LornaHansonForbes

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    Gardening, macrame, lies, deception, blackmail, the Dark Arts, the Nekronomicon, Olympic Shade-Throwing, innapropriate humor, bad taste.
    Fightin' for that lousy buck everyone sneers at but slugs to get.

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  1. LornaHansonForbes

    I Just Watched...

    JASON X and JASON VS FREDDY are the only two I haven’t seen. (I even saw the Michael Bay produced remake.)
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    I hate myself, so I've been watching the FRIDAY THE 13TH film series on AMC ON DEMAND, which means they have both commercials (although, unlike regular AMC, commercials comprise only 30% of the total viewing time on AMC ON DEMAND as opposed to a solid 70% on regular AMC) and the films are edited for content, so...I dunno, non-alcoholic beer anyone? I grew up on these, and they are all terrible (although it's worth noting that Part 3 in 3-D has a certain zietgast to it and PART VI at least has some clever(ish) humor and action as well as the hot guy from RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD as the protagonist)- but they're still noteworthy studies of the times. i'm one of those who ultimately feels like film is a reflection of the values of society and not so much an influencer on said social beliefs, but still- you can really see the beginnings of society's collective loss of empathy in these (not to mention the makers had some clear issues with women.) I don't know why, but I am highly amused by the fact that about 30% of these films are comprised of "looking for Tina"- ie there is ALWAYS a character named Tina and there is always a lengthy scene where someone wanders through the woods or cabins looking for her and urging her to "stop screwing around." Like, why even invite Tina if this is all she does? The worst of the series was JASON GOES TO HELL, with a viable case to be made for JASON TAKES MANHATTAN, but again- they're really all pretty atrocious. (Yet repeatedly watchable.)
  3. LornaHansonForbes

    I Just Watched...

    THANK YOU, I DID NOT KNOW THAT!
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    One small addendum to my NOSFEREVIEW- One thing I was surprised by in 1979 NOSFERATU was the (relative) brevity of the sequence where the vampire travels on the ship and slowly kills off the crew. And there wasn’t a lot of actual depiction of said murders. That’s really one of the most terrifying parts of the whole story, if you think about it- Being trapped on the ocean with a vampire And for whatever reason I don’t think Herzog and company *fully* realized its onscreen potential.. It’s realized to it’s fullest potential only twice in tellings of the tale I think, once in Orson Welles radio adaptation and the other time in the Spanish language 1931 version.
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    NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979) showed up on amazon prime. it's funny, because I've seen it quite a few times yet remember the details of it so badly [outside of the finger sucking scene, the slo mo bats with the POPOL VOHL (sp?) music, and the ending straight out of an Ealing comedy.] it's nearly silent itself (a wise choice) and it is also tedious, ponderous and glacial: BUT I MEAN ALL OF THOSE IN A GOOD WAY (FOR ONCE) (NO SARCASM) (HONEST.) for while the proceedings are a slow dirge, it's a deliberate, compelling, well-done dirge and the visuals (and sound effects) are superb. it's an engrossing iceberg of a movie and compares quite favorably to THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS: OR PARDON ME BUT MY PATIENCE IS WEARING THIN and it is also (and again, I mean this with admiration and no sarcasm) A [FAR] MORE SUCCESSFUL COMEDY THAN THAT MOVIE. And I don't just say that because THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS isn't funny, I say that because there is an undeniable element of comedy in NOSFERATU, Pitch black and soaked in weltschmirtz (sp?), but comedy of the tragic and absurd WHICH IS CAPPED OFF BY A TRULY MEMORABLE ENDING. The leads are marvelous, but it's worth noting just how good (and how lovely) ISABELLE ADJANI is in every scene of this movie.
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    Noir Alley

    Not sure if you have seen MRS. PARKINGTON (1945)- but AGNES MOOREHEAD plays rather a similar role in many ways, I think the PUHtreeSHUH character in THE DAMNED DONT CRY was there as a suggestion of that. I seem to recall a line that alludes to some gambling debts her character has incurred and thus why she is indebted to Castleman, but it's not hard to think of a connection.
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    Damn, he really does look like a Muppet! I'm getting Animal + Dr. Teeth with a little of the crazy bomber guy. JILL SCHOELEN, it deserves to be said, was a uniquely bad actress. There is something so unforced and genuine about her inability to process or convey emotion onscreen- a real pioneer for the art.
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    Noir Alley

    I also bring this up CONSTANTLY, but in re: the ending to THE DAMNED DON'T CRY There was an hour long radio adaptation done for THE SCREEN DIRECTOR'S PLAYHOUSE starring CRAWFORD and it is better than the movie- sharper and more focused. Her character also dies at the end in this version, which is done SO EFFECTIVELY. I bet you anything it was in the script that the character die, but JOAN'S ego got in the way and she demanded she live. I have read about one time in the past where she turned down a role saying "I don't die onscreen." (although she did a couple times before and after this.)
  9. LornaHansonForbes

    Noir Alley

    1. AGREE re: STEVE COCHRAN. Also plus for the hairy chest. 2. OOOOH! So that's where I know Mrs. Castleman from! She is TERRIFIC in ROPE, one of my favorite performances in the movie. She's good in THE DAMNED DON'T CRY, but it is such an ODD PART in an ODD MOMENT of the movie that ends up being something of a non sequitor with regard to the plot and outcome of the movie. 3. "PAH-TREE-SHUH! PAH-TREE-SHUH!" 4. The most jarring thing about THE DAMNED DON'T CRY, and maybe why it was not a bigger hit, is that DAVID BRIAN and CRAWFORD have a relationship dynamic very similar to their roles in FLAMINGO ROAD, she the hungry up and comer- he the powerful man she latches onto out of ambition and not love, but his character in THE DAMNED DON'T CRY takes such a dark and brutal turn by the ending- it's almost unsettling if you've seen FLAMINGO ROAD first.
  10. LornaHansonForbes

    Noir Alley

    in re: JOAN'S HAIR in THE DAMNED DON'T CRY CRAWFORD did numerous publicity stills for the movie and even appears on the film's posters and lobby cards with a sleek, EVA PERON-like chignon, I think it would have been the best choice for her CAFE SOCIETY alter ego as it is both flattering and says "money." i have no idea if she wore it in a scene or scenes that were deleted from the film...she does weAR a chignon on screen in FLAMINGO ROAD.
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    Noir Alley

    which also has some really good cinematography.
  12. LornaHansonForbes

    I Just Watched...

    I only take issue with one thing you write here, item #3, WHEREIN you refer to the movie as being "energetic and in constant motion" THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS: OR, PARDON ME, BUT I THINK YOUR MOVIE SUCKS is a film of such TEDIOUS, GLACIAL PACING that even WERNER HERZOG ca. FITZCARRALDO would be looking at his watch and tapping his foot 20 minutes in. For an ostensible "comedy" (and DEAR LORD is it UNFUNNY!) it is glacially paced, for a Horror movie it is glacially paced, FOR A MOVIE PERIOD it is in the books as one of the slowest deaths ever recorded for 110 minutes (which for all the world feel like six and a half hours.) CHINATOWN is a perfect film, MACBETH is good, but this one? WOOF.
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    POSSIBLY..I can't recall who or what specifically he was discussing. i've watched footage of an old premiere and want to he he came as the escort of NORMA SHEARER and is referred to as "HOLLYWOO'D FAVORITE LADIES MAN LYLE TALBOT" or something of some such type.
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    I Just Watched...

    BETTE DAVIS in THREE ON A MATCH:
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    I Just Watched...

    ps- i loved that in the montage set during the Prohibition Era, they played the popular tune How Dry I Am, which is what drunken characters in Warner Bros, cartoons have warbled a time or two with a hiccup interspersed.

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