NickAndNora34

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    Highly Unlikely Pairings!

    Most of his stuff pre-2006 (the year Click was released) I can handle. But then it all just went downhill for me.
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    I Just Watched...

    THE HAUNTING (1963) *Score: 4.75/10* Starring: Julie Harris, Russ Tamblyn, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Fay Compton, Rosalie Crutchley, Lois Maxwell, Valentine Dyall. I had only seen the Netflix serial adaptation of this back in the fall, and was unaware this movie even existed until I randomly came across it. Side note: if you have never seen the Netflix series, I would definitely recommend giving it a try; the plot, acting, and characterization are all great. Although, one of the more unsettling aspects of it did not have to do with the actual haunting/house, but Henry Thomas' blue contacts that made him look like an alien. It'll freak you out, I promise. The plot surrounds Hill House, a magnificent 1800s mansion that is rumored to be haunted. Professor Markway (an avid believer in the supernatural) gathers a small group of people to stay in the house with him, in an attempt to hunt ghosts and prove that the house harbors some otherworldly presence(s). This group consists of the heir to the house, Luke, the bold and sarcastic bohemian, Theodora (Theo for short), and Eleanor (Nell), a neurotic with a craving for freedom. One of the more interesting events in the film, was Theo and Nell's relationship. I picked up on the fact (rather early on, I must say) that Theo was what one might call "inclined romantically towards the fairer sex." Granted, her attraction towards Nell was unrequited, but the lesbian undertones (or, "overtones," I should say, as Theo was not very discreet) were an unexpected, yet interesting subplot. It did seem like they kept having all these little "lover's quarrels" though, throughout the film. As much as I wanted to thoroughly enjoy this one, I think I went in with too high of expectations. That being said, I enjoyed only one of the characters. Claire Bloom's "Theo" was the most likable out of the 4 "ghostbusters," in my opinion. Dr. Markway seemed like a rather pretentious idiot, and Nell was completely unlikable, and I did not sympathize with her in the slightest. I wouldn't buy this movie to have in my collection, but I might re-watch it again sometime in the future.
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    I Just Watched...

    I like SCTV too And I agree about this movie. There were some scenes that really depressed me... I would have loved to have seen Andrea Martin in it as well.
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    I Just Watched...

    1. "it's an off-Broadway musical... 'Nuff said." So, Off Broadway musicals can't be good/enjoyable? Okay. Agree to disagree. Some people do theater, not for the awards/recognition, but because they are passionate about it, and want to entertain. I, for one, find that to be as noble an endeavor as being in a show on Broadway. 2. Are you referring to strictly Off-Broadway shows when you say this: "if it's showing on Broadway HD, and never got a movie, it's probably an obscure one that only had a few weeks..." Puffs is not a musical... but it's one of those rarities you're talking about: it's an off Broadway play that will have been running for 8 months as of this coming Sunday, the 17th. All I'm saying is, don't knock it till you try it.
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    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    Return to Oz (1985) A sequel to "The Wizard of Oz" done by Disney, no less. I watched this for the first time a couple years back around the age of 18 or 19, and I was... almost terrified. The film starts out with Dorothy (somehow several years younger than she was in the original) getting taken to an insane asylum by her "beloved" Auntie Em. Shock therapy is involved (or, rather, the implications of shock therapy), and Dorothy travels back to Oz, but it's definitely not the Oz audiences know and love. It's a horror-fest for children (so to speak). There's a headless queen who captures/kills young women, and uses their heads for her own... I could go on, but I'm scaring myself as I type this...
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    I Just Watched...

    It's mainly "Gypsy" with hints of "All About Eve" and "The Bad Seed." The singing was great, and the acting was great as well. Not one of my favorite shows of all time, by any means, but it was entertaining.
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    I Just Watched...

    RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL (Broadway HD.com) *Score: 6/10* A musical that parodies such classics as "Gypsy," "All About Eve," and "The Bad Seed" (among others). There isn't too much I can say without giving away the plot, but I really liked this one. I had never heard of it before, and I was just browsing the Broadway HD website, and decided to give it a try. It's a small cast of about 6 people. Everyone was great, but the little girl who played the lead really stole the show for me. She is very talented. I should just go ahead and leave the business now...
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    What's in a Name?

    Movies with names in the titles... Laura (1944)
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    Haunted Houses

    It's a comedy, but The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) is always fun.
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    Kid Sisters

    While we're on the subject of Joan Carroll: Here's Joan Carroll with Margaret O'Brien (and Vincente Minnelli). Joan and Margaret played Judy Garland and Lucille Bremer's little sisters in "Meet Me in St. Louis."
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    I Just Watched...

    SCROOGE (1970) *Score: 5/10* I have been eyeing this one at my local library for a while now, and finally broke down and checked it out (despite the fact that the holiday season has long since vanished). The only person I recognized from this was Mr. Albert Finney (rest in peace, good sir). I have been a fan of Leslie Bricusse's ever since rekindling my love for "Doctor Dolittle" (1967), and was excited to hear another good score, but this wasn't it. Sure, some of the songs were catchy, but nothing really stood out to me. In fact, the only things that stood out to me were the characters of Scrooge and the street urchins. Finney was made up to be a much older man than he was in real life, and I found him to be very consistent with his portrayal of an older gentleman. On the subject of the street urchins: I know this isn't necessarily true to life, but these boys seemed to have a great time living on the streets and insulting Scrooge to his face. Although, I must say, two of these so-called "urchins" looked to be at least 21, so I'd say their urchin-membership has long-since expired, and it's time to give it all up and find a job. Of course, I am familiar with the classic Dickens tale, although I have never read it. I think this, "Oliver Twist," and "Jane Eyre" are three classic stories that have been done to death. That being said, I really do enjoy the whole "turning your life around" message in this story. Overall, I enjoyed this. Especially enjoyed Alec Guinness as the ghost of Scrooge's dead business partner, Jacob Marley. That was certainly a surprise.
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    I Just Watched...

    Looking through this thread is reminding me to get back into watching some b&w films. The last "old" movie I watched was "Wait Until Dark" back in summer 2018, but that was 1967, so it doesn't quite count.
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    I Just Watched...

    I watched the "Ordeal by Innocence" 3-part series just recently. I actually enjoyed it. Not as much as some of the other adaptations, though. I have also seen the recent Glenn Close "Crooked House" remake. I would suggest giving that one a try. I really liked it. The acting was fantastic.
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    I Just Watched...

    AGATHA AND THE TRUTH OF MURDER (2018) *Score: 5.5/10 Starring: Ralph Ineson, Ruth Bradley, Blake Harrison, Pippa Haywood, Tim McInnerny, Michael McElhatton. This is a fictionalized account of prominent novelist Agatha Christie's 11-day disappearance back in 1926. Evidently, Christie never revealed where she was or what she was doing during that time; the writers of this film imagined what it would be like if Christie went off and solved an actual murder. Christie is approached at her home by a retired nurse who wants Christie to solve her lover's murder. The murder happened several years ago, but the trail went cold, so the police gave up and moved on to something else. Christie eventually agrees to help, disguises herself as a law-firm secretary, and formulates an imaginary will-reading at an old house, that names each of the nurse's murder suspects as heirs. Another murder does occur (as is generally the pattern of these things), and it's a race against time to discover who the true killer is before they strike again... I enjoyed the overall feeling of this film. I am a huge Agatha Christie fan, and I like to watch film adaptations either about her, or about her books. I solved almost all of the murder by myself (for once) and was immensely proud. Although, maybe reading Christie's books at least two times each had a hand in my success. *Source: Netflix
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    Disney Channel

    Maybe check the Disney Channel website, and then scroll all the way down to "Contact Us." Really the only thing I can think of at the moment. Don't know how effective this is, but it's something to try. https://www.disneychannel.ca/
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    The Curse of Kerr, IT RHYMES WITH STAR!

    I was surprised that Glenn didn't win, but maybe that stems from all the buzz about how she was "bound to win." I haven't yet seen "The Favourite," but I enjoyed Olivia Colman in the BBC mystery series, "Broadchurch." I know she certainly has talent; I'm happy for her. I don't think it's a question of "who deserved it" because, frankly, all those women deserved it. They all put in the hard work and dedication to each of their respective roles, and were recognized for it simply by being nominated. It is disappointing, though, to constantly see someone be nominated year after year, and not win the coveted "golden man" (as it were).
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    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.
  19. 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.

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