overeasy

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  1. Very interesting topic. I struggle to even get people my own age to understand why I find movies that are 70-80 years old fascinating. So how to get young people to enjoy them? I'd say start with a mystery, like Laura. The plot is intriguing and the performances sparkle. A good story can overcome the issues of time and place that can hinder younger people from watching "some old black and white movie." I'm willing to admit that, as I got older, I found that early hairstyles, clothing and manners of speech meant less to me, and I was able to see the universal themes that were the underpinning of so many early features...
  2. There was a time when movies were based on genuine novels and plays that had been carefully crafted and parsed by their authors, editors and finally, the public. Much of cinema used this great source material. Certainly, the screenwriters and filmmakers managed to muck it up quite a bit from time to time, ("The book is better...") yet it was a deep well of material that, due to its tendency to include a first, second and third act, adapted well to the screen. Fast forward. Now the source material is a comic book or "graphic novel." I'm going to say this straight out; this stuff is c*ap. The characters are simplistic, as are the plots. That's what Marty is responding to. The infantilization of the media. Stories that have no narrative heft. Stories that are pure adrenaline, but leave you with nothing. Over-caffeinated CGI-fests. It's dreck and he and Coppola know it. Current directors aren't going to say that, because they fear the blowback in today's snowflake world. Flame away, if you must.
  3. Are there quotes from movies that you use frequently when having a normal conversation with people? I know that I used to fall back on Ghostbuster's dialogue a lot, though I've used it less over the years. (eg, "Egon, your mucous") From classic films, oddly, I often use "It's a ledge" from Mr. Blandings. This comes in handy when digging in the garden... Of course, when using classic film quotes, most people just look at me as if to say, "Wha?"
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    Movie quotes you use all the time...

    OK, now that'a deep dive into LITB!
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    Movie quotes you use all the time...

    Love that line! John Candy was sooo great in that role. Funny, vulnerable. Sad. Just wonderful!
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    Movie quotes you use all the time...

    "Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit...." "That's the biggest mouse I've ever seen!"
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    Movie quotes you use all the time...

    OMG. How could I forget Young Frankenstein. There are many I use. "He was my boyfriend!" "Werewolf?" "There wolf." "I was gonna make espresso..."
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    Movie quotes you use all the time...

    There have been times when I used a quote that I think is from this same scene, "I want to be called Loretta." It's just a random quote to drop into a conversation!
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    Movie quotes you use all the time...

    Love that movie! It was a total surprise to me when I first saw it. And now I love the quote!
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    Noir Alley

    I was there from Thursday-Saturday. An amazing bit of movie watching with great intros by Eddie Mueller. He is a genuinely genuine guy, who brings his love of these movies to the fore. It's just so thrilling to watch these classic films on the big screen, as was originally intended. It's an entirely different experience than watching them on a TV, no matter how large your screen is.
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    Noir Alley

    It's been just great fun. Nothing like seeing a bunch of movies with others who love the same stuff! Eddie was great, too. The Silver Theater staff have been great, too. Wonderful venue. Might do the Detroit one next time...
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    Noir Alley

    You can do it as a pass for the entire festival, or per movie. I chose the later. Not expensive at all.
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    Noir Alley

    If anyone is in the DC-area at the Noir City festival in Silver Spring, hope you're enjoying it as much as I am! Eddie Mueller did an intro to tonight's showing of The City That Never Sleeps. A genuine thrill to meet him. Much more to go!
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    Movies That It Sometimes Feels That Only You Alone Like?

    Indeed, as I recall there is a rather hard/intense lesbian kiss between the two women. It was a nice subtext, at a time when that wasn't common. I have always liked Sami Frey and he is wonderful in this. Not for nothin', but I could use more of kind of neo noir these days....
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    Movies That It Sometimes Feels That Only You Alone Like?

    I just love Black Widow. Cool performances all around.
  16. I haven't had time to go through all the posts on this interesting topic, so excuse me if I repeat something that previous posters have said. Here is my take. Most large-scale modern movies simply do not interest me. I have no idea what Dead Pool is about, though I know for certain I would not like it. I do not enjoy the violence and banality of most current movies. Every now and then one slips through (Spotlight comes to mind) that, when I see it I go, "Ya see, they CAN make them like they used to!" But that is the rare example of a narrative, story driven film with a solid cast. No one overacts. No CGI. No explosions. No fantasy. Just a great story, told well. THAT is what is missing from most features today. Story has been replaced by over-the-top effects and stunt work. Oddly, I think this is why many modern films made for streaming (Both Mindhunter and The Queen come to mind...) are doing well. They DO tell stores in classic narrative form, letting the writing and acting come to the fore. And it is those stories that stay with me.
  17. "Two separate works of art." That is indeed a very good way to look at them. While film often follows a novels narrative form, the detail is, almost by necessity, lost. If you want that, read the book. A film is a totally different form and is often more visceral. Though an interesting study of this is in obverse is with The Maltese Falcon. The first two attempts at bringing it to the screen were watered-down. Huston opted to rely much more on the book, and we know how that turned out.
  18. I remember reading A Place In the Sun in my late teens, then later seeing the movie. The movie script pretty much removed any backstory about the Clift character, which I thought hurt it a lot. All of his early life was purged and so we had little idea about why he was so intent upon "rising above it."
  19. Finished recently: The Winter Fortress Code Girls Transcription A mix of fiction and non-fiction, though this batch is heavily WWII-related.
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    Is Citizen Kane the greatest ever made?

    There is much that is great about CK. The strong visual sense, including the (for then, rare) use of ceiled sets. Masterful use of deep focus. Great lighting. Strong performances, most notably by the star. But as others have duly noted, there probably is no such thing as "the great film." It's all subjective. And it's generational. And it's based on available technology. Finally, for a film to be "great," at least to me, it has to touch me emotionally. Kane doesn't do that.
  21. Oh, god, yes. There are some nice moments, but Dean doing his "angst ridden young man" is always horrible. It's "the method" on steroids!
  22. Can't argue that, I suppose. Still, as the set up to the entire movie, it's still an odd note. I don't buy that Tracy "threw a few lamps," as I see her as more of a verbal warrior.
  23. Agree on both counts. LOA is just another David Lean wet dream. Endless 'scope shots of nothing happening. And the only scenes I like in Psycho are the opening bits before we ever encounter Norman. It feels like a noir that went off the rails. At the end of the day, it's nothing by exploitive...
  24. Not to get all PC, but I have always found that to be the worst scene in that film. It's violent and disturbing and seems out of context with what comes later. I just don't see C. K. Dexter Haven doing it, but perhaps that is through 2019 eyes. Clearly he DID do something, or else Dinah wouldn't have been so hot for him to "sock her" again! Now, that said, I like Vertigo. Is it creepy as hell? Yup, but that's the point, isn't it?

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