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About MaxMania

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  1. This is indeed a welcome return, so, welcome back!
  2. THE FOUNTAINHEAD is, without a doubt, hands down, the FUNNIEST film from 1949. The studio gave a pretentious author more than enough rope, and sure enough, she hoisted herself high! I love this film. It would make a great Patricia Neal 1949 comedy double feature with IT'S A GREAT FEELING! Max
  3. Mr. O'Toole is indeed a splendid actor, and the star of some of my favorite films. He is far beyond perfect and wonderful in MY FAVORITE YEAR (which is one of my favorite films ever). I also am amazed by THE RULING CLASS, which is sadly underappreciated. (Too long and too strange for many, I suspect...) It is a shame he hasn't had more truly good roles, and that he has made some of the truly, truly awful films he has. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing him (eventually) in VENUS. Has anyone seen the print ads for the film, and noticed his oddly feminine eyes? Looks like some bad plastic surgery to me...Sigh... Max
  4. I had my VCR set to tape pretty much all of these great Sci-Fi flicks, but it misfired early on and I did not get to watch or tape 27th DAY - which was the one I most wanted to see, of course. Does anyone out there have a copy they could lend or send me? It would be greatly appreciated! Please let me know if you can help out - Thanks a lot!
  5. As someone who loves classic films AND the Ramones, I was thrilled to see this on TCM. (Of course, I already own the DVD, but still...) It not only fit the theme of the night, but IS also a classic American (Rock) Musical. What's more, the Ramones were a band VERY MUCH influenced by the films they saw and loved. One of their signature songs, PINHEAD (as seen in the film), was written after the band had gone to see FREAKS (1932) in Cleveland after having a show there cancelled. They also covered songs from films they liked, and Johnny Ramone was a HUGE collector of vintage Hollywood autographs and the like. So, yeah, it was great to see this on TCM, but it was kind of funny watching Robert Osbourne's awkward comments after the film - talking about things he clearly has no first-hand knowledge about. And I still miss the Ramones, bless 'em - especially since they aren't just broken up, but flat-out dead...Sigh... Gabba Gabba HEY!
  6. I don't know that she's the sexiest 60 year old in the world, but she DOES look great. Max
  7. As someone who is both an amateur film historian and in a long-term interracial relationship, I feel qualified to comment on this. First of all, these cartoons (and features and books and etc.) from, shall we say, less enlightened times, are what they are. They function not only as entertainment, but also as a looking glass view into what people thought/how the world was viewed in days gone by. Do they contain stereotypes? Yes, of course. Viewed through our modern sensibilities, are some of these images/performances insulting? Yes. Does that mean we change what they are? Do we feel free to alter their form in order to protect our (very different) modern selves? In other words, do we (attempt to) change history? I find the true and accurate presentation of these HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS to be much LESS offensive than the idea of editing/censoring them. What is to be gained by such actions? Who benefits? And, importantly, how do we know how far we as a society have come without being able to see older, "offensive" materials? The example of Chico is spot on. He is - in some eyes - a hateful, stereotyped character, one we should be ashamed of - and perhaps one that should be purged from our historical record. And couldn't it be said that Harpo makes "all" handicapped people seem like manic, blonde-chasing lunatics? And on and on... I'd also like to ask if the folks in favor of cutting out offensive blackface (and black sterotyping) bits would also be in favor of editing out "poisonous" and "cliche" black character actors such as Mantan Moreland, Willie Best and Hattie McDaniel? And what about all the films in which white folks play Asians? And Italians play Indians? And again, on and on... Remember folks: Cutting "offensive" scenes from films is like eating potato chips - you can't stop at just one. So if we start, where DOES it stop? Max
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    I haven't seen WASH YOUR STEP yet, but someday I hope...I don't know why (dumb luck, deep reserve of talent, etc.) but Hal LeRoy's shorts are - in my opinion - far above average in terms of both cleverness and entertainment value. A DVD collection seems so deserved...Especially if it included HAROLD TEEN. I can dream, can't I? Max
  10. Loretta Young can also be seen in CAUSE FOR ALARM! - which is on DVD, though it may be out of print. She's also in ALONG CAME JONES, in which she looks so beautiful my eyes practically melt. That hair, those eyes, those lips...She was a stunning beauty. Max
  11. Yes, it's the same recording - and I bought it in San Francisco. (And on a related note, I have a friend who is friends with Chico's grandson, who is a teacher in S. Oregon...) Max
  12. THE HAUNTING, followed closely by THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE. I also like BURNT OFFERINGS. After watching POLTERGEIST again last night - for the first time in many, many years - I was struck by how disappointing it was. Some great ideas and good moments, but it's too long and has too many scenes of swirling lights and other "Spielberg magic" touches. I am also (still) amazed that it was rated PG - the scene with the guy tearing his face to pieces is clearly R material... Max
  13. ...and Mel Torme got his start singing with Chico's band. I have an early recording on a record set, where they mispronounce his name and introduce him as "Mel Tornay"... Max
  14. Actually, Erich Von Stroheim was "The Man You Love to Hate" - there's even a documentary about him with that title. As for me, I always enjoy the sleazy weasel antics of Mr. Dan Duryea. Max
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