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    Male Beauty In The Movies

    The eyelashes!
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    Movies That It Sometimes Feels That Only You Alone Like?

    DeNiro blossomed into a real charmer in the few roles like this which strayed from his usual harder-edged characters. Same with Stanley and Iris (1990) with Jane Fonda. And I don't think he was ever more charming than in The Intern (2015), where he played a retired executive who took a paternal interest in Anne Hathaway as a struggling entrepreneur.
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    You're right about the realistic mood. Some of the later ones veered off into WWF territory, with all the critters body slamming each other endlessly, but the original is downright scary. I think the black and white helps too, giving it an almost newsreel-like quality. To this day, when I see power lines I visualize the sequence from this film.
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    GODZILLA, King of the Kaiju....

    I think you just wrote Toy Story 5.
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    I finally saw the film and was both impressed and moved. It was considerably more intimate than I was expecting; Zellweger didn't resort to grandstanding in her dramatic scenes as a lesser actress (and/or director) might have chosen to do, considering that Garland in performance was such a powerhouse. She intuited Judy's manner and speaking style without any kind of slavish imitation. Her many one-on-one scenes with other actors rang true, despite an unsparing use of closeup cinematography. And, as mentioned before, not one bit of yodeling. Zellweger can be very proud of having come as close as she did in recreating the singing of one of the greatest vocalists of the Twentieth Century. The version of "Over the Rainbow" which was exerpted in the trailer and which has been ridiculed here comes at a point in the film where Judy is trying to compensate for a disasterous performance the previous evening and is overcome with emotion, so that performance is multi-layered and should not be used to judge Zellwegger's vocal ability per se. The movie reminded me in some ways of Jessica Lange's Frances, but primarily I thought of the excellent 2014 BBC mini-series Cilla, based on the career of Cilla Black, which also featured a standout dramatic and vocal performance at its center. Both Judy and Cilla feature a strong supporting cast and it's not surprising to me that the BBC had a hand in both.
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    Movies That It Sometimes Feels That Only You Alone Like?

    A movie I like which seems to have done a disappearing act is Country (1984), with Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard as a farm couple faced with losing their property. I think more people would probably like it if they were given the opportunity, but if you didn't see it then it seems like it would be hard to find now. There's a scene in particular which has always stayed with me. Lange is alone in the house in an upstairs hallway flooded with sunlight and bows her head, so that the tears just quietly drop from her eyes. It's also one of my favorite Sam Shepard films; he was as fine an actor as he was a writer.
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    Glenda Jackson Returns

    I really loved Glenda Jackson in the 1977 Watergate satire Nasty Habits, in which she played a Nixon-like abbess, who bugs her abbey with the help of Anne Jackson and Geraldine Page as her Haldeman/Erlichman team. Together they try to use Sandy Dennis as their (John Dean) dupe as they try to cover up the theft of some incriminating love letters from Jackson's opponent. Melina Mercuri got into the act as a Kissinger-like fixer and Eli Wallach, Rip Torn, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara and Dame Edith Evans were the supporting cast. In some ways it didn't live up to the cleverness of the concept, but Glenda Jackson was pitch perfect as a brittle, amoral political hack.
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    You're a gentleman and a scholar and I think most of us know it. Anyway, now the new trigger word seems to be "hag". I'll let others go to bat on that one.
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    And I get you. You're one of the livelier ones around here and I generally love your humor. I think it was the baldness of the statement, without your usual clever embellishments, which made it stand out to me. Less offense was taken than my post probably indicated and I don't intend any offense to you.
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    Or maybe the film could legitimately appeal to both drag queens and women? I'm sure Judy herself felt her widespread support from gay men was both a blessing and a curse, but it's strange to me that so many years after her death it's still a go-to laugh getter. Sorry to throw a flag on the field but, frankly, I'm sick of it. She stands on her own as one of the greats and that should be enough.
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    It's obvious how this is playing out, but I have a question: Has anyone seen the movie? The discussion about the insufficiency of the performance and vocals seems to be based on the trailer and the underperformance at the box office seems to have led to some confirmation bias against a film which it doesn't seem as though any of us have seen. Can anyone say with certainty why they like or dislike this film (other than a distaste for Zellweger, Garland herself or biopics in general)? Maybe I'll dislike it myself, but I'm going to wait until I see it before I say so, pain-in-the-*** stickler that I am. I'm sure my downer post will kill this thread, but since it's already moved on to kid's TV, what's the difference?
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    Your Essential Scorsese PIcks

    He also did the great documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World. TCM could do a major programming block with just his documentaries.
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    Your Essential Scorsese PIcks

    One of my favorites hasn't been mentioned yet: Kundun (1997), the story of the Dalai Lama forced into exile. Another favorite was shown on TCM way back when: My Voyage to Italy (1999), a very personal look at his love for Italian cinema and it's effect on his own filmmaking. I'd love for TCM to show it again. P.S. Sorry. I just noticed spence mentioned Kundun at the end of the original post.
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    Meryl Streep as Aunt March

    I'm not worried about Meryl Streep overstepping in her role. She looks perfectly restrained in the scenes from the trailer. I'm sure she's smart enough to recognize that Saoirse Ronan could be on her way to becoming her generation's "Meryl Streep" and that she (Streep) would meet her match in any "contest" the two might have. My feeling is that Greta Gerwig chose the project as a way of working with Ronan again, as well as with some of the other most formidable young actors around. And I've never not liked Laura Dern, so I expect to like her Marmee as well. If it's good, it's good; I don't care how many times the story has been filmed.
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    A UA/AIP/Embassy Retrospective Scrapbook: 1961

    This movie was pretty much overshadowed at the time by Monroe's marital and physical/emotional troubles during the filming, which the press covered extensively, and by Gable's death before the film was released. Plus there was no niche into which it could conveniently fall in terms of the public's understanding of what the film actually represented. It was a head-scratcher for some and some of the interest in it was maybe a little morbid. Marilyn herself seems to have transferred some of her growing distrust of her then husband, the scriptwriter Arthur Miller, onto the film itself and voiced some doubts about the authenticity of her character. (Just as an aside, whether it's relevant or not, Miller met his next wife on the set of The Misfits.) But I think time has been the movie's friend and now that we can see it more dispassionately it can rightfully claim its place as a classic. P.S. This is the best still image from the film I've seen.

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