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  1. NickAndNora34

    I Just Watched...

    THE FORGOTTEN (2004) *Score: 3/10* Starring: Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Anthony Edwards, Jessica Hecht, Gary Sinise. Telly (Moore) is a grieving woman whose son has recently died. She constantly talks about him, but is completely dumbfounded when her husband and friends don't seem to remember him at all. Telly's husband forces her to go to therapy so they can try to resolve this issue of a seemingly made up son, but once Telly reconnects with the father of her son's neighborhood friend, the two grow suspicious of the events surrounding their children's deaths, and decide to investigate. I wasn't all that impressed with this one, if I'm being completely honest. I feel like they could have gone deeper with the idea, but they chose not to. Julianne Moore was the most likable I guess? But all the characters were extremely bland.
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    I Just Watched...

    A DANGEROUS WOMAN (1993) *Score: 3/10* Starring: Debra Winger, Barbara Hershey, Gabriel Byrne, Laurie Metcalf, Maggie & Jake Gyllenhaal, Chloe Webb, David Strathairn. (they should have given Laurie Metcalf more to do in this; she's quite good). I don't know if I've seen this movie before, or if the trailer gave practically everything away. I'm leaning more towards the latter. Anyway, Winger stars as Martha, a mentally impaired woman, who lives with her young aunt, Frances (Hershey). Martha has a job at the local dry cleaners, and she takes her work very seriously. Unfortunately, she ends up losing her job due to being accused of a crime she did not commit. Things continue to go badly for her, and the people around her. I won't spoil it, but only because I don't care enough to go much further into detail. Watch the trailer, and you'll have all the information you need without having to sit down for an hour and a half, or whatever the run time of this is. I didn't find myself sympathizing with any of the characters except for Getso, the somewhat shifty boyfriend of Martha's friend, Birdy (Getso played by Strathairn), which is hilarious, because I think we were supposed to like Martha and Frances. No one else really stood out to me. I guess the only reason I watched the whole thing is because I'm trying not to be a quitter.
  3. It's topics like these that cause my brain and my heart to go to war with each other. On one hand, Wayne was a celebrated film actor in the early days of Hollywood, and I think it's admirable to have such a long and prosperous career in the public eye. I know he was a prominent fixture during the 1940's up until his death, essentially... However, on the other hand, I do think the comments he made were offensive and unfounded. I personally don't really like him as a person, and I'm not the largest fan of Westerns in general, but I wouldn't change the channel in a rage, if one of his movies happened to be playing. That being said, I wouldn't be upset if the name of the airport was changed to pay tribute to someone who contributed to society in a more sacrificial way. Just my opinion.
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    I Just Watched...

    INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) *Score: 5.5/10* Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover, Michael Byrne. The third installment in the "Indiana Jones" adventure series. I have probably seen bits and pieces of this when I was much younger, but it was nice to watch it in full. It starts out with young Indy (played by River Phoenix) stealing back an artifact from a group of looters and the chase that then proceeds. It was a nice little glimpse into Indy's life as a youngster, and how not much changed over the years. Flash forward to the present: Indy is still teaching archaeology, but this time, he is approached to help find the Holy Grail (a chalice that Jesus allegedly drank from during the Last Supper). Indy is quite reluctant to embark on this endeavor, until he is told that his father was the first choice, but has now disappeared. Young Dr. Jones then travels to Rome to try to find Dr. Jones Sr., and there he meets Elsa, a German doctor. Eventually, the Nazis show up again and Indy has to steal his father's map back from them, etc. etc. etc. I prefer "Raiders of the Lost Ark," but I liked this more than "Temple of Doom."
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    I Just Watched...

    TRUE GRIT (1969) *Score: 6.25/10* Starring: John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Jeremy Slate, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Strother Martin, Jeff Corey, John Fiedler, Donald Woods. A tale I'm sure most (if not all) of you are familiar with. Young Mattie Ross hires a U.S. Marshal to go after Tom Chaney, the man who killed her father in cold blood. I have seen both versions of the movie, and I've also read the book by Charles Portis. I would venture to say that the 2010 version remains more true to the events in the book, but I enjoyed both. I liked both John Wayne and Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, but I would have to say that if it were a competition, Hailee Steinfeld would beat out Kim Darby, and Matt Damon would beat out Glen Campbell. To be fair though, I am aware that Campbell wasn't an actor. I thought Kim Darby's performance was okay. I know she was about 20 when they filmed this, while Hailee Steinfeld was actually about 13 years old, which is definitely closer to Mattie's age of 14. I don't think an actor has to be the same exact age as their character to deliver a strong performance; I just found Steinfeld to be more natural in the character. I do enjoy the title song sung by Mr. Campbell. I've listened to it several times over the past couple weeks.
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    How To Get My Age Bracket (20-30) Into Cinema

    I just turned 22. My parents showed me some classic movies when I was very young, and then I got back into it when I got back into theater. I have started off with showing some of my friends "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), and that seemed to pique their interest in classic film. I think you have to kind of pick things from particular genres for different people (bc they all have different tastes). I think sometimes younger people think old things are boring, when that's a generalized statement that isn't true. I also have shown something more "shocking" for the time period, like "The Bad Seed" (1956), which is about a child killer. My friend really liked it. I think a lot of it, is that younger people are simply not exposed to classic film. It's not very mainstream these days, whereas people my parents' age were most likely more exposed to it, because their parents were around during Hollywood's heyday. Just my opinion.
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    Kid Sisters

    I was going to add Shirley Temple in "Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" (1947), but then I always believed that she was Myrna Loy's illegitimate daughter in that film, and they were just calling her that for propriety's sake... Patricia Barker, Annabelle Logan, and Janet Chapman as Poppy, Rosie, and Violet; Judy Garland's younger sisters in "Presenting Lily Mars" (1943). They didn't have a ton to do in this one, but they were cute and believable as younger siblings.
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    I Just Watched...

    MARY POPPINS RETURNS (2018) *Score: 7/10* It's taken me a while to actually take the time to write up my review, but I felt compelled to, as I may be the resident Disney fanatic around these parts. I have a lot of things to say about this one, so... Take it away, Bette. STARRING: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, and children Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, & Nathanael Saleh. Needless to say, I was very excited about this cast, and they really didn't disappoint for the most part. For starters, I'd like to say that the original 1964 movie and this 2018 sequel (not a remake, as it surrounds Jane and Michael all grown up and the former's progeny) have a lot of similarities. I will talk about these in a minute, but first, I'd like to acknowledge the fact that frequent Stephen Sondheim conductor/arranger, Paul Gemignani, did the orchestrations for this movie. I don't know, I just really like him. The film starts out with Jack (Miranda) singing "Underneath the Lovely London Sky," a lovely little ditty about the early morning in London, and following your dreams? That's at least what I got from this song. The plot of the film is very much the same as the original, in the sense that Mary Poppins-ex Machina has to come take care of an entire family (not just the children, but the parents as well), while simultaneously re-introducing the idea that imagination is powerful and important to all involved. It turns out that Michael's wife has recently died, and the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank is about to evict him and his children, as he is not making enough money at his teller job. Michael and his sister Jane are very stressed out over the very high probability that they will be homeless in about a week, and have to try to search their entire house for the documents proving their father left them shares in the bank. Mary Poppins flies into town on a very windy day, and follows the children back to their house and assumes her old position at the Banks house. She commences taking the children on fantastic and other-wordly adventures. Now, for a breakdown on the similarities between the songs: 1. Can You Imagine That?- essentially the "Spoonful of Sugar" of this film. "Can You Imagine That" is all about getting the kids to take a bath (something they don't want to do). Mary makes it seem a lot more fun than it really is. I got flashbacks to "Spoonful of Sugar" almost throughout the entirety of this number. 2. The Royal Doulton Music Hall: (Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious) This one is a bit of a stretch, but it takes place in an "imaginary" world and the lyrics are partially comprised of some made-up words. 3. Turning Turtle (I Love to Laugh): This whole scene deals with one of Mary Poppins' relatives, only instead of Uncle Albert, it's her cousin. The number is about how Mary's cousin's world gets turned upside down every second Wednesday. So, I guess Mary's relatives really have things for the ceiling. 4. Trip a Little Light Fantastic (Step in Time): As if it wasn't enough having Jack be a knock-off Bert the Chimney Sweep, he and his lamp-lighter friends get a whole song/dance number that is essentially the same thing as "Step in Time." 5. Nowhere to Go but Up (Let's Go Fly a Kite): Angela Lansbury replaces the Bird Lady in the original film; this time as a nameless Balloon Lady. This song is a rousing chorus of regained juvenility (as is its predecessor), and it takes place in the sky, with balloons in place of kites. Contrary to the borderline negative things I've said so far, I actually enjoyed it. I think since I went in knowing it was supposed to be a sequel, but coming to the conclusion that it would most likely be more of a retelling of the same story, I was okay. The special effects and colors and music were all great. I would recommend going to see this if only for Emily Blunt's portrayal of the titular character. She did Julie Andrews proud, in my opinion.
  9. NickAndNora34

    Kid Sisters

    Bonita Granville in "Merrily We Live" (1938): Here she is pictured with "older sister" Constance Bennett, "father" Clarence Kolb, and a bunny. This is towards the beginning of the film during the breakfast scene, wherein their exasperated father is upset that she hasn't "dressed" for the table. This movie doesn't really stand out to me in regards to other screwball comedies of its time, but I like Bonita as the youngest sister (she has an older brother as well). There's one scene where she's introducing her dogs to somebody, and says, "This one's 'Get off the Rug,' and this one's 'You Too." I always got a kick out of this particular scene.
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    2019 TCM Big Screen Classics

    I am planning on going to see it tomorrow at 1 pm. I'm excited, although I have seen it dozens of times, but never on the big screen.
  11. NickAndNora34

    I Just Watched...

    I liked John Cho in "Searching" as well. The twist was certainly predictable, you're right. And I actually have seen "Professor Marston" already. It was interesting to see how Wonder Woman came about and the details surrounding his life.
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    I Just Watched...

    SEARCHING (2018) and HOLMES & WATSON (2018): Searching: Starring: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La. After his daughter goes "Messing" (sorry, "missing"), David Kim hacks onto her laptop and searches her social media in an attempt to find out what could have happened to her. Messing co-stars as the detective assigned to the case, and the two of them work together to solve it. I was essentially unimpressed with everything in this movie; I wouldn't pay money to see this, that's for sure. One thing I did like, was the choice to show the dad's POV of looking on his daughter's laptop and social media sites. That was an interesting touch. *Score: 2.25/10* Holmes and Watson: Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Rebecca Hall, Kelly Macdonald, Ralph Fiennes, Lauren Lapkus, Steve Coogan, Hugh Laurie, Noah Jupe. A "humorous" twist on the iconic duo we know so well. I laughed maybe twice the entire movie. I saw it mainly because I was bored one night. I would not recommend spending money to see this. I think Ferrell and Reilly have great chemistry, and I am quickly becoming a fan of Rebecca Hall. She's great in everything I've seen of hers so far. *Score: 3.75/10*
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    Sadly Neglected Performances by Children

    Hallie Kate Eisenberg in Disney's version of "The Miracle Worker" (2000): I believe she was the youngest out of all the girls who have done it on-screen. I was always impressed with her performance in Disney's version of the inspirational true story. She was so little, but she did a great job in my opinion, and I don't think enough people talk about her version.
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    Notable performances by women in classic films

    Joanne Woodward in "The Three Faces of Eve" (1957): It's been a while since I've seen this movie, but I remember being impressed with Joanne in this. She did a great job at portraying the 3 different "faces" (or personalities), and it was fascinating to see just why she was the way that she was. Vivien Leigh in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951): I personally believe that the character of Blanche DuBois is one of the most interesting female characters ever written. I loved Vivien in this role; she made me feel sorry for her character the entire time, although some of her actions did not warrant it. I enjoyed seeing her interact with Kim Hunter, Marlon Brando, and Karl Malden as well. She behaved differently towards each one, which was interesting. Nancy Kelly in "The Bad Seed" (1956): I was blown away by Nancy's performance in this. She was extremely convincing as the mother of a child killer. She was great at thinking her daughter was perfect, to realizing that their may be something more sinister about her daughter in reality.
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    Woody Allen has been shelved

    Haha I like Helen Hunt, but I think I probably watched it half-delirious from lack of sleep due to excessive amounts of homework, so I figure I'll attempt to give it another viewing.

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