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  1. Bogey

    Addicting films

    These responses are fantastic. I must admit that there have been a few films listed here that I am unfamiliar with, but I find this rather encouraging. It seems that the films I am most "addicted" to are also those which I most highly recommend to others. In this regard, I feel reasonably assured that it would be in my interest to take the time to check out some of these posted addictions. Obviously what pleases one may not please another, but its better than taking a shot in the dark. Thanks for your responses and keep them coming. By the way, some other films (besides Rear Window) that keep me coming back are Jeremiah Johnson, Casablanca, High Society, My Fair Lady, and As Good as It Gets. Strangely enough, I own every season of the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, and I can not get enough of it. Those leery of obscene language need not abide.
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    Addicting films

    I own a sizable library of films, and yet I find myself continually reaching for the same few over and over again. One film in particular never sneaks past my consideration in my selection process. I know the film backwards and forwards, but for some reason I never bore of watching it. Of course, I have some ideas as to why it draws me in, but it seems there's something more that I can't come to grips with. For some reason, I take unending joy and comfort in watching the film Rear Window. Some things are obviously pleasing to me - Grace Kelly, Jimmy Stewart, the music, the crisp cinematography, the casual atmostphere...actually, I'd bore even myself to death if I listed everything I like about this film. Although this is the most prominent film that I think of in this manner, there are a few others that provide the same feel for me. And maybe that's the best I can come up with. The films I am addicted to are those that, through some magical combination of artistic display, strike a calming nerve within me. This would follow in line with my general disposition on how I think my free time should treat me. I enjoy a mellow lifestyle, and such is the manner I like things presented to me. Of course, moods change, which may call for a temporary change in indulgences. All I really know, though, is that I relate to a few films on a number of levels, and I can't help but to keep coming back to satisfy my desire for mental appeasement. Can anyone relate regarding their own favorite films? What's your take?
  3. Many of these ideas have likely been previously implemented at least in part, but I wanted to contribute anyway. "Lucky Viewer Decides" - I envied the lucky celebrities who got to program their own night of TCM movies. Wouldn't it be nice if TCM would set it up to where viewers could enter online to have their name picked to set up their own night of programming? I would very much like to at least have that opportunity. "Music in the Movies" - Consider devoting time slots to music based on genre, time period of composition, composer, storyline, actor/musical artist, famous scores, etc. Such ideas would reduce the need to rely solely on musicals for such a theme. Maybe a musician could help introduce the film and highlight some of the key points of the music? Perhaps a band could play a featured song first (depending on the circumstances). If handled poorly, the last part of my idea could seem completely obscure and lacking in class. "Breakout Roles" - Have certain nights devoted to showing the role that made renowned actors/actresses famous. "City Films" - Set up nights devoted to cities that play a large role in shaping the storyline. "Quirky Roles" - Showcase films that cast actors in roles "unfitting" of their usual character.
  4. My hands-down favorite is Grace Kelly. She's absolutely radiant in the role of Lisa Freemont in Rear Window. What a dame!!! My runner-ups are Audrey Hepburn and Rita Hayworth.
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    my favorite musical

    When I first saw the cast for my favorite musical, my jaw dropped. I knew this film had to be something special. I was probably 17 when I first read about it. It wasn't until about two years later that I finally got to see it. After months of anticipation I was able to snatch it up on its release date when TCM helped put it out on DVD. It turned out to surpass even all my wildest expectations of its potential greatness. The cast included Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Celeste Holm, and Louis Armstrong and his band. The composer - Cole Porter. The film I speak of is HIGH SOCIETY. Granted I'm only 21 and I still have loads of films to discover, it is difficult for me to imagine a finer musical. From the music to the story to the acting, it's hard to find a complaint. Perhaps it is because I saw this film first, but I consider it greater than its predecessor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (an all-time classic). HIGH SOCIETY deserves more praise, and I'm one that's more than willing to give it.

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