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  1. I am in love, for ever and ever and ever . . . Heart of Glass . . . Blondie and Me-- we were born the same year, same month--and she sooooooooo sweet . . . www.youtube.com/embed/gbnbMMCfyoc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Was there ever a more beautiful creature in this whole f...ing world than Debbie Harry? Never, ever, ever . . . Edited by: Mackie45 on Oct 27, 2013 7:53 AM
  2. Is there ever an excuse or reason, or prissy emotional claim to a "right" for some God damned **** of circumstance to come along demanding that the speech of someone they disagree with be curtailed? Is there? I tell you that so long as that speech is not obscene or of a nature that inspires crime or violence from others, there is NEVER such a ****'s right nor any excuse, and further, that the sort of person who would demand such a FAKE right not to hear the manner of thing that upsets his stinky little apple-cart--that rotten bastard, that enemy to the Rights of Man needs to be exposed for
  3. Hey, CaveGirl . . . Swell of you to reply. :-) "If one wants to look to creations as being motivators of evil, then you are right that one must include "Taxi Driver" by Scorcese, and considering his Jesuit led background, I'm sure he would defend his choices." Right. That too. And I won't forget the night I saw that film, first run at a theater on Hollywood Boulevard, either the Pantages or the Hollywood Pacific--can't recall which, and neither will l I forget the generally shocked response of the audience. Man! It's like they were pressed down in their seats by the G-forces of it,
  4. What promises to be their biggest smash hit since Fargo--or so some say. Never been to Cannes, so how was I to know? Been going to the can four, five, six times, every day of my life, so does that count? Not much of an audience in topless bikinis there with me to judge a response to things either there or halfway round the world, though, except for an occasional butt-naked cat, and other than that there is only my most current copy of the New Yorker in my lap--and to think I've always depended on that (not the cat) to keep me in the know about things. Must have missed it in the fine print.
  5. *Our Man in Havana* another great film from the duo of Carol Reed and Graham Greene--and it sure sounds like you nailed it, Fred. Yeah. Been ages since I saw it, first run at a Minneapolis 'art house'. but who would have thought that a writer the caliber of John le Carr? (Spy Who Came in from the Cold) would wind up having to crib from the plot and characters of another writer--but then he has, as I recall, come right out to say most forthrightly that he is given to "stealing" (in his own words) from other writers. What did he say--I'll try a paraphrase--"a writer is only so great as the mate
  6. Since posting on this last night in the Filmmakers forum, I now see that some of my comments were a bit messy in their construction, so this is an attempt at clarification . . . The new Shane Salerno documentary is already up for streaming from NetFlix! So . . . . Gonna have to say that the hagiographic (saint-making) tone which enters in toward the end gets pretty fulsome, till you're feeling a fair degree of embarrassment for the filmmaker. There are other displeasing elements aside from the scandal mongering of Joyce Maynard (who once auctioned off her letters from Salinger at S
  7. What a hoot! Guess what I admire most about it is that at every twist of the plot where one's suspension of disbelief has been strained to the breaking point, one is reminded that it doesn't matter how untenable may be the bogus "reports" from "Harry" (Geoffrey Rush), nor that such nonsense would be so much as listened to by the seasoned (but totally corrupt) agent, "Osnard"--because just anything of the nature would of course be accepted (and always has been) since he and the boys in London at MI.6 are so greedy for a new intrigue to keep them hopping, and grasping for the dollars they can sk
  8. Great film, and got to agree about the performances--the downright archetypal aura of menace and malignant intent that Ryan projects as "Claggart" (who could have done it better?), contrasting with the innocence of "Billy" as so strikingly portrayed by Terrence Stamp--and Ustinov, who so rarely comes up short of excellence in any of his roles. Ran into a little known fact the other day, that Ustinov had some uncredited help in the direction of this film (since he was himself in front of the camera for so much of it) from Robert Rossen, director of The Hustler, and Lilith--who also contribu
  9. Well . . . . Gonna have to admit that the hagiographic tone of it that enters in toward the end gets pretty fulsome, till you're feeling a fair degree of embarrassment for the film-maker. There are other displeasing elements (aside from the scandal mongering of Joyce Maynard, who once auctioned off her letters from Salinger at Sotheby's ) which raise what some would see as the absurdly puerile suggestion that J. D. Salinger (and Holden Caulfield) are the assassins of John Lennon--well, by instrument of Mark David Chapman, of course. One author commentator mentioning in the same context
  10. The new Shane Salerno documentary is already up for streaming from NetFlix. Boy! Was that quick or what? Well, despite the valiant, ever so high-minded effort of critics to murder it, up so far as 20 minutes into it--got it momentarily on pause--I cannot share their opinion. I have already learned about 10 things I never knew about J. D. Salinger, and that's after having read every biography extant on the man, including those of his daughter, Peggy, and his ex-lover, author Joyce Maynard. But, we'll see. I only paused to pop the popcorn, and send off this heads-up. We're up to the part
  11. Interesting discussion you're having on this. Would be interesting to hear some viewpoints on Baby Doll, the Rose Tattoo, Summer and Smoke, as well. Did you love Joanne Woodward in "The Fugitive Kind"?
  12. That has NOTHING to do with the loosening of standards at TCM which I am totally in support of, as anyone with a BRAIN reading my post would be hip to. What's your silly trip, anyway? Edited by: Mackie45 on Oct 21, 2013 3:43 AM
  13. "If I recall correctly, Dostoyevsky was scheduled to be executed and that was suddenly reversed.That close call might have been one of the things that changed his outlook on the world. Certainly a life changing event." You bet. He was lined up, facing a firing squad, before the order came to spare them. Jean Paul Sarte faced a similar "mock execution"--and how could it not alter a person's whole goddam world-view? Something like that? Gawd.
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