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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    Should we all contribute and make suggestions for Jackie's avatar or are you preferring to go "incognito", Miss Favell? ??? I didn't even realize I could do an avatar over here! It's so nice to hear from you too, Big Kahuna Island Girl Lady of the Tropics! I can't possibly have Alan Marshal for my avatar... though I remember liking White Cliffs of Dover as a kid, Marshal is just too bland for me. I'm thinking George would be much more appropriate, or perhaps my other favorite rascal, STYMIE.
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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    I'll give it a whack, sure. I always have a hard time picking your faves, because in my head, I always pick MY faves instead. It's more what I WANT to be your favorites than a rational judgment of what you might like best. But I do TRY to get over that, and work out what things you like and how you might react to different movies. 1. Finding Nemo 2. UP 3. Little Miss Sunshine 4. The Grand Budapest Hotel 5. Good Will Hunting Now I have a problem. I kept trying to insert Beauty and the Beast on here. I think you'd like the Beast and that part of the story....but maybe it's too girly for you otherwise? I can't make it fit so I took it off the list. Maybe I will regret it.... I also really wanted to get The Darjeeling Limited on the list but decided on The Grand Budapest Hotel instead. I took a risk there because that one might be too traditional for you. I thought you would really like the ideas in Budapest - of the landscape freeing them to be themselves, their real selves, not what others wanted them to be. So I kicked off the family oriented Darjeeling for the more sentimental Budapest. Ah, movie travel....I love it! I haven't seen Brave, Frozen, Once, The Lego Movie or all of Lost in Translation. Here's how I like them: 1. Little Miss Sunshine 2. Curse of the Were-Rabbit ( I had this on your list too, but bumped it) 3. UP 4. The Life Aquatic 5. The Darjeeling Limited - AND because I can't be limited: 6. The Grand Budapest Hotel 7. Little Nemo 8. Beauty and the Beast This was a hard list to rank. All the movies (except Bolt) were really good.
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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    Curse of the Were- Rabbit! Yeah! Love that one. And Ratatouille is good too. I was surprised at Monsters U - it was quite good, though not my favorite by any means. Alice and I still make whale noises like Dory in Finding Nemo... we laugh hard at that. You seem to be in Indie-land, which are the movies I like to see. Really liked Little Miss Sunshine (anything with Alan Arkin is OK in my book) despite the shock value of some of the film. Maybe because it's so politically incorrect. It really got me. Also really liked Life Aquatic and The Darjeeling Limited. The Grand Budapest Hotel was quite good I thought. And UP, well, it's splendid. Andrew was quite upset by it when we took Alice to see it in the theater. He didn't like it, because it was too dramatic for him. He was all verklempt and couldn't get over it. Now you need to see Moonrise Kingdom.
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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    LOL! It's good to have passion after so long a time! And besides your eight year old sweetie might be ugly now or unspeakably bad.
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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    Thanks, Ro! It's so good to be back. So good. Now that I have gotten all those congratulations out of the way.... I wanted to chat about the discussions in this thread, but the phone rang and here it is 2 hours later... Let's see, where to begin.... My favorite Disney animated films are:(can you tell I love dogs?) Lady and the Tramp - Jock! His sacrifice tears me up....thank god it's only momentary. I love the way that Lady (so doggy!) observes the baby as kind of an unearthly intruder. Dog's eye view. Tramp - Perfect voice, perfect shaggy but charming face. A great leading man - down to earth, but sure of himself. He kind of reminds me of John Garfield. Am I over thinking this? He's a tramp, but I love him.... 101 Dalmatians - I like the Britishness of it, too like Miss G, and I DO care about the pups. Pinocchio - mainly because I find it the most beautiful of the films. I do have a slight issue with the moral of the story but it's a small quibble. Willie the Operatic Whale or The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met - a short subject, but one of my all time faves. Nelson Eddy is the voice of the whale in this bittersweet cartoon. Sometimes available on youtube Dumbo - ack! same as Ro, I find it painful, but joyful as well Certain parts of Bambi - Drip drip drop little April Showers for instance I had forgotten Ichabod and Mr. Toad... the headless horseman section is one of the most memorable things from my childhood - seeing this on Wonderful World of Disney each year was a highlight of the Halloween season Tangled - Just a great, lovely movie. Mother love from Dumbo turned back on itself. Beauty and the Beast - well, this one really brought Disney back. A terrific film, which incorporates old Disney with references to La Belle et la Bete. With terrific Jerry Orbach. Sleeping Beauty - was a favorite as a kid I'm not sure why... maybe the classically based music? I think the death of the bad fairy in this ranks as the scariest most incredible sequence ever. For me, she ranks with Snow White's stepmother for most evil. The Jungle Book was a huge favorite as a kid, but mainly BECAUSE I was a kid - who doesn't want to go live in the jungle without human parents? And of course, I love animals. Balloo is terrific, I hope Phil Harris was proud of the job he did here. Robin Hood - a later Disney film that I really liked. Gentle and good natured like The Jungle Book. Probably nothing special, but I was at the age right before cartoons were passe and I loved the love story...with another tramp type. Snow White - I am with Frankie here... the ONLY thing I like about the dwarves is the song Hi Ho which is waaaay too short. But the film has fabulous music, and that evil queen, who was terrifying to me as a kid. I like that you can see the enormous effort to make the movement realistic. If Toy Story counts as a Disney film, then it ranks way up at the top of the heap. I tend to think of Pixar films as a different category though... all are good, but this one is the best of all. A perfect film. One of the best cartoons ever. Fastest Gun Alive - I saw this last year pr the year before on TCM and thought it was the best unknown western I'd seen, along with The Hanging Tree. I liked the way the townspeople pulled together at the end and even though Glenn Ford is not a favorite of mine, I thought he was perfect here. I think Myrna seems tired in Third Finger, Left Hand. I think her acting is good, but it doesn't quite gel. Melvyn also does everything right. And I absolutely LOVE Ernest Whitman as the porter who is also a lawyer. Don't know why this isn't a better film, it;s even got a decent plot, but it feels like everyone is slogging through quicksand. I blame Lee Bowman. What is the movie that you think Ro would like? it's been removed from youtube according to my computer. I like Union Pacific too. Not quite as much as Annie Oakley, but close. The Walking Dead is great! Revenge. Slow revenge. And Ricardo Cortez. Love it! Movies were super when they were short and sweet. The Devil Bat really impressed me the other day. I wasn't paying attention at first, but the lighting kept catching my eye. It's very good visually. I liked the effects, and Bela was excellent. I felt he was trying to capture something different in the character here, really acting. Wait... I'm looking back at the schedule and I might have the wrong movie... I can't find it listed. I could have sworn it was this movie.... Even I can see why you wouldn't like The White Cliffs of Dover. I like it, the idea of it... the romance, but then I like episodic fllms and ones that take place in British country houses. The fake British movie that really drives me batty is Forever and a Day. What a disappointment. HUGO is wonderful. The Cobweb is a terrible movie! I agree about the damn drapes! The only thing I like in it is seeing Lilian Gish as a career woman. I thought she was excellent. Boyer and everyone else is wasted. Might qualify for a Bad Movie We Love, but it doesn't even have the schlock value for that. I don't like Titanic 1997 either. Ugh. But A Night to Remember is a solid film. I also like the Barbara Stanwyck Clifton Webb version. ANTR is underplayed, making it quite effective. The film feels chilly. Don't know how they got that across. I like Come Live With Me. I think Hedy is pretty good here. I always like Ian Hunter. Another in his good natured, lose the girl at the end parts. It works for me. I find Adventure almost unbearable at the beginning, as if the two leads were acting in different movies. But if you wait it out to the end, I think it works in some crazy way! Blondell and Gable should have made more movies together, they speak the same language. Blondell just knocks me out in this picture, as usual. I like Gable and I like Garson... and I like the movie, though it can be maddening at first.
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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    Hi guys! First may I offer up my sincere and heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to Sansfin Capuchin and Mrs. ButterscotchMiniver! I am SO pleased for both of you. I wish you the most happiness in your new married lives. Sansfin, you have waited a LONG LONG time, and I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it is, how heartwarming and romantic your story is to me. It gives me hope. Buttertea, I, like Rohanaka, wish you only the happiest of marriages. You are such a sweet girl. Allow me to give you a little wedding present... the true love you deserve.
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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    It was all Joanie's idea, Frank! I think she's got a yen for you.
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    hahahahaha! hahahahaha! I'm sure in that huge kitchen we can find some saurkraut somewhere.
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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    Little T! Haha! Nothing says torture like Greer Garson! Just kidding.... don't want you to strangle ME with those gloves.... So nice to be back here.and see you still posting darlin'!
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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    Sorry, I am such a slow writer. I agree with all of that. In classic "me" fashion (ignorance), I remember saying how I had no interest in Errol Flynn when I first joined this board. I have finally started watching his films in the past couple of years and I'm finding I really enjoy the guy. He's the most charismatic performer that I have ever seen. He's magnetic. And I think he can act, too. I completely agree. I guess I always liked him, ever since I saw Robin Hood as a kid. But he had to be a good actor to do those kind of roles... really, have you ever seen anyone else who could play that role any better? Never, I say! I like the rebel in Errol tremendously, the will to deflate old gasbags, almost like Groucho Marx. and I also the sweet charlatan Errol. There's something inherently.... mistrustful about him, generally speaking, but he can make you believe his sincerity when it comes down to a single moment. Even when he's not sweet, he's got something you empathize with. It's such a gift. The ending to The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex really is tense. Even I was hoping for a different kind of ending. It's remarkable to see Errol and Bette together. They don't seem to fit but that ends up becoming part of the appeal. Such strong wills battling over the strongest emotion in life. That's so well put! Yes, they don't fit, but that works to the advantage of the characterizations in this movie. They spark and their minds meet, they are exciting together ..... BUT he wants to be considered a man, have a man's rights over wife and 'kingdom', whatever that may mean to him. She doesn't want to be taken advantage of, used for her power, or let go of the reins of state through love-blindness.... It's an impossible standoff. I think he even says at one point that he WOULD try to take the crown should she relent and marry him. They're both equally stubborn and equally hurt, but equally honest with one another in the end. It should have worked but it doesn't, the inmost character of each won't allow for it. Had they been anyone else, they could have lived and loved like any other two lovers, fought and made up and fought again....and it would have been of no consequence. People would have said they were a perfect match or that they would end up killing one another, but that spark would remain. Here, one has to kill it in the other. We see these royalty stories all the time in the movies, they cannot be with the one they love, but here it's so adult and complex and it really does pose an insurmountable problem. It's so intelligent. It's my favorite of the Elizabeth movies because the two are so worthy of love... and so deluded by honor. I know it's a stretch, but to me, they are very much like Sam Spade and Bridget O'Shaughnessy, or Scarlett and Rhett. They are equals. Everything in them is telling them to be together. They are perfect for one another in their faults, and that's why they can't ever be together. Trust on either side is singularly lacking. Mercurial actors on the world stage always have other motives, even if they don't want to have them. At least these two are honest about them. I hope Laffite chimes in on the film for you. I think he'd appreciate the discussion. I thought Dominique (Arletty) was a difficult one to figure. Could you help me out with her? I think she gave in to her position as the devil's handmaiden, gave up long ago trying to fight it maybe even immediately, as it was to her advantage to give in. She decided it was more pragmatic to simply go with the flow from the moment he trapped them, that maybe she would be able to find a way to outsmart him. I think she already did relish a little devilment when dealing with others weaker and stupider than she, but I also feel that it has deepened into a more cunning lust and hatred over a long long period of time. She's one of those who like to play the game, twist other people in the wind because they can. I think she looks down on those who find her attractive, also on those who are foolish in love. She carries worldly wise to an extreme level, has taken womanly shrewdness to just this side of evil. There is no softness, no vulnerable spot there showing... but why? I still somewhat like her as a character. I see one **** in the armor of her sarcasm and haughtiness. underneath that hard glittering exterior, I think she was dumped by Gilles, and never really forgot the sting of it. Some people will do anything to avoid being vulnerable again. And so she got even harder and colder. There may have once been hope for her, but it was lost. She's like the male Liliom - it's easier to sit back and enjoy doing bad things than to change. I'd have to go back and watch again to see if wjhat I said actually fits the story. It's an impression I have. Yes, that's Phyllis. She was the main reason why Snippy suggested the film to me because she likes to call her "your gal". I like Phyllis because of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The film is directed by Arch Obler, who has fallen short with me. Miss G likes him and I think the SSO crowd goes for him, as well. Yes, I've seen them write about him. I know hardly anything about him. But I do like everything I've seen Phyllis Thaxter in. The Breaking Point was the eye opener for me. I thought she was just wonderful in that one- complex and interesting in a role that could have been one dimensional. She wasn't just this nice housewife,... she had feelings and they weren't all good ones. She seemed so bottled up and trapped. She had a whole life going on outside the film, I felt.
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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    Ro- Even when I haven't been here, my heart HAS been. I missed you guys so much. It's just that deadlines and money matters and other things sometimes get in the way.
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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    I really liked it! It's such a great relationship film. I thought it was great to see two people so madly in love with each other but whose pride always got in the way. It's amazing what can get in the way of great love. Yes, and that's what makes it heartbreaking at the end. They were really caught in a Catch 22.... long before that phrase was even created. That last scene makes you sit on the edge of your seat (or throne as the case may be)....every time I see it, I pray she will call him back and stop it. And it's like she died too, when the drums stop. Powerful. I agree that Errol was magnificent in this movie. Not another actor could match up to her so well, I think. Perfect casting. I'm so happy you and Laffite liked Les Visiteurs du Soir. I too was really taken with it. I loved the interplay between the characters, especially Arletty and Gilles, I mean Alain Cluny. Fascinating how differently they dealt with their respective downfalls. Women sometimes can be more pragmatic than men, so that little twist really made sense to me. Is that Phyllis Thaxter in bewitched? I really like her very much, so this is high on my list to see.
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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    Awww. I cheated a little there with Bewitched. I was reading the posts I hadn't seen yet and saw it there. I haven't even seen rhe movie! Just looked up the plot summary. The others I remember oh so well.... because I was so unhappy that you dissed them! I hope your schedule change is a good thing for you, other than interrupting your movie watching. I haven't been watching anything much either. I'm ALMOST disappointed you came back... I was about to post this: just to tease you into coming back! I knew you couldn't resist a mistake like that. But wow.... you LIKED it? It's INCONCEIVABLE!
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    Frank looks kinda scrawny to me..... CHAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGE!
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    What a perfect picture of Frank that is! And of course you and I look lovely too.....hahahaha!
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    I'm afraid Frankie has slipped back into the shadows again.... I think he only does it so we'll fawn all over him when he comes back. Maybe we should start calling him Paul Muni....
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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    (Meanwhile.. as for torture pics.. you should post something from Hell's Hinges.. that'll REALLLLLYYY get him going) The "GOD IS LOVE" photo below is from Hell's Hinges my dear friend and Western gal! Great minds think alike! Hee hee!
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    The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread

    Frank, click your heels together three times and say: "Please STOP posting pics from movies I don't like, Wendy." and I'll stop!

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