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Everything posted by mickeeteeze

  1. I like Bowling for Columbine! Edited by: mickeeteeze on Nov 27, 2013 7:45 PM
  2. "If that story is true, then the clocks were likely filmed after principal photography had been completed." That's why I'm sorry I didn't pay that much attention. I would have been looking for "complete shots", ie, scenes where the clock and actors are involved, doing more than "headshots" and "reaction shots". Were all the clock shots "cutaways"? Looks like I might have to get that DVD. I've just been putting it off. Maybe it's time!
  3. "Someone went to a lot of trouble to synchronize all the clocks in the different scenes." Wow. I didn't really look, but it seems to me it must have been shot in sequence and at least closely edited as it was being made. That is definitely some trouble to go through.....setting hands before the start of scenes, etc.
  4. "Strength, sexually intimidating ('you better measure up boy'), not so pretty in the conventional sense. I'm working towards being a writer/director. I'd hire her. But then again, I'm a woman." First of all, good luck in your project(s?). You certainly seem to have the personality for it. That's a compliment, and not a backhanded one either! Second, I'd pay big dough to get put in my place by Ms. Unger. Doesn't seem like a bad way to go at all!
  5. "It is fascinating how he was very busy, and developing his craft on television, often with the "playhouse" type of productions. I appreciate his work yet I do not idolize him. It just seemed his death marked the start of a string of mourning for those who's time ended all too soon. Maybe that, and the date of 9/30/55 seem so significant to me. Does anybody else wonder "what if?" about this fine actor?" Yes, I very much wonder "what if" about this guy. Especially when I consider that "Giant" was, IMO, a definite character role. Seeing as how most of his work up to that point was TV Playh
  6. "You know what's burned in my memory? "Whispers in the Dark." She yells at Annabella Sciorra in the office lobby. (To paraphrase)............." Totally. One of those rare actors/actresses that has that "something extra" that in no way, shape or form interferes with her ability to play "salt of the earth". For me, even her "not so goods" are completely watchable because, well, she's completely watchable.
  7. Debra Kara Unger is extremely lovable. Extremely. Extremely....
  8. Excellent overview Calvin. I agree 100% with everything you've said.
  9. Yes, I believe he missed my point Wendy. I will say it's refreshing to see someone defend Brando/Dean, etc, on these boards, even if he missed my point. That sometimes falls as my job around here, and to be honest with you, I've grown tired of doing it. Anyway, to you Stephen, no I don't see Clooney or Pitt as important film figures like Brando and Dean, especially Brando. However I do see a "As Brando is to Dean, Clooney is to Pitt" type relationship, as pertains to roles. A very generalized statement, more about looks, than anything else. Thats all I was saying. I'm not dismissive of film
  10. "I believe there's a difference there becuz then ALL acting would be against the law. Should Fonda or Massey be arrested for portraying Lincoln? Or the actors who played the astronauts? Or should Greer Garson be arrested for having played Marie Curie?" Well, I don't know about arrested, but someone should have at least slapped William Bendix for playing Babe Ruth. House arrest.......a fine.......I dunno...... SOMETHING........
  11. That's pretty cool, bro. I guess you glom up as many "trades" as possible, and put it all together? Nice work, very fascinating. History "nut" that I am, I immediately googled Alyce McCormick. Man, 28 and died of pneumonia. Some things have definitely changed for the better. Good luck on your blog!
  12. ".......do you think making "Guys and Dolls" was really all that risky, back when musicals were much more popular overall?...." Yes, I do. Brando loved music, but was no singer! Playing against Frank! Outside of (possibly?) some "Actors Studio" exercises, there is no evidence he had any notion at all what to expect or do.
  13. "Kay Francis has already astounded me with her beauty and clothes sense and talent. I now look forward to being astounded bythe Pre-Code content." She was definitely "hot stuff", no doubt. The funny thing is, when I first got TCM on cable a couple of years ago, I was surprised at how little her films were shown. I had no idea the viewings were so rare. I hadn't ever seen most of these films either.
  14. "I think that, like Orson Welles, Marlon Brando got to a point where he just did almost anything he felt like or anything he could get away with, without a care in the world for what people might think or if it ticked off the big-money people. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that both were very highly creative and more talented than most." Yes I agree, although I would say that even in some of his 50's leading roles, he showed signs of character role styled acting. "Sayonara" is pretty understated for leading man stuff. He did that turn in "Teahouse", and lets face it, him doing "Guys and
  15. Yeah. I think it definitely was a difference.
  16. "I think Brad Pitt longs to be a character actor.... he is much more interesting to me as a chooser of movies than he is as an actor. His choices are quite diverse." Yeah. That's got to be some kind of "weird dilemma". Once he scored in the Redford film, and the "Legends" movie, he could pretty much bank on getting a lead role every year, thanks to his good looks and popularity with a generation of women. But I think successful ventures into this character stuff sets him up well for later on down the road. Let's see......he "sends up" his good looks in this one. I mean, he plays a "bimbo"
  17. "But more than anything you have a bunch of very talented actors having great fun with the material, and all but winking at the camera and asking "look at what we're getting away with!" " I always like Brad Pitt better when he's doing character, or off-center roles. "True Romance", "Kalifornia", and now this. I mean, I like some of the mainstream stuff, but I always get a kick out of him when he "goes South".
  18. Nice pics, FF. Thanks. Anyway, just saw "Burn". I can't say it's one of my favorites, but I did enjoy it. It almost seemed to be a subversive "screwball comedy", without the good intentions. Doesn't Tilda Swinton look almost exactly like she did in "Michael Clayton"? And didn't Frances score the "Antone Suga hair-do"? One common denominator in this film from many of their others, is that while every character is cross-involved, not a single one has the slightest clue what is going on, or why.
  19. "Hey, after seeing AN NOTORIOUS AFFAIR (1930), last week, I am screaming for more Billie Dove! When TCM honored Harold Lloyd in April of 2003, gobs of new fans where made, and it led to an eventual 7 disc DVD collection in November of 2005." Hopefully that can happen for Billie Dove and Francis. Like I said, even if they are not remasters, just decent prints. They could probably make a buck so long as they didn't press a huge amount. "Still a little bit peeved at TCM though because they didn't even give Anita Page a standard "TCM REMEMBERS" segment when She past away a couple weeks bac
  20. I'm glad they gave her a month, as well. And like Ed says, hopefully it'll parlay into some kind of DVD set, even if it's not "remasters". She was huge in her time, for sure. I guess I'm just barely old enough to remember relatives using "pop references" centered around her. My grand parents, maybe, having to do with elegance and 20's chic. I first saw her as a kid in the Marx's Hollywood debut effort, "The Cocoanuts". And while some may feel this early soundie/talkie/musical is "crazy dated", it introduced a whole lot of people to Groucho and the boys, the potential for "big musical" on fil
  21. "Barton Fink is my head's down favorite Coen Bros. movie." Yeah, me too. It is probably, hands down, their most ambitious film. Interestingly enough, it probably didn't seem that way for them. I believe this film flowed out of them while they were experiencing "creativity block" during some stage of "Millers Crossing". I also have to admit I didn't fully grasp the "writers block is hell" aspect upon first viewing. I mean, I understood the basic outline, but the cinematography, story arc and all of that jazz blew me away so much, I missed some things. "......lately, I only like movies
  22. Yes, dear lady, you owe it to yourself to own the DVD. For me, this is one of those "once a year", roughly, films. It gets better every time! It took me about 2-3 times to not be dismissive of self absorbed Barton, and empathize with him. After all, he is just a dopey sap caught up in something bigger than himself.....LIFE!! He only thinks he's smarter than everyone.....proof of how dopey he really is! Up until that point, I mostly related to Goodmans "Madman Muntz", the tales 'pseudo-everyman'. YIKES! A little youtube "reminder" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqh1cXu-vck&feat
  23. ".....It's so funny, but both brothers finish each others sentences....... :-) It kind of makes sense that they both write and direct, but won't really say who did what! Must be fascinating living out their collective dream together. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if it feels like that "twin" kind of feeling.
  24. OH, good gosh. I haven't seen the new movie yet, although I will soon. CK, I also attended a "Q&A" in NY, I believe for "The Man Who Wasn't There". Talk about a plot wherein "nothing good comes when good people do bad things". That movie could be renamed "Everybody, Just Die Already!" The whole Scarlett Johansson subplot came from "left field". Memorable scene in the car. Not one of their better, but I like them all. WHY? Because other than that "Coen thing", you never really know quite what you are getting into. I had seen their first three......"Blood Simple", "Raising Arizona", and
  25. "The Man Who Would Be King". One of my all time favorite adventure films. That's all I've got. Jealous I am.
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