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  1. Sometimes, when you are watching a movie, you are faced with a fact that you cannot really believe.

    Some of them are bad, some are outstandingly bad.

    But on Monday, I was faced with one that I really didn't want to believe.

    In the truly bad screen version of "On Your Toes", which had almost nothing to do with the famous Broadway musical hit, beginning actor, Edddie Albert, who could barely dance, was forced to dance opposite famed ballerina, Vera Zorina, in the muscial's famed ballet, "Slaughter On Tenth Avenue".

    It was so painful to watch.

    I felt sorry for Vera Zorina.

    I felt sorry for Eddie Albert.

    And I knew that, for me, I had inadvertently stumbled into REALLY BAD MOVIEMAKING.

    INSANE MOVIEMAKING.

    It could not get any lower.

    Has anybody here had a similar experience?

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  2. 27 minutes ago, TikiSoo said:

    I watched two movies this week that couldn't be more different-

    First, I watched THE CHOPPING MALL '86 found on free channel TubiTV. It's a typical 80's teen horror film of kids trapped in a shopping mall after hours. Since I sometimes work for malls -always after hours- this theme appeals to me. I wasn't impressed with the "horror" being security robots that malfunction and attack the kids, just awful. I'm much more frightened of humans or supernatural villains than robots. The good part was there was little blood & gore we would have seen a decade later. I only fast forwarded through one scene taking place in an air shaft because of claustrophobia. Overall it was stupid & silly but it at least kept my attention. One teen was played by future EATING RAOUL '82 star & director the late Paul Bartel.

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    I borrowed the Criterion Collection of IL SORPASSO '62 an Italian Buddy Road Trip type movie, made in Italy. I was prompted by a post in "funniest movie you ever saw" thread here on this board.

    It's a pretty basic story of two very different guys-one a serious unassuming French student (played byJean Louis Trintgnant) and his polar opposite-a boisterous, wild Italian never-do-well (Vittorio Gassman) driving a teeny convertible sports car.

    You see all sorts of glorious Italian scenery as they travel by and beautiful little snippets of Italian life in the 60's, presumably not very different than earlier generations. You see roadside restaurants, beaches, resorts and just Italians acting in a natural, personal way...which is the beauty of the film for me, much more than the story itself.

    There is always tension between the two principles, but the Gassman character always prevails. The car itself is somewhat of a character, with a funny musical horn to signal "we're passing" keeping with the theme (and title) of the story. While I didn't laugh at all throughout this movie, I did enjoy it. I found Gassman abrasive at first, but stuck with it (sorry, bad pun) just for the RIDE. I didn't find it LOL funny, nor really funny at all, but instead it struck me as somewhat tragic, a metaphor for the road of life and the attitude you bring to it. I'm glad I saw this & have recommended it to my classic movie friends.

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    I love this film.  It is one of my favorites. 

    If I remember correctly, here, it was called "The Easy Life".

    Vittorio Gassman was a knockout.

    It's a far cry from his Hollywood flick, "Rhapsody".


  3. "Brother Rat" - William Keighley - 1938 -

    starring Wayne Morris, Ronald Reagan, Eddie Albert, Priscilla Lane, Jane Wyman and Jane Bryan -

    big-screen adaptation of the well-received Broadway hit -

    it's nothing new, really -

    military cadets at the Virginia Military Institute devoting their time -

    to breaking the rules and getting off on the system -

    it's too bad they're so unappreciative of the school and its' standards -

    how they manage to graduate is a mystery -

    one of the cadets is married and his wife is secretly having a baby -

    this same cadet is unable to carry through on the big baseball game -

    it isn' t that funny, but it is lively -

    everybody seems locked into a farcical timetable that rolls recklessly along -

    but the cast is very attractive and very winning -

    whatever their failings, you do hope that they pull through -

    even the young husband, who has no idea how his wife got pregnant -

    yes, it is that kind of movie -

    one big question, though - how did Wayne Morris avoid becoming a major move star -

    he is so attractive -

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    one of the cadets, William Tracy, plays Misto Bottome, who must know many of the cadets' darkest secrets -

    he is so willing to "put out" -

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  4. 1 hour ago, LawrenceA said:

    Last Year at Marienbad (1961)  -  5/10

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    French drama (?) set at a palatial resort where many finely dressed people dance, watch plays, and stand around looking at one another. One man (Giorgio Albertazzi) approaches a woman (Delphine Seyrig), apparently hoping to rekindle a relationship from "last year, at Marienbad", only the woman claims to not know the man. Another man (Sacha Pitoeff), who may or may not be the woman's husband, tries to thwart the first man. Meanwhile, everyone looks fabulous as the camera zooms past them, or zooms in, or quick-cuts away. 

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    This may be the ultimate arthouse flick, alternately regarded as brilliant or pretentious, mesmerizing or dull, hypnotic or narcoleptic. It looks nice, and its visual style has certainly been influential. But many (most?) viewers will find it a confounding, nigh-incomprehensible waste of time. To those few who "get it", it will be regarded as a masterwork. I'm somewhere in between. I appreciate the artistry, and the idea that director Alain Resnais may have been attempting to depict the inner workings of the mind (I also like the idea that the movie may be a ghost story, with long-dead players reenacting their mortal hang-ups), but a little of this goes a long way. The organ-music score, in particular, grew very grating. However, I can see where some may connect with the abstract vibe.

    Source: internet

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    I agree, the ultimate art-house flick.

    The lead actors cannot be forgotten.

    Nor the visual style or the music.


  5. 5 hours ago, cinemaspeak59 said:

    Most definitely, Rohmer is an acquired taste. I’m thankful he gave us such a prolific body of work.

    I wish that I had seen all of the Comedies and Proverbs and the six Moral Tales.

    I am most familiar with "My Night at Maud's" and "Claire's Knee".


  6. 2 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    Il Posto (1961)  -  8/10

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    Italian drama about a young man (Sandro Panseri) who ventures out into the working world of Milan. He applies for a job at a huge corporation, for which he takes a battery of tests. He meets and falls for a young woman (Loredana Detto) who has also applied. However, it doesn't take long for the young man to realize the dull, banal life that he has locked himself into. Director Ermanno Olmi uses some Neo-Realist touches to add verisimilitude to the drab, gray world that the young man faces. Authentic, appealing performances from the two leads help cement the shambling narrative, and keep things from becoming too dreary. In fact, there's a distinct vein of black comedy running throughout. Recommended.

    Source: TCM

    "Il Posto" is one of cinema's greatest films.

    The lead actor, Sandro Panseri, is unforgettable.


  7. 3 hours ago, cinemaspeak59 said:

    I recently saw re-watched this. I find it timeless, as characters deceive themselves, and rationalize away things that may have never happened.  It's Rohmer at his finest.

    Rohmer's dry wit - and talkativeness - is fascinating.

    But it's an acquired taste, isn't it? 

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  8. 4 hours ago, TikiSoo said:

    And I was very moved by this film! I read all sorts of conflicted emotions in the quiet "Queen Christina" closing shot of Ingrid Bergman. The stellar performances elevated what could have been a silly or stereotypical story. 

    I love Anthony Perkins' acting and welcome ANY good role that showcases his talent for all the unimaginative who only care about his Bates character.

    I tried watching Shallow Grave but was turned off by the charactors in the beginning. Time to give it another try.

    That ending could never be forgotten.

    Years later, in his "People" magazine confessional, he admitted that Ingrid Bergman wanted to have an affair with him,  but that he couldn't or wouldn't follow through on her obvious interest in him.


  9. 1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

    Tuesday April 23, 2019

     

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    Shirley Temple on TCM

     

    ADVENTURE IN BALTIMORE with Robert Young

     

    THAT HAGEN GIRL with Ronald Reagan

     

    KATHLEEN with Herbert Marshall

     

    MISS ANNIE ROONEY with William Gargan

     

    THE STORY OF SEABISCUIT with Barry Fitzgerald

     

    FORT APACHE with Henry Fonda

     

    THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER with Cary Grant

     

    HEIDI with Jean Hersholt

     

    Shirley Temple did have a second career in Hollywood - late teens, early twenties, I presume. 


  10. 1 hour ago, LawrenceA said:

    Goodbye Again (1961)  -  6/10

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    Romantic drama with Ingrid Bergman as an interior designer in Paris. She's been a longtime lover of businessman Yves Montand. Bergman meets young man Anthony Perkins while on one of her jobs, and Anthony immediately falls for her. Bergman wants to remain faithful to Montand, only the feeling is not reciprocated as he takes on a string of lovers. This drives Ingrid into Anthony's arms, but the age difference may doom their chances at happiness. With Jesse Royce Landis, Peter Bull, Pierre Dux, Jocelyn Lane, Michele Mercier, Uta Taeger, and Diahann Carroll. The performances are good, but this isn't my sort of film, and I was checking my watch more than once, figuratively speaking. 

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    Superb romantic film that is based on a novel by Francoise Sagan and is directed stunningly by Anatole Litvak.

    The performances by the three principals are all excellent.

    But you do feel that the age-inappropriate romance between Bergman and Perkins is doomed.

    The ending, in which Bergman is stranded in front of her mirror, is absolutely right. 

    The name of the novel is "Aimez-vous Brahms?"

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  11. 2 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

    Yes, I think there was a not-so-submerged bisexual quality about both of them...and in Hollywood that helps keep a career going.

    The son should have had a stronger film career. I remember him from an arc on Falcon Crest and he played a deranged character. He was very memorable.

    I will always remember Edward Albert from "Butterflies Are Free", the film which should have made him a movie star.


  12. 1 hour ago, cigarjoe said:

    Shallow Grave (1994) The new flatmate of three preexisting roomies turns up dead of an overdose. The flatmates find his syringe and a suitcase with a large sum of money. The roomies decide to keep the loot and bury the body out in the woods. Of course it all goes to hell pretty quickly and the new roommate's accomplices come looking for their money. 7/10

    Director Danny Boyle, stars Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor. 

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    Terrific thriller, thanks for reminding me about this one.


  13. 11 hours ago, TopBilled said:

    Monday April 22, 2019

     

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    Eddie Albert on TCM

     

    AN ANGEL FROM TEXAS with Rosemary Lane

     

    ON YOUR TOES with Vera Zorina

     

    BROTHER RAT with Priscilla Lane

     

    BROTHER RAT AND A BABY with Wayne Morris

     

    FOUR WIVES with Claude Rains

     

    THE DUDE GOES WEST with Gale Storm

     

    THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON with Marlon Brando

     

    MCQ with John Wayne

     

    I like him, but how did he manage to survive "On Your Toes"?

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  14. 1 hour ago, LawrenceA said:

    Come September (1961)  -  7/10

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    Breezy, light romantic comedy with Rock Hudson as a wealthy businessman who arrives at his Italian seaside villa for a rendezvous with his lover (Gina Lollobrigida) only to discover that his butler (Walter Slezak) has rented the place out as a hotel, and that a group of teenage American girls (including Sandra Dee) is currently in residence. When a group of young American men (including Bobby Darin) show up, too, Rock and Gina's romantic getaway turns into a chaperone assignment. Also featuring Joel Grey, Joan Freeman, and Brenda de Banzie. This isn't my usual sort of movie, but I enjoyed it nonetheless, despite the chaste corniness of it all. The cast are all good, and I especially liked Lollobrigida, an actress that I'm normally not too fond of. This was the movie where Dee and Darin met, and they were married before the film was released.

    Source: Universal DVD

    The idea of Gina Lollobrigida and Rock Hudson not being able to have sex had its' comic moments.

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