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    Opening Title Sequences

    THE WOMEN (1939) I absolutely adore this movie, and the opening titles. Each character is very accurately portrayed by an animal throughout the duration of the opening, and I think it's a great idea to help "set the stage" so to speak.
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    Opening Title Sequences

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    seven brides for seven brothers

    I love Russ in this one. He impresses me with his acrobatic abilities. I also have to admit I watch this one for Howard Keel. I love his voice, and I think he's very handsome.
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    Worst First-Time-Viewed Film You've Ever Seen on TCM?

    The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots I do not remember anything about this one; I only watched the first 2 minutes before turning it off.
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    I Just Watched...

    He remains Irish in the film... Neglected to mention that lol.
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    I Just Watched...

    THE BEGUILED (2017) Score: 2.5/5 Starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, & Emma Howard. This takes place during the Civil War (in the South, more specifically). A young girl named Amy (Oona Laurence) is hunting for edible mushrooms in the forest, when she stumbles upon a wounded Union soldier. Amy offers to lead the soldier back to her school for young ladies (wherein she and a few other girls reside due to its being safer than their actual homes), where the headmistress (Kidman) can heal him. He agrees, and is taken back to the school and greeted with disdain (due to his being a Union soldier). The remainder of the film deals with the relationships between the girls, headmistress, teacher, and the Union soldier and the difficulties that come with harboring a soldier. I won't spoil it for anyone who might want to watch it. One thing I liked, was that young actress, Oona Laurence, first appeared on my radar back in 2012 when she was the lead role in Broadway's "Matilda the Musical," and it's been interesting to see her in film (Disney's Pete Dragon, Southpaw, and Bad Moms).
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    What Are You Watching Now?

    Just went to the library and checked out: Hook E.T. Star Wars (Episodes 4-6) Smokey and the Bandit Bringing up Baby The Philadelphia Story *all of these, I have seen before, however, I was in the mood for some good films to watch this weekend*
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    What Are You Watching Now?

    Watching Clue (1985) for the second time. Last time I watched this was about a year or two ago, and I remember it fondly, so couldn't resist viewing it a second time.
  9. The only one I've gone to is, admittedly, Gone with the Wind (1939) and that was about 3 years ago or so. I didn't feel like seeing Casablanca, since it is decidedly not one of my favorite films by far. I do intend to go see some of the ones in the lineup for the rest of the year.
  10. I have decided to go back and watch/re-watch all of Disney's animated and live action movies in order by release year (except for Disney Channel Original Movies & straight-to-video sequels), so I thought I would go ahead and start a thread in case anyone is interested and wants to see my reviews and trivia as I progress. If anyone wants to contribute to this, feel free. I'm mainly just doing this, because I think it could be interesting to maybe 1 or 2 people on this site lol.
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #12: MELODY TIME (1948) How many of these musical revue things am I going to have to watch (it's funny how I say "have to" as if someone's forcing me to do this challenge)? This one was, surprisingly, not featuring Dinah Shore. There were 7 animated segments in this one, which differs significantly from its predecessor, "Fun and Fancy Free" (which only had 2). The first piece was "Once Upon a Wintertime," about a young couple who go on a sleigh ride and then go ice skating. The birds and bunnies sit around and observe the couple for some reason. It was a cute piece of animation, but definitely not something to write home about. 2: A modern take on the classical musical piece, "Flight of the Bumblebee." This one was quite short, which I wish I could say was true about the next one. 3: The legend of Johnny Appleseed, apparently. This one was fairly lengthy. I admit I didn't pay super close attention to it. I recognized this one, though, from seeing it somewhere in my childhood maybe? 4: The Andrews Sisters accompanied this one about a tugboat, entitled "Little Toot." I guess this was a sort of cautionary tale for children to behave? That's what I was getting from this, at least. 5: Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians present their arrangement of "Trees," a poem by Joyce Kilmer. Trees? Really, Walt? I can't wait to get back into the more traditional animated features. Some of these segments are really killing my resolve. 6: "Blame it on the Samba" (with Ethel Smith on the piano and the Dinning Sisters on the vocals). Donald, Panchito, and Jose made an appearance in this. Wonderful. As if I didn't already get enough of them in "Saludos Amigos" and "The Three Caballeros." 7: Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers present "Pecos Bill." Perhaps this was the inspiration behind the quick-service restaurant located in Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in FL (Adventureland, to be exact). Bobby Driscoll & Luana Patten were featured in this, as well as Roy Rogers and his trusty steed, Trigger. Overall, this movie was essentially along the same lines as "Make Mine Music" and "Fun and Fancy Free." Like I said, I can't wait to enter the classic animated period (to me, starts in 1950 with Cinderella).
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    I Just Watched...

    THE INCREDIBLES 2 (2018) *no spoilers* Let me just preface this review by saying it was well worth waiting 14 years for. I will admit that I got emotional during the opening credits when the theme song started playing (Michael Giacchino did the music for this one). The Parr family is back, and matriarch Helen is offered a new job opportunity in which she will help with the fight to allow supers to re-assimilate into society and use their powers to continue to save humanity. This leaves husband Bob Parr in charge of taking care of their 3 children (Violet, Dash, & Jack-Jack). There was an announcement at the beginning of the film in which some of the cast and crew talked about "we know it's been 14 years" and "it takes a long time to animate a movie" which I found to be bs, considering they've managed to make a Finding Nemo sequel, Monsters Inc sequel, and 2 (count 'em, two) Cars sequels. Regardless of my feelings on the subject, I would recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. It is supposedly going to earn Disney back the money they lost on "Solo." That's what you get for dragging out a franchise. SCORE: 4/5
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    What's in a Name?

    Movies with names in the titles... Laura (1944)
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    A STAR IS BORN (2018) trailer

    I haven't seen any of the "Star is Born" movies, so I'm thinking I'll stick with the Janet Gaynor or Judy Garland versions. Don't get me wrong, I know Lady Gaga has a fantastic voice (ever since she released those albums with Tony Bennett, I think the general opinion about her began to shift), but I'm not overly interested in this movie.
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    Yes, of course haha
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    Help Finding Film from a Quote

    A policeman is trying to finish a crossword (it's a black and white film) Policeman 1: What's a 3-letter word for "policeman?" Policeman 2: If I knew that I wouldn't be a cop. Any help is appreciated, I know I've seen this film before, but I don't remember what it's from.
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #11: FUN AND FANCY FREE (1947) This one also deals with the musical stylings of Dinah Shore (like its predecessor, Make Mine Music), although the film starts with Jiminy Cricket singing about how he doesn't like to let things bother him, and he enjoys ignoring his problems. He stumbles upon a room in which a pair of glum children's toys (a doll & a stuffed bear) reside. To cheer them up, he plays a record entitled, "Bongo," which the audience learns is a "musical story sung by Dinah Shore." Bongo is a little circus bear who longs for the appreciation he thinks he deserves. He ultimately escapes his train car and rides his unicycle through the forest. He quickly learns that the wild is exponentially different from his expectations. He ends up getting harassed by a much bigger and stronger bear who wants Bongo's new girlfriend, Lulabelle, for himself. Just as I started thinking that this segment was dragging on way too long, it did not end, surprisingly. This portion ended at the 37 minute, 15 second mark. The second and only other animated portion of this film was the "Jack and the Beanstalk" story starring Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. Disney favorite, Luana Patten, introduced this one (she is adorable, but her acting is atrocious). Instead of having Luana read a storybook and make little comments to the audience every so often, she is alone in a 35 year old man's house with his 2 puppets (not including his female hand puppet). I'm just saying this is a strange way of telling a story. Also, this man is not talented in the ventriloquism department; I could very clearly see his mouth move the entire time. Basically, this man uses his puppets to assist in recounting the tale of "Mickey, Donald, & Goofy and the Beanstalk." This entire segment was a bit boring, save for the part where Donald literally has murder in his eyes and grabs the axe to kill the cow so he can have a decent meal for once. Fairly straight-forward interpretation of the original tale. Nothing too impressive.
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    I guess Weinstein and Beery sort of look similar.
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    Why do you love movies?

    I personally love movies because they are a great way to pass the time. If I have some extra time during the week after work, I like to relax and unwind by watching a movie. I also think they are a great way to cheer me up. If I am in a grumpy mood, it is a sure thing that I will be cheered up within minutes if I decide to watch something (particularly a movie musical or some kind of comedy from almost any decade). Thirdly, as an actress myself, I enjoy movies because they help me learn more about acting/performing. It can be inspiring to watch somebody on stage or screen.
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #10: MAKE MINE MUSIC (1946) This film consists of animated segments set to a more contemporary mode of music. 3 notable performers/groups that are featured in this are Nelson Eddy (where's Jeanette), Dinah Shore, and The Andrews Sisters. There are a wide range of segments in this from bobby-soxers to operatically inclined whales to a love story between hats (yes, you read that right) to ballet and big band. Perhaps one of my favorite segments was the love story between the women's hat and the men's hat, entitled "Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet." The Andrews Sisters accompanied this one through song, and it was all very well done. The hats are placed next to each other in a millinery shop, and are blissfully involved until a lady comes in to buy Alice Bluebonnet. The remainder of the piece deals with Johnnie Fedora trying to find and be reunited with his girlfriend. A weird concept, to be fair, but an endearing one nonetheless. Nelson Eddy's portion was very familiar to me, and I'm racking my brains trying to remember where and when I've seen it. Eddy voiced all the characters in his segment about a whale who was discovered to have a powerful opera voice. Willie the Whale was thus invited to sing at music halls all over the country, but ultimately met his demise. Overall, this was a whole lot more interesting than Fantasia (1940). Of course, there is a notable difference between the two: the former deals with contemporary music, while the latter deals with classical music. I would have to say (emphatically, I might add) that I am not typically a fan of the music of Mozart and his peers. The animation was very cute in this, and I enjoyed the music. One thing I noticed and wondered: one of the segments is about a baseball player named Casey (in the 1910's) and I was curious as to whether or not this particular section was the inspiration for the quick-service restaurant "Casey's Corner" at Walt Disney World in FL (which is, coincidentally, also 1910's baseball themed). I must admit I picked up a shift there only because I wanted to wear the costume. \ Yes, Peter and the Wolf is featured in this as well. I didn't have the energy to write anything about it. It's been done already.
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    I Just Watched...

    WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (1950) Starring Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Karl Malden. I don't know if anyone can tell, but I've been really into film noir lately for some reason. Anyway, I watched about 70% of this one 5 years ago, and decided I might want to re-watch it (this time in its entirety). I like both Andrews and Tierney. I have seen the other noir they made together (Laura, 1944). I think Dana was perfect for the "hardboiled detective" sort of roles. The story was pretty good, the acting was good. Not a whole lot to say about this one, though.
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    I Just Watched...

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. I believe I just recently watched this for the first time, and felt the same way you did about. I enjoyed it, but I have to admit that the doctor really lost hold of his morals after meeting Nora. I was sitting there, silently rooting for him to make different choices, but to no avail.
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    Mad About Musicals

    Thanks! And yes, it's Ann Blyth. I have no idea what the picture is from or for, but I found it once and liked it, so here we are.
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    Mad About Musicals

    I have only seen a portion of Silk Stockings but I really want to see the remainder of it. I think Cyd Charisse was one of the most technically perfect dancers on the screen.
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    I Just Watched...

    SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS (1941) Starring Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, William Demarest, & Eric Blore. McCrea stars as a movie director who is longing to make a new kind of film, and ultimately decides to step into a different set of shoes and live as a homeless man for a while to get some inspiration. Along the way, he meets Lake and she wants to follow him along on his journey (not a lot of women would do that, mind you). I enjoyed this; Preston Sturges' films are great, in my opinion.

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