Asta

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  1. Asta

    NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA, by Schaffner:

    I missed the first half hour or so unavoidably. I do want to see it in its entirety again. Some things I liked, some didn't hit me well. Some were moving like when they went to Siberia and are leaving the palace. It felt quiet though you know what is hanging in the air and the tenseness carried. I went to the Romanov exhibit years ago in New York. It was very moving. The items were not only some directly connected to them but to the Romanoff dynasty and family members that came before them. You see clothing, Faberge items such as the eggs, jewels, and other personal items and it is moving. There was a full-length portrait of Alexandra too that is haunting. The worst part for me is especially the kids. Lives cut so short.
  2. Asta

    This makes me a little sad

    Now I don't know because I don't have any Looney Toons box sets, but that is probably not the interesting stuff that you mentioned that would be on there. That is the stuff that is hard work and takes time to look around and find, if you don't know. But thankfully, the internet makes it easier to do so nowadays. Maybe I'm wrong. But it would be cool if they had commentaries or something else for each episode and put that out there. The history and pop culture of the time, and why the creators did that or were motivated to pull stuff from elsewhere in their work.
  3. Asta

    This makes me a little sad

    Oh, I can just laugh picturing his wise-cracking face with that stupid wig with blonde braids and the Viking helmet, on that ridiculous, chubby horse, with the flowers. Too funny... and I grew up watching Looney Toons. But I got older, put in the time and research, to find out more. What the cartoonists were shooting for, the history behind everything, etc. and that is interesting too. I enjoy that and that is what happened with rediscovering Wayne and Wanda and making those connections. Even with Bugs and Clark Gable and It Happened One Night. Eh, let's throw in another one. I think this is even funnier. Did not expect this. Surely, this is why Wayne went solo. lol! I'll Know
  4. Asta

    This makes me a little sad

    Just a little something… People will put a twist on things and continue to support Old Hollywood and classic movies and culture in their unique way. I was thinking of Jim Henson and the Muppets as one example, in which a pair of characters were created as an homage to musical numbers and duets in classic movies, and two of its many greats. And I do see things today from time to time. When I do it is nice to see. Very apparent that Jim Henson, with his work and the team he had around him, loved classic movies, actors, and culture. His way was to spotlight it, take the influences, and bring charm, creativity, and definitely silly humor to it. The Muppets are also tied into the park that I mentioned in my earlier post. Their presence in the park was supposed to be different than what actually was created and is still there. Wayne and Wanda are a Muppet singing team influenced by musicals, singing, and Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. They are so cute, and I only rediscovered them when I was gifted the Muppet Show box sets and started looking at them. Still not done. But I remember watching the show and loving it. I was all about Sesame Street and the Fraggles too when I was little. They performed numbers but never got through the whole act. Something always foiled the act, and the premise is that it was tied to whatever song they were singing. But I love the running bit that they just can’t get through a number…ever. They were in the first season mostly, and later were fired by Kermit. Wayne then went solo for a while, lol! But after awhile, they were both gone, and only revived in I think a comic book, and in one of the more recent Muppet films, but it was as long as a cameo; pretty quick. But they shared a kiss, so apparently all was forgotten of the split and some of the antics that ruined their numbers, lol. But it was a good sign that they were present. So, Wayne and Wands, still here, and I hope to see more of them. The running bit was that Sam the Eagle thinks they are the most decent/wholesome act on the show, and is always sweating bullets, hoping they can at least complete their number, but he is thwarted time and again. It is so funny and very cute. He slaps his head, wipes his forehead with a handkerchief in distress, and it is hilarious. Yes, even when Waldorf and Statler throw out one-liners and are known for heckling performers from their prime balcony seats. Very cute and very silly...I had forgotten about them for a long time, until I got the Muppet Box Sets and did some research and someone pointed out to me that they were a nod to Nelson and Jeanette. Also, one of the songs they did was Indian Love Call, and that is unmistakably tipping a hat to them. That song is hard for me. I like it from that part in the movie Rose-Marie, but I read that Jean Harlow liked the song and it was also sung at her memorial by, I think, both of them. I adore Jean and I read about how sad that time was for William Powell too, whom I also adore. But let’s forget that sadness for now, so we can bring on the funny. I was too young to know about them when I watched the Muppet Show, but discovered Eddy and MacDonald later. Unlike Jeanette, Wanda can not sing to save her life, lol. On A Clear Day (You Can see Forever) Edit: My computer was acting weird, very slow for some reason, and having a mind of its own, so hopefully at least one clip will work.
  5. Asta

    This makes me a little sad

    This was such a wonderful post that I had to share something that happened to me recently. And I had a lot of time to post elsewhere, because I thought my account here was suspended this weekend. LOL! Currently, I was on another message board for something I also have an interest in. The history, present, and future of Walt Disney World. Specifically being discussed is the current Hollywood Studios theme park, the former MGM Studios. Recent closings and changes have happened. The entire backlot studio tour, a wonderful shop that sold Hollywood memorabilia and collectibles, Sid Cahuenga's, where I even purchased an item from the Mary Pickford estate as a young woman a few years ago, because I adore her. A very nice china figurine. Well, somebody saw an article about the possible rumor of the removal/change, etc. of the Great Movie Ride. This is a ride located in a replica Graumann Chinese theatre, actual Hollywood stars, especially many from Old Hollywood have even signed and made prints in cement to replicate here. Yes, people that had premieres at the ACTUAL theatre in CA. Hope and Bacall helped to dedicate the park with many others in 1989. It houses movie clips, props and special items, and culminates in an attraction with Audio-Anamatronic figures of everyone from Bogart, Bergman, Garland, Wayne, you name it, and another tribute with clips from Old Hollywood. Ok, some later too. So the discussion went around to should it be removed, not touched at all, or should all current movies replace the old, or whatever. Somehow the conversation did turn to the value of classic movies, actors, and the period from the 1930's and 1940's, and that entire era in CA. It does go a bit past the 40's too in the park. Please let me reiterate, this was just a rumor, but it kicked off a discussion of how people would feel if it ever came down to this in the future. I thought I would have to go in there and defend it to the death. lol. My love for not just movies but Old Hollywood, and how this park made a nice niche as a tribute, and how important it is, and how it affects the entire heart of the park. Between getting into a discussion of Streamline Moderne, googie, programmatic, Art Deco architecture ( ok, I got detailed in there) in the park and how the replica Derby eatery, and other things would be totally lost if the main attraction/icon/anchor/cohesive park element and its opening day id were ever removed. I was shocked. More people are for leaving it than removing it, it seems. Also, shocking was the amount of people that seemed cool with the four posts I made, left the park topic for a bit, and went off on how much they love Old Hollywood and classic movies. Much more than I anticipated, and it was nice to see. Not going to lie. I did cringe when a couple of "Who is John Wayne?" of "Who the heck is Cagney?" was thrown out, for example. I commented on who Busby was and why Footlight was important. I got a nice amount of likes. I was really surprised. But Claude Rains got a nice shout out. Other favorites and positives came out too. Sure, some would like it out and have all current movies in, but much less than I had anticipated. I thought my posts were going to get reamed. So I think….despite youth. Some will never be open to the past. The more open-minded, the more willing to explore and learn, and not be force fed the not so good current stuff that comes out, and the more inclined will. And in this day in age, which so much more convenient access to multimedia, the future of classic movies and culture will be ok. Some seemed interested in what some of us said, and actually went out to research some old movies and actors we mentioned, so it was nice.
  6. Asta

    Test Test Test is this site working now?

    Let me just say that it is an experience I would never like to have again. Relieved it is over, but maybe, as others said: a contingency plan? A quick mass e-mail can be generated or something? Honestly, I was still logged in and couldn't get to the message board so I wouldn't even see a post if there was one. I had just gone out to a family birthday dinner, was so looking forward to watching a movie or two when we returned home and checking out some threads, and then saw "account suspended." I have never had that in my life. I just joined a few days ago and only had 10 posts. So I had no idea what happened. Totally a head-scratcher, but you still wonder if maybe something was taken the wrong way or whatever. I panicked a bit. I admit it, I did. I will always be that little kid in elementary school afraid of the teacher. LOL! But I did get a shock there for a minute. When we went out to dinner, I forget to log out, so I was still logged in and couldn't get out. So you can imagine the wondering of not being able to see if something happened or whatever. No worries. Stuff happens. But man, if that happens again, please alert me.
  7. Asta

    Which Actors SCARE You The Most?

    Ok, I will go with the first thing that popped into my head. I will admit it. I am scared of Conrad Veidt. Now I had never seen Dark Journey before and wasn't familiar with him. If I was the spy, I would have folded in two seconds. Very intimidating. All I knew was that one of my favs, Vivien Leigh, was in it, so I checked it out. I did like it though, and I thought they were both great. But he still scares me. lol!
  8. I like this movie and I have seen it before, but I had to catch it again last night. I had seen his Higgins and his Caesar and other roles, years before I ever saw this, and I know when I first saw this movie, I had to adjust. For a few moments, it took my brain time to get into him as a gruff, dead, sea captain. But I also loved his much earlier work with Vivien Leigh too. He's…er, I guess I want to say a bit softer in those roles?(St. Martin's Lane, Storm in a Teacup). What happened last night was that I focused a bit on Natalie Wood, after seeing this movie several times before and already taking in many other great aspects of it. I had just seen a documentary on her, and I marveled at how cool her resume was. Just the variety of greats she worked with from the old Hollywood crowd as a child, and then to the big names in the 50's and 60's and later Hollywood actors. What a career and what a life! So for 12 years before "Rebel" I wanted to take a look at who she worked with. And I was surprised at really how many people she worked on projects with. And believe me, there were more, but the list and this post would have been huge, so I don't have everyone. Even directors, music scorers, etc. it was a lot of interesting people. Ann Rutherford, Don Ameche, Frances Dee, Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Orson Welles, Claudette Colbert, Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, Maureen O’Hara, Fred MacMurray, Irene Dunne, Jimmy Stewart, Ann Blyth, Charles Laughton, Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Jack Palance, Virginia Mayo, Paul Newman. And then I checked"Rebel" and after. And there are some old Hollywood greats in there too. I have a special love for more 30's and 40's more than anything else. James Dean, Rock Hudson, Anne Baxter, John Wayne, Karl Malden, Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, Gene Kelly, Robert Wagner, James Garner, Rosalind Russell, Warren Beatty, Steve McQueen, Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall, Roddy McDowall, Robert Redford, Jack Lemmon, Vivian Vance, Sean Connery. It is amazing being a child and so young, and seeing and working with the old Golden Age people, who worked in the 30's and 40's. And I am bad with dates, so there might have even been some that worked in silent early on. Then she gets older and transitions into the 50's and 60's era as the star system and Golden Age is waning, and into later times of the 70's and 80's and all that change obviously, and her career and life, unfortunately, comes to an end. .
  9. Thanks! Yup, Asta Charles is the man! Uh, dog. And I knew I forgot some, but this one just popped up, because I remember being so moved and bawling. Well, Claude Rains killed me in every scene. But when his daughter starts crying over ice cream and begs to go with him in Mr. Skeffington. His hurt face in most of the movie is just too much. He always tries to be a gentleman, and kind, and move forward, but man…the eyes and the hurt face. I can't…he is so great! He can be doing so much, without a lot of noise and movement.
  10. Asta

    Your three favorite male actors of all time

    Ok, in no particular order because they are 3 very different actors….but my absolute favorites are these three. I can't go very long without popping into my dvd one of their movies, and if they are on TCM I barricade myself into my house. Clark Gable William Powell Leslie Howard But, I also love Claude Rains, Errol Flynn, Fred Astaire, and Rex Harrison. I will watch anything they are in. If I had to pick later ones, I would have to say, I love John Cazale. Short career film wise, but he was amazing in everything. And I love Daniel Day Lewis. He can play anything and be fantastic.
  11. Every time I cry with this one: Hattie McDaniel walking up the steps of the Butler house with Olivia de Havilland after Bonnie died in Gone with the Wind. I can't keep it together. Her dialogue, the voice constricted with grief, the crying, wiping her eyes, her worry for the both of them. She knows Scarlett, only to well, and Rhett had grown on her, and she has no idea how they will fare and what is going to happen because of this tragedy. She was wonderful. And knowing that the poor girl died, what happened to the pony, and that the always contained Rhett is a mess. It is too much. Myra keeping the newspaper article contents from Roy's mother when they have tea in Waterloo Bridge. It was so tense and so sad what Vivien's character was going through. And then later knowing that whole scene where she tells her that she can't marry Roy and how why, is insinuated. Gut-wrenching. I can only watch that movie every few years. Clark Gable in the Misfits, calling for his son and falling off the car into a heap on the ground. And the scene leading up to it as it built up. He was wonderful. It's heart-wrenching. Even worse knowing it is his last picture. He was excellent, and you wonder always, if he had lived, maybe he would have made some more.
  12. Asta

    Who are your biggest vintage crushes?

    Too great. I hadn't noticed your avatar quote. Very short and concise, but I could listen to him dole out a few "Sink me's!" on a loop. Hilarious! What I loved, among many things, is his genius physical characterization, and even with the props. He was awesome with the cane, any hand and arm mannerisms, the way he would stand in full fop mode and walk, and the pauses... But my favorite is what he could do with that monocle/eye piece. Analyzing Marguerite's portrait, talking to Chauvelin, poking him, or gesturing with it to make a point or emote his whole carefree, fop persona. He was just brilliant.
  13. Asta

    Who are your biggest vintage crushes?

    He is the greatest. I'll never forget the day a long time ago when I first saw the Petrified Forest and the Scarlet Pimpernel with Merle both on one day. He broke my heart in the first one, and had me laughing out loud with the fop stuff in the second one. And how great he slips in and out of the fop act and the true Percy. Let me stop before I go into: "They seek him here, they…" He was just so funny with that. It was just too much. The face, the dialogue, the voice, and that snooty laugh. Perfect!
  14. Asta

    Who are your biggest vintage crushes?

    No problem. And then you can tell the other dumped dates: I'd like ta date ya, but I just washed my hair. Problem solved. lol!
  15. Asta

    best romantic comedy ever?

    I love My Man Godfrey, so that would be my choice. But I have a very special love for "Double Wedding." It is so funny and sweet, and Powell and Loy are opposites attract to the extreme. It is just so silly and a fun movie. Certainly not the greatest film ever made, but so cute.

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