.. "I pity the fool" who would try.
No, it's true. Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) in Shadow of a Doubt is basically a vampire. The opening tips us off with that. Not in the strictest of sense, mind you. He does cavort in the daytime. But he's certainly a bloodsucker (widows). Jack Graham (Macdonald Carey) basically plays "Van Helsing". Here's the "plague" coming to town. Notice the shot differences:
Now that you put it that way, I totally get it. I think you are drawing a good comparison. He was definitely a monster, to be sure.
How are you related
Ha. HOW indeed!! I used to ask myself that question ALL the time (when I was a teenager)
More films I have watched
I have seen at least a few from your newest batch:
The Story of Mankind (1957 Saw it several years ago. Not a big fan. (to borrow from you.. tedious is a good word, if I am remembering it correctly)
Of Mice and Men (1939) I have not seen this version, but I saw a more modern one several years ago. Not sure I could handle sitting through the telling of that particular tale all over again. Once more, I will agree with you (don't get used to it.. ha) "Sad and Dark" are perfect words for it. It is a hard story to watch play out.
Samson and Delilah (1949) Meh. I often like Demille (at least more than some folks) but this particular one is not too high on the list for me. (I do like the big crashing moment at the end.. but hey! That is not because of Demille. He just had good material work from)
The Mating Game (1959) Not my MOST favorite Debbie movie.. but I do like it. It's fun. (and funny!) And I like seeing Tony Randall get a chance to be "the hero" usually he plays the "born loser" or the "weasel"
The Last Starfighter (1984) It's a good "popcorn" movie. Just sit down and have fun with it.. and then walk away. ha. Can't say it's a "great" movie, but I do enjoy watching it just for fun. Not often, but will pull it out, maybe once every 10 or 15 years. We watched it with the kidteen several months ago. She thought it was a fun story.. but she was NOT impressed with the 80's technology special effects. (ha. she kept comparing it to poor Benny in the Lego Movie.. "Spaceship, spaceship")
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) I have only seen this movie one time. (and this is another one that for me would be too hard to watch again. At least that is how I remember it) I really struggled with some of it, anyway. I agree that Telly Savalas was very sympathetic. But boy.. he was about the only one I remember feeling that way toward. But to be fair.. I really have no strong memory for much of the story (or the characters) I had even forgotten that Thelma was in it. I just remember the impressions that certain parts of the story line gave me (at least with regard to the main character) and that is likely why I was not as much of a fan of this film as others might be. (that and the fact that I am just not too huge on Burt in general, so that might have had some effect on things too.) But the QT is a fan. He's seen it several times. And we DO quote a line from this movie around here once in a while. Every so often, the QT will say "Don't mash him" sometimes when he is handing me something fragile to carry.. ha. In fact that is WHY I saw this movie in the first place, because he used to say that line to me every now and then, and he would say it was from Birdman of Alcatraz.. so then I had to watch it just to hear that line in context.
The Paleface (1948) Saw this when I was a kid.. I remember thinking it was funny THEN.. but I don't really remember it NOW, so I honestly can't say why.
Superman II (1980) - I've seen most of this film before but never from start to finish. Terence Stamp is clearly the attraction here. He's a strong super villain, showing the perfect narcissism that is needed. Also loved Sarah Douglas and Jack O'Halloran as Zod's (Stamp) comrades. The film is much more romantic than your typical superhero pic.
This film came out my Senior year of highschool and I can remember going to the theater to watch it. (woo.. I am OLD) ha. I can't say Superman II was AS good as the FIRST Superman movie (of this series) but I DID like it well enough. You are right, Zod was menacing (and so were his cohorts) They were probably the best part (for me) The romance I would have to say was not so big a deal (to me) I liked it better when she did NOT know who he was for sure. (but maybe that is just me) But I think the reason I liked #1 better is I just loved Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor. He MADE that movie for me.. ha. So it was hard for me to get as much enjoyment out of the second movie because I really wanted him to be the main bad guy again. He just wasn't as much fun (to me) in this one. But I guess as sequels go.. this one lives up ok to the first movie, overall. I would say if you watch number one and two together.. they match up pretty well. But alas, I made the sad.. so very sad mistake of watching number three. Shoulda stopped at number two. ha. (it went downhill...wwaaaaaaaay, waaaaaaay down hill after that)
RE: your revisit of Big Trouble in Little China (1986) - Kurt Russell playing the "Duke". Hahahahaha... maybe in some sort of whacked out alternate universe. But hey, if I remember this movie correctly.. THAT is not so far fetched after all. All things considered.
I was working at a local TV station in L.A. in the mid 70's and directing a interview show called "The Movie makers". Well, Our guest on one show was Irwin Allen. After the interview I went into the studio and the host introduced me to Irwin Allen. He told Allen that I had worked as film consultant on the just released Warner Bros. 50th anniversary albums. Mr. Allen looked at me and said "I though they could have been better". Not thinking, I replied "I though the same about "The Story of Mankind". Mr. Allen just looked at me, turned and walked away....