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  1. I watched this one On Demand. My own thoughts is that it's purely a psychological thriller and even creepier from that aspect. Here is this man with this dark secret, who at first seems like a respectable caretaker of his adopted daughter, until things take an ugly turn, revealing his underlying violence and yes, somewhat incestuous desire (spoiler alert). I often find stories where the real horror is within the individual or within a "sick" family to be more credible. Watched this one with spouse, who as caught up as he was in the story, couldn't help ogling Julie London, speaking of illi
  2. Hale gives a fine performance in What Now, Little Man? (1934), a Frank Borzage film about a young couple in Depression Germany (at the verge of the rise of the National Socialist Party). He starts out as Margaret Sullivan's slightly lecherous stepmother's beau, but ultimately redeems himself with the young couple. I wish TCM could get a print of this fine film (it works well with MGM's Three Comrades), but there's only a bad copy on Youtube.
  3. Olivia is a delight in this, and Brian Aherne is a charming ham.
  4. Despite Irene Dunne's blackface, which still could be seen in the context of the type of entertainment that was offered on a showboat at the time, I think the 1936 (however imperfectly) captures the issue of racism more authentically than the the prettified 1951 version. The montage during "Ol' Man River" is especially compelling. In the 1951 version, we don't see these images of blacks laboring, and the verse about the "black boss" is eliminated, as is that of the black chorus joining Julie and Magnolia in "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man." Joe and the other black actors are often watching as
  5. I remember fondly my grandmother taking me to see Mary Poppins at the Paramount, where I was mesmerized, then taking me to Forbes & Wallace cafeteria (a New England version of Macy's) for a tuna fish sandwich. It was one of the most wonderful afternoons of my life. I've always loved tuna fish salad ever since!
  6. I have a big-screened TV at home and watch mostly TCM but we have a couple of subscription services, so often catch movies we would have seen in the theaters after they go to Netflix or premium cable. I have to admit, I love watching my 50" HD flatscreen from my living room couch, accompanied by my cat, blankie, and a glass of wine and maybe a few squares of dark chocolate. Often, we'll watch something we missed seeing in the theaters and say, "I'm so glad I didn't pay $10 for that." The resolution on my TV is beautiful and I can control the sound, which in theaters is often overly loud a
  7. ..except that the brat is not VanDyke's son (spoiler alert) -- he tries to "snatch" him, and it turns out it's the wrong kid. The brat is not his son, but another child who was playing with this son. This seems to be the running gag, that the van Dyke character through egoism or alcoholism, constantly is rushing to disastrous mistakes -- driving his car through the wrong house, trying to grab the wrong child. Later in the film, van Dyke's adult son visits him , also played by Van Dyke, who is doing an obvious gay characterization, part of another gag/one-liner with Mickey Rooney. I found
  8. I guess TCM won't let me use that word, even though it's common parlance in literary and film criticism -- it begins with a w.
  9. And the way Sternberg photographs Dietrich as she goes through the stages of degradation, as if she's **** and Madonna at once! The film is as much about woman's sacrifice as about infidelity itself. Of course, if I had my druthers, I would take the kid and go off with Cary Grant for keeps.
  10. I enjoyed Saratoga Trunk more than I expected to. I loved Bergman in a bit of a bad girl role, an her chemistry with Coop was great. Flora Robson as the maid was tough to get used to, and apparently, the part was offered to black actresses, Lena Horne and Ethel Waters, who perhaps may have not wanted to play a maid. My husband had an interesting insight about the role. Angelique has a line, early on, when Cooper's character calls her "Mammy," and she says, "Don't ever call me that." He said that in 1940s Hollywood, perhaps it would be more acceptable for a white actress playing a mulatto
  11. Yeah, I have to admit I prefer Cary Elwes Robin in Men in Tights to Kevin Costner's midwestern twang (although I guess he was born in California!). Alan Rickman steals the picture.
  12. I've been thinking of a movie in which the cast was already "aged out" of their roles, 2010's Robin Hood, with Russell Crowe (who was 54 at the time) and Kate Blanchett. At least one critic claimed this film leached all joy out of the legend. One does wonder how this can compete with the lithe 20-something Errol Flynn and the doe-eyed Olivia deHavilland, just out of her teens. Incredibly, the director and producer of the 2010 film were considering a sequel.
  13. I binge watched Ty Power day -- sheer heaven, especially Razor's Edge. Yes, Ty, with your deep voice and long eyelashes, help me find Nirvana....
  14. Especially since Basil's Sir Guy talked about having the traitors hanging from every tree... On the other hand, Peter Ustinov as a king in another film (Quo Vadis) kept complaining about people not loving his singing...
  15. A tough question - Redford, like George Clooney, was someone who made wise choices throughout his career and chose good material. I think All is Lost contains his finest performance, but I love him in The Way We Were, The Natural, Out of Africa, The Sting, yes, Brubraker. There is a quiet integrity about Redford, almost Cooper-like, and also that intense star quality and chemistry. I remember watching The Horse Whisperer in the theater with a girlfriend, and she said, "It's not believable that the woman would fall for him. There's no problem with her marriage, and besides, he's kind of ol
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