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  1. speedracer5

    I Just Watched...

    This thread is intended for people to share their thoughts on films that they recently saw. I also made a counter thread "A Waste of Space on the DVR" for those films that were total duds. This is not limited to films seen on TCM. I just watched a few films: Wabash Avenue. I just saw this film with Betty Grable and Victor Mature. I remember last summer, Dargo tried to get me to like Mature more. While I did like him in I Wake Up Screaming, I can never see him as the supposed heartthrob that he was supposed to be. Mature does absolutely nothing for me--lookswise. I do like him as smarmy characters. He seems to do smarmy well. Betty Grable was beautiful as always and wore many costumes to show off her great legs. This film was entertaining when I watched it, but is ultimately forgettable. The Avengers: Age of Ultron. This was a great film. While it was heavy on the CGI, it was a fun film with an interesting plot. James Spader was great as the voice of the villain, Ultron. The Avengers themselves were also fun, and I thought it was interesting how the filmmakers worked around Scarlett Johanssen's pregnancy (stunt doubles & CGI). I also like that the group seems to be evolving and making room for two new Avengers: The Scarlet Witch (played very well by The Olsen Twins' sister, Elizabeth Olsen) and Falcon. I look forward to the next film and the next superhero film in the Marvel franchise-- Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. I recorded this film for Jean Arthur. I'll have to admit right here that I've seen three Capra films: It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Arsenic and Old Lace. My opinion of star Gary Cooper unfortunately is not that high. He was awful in Love in the Afternoon. I found him very dull and in Love in the Afternoon, director Billy Wilder would have been better off hiring a mannequin for Cooper's part. In Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Cooper wasn't that bad, but I can't figure out WHY he was such a big star. Maybe he was better in silent films. Cooper just seems to have no pizzazz. Perhaps if they had cast James Stewart or maybe even Cary Grant, it might have been more interesting. I wanted to say Errol Flynn, but he might have had too much flair for the part of Longfellow Deeds. I hate to say it, but I liked Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder's remake better! But I did love Jean Arthur in this film. She never gives a bad performance in my opinion.
  2. Another one of the really good propaganda cartoons is the one about how children are groomed to become Hitler Youth or what not. I think it was called something like "Education of Death: The Making of a Nazi"
  3. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: It is ridiculous that Disney refuses to release Song of the South (yes I know it's available elsewhere, I've seen a Canadian release of it), but they have an entire ride at Disneyland based on it.
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    I Just Watched...

    If the lady from the diner in The Birds lived in Mayberry, she'd have Clara's number quick!
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    So . . . Scotty Bowers?

    I was going to read his book. I don't know why. But it seemed like something I would read. I ended up having to return it to the library before I got a chance.
  6. Have you seen the new Duck Tales on Disney Channel? I was irritated that they were remaking a beloved cartoon of mine from elementary school, but I was actually pleasantly surprised as to how much I liked the new show. My only qualm was that I think the original rendition of the theme song is better than the new version.
  7. I wish they were showing the Disney Treasures collection of the WWII Disney propaganda cartoons. I thought they were fascinating. I especially liked the one where Donald Duck had a bad dream that he'd joined the Nazi party. EDIT: I'm sure the Walt Disney Treasure material will never make it onto the streaming service, as I imagine making such special edition product available to the masses would diminish the value of the collection.
  8. Those + Duck Tales and Gargoyles are my jam!
  9. I liked the 30s-60s output and the late 80s-early 90s Disney Afternoon cartoons! i wish Donald Duck in Math Magic Land was on there. It may be the best math-related programming that exists.
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    I Just Watched...

    Oh Clara Edwards. Her and her 12 blue ribbons for her pickles. Her advice to Aunt Bee who makes terrible "kerosene cucumbers." "Maybe if you used younger cucumbers then they (Aunt Bee's pickles) wouldn't be so soft, and use fresher spices!" That poor man from Oregon was given a jar of those gross things.
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    I Just Watched...

    Poor Aunt Jenny.
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    'Pillow Talk': THR's 1959 Review

    My favorite part is Rock's apartment after Doris "redecorates" it. I also love the scene when Rock Hudson is trying to climb into the tiny car.
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    I Just Watched...

    I'm not a big fan of horror movies. I've seen Rosemary's Baby exactly once. My favorite part was when the one woman delivered her "Hail Satan!" line with a little too much enthusiasm.
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    Movies That It Sometimes Feels That Only You Alone Like?

    I love The Birdcage. It always seems to be on TV and I always seem to catch it when they're eating dinner from the bowls with the naked boys playing leapfrog. This movie never gets old. I've seen it dozens of times. My only complaint is with the actors cast as the children, especially Calista Flockhart. They are way too old to play teenagers/20-somethings. "Agador Spartacus. He insists on being called by his full name." --- "Don't give me that tone!" "What tone?" "That sarcastic contemptuous tone that means you know everything because you're a man, and I know nothing because I'm a woman." "You're not a woman." "Oh! you bastard!" --- "Are you afraid of my Guatemalaness?" "Your what?" "My Guatemalaness. My natural heat. You're afraid I'm too primitive to be on the stage with your little estrogen rockettes, right?" "You're right. I'm afraid of your heat." --- My favorite part of the movie is when Robin Williams is giving Nathan Lane lessons on how to be more manly. "Howdy ma'am."
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    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees announced

    Eventually anyone who has ever recorded anything will end up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  16. So I was just going to get 2 movies on the Flash sale, then it tempted me with free shipping... I ended up with 4 films. I got: -The Uninvited -Speedy -Modern Times -Here Comes Mr. Jordan
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    I Just Watched...

    That was my small issue with the movie too. I guess though in 1934, who knew what Mickey Rooney would grow up to look like. I guess that’s great for Mickey to grow up to look like Clark, but bad for Clark that he used to look like Mickey.
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    Somewhat Off-Topic: What have you been reading lately?

    Haha. I do not stalk her however! This collection is 20+ years in the making. I didn't even include my Lucille Ball DVDs. I think some VHS that I can't even watch anymore might still be hanging around. I also have two I Love Lucy games, a bunch of pop-up greeting cards, two wine glasses, two boxes of identical I Love Lucy shot glasses, two I Love Lucy coffee mugs, and probably more that I am not even remembering right now... Oh! And I have a Vitameatavegamin shirt.
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    Somewhat Off-Topic: What have you been reading lately?

    My Lucy book and doll collection. And the plate I found at an antique store. I don't have my dolls displayed right now, because I'm not sure where to put them where the bird won't damage them. I hadn't seen them for awhile, I forgot which ones I had! I thought I had the Lucy and Ethel Chocolate Factory set. Apparently I just thought about getting that set, because I do not have it. (I forgot this book)
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    Somewhat Off-Topic: What have you been reading lately?

    Okay... So when my basement flooded a few years ago, I lost my space where I stored all my DVDs. The basement hasn't been put back together yet. I had to store my DVDs in front of my books. I moved the DVDs and took a photo of the books on mine and my husband's bookshelf.
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    Somewhat Off-Topic: What have you been reading lately?

    I don't think that's so bad. I can plow through non-fiction books, but it takes me longer to get through fiction. I don't know why it is. The last fiction book I read was The Picture of Dorian Gray (I can never remember if it's "portrait" or "picture." I guess that shows how much I was paying attention). That book was torture. The 1945 movie with Angela Lansbury was way better. I don't know if I want to admit this, but meh, who cares, I'm not ashamed. Right now, I'm reading sTORI Telling, Tori Spelling's autobiography. I am really only reading it because I wanted some '90210' gossip. Lol. I am actually surprised by how much I'm enjoying her book. Learning about what it's like to grow up with a father worth hundreds of millions of dollars is very interesting.
  22. I demand more time to be added to the sale! I told my mom I wanted Cluny Brown. So I guess I'll have to scratch that one off the list for now.
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    Martin Scorsese says Marvel movies are 'not cinema'

    I agree with you re: the origin of "Stan." I think Eminem's song is the inspiration behind it. When I was called a "Kelly-stan" (for supporting the pairing of fictional characters Kelly & Dylan on "90210"), I had to look up what a "stan" was. Then I was annoyed, because it was lame. How can I stalk a fictional character? Thank you. I also agree with you re: maturity. My husband and I have our own home (not owned outright, but we can make our mortgage payment each month), we have a yard service (because we both loathe yard work. The yard service may very well be my favorite thing), we own two vehicles--2006 and 2012 (though I want to trade in my 2006 car. It's got 225k miles on it), we're up to date in our bills. I bathe every day. I wear clean clothes. Clothes with holes and stains, if they aren't thrown away, are not worn to work or out in public. I honestly do not own many "fancy" clothes. My job doesn't require office wear. I wear jeans, shorts, or capris (depending on the weather) and whatever shirt I want as long as it has sleeves. I live in my TOMS on all non-rainy days. Rainy days, or when I have to wear socks are when I switch to slip on tennis shoes or my Docs. I do not wear pajamas or sweatpants to the store. Though I have once because I was sick and needed medicine and I was the only one home, taking care of myself. I wasn't changing my clothes for a quick trip through self-checkout. I regularly cut my hair (well not myself, that would be a disaster). My husband has a goatee (I'm not a fan, but it's his face). Frankly, as much as I love the women's fashions in the 1940s and 1950s, it would drive me insane to have to put on so many layers to be considered presentable in order to go out. Don't even get me started on the hair upkeep. I wash my hair every day. I get it cut in styles that literally require only blow drying and brushing. My normal hair is in vogue right now. "Beach waves" are a thing that people are styling their hair to emulate. My hair naturally has that look by itself.
  24. Oh man. Why did I have to read about the flash sale? I was shopping with my mom this past weekend and she had to remind me "now is the time to stop buying anything and wait for Christmas." But...50% off.... Maybe if I just don't buy any film that I pointed out to her... Lol.
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    Martin Scorsese says Marvel movies are 'not cinema'

    Okay. I take back what I said about Scorsese's gangster films, I suppose I was contradicting my point with that statement. Scorsese isn't one of my favorites, only because he doesn't tend to make the type of films that appeal to me and of the ones I have seen, they seem to be the same old same old. I do not like what he did to Cape Fear either. I do appreciate Scorsese's passion about film and his level of knowledge about cinema as a whole. I always liked his feature in the TCM Now Playing Guide. Re: adults are children for liking [insert whatever here]. Thank you. Lately the thing to do online (well in Reddit anyway) is for people to call people "stans" for defending a particular comment/behavior/etc. of a particular individual. A "stan" is apparently someone who is obsessive about a particular entity and will go to whatever length to defend and "protect" them/it. I was called a "stan" for defending the pairing of two fictional characters in '90210.' Which is completely asinine, imo. I guess my point here is that in society there are all these extremes in being a fan or opponent of something. At one end of the spectrum, you have someone who dislikes something so much to the point of belittling all fans of it and at the other end of the spectrum, you have people being called "stans" for seemingly supporting/liking something too much. Feel free to call me a "stan" for defending the freedom to like and do what you want (as long as it doesn't hurt yourself or anyone else). This is why I also don't believe in the idea of "guilty pleasures." Why should I feel guilty about liking what I like?

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