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  1. My best friend and I have seen quite a few of these during the last few years. The Sound Of Music - 3 times during the last 5 years White Christmas - 2 times during the last 5 years Vertigo Rear Window Psycho Gone With The Wind Funny Girl All About Eve The King And I Carousel An Affair To Remember The Ten Commandments Breakfast At Tiffany's It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Casablanca Guess Who's Coming To Dinner We also have another local theater that shows classic movies every Tuesday night. We've been three times so far. Touch Of Evil The Haunting Cat On A Hot Tin Roof We love seeing our favorite classics on the big screen again with an audience. Most of these screenings have had decent crowds attending, and several have been sellouts. "Psycho" and "Mad World" were the two we saw with the least attendance (about a dozen others in the audience along with us). Audience reaction has been positive and everyone seems to have a great time. Many times we have talked with others who are bringing their kids or friends to see these movies for the first time. It's been a fun experience! We plan to see "South Pacific" in August and, at our local theater Tuesday classic series, "Written On The Wind" and "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" are coming soon.
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    Call Me by Your Name

    Thanks, Rayban, I suddenly have a craving for a big slice of Red Velvet Cake!
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    Call Me by Your Name

    Yes, Ray, I completely agree, Oliver is complicated, he appears to be overly confident, everything all together, he keeps saying, "I know myself", but it's all a facade. The scene where his emotions are completely raw and open is the early morning scene where he is sitting on the bed next to Elio, who is asleep and dreaming of the two of them, so Elio, unfortunately doesn't witness this moment. The look of complete despair on Olivier's face is heartbreaking and Armie beautifully conveyed every emotion that Olvier is going through in that lingering closeup, and it appears he is going to breakdown until the startling sound of the train whistle, when Oliver then looks back over his right shoulder. That is the shot in the film that tears me apart every time I see it, and I leap out of my skin each time I hear the train whistle, even though I now know that it's coming. I believe the closest that Elio ever gets to see of Olivier in this raw state of mind is when Oliver looks back at him from the train window, but that darn curtain, that I always want to tear down, is in the way. Oliver will definitely have the more difficult road to travel. Elio, although heartbroken, will ultimately be stronger with the love and support of his family, which, unfortunately, Olivier won't have.
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    Call Me by Your Name

    Congratulations to my guy, Armie Hammer, on winning the Variety One to Acclaim Award, at the Austin Film Society's 18th Annual Texas Film Awards! I felt Armie's performance deserved an Oscar nomination, so I'm thrilled he's getting some well deserved recognition here in my home state. Timothee Chalamet was in Austin, Texas, to present the award to Armie! Armie lived here in my hometown, Dallas, Texas, for a while a few years ago and he, and his wife Elizabeth, own a bakery here in Dallas, with a second location in San Antonio. What a treat it would be to find Armie behind the counter at the bakery! https://www.sacurrent.com/sanantonio/sa-connected-armie-hammer-wins-at-texas-film-awards/Content?oid=9968273 And, by the way, I want to wish all of you a Happy Easter, hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. I don't get around here as often as I'd like to sometimes, but I just wanted to say how much I enjoy and appreciate reading everyone's posts. Thanks.
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    Call Me by Your Name

    I didn’t realize when I went into the theater to see this movie I was going to have a life altering experience. It’s been four weeks since that first time seeing the movie on the big screen. I purchased it when it was released on Blu-ray a little over a week later, and I’ve now seen it 5 times! I love movies, and there are a number of films I can watch again and again, but I have not seen a movie that has haunted me like this one in many years and I’m finding it difficult to explain exactly what it is about the film that has touched me so deeply. My best friend, who saw it with me that first time, and he loved it and thought it was beautifully done, thinks I’ve become a bit obsessed with it, he just might be right! Some of the statements I’ve read and heard from people, such as the film promoting the rape of a minor, etc, have already been discussed on this thread. Those people haven’t seen the movie or read the book, and never will, due to their own homophobia. They are going to have an issue with anything gay-related so it won’t matter in the least if the age of consent is 14 in Italy, and the characters are 17 and 24. Its two guys, so it’s already wrong in their eyes. I also agree, if this was a heterosexual relationship, those people would not be saying a word about the age difference. As for me, I love this movie, it now ranks among my top 10 favorites of all-time. I find everything about it beautiful beyond words, from the performances of Armie and Tim, along with everyone else in this perfectly cast film, the wonderful Oscar winning screenplay by James Ivory, the beautiful music, with the Sufjan Stevens songs that have also haunted me, the cinematography with the glorious Italian scenery, and every aspect of this magnificent piece of art. Yeah, I guess it has become an obsession at this point!
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    " Love, Simon" (2018)

    I saw it on Wednesday and thoroughly enjoyed the film. Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner were all excellent in their roles. Two scenes got me misty-eyed, both speeches between parent and son, the "you get to exhale now, Simon" scene with Jennifer and Nick, and the "I wouldn't change a thing about you" scene with Josh and Nick, both heartfelt scenes were very moving. And I loved his teacher, portrayed by Natasha Rothwell, her scenes were fun and I loved the way she delivered her dialogue. The way she handled the students being nasty to Simon was priceless.
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    Call Me by Your Name

    Yes, I was wondering the same thing about why Timothee has his leggings pulled down in that first picture! Who knows? I suppose a sensible explanation could be that it was too damp and cold near the waterfall so Timothee was wearing them until it was time for photographs and filming. But who really wants to be sensible when it comes to these two?! Cascate del Serio is certainly a beautiful location. By the way, I was very happy that James Ivory won the Oscar last night for Adapted Screenplay. I also felt this was the film's best chance at winning an award. I was pulling for "Mystery of Love" to win Best Song as well, but suspected it probably wouldn't. And, as you mentioned, Rayban, I was disappointed that the song was presented in a shorter version. In any case, our guys were looking awfully cute last night! http://cdn01.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/armie-oscars/timothee-chalamet-armie-hammer-look-so-handsome-at-oscars-02.jpg
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    Call Me by Your Name

    My best friend and I finally got to see it yesterday at the neighborhood AMC, which was having special pre-Academy Award screenings of some of the Best Picture nominees. It is such a beautiful and haunting film. We had dinner at a local Italian restaurant after the film and couldn’t stop talking about it and we both can’t wait to see it again. I’m a fan of Merchant-Ivory films and agree with the comments comparing it to “A Room with a View” and “Maurice”. Yes, the film is leisurely paced, and I’ve heard complaints that it’s too slow, but it never felt slow or overlong to me. In fact, when the goodbye scene occurred at the train station, I was thinking, no way can it be this close to the end yet, it didn’t feel like the movie clocked in at 132 minutes. It deserves all of the accolades it is receiving, including Timothee Chalamet’s Oscar nomination for his magnificent performance. I certainly hope James Ivory wins the Oscar for his screenplay. My buddy and I also agree that Armie Hammer should have received an Oscar nomination for his terrific performance. And we both definitely want to see more of Armie now and catch up on his other movies!
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    AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Scores of All-Time

    One of the most beautiful, and underrated, scores is Elmer Bernstein's "Hawaii" (1966), which would be high on my list of best film scores. I also agree that Jerome Moross' "The Big Country" ranks among the finest.
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    Return To Giant Documentary

    Return to Giant is included among the special features on both the DVD and Blu-ray editions of Giant, along with another similar behind-the-scenes documentary, Memories of Giant, from 1998, which includes some of the same interview footage with the cast and crew that was in Return to Giant. However, Memories of Giant also includes a gem of an interview with Jane Withers reminiscing about filming in Marfa, sharing home movies she filmed on the set, and recalling some fun and touching memories about the cast, in particular an interesting story about James Dean and his shirt. Both documentaries are enjoyable, but I prefer Memories of Giant since Jane is included.
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    Gay Love Story Casting Call...

    I always wanted Robert Redford and Sam Waterston to get together in 1974's version of "The Great Gatsby". Their relationship was the most fascinating in the movie, not to mention they were both absolutely gorgeous! And Jay looked quite dapper in that pink suit! While it would mean rewriting Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby needed to wake up, forget about that whiny Daisy Buchanan, and find happiness with Nick Carraway!
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    Any Love For Ann Margaret?

    Tiki, yes, I share your joy of Ann-Margret. Love her work in all of the movies everyone has already mentioned here. In addition, she was a terrific Blanche DuBois in the 1984 TV version of "A Streetcar Named Desire", opposite Treat Williams. Also enjoyed her role as the scheming daughter-in-law of Claudette Colbert in the TV mini-series "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles". And her excellent performance as a conflicted mother, co-starring with Julie Andrews, in the TV movie "Our Sons". What a versatile talent, she can do it all!
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    Who Cares? Actors

    Margaret Sullavan would be my "who cares" choice. She comes across as completely dull, a blank on the screen, no personality. Jessica Lange falls into my "who cares/strongly dislike" category. Such a monotonous performer who always seems to be playing every role in the same affected style. And there is something about her voice that is like nails on a chalkboard to me.
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    Musical Must-Sees

    Lawrence, FYI, try to see the 136 minute theatrical release version of "Darling Lili" (around 142 minutes with Overture and Exit Music), this is the version that usually runs on TCM but, sadly, has never been released on DVD. The DVD version is an edited down 107 minute "Director's Cut" that trims some of the best moments and musical sequences.
  15. Hope this happens as I certainly look forward to finally seeing Glenn's performance as Norma. Friends had invited me to Los Angeles, from Texas, in May of 1994 to see Barbra Streisand's concert in Anaheim. The day after I arrived it was announced that Streisand had laryngitis and the concert was postponed to July. Major disappointment as this trip had been planned for months in advance. My buddies had a surprise for me, that took a bit of the sting out of not seeing the concert, tickets to see "Sunset Boulevard" starring Glenn Close, which had been running in Los Angeles since December. I arrived at the theater anticipating Glenn's performance after hearing glowing reviews. As the show was about to start it was announced that Glenn Close had laryngitis and was unable to appear in that evening's performance! I could not believe it, the trip was a bust! I did stay and see "Sunset Boulevard" that evening with Glenn's standby, Karen Mason, who was actually fantastic as Norma Desmond. I read that Karen Mason continued as standby when the show went to Broadway (she is pictured below). Wonder what she's doing today?

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