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About LawrenceA

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  1. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Promises.....Promises! (1963) - 4/10 BANNED IN CLEVELAND!!! Dopey sex comedy starring and co-written by Tommy Noonan as a goofball on a cruise ship who is hoping to get his wife (Jayne Mansfield) pregnant. He consults with the ship's doctor (Fritz Feld) who prescribes some new pills, but there's a mix-up, and not only do Tommy and Jayne take them, but so do their next-cabin neighbors Mary McDonald and Mickey Hargitay. When they wake up the next day, Tommy is with Mary, and Jayne is with Mickey, and hilarity ensues! Not really. Also featuring drag comedian T.C. Jones, Eddie Quillan, Marjorie Bennett, Victor Lundin, and Imogene Coca. Jayne appears in the nude, wallowing around in a bubble bath, toweling off in a doorway, and writhing around in bed. All 3 short snippets are repeated many times throughout the film. This generated a lot of controversy, and Jayne appeared in Playboy to promote it. Thus many theaters wouldn't show it, and it was outright banned in many cities. It's pretty terrible, but maybe not as bad as some "nudie cuties" that I've seen. Source: internet
  2. LawrenceA

    Recently Watched Horror

    I should watch movies with you guys...sounds like I'd get a lot of extra popcorn.
  3. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    The Organizer (1963) - 8/10 Italian drama from director Mario Monicelli. Set in 19th century Turin, workers at a textile factory decide to strike for better working conditions. They are inspired by the passionate words of labor organizer Professor Sinigaglia (Marcello Mastroianni), who is already a fugitive due to earlier labor struggles across the country. Also featuring Renato Salvatori, Gabriella Giorgelli, Folco Lulli, Bernard Blier, Raffaella Carra, Annie Girardot, and Franco Ciolli. I loved the period production design and the stark B&W cinematography (courtesy of Giuseppe Rotunno) helps accentuate the dirty and damp squalor of the workers' lives. There's also a nice balance between the humor and the tragedy of the story. Recommended. Source: The Criterion Channel
  4. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    I felt those little bursts of images, made with rapid-fire edits, were Resnais trying to visualize the fragmentary nature of thought and memory, how one's attention at any given moment may jump rapidly across many different things and even different times, as images, sounds, smells or feelings trigger memories and reminisces. I thought it was similar, but less successful, to things he was doing in Hiroshima, Mon Amour, and Last Year at Marienbad,
  5. It seems she may have gotten a rep for being "difficult" after being replaced on Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives, and then quitting/being fired from Tank Girl (1994), which was a big production, even if it's largely forgotten now. I also read this, which may explain things a bit: Stated in 2009 interview that she had also been diagnosed with mild schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, Tourette's syndrome and chronic insomnia.
  6. LawrenceA

    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Of all the stupid, classless things you've said in the past, this may be the worst. I'd call you a child, but that would be an insult to children.
  7. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Muriel, or the Time of Return (1963) - 5/10 French drama from director Alain Resnais. An aging antique dealer (Delphine Seyrig) hosts a visiting former lover (Jean-Pierre Kerien) and his young niece (Nita Klein). The antique dealer's step-son (Jean-Baptiste Thierree) also lives with her, and he often speaks of an unseen girlfriend named Muriel. The characters go about their banal daily lives while dwelling upon the nature of memory and time. If this sounds like a boring, pretentious film, then you and I are on the same page. As is often the case with such films, there is a very vocal contingent that declare this one of, if not the, greatest film ever made. They also insist that it must be seen at least three or four times before one "get's it". That may be the case, but I'll never get it, then. Source: The Criterion Channel
  8. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    From what I've read, it was a rushed production, as Fox was hoping for some quick box-office cash to help staunch the financial bleeding caused by the production of Cleopatra. That's why they just re-used the Something's Got to Give script with little editing. All involved were surprised when Move Over, Darling proved to be such a big commercial success, one of the biggest of the 63-64 winter season. I went in with limited expectations, as this isn't my sort of movie, and I liked it. I've also seen My Favorite Wife and liked that one, too.
  9. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    If this had been posted in the Doris Day tribute thread:
  10. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Move Over, Darling (1963) - 7/10 Fun, energetic romantic comedy with James Garner as a husband and father whose wife (Doris Day) was lost at sea 5 years ago, and is now presumed dead. He's moved on, and marries Polly Bergen, but on the same day of their nuptials, Doris is returned to shore by the US Navy, who discovered her alive and well on a remote tropical island. Now the trio has to navigate what to do next. Also featuring Thelma Ritter, Don Knotts, Edgar Buchanan, Fred Clark, John Astin, Pat Harrington, Max Showalter, Eddie Quillan, Alvy Moore, Alan Sues, and Chuck Connors. A remake of My Favorite Wife, and a reworking of the doomed Marilyn Monroe/Dean Martin project Something's Got to Give, this is a very enjoyable light comedy with charming performances from all involved. All three leads are at the top of their game, and I liked the bit roles by Don Knotts and Edgar Buchanan. Source: Amazon video
  11. That was one of several good Vietnam vet films from that time. Distant Thunder (1988) with John Lithgow and Ralph Macchio, and Jacknife (1989) with Robert De Niro, Ed Harris and Kathy Baker, are two others. I think they may be better suited to Veteran's Day than Memorial Day, though.
  12. LawrenceA

    outstanding music thread

    I have this song cued up to play through loudspeakers on the roof every time I leave the house.

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