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  1. I Just Watched...

    Boy meets tulip; boy falls in love with tulip; boy marries tulip. Standard love story, isn't it?
  2. "Reflections In A Golden Eye"

    I caused some consternation here many years back when I suggested that Member of the Wedding was the movie that answered the question of what movie you'd get if Woody Allen played the part of a 12-year-old girl. I didn't like Reflections in a Golden Eye either; I haven't seen The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter all the way through yet.
  3. Noir Alley

    Chuck Schumer only loves himself, but I don't know if it's fair to say he hates weakness and minorities.
  4. I Just Watched...

    Come to Dinner (1934). Warner Bros. made this Broadway Brevity, a 22-minute parody of MGM's Dinner at Eight from late the previous year, using as much as possible actors who looked like the stars of the MGM version. The stand-in for Wallace Beery is probably the weakest, but the stand-ins for John Barrymore and the actresses are a hoot, especially the Billie Burke impersonator. There's a scene of the doctor visiting Jean Harlow's apartment, changed here to have 12 maids go into a musical number parodying stars like Mae Zest and Greta Gargle. The best change to the plot involves the John Barrymore character. Instead of being an alcoholic, washed-up actor, he's addicted to lemons(!) and wants to wind down his career playing bit parts. His press agent is so exasperated by his refusal to take starring roles that it's the press agent who tries to gas himself! (The Barrymore character stops him, pointing out that the hotel managers came up to him to comment not about an unpaid bill, but the high price of the gas he was using.) If you like Dinner at Eight, you'll absolutely love this. 9/10 It's on the DVD release of Dinner at Eight that's part of the Harlow four-film set available at the TCM Shop and Amazon.
  5. She was also in The World, The Flesh, and the Devil, in which Harry Belafonte shows once again that he couldn't act.
  6. Hubert de Givenchy has died

    Then Karen Carpenter would have looked that good, too.
  7. I Just Watched...

    The double-a in Kaaren Verne's name comes across as Danish or Swedish to me, even though she was German. Well, Germany did end up with a small Danish minority in S├╝dschleswig after World War I....
  8. I Just Watched...

    Sure, but how can you know which pair of laces is going to break during the routine? Marat Safin once got defaulted from a tennis match for smashing all his racquets and having none left to play with.
  9. I Just Watched...

    Oh, there are a lot of more recent (at least, more recent than Taxi Driver) movies with difficult themes that I really liked. There are other movies where I found the characters difficult, but understood why the movies are highly regarded: Albert Finney's alcoholic in Under the Volcano is a great example of this, and I'd say Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann in Autumn Sonata are the same way.
  10. I Just Watched...

    Oddly, it seemed to me that scene was playing out in slow motion.
  11. I Just Watched...

    Taxi Driver (1976). Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) is a Vietnam Vet who, broken by the experience, is now working as a cabbie in New York of the era when Ford was telling the city to drop dead. Bickle doesn't like what he sees, so he decides to fix things in his own way, in part by helping out a young prostitute (Jodie Foster). Everybody says this is one of the greatest American movies of all time, but I found it an incoherent, meandering, baffling mess, with a lead character who was such a jerk I didn't care what happened to him. (For what it's worth, I was also left cold by Scorsese's earlier Mean Streets, but to nowhere near this extent.) 4/10
  12. Hubert de Givenchy has died

    Flash photography probably does a number on the delicate fabrics. Not your one flash, but the millions it would ultimately get over the years.
  13. Secret Ceremony sounds like a fascinating mess.
  14. Hubert de Givenchy has died

    I'm reminded of the scene in The Best Years of Our Lives where Dana Andrews shows Teresa Wright a bottle of perfume at, I think $2.95 and tells her it's a rip-off at half the price.
  15. Hubert de Givenchy has died

    You're not paying for the ingredients; you're paying for the name.
  16. Jean Simmons wasn't even nominated for Elmer Gantry.
  17. I Just Watched...

    Damn Lawrence A's nimble fingers!
  18. I Just Watched...

    You do realize the painter was his father?
  19. Rafer Johnson would play himself as a color commentator in 1970's The Games, loosely based on the 1960 Olympic marathon competition.
  20. Hubert de Givenchy has died

    Well, I really am a crotchety blankety-blank like my avatar!
  21. Did Zouzou bring her petals as well?
  22. Hubert de Givenchy has died

    Have you stopped to think it takes talent to make Audrey Hepburn look drab?
  23. I Just Watched...

    Double or Nothing (1940). This "Broadway Brevity", a WB short, stars Lee Dixon as Bill, a stunt double who gets knocked out in a stunt. When the dentists use laughing gas during the dental work, Bill has various hallucinations about other doubles. The framing story is inane, but for those of use who are fans of old movies, the doubles are a hoot. Among the better ones were those impersonating Mae West, Greta Garbo, Joe E. Brown, Zasu Pitts (here pronounced "Zay-soo"), and Hugh Herbert. 8/10. Probably available as an extra on some DVD, but I watched as it filled out the time slot from the recent airing of The Divine Lady.
  24. Noir Alley

    Nitpick: I think you mean Elisha Cook, Jr. Elijah Wood was probably a bit too young to be in Stranger on the Third Floor. And I've always enjoyed Elisha Cook whenever I see him in a movie. Even in Blacula.
  25. I Just Watched...

    Yeah, I'd like to see Sextette. Oh, you were still referring to Nathanael West, not Mae. They were on their way to F. Scott Fitzgerald's funeral when they got in that accident, weren't they?

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