EricJ

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  1. EricJ

    I Just Watched...

    I'm a fan of Kelly MGM musicals, so I always saw this one on Warner Archive and thought, "What went wrong?...Why was this a 'disappointment' and not one of the other classics?" And even after seeing it, I thought, "Why do I not like this?" It's okay, but it feels like a half-hour of story crammed into 90 minutes, and there's only so much of Judy throwing vases at Gene you can watch before you're wondering why we're supposed to sympathize with either of them. Kelly played as many conniving ladies-man hucksters as he played "nice guys", but if there's not much at stake, his rogues just aren't instantly identifiable. Kelly just did better with Stanley Donen's light touch than he did with Vincent Minelli's "art", and the big filler Kelly Pirate Ballet seems to be the reason the movie was made in the first place. And I'm sure it was intentional on Cole Porter's part, but when Garland sings "Mack the Black", it takes a heart of stone not to sing along "Ca-sey Jones, pullin' down the throttle; Ca-sey Jones, puffin' up the steam..."
  2. And Fantasy Island paid a lot of OTHER stars' bills after the studio system dried up (which was freshly in '73-'75 after MGM downsized)--Looking back at 70's TV, it's surprising just what a wealth of old retired stars we were getting in Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Columbo, and all we could do at the time was snicker at "washed-up" actors who needed the work. As for why not more Montalban, if we had a few more jokester citing of roles besides Mr. Roarke, Khan and the Naked Gun villain, that might explain what they could show. (And here I was fighting down the urge to reference Ricardo being smooched by Clyde the Orangutang in Cannonball Run II...) Do I sound a bit peeved? Only because in my day, Mr. Roarke was DA MAN. 😎
  3. EricJ

    "Roman Holiday" Disney promo

    Given how much Gregory Peck is enjoying this, I'll go with that theory. I'm just not sure how it's "Disney", though...
  4. EricJ

    I Just Watched...

    Actually, Kershner was Lucas's old film prof at USC. Eyes just reminded the industry that Kershner was still directing, as most had forgotten after "Return of a Man Called Horse".
  5. EricJ

    A STAR IS BORN (2018) trailer

    In Mr. G's case, I'd say we're looking at the reason this movie was made... 😓 Didn't we ALREADY just have an off-topic no-resemblance-to-its-original "remake" of a better-known property, about the conflict and heartbreak of would-be rising young singers?...Only it was called "Jem & the Holograms"? (And I'm not even going to bring up Mariah Carey in "Glitter".)
  6. Never mind the widescreen promo, is TCM still filler-showing "100 Years of Movies" from 1997, with the twinkly Citizen Kane music?
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    A STAR IS BORN (2018) trailer

    And every single one of them will think they're remaking a 1977 Barbara Streisand movie about singers. Personally, I thought Carol Burnett did the Streisand parody better:
  8. EricJ

    HUD.....anti-hero or heel?

    I only saw the movie years after hearing Bill Cosby's routine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wjy7ptWE0N8 "Great movie, no plot, just a buncha guys chasing all the women in town..."
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    I assume you're being ironic, and have heard Edgar Bergen on radio? (Where he was better suited than in movies.)
  10. Well, the whole point of "Yesterday Once More", which annoyed us out-of-context throughout the 70's, was that it was the "concept" transition song at the end of Now And Then's side 1 to lead us into the 60's "Then" songs on Side 2. Knowing that now doesn't excuse it, but it does help explain it a little better.
  11. Yeah, but the Carpenters' cover was okay too. (Oh, why fight it, do we even want the original thread back? )
  12. EricJ

    I Just Watched...

    Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) I went into this movie knowing from the plot description I was probably not going to like it, but I was cleaning off my Netflix queue (now that Warner has orphaned them, vintage Paramount catalog is starting to show up in as many of the usual-streaming-suspects as orphaned MGM/UA ones) and had to get the bit of AFI 100 required-viewing list in. I agreed that the story sort of looked like one that Truman Capote would write, and even worse, like one Blake Edwards would have directed before he found Peter Sellers, and it seems to be more famous as a matching set of gloves, pearls and a song than as a coherent character study, but I'm always a sucker for stories in vintage NYC. (One semester in college, and I felt like a "native".) And before anyone brings up the standard TCM-forum elephant in the room, no, I didn't go into righteous rages over Mickey Rooney's character, since he seemed about as "realistically" Edwards-depicted as just about every other character in the movie. Like Gone With the Wind, you're either wishfully sympathizing with the heroine for her fashion and lifestyle, or loathing her for being a self-indulgent brat, and I confess not so much to the latter (you can't absolutely hate Audrey Hepburn, no matter how looney her character, qv. Roman Holiday), but it did bring up one of my favorite quotable Siskel & Ebert-isms: In one review of another more contemporary movie of another free-spirited urban soul with her own scatterbrained "creative" ideas of life in the city, Gene Siskel was reviewing that movie's heroine as more disturbing than iconoclastic, and not generating much sympathy for the audience to latch onto, etc....After having gone on like that for paragraphs, Roger Ebert, for his turn, clarified the issue with brutal precision: "This woman is stark...raving...MAD." 😄 I knew going in that the story of poor blocked-author George Peppard running into Hepburn as wacky semi-employed neighbor Holly Golightly was going to be what they call the "Pixie Prom Date", where the lunatic helps the poor establishment-stiff learn to have fun once in a while, but the story doesn't seem to know whose date is whose: Is she helping him find himself and escape from his oppressive rich-girl relationship (when Patricia Neal shows up as the Stuffy Establishment girl, you know how the movie's going to turn out), or is he helping Holly face her neurotic attempts to avoid her past, stop being such a colorful party-culture slacker and do something with her life? At the end, the story tries to settle for both, so we're supposed to see her crazy flings as "tragic", inspiring us only to slap her upside the head...If it wasn't Audrey, of course.
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    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    Pointed it out earlier in the thread, but if you're looking for Bob and the studio (and the live duet between Donald Duck and Clara Cluck), the entire feature is an extra on Disney's Adv. of Ichabod & Mr. Toad/Fun & Fancy Free 2-movie Blu-ray, or, if you're just renting, it's VOD streaming-DL on Vudu and Amazon: https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/The-Reluctant-Dragon/92898
  14. EricJ

    Kanopy and MoviePass

    MoviePass is a nice idea--and as such, has more obnoxiously faithful evangelists on the Internet than Bitcoin--but it's facing financial troubles at the moment from its utopian ideas coming up against the reality of the greedy, strapped theater/studio market vs. its overenthusiastic fans. So much so that its current problems are being used in the business press to spotlight the current problems of, quote, "Unicorns", groundbreaking post-Uber/Blue Apron 10's Internet startups that can't quite live up to their ideas or turn profits after two years in the market--Creating a, quote, "Dot-Com Bust 2.0" (Or, as one NYT columnist put it, "I've got a great business idea: I'm going to sell dollar bills for 75 cents! If it catches on, maybe I can buy bills in bulk from the Treasury and sell them for $1.50, and collect data on the customers to sell to third parties...What can go wrong?" And as "free", it mostly seems to show the same collection of public-domain, indie-documentary and MGM movies that are already showing up on the usual-streaming-suspects of Netflix and Amazon Prime, for lack of more expensive movies. If you have a library card, you ALREADY have access to a wide catalog of real classic movies, just not streaming ones. The brief boom for more streaming services, despite the cash to license any or the will for studios to do so, has become an utter Thurber-like garden for Internet Unicorns.
  15. EricJ

    Opening Title Sequences

    For the great ones you might be interested in http://www.artofthetitle.com , which archives the great classic opening-title scenes from movies and TV-- And by "Classics", of course, we mean: and

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