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  1. I did catch some of the films last night. *Spellbound* was on a little late for me, so I watched my DVD of it instead. And as for the 48 posts (I guess this makes 49) I really just like reading the massage boards. I normally comment when I have something to say or feel like I have something to add. I enjoy classic films, but I wouldn't say I'm very knowledgeable about them (well,for my age I'm knowledgeable, but not as a whole). Plus, I'm the type of person who likes to know what their talking about before I go tell everyone else. After reading all this stuff, Hitchcock is a topic I feel knowledgeable about.

  2. For my paper, my professor wants us to have a good number of sources, so what I mentioned is a culmination of ideas from various books. Here are the names of most of the relevant ones:

     

    _Hitchcock?s Romantic Irony_

    _Hitchcock?s Motifs_

    _Hitchcock?s Films_

    _The Art of Hitchcock: Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures_

    _Hitchcock?s America_

     

    My paper is mainly focusing on *North by Northwest* and *Spellbound*. My professor wanted us to pose three questions to base our paper around. Mine are:

    1.How do Hitchcock?s films North by Northwest and Spellbound use adventure and mystery as a vehicle for discovering sexuality and love?

    2.How does the view of sexuality differ when the main character is a man versus a woman?

    3.What common themes and elements in Hitchcock?s films emphasize the role of sexuality?

     

    So most of my reading has been to answer those questions, but everything that I have read has been absolutely fascinating. I would love to hear what you have read and get somemore imput. :)

  3. I'm writing a paper about some of Hitchcock's films, and I must say all the information I've found about his films has been very interesting. The concept of how the quest is not really a quest, it is just the means to an end, and the MacGuffin is an object that helps the plot proceed.... These are just some of the many thing I have read. There is an entire book about all the motifs he uses in his films; it's all very interesting. I thought it may be interesting to discuss his films from more of an analytical view. I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts.

  4. The first films that come to my mind are *Spellbound* and *Barefoot in the Park*. In *Spellbound*, they have to go skiing to figure out the truth about the murder. In *Barefoot in the Park*, it begins to snow, and there is a hole in the ceiling... poor Cory and Paul.

  5. I asked earlier if anyone knew when this DVD was coming out, so now I'm back to answer my own question. It comes out Feb. 3rd 2009. One version is a special edition 2 disc set with tons of bonus features, including commentary and deleted scenes. There is more information about the actual contents at various internet sites. If you're interested, check it out. :)

  6. The 31st Kennedy Center Honors aired last night. The honorees were Morgan Freeman, Twyla Tharp, George Jones, Barbra Streisand, Pete Townsend, and Roger Daltrey. Does anyone have any opinions, thoughts, or comments about the night? Please post them!

  7. When I saw Quantum of Solace, there was a scene where Craig is riding a motorcycle, and I kept thinking of how much he reminded me of Hilts, Steve McQueen's character in The Great Escape. But as much as he reminded me of the film, I feel that a remake of this would not be a good idea. There are just some movies that are too perfect the way they are to be remade, and The Great Escape is one of them. It's one of my all time favorites.

  8. I saw Mamma Mia yesterday and really enjoyed it. Here are some of my thoughts on the movie. :)

     

    Mamma Mia is simply a fun movie that you can enjoy with your friends. Meryl Steep, who plays Donna, shines in this movie. Both her acting and singing are superb. Her two friends, Rosie and Tania (Julie Walters and Christine Baranski) also contribute to the movie and its overall jolly spirit. There are countless scenes with the three of them that you just can't help but laugh out loud. Amanda Seyfried gives a fairly solid performance as Sophie. Perhaps the movie's greatest flaws are Pierce Brosnan's singing (sorry, it wasn't good) and poor technical elements (the color seemed too yellow, and there are many scenes where the lighting is off and shadows shield the actors' faces). Still, the movie is a must see for all musical lovers!

  9. I really enjoy reading all the posts in this thread. To be honest, when I'm bored, I often just get a piece of paper and list movies from A to Z (just like this thread :) ). It can be become very fun and challenging if you pick categories such as only comedies or movies with certain actors. Anyway, thanks for the wonderful thread!

  10. A- An American in Paris

    B- Barefoot in the Park

    C- Casablanca

    D- Dirty Dancing

    E- Entrapment

    F- Funny Girl

    H- Hello, Dolly!

    G- The Great Escape

    I- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    J- Jaws

    K- The King and I

    L- Lawrence of Arabia

    M- The Mirror Has Two Faces

    N- Notorious

    O- Out of Africa

    P- Pillow Talk

    Q- Quo Vadis

    R- Rear Window

    S- Singin' in the Rain

    T- Them!

    U- Up the Sandbox

    V- Victor/Victoria

    W- The Way We Were

    X- Xanadu

    Y- Yentl

    Z- Ziegfeld Girl

     

    It's so hard to pick just one! :)

  11. Every time AFI releases these lists, I'm always left with mixed feelings. This year, I felt they didn't select the 10 best genres. They left out big ones such as Musicals, War Movies, basic Comedy, Drama, Horror, etc... This is their list, incase you didn't get to see it yet. Personally, I was disappointed in the romantic comedies list mainly because it's one of my favorite genres. I felt they left out very good romantic comedies such as Bringing Up Baby, Pillow Talk, What's Up, Doc?, The Shop Around the Corner, Father Goose... I know all of these can't be on the list, but I feel that some are much better quality than the ones selected. That's just my personal opinion; check out the list and then post your thoughts!

    *Animation*

    1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937

    2. Pinocchio 1940

    3. Bambi 1942

    4. The Lion King 1994

    5. Fantasia 1940

    6. Toy Story 1995

    7. Beauty and the Beast 1991

    8. Shrek 2001

    9. Cinderella 1950

    10. Finding Nemo 2003

    *Fantasy*

    1. The Wizard of Oz 1939

    2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001

    3. It's a Wonderful Life 1946

    4. King Kong 1933

    5. Miracle on 34th Street 1947

    6. Field of Dreams 1989

    7. Harvey 1950

    8. Groundhog Day 1993

    9. The Thief of Bagdad 1924

    10. Big 1988

    *Sci-fi*

    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968

    2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 1977

    3. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982

    4. A Clockwork Orange 1971

    5. The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951

    6. Blade Runner 1982

    7. Alien 1979

    8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991

    9. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956

    10. Back to the Future 1985

    *Sports*

    1. Raging Bull 1980

    2. Rocky 1976

    3. The Pride of the Yankees 1942

    4. Hoosiers 1986

    5. Bull Durham 1988

    6. The Hustler 1961

    7. Caddyshack 1980

    8. Breaking Away 1979

    9. National Velvet 1944

    10. Jerry Maguire 1996

    *Western*

    1. The Searchers 1956

    2. High Noon 1952

    3. Shane 1953

    4. Unforgiven 1992

    5. Red River 1948

    6. The Wild Bunch 1969

    7. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969

    8. McCabe and Mrs. Miller 1971

    9. Stagecoach 1939

    10. Cat Ballou 1965

    *Gangster*

    1. The Godfather 1972

    2. Goodfellas 1990

    3. The Godfather Part II 1974

    4. White Heat 1949

    5. Bonnie and Clyde 1967

    6. Scarface: The Shame of the Nation 1932

    7. Pulp Fiction 1994

    8. The Public Enemy 1931

    9. Little Caesar 1931

    10. Scarface 1983

    *Mystery*

    1. Vertigo 1958

    2. Chinatown 1974

    3. Rear Window 1954

    4. Laura 1944

    5. The Third Man 1949

    6. The Maltese Falcon 1941

    7. North by Northwest 1959

    8. Blue Velvet 1986

    9. Dial M for Murder 1954

    10. The Usual Suspects 1995

    *Romantic Comedies*

    1. City Lights 1931

    2. Annie Hall 1977

    3. It Happened One Night 1934

    4. Roman Holiday 1953

    5. The Philadelphia Story 1940

    6. When Harry Met Sally... 1989

    7. Adam's Rib 1949

    8. Moonstruck 1987

    9. Harold and Maude 1971

    10. Sleepless in Seattle 1993

    *Courtroom Drama*

    1. To Kill a Mockingbird 1962

    2. 12 Angry Men 1957

    3. Kramer vs. Kramer 1979

    4. The Verdict 1982

    5. A Few Good Men 1992

    6. Witness for the Prosecution 1957

    7. Anatomy of a Murder 1959

    8. In Cold Blood 1967

    9. A Cry in the Dark 1988

    10. Judgment at Nuremberg 1961

    *Epic*

    1. Lawrence of Arabia 1962

    2. Ben-Hur 1959

    3. Schindler's List 1993

    4. Gone with the Wind 1939

    5. Spartacus 1960

    6. Titanic 1997

    7. All Quiet on the Western Front 1930

    8. Saving Private Ryan 1998

    9. Reds 1981

    10. The Ten Commandments 1956

  12. Thanks tobitz for letting me take your turn (and FYI I'm a she, not a he. Sorry, that's one of those things that really bothers me). So the next one is Leslie Caron to Sidney Poitier. Originally, I wanted to see if someone could find it with 5 connections, but feel free to do whatever. :)

  13. I don't know if this has been done before, sorry if it has. Basically, all you have to do is connect two people in the number of steps stated.

     

    For example: Doris Day to Katherine Hepburn in *2*. Doris Day was in That Touch of Mink with Cary Grant. Cary Grant was in Bringing Up Baby with Katherine Hepburn.

     

    There probably is more than one way to do each of these. If you connect all the dots, you get to start another one. It should be fun and easy!

     

    Leslie Caron to Sidney Poitier in *5*.

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