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    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

    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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    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.”
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    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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    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.
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    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.
  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. *Addendum: Will be doing the movies from 1937-2017. Since Disney keeps releasing new movies left and right, and will continue to do so, I thought it prudent to set a stopping point. *
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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
  13. For some reason, I've been really into Woody Allen's films lately...

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    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.”
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    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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    the new Grinch is millennial wuzzy

    I just recently saw the new Grinch movie. I can affirm that the original animated film was quite honestly the best one, and there was no reason for Illumination to remake it. They decided to go a different direction for this movie in an attempt to make it more whimsical & fun, I think. It was entertaining enough, but I agree with speedy that the original was much more true to the Seuss story.
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #44: SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON (1960) Score: 3/5 Starring: Dorothy McGuire, John Mills, Kevin Corcoran, Tommy Kirk, James MacArthur, Janet Munro. A family of five finds themselves stranded on an island after their ship sinks somewhere in the ocean, and the entirety of the film focuses on their struggle to survive in their newfound surroundings. The treehouse they end up building is fantastic, and it's a good idea to boot, since it keeps them from becoming tiger food. I also think it's really cool how at Walt Disney World, there is a replica of the treehouse in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom (in CA it's Tarzan's treehouse instead). It's a nice little bit of history, I think. I'd like to say that after having seen this film countless times throughout my childhood, I'd have a chance of surviving a similar situation, but I'm not sure. Watching this has put into perspective just how many of Disney's live action films James, Tommy, and Kevin did. I also really enjoy any time Tommy and Kevin play brothers. I like the two of them together. I don't have too much else to say about this one, since I've seen it dozens of times throughout my lifetime.
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #43: TEN WHO DARED (1960) Score: 2.5/5 Starring: Brian Keith, Ben Johnson, Stan Jones, John Beal, James Drury, David Stollery, Dan Sheridan, R.G. Armstrong, David Frankham, L.Q. Jones. This tale of exploration was based on a true story, and was inspired by the journal of Major John Wesley Powell, the leader of the journey. The film takes place in the year 1869, and centers around a group of men who are planning on exploring some unknown U.S. territory along the Colorado River. The group is comprised of 9 other men (besides the Major): Jack Sumner, William Dunn, Captain Walter Powell (the Major's younger brother), George Bradley, Andrew Hall, Frank Goodman, Missouri Hawkins, and brothers Oramel and Seneca Howland. The interactions among all of these men is entertaining. I've realized that I'm quite a fan of ensemble pictures, where different personalities are all thrown together, so to speak. I had only heard of James Drury and Brian Keith before seeing this. All the other men seemed to hold their own. I will say that I especially liked Brian Keith's character in this. He was very likable.
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    I Just Watched...

    ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975) Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, Michael Berryman, Scatman Crothers, Danny DeVito, Peter Brocco. I watched this for the first time about a month ago, but I've been ruminating over the material trying to formulate a solid response. I read the novel, unprompted, back in junior year of high school, and have wanted to watch the movie, but never made time for it until now, I guess. Jack Nicholson plays R.P. McMurphy, an enigma of a man, who lands himself in a mental institution. He immediately clashes with the head nurse, Ratched, and his presence riles up the other patients. He constantly strives to gain the upper hand on Nurse Ratched, and she, him. The power struggle between these two is quite entertaining. Here Nurse Ratched is, doing her job, when along comes this strange man who immediately challenges her authority. Naturally, that proves to be quite the annoyance for her. I think Jack Nicholson did a great job with his character. He always manages to freak me out, regardless of the role he's playing. I don't know if that's talent, or if it's just his personality. It's my personal opinion that this movie is one of the more overrated ones, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I managed to be entertained, but I also don't think I would add this to my Blu Ray collection. Dialogue: 0.75/1 Story: 0.75/1 Acting: 1/1 Music: 0/1 Cinema/Camera Work: 0.25/1 Enjoyment: 0.5/1 Score: 3.25/6
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    I Just Watched...

    MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY (1993) Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Joy Behar, Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston. Allen and Keaton play a married couple, who, after learning one of their new neighbors has died, become terribly interested in the cause of her death and the seemingly mysterious details surrounding her death. Keaton starts to obsess over the neighbor's death, which starts to get on her husband's (Woody's) nerves, so she turns to Alda for assistance. Alda and Keaton plan stake-outs and ruses in an attempt to gather incriminating evidence against the husband. Eventually, Allen becomes more and more interested in this amateur investigation, and he ropes Huston (one of his clients) into helping his wife and friend figure out whether or not the woman's death was accidental, or if her husband had a hand in it. Keaton and Allen have fantastic chemistry. It almost seems to the audience that you're simply observing a real-life couple, rather than watching a movie. I guess that's what you call, "good acting." I enjoyed this one for sure, and planning on watching some of the pair's other films (yes, Annie Hall is on my list already). Dialogue: .75/1 Story: .5/1 Acting: 1/1 Cinematography/Camera Work: .25/1 Music: 0/1 Enjoyment: 1/1 Score: 3.5/6
  22. I have friends (who aren't avid movie watchers) who have told me to go see this in theaters. I am a fan of Lady Gaga's voice (when she's singing with Tony Bennett or doing Elton John covers), but I haven't made it to the theater to see this. I most likely won't watch it until it comes out on rental or something.
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    I Just Watched...

    THE GRINCH (2018) Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams, Kenan Thompson, with an all-too-brief appearance by Angela Lansbury. When I initially saw the trailer, I thought how unimpressive this remake looked. Turns out, it wasn't as much of a trainwreck as I thought it would be. Illumination's take on this classic Christmas story was certainly familiar, but with a few added twists. It's my personal opinion that in the original animated film, the Grinch is portrayed as quite mean, in the 2000's live action remake, the Grinch was essentially Green Jim Carrey, and in this new version, the Grinch may be a jerk, but he seemed to be more lovable. The Grinch's backstory had some tiny similarities between this and the 2000's one, but, ultimately, Illumination decided to go in a different direction. But it still works as a driving force that results in the Grinch's future behavior. There were some humorous moments within the movie; I won't go into detail, but I found myself actually laughing at certain scenes (which rarely happens with non-Disney animated movies). Typically, I'm not as big a fan of some of the more recent non-Disney films, but I definitely enjoyed Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch. He did a great job. I also think Illumination's way of animating their people is really cute. In conclusion: did there really need to be a remake of this? No. But it was an entertaining enough piece of animation to get you into the spirit of Christmas. Plus, an added bonus: Danny Elfman composed the score. Dialogue: 0.5/1 Story: 0.5/1 Acting: 0.75/1 Animation: 1/1 Music/Score: 0.75/1 Enjoyment: 0.75/1 Score: 4.25/6
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    What Are You Watching Now?

    Although, I'm not a huge fan of Woody Allen as a person, I do actually enjoy his films. I'm currently 40 minutes from finishing "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993).
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    #42: THE SIGN OF ZORRO (1958) *apparently, I got the wrong date for this one and thought it was much later than it actually is* Starring: Guy Williams, Henry Calvin, Gene Sheldon, Romney Brent, Britt Lomond. This film follows in the footsteps of "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" and "Davy Crockett & the River Pirates," in the sense that it was mostly comprised of footage from 8 of the episodes of the television series. Protagonist Don Diego learns that the tyrannical Captain Montastario has taken control over his (Don Diego's) hometown. Don Diego decides to go home and overthrow the Captain and his cronies by becoming his alterego, Zorro, the famous masked bandit. Fun fact: "Zorro" in Spanish, means "Fox." How fitting. I was entertained more than some of the earlier live action films. Definitely more than "Johnny Tremain," etc. It was a nice change of pace to see one in black and white, rather than color. Most, if not all, of the previous live action films were in color. Score: 2.75-3/5

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