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Everything posted by Vertigo22

  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 passe
  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
  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. "e
  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 p
  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
  16. Admittedly, I haven't seen as many silent film as I would like, but the reason I enjoy them is because is the acting was truly performance art. There was none of this "behaving" bullcrap (actually I'm not trying to deride that particular generation of film actors, but in contrast to the things that silent actors did, there is no comparsion for me). The films themselves, at their best, were almost like genuine "dream-works," if that makes any sense. Also, they're like looking through a key-hole, to a very interesting, and long-lost world of the past. It's a shame that silent films went out of v
  17. What exactly is the difference between the version we've been seeing, and the new restoration, aside from the score and the print quality? Are there any newly discovered scenes, or anything of that sort? I can deal with the lesser of the two, quality-wise, but I'd just like to know if the new restoration is worth buying for any other reason. One more thing. Which score is a reworking of the original 1921 music? The version I have of Nosferatu has music that is all organ, and his extremely moody and creepy. It fits the film to-a-tee, if you ask me, so it'd be hard for me to accept it with a
  18. On the contrary, I think that Lifeboat is one of the most underrated of all Hitchcock movies. It was extremely daring for Hitch to think that he could shoot an entire film within the confines of a small lifeboat out on the open sea, and still get the most out of his script and his performers. It's a suspense film, but not in the usual manner of which we are accustomed with Hitchcock. This was way before Rear Window...and well after The Lady Vanishes...but anyway, it came at a time in his career where he was fiercely creative with each new film (even Rope was a grand experiment that has it's ow
  19. I believe Hitchcock did attempt to make a musical once, in Britain. I'm not exactly sure, but I think it's called Champagne. I've never seen it, so I'm sure one of the more scholarly posters here can verify it more clearly. Yeah, I Confess is a pretty solid film. Not one of Hitch's BEST films, but definately second or third-tier. Lately, I have been really warming up to Mongomery Clift. I've seen a handful of his movies over the past few weeks, and the thing that's really remarkable about him (to me, atleast) is how little he does with his body and face. It's all in the eyes. He is one of
  20. I heard a story that Rick Baker, who is doing the make-up for the up-coming Wolf Man "re-imagining is arguing with the studio over the transformation sequences in the film. They want to use computer animation to change Benicio DeTorro in a werewolf, while Baker, a fan of the classic Universal horror films, wants to use more tried-and-true methods. Personally, I'm siding with Baker on this one. It would certainly be refreshing to see. These "all computer-generated" spectacles are getting real tiresome. The good stuff is real good, honestly I feel the "art-form" isn't really progressing into the
  21. Claude Rains Walter Brennan Lee J. Cobb Thomas Mitchell Peter Lorre John Cazale Karl Malden John Carradine Dwight Frye Minoru Chiaki Victor McLaglen Ward Bond Joe Pesci George Sanders Sydney Greenstreet Donald Sutherland Harvey Keitel Jack Warden Burgess Meredith Leo G. Carroll Truthfully, I'm not all that certain that some of the actors on my list would be considered "supporting actors." Peter Lorre, for example, did plenty of outstanding supporting work in films like Casablanca and Arsenic And Old Lace. Yet, he was just as effective, if not more so, in M and Mad Love
  22. Bela Lugosi - Dracula, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Island of Lost Souls, The Black Cat, Son of Frankenstein Martin Scorsese - Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Casino, Gangs of New York science fiction - Metropolis, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, The Mysterians, The Day The Earth Stood Still James Cagney - Man of A Thousand Faces, Angels With Dirty Faces, Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Roaring Twenties, The Public Enemy Akira Kurosawa - The Seven Samuai, Ikiru, Rashomon, Yojimbo, Stray Dog, Ran Ishiro Honda - Godzilla King of the Monsters!, Mothra, Matango, Godzilla vs. T
  23. Hitchcock - Vertigo, Rear Window, Psycho North By Northwest, The Birds Gary Cooper - Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, Sergeant York, Meet John Doe, High Noon Humphrey Bogart - The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Casablanca, The Big Sleep, Key Largo John Ford - The Quiet Man, Stagecoach, Fort Apache, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Cary Grant - Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, North By Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, Notorious Kirk Douglas - Spartacus, The Bad And The Beautiful, Lust For Life, In Harm's Way Jimmy Stewart - Mr. Smith Goes To Washington,
  24. I forgot about one guy; BOGART! Humphrey Bogart is god!!!! I caught Knock On Any Door and Battle Circus today, and I had fairly forgotten just how delightful he is to watch. Truly, one of Hollywood's greatest actors/giants.
  25. This is definately a tough one. So many great movies and performances to choose from! But, I'm going to have to go with, both Bringing Up Baby and North By Northwest. The chemistry between Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn in the former is so delightful, while the story gives him the chance to show off just how brilliant a physical comedian he actually was (not to mention his hilarious line-readings). North By Northwest is simply the best "Cary Grant" movie ever. Hitchcock knew how to tailor his films for certain actors, and this film is the pinnacle of their collaborative efforts. Grant (and t
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