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Everything posted by misswonderly3

  1. Well, I don't have time to check more than one thread about my favourite type of movie. I like it that "all things noir" can come up and be discussed on this thread. I don't want to be scrolling around on the forums to read about different noir films, just because some of them weren't aired on the specific program "Noir Alley". But you're right in that stuff comes up on this thread that I'm not that interested in. My solution is to just skim those posts, or better yet, if I think it's about something I don't care to read I just scan the first few words and then move on. There
  2. But that's ok, isn't it ? It's a fun thread where we can discuss all noir, ya got a problem with that? 😜
  3. Sorry, my above post was a bit snarky...and clearly it was a typo, not a spello ( "boors". ) I hope. You're right in that taste, whether in films, music, or anything else, is personal and subjective, so, yeah, "to-may-to, to-mah-to". BUT ! A person can acknowledge that something - a film or song or in this case, a singer - is good, has quality, even if they don't enjoy it personally. I get that Frank's singing "does nothing for you", but to dismiss him , as you seem to be doing, as just indifferently talented , is just silly. You don't have to like his st
  4. Do you mean "bores" ? Or are you saying you think Frank Sinatra was a boor ?
  5. Oh, I don't know. By "baby face" I just meant, really young-looking. Here he is (William Holden) at the age of 21 in Invisible Stripes. He looked even younger than 21 in that film, and very cute.
  6. I like your comments here. However, not to be argumentative, but Frank Sinatra was so much more than "a thespian who could carry a tune". That's an understatement ! Sinatra is often regarded as the best singer of the 20th century, certainly a contender for best popular singer ( as opposed to opera and other classical style singing....) He is on a level far removed from actors like Dennis Morgan ( and even Howard Keel.) And his acting skills played into his recordings. He does so much more than "carry a tune", he sounds as though he lives the songs he sings, maybe that's where th
  7. As you probably know, William Holden was a serious alcoholic. I don't know when he started, but it must have been young, because yes, by the time he was in his 30s ( still relatively young), he was very rough looking, The hard drinking really took a toll on his looks. It's too bad, he was a very good-looking man, and in his early films, you can see he's an outright baby face !
  8. Don't worry, laffite, I've never thought we're really supposed to understand them. In fact, when people try to explain David Lynch's works, I think it takes something away from them. At the risk of sounding pretentious, I don't think his films are meant to be figured out with a neat tidy explanation, I think they're just meant to be experienced.
  9. Wow, you don't mince words, do you, Thompson? While giving an unequivocal straight-shooting opinion is something everyone should feel free to do here, I do think you might consider holding back a little on the "this stinks" declaration until maybe giving a film another chance. I can't tell you how many times I've initially disliked a movie, only to change my mind about it upon a second or even a third viewing. Both those films you cite, and both those actors, deserve respect. The Man with the Golden Arm is a good movie, and all the actors in it, including Sinatra, give fine per
  10. Carnival of Souls. Right, Dargs, that makes a lot of sense. I'm happy to say I own a copy of that strange and rare visit to the otherworld. Is she dead or alive, or somewhere in between? Nothing seems real - yet sometimes, kind of sort of, it does. Those kind of films, Carnival of Souls, Mulholland Drive, ... I think they're most enjoyed ( if you can apply a word like "enjoy" to them) when you just let go and don't try to figure them out, just float on the feeling, just experience a visit to another world.
  11. So, you're saying Eraserhead is your vote for strangest David Lynch film ever? Ok, I can see it as a contender for that honour. What about that dancing roast chicken? for sure. and doesn't the radiator produce some song and dance act or something? (Bear with me, it was a long time ago I saw Eraserhead. ) And without doubt, some would opt for Blue Velvet. Fact is, all of David Lynch's work is very very strange, bizarre, dream-like -- or nightmare-like--, surreal, disturbing, there's a myriad of words to describe these films and shows he's made. So I guess it's entirely
  12. I'm doing a Lorna here, which is to say I'm writing two different posts about the same thing rather than one looong one. Easier on the eyes, the brain, and the attention span that way. Ok, first: I have no problem with the "unbelievable" phenomenon of two men looking exactly alike -- in the same city, to boot ! I don't care, I "go with" the implausibility of it because the story is entertaining and fits in other ways, so I can exercise my well-used suspension of disbelief. Plus, as Hibi points out, there are many noirs which are unrealistic, and in fact, there are many movi
  13. Hey, it's kind of fun doing all these multi-quotes, a function I don't use very often. I just included them all because it shows the differing opinions on this movie. Now, moi, I've seen Hollow Triumph three times now. The first time I tended to agree with lafitte and Katie, , although I didn't dislike it so much as was just "meh" about it. The second time -- which, by the way, was when Eddie first aired it on Noir Alley, I'm pretty sure this is the second time he's shown it there -- I liked it a little better, but still thought it was just ok. But this time ! I deci
  14. Yeah, I know it's David Lynch, and I've seen quite a few of Lynch's films, not to mention Twin Peaks (the original series.) So, yup, agreed, of course just about anything made by him is Bizarro (one word for it.) Although, come to think of it, Mulholland Drive is probably the strangest thing David Lynch ever made. Which is really saying something, when we're talking about David Lynch. And I kind of like the idea of that category, Bizarro Noiro (plus it rhymes.)
  15. Oh, I was confused. But maybe understandably. See, I got Mulholland Falls mixed up with Mullholland Drive. Hence my comment about "Bizarro Noir". I don't think I've seen Mulholland Falls ( but after seeing that trailer, I wouldn't mind ), but I've definitely seen Mulholland Drive, and believe me, it's bizarro world all r ight. ( But I really like it. I think. )
  16. It's more like Bizarro-noir. Emphasis on the Bizarro.
  17. It is jaw-droppingly ridiculous and inappropriate to compare those who say "ok, let the unvaccinated make their choice, they are free to catch the virus and die " to Adolph Hitler. Also profoundly disrespectful to Jewish people. It shouldn't have to be explained that there's a huge difference between just shrugging one's shoulders and saying, "If someone chooses to remain unvaccinated, they also choose to suffer the consequences, and that could include getting the covid virus and dying" and the vile "final solution" plan Hitler and the National Socialists made to deliber
  18. Lorna, I meant to respond to your story here sooner. It was such a disturbing one, I had to think about it. That is horrible that you were accused of stealing like that, and that they were all set to call the police etc. And what would have happened if the manager hadn't been there that day? Kafaesque is right. So, yeah, clearly even actually being innocent isn't always enough if people think you're guilty. By the way....are you planning to keep your receipts from now on, at least til you get home? (that was not meant to be snarky, I'm serious.)
  19. Nice write-up, Tom, and nice praise for Zachary Scott. He's an actor I used to be a bit dismissive of, used to not like him that much. Over the years, and with further viewings of his work, I've come to change my mind about him, and now respect him a lot more than I used to. (Although I'll still never understand why he was presented as a "hot" male actor; I may have changed my mind about his talent, but not about his lack of charisma- at least, for me.) Not to nitpick, and it kind of doesn't matter a whole lot, but just to clarify: you say Scott's character in Guilty Bystan
  20. Case for The Yearling as noir: Actor Gregory Peck. He was in a great, end-of-classic-era noir, Cape Fear. Family in peril: mother , father, and young son are isolated in the backwoods of the Florida wilderness. Crops could fail at anytime, floods could occur...all kinds of scary stuff. Murder of innocent victim is planned: poor little Flag is shot dead, and by someone he trusted. Actually, I love The Yearling, but would advocate for it being classified as a noir as much as I would Meet Me in St. Louis (well, maybe that Hallowe'en scene...throwing flour in someone'
  21. Just a really quick note about Cause for Alarm: It's well-known, and was even in 1950, that the more guilty you act, the more guilty people are going to think you are. If you're innocent, relax. Running around acting guilty will only make you seem guilty. Loretta should have said to the execrable Barry S., : "Yeah, so the letter was mailed. Nothing you say is true, and I say, I'm not worried. And if you die- and it won't be by my hand- they can do an autopsy which will show there's no overdose of your medicine in your system. So nyah !" Also, the worst thing she could have
  22. THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH Original version, 1934 First I want to say that I really like the more famous version of this story, the 1956 remake starring James Stewart and Doris Day. Who wouldn't? But this write-up is about the original Man Who Knew Too Much, made 22 years earlier. Of course both versions are made by the same director, Alfred Hitchcock, and it's interesting to ponder why he decided to make the film again. I'm not sure he ever did this with any other movie he made. The 1934 version is undeservedly much less famous than its 1956 successor. But it deserves to
  23. I don't really know why I'm bothering to respond to you again, but anyway... First, I do not think people should be "forced" to have the vaccine. The word "forced" evokes a mental image of some diabolical white-coated thugs holding down a helpless protesting victim while their sleeve is rolled up and their arm is jabbed. Straight out of some of the old horror movies often discussed on these boards. If, however, by "forced", you mean, people who work with large numbers of the population, such as teachers and medical workers, will not be allowed to continue working unless they
  24. I imagine the poster you're addressing is upset for the same reason I am, which is this: You say you are "not trying to convince anyone to do anything". You are being disingenuous. By constantly posting about how you think people in favour of the covid vaccine are "pushing" others to get it, you're perpetuating the idea that there's something wrong with that, that there must be some reason t to NOT get it. You are passively suggesting that it's perfectly safe to remain unvaccinated. Not only is that not so, it is selfish. The more people who choose to get fully vaccinated against covi
  25. What absolute nonsense. So one person, one unvaccinated person, got covid and survived. Is that supposed to mean it's ok to get covid19? Millions of people have contracted the illness and not been so lucky as your acquaintance. Millions contracted covid19 and died. When the vaccines became available, it was wonderful news, here was something that would prevent people from dying ! How can you possibly be against that? And the poster below makes a very valid point, ie, many people who have caught covid, become ill from it, and survived, experience serious health consequences l
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