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  1. NickAndNora34

    I'm All Mixed Up!

    I used to get Jean Simmons and Vivien Leigh mixed up... Not any more though.
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    2019 TCM Big Screen Classics

    At least with us living in the digital age, we have the option to rent the movie via streaming sites for significantly cheaper than the price of a movie ticket. There are theaters close enough to where I live, so I’d like to try to make it for at least Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady, Alien, and Wizard of Oz.
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    2019 TCM Big Screen Classics

    Sally Field was very cute in the recent “Hello My Name is Doris.”
  4. NickAndNora34

    Bye Bye Birdie Live

    NBC did “Sound of Music Live” with Carrie Underwood first (I think to test out the waters) and it did extremely well (despite her not being able to act her way out of a paper bag). I didn’t bother watching Peter Pan Live; I think the casting of Christopher Walken as Hook really didn’t do it for me. A Christmas Story didn’t do well either. I predicted West Side Story would be one of the next ones, but what with Spielberg working on a new version, I don’t see that happening. Fun fact: I actually predicted both Hairspray Live and Bye Bye Birdie Live Before they were even announced. It’s fun to try to tell the future with these things.
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    2019 TCM Big Screen Classics

    I’ve never seen Ben Hur, but I’m thinking I might just watch this one at home due to the fact that I don’t think I’d be super interested in the story. Ah, to see My Fair Lady for the umpteenth time. I love it so much I’ll pay to see it in theaters, even though I own the Blu Ray.
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    2019 TCM Big Screen Classics

    I just saw the lineup of big screen classics on the Fathom Events home-page, and the lineup is exciting (for me, at least). January 27, 29, & 30: The Wizard of Oz (1939) February 17, 20: My Fair Lady (1964) March 24, 27: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) April 14, 17: Ben Hur (1959) May 5, 8: True Grit (1969) May 19, 21, 22: Steel Magnolias (1989) June 16, 18: Field of Dreams (1989) July 21, 24: Glory (1989) August 11, 14: Hello, Dolly! (1969) September 1, 4: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) September 22, 24, 25: The Shawshank Redemption (1994) October 13, 15, 16: Alien (1979) December 1, 3: When Harry Met Sally (1989) I’ve only seen about 8 of these, but I’m most likely going to go see every single one in theaters. I love TCM’s big screen series. It gives me a chance to see a bunch of films on the big screen that were released before I was born.
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    ken berry dead at 85

    Ken was a great dancer. I feel like maybe he came around too late. Maybe if he had been around in the early to mid-40s, he might have had a greater dance career. Especially in all those musicals.
  8. NickAndNora34

    I Just Watched...

    I tried watching this one, Lorna, and couldn't even get through 30 minutes of it. I will say, I think Cate Blanchett does a pretty good Katharine Hepburn impression, though.
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    I Just Watched...

    Oh, it's a spectacle, alright.
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #45: 101 DALMATIANS (1961) Score: 3.75/5 Starring:Rod Taylor, J. Pat O'Malley, Betty Lou Gerson, Martha Wentworth, Barbara Beaird, Mimi Gibson, Thurl Ravenscroft, Micky Maga, Mary Wickes, Helene Stanley, Barbara Luddy. This animated classic was inspired by a book of the same name by Dodie Smith. I've seen this countless times throughout my life, and all the dialogue/scenes came rushing back to me even after not having seen it for several years. The beginning of the film deals with Pongo trying to find his "pet" Roger, a mate. I enjoy the idea that dogs comprehend much more than we give them credit for. Pongo was ultimately successful, and Roger meets Anita, who, coincidentally, owns a female dalmatian named Perdita. After Roger and Anita get married, Anita's friend from school, Cruella De Vil, learns that Perdita is going to have puppies, and she is very eager to buy them once they're born. She wants to make a fur coat for herself out of the puppies' skin. Naturally, both Roger and Anita are adamant that the puppies are not for sale, which results in enraging Cruella so much, that she hires a pair of criminal brothers to be her henchmen and steal the puppies, since she didn't get what she wanted the first time. Why do villains hire bumbling idiots to do their own work for them? Above: Horace and Jasper, a.k.a. The Henchmen While we're on the topic of Cruella, her character was inspired by Tallulah Bankhead (personality wise), while her live action model was none other than Mary Wickes. Cruella is always seen wearing the same fur coat, skimpy dress, & heels, regardless of the weather. For someone who is supposed to be wealthy, it's odd that she literally wears the same exact thing all the time. The only time the audience sees her in a different outfit, is when she receives a phone call from her henchmen, Horace and Jasper, in the middle of the night, and she's wearing a nightgown with her hair in curlers. This alone, is one of the scariest moments of the entire movie, no lie. Also, Cruella smokes constantly. If she doesn't die from her dangerous and erratic driving, she'll most certainly die from the loss of both lungs at the same time. To further discuss the happenings of this film, the puppies are definitely one of the highlights. The scene where they watch television is quite cute. Although, the Kanine Krunchies advertisement jingle is the bane of my existence. If I had to choose between hearing the Kanine Krunchies song and the "It's a Small World" theme for the rest of my life, I honestly don't know which I would pick, because both are equally as grating on the nerves (I was initially going to pick "Small World" over "Kanine," but upon further thought, came to the conclusion that I don't like that hypothetical, and don't want to think about it anymore). I enjoy the "Twilight Bark" scene in which Pongo and Perdita alert a few dogs about their missing puppies, and the message continues to be passed along throughout London. There are several different types of dogs that are shown throughout this sequence, and something I found interesting, was that several of the dogs from Lady and the Tramp (1955) were in it (including both Lady & Tramp). Above: Lisa Davis (Anita) and "Perdita" doing some live action reference work for the animators. Above: Mary Wickes doing some live action modeling as Cruella De Vil
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    I Just Watched...

    RAISING ARIZONA (1987) Starring: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Frances McDormand, Randall 'Tex' Cobb, Sam McMurray. This one marks the 6th of the Coen Brothers' films that I have seen. I've seen Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou, True Grit, The Big Lebowski, and Burn After Reading. I think O Brother Where Art Thou is my favorite that I've seen, although this one was quite entertaining as well. Cage plays Hi McDunnough, a con who falls in love with a police officer named Ed (Hunter). Upon falling in love with Ed, Hi vows to straighten up and fly right. Hi and Ed get married, and live on their own for a little while, until Ed starts to long for a child. They try, but after seeing a doctor, ultimately discover that Ed can't have children. The two hatch a plan after learning about a couple who have just given birth to quintuplet boys. They decide that the couple has more babies than they can handle, and it's only right that they should be able to have one. They make plans to get one of the babies for their own. The remainder of the film deals with the couple attempting to raise their newfound son, and keep people from discovering his true identity. I really did enjoy this one. I believe it was Lawrence who recommended this one to me (along with several other Holly Hunter movies). Thank you, Lawrence. And if it wasn't Lawrence, please speak up so I can thank you. Dialogue: 1/1 Story: 0.75/1 Acting: 0.75/1 Cinematography: 0.5/1 Music/Score: 0.25/1 Enjoyment Factor: 0.75/1 Score: 4/6
  12. For some reason, I've been really into Woody Allen's films lately...

  13. NickAndNora34

    I Just Watched...

    GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014) Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Lea Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori, Bob Balaban. Upon checking the movie out from the library, I noticed just how many big names were in this. This is a Wes Anderson film; the only other one of his I've seen is "The Royal Tenenbaums." I actually enjoyed that one (for the most part). The "Grand Budapest" is a very famous hotel located in Zubrowka (a fictional place). Many enigmatic people frequent the hotel over the years, and Gustave (Fiennes) knows all of them and their idiosyncrasies/preferences. He has a reputation to uphold at his hotel, and he is known for actively fulfilling his guests' requests. Gustave starts to train one of the bell boys (Zero; played by Tony Revolori) to become the new lobby boy, and the rest of the film deals with the events that happen to Gustave and Zero inside the hotel, as well as out of it. I enjoyed the colors and overall aesthetic of this film. It wasn't the most entertaining to me personally, but I liked the wardrobe and sets/scenery. I've said this before, but I get the feeling that Wes Anderson's films are set in an alternate universe. The overall feel of his films almost make you feel like you're dreaming; they can be quite surreal. Dialogue: 0.5/1 Story: 0.75/1 Acting: 1/1 Cinematography: 1/1 Music: 0.25/1 Personal Enjoyment: 0.5/1 Score: 4/6
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    I like the fact that there are some Broadway people in the cast. Ethan Slater (Joel Grey) just recently played the title role in Spongebob Squarepants the Musical. Kelli Barrett (Liza Minnelli) has done stuff like Wicked and Doctor Zhivago. And Laura Osnes (Shirley MacLaine) has done South Pacific, Cinderella, Bonnie & Clyde, Grease, Anything Goes, and the more recent wartime musical, “Bandstand.”
  15. NickAndNora34

    the new Grinch is millennial wuzzy

    I personally find most of the more recent live action movies to be quite boring/tedious: Jungle Book, Cinderella, The BFG, Pete’s Dragon were all very lackluster. I think my favorite so far has been Beauty and the Beast (2017). It didn’t beat the original animated version in my book, but it was the most enjoyable (in my opinion) of Disney’s live action projects.

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