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Everything posted by rosebette

  1. Any of the Rogers and Astaire musicals. I need to stay in one of those hotel rooms that are the size of my entire house.
  2. I thought I was the only one who noticed this. I teach writing at the college level, and every time I read a student write "financial-wise" or "education-wise," I both laugh and cringe as I think of Dan Daily's crazy number.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Olivia is a delight in this, and Brian Aherne is a charming ham.
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. ..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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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....
  16. 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...
  17. 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
  18. I remember liking it, too, as a teen-ager, but only saw it on syndicated TV with commercials, so there were lots of cut. Watching it the other night, I could see where some cutting would be an improvement. Also, I may have been a bit influenced by Lancaster's charisma in my youth.
  19. I was watching The Mark of Zorro last night and thought the same thing -- the movie would have maintained more excitement if the duel was closer to the actual ending. The uprising is just one big crowd scene to me. The Adventures of Robin Hood also seems to have a much tighter script and more and better character actors. Claude Raines is deliciously feline and effete as Prince John, whereas Edward Bromberg is just a buffoon. The Mark of Zorro is definitely sexier and more adult in some respects, all that playing around with definitions of masculinity, which are quite fun and well-played b
  20. I may need to revise my qualifications for why I might not see a classic movie. I just say through two films on TCM last night that are classics and violate my over 2-hour rule (also they have subtitles) -- The Last Spring (1949) and Early Summer (1951). Slowly paced, intimate, and moving, well worth the time. I'm going to watch Tokyo Story On Demand this week-end.
  21. I've seen Lawrence of Arabia. Once is enough. My brother gave me the DVD on Blu-Ray -- it looks amazing, but I can watch 2 movies and Peter O'Toole's still in the **** in desert when I'm done.
  22. This is often why hubs and I choose Warner's precodes. We've been bingeing on William Powell movies lately from Warners. Snappy dialogue and over in under 70 minutes.
  23. Often length and subject matter. If a movie is over 2 hours, I'm often more hesitant to commit. Also, if a film is depressing, probably why I've never watched Schindler's List in its entirety. That being said, I've watch The Best Years of Our Lives about 50 times. It will be on and I'll say, "I'll just sit through the scene when..." and end up watching the whole thing.
  24. I just watched Five and Ten (1931) on Turner On Demand. I'm not a Marion Davies fan, but I thought she was much better in this than in later films, such as Cain and Mabel, and the chemistry with Leslie Howard was surprisingly good. However, the film was not quite what I expected. While I was expecting a romantic comedy/drama, overall, the film was a depiction of the effect of wealth and workaholism and its devastating effect on the family. The Douglass Montgomery character, Avery, seems to be the embodiment of the dysfunction on the family, and except for one incredible plot element t
  25. Terrific discussion of this film. I, too, read Frankel's books, actually on a trip to Monument Valley, which I had never visited. The film evokes the same ambivalent response in me, and I must admit, visiting the Valley, I felt somewhat awash in the emotions of the film. It is truly one of the most stark and beautiful places in the U.S.
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