VivLeighFan

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  1. My family are frequent moviegoers and usually have a good time but every once in a while... I recently went to see the new Mission Impossible movie with my family and a woman brought a toddler who was making all kinds of noise throughout the viewing. I had already seen the movie with my father and knew there was one utterance of the f-word so I immediately got worried. A full-on fight broke out when my family went to see the newest Spiderman movie when apparently someone kept kicking another person's seat and they started arguing. My brother and father immediately jumped to break it up. The people just let themslves be escorted out afterwards. No one was hurt. Fortunately it was near the end of the movie. And there was this one time when my father and I were walking out of the theater when someone threw their drink over our heads in anger at someone else. My brother told me that once when he went to a movie theater the movie stopped playing for some reason and he had to leave without finishing it. He doesn't remember what movie it was. I've always loved going to the movies and even want to work at one someday but also I have begun to understand why some people prefer to watch movies in the comfort and familarity of their own homes.
  2. Do you have an opinion about a movie/actor/director/etc. that isn't often shared by the majority of people? If so, share that opinion here. The purpose of this thread is not to criticize others but to start interesting discussions about cinema. My unpopular opinion is that Elizabeth Taylor is a very overrated actress. It's not that I don't like her as a person but as an actress I think she is very wooden. I haven't seen Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? or Butterfield 8 but I did see her in Reflections of a Golden Eye and bits and pieces of her in other films. Her Southern accent was TERRIBLE in RGE. It sounded like something out of a Saturday Night Live sketch. As if her voice wasn't annoying already! However, I did like enjoy her early performance as Helen in Jane Eyre (1943), which I now consider to be one of my favorite films. In conclusion, I think Elizabeth Taylor was a wonderful person but as an actress she was not good at all.
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    R.I.P. Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

    I think it's safe to assume that TCM will include her in the next TCM Remembers tribute since they did for Prince and David Bowie who also didn't act primarily and the first Blues Brothers movie is regarded as a classic though I could be wrong.
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Spirited Away Next: former friends/allies/lovers turn against each other
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    Oscar-winning editor Anne V. Coates has died

    I actually saw this woman not too long ago in a documentary called Side by Side at my film class. She talked briefly about the famous cut in Lawrence of Arabia. Very sad.
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    Men Kissing Each Other

    Peter Finch and Murray Head in Sunday Bloody Sunday. Unforgettable!
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    Scarlet Street (1949)

    I really enjoyed this one! It's one of the best film noirs I've seen. It was interesting watching Edward G. Robinson play a shy and sensitive man after seeing him in Key Largo. Shows how versatile he can be. It's too bad that it has been shown in terrible quality though.
  8. That moment in the film noir Phantom Lady when Elisha Cook Jr. is playing the drums while Ella Raines watches.
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Friday Next: arguing in a car
  10. Mine is Veda Pierce from Mildred Pierce because her relationship with her mother reminds me of my rekationship with my mother. I can be downright cruel to her at times but at the same time I need her more than anything. If I lost her, I don't know what I'd do. That's why Mildred Pierce is such an impressive film because it's a true representation of how far a parent would go to protect thier child even if they are spoiled brats.
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    Gay Love Story Casting Call...

    Wouldn't Stagecoach be so much better if Dallas (Claire Trevor) got together with Lucy (Louise Platt) instead of brutish John Wayne (John Wayne)? They actually had decent character development and seemed to learn from each other.
  12. Helen Chandler (February 1, 1906 - April 30, 1965) 52 years after her early death at fifty-nine, ardent horror fans remember Helen Chandler as the fragile beauty Mina Howard in the Universal horror film "Dracula" (1931) who is seduced by the famous vampire himself. Although Helen was not impressed by the role she is most famous for, it continues to be a reminder of the talented young woman she was during her short time on this earth. Originally born in Charleston, South Carolina, Helen Chandler rose up to become one of the most popular actresses in the Big Apple, and starred in numerous Broadway productions with big names like John Barrymore and Basil Sydney. Like many actresses during the 1920s, Helen decided to make the transition to the growing art form of film. Her first movie role was in the silent film The Music Master in 1927 and then later the film version of Outward Bound starring Leslie Howard and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in 1931. That same year in 1931, Helen Chandler starred in the Universal production of "Dracula", the role she detested in favor of Alice in "Alice in Wonderland". The film became one of the most successful motion pictures at that time, however, her performance failed to grab audiences' attention. She continued to act in stage, film, and radio productions but by the late 1930s her alcoholism was rampant and as a result her acting career declined. In 1950, Helen suffered severe injuries in an apartment fire resulting in body disfigurement but miraculously, she survived. Her alcoholism continued after the accident. The stage starlet's life ended sadly on April 30, 1965 after going into cardiac arrest during stomach surgery in Hollywood, California. No one came to claim her remains. Helen Chandler was cremated in accordance with her wishes, and is interred at Chapel of the Pines Crematory in a section not open to vistors. She may be gone, but her haunting performance in Dracula will continue to charm horror movie fans around the world.
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    Remembering Helen Chandler on her birthday

    Crap, then I guess Wikipedia lied to me. Glad to know somebody acknowledged her during her final days.
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    What do you know about Carole Landis?

    I would have loved to see her in a Hitchcock film! I'm sure Hitch would find some way to make use of her athleticism.
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    Classic Films with a Gay Twist

    This Above All (1942) Aristocratic Prudence Cathaway (Joan Fontaine) shocks her family by coming out as bisexual and enlisting in the WAAFs. She then meets and becomes romantically involved with the depressed widow of a fallen soldier (Claire Trevor) who hates the war.
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    Peggy Cummins (1925-2017)

    Noooo!!!!! This is terrible! I loved her so much in Gun Crazy which has become one of my favorite film noirs and movies in general! I think she was one of the Top 10 best femme fetales in film! The studio totally failed her by not seeing her potential. RIP Peggy.
  17. It's raining cats and dogs outside. You're at home alone. What do you do? Watch movies, of course! Key Largo (1948) and 12 Angry Men (1957) are probably among the best to watch on this occasion because they both give you that sense of isolation and the rain would make great background noise. Other movies I think would be good are Citizen Kane (1941), Psycho (1960), The Letter (1940), and Waterloo Bridge (1940).
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    Movies to Watch on a Rainy Day

    Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon would also be excellent on a rainy day.
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Tombstone Next: a bowling alley
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Rebel Without a Cause Next: waiting in a long line
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) next: a character is cleary a feminist
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Matilda next: looking through someone else's belongings
  23. If you don't know off the top of your head, you can find out at imdb.com. I was born on May 28 and these are the people I share a birthday with.... Carey Mulligan (actress, The Great Gatsby) Ian Fleming (wrote the Bond novels) Laura Bailey (voice actress, Fruits Basket) Carroll Baker (actress, Baby Doll) Martha Vickers (actress, The Big Sleep) We Geminis are quite a talented group of people, if I may say so myself!
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    Who do you share a birthday with?

    Reviving this thread in case anyone would like to add to it.

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