Rick LaRoche

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  1. I couldn't believe it when I saw "Don't Knock the Twist" (1961) on next week's list of films. "Why?" you might ask. This is one of the B movies that were meant to be played before the main feature at the drive-in or as part of a double feature in a theater. They had the top rock and roll acts of the day to appeal to kids and plots to show those parents who might see it that rock & roll wasn't all that bad. BUT!!! In 1965 there was a movie called "Don't Knock the Rock." I'm sure I saw them both when they came out, but a few years ago I had a chance to see them back-to-back. IT'S EXACTLY THE SAME SCRIPT, with the word "twist" used instead of the word "rock." Same producer, same writer (used a different name in "Twist") only the cast was changed. Go figure.
  2. Even though it doesn't relate to musicals, the talk about technological changes utilized to get people away from their TVs reminded me of a couple of things. The first is Cinerama - three screens and three projectors were used to immerse you in the film- a few films were made of roller coasters, ski runs, etc. to demonstrate. And how the West Was Won was filmed in Cinerama (if it is ever on TV, look carefully and you can see the vertical lines where the three screens were used. Also, there were destination movies - Mutiny on the Bounty and Exodus come to mind. You bought your tickets in advance and had reserved seating; you could also buy a souvenir program. I remember going with our church group and during our Senior Class trip.
  3. I totally disagree. The plot is decent, Elvis does a decent job. AND THE MUSIC IS TERRIFIC.
  4. It was a more civilized time And, in the end, the woman usually gets her way - without being a feminist harridan or starting a hashtag de jour.
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    Doctors, I really enjoyed the podcast, but I would have gotten so much more out of this week if the podcast was on Monday. I would have recorded some films that I didn't and would have paid attention to things that I missed.
  6. Thanks for your reply. I understand your position. However, I would like to see the faculty chose 3-5 films each week to discuss in more detail with suggestions as to which of the remaining 30 or so films might be worth watching sooner rather than later. Again, thanks and I am willing to admit that the problem might be more with me than with youl
  7. I agree with these guys. Maybe I'm missing something, but few if any of the questions had anything to do with what was discussed during the week. I just guessed and have no idea what the right answers were. While I'm venting -- some of us still work for a living; I was able to watch 5 or 6 movies this week - out of the approximately 30 that were shown (still have one that I taped). 6 films are recommended, but those are not always the films that are discussed. Also, I was expecting more of a classroom situation where the lecture notes were bullet points and the teacher expounded on them.
  8. Just finished watching Born to Dance. About an hour and a half in - just before Lucy throws the glass thing at McKay - something falls behind her from the ceiling. Try as I might, I can't figure out what it is. Can anyone else do better. It's one of those crazy things that for some reason gets by the editors.
  9. With all the mentions of pre- and post-Code, I would have liked to have seen some concrete examples of the differences. The pre-1930 films I have seen don't seem to be that different from those filmed after the Code. Of course, I am one of those people who do not often pick up subtleties and have to be hit over the head.
  10. Thanks. I'm already learning.
  11. The sang has a line, "the lights and music are _____ical." What is that word?

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