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  1. Filmie, that's hilarious; this could be the new standard, replace the tomatoes with numbers of asthma attacks a film induces. The scene of the floating head singing Brazil in the opening of the film reminds me of Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985), or any film by the director. Derek Jarman's films also tend to be on the surreal end of the spectrum; Tilda Swinton as Lady Ottoline Morrell in Wittgenstein (1993) is classic Jarman.
  2. In the immortal words of Monty Python, and now for something completely different: films that range from a bit weird, to artsy, to bad to a touch odd. The Color Of Pomegranates (1968): directed by Sergei Parajanov, this visually fascinating film explores obscure (to me) references to Armenian culture and history. The Ballad Of Tam Lin (1970): Roddy McDowall directed this film based on the Scottish legend, starring Ava Gardner, with Joanna Lumely in a bit part, the soundtrack captures the brief popularity of British Folk Music featuring the music of The Pentangle. Peau d'âne (1971
  3. I'm so mad I could bite myself! ~ Roscoe Ates as Peter Higgins to Polly Moran as Ivy Higgins in Politics (1931):
  4. EricJ, I remember a similar comparison, in the late 1990s, for some magazine or other no longer in publication. The comparison was between Dermot Mulroney and Dylan McDermott. The rationale being similar names make it impossible to tell one from the other, ignoring the fact they share only a passing resemblance, one based mostly on hair color.
  5. Mr. Snow: You would think a woman with nine children would have more common sense. Mrs. Snow: If I had more common sense, I wouldn't have nine children. ~ Mr. Snow to Mrs. Snow in Carousel (1956):
  6. Ben Kingsley in A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014): “I’m 63 years old, and I have one leg and no driver’s license; please don’t confuse me with a role model.”
  7. I noticed, looking ahead on the schedule, that Bank Holiday (1938) will air on Tuesday, June 7 as part of a look at Brighton in films. I mentioned the film early when talking about Hugh and Simon Williams, but now I want to point out a (possible) similarity between one of the actresses, Merle Tottenham, and Patsy Kelley. The photos here show only a vague resemblance, and the reason I made the connection is based less on looks than on a similarity of characters. In Bank Holiday, Merle plays the well meaning but somewhat dim friend of the more glamorous Rene Ray, who is hoping to win a
  8. Alan Rickman as the title character in Mesmer (1994) after he has been unceremoniously dumped in a puddle of mud by a (Prussian) officer: Mesmer: "This is a day of infamy, and of outrage, which will long be remembered." Officer: "No, sir, it's a Tuesday, which will soon be forgotten."
  9. Jjg ~ I seem to have quoted you without understanding your interpretation of the concept of a remake. You seem to make a distinction that most filmmakers use, one clarified by the appearance of the word adaption in opening titles. Perhaps I can clear up my confusion by giving you two examples of what I now understand you to mean. You (would) agree that The Opposite Sex (1957) is not a remake of The Women (1939) despite the filmmakers including men in the cast, who are not found in Clare Booth Luce’s play but were also not in the 1939 version. You (would) also agree that Gus Van Zant’s 1998
  10. This is true, and not true, of the recent version of Brighton Rock (2010), which can stand-up to comparisons to the 1947 version and has much in common with the novel. The primary difference is the newer film is set in the early 1960s and exploits the teddy-boy subculture of the time (reminding me a bit of the scenes from Quadrophenia (1979) with the menace on Vespas).
  11. You might consider this one a cheat, but I have recently been watching a number of British films and many of them, Behind the Mask (1936), Bank Holiday (1938) and Paper Orchids (1953) have featured actor Hugh Williams. I have also been watching episodes of Upstairs, Downstairs and realized how very much actor Simon Williams resembles his father. You might think father and son would naturally share a resemblance, and this is hardly worth a mention given the difference between 1930s and 1960s styles . . . however, the resemblance is strong enough for me to attempt to find another quite this stri
  12. Basil Rathbone as Holmes in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) to George Zucco as Moriarty: "You've a magnificent brain, Moriarty; I admire it, I admire it so much I'd like to present it pickled in alcohol to the London Medical Society. "
  13. I haven't read through each of the five pages, so I apologize if my choice for "pitchfork worthy" has already made an appearance: Judy Canova, in everything in which she performed her "you call this humor" shtick".
  14. Dargo, after seeing the striking resemblance between Hazel Court and Jeanne Crain, I might put the blame on some espresso-laced brownies for imagining I saw a resemblance between Nova Pilbeam and Daphne Du Maurier (not quite there?). Mr. Gorman, Mike Mazurki always reminds me of Rags Ragland when I see him, but not so much when I see Rags does Mike come to mind . . .
  15. I recently watched Tudor Rose (1936), with a very young Nova Pilbeam as Lady Jane Grey, and was struck by a resemblance to author Daphne Du Maurier (but I also see a resemblance between Du Maurier and actress Gladys Cooper).
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