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#2041 TheGayDivorcee

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 06:51 PM

Ken Burns' "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" docuseries on PBS

 

"...a testament to the truth of how pain and hardship can shape a person into an American hero. “All the Roosevelts were wounded people with something to overcome,”

 

http://www.pbs.org/k...about/overview/

I'm enjoying this even more than anticipated.  Peter Coyote must be one of the best narrators ever.  And it took me three episodes to realize that Meryl Streep is Eleanor!  


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Posted 18 September 2014 - 11:43 AM

Ken Burns' "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" docuseries on PBS

 

"...a testament to the truth of how pain and hardship can shape a person into an American hero. “All the Roosevelts were wounded people with something to overcome,”

 

http://www.pbs.org/k...about/overview/

I've been long anticipating this series (Ken Burns and his people always do a great job) and am enjoying it .  I've always been a history buff and have read much about both Pres. Roosevelts,; there is always something new to learn.


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Posted 18 September 2014 - 12:18 AM

Ken Burns' "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" docuseries on PBS

 

"...a testament to the truth of how pain and hardship can shape a person into an American hero. “All the Roosevelts were wounded people with something to overcome,”

 

http://www.pbs.org/k...about/overview/

I'm watching this too! Except I'm a little behind.  I'm on Part 1.


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 11:55 PM

Ken Burns' "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" docuseries on PBS

 

"...a testament to the truth of how pain and hardship can shape a person into an American hero. “All the Roosevelts were wounded people with something to overcome,”

 

http://www.pbs.org/k...about/overview/


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Posted 04 August 2014 - 10:47 PM

You find Power hopelessly bland (?????) in The Mark of Zorro? Iafitte, a person may be taken to the edge of a forest, but he can't be forced to see the beauty of the trees. :wacko:

 

Beauty ... according to whom?

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 06:24 AM

Halfway through The Mark of Zorro and struggling. I'm determined to get through it. I'm trying to give Tyrone Power the opportunity to show me that he is an actor. I blasted him on another thread and other posters were tolerant of me and went on to make thoughtful comments about TP that piqued my interest. Maybe he's not so bad after all.. So far, I don't feel he is so bad, but just hopelessly bland. He reads lines as if he knows from a textbook how to say them, but they are not a part of the character. There is distance between the character and the actor, and it hurts to see this.. If you're a girl, he is certainly eye candy, he looks great in those magnificent Spanish costumes. Linda Darnell is beautiful and is supposed to be 18 years old. I know, no fair making criticisms like that, it's just Hollywood. This Zorro character has to be played with a certain Romantic verve (note capital R) but Ty is not getting it done. Would Flynn be better?

You find Power hopelessly bland (?????) in The Mark of Zorro? Iafitte, a person may be taken to the edge of a forest, but he can't be forced to see the beauty of the trees. :wacko:



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 04:23 AM

laffite, now are you sure you're watching Ty??? LOL if you are, all I can say, as much as I adore you, YOU ARE HOPELESS !!! :D

 

"Yep."

 

I thought I would quote Coop because I have Cooperphobia as well as Powerphobia, but yep, it's Ty all right that I am seeing on my screen, unfortunately. But I'm trying. The only problem with trying to improve my perception of Tyrone Power is that in order to do that I have to watch a picture with Tyrone Power in it. I am still halfway through The Mark of Zorro and was thinking of dropping it altogether but James said that there was a good sword fight in it and I might have to watch the whole thing  just to see that. I noticed so far that in the Zorro sequences, he moves with marvelous agility and verve, I suspect that they run the film a little faster to achieve that effect. I don't think Ty could move that fast with those tight pants on.

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BTW, Lav, I'm hiding. How did you find me over here? How can I surreptitiously make snide comments about your favorite actor if you peek. As far as being hopeless, you may be right. I don't think you know this but one of my favorite movies is The Rains Came and you-know-who is in that one. Well, you'll be glad to know that he doesn't ruin the movie for me. Well, that's something, isn't it? Oh, Lav, I don't think I'm making any points here, am I?

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Lav, forgive me for making jokes, I am not hopeless, I shall overcome ... honest!

 

(maybe)

 

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 06:41 PM

Halfway through The Mark of Zorro and struggling. I'm determined to get through it. I'm trying to give Tyrone Power the opportunity to show me that he is an actor. I blasted him on another thread and other posters were tolerant of me and went on to make thoughtful comments about TP that piqued my interest. Maybe he's not so bad after all.. So far, I don't feel he is so bad, but just hopelessly bland. He reads lines as if he knows from a textbook how to say them, but they are not a part of the character. There is distance between the character and the actor, and it hurts to see this.. If you're a girl, he is certainly eye candy, he looks great in those magnificent Spanish costumes. Linda Darnell is beautiful and is supposed to be 18 years old. I know, no fair making criticisms like that, it's just Hollywood. This Zorro character has to be played with a certain Romantic verve (note capital R) but Ty is not getting it done. Would Flynn be better?

 

If one was to compare the adventure film The Adventure of Robin Hood to the Mark of Zorro,   to me the main difference is in tone related to the how the lead 'bad guy' is played;   Claude Rains versus Edward Bromberg.   Rains is clearly more sinister.   Bromberg plays the roles mostly for laughs until the end.   By the time Bromberg gets to be sinister it is hard to take him seriously.      Robin Hood has it light moments but to me these are balanced.   e.g.  when Olivia ask Flynn why he is doing what he is doing and Flynn takes Olivia to see the 'little people' he is fighting for.    We hear Flynn talk about ears being cutoff etc...    In Mark of Zorro,  the people are being tortured also,   but one would hardly know it based on how the film is directed.    At the start when the coach driver can't talk because he had his tongue cut out Power makes a joke about this.   

 

The Rathbone character does help keep Mark of Zorro grounded.   He is great in both pictures and the sword fight in Mark even tops that of Robin Hood.    I just find Mark of Zorro lacking the grit of the Warner Brothers Robin Hood picture.     I don't think having Flynn playing Zorro instead of Power would have made a difference.    Instead if Mark of Zorro had Crutiz as director and someone like Rains playing the heavy it might have been a great film instead of only a good one.   



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Posted 03 August 2014 - 05:11 PM

laffite, now are you sure you're watching Ty??? LOL if you are, all I can say, as much as I adore you, YOU ARE HOPELESS !!! :D

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 01:20 PM

Halfway through The Mark of Zorro and struggling. I'm determined to get through it. I'm trying to give Tyrone Power the opportunity to show me that he is an actor. I blasted him on another thread and other posters were tolerant of me and went on to make thoughtful comments about TP that piqued my interest. Maybe he's not so bad after all.. So far, I don't feel he is so bad, but just hopelessly bland. He reads lines as if he knows from a textbook how to say them, but they are not a part of the character. There is distance between the character and the actor, and it hurts to see this.. If you're a girl, he is certainly eye candy, he looks great in those magnificent Spanish costumes. Linda Darnell is beautiful and is supposed to be 18 years old. I know, no fair making criticisms like that, it's just Hollywood. This Zorro character has to be played with a certain Romantic verve (note capital R) but Ty is not getting it done. Would Flynn be better?

Flynn is always better in my book ;) 

I saw Power in The Razor's Edge and while I enjoyed the film, I couldn't help but feel unimpressed by Power afterward.  I agree that he's okay; but that's it.  If he was supposed to be Flynn's rival at Fox (I think he was Fox), there is no comparison, in my opinion.  While they both had the looks and fencing skills, Flynn's abundance of charisma more than gives him the edge over Power.  Plus, I think Flynn is much hotter too.  Haha.

 

I'll have to check out The Mark of Zorro someday and give Power another chance; but I doubt he'll ever surpass Flynn in my eyes.

 


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Posted 03 August 2014 - 12:42 PM

Halfway through The Mark of Zorro and struggling. I'm determined to get through it. I'm trying to give Tyrone Power the opportunity to show me that he is an actor. I blasted him on another thread and other posters were tolerant of me and went on to make thoughtful comments about TP that piqued my interest. Maybe he's not so bad after all.. So far, I don't feel he is so bad, but just hopelessly bland. He reads lines as if he knows from a textbook how to say them, but they are not a part of the character. There is distance between the character and the actor, and it hurts to see this.. If you're a girl, he is certainly eye candy, he looks great in those magnificent Spanish costumes. Linda Darnell is beautiful and is supposed to be 18 years old. I know, no fair making criticisms like that, it's just Hollywood. This Zorro character has to be played with a certain Romantic verve (note capital R) but Ty is not getting it done. Would Flynn be better?



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Posted 03 August 2014 - 01:19 AM

I'm in the midst of a Goldie Hawn double feature.  First was '96 First Wives Club and now is '87 Overboard. 

 

I love Overboard. It takes place in a fictional coast town in Oregon (not pronounced ORY-GONE like how the radio announcer and Edward Hermann keep saying).  I see that they did some shooting in Newport, OR (a real Oregon Coast town on the central coast); but most of the film was shot in California.  They did a good job depicting the Oregon Coast; except I wish they didn't make the townspeople look like such hillbillies.  I love when Goldie Hawn is trying on the dresses Kurt Russell got her and they're huge!


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Posted 02 August 2014 - 06:54 PM

watching on Syfy.....

(sorry, but TCM's kinda boring in August) ;)

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 03:07 PM

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 02:35 PM

watching The Cradle Will Rock ('99) on FMC

"Cradle Will Rock is a 1999 drama film written, directed and produced by Tim Robbins. The film fictionalizes the true events that surrounded the production of the 1937 musical The Cradle Will Rock by Marc Blitzstein; it adapts history to create a fictionalized account of the original production, bringing in other stories of the time to produce this commentary on the role of art and power in the 1930s, particularly amidst the struggles of the 1930s labor movement and the corresponding appeal of socialism and communism among many intellectuals and working-class people of that time."

 

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 10:43 PM

I'm watching "Funny Face."  It's currently streaming on Netflix Instant Streaming.  Granted, I have this film; but I'm too lazy to find the DVD, so it's awesome that with a push of a button I can stream it through my TV.

 

I love "Funny Face."  Audrey Hepburn's costumes are gorgeous.  Fred Astaire is wonderful as always and through this film, I've developed a real appreciation for Kay Thompson and her personality and dancing.  I also love the costume she wears when she and Fred Astaire show up at the beatnik club looking for Audrey. 

 

This is a fantastic film and deserves just as much acclaim as two of Audrey's more famous films-- Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady.


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 06:16 PM

Kid,  are you watching MOVIES?    That station has been showing Dead Reckoning a lot .   Nice Bogie \ Liz Scott picture.  

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 02:10 PM

Dead Reckoning (1947)

 

Kid,  are you watching MOVIES?    That station has been showing Dead Reckoning a lot .   Nice Bogie \ Liz Scott picture.  



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Posted 25 July 2014 - 07:37 AM

Just got over with F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (for the umpteenth time) and now watching re-runs of How I Met Your Mother.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 06:05 PM

Dead Reckoning (1947)


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