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  1. The Mysterians aliens had really cool race-car helmets, and wore flowing capes. They were probably the inspiration for Speed Racer, and have to be the coolest-looking aliens ever! Yeah, Destroy All Monster is pretty great. I had never seen some of those "kaiju" before, and it was a real treat to see all of them attacking the major cities of the world. This was the last time that the Tanaka, Honda, Tsuburaya, Ifukube team worked together, and they truly went out with a bang! Actually no, their last film together was Latitude Zero, but DAM was their last Godzilla movie. Eiji Tsuburaya passed away a year later, and thus was the end of the golden age of Japanese fantasy films. Message was edited by: Vertigo22
  2. My favorite Harryhausen film would have to be either The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms or Earth vs. The Flying Saucers, mainly because of how I saw each film. I was about nine-ten years old at the time, and a good friend of the family had VHS tapes chock-full of movies and TV shows he had recorded off of TV, from the 1980's until VHS became obsolete. I used to borrow these tapes everytime my dad and I would go visit him, and he had the perfect selection for a kid who was obsessed with monster movies! Anyway, even at the age of nine, I had read enough about a guy named Harryhausen who had done all these great things with special effects, so I knew what I was watching before I had seen either movie. Back then, it didn't matter if the picture quality was horrible, the magic of the movies took hold of me, and captured my imagination. To make a long story short, Beast and Earth are my two favorite Ray Harryhausen films because of the enormous amount of sentimental value they have for me. And, because I think they contain some of his very best stop-motion, although that's also covered in my former statement.
  3. Favorites, anyone? Of the Godzilla series... Ghidrah The Three-Headed Monster Godzilla vs. Gigan Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster Godzilla King of the Monsters! Terror of Mechagodzilla Godzilla's Revenge Monster Zero Godzilla vs. The Cosmic Monster Destroy All Monster ...now, of the rest of Toho's magnificent fantasy genre... The Mysterians Matango Frankenstein Conquers The World War of the Gargantuas Mothra (1961) Atragon Rodan The H-Man Yog, The Monster From Space Latitude Zero
  4. I wish I could recall by name some of the movies I've seen Joan Crawford in, where I thought she was really great. But the only one that sticks for me was her first, The Unknown, with Lon Chaney. He dominated, but she was spectacular in that film.
  5. Yeah, Dean was all about Brando and Clift. Can you really blame him? Unfortunately, I think that fact has clouded the visions of many regarding James Dean, the actor. He was good enough in his time, and everyone was really focused on how great he arguably would have been. That's really the key to his legacy.
  6. Katharine Hepburn is annoying as all hell to me. But the truth of the matter is, I cannot resist her! She's got "IT!" Great actress, great entertainer. She did her thing, and was justly rewarded.
  7. Burt Lancaster is sumthin', ain't he? When I first saw him in From Here To Eternity, I thought he was waaaay too stiff and masculine to be taken seriously. But after seeing Birdman of Alcatraz and Run Silent, Run Deep, I saw that there was something very real and professional about his style. On the screen, he exists as the quinessential male that alot of guys wish they were. Kinda like Cary Grant, who in my opinion WAS James Bond before that character even existed. So in effect, 007 isn't really necessary.
  8. Well, I certainly do not mean to stir up a ruckus, regarding Garbo. I only know what I like, and I like what I see in her. However, I really don't understand why there seems to be such a "lover-her-or-loathe-her" mentality. Maybe I'm just a little biased.
  9. One thing I've noticed from frequenting this message board is that there seems to be some sort of "Garbo cult".....can I join? Seriously, I don't know what it is about her, but she just does it for me. She's vulnerable and erotic in equal measure, and rarely do those two things come together so well in a person.
  10. Yeah, I was kind of iffy about including Kate Winslet on my list. She is a contemporary player in this game, and she does seem a bit out of place. But truthfully, I like to watch all kinds of movies, classic and current, and to my taste there is no other actress working today that is even in the same league as "The Great Kate" as I've taken to calling her. I just felt like showing some love.
  11. I think it's time for a revisit! My top five, favorite actresses are... Ingrid Bergman Barbara Stanwyck Kate Winslet Grace Kelly Greta Garbo Can I do five more? No, I think this time, I'll save everyone the boredom!
  12. I've seen bits and pieces of The Magnificent Ambersons here on TCM a while ago, but I've never seen the whole thing. I really liked what I saw, but I'm one of the many who feel that Orson Welles was truly a genius, in front of and behind the camera. So, the fact that the film was severely edited against his wishes makes me a little hesitant to see it in its entirety. I'd actually like to hear some opinions too. As it stands, is The Magnificent Ambersons worth a look?
  13. Here's an interesting, little tid-bid regarding Lifeboat, for those who may be interested. I think this may explain why the film isn't as well remembered today. When Lifeboat was first released, it was very popular with both critics and audiences. Most people at the time agreed that it was a genuinely well-made film. Hitchcock even recevied an Oscar nomination as best director. However, one of the big-time film critics of the time (I think it was Bosley Crowther, but I'm not sure), who had intitially liked the film, did a complete 180, because he/she felt that the concept of the German e.i. "enemy" ending up being the hero, was unsatisfactory. This got around, and ultimately after that, 20th Century Fox, and Zanuck really didn't know how to promote the thing. The sentiment is understandable, considering that the U.S. was knee-deep in war with Germany at the time, but after that, Lifeboat pretty much disappeared into obscurity. As we all know, Hitchcock didn't win the Oscar. It's unfortunate, because Lifeboat really is one of Hitchcock's best films, atleast in my opinon. But I guess it really doesn't help my case that it was the first Hitchcock film I had ever seen, at the age of fifteen. To this day, it's still one of my favorite films. But anyway, this is a thread about I Confess, so ignore my unappologetic love affair with Hitchcock, and lets here some more Monty Clift praise!
  14. Chaney Sr. was more than just a horror star, in my opinion. So I can't really say that he was my absolute favorite, although what he did in the genre (before it even existed, for that matter) was truly remarkable. My favorite horror star is, without a doubt, Bela Lugosi. As an actor, he dominated every movie he was in, even over Karloff in some cases. His Count Dracula is likely to never be forgotten, even if it has become the thing of parody. There would be no Norman Bates, Hannibal Lecter, etc. if it weren't for Lugosi's brilliant performance as, not only the king of vampires, but the patriarch of movie villians. And for those who feel that all he could ever play was Dracula, they need only to look at Son of Frankenstein, The Black Cat (1934), Murders in the Rue Morgue, Island of Lost Souls and White Zombie to see that, when given the good roles, he could really blaze on the screen. I'm a huge fan of Karloff, Chaney Jr., Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing as well, but Lugosi takes the cake for me.
  15. Lon Chaney James Stewart James Dean Bela Lugosi Humphrey Bogart ...now my other top five, haha! Cary Grant Orson Welles Marlon Brando James Cagney Edward G. Robinson ...now my OTHER top five! John Wayne William Holden Claude Raines Clark Gable Burt Lancaster Ya' think I got a little carried away? Message was edited by: Vertigo22 Message was edited by: Vertigo22
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