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  1. CaveGirl

    Groovy Movies!

    There were a lot of groovy movies in the 1960's and the way to identify them often is by their peace signs, psychedelic music, flower power clothing, strobe lights, beaded curtains, trippy rabbit posters, rad pads and..sometimes if you are lucky, Vladimir Tretchikoff's famous "Chinese Girl" portrait [aka The Green Lady].I tend to be more partial to the Swinging London scene films, though American ones are fun to watch also, so my choice is "I Love You, Alice B. Toklas" which seems to have a true hippie vibe. Second place for me, for grooviest movie ever not set necessarily in London, is "Barbarella".I'm always open to new and unseen groovy flicks though, so what's your suggestion?Addendum: Tretchikoff's Green Lady was first painted in 1952, and graced many a mantle in British homes in its numerous prints. It has often been used in British films to show a dichotomy between the classic times of the 1950's in those environs, as contrasted with the new swinging lifestyles in the 1960's. Carnaby Street and Portobello Road boutiques were even selling kitschy clothes adorned with such Tretchi prints of mysterious Orientalism subjects by the time of the British Invasion. Hence The Green Lady has been used in films like "Alfie", "Performance" and "Frenzy" and has been rediscovered numerous times since it seems to be an indelible image in the popular consciousness of the British public of either bourgeois mediocrity or mysterious popular art.If you've seen Bowie's video called "The Stars Are Out Tonight", or ones by the White Stripes, or even a Monty Python video, you might remember the greenish-hued lady on the wall.Tretchikoff's masterpiece and original painting sold at auction in 2013 for almost a million pounds [982,050.00 to be exact!].
  2. CaveGirl

    Stalker Movies

    It is way more fun to watch a movie about stalkers, than to have one personally, trust me. I do have some experience with male stalkers both offline and lately more online, and have ascertained that they all seem to have one indelible trait in common...they are absolutely devoid of any sense of humor. Think Travis Bickle on steroids...get the picture?I think the derivation of the word to mean "a person who harasses or pursues someone with unwanted and obsessive attention" probably was somewhat provoked by the first movie I ever saw about this theme, which was "The Fan" from 1981, starring Lauren Bacall. Up till then, the term had a bit different terminology.Obviously both men and women have the capacity to be stalkers, but I've only had experience with the former. Now there was the Tarkovsky movie from the 1970's called "Stalker" but it is not really about the kind of demented pursuer I am researching on film.The classic male stalker is one who if a female rebuffs them, they become angry and bitter and are out to make the female's life miserable, since the stalker believes no woman has the right to reject them. Being that I don't live in Iran though, this belief is anathema since I believe all women have the right to pick men they want to associate with, and not be picked.Name a movie that accurately depicts the psychotically narcissistic behaviour of a stalker of male or female type.
  3. CaveGirl

    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    My grandma loved that show, TB! I remember her saying that Lisa had married almost every man in town, and there were no men left for her to be connubial with... Isn't ATWT the soap that also had the actor's toupee fly off during one live broadcast scene?
  4. CaveGirl

    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    Speaking of inappropriate casting, wasn't there an episode from the show "Taxi" where Louie DePalma [Danny DeVito] got Bobby Wheeler "Jeff Conaway] to go to Louie's high school reunion for him? I thought it was one of the funniest ever! People seemed to just take the transformation of the DePalma appearance in stride. It's said that during his big heydays, Andy Warhol hired someone to portray him at engagements he had signed on to, and though the guy looked nothing like him, just by putting on a platinum wig, the audience seemed satisfied. If Maureen Stapleton can play a fading Southern Belle of great beauty on stage, then anything is possible mayhaps?
  5. CaveGirl

    Groovy Movies!

    Great stalking point, as usual.
  6. "Color Me Blood Red" is my favorite since I like movies about the artist life. One knows they are an artist when they would rather buy paint [or blood] than use their money for food.
  7. Spence, I share your belief that these films are the cream of the crop!
  8. CaveGirl

    Kings of the B's

    Yes, they are taking auditions for the Robert Bardo biopic.
  9. You give a great example of a magnificent performance by Russell, so mine will not be as impressive, but I do think DeNiro's attempt to portray Jake LaMotta in "Raging Bull" with his weight metamorphosis and boxing skills learned was impressive. Thanks for an interesting topic!
  10. CaveGirl

    Modern-ish art forgery film?

    You are so right about Umberto Eco, Sgt. Markoff. If he had written a book about Vermeer, it would not be made into some steamy soap opera, with bogus plot points, like the Chevalier book. When we went to the giant Vermeer exhibition at the Washington National Gallery, we got to see the "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and being that there were like over twenty out of thirty-five attributed and extant Vermeer's at the time, it was noted that Johannes used his wife, relatives and daughters as models, not the kitchen maid [or whatever Scarlet was supposed to be!]...which was so obvious due to their similar facial physiognomies. I am wondering though if there is still a connection to Vermeer for the OP's question, as the tale seems a bit like a version of the Han van Meegeren story. He was the man who was arrested for supposedly trying to pass his works off as Vermeers. He later went to court, sometime in the first half of the 1900's, and actually painted what he called a Vermeer style work in court, due to being charged with another crime involving removal of national art treasures from the country. Don't know whether his story has been made into a movie or not.
  11. CaveGirl

    Kings of the B's

    I had the book with this title from quite a few years ago, which introduced me to many B-film directors. It must be in my garage now, since I haven't seen it for a while, but I remember looking for all the films mentioned in the book and was well rewarded when I would locate them to watch. I'm not even sure anymore of all the names mentioned in the book, but I do know that once I got into the B-film archives, many of these directors became my favorites. I particularly like Joseph H. Lewis who directed the wonderfully atmospheric "My Name is Julia Ross". If you have a favorite King of the B's director, please share now.
  12. Thanks so much Arpirose! Dale certainly had a unique and revolutionary style. I bought the cd "King of the Surf Guitar: The Best of Dick Dale and the DelTones" last year so I'll be playing it tonight in his memory.
  13. CaveGirl

    Phillip Marlowe/Raymond Chandler

    My favorite fictional writer is James McLeod. He tends to repeat his plot lines often but I still find his work very amusing, as he doggedly hunts down the criminal element in society, Sgt. Markoff. He does like a pastiche of Chandler's work with a touch of Spillane thrown in for good measure.
  14. CaveGirl

    Where’s Ben?

    Yeah, but can you do Brando with his Shakespearean accent from "Julius Caesar"? I know, I only do Julius Marx.
  15. CaveGirl

    Stalker Movies

    I also find that not much has changed since Sir James Frazer wrote "The Golden Bough" in terms of the behaviour of earthlings, Sgt. Markoff.
  16. CaveGirl

    Stalker Movies

    Doesn't it hurt your teeth to hold on to that bone so long?
  17. What would films be without such characters? Of all the sidekicks in films, the one I will watch in any film, is the inimitable Arthur Hunnicutt, who brings rural accents to any scene or situation. This man is so hilarious on screen, that I often watch the other players as he regales them with stories, which sound like he is a victim of Munchausen's syndrome. I get the feeling sometimes that he is just ad-libbing parts of his lines, since the other players look perplexed and also quite amused as he takes over the bit and steals scenes consistently. He was so entertaining in films like The Big Sky, The French Line and The Kettles in the Ozarks, a role he was born to play. Born in 1910 in Gravelly, Arkansas, he always looked elderly, and was still acting in things on tv like TZ episodes in his later years. I'll leave it up to you to mention other sidekicks you admire, and second bananas, and my favorite in the latter is Donald O'Connor.
  18. CaveGirl

    What are you reading

    Frankly I'm not far enough in reading to answer your questions, Sarge. I will say, from what I'm reading this is way more difficult to decipher than Colonna's "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili" since maybe it is untranslatable. At least Colonna had some fun mixing up languages when he invented words, which could be solved with some intense study.
  19. CaveGirl

    Sidekicks and Second Bananas

    Love him! Wasn't he in "The Searchers"?
  20. CaveGirl

    Sidekicks and Second Bananas

    Thanks! I saw an amusing clip of him recently, in which Merv had Totie Fields on the show also, and liked to have both Arthur and Totie sit next to each other on the couch, showing they looked the same height, and then have both stand up, and Arthur looked about two feet taller.
  21. CaveGirl

    Stalker Movies

    And of course, I didn't mean to be someone who doesn't get that you are making a generalization which has a lot of truth to it, Sarge...that I should be taking personally. Your historic view of such matches, and how women often choose their spouses is dead on. Thanks for a scholarly overview!
  22. CaveGirl

    Stalker Movies

    You are so right, lavenderblue, and I'd forgotten that film though it was so great. Stamp is a true stalker, since he thinks he can win over Eggar, just by force of will, now that he has some money, and when her life is ended, he just goes on to another possible victim, like many stalkers in real life do. I too read the book after seeing the film, and the book is excellent also. Thank you!
  23. CaveGirl

    Stalker Movies

    Maybe they mean that Norman was stalking the birds to stuff?
  24. CaveGirl

    Groovy Movies!

    Any movie with Martin Mull is a winner, MR!
  25. CaveGirl

    Stalker Movies

    Thank you for your insights on this topic. I so agree that mayhaps an online stalker can be even more dangerous than someone offline. One would hope that any website that has posters, would have the integrity to protect posters from having to deal with posters who continually harass others. I Knowing how long it would take for one to get any results from administration on a poster who is being a constant problem, one would hope that the site would give posters a Block button to just eliminate the threat immediately with no need for further argumentation on the site.

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