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    Not particularly a Zombie fan, but if there ever was an apt metaphor or archetype for our times ZOMBIEZ should be top of the list. WWZ had the potential to create such a metaphor but you get the distinct feeling as the film progresses to vapidness, "Why bother?" Just Give 'em action and SFX." I disagree about big movies, they have incredible power to tell a human story and illuminate what it means to be human and alive.
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    I agree there surely are some decent films that make it to the multiplexes now and then. And I'm not naive about why Hollywood manages to distribute these kind of mindless blockbusters or progidious CA films. But they (paricular the former) are essentially what the Drive-ins used to show. Only not as entertaining. The visual pace of these current films is nerve wracking, mindnumbing to say the least. They repel you rather than involve you. Where's Stanley Kubrick when you need him? I loved the classic monster movies and horror films from the 50s and early 60s. The Blob, I Married a Monster from OuterSpace, The Creature Walks among us, Rodan! to name a few. But these B films were vastly more creative, entertaining and involving than these bloated blockbusters.
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    Probably been said here before, but the more I watch TCM the more I wonder: Why can't Hollywood make decent (meaning good) movies anymore? can't filmmakers tell a good stories about people and what makes us human? Just saw WWZ, what a disaster. Hollywood can't even craft a decent zombie picture better that a low budget Night of the Living Dead or even better Carnival of Souls. Compared with practically any TCM film shown especially ones from 20's, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, most of today's popular movies lack substance, nothing to illuminate the human condition. Can the gene pool or tastes have change so rapidly? When all around human events are happening that our arts should reflect, Hollywood turns our this a remake of The Lone Ranger?
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    Petulia's original score by John Barry is sublime....
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    Julie Christie is still as lovely as ever.
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    if anyone can figure Petulia out they could also probably understand Isabel in Portrait of a Lady.
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    I always felt Julie Christie seemed a bit uncomfortable in the role, but her discomfort worked to give the film its disheveled, unbalanced mood, like the 60s. her agitation drives the picture. Believe me when it first came out I sat in a big empty theatre in Washington, DC to view it. No idea what was going on but fascinated by it. i took friends to see it and they hated it. But then I liked Zabriski Point. Edited by: lostApril1 on Jun 21, 2013 11:50 PM
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    it surely wasn 't highly regarded when it came out....
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    Geez- o-flip! TCM is showing Petulia! I heard last night thanks to Frank Rich who selected it for his July stint. I'm verklempt. I saw this movie when it first came out, in a vitually empty theatre in Washington, DC. I was and still am in love with Julie Christie. Richard Chamberlain is stunning to look at, too. Nobody liked this film when it came out. They said it was bad, Pauline Kael accused the director of being too facile, cynically superficial, but it's a movie that remains fresh, original, and relevant. I've seen it multiple times. George C. Scott, Julie Christie, Joseph Cotton, and Shirley Knight are terrific. Kathleen Widdoes and the actor who plays her husband are terrific and Pippa Scott is memorable.There are some unforgettable moments, too many to list, including a very brief shot of Big Brother and the Holding Company. But my favorite scene is the oatmeal cookie scene between Archie and his estanged wife. Also a great cameo by AUSTIN PENDLETON. This is anything but a piece of 60's nostalgia. It's a wonderful unique experience. THANK YOU, Frank Rich. Who'd a thought you, the Butcher of Broadway, of all people would appreciate this film?

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