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Everything posted by misswonderly3

  1. Bonita Granville was also in The Mortal Storm, one of the first American movies warning about the rise of Nazi-ism. It's a smallish part, but an important one.
  2. SPOILERS AHEAD, DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T YET SEEN THIS FILM. I liked Suspense well enough, mainly because it was a Noir Alley offering I'd never seen before. It's always fun to see a new (new to me) noir. Although, in this case, it didn't really get very noirish til the third act; up to Dekker's (the husband of Belita's character) apparent death in the avalanche, it was more a melodrama, or a romance triangle, or whatever you want to call it. Although I did enjoy the ice skating scenes, they did make the movie quite a bit longer - it seemed like the kind of film that should hav
  3. If you like dog shows, and you like movies, you might enjoy Best in Show. It's a truly funny fake documentary about a dog show. It does kind of mock them, but not in a mean way, in fact, I'd say it was an affectionate good-natured tribute to dog shows. But the filmmakers have a lot of fun with the characters who enter their beloved dogs in the show, and there are all sorts of side-stories. It's really entertaining and funny.
  4. Well, good, that's a start. But ...aside from the plot synopsis -- what did you think of it?
  5. Ok, you saw The Wolf of Wall Street. But what did you think of it? This is a film that generated a certain degree of controversy when it came out. I will come right out and say, I loved it. But not everyone did. It's not especially interesting to just post the title of a film you saw, and that's it. This is meant to be a discussion board. Feel free to say what you thought of the film.
  6. That was me. That was exactly my response the first time I saw the film. Still kind of is.
  7. Dargo, I put a "thanks" emoticon with your post because I always appreciate people detailing why they do or don't like a film. I appreciate that you didn't just say "oh, it's not my favourite noir" and leave it at that, you took the trouble to write very specific criticisms of the film, which , if I felt the way you do about some of those points, would indeed be good reasons to consider it not worth 4 stars (personally, I'd give it at least 4, maybe even 5) as a rating of its worthiness. So, there's no arguing with the points you raise. I do understand, for instance, why some might fin
  8. To all you supposed noir fans who were left indifferent to Kiss Me Deadly - I say, what is the matter with you people? What does it take to impress you? An incredibly unusual, riveting movie and all you folks can say is "meh" ?? Look, I could understood someone not liking the film; after all, it's got a lot of nastiness, the main character is not everyone's idea of a sympathethic protagonist, the plot is almost as convoluted as The Big Sleep, and that ending, unforgettable though it is , is also , let's face it, a downer. I get all that, I get someone not finding watching Kiss Me De
  9. Lorna, although I like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, I can understand why many don't. But maybe you can enlighten me as to the homophobic aspects of the film. I usually notice stuff like that, and offhand, I don't remember anything like that. I can't even recall any gay characters, not even closeted ones. But I probably just missed it. As for Jennifer Jason Leigh, we must "agree to disagree". I love this actress, I think she's really talented, and I really like most of the films I've seen her in. But ,a chacon son gout.
  10. That's really nice to hear- it's so rare, with Hollywood couples, for the marriage to last like that. Coincidentally I did see another coming-of-age film featuring Phoebe Cates a few weeks ago. Fast Times at Ridgemont High. It, too, was directed by a woman, and it too, largely presented events through the girl's point-of-view. I think it also is pretty darn good, although it got panned at time of release.
  11. Well, in the summer of 1989 I had a one-year-old baby, plus I was house-hunting. Lots of stuff going on in my life at that time, and I remember, from about 1989 through to the mid-90s, much as I love movies, I did not have much time for them, especially not to go to first-run films in a cinema (I did watch a lot on video , though.) It felt like I was up to my ears in little kids for a while. (Saw lots of Disney films, etc.)
  12. OK, so I did actually get to watch Shag last night. And I was not disappointed, it was a fun, entertaining movie, just what I wanted --young women I could root for and relate to, lots of young people with early '60s clothes and 'dos, dancing, drinking, and generally getting into trouble- But relatively harmless trouble. The most worrying scene is when Bridget Fonda's character has to fight off a near-rape with some goon she's driven off with (not to victim-blame, but her character is no dummy, and one has to wonder why she put herself in that position, so to speak) followed by the shellack
  13. Well, I just couldn't resist the pun or Gershwin allusion or whatever it was. Speaking of terrible singing, yours' couldn't be any worse than the poor deluded young woman in Nashville who thought she could sing and wanted to be the next big country music star, but she was jaw-droppingly abysmal, her singing was so bad it was kind of impressive, in its own way. There's a very sad scene in the film where she thinks she's going to get her big break, she goes on the stage singing, she's phenomenally bad, and the audience (almost all men), just get her to strip instead. Anyway, Lo
  14. Ok, I know this isn't a music thread. And I don't want to derail this fun thread. But I can't resist. Since Jackie Wilson has come up in this thread, I cant' resist posting this great tribute song to him by Van Morrison. Van the Man:
  15. Actually, the sad emoji I put on your post was unwarranted. I checked the Canadian schedule, and "Shag" is being aired in Canada too. I really hope I can watch it (nothing to do with "rights", more about other people in my home wanting to watch something else...) edit: sorry, I didn't realize CinemaInternationale had already mentioned about the Canadian schedule.
  16. Jackie Wilson ! Yes ! Listen to Reet Petite and get up and shake it ! (Plus, he's so good-looking !)
  17. Lorna, looks like you got rhythm.
  18. Ohmygawd, Lorna, that looks like so much fun ! I definitely want to watch this movie.
  19. Looks like this is turning into a Hitchcock thread. Which is just fine - who doesn't like Hitch? Many things to say about "Vertigo", but right now I'll settle for the music. This soundtrack by Hitchcock stalwart Bernard Herrmann has to be one of the most evocative, memorable themes in all filmdom. It has such a mysterious, yearning quality. It really captures the whole feeling of the film - which is, of course, mysterious and yearning.
  20. Welcome, Emily ! Always nice to know when there's another classic movie fan out there. ☺️
  21. I like The Racket. For sure, it's not my favourite noir by a long shot, and it's got some flaws, but I enjoy it none the less. I love both the Roberts in this, Mitchum and Ryan. Interesting, they're both exceptionally tall men, and those scenes where they're together, confronting each other, you can really see that. Also, that Ryan is just a tad taller than Mitch (not that this matters at all one way or the other, it's just unusual to see anyone taller than Mitch.) Both these actors have true screen presence, both tend to dominate whatever scene they're in, so it's a treat to see them
  22. I find it odd that neither Eddie Muller nor any of you here, all of whom seem to really enjoy noticing character actors etc., has mentioned something I noticed right away: the actress who plays Johnson's (William Talman) wife is Virginia Huston, who played the "nice" girl, Ann, in Out of the Past (the girl Mitch's character wants to return to, as opposed to Jane Greer's Cathy). Since Eddie always likes talking about the cast and actors who appeared together in more than one noir, I'm surprised he didn't say anything about Miss Huston. The one scene in The Racket she has with Mitchum
  23. So, Where the Sidewalk Ends: Well, I'm glad to say, after my negativity about the previous two Noir Alley offerings, that I really like this film. In fact, after seeing it today (I think my third viewing), I've decided I love Where the Sidewalk Ends. I agree with Eddie, who said, if I remember correctly, that it's almost a perfect noir, and certainly a high point in Otto Preminger's illustrious career. And, for some reason, it's a bit under-rated, not nearly as well-known as other less deserving noirs are (don't worry, I'm not going to spark an argument by naming any...) It's go
  24. If that's supposed to be funny, it's not.
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