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About fxreyman

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    My Favorite films: historical, westerns, dramas, bios, sci-fi, everything Star Trek, Suits, House of Cards, Doc Martin, John Wayne, Ronald Coleman, Errol Flynn, Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson

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  1. My second list of 26 favorite films by first letter, actually 25 films, since I have no other films starting with the letter X. The Americanization of Emily 1964 Bite the Bullet 1975 Casablanca 1942 Destination Tokyo 1943 El Dorado 1967 Foreign Correspondent 1940 The Ghost Writer 2010 Hoosiers 1986 Ice Station Zebra 1968 Jaws 1975 Knute Rockne, All-American 1940 Lost Horizon 1937 The Martian 2015 North By Northwest 1959 The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 Patton 1970 Queen Christina 1933 Random Harvest 1942 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949 The Thing From Another World 1951 Unknown 2011 Vertigo 1958 Will Penny 1968 X You’ve Got Mail 1998 Zero Dark Thirty 2012
  2. This is a list of 26 favorite films. There could be at least ten lists I could make for 26 films each. This is just one off the top of my head and all of these are in my private film library... The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 Chisum 1970 Defending Your Life 1991 The Enemy Below 1957 Fail-Safe 1964 Goldfinger 1964 Hatari! 1962 It’s a Wonderful Life 1946 Judgement at Nuremberg 1961 King Kong 1933 Local Hero 1983 A Matter of Life and Death 1946 The Natural 1984 Open Range 2003 The Professionals 1966 The Quiet Man 1952 Roman Holiday 1953 Seven Days in May 1964 They Were Expendable 1945 The Untouchables 1986 The Verdict 1982 Winchester ’73 1950 Xanadu 1980 Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 Zulu 1964
  3. For many years posters here have been discussing just what constitutes a "classic" film. Many have written that anything produced before 1960 would and should be labeled a "classic" film. Since many of the old "golden age" studios were still in existence at this time, though many would start to fade away or become obsolete during the mid to late 1960's, the thought was given that with the Hays Code giving way to the newly created MPAA guide lines (November 1, 1968), the term classic would apply to those films released before the MPAA came into existence. Looking back now I think 1969 would be a good final year for the term "classic" to be applied to films. After 1969, the term "modern" films should be applied. Enough changes had occurred during the late 1960's to ensure that changes made to films, i.e., more nudity, swearing, violence and gore would become more and more. There were films made during the mid to late 1960's that would have these new attributes, but many more films were also still being made to or at least similar to what the Hays Code had mandated. And since we are now 51 years removed from 1969, I think applying the moniker "modern" to films made after 1969 is fair. So then my belief is that the term "classic" should be applied to all fims made before 1970 and that all film made during and after 1970 should be considered "modern".
  4. Next thing we will be reading from TB is how often Robert Osborne spoke about this film and how much he adored the film. And because of that, all appearances of Mr. Osborne will need to be excised from TCM. Oh my god, he must have been a racist!!!
  5. I believe if you were to do some research you would find that most of the Hollywood films made during World War II were propaganda films with the remaining actors in Hollywood who did not go off to war starring in them. Actor John Wayne only appeared in five films set during World War II while the actual war was being fought. And he only made ten more war films after the war ended in 1945.
  6. The General (1925) Buster Keaton, Marion Mack Bringing Up Baby (1938) Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant The Talk of the Town (1942) Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Coleman Father of the Bride (1950) Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan Blazing Saddles (1974) Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman Back to the Future (1985) Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson Defending Your Life (1991) Albert Brooks, Rip Torn, Meryl Streep Shrek (2001) Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz Christopher Robin (2018) Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Jim Cummings
  7. Spence, even though both films, Bad Day at Black Rock and Treasure of the Sierra Madre are contemporary films, meaning they both took place during the 20th century, I would still classify them as neo-westerns. The excellent "The Professionals" written for the screen and directed by Richard Brooks starring Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Woody Strode would also fall into this category. So YES, these two films are westerns!
  8. I would not trust or use anything ever from imdb Spence. Almost all of the people who vote for things there are either too young or too stupid to appreciate classic films hence their selection usually of The Shawshank Redemption as their number one film of all time. And I like Shawshank!
  9. James Drury, died yesterday at the age of 85. The laconic western character named "The Virginian" was originally written by Owen Wister in his 1902 novel called "The Virginian, A Horseman of the Plains,” in which the name of the main character was never revealed. The series came to NBC television in 1962 and was the first 90 minute western to be telecast. Drury played the title character in 249 episodes of the series. His co-star for the entire series run also appeared in the same number of episodes, Doug McClure who passed away in 1995 at the young age of 59. The series centered around the adventures of the Shiloh Ranch near the small town of Medicine Bow in the Wyoming Territory of the 1890s. The ranch was owned in sequence by Judge Henry Garth (Lee J. Cobb), the Grainger brothers (first John Grainger played by Charles Bickford and later by Clay Grainger played by John McIntyre, and then by Colonel Alan MacKenzie (Stewart Granger). It was not your typical "shoot-em Up" western. The series was different in that it explored many different topics over it's nine year run and had many, many wonderful guest stars over the years including, Raquel Welch, Nancy Sinatra, Leon Ames, Rhonda Fleming, Ruth Roman, Harry Dean Stanton, Michael J. Pollard, Perry Lopez, Anthony Zerbe, Agnes Moorehead, Mel Torme, Andrew Duggan, Julie Adams, Katharine Ross, Ellen Burnstyn, Ryan O'Neal, Robert Redford, Bette Davis, Ralph Meeker, Brock Peters, Aldo Ray, and many others. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/james-drury-dead-dies-the-virginian-1234572123/
  10. Personal opinions aside, most people today have no clue about the older films, actors, actresses, directors, screenwriters, and many of the important film production people from the Golden Age of Film. When I drive for Uber and when I have the chance to share my ideas about favorite films or important films the conversation usually turns to more recent actors/films. Most people I meet have no clue about older films and they usually will say that they don't like black and white films. When they ask me what my favorite film is and I say 1938's The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn, they usually say they have never heard of the film or who Errol Flynn was. It is rather disheartening to learn this, but that is the sign of the times. Now I am making a generalization here but I have to assume that due to everyone having tablets, and or cell phones and many people do watch movies on these devices and or watch Netflix, Hulu or any of the other streaming services, they are just not aware of older films. I can remember growing up in the 1960's and the only way I can remember watching older films was when the films appeared on tv late at night or on other times like Sunday afternoons. And of course it was rare when my family went to see a movie, usually that was at the local drive-in theater. Today as I just wrote, many people have many many other alternatives to watching films. Unfortunately most people watch only the new releases and if by chance they stumble upon an older film, it will usually be something like The Godfather films, or something like what they show on TNT or TBS, like the Avenger films. That is why I think it is vitally important to have channels like TCM that will showcase older films from that bygone era. When I get a chance while driving, I touch upon TCM and tell people that if they have the channel in their cable packages they should give it a chance. Some people ARE knowledgeable about older films, but not many.
  11. Another great main title sequence from Jerry Goldsmith... Star Trek First Contact (1996).
  12. One of the great scores performed by the late, great Jerry Goldsmith... The Wind and the Lion (1975).
  13. Unfortunately if she had been a Fox News reporter and she was caught saying what I and many others heard her say in the video, then the MSM would have had one more thing to go nuts over today. And there would be widespread views stating she should be fired immediately. But I guess nothing much happens to someone who says this kind of garbage especially if it is on CNN and or MSNBC.
  14. Thanks for posting this. I agree with your sentiments.
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