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    You might not believe this, but I'm interested in classic films.

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  1. Feego

    TOUCH OF EVIL question here...

    I don't think anyone breaks her arm in the movie, but Leigh actually had a broken arm when they started filming. A special cast was made for her that allowed her keep her arm slightly less bent than a normal cast would so that she looked more natural. In the famous opening scene, she simply has her coat draped over it.
  2. Another reason why it would go against the film's point for Dottie to drop the ball on purpose is because it would only confirm what others said throughout the film -- that she was responsible for Kit's success. All along, Kit had to fight to be recognized for her own talents. In their final moment together before Dottie goes home with Bob, Kit says, "Thanks for getting me in the league." Dottie responds, "You got yourself in the league. I got you on the train." That moment would be rendered false if it was deliberate. Not only would Dottie have let down her team, she would have let Kit down as well by not recognizing her integrity as a player. Had she thrown the game, she would only be proving all of Kit's detractors right.
  3. Feego

    TCM Remembers 2018

    Oddly, they removed the clips from Alfie (for Lewis Gilbert) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (for Milos Forman) in order to make these additions rather than just removing some of the filler shots. Do they have some contractual obligation to that diner to use every last bit of footage? (He asked, facetiously) Anyway, it's nice to see Mary Carlisle at last.
  4. Feego

    TCM Remembers 2018

    I agree that TCM always has the best memoriam tribute and also includes the most people. While it's understandable that no organization can include everyone who passed in a given year (you'd probably have to devote a full half hour to do so), I think it's TCM's consistent greatness that leads to our disappointment when they do inevitably leave people out. We know that the Oscars, SAGs and Emmys play favorites and are more constrained by time, and so it's simply expected that they're going to leave out a ton of notable people. So yes, in spite of some disappointments, I'm always appreciative of the TCM Remembers video for being the best of the bunch. In regards to your last point, it's staggering how increasingly unimaginative the Oscar memoriam becomes year after year. If you go back to the 90s, they had some great video montages with excellent clips. Now it looks more like a high school PowerPoint presentation with nothing but still photos and no clips to identify the behind-the-scenes folks by. Last year when they showed John G. Avildsen at the Oscars, I wonder how many people at home realized he was the director of Rocky and The Karate Kid, or that John Mollo designed the costumes for Star Wars. Is it really that much trouble for an awards show that is dedicated to celebrating film to include actual film clips during their tribute?
  5. Feego

    TCM Remembers 2018

    I did not know that Dewey Martin had passed. He was a nice-looking gent.
  6. Feego

    TCM Remembers 2018

    Another surprising omission is Allyn McLerie, who played Doris Day's pal in Calamity Jane. She also appeared in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and Jeremiah Johnson. I know they can't include everyone, and they're not all household names, but some of these omissions seemed to be right up TCM's alley.
  7. Feego

    TCM Remembers 2018

    TCM's annual In Memoriam tribute. Some really surprising exclusions this year include Jerry Van Dyke, Connie Sawyer (who was just interviewed on TCM last year), and actress Mary Carlisle, who only just a few weeks ago was the subject of a primetime lineup. The song is “When The Night Is Over" by Lord Huron.
  8. Feego

    Bye Bye Birdie Live

    I enjoyed The Wiz Live (much more than the movie, anyway). It's my understanding that it was one of the more "stagey" of these live productions, which is one of the things I liked about it. It was like watching a stage musical as opposed to a TV movie that just happens to be live. Having Queen Latifah play the Wiz was an interesting gender flip, and while she didn't give the standout performance of the show, she was infinitely better than Richard Pryor. Thankfully they selected an unknown actress to play Dorothy rather than a "name," and she brought freshness and energy to her performance. The trio of Elijah Kelley (who starred in the Hairspray film) as the Scarecrow, singer Ne-Yo as the Tin Man, and especially David Alan Grier as the Lion were terrific. The show dragged in the last act, with a serviceable but little-else Mary J. Blige as the Witch. I also watched Grease Live and Hairspray Live, both of which were more elaborately produced but also less interesting for all of that. I was hoping Grease would be closer to the original stage version, but it was basically just a copycat of the 1978 movie (with a few of the stage version's songs retained), right down to Vanessa Hudgens sporting Stockard Channing's trademark short hair. The stunt casting of teen sensation Ariana Grande in Hairspray Live was dire, as was a cameo by Rosie O'Donnell. Both of these productions strove to look more like movies, complete with complicated camera movement throughout the dance numbers. While I appreciate the difficulty of doing this live, it removed the sense of theatricality I look for in a live musical. And then there was The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again, which was not live but I guess can kind of be lumped in with these. I've never been a fan of the movie, outside of a few songs and Tim Curry's performance. This TV version played like a Rocky Horror-themed episode of Glee. Nothing to write home about, except for hunky Staz Nair who is the only cast member to eclipse his 1975 counterpart as Rocky (the creature). While that doesn't sound like such a great feat considering the original actor was a total nonentity, Nair has a blast being both sexy and funny in his role, and this time you fully understand why Frank-n-Furter is so frustrated by him!
  9. This list was televised 10 years ago, and I watched it. Here's the final recap as it aired on TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZLMRErJGp4
  10. Feego

    The Mummy's Hand

    Sadly, I must agree with Hibi. I made my way through all of the Mummy movies last year, and it was more of chore than I ever expected. The Mummy's Hand is ok, perhaps because it spends so much time on the (lame) comedy that it gets into and out of the mummy action in brisk time. After that, the rest of the films blend together as the wrapped zombie just shuffles about while people either follow behind him or faint in front of him. I liked Turhan Bey in whichever one he was in, and Virginia Christine's resurrection was cool in whichever one she was in, but not enough to justify the movies surrounding them. As for the tragic ending for the heroine who dies tragically, I just didn't care at that point. The role was so bland and the film so lacking in tension that when she died it just came as a relief. Earlier this year, I had more luck with the Creature from the Black Lagoon and Invisible Man series. Beyond the first films there are no great masterpieces, but I quite liked the third Creature film, The Creature Walks Among Us. It develops the story in interesting ways that go beyond just rehashing the first movie and features a genuinely spooky scene of our heroes on a small boat being stalked by the gill man in the dark waters. The Invisible Man films were hit or miss, but I had a good time watching Invisible Agent. It's blatant WWII propaganda, but it features some nice effects (at one point John Hall is lathering up in the bathtub while invisible, and we see the lather around his leg and foot!), plus Peter Lorre appears as a Japanese man with an Austrian accent! The Invisible Woman goes for straight-up comedy, and it's not particularly funny, but a movie can't help but be livened up by a cast that includes John Barrymore, Margaret Hamilton, Oskar Homolka, and Shemp Howard! At the very least, the worst of these series were still better than most of the Mummies.
  11. Feego

    Remake? Really?....

    Three Godfathers was remade once again in 2003 as a Japanese anime, Tokyo Godfathers.
  12. Feego

    Travesty or Triumph?

    I've tried to watch Dracula with the Glass score a couple of times, but it's mixed too loudly on the DVD/Blu-ray editions and drowns out the dialogue. The making-of documentary on the disc mentions that Dracula was released as a silent film in some theaters that were not yet equipped for sound. I actually think it would have been a very interesting experiment to have included a "silent" version on the disc, complete with intertitles and Glass's score rather than trying to mix it with the dialogue.
  13. Feego

    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    Of the three classic Disney princesses (the ones created while Walt Disney was alive), my favorite is Cinderella. For me, she is the most dynamic character who goes beyond being a mere cypher. It was also the one I saw at the earliest age, probably when I was about 4 or 5. Sleeping Beauty gets my vote for being technically the best of the three, though it's the one I have the least emotional attachment to, as I didn't see it until I was in college. Even Snow White doesn't evoke much nostalgia for me, as it wasn't released on VHS (and thus I didn't see it) until I was about 10 or 11. But I still appreciate the stunning design of both films, and the wicked queen and Maleficent are just amazing characters. I actually love that in Sleeping Beauty, it's basically Maleficent against the good fairies, with Aurora and the prince just pawns in their battle. It's not insignificant that without the good fairies, the prince would likely die at the end.
  14. Actually, the play that inspired Here Comes Mr. Jordan was titled Heaven Can Wait, so in 1978 they just went back to the original title. To confuse you a little more, Mr. Jordan was followed by a 1947 sequel called Down to Earth. In 2001, Chris Rock starred in yet another Mr. Jordan remake called ... Down to Earth.

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