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  1. Though dastardly and vile [a lot like me] I must admit some movie characters are still quite enjoyable to watch work their wiles. My personal favorite is the carnal and manipulative, Barrett as played by Dirk Bogarde in Joseph Losey's exceptional psychological study called "The Servant". Barrett's complete takeover of of the mind and body of his employer, the aristocratic Tony [James Fox] is masterful. The whole film has an air of corruption and morbidity due to the deviant and diabolic behaviour of Barrett as he wields his power over all, except maybe Tony's girlfriend.The introduction of Barrett's supposed sister, Vera [Sarah Miles] into the mix makes for a complete travesty of moral values, yet by the end of the film one is so immersed in such tales one feels a bit too numb to voice any complaints. Bogarde's performance is beyond reproach and adds to the fame of this movie.Perhaps such low life people don't intrigue you, and if so you may choose to not participate in this thread. But if not, name your poison.
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    Outre Noir

    Thinking outside the box of the canonical habituees of this category, one can find candidates not so accorded just certification by some adocates of noirish films, and this is one below on my list. As one of these, I vote for a teenage noir contender, namely "Teenage Doll". This Roger Corman classic focuses on a closed and dark teen society, operating under the radar, inhabited by two miscreant gangs, the Tarantulas and the Vandals, who are supported in kind by their distaff halves, the Black Widows and the Vandalettes. Into this nightmarish, dark world is an innocent lass recruit being courted by the impressive Vandalettes, who wear their jackets proudly proclaiming their allegiance to their gang. Fate seals her doom when her seeming aggression toward the Black Widows ends in a fatality, and results in her being marked for death with no way out, by BW leader, the great Fay Spain, who makes Jane Greer look like a piker. The same paranoia, isolation, and dark, urban drama perpetuated by an undertone of sex and violence in an adult noir, is to be found in this film. The fatalism of the innocent girl even being betrayed by her boyfriend parallels such acclaimed noir classics using the double cross of people with perverted and dysfunctional psyches. In a teen noir the rumble is probably the equivalent of the mob shootout. Showing a world beyond the morals of "Father Knows Best" this film is a standout, and only could have been improved with Tuesday Weld as the young innocent. Also worth seeing if just for Bruno VeSota of "Dementia" fame and Ziva Rodan. Name another alternative noir film that is not so famous in the annals of the genre.
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    For the “Black Month Crowd”

    I would have found Norman more attractive if he wore tan shoes with pink shoelaces and a big Panama hat with a purple headband to incite enough "Ooh Oohs" that Gunther Toody would be jealous of him, Dargo.
  4. I agree with all your comments, Spence and never thought about Melissa McCarthy as a host but I think you have made a great choice there. She is hilarious, talented and could do wonders for the telecast in the future. Thanks for your thoughts.
  5. Your self effacing spirit is evident, Lorna calling your movie knowledge "useless" but I find that the people with such knowledge in film lore are the most enjoyable ones to discuss things with! Keep up the good work on entertaining and enlightening all here as you are a joy to know.
  6. I enjoy your posts, Spence but don't feel knowledgeable enough to make mass predictions, though I do think Christian Bale's performance was well done. Be sure to post your after Oscars thoughts for us!
  7. CaveGirl

    Outre Noir

    In my family it was an old Irish term originating in County Cork, meaning someone who did things in a small way, compared to others. I see Fay Spain as a much more deadly noir vixen than Jane. Just my opinion of course, darkblue.
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    Kid Sisters

    This is a character category which has lessened since the heyday of Hollywood. The kid or little sister prototype, used to be a staple in films of all kinds, and my personal favorite is Diana Lynn as Emmy Kockenlocker in TMOMC. Diana's exchanges with her older sister, Trudy as played by Betty Hutton, and her dad, as played by William Demarest are priceless!A kid sister in films can exist in any socio-economic and cultural field. She can be a brat who sends purple prose, pen pal letters to lonely servicemen, but with her older sister's photo, she can be an annoying thorn in the side of a soon to be bride, she can be addicted to drugs and gambling and be the victim of a porno ring or even the erotic ideal for the incestuous desires of her criminal brother.Maybe you know of some other kid or little sister types, so please share.
  9. CaveGirl

    Kid Sisters

    Probably a top pick as the chief contender for such roles!
  10. You're not talking about "Sweet Bird of Youth" with Newman and Shirley Knight as Heavenly, are you? Her father is played by Ed Begley, who might be sometimes confused in memory with Burl Ives, since they often played similar forceful parts.
  11. Hemmings had the face of a baby fox back then. I love when he visits the antique store though, and also the bit with the Yardbirds and Jeff Beck and Zoso! Lorna, the expurgation of the word before "hair" and after "Birkin's" in your post made me have some strange visions of rhyming accoutrements.
  12. CaveGirl

    How To Get My Age Bracket (20-30) Into Cinema

    Let your age compatriots in the theatres showing vintage films, in for free...but then charge them an arm and a leg to get out? Also say they can use their phones while watching the films.
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    Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

    Chinless Lana, Sepia? Geez, you make it sound like she resembled Alice Pearce from "Bewitched" as Gladys Kravitz! Let's discuss chinless men in the movies next, okay?
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    Kid Sisters

    Excellent choice, N&N! I've loved Bonita, ever since I saw her play my favorite detective, Nancy Drew. Thanks so much for adding to the field.
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    Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

    I'd enjoy this movie even more if Roy Cohn had been cast also, Sgt. Markoff.
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    Maids in Movies

    Coming up this weekend late Sunday [or early Monday] is a great movie, with the always interesting "maid" context called: 2:00 AM HOUSEMAID, THE (1960) Drama ensues when a married music teacher hires a young maid to take care of the house. Dir: Kim Ki-Young Cast: Lee Eun-Sim , Ju Jeung-Ryu , Kim Jin-Kyu . BW-111 mins, Now if you are a fan of domestics in films who get out of line and start chaos, this might be right down your alley. It combines the utter insanity of Jean Genet's play, "The Maids" with the emotional drama of Oshima's "In the Realm of the Senses" wherein the anti-heroine takes her relationship with her employer to a whole new level of ecstasy. Don't ask if you have never seen it! If you liked Haneke's "The Piano Teacher" with its control issues between paramours, you might like "The Housemaid".
  17. 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...
  18. 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.
  19. CaveGirl

    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.
  20. CaveGirl

    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.
  22. 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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