CaveGirl

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  1. I will start with one of my favorites that only the esteemed members of this forum would probably know. William "Billy" Benedict! I have loved him since birth. My birth, not his! I can hardly remember a time when I was watching a movie that Billy did not seem to just show up accidentally, and make the whole film seem more real. Born in Tulsa, in 1917, Billy migrated to California hoping to become a dancer, but when he was offered roles in films starting in 1935, he took to it and just never stopped, working in over 307 movies in his career. Okay, so he was not the lead or even the support to the lead, but he always brings a smile to one's face, with his shock of blonde hair, his half opened eyes, his air of complete innocence and sincerity. Looking like a pre-teen for eons, his career credits consisted of roles always followed by the word "boy" in parts like Newsboy, Telegraph Boy, Singing Telegraph Boy, Cabin Boy, Office Boy, Copy Boy, Delivery Boy, Elevator Boy, Bellhop, Caddy, Soda Jerk and so on. Finally at an advanced age, Billy finally achieved the right to be called a man in parts and was assigned roles like Ice Cream Man, and Hotel Desk Clerk, which required more maturity than he had previously needed in serials or work at Monogram, with the likes of the Bowery Boys and others. Billy died in 1999, at the age of 83 and ended up playing many parts on tv shows, where he finally even got to play parts classified as "old man" yet he still retained that youthful innocence of his early days. I was always happy to see him in anything and it was a serendipitous moment every time I saw his face in any film or tv show. One of his last most significant parts was as a Roulette Dealer in "The Sting" with Redford and Newman, who obviously knew a good thing when they saw it, and he brought joy to that film as he did to all the others. Billy is buried at Forest Lawn under a tombstone which mentions he was "Beloved by Son, Brother, Uncle, Actor and Friend" and it also mentions he was "Adored by All" which I can believe. I saw some had left flowers on the site for Billy, so maybe I am not his only fan which makes me happy, that others also appreciated his talents at being just an average human being in films. Share your tribute to your favorite unheralded actor here with us. P.S. If the name really does not ring a bell, just do a search on Google for Billy Benedict, and I'm sure all will come clear...
  2. For fans, TCM will be showing "World on a Wire" from 1973, this upcoming Sunday [09/09/18] at very late night or if you prefer, early Monday [09/10/18] morning, since TCM ends days not at midnight. The plot is as follows: "A cybernetics engineer uncovers a conspiracy in a corporation specializing in virtual reality." I believe this was based on the novel, "Simulacron-3" which also served as the basis for a film from 1999, called "The Thirteenth Floor" which I've seen but don't remember much except that I really liked it when I first saw it. For Fassbinder fans, this might be a unique chance to catch it. I await the day that TCM decides to show his 15-hour long film, "Berlin Alexanderplatz". I know they've never shown "Querelle" and I know why, but am glad I own it on dvd, even though the giant posts in the wharf scenes that resemble other things unmentionable, still scare me a bit. Any personal thoughts about "World on a Wire" or other Fassbinder films you love or hate will be appreciated.
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    Tasty MacGuffins

    Being the holidays, I've been enjoying some very tantalizing MacGuffins from various entities. Anyone who has ever consumed a MacGuffin, knows that the best kind don't lay it on too thick with icing or accoutrements, which might ruin one's own concept of the delicacy. A heady whiff of the item, will not spoil the mystery in searching out where one can find the item, but those who try too hard to crack that walnut and put the poor thing under a microscope are always disappointed plus their lack of imagination in accepting the MacGuffin without knowing all its ingredients, ruins things for others. Such people are downers and would try to find the Lost Chord or Nessie's DNA. Name your favorite MacGuffin, but not if it was on the menu at Alfred Hitchcock's meal in which all the food was blue.
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    Looking for Hitman!

    Anyone want to contribute to a fund to, as Eddie G. might say, rub out a certain person who keeps posting inane gibberish which I can't find in my I-Ching, whose name supposedly is?: GNJFFOD7724 Content count 41 Joined 3 Hours ago Last Visited 1 minute ago "온라인경마 인터넷경마ゅへ 사설경마" or so he/she/it says! 1 minute a gnjffod7724 Members Content count40 Joined3 hours ago Last visited 2 minutes ago CurrentlyCreating Topic in: General Discussions
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    Gothic Comedy

    I first became aware of the term Gothic Comedy in a discussion with a family friend who was friends with Tennessee Williams. He said Tennessee used the term "Gothic Comedy" about the movie, "Baby Doll" based on his play "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" and was always surprised that so many, including people like Cardinal Spellman, could not see the humor in it. Also mentioned as forerunners of this type of work by him, were some books by noted authors of the distant past, and said books were very subtle and might not be seen by the general public as comedy ostensibly. Nowadays if you put in a search for Gothic Comedy online, you will most likely be treated to a slew of films starring people like Elvira, but the more sophisticated Gothic Comedy is a bit more hard to ascertain. Nevertheless, name your favorite Gothic Comedy and if it is a Southern Gothic Comedy, all the better. With the many astute film aficianados here, I'm sure there are a lot of films I've not seen which would qualify and thanks in advance for your responses.
  6. I'll admit it, I've always wanted to visit Skull Island, where Skull Mountain supposedly exists along with Kong, as one of my favorite film locales. Now, I'd not want to be the bride of Kong, since it seems like a thankless task, nor do I even want to go to the wedding feast. I might want to watch Kong take on any contenders from the Lycosidae Family though, as that would be ripping good sport. I also would probably enjoy things more if Robert Armstrong were along, since I find him and his ebullience quite appealing but it is not necessary if we have a good captain aboard and able mates. I have a nice still camera and a old Super 8 one also, plus tripods if I need to take any fast action shots of any Robert Ripley or Frank Buck types incidents, to bring back to civilization. What imaginary film spot in the world or the Lesser Antilles* and beyond, would you like to visit? *I think ahead now. This is a joke. I got this line from W.C. Fields and know that the Lesser Antilles are actually a part of this world.
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    Travesty or Triumph?

    Usually I am not for gilding the lily, and trying to improve perfection. But occasionally, I can appreciate an attempt to at least give an alternative vision to an already established masterpiece. Case in point, the commissioned score for the 1931 film "Dracula" directed by Tod Browning. I actually really enjoy watching the film in both versions, with the original score and with the new one from the late 1990's by Philip Glass as performed by the Kronos Quartet. It's almost like watching a new movie. The music of Glass, perhaps brings attention to other points in the film, which I find interesting and one hears traces of some of his influences like Schoenberg, Webern and even Darius Milhaud in the minimalist rendering. I think the tonal harmonies and repetitious sounds that Glass is famous for work in this instance, quite well. This is not to mean the original score should be abandoned, as that would be disastrous but in this scenario, I don't have a problem with the new scoring. For some it was travesty, yet other critics and fans found it to be a triumph. If you can think of other films which have received similar treatments that caused such controversy, please share with us.
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    Sans Makeup Oscars

    It used to be a tried and true maxim, that any actress shedding her face paint, could possibly be a definite contender come Oscar time. I think most memorably of "Johnny Belinda" with Jane Wyman. It almost seemed like the awarding of accolades about the female star's acting talents was in parallel contrast to how badly she allowed herself to appear in the film. Did she ever look more boring or lackluster in an other film I ask you? If you can think of any female performances that garnered Oscars, just by looking really like the perennial wall flower at a cotillion, I'd love to hear of them.
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    Schindler's List (1993)

    You make good points, Laffite. Thanks for your input. Possibly Spielberg is his own worst enemy in trying to fit into both milieus, when picking and staying with his strong suit would be more advisable?
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    Centennial of Holst's "The Planets"

    Ditto! Miss Wonderly said all I could have tried to say, most eloquently. Thanks for Jakeem for the original anniversary information post also!
  11. I had not heard of this sad news.
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    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    "F for Fake" is such an off the wall film. Thanks for the heads up, TB! Gotta love films about art forgery, since it's a career I am contemplating getting into asap.
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    I Just Watched...

    I was with a friend of mine who is notoriously bad at remembering faces. She pulls up to a stop light and next to her a guy pulls up on a bike. He says "Hey, Barb! She turns to him and says "Who are you?" He then says "Uh, your ex-husband. We were married for seven years..." The light changes! I'm dying laughing. I had never known her when she was married but she'd only been divorced about three years at this time. I said "Was that really your ex?" She is like "Yeah, I just didn't recognize him. I'd tried to forget him since he cheated on me and that's why we are divorced." I said "Talk about ruining a person's ego. Well, that little scenario is probably big payback for the cheating and he will never forget that you don't even recognize him now." I guess such non-recognition can happen in life, no matter what the situation. Didn't I read that Brad Pitt had that non-recognition facial issue also, which is a brain disorder possibly?
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    I Just Watched...

    Maybe he was drinking a lot of beer and playing Devil's Triangle games between piano engagements, which made him have blackouts and forget trysts like with Joan, Miss Wonderly?
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    Sans Makeup Oscars

    Yes! You paint a not-so-pretty picture of this tactic, Lawrence. Thanks for submitting an honorable list of contenders for the "De-Glam" style. It's De-Lightful, it's De-Lovely, it's De-Glam!
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    Memoirs of actors and actresses

    Other than Errol Flynn's "My Wicked, Wicked Ways" I have liked most the biography of Oscar Levant, who wrote "The Memoirs of an Amnesiac". One should accompany it with his other book "A Smattering of Ignorance" if possible, along with a nice down-filled couch to lie on while reading and some martinis. To semi-paraphrase him, if one feels like exercising, first lie down on the couch, and then fall into a coma, for some nice resting time before exerting oneself. What I really don't like in biographies or autobiographies is phoniness, or disregarding serious character flaws in the person being depicted, in the sense of making it a hagiography much like the "Lives of the Saints". Either tell the truth about yourself or who you are writing about, with flaws and attributes or don't waste the readers' time. If one only wants fake complimentary tales, they could just go find old copies of movie magazines to read from the star's heyday, which leaves out all the nefarious details that made the whole person one sees up on the screen.
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    Schindler's List (1993)

    "The Pawnbroker"! What a great film... I think Spielberg has a child's mentality, and it shows in his films. For some of them, it is acceptable. For others it is banal and cringeworthy. One tends to not criticize Spielberg, since I'm sure many love his films. Consequently, I only disregard him because Kurosawa did it first although subtly, and I respect the art of Akira much more than that of Spielberg. To me he is fine as a journeyman director of mostly fluff or easily discernible movie themes, but when he ventures into more difficult terrain as in focusing on meanings behind the National Socialist party, he is way out of his depth.
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    Schindler's List (1993)

    Whoa, Nellie! A person criticizing "Schindler's List" is really going out on a limb. I so agree with you, on the premise that some films about worthy topics still can be criticized if one feels the execution is way lacking compared to the seriousness and importance of the topic. As I've said before, I think Spielberg craved being taken more seriously, after many of his blockbuster films made money but did not accord him the respect he wanted, so he started trying to take on issues in films, which in my opinion were beyond his capabilities. I guess we should applaud him for trying but as Willie Mays once said about Reggie Jackson, just making a heroic effort to catch an outfield fly ball, means nothing no matter how much you roll on the ground, if you don't catch the dang ball! Thanks for an insightful and deservedly critical post! There are no positives without occasional negatives...
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    WOULD YOU HAVE DONE THE SAME?

    Always go with a dog! They will be your friend forever, unlike many persons you meet along the way. Dogs can smile too, which is worth seeing, especially when you let them put their heads out of the car as you are driving. Betty made the right choice!
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    Movie Poster Libel

    Huh? I think I lost contact with reality while reading that post. I'm sure you are a big fan of the Fredericks of Hollywood catalog though after that mind-boggling and extrapolated explanation...haha!
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    Movie Poster Libel

    Dargo, obviously that artist was Frenchifying her name, so people would know Jean was a female. Otherwise people in France might have thought it was another French male actor like Jean Gabin. So now, putting extra "n"s and "e"s is also gonna be a bugaboo of yours just like the superfluous "u" thingie?
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    Movie Poster Libel

    Maybe you should admit, Dargo as a member of the Claudia Barrett Foot Fetish Fan Club that the real reason you don't care for this photo with the monster is due to her tootsies being encased in shoe apparel? Admit it, you were hoping for a glance to see if her Babinski Reflex was operating in full regalia!
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    Movie Poster Libel

    Yay! How cute. Can't say the artist is that great but at least Leroy looks young and Fields looks...well, a bit discombobulated. Looks like it's done in possibly opaque watercolor.
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    Movie Poster Libel

    If McCarthy stands up, I hope he is wearing a really long tie...like Trump always does.
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    Movie Poster Libel

    Seriously, Dargo, your lack of attention to detail is appalling. Everyone knows that Shirley had exactly 56 curls in her signature hairdo, and do not think Myrna's hair looks like that at all, with the barrel rolled type of style. It is more of a marcelled look, that went awry being that Myrna probably had more hair than most. I will say that in the poster, Myrna's hair does look like Honey Boo Boo's from a low rent beauty pageant though, so I can dig it. That or a tame version of Carrot Top's look?

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