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    How do they do those car chases?!

    That car scene (more like a road rage indeed) in the beginning of "Marathon Man" is a classic!
  2. That's a good question! I guess when I was typing, I got carried away and did not realize that Shawshank is not that old of a movie...
  3. I picked "Forty-One" because it is the number by which Ben Hur was known when he was a prisoner on board the Roman galleys in the 1959 classic.
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    Jack Torrance madness in the Shining

    Interesting point of view! It might be worth noting that Kubrick and King quarrelled over the story. King claimed that Kubrick did not respect the storyline of the book. And Kubrick never denied it. There is a restored 4K version of "The Shining" coming soon...
  5. Was Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) already crazy when he first arrived at the Hotel in "The Shining"? The actor Leon Vitali (Barry Lyndon, Eyes Wide Shut) and long-time assistant to Stanley Kubrick (he was the one Kubrick sent to America to search for the character of Danny) thinks that the character of Jack Torrance was crazy from the start and that the hotel was the medium that allowed Jack to fully manifest his madness. What do you guys think?
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    Two 1959 Fritz Lang movies

    Someone within this topic told me that these two Fritz Lang movies will be available in Blu-Ray on December 10th.
  7. I agree with Scorsese....and, of course, with Coppola agreeing with Scorsese!
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    How do they do those car chases?!

    When it comes to "car chase" scenes in movies, nothing, in my humble opinion, bits "Bullitt" and The "French Connection" (New York City). That said, car chases in movies shot in San Fransisco are always very exciting because of the very topography of the city. All those steep hills make great car chase scenes, not to mention the famous narrow and serpentine Lombard Street, when cars are going down that street at 80 + Kms an hour. I am thinking also of the Sam Pekinpah movie "The Killer Elite" as well as the Dirty Harry series, all have great car chase scenes in them. That said, the recent 2016 production of "Jason Bourne" has a car chase scene shot in Las Vegas which I find much too long, silly and unrealistic. Someone mentioned "Ronin" (De Niro, Jean Reno) earlier. Yes, that movie has a very good car chase scene taken place in Marseille (if I am not mistaken, in the South of France anyway)
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    How do they do those car chases?!

    Agree completely!
  10. I don't know why, but I have always liked the titles based on Tennessee Williams plays: A Streetcar Named Desire The Night of the Iguana Cat on a Hot Tin Roof The Glass Menagerie The Fugitive Kind Baby Doll Suddenly Last Summer Sweet Bird of Youth
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    Best Films of 1970

    I completely forgot to mention that she was also great in "Dead Man Walking" as well as in "Arbitrage"
  12. OK, here is my list of movies I would recommend to young people, between the ages of 16 to 25. As always, this list is not in any particular order, I type the movies as they pop up in my mind: An Affair to Remember Anatomy of Murder Casablanca West Side Story Seven Brides for Seven Brothers A Lion in Winter How the West was Won The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise, 1951) 2001, a Space Odyssey The Shawshank Redemption Barry Lyndon (of course) The Egyptian Dial M for Murder Rear Window The Longest Day On the Waterfront Ben-Hur (1925, silent, as well as 1959) Night of the Living Dead (1968, a cult movie) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest A Few Good Men The Big Country North by Northwest Laurence of Arabia The Graduate The Verdict To Kill a Mockingbird In the Heat of the Night 12 Angry Men Judgement at Nuremberg Annie Hall Not an exhaustive list....
  13. That helps a great deal, thanks! Between 16 to 25, let me think about it....
  14. TCM shows "I want to live" fairly often actually...
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    Dennis Miller as a host

    That is exactly why I don't care for Dennis Miller: his stand on the war in Iraq in 2003. He turned me off ever since!

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