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  1. redhook1947

    Great Songs That Play Over Movie Credits

    Beginning credits: My Favorite Year - Stardust sung by Nat King Cole (No video found)] Ending scene: Donnie Darko - Mad World - Ending scene: Love Actually - God Only Knows -
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    Which Is The First Movie That You Ever Watched?

    In theater it may have been On the Waterfront; an odd choice for a 7 yr. old. Until I saw it again years later, my recollections were Brando's checkered jacket, his bloody fist after breaking the window to get Edie and himself out of the way of the speeding truck, and the fight with Lee J. Cobb at the end. When I later read that they used chocolate syrup for blood for black and white movies, I wondered if it was U-Bet, Bosco or Hershey's. I've seen Waterfront dozens of times and it remains one of my all time top ten favorites.
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    BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES

    "The Gift" with Glenn Ford and Julie Harris. It's a 1979 TV movie and never on, but literally hits close to home. It must be one of the least remembered or watched movies. Its IMDB page has no plot, no user reviews and only one message - about how to find a copy.
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    Oh wow! SUDDEN FEAR! (1952) on 12/14 at 8:00 PM

    Jack Palance: "I'm so crazy about you I could break your bones."
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    The top five Oscars

    I think one of the most baffling omissions is the failure of My Man Godfrey to receive a Best Picture nomination. It received 6 nominations all in important categories: Director, Screenplay, and all four acting categories. 1936 was a year that had 10 nominees for Best Picture, making it even more confounding. My guess is that its studio, Universal, decided to push for its box office success, Three Smart Girls which earned one of the 10 spots. After winning Best Picture for 1929/30's All Quiet on the Western Front, Universal became a minor player in the Oscar stakes until the 1970s, finally winning its second Academy Award for Best Picture for 1973's The Sting. As far as other films that should have swept the top 5 Oscars, I would say Gone with the Wind came the closest (with only Gable's loss to Donat). My personal wish would have been The Apartment (with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine besting Burt Lancaster and Elizabeth Taylor).
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    Favorite movie entrances and exits

    Entrance: Omar Sharif, Lawrence of Arabia Exit: HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey
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    Top 25 Actress that debuted after 1950 are?

    Here are some that I haven't seen listed. I'm looking at this from an acting standpoint and not necessarily as a movie star. Judi Dench Glenn Close Ellen Burstyn Holly Hunter Kathy Bates Emma Thompson Frances McDormand Julianne Moore Joan Allen Helen Mirren Apologies if some names have already been posted.
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    Quasi Denouements

    Shane (1953): Has Shane been fatally wounded as he rides off into the sunset? Once Upon a Time in America(1984): In the full version the film ends on a freeze frame of Noodles (Robert DeNiro) in an opium den after he sees the bodies of his friends, calling into question if all the scenes of the older Noodles an opium dream. Limbo (1999): John Sayles story lives up to its title. Nothing more should be said
  9. The Gift - With Glenn Ford and Julie Harris Special Bulletin - With Ed Flanders and David Clennon
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    Your Brush with Greatness.

    I mentioned in a previous post that my career was in law enforcement. For about 10 years, I worked off duty at a couple of concert halls. I got to meet a number of the performers (Luciano Pavarotti was a highlight). One night I was working a variety type show in the mode of The Ed Sullivan Show. The emcee was Donald O'Conner and the acts included Kaye Stevens, Jackie Vernon, Stanley Myron Handelman and George Jessel. I was advised that Mr. Jessel had not arrived and there was some concern as he was scheduled to go on shortly. I went outside the theater. At that time (1980), downtown Miami was fairly deserted after darkness. A few minutes later, an old, rather beat up Chevy drove slowly down Flagler Street and pulled over across from the theater. Out steps this old man in an all white suit. It was Mr. Jessel. I quickly introduced myself and escorted him backstage. He appeared slightly disoriented and rather frail to me, as I turned him over to Donald O'Conner. I left to go to the back of the auditorium. As I approached the doors, I could hear the audience whooping it up. I went inside and saw George Jessel singing, dancing and telling off color jokes like he was 20 yrs. old. I went back outside and a few minutes later, out comes Mr. Jessel, shuffling along. The old car drove up. I told him he was great and it was a pleasure to meet him, as he got into the vehicle and it drove away. I learned two things that night. Not all celebrities arrive in stretch limos, and to entertainers, performing in front of a live audience is some sort of magic elixir for them.
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    Your Brush with Greatness.

    Also in the "brush" category. A colleague and I were in Manhattan in November, 1982 for a management class. On a break, we went into Henri Bendel's. I was at the register buying a few post cards (one of the few items I could afford in that store). I noticed the cashier staring wide-eyed past me and I turned around to see Bill Murray (quite tall) and Robert De Niro. It took me a few seconds to recognize De Niro as his hair was grey and he looked older than he should have. It wasn't until I saw Once Upon a Time in America, a couple of years later that I realized he must have been in make-up shooting the scenes of his character 'Noodles' as an older man.
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    Your Brush with Greatness.

    During the late 70s and early 80s as part of my law enforcement career, I was assigned as liaison with the film industry. There were several movies shot in Miami and I got to spend some time with: Dom DeLuise, Suzanne Pleshette, Jerry Reed - Hot Stuff Ernest Borgnine, Joanna Dru - Super Fuzz Paul Newman, Sally Field, Sydney Pollack, Absence of Malice. I remember talking to co-producer Ronald L. Schwery, who also produced Ordinary People. I asked him what he thought his chances for Best Picture were against Raging Bull. He said he felt they were good. He was right. I was most involved with The Mean Season (1985). Since the story involved the Miami Police Homicide Unit, myself and a Homicide detective served as technical advisors (and were credited). Director Phillip Borsos was a true gentleman. Sadly, he passed away at a young 41 yrs. from leukemia. It was nice speaking to Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, a young Andy Garcia, Richard Bradford, and Richard Jordan, who also died young. I was given the script to read before shooting began and I asked if the casting was complete. The Director told me that they still needed to cast some of the supporting roles. I suggested William Smith for one of them and to my surprise they called him and gave him the part. Unfortunately, I didn't get to meet him. I got to briefly meet Anthony Quinn during the premier of Children of Sanchez. He really is a larger than life character. Very charismatic. Oh, in 1973, I was a young patrol officer and was at a party thrown by our Sergeant. One of my co-workers said to me "look over there - The Godfather." No, it wasn't Brando - but it was Robert Duvall, who was doing some research for his role in Badge 373. I told him how impressed I was with his performance in The Godfather. He said it was nothing compared to what we had to do every day. I thought that was quite a compliment to us. One more that didn't have to do with my occupation. A friend of a friend's father was Harold Russell, who I got to meet. He did tell me about William Wyler, who he called Willie.
  13. In "I Wake Up Screaming," two songs are played incessantly: Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow" and Alfred Newman's "Street Scene." Eddie Muller has fun with this during his DVD commentary. The only music in Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" is the titled theme song, written by John Williams. It is played throughout the picture in various tempos and styles including a doorbell..
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    MY FAVORITE MUSIC

    Vocal Ballad #5: All By Myself - Eric Carmen, with generous borrowings from Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2. Most of my ballad selections have been melancholy if not downright depressing. This one is no exception - ah, but the melodies are what sets them apart for me.
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    MY FAVORITE MUSIC

    Vocal Ballads #4: Ballad of the Sad Young Men. Music by Tommy Wolf, lyrics by Fran Landesman - sung by Roberta Flack.

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