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    Exotic Birds, Martial Arts, Bicycling, Walking, Classic movies, Politics. West Side Story.

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  1. miki

    Recently Watched Musicals

    Thank you for your reply, Ruby jewel! Most of the long movies, including West Side Story, which is my all time favorite film, hands down, which is 2.5 hours long, have intermissions. Some movie theatres incorporate the Intermissions when they play these films, while others don't. The film South Pacific, however did come out in 1958, but still didn't have an intermission. If there was in Intermission in South Pacific, it may have been taken out. Who knows? To be honest, I've always liked films that have a whole combination of action, romance, exuberance, arrogance, cockiness, anger, fighting, feuding and even some gore, and death. Not too much of any of those things. West Side Story, for me, fits that bill perfectly. Anyway, back to the subject at hand; Thanks for the heads up about the Hays code or whatever. Movies are a good escape. It gives me an excuse to get out of the house, as it used to give other people, but most people nowadays, have chosen not to stay home and watch movies on a big TV and an elaborate home theatre system, on a DVD, home video, or Blu-Ray. I'm one of the few that prefers to watch movies as they're really and truly meant to be viewed--on a great big wide screen, in a real movie theatre, with the lights down low, and to share the whole experience with a bunch of other people, whether I know them or not. I've seen Jimmy Cagney films Blood on the Sun and Yankee Doodle Dandy on TV, but that's about it.
  2. miki

    Recently Watched Musicals

    I recently saw the 1958 movie-musical, South Pacific, at a large movie theatre here in Boston. It was okay, but sort of ho-hum for me, especially since it was 3 hours long, with no intermission. What I didn't like is the fact that South Pacific had much too much romance in it.
  3. For all kinds of reasons that I've already posted on tcm.com, i'm absolutely and totally against a re-make of the film version of West Side Story. Nobody or nothing will replace the cast, the orchestra, or the cinematography, or the dancing in this great, golden oldie-but-keeper of a classic film.
  4. The Post was quite good, but I never did see Lincoln, and, from what I read about Ready Player One, it didn't sound appealing to me, at all.
  5. Actually, Elvis Presley (yup, the late Elvis Presley!) was the first one that Robert Wise approached for playing the role of Tony in the 1961 film version of West Side Story. Due to an overly controlling manager, however, Elvis Presley was compelled to turn it down, and he was said to have regretted doing so after the 1961 film version of West Side Story was released in movie theaters and became a hit, both nationally and worldwide.
  6. You're welcome, CaveGirl! Glad I was able to help out.
  7. I've got every right to state how I feel about a re-make of the 1961 film West Side Story, LawrenceA. I'll continue to do so. Having said that, in the event that West Side Story does get re-made and it flops in the box offices throughout the country, I'll be laughing my butt off right in front of you, LawrenceA.
  8. miki

    "Woodstock" (1970)

    Thanks again for the info, DougieB. I, too, am part of the Baby-Boom generation, but, for all kinds of reasons, did not take part in any of the stuff that went on back then. What I've heard/read, however, was that the town of WallKill, NY, where the 1969 Woodstock concert was originally scheduled to take place, lifted the permits, because the townspeople really raised a stink about it. So, the concert took place in a town roughly 40 miles north of WallKill, in Bethel, NY. Max Yasgur died of a heart attack two years after the whole Woodstock concert.
  9. miki

    "Woodstock" (1970)

    There were certain other groups and singers, such as Bob Dylan, the Byrds, the Doors and a number of other rock stars of that period who'd been invited to perform at the 1969 Woodstock concert, but, for other reasons, weren't able to make it. Having the above-mentioned groups at Woodstock 1969 would've really brought that concert/movie to the heavens.
  10. miki

    "Woodstock" (1970)

    Thanks for the info, DougieB. The late 1960's, especially 1968, was the beginning of the end. Although I wasn't part of any of the stuff that happened back then, I have visited San Francisco 2 or 3 times since, and still think it's a beautiful city. In many places, including San Francisco, the hippies really were not welcome by the locals, at all. That was true here in Boston, especially in neighborhoods such as Southie (i. e. South Boston), Charlestown, and even East Boston, which were the more ethnically tribal areas of the city at the time. That was also true when the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) attempted to make inroads in many working-class areas, including the above-mentioned Boston neighborhoods, which they were literally chased out of. I've heard of the film "Taking Woodstock", but I've never seen it. Is it a documentary? Just curious. (Pardon my rambling.)
  11. I used to think that Richard Beymer was sort of a weak, lackluster Tony, but, fairly recently (afew years ago), I learned some things about Richard Beymer that made me more willing to give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his depiction of Tony in the 1961 film version of West Side Story: A) Richard Beymer would've liked to play a Tony with a little bit more of an "edge" to him, if one gets the drift, but, due to certain directorial constraints that were placed upon him by (the late) Robert Wise, and due to how the original scripts of both the original Broadway stage production and the 1961 film version of West Side Story were written, he was not able to, since a "softer, more tender and gentle Tony" was required. In fact, Richard Beymer was so upset by seeing how he was forced to play Tony in the film West Side Story that he actually walked out during the Premiere of it when it first came out. b) Natalie Wood, who was dating Warren Beatty at the time, made absolutely no secret of her hostility towards Richard Beymer. Beymer was pained by Natalie Wood's hostility towards him, and it showed, somewhat. C) Natalie Wood actually attempted to get Richard Beymer kicked off of the set on several occasions, as well. D) The Beymer-bashing in many circles has gotten out of hand. E) Towards the end, Richard Beymer played the old "street" Tony that re-emerged when he stabbed the Shark gang leader, Bernardo to death, in retaliation for his having stabbed his close buddy, Riff, during the Rumble, and the fact that he climbed over the fence and flipped over the top when Anybodys finally made him aware of the dangers and that the police were in the area, searching for the Jets and Sharks. F) When the film West Side Story is shown on a great big, wide screen, in a real movie theatre, with the lights down low, Richard Beymer, like all of the other characters in this great classic movie-musical, comes off as being even stronger, more vital, and alive, if one gets the drift. G) Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood met by chance some years later, in a California diner. Richard Beymer approached Natalie Wood, was attracted to her, and they made up.
  12. This year is what would be Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday. That's why there are so many of Leonard Bernstein's films being shown, not only on TCM, but in revival movie theatres, as well.
  13. Steven Spielberg has done a number of good films (i. e. The Post, Munich, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and E. T. Extraterrestrial), but I sincerely believe that a re-make of the 1961 film West Side Story by anybody, including Steve Spielberg, would just cut the heart and soul right out of it. I see nothing but disaster no matter who re-makes it, because, to re-iterate what I've said in some other posts, West Side Story, as a movie, is far too much in a special class by itself. The people who said that there'd never be a film like it again were 100% right on their money.
  14. Frankly, just because Spielberg and Kushner are doing it, doesn't mean that a re-make of the 1961 film version of West Side Story will turn out to be a good one. Ever heard the expression, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? That applies here, to a tee.
  15. That's exactly how I feel about the idea of a re-make of the film West Side Story (1961)!

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