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About CarlDenham

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  1. I first saw this film when I was ten years old, having learned of it through being an avid fan of Godzilla movies. Go figure, right? And as such an avid fan of Toho's classic fantasy genre, I had no trouble at such an early age, watching subtitled movies. Anyway, I was blown away, and have never looked back. To this day, along with Hitchcock's Rear Window, Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai is my favorite film ever.
  2. When it comes to great directors like Ford, Hitchcock, Kubrick, etc. their best work often seems to be divided into two categories; example being, Alfred Hitchcock's BEST film is, say, Rear Window, but the best HITCHCOCK film is Vertigo, if that makes any sense. As far as John Ford is concerned, I'd say his best films are Stagecoach, The Quiet Man, Fort Apache, The Informer, The Grapes of Wrath and They Were Expendable. However, The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance exist apart from the rest as personal artistic achievements. They are the purest expression of Ford's beliefs as a
  3. I am pretty fond of saying "In life, you can either be a Marlon Brando, or a James Dean; the genuine article, or a really good poser". It's a philosophy that I believe in very much, and considering the fact that there is not one person in my life who understands or shares my passion for films in general, I can pretty much get away with it anytime I want. As far as the actors themselves are concerned, it says something significant about both. Either the talent to be a great actor is something you were born with, like Brando, or it's something that you aspire to, and spend you're career trying t
  4. Let's see, I may not be as well-researched in westerns as I am with suspense, and drama, however, I've ALWAYS been a western fan. Ever since my old man called me into the living room to watch True Grit, when I was about eight years old. So, with that in mind, these are a few of my personal favorites... The Searchers Rio Bravo Stagecoach Unforgiven The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance High Noon The Sons of Katie Elder El Dorado Tombstone Red River Fort Apache ...uhh, lol! I've seen alot more westerns than t
  5. Revision, 19 of February, 2012 ('cuz, well you know, these change all the time, right lol!): 1. The Seven Samurai (1954) Dir. Akira Kurosawa (AND Rashomon (1951) Dir. Akira Kurosawa) 2. The Third Man (1949) Dir. Carol Reed 3. Metropolis (1927) Dir. Fritz Lang 4. Vertigo (1958) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock 5. Citizen Kane (1941) Dir. Orson Welles 6. Sunset Boulevard (1950) Dir. Billy Wilder 7. Casablanca (1942) Dir. Michael Curtiz 8. The Searchers (1957) Dir. John Ford 9. The Godfather (1972) Dir. Francis Ford Coppola 10. Rear Windo
  6. Okay, I'm brave enough tonight lol! These are ten film that I really admire best, and that I would make the strongest case for... 1. The Seven Samurai 2. The Third Man 3. Metropolis 4. Vertigo 5. Citizen Kane 6. Sunset Boulevard 7. Casablanca 8. The Searchers 9. The Godfather 10. Rear Window That is probably the best "top ten" list that I can think of, as far as it pertains to "all-time greatest" films that I've seen. The Godfather, being the most recent film on my list, is still an undeniable front-runner for me. An
  7. Yeah, Bela's accent was as much an invaluble asset to his acting arsenal, as it limted the kinds of roles he could play. It was necessary to dub him for his dual-role in Dark Eyes of London. Hey, atleast they gave him the chance to play both roles himself. They could have just created two different characters all-together, but instead they thought enough of Bela to present him with the kind of acting challenge that he VERY rarely ever got in his career. The British seem to treat Lugosi very well when he "hopped across the pond" in the thirties. They respected him. The Phantom Ship aka The Myst
  8. Murders in the Rue Morgue has always existed on a very slippery slope among horror movie buffs. While I do feel that it has always been unjustly underrated, I understand the arugments against it. Robert Florey deliberately paces his film, so that we get a really good look at all the bizarre settings and brilliant Karl Fruend fogs. The love interests are merely tolerable, and while Sydney Fox is pretty damn-sexy, her performance certainly doesn't do much to validate her auspicious, top-billing over Bela Lugosi, who is clearly the whole show here! Who knows, right? Bela would become, trag
  9. Lugosi just moves me to tears in The Black Cat! This really is the best film he ever did. And the great thing is, the film is as much of a showcase for Karloff as it was for Lugosi's raw intensity, under Edgar Ulmer's visonary influence. Ulmer may or may not have thought much of Lugosi's uniquely theatrical style. Who knows, right? There aren't any quotes that I've read, other than the ones where he refers to "cutting away, to cut him down". In any event, he knew how to film and direct Lugosi in a way that eccentuated his best qualities. In a movie where Karloff represents the ultimate Lucifer
  10. As I sit here at my computer, I am simultaneously watching Bela Lugosi's opening monologue in Murders in the Rue Morgue. I remember when I was little, I would try to mimic that great scene! Bela really knocks that scene out of the park.
  11. LUGOSI!!! Bela, The Great!!! One of my all-time favorite actors, and simply one of the most entertaining to watch. He had such technique and charisma; such presence and extremely charming, even when he was being evil. And for once, we get a line-up of Lugosi films that rank as some of his finest work. I'm a huge fan of Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Black Cat and Island of Lost Souls, both as movies and as showcases for the unique talents of one, unjustly underrated (in his time) Bela Lugosi. There are many actors of both past and present that I admire greatly, but the great horr
  12. Everything about this movie surprised me by how authentic it seemed! Even though the Bastogne forest is a set, Wellman did an excellent job of obscuring that fact, as did the performers. This film must have been such a feather in MGM's proverbial cap. To my knowledge, Louie B. Mayer and company weren't necessarily in the habit of making war films such as this. But yes, I agree, this film looked and sounded very realisitc.
  13. So...what do y'all say? This has to be one of my very favorite war movies. Wellman does an excellent job of isolating those characters in an eerie, snow-covered fog of uncertainty. Behind every corner could be a potential enemy movement. It's expertly well-written as well. Very few war films of the time have Battleground's brand of gritty realism. Steven Spielberg must have watched this film a few times while preparing for Saving Private Ryan. The "Band of Brothers" quality of his film is very similar to the chemistry shared by Van Johnson, James Whitmore, John Hodiak and company, and obviousl
  14. My favorites...not a serious list, mind you. Not setting anything in stone here, but these are the ones I like alot. Lon Chaney Humphrey Bogart Marlon Brando James Stewart Claude Rains Charlie Chaplin Cary Grant Bela Lugosi John Wayne Orson Welles
  15. Top 10 FAVORITES for me, as I'm not brave enough to pick ten films and say they are the greatest ever made...come to think of it, my list of FAVORITES is long and varied. However, as I sit here, these ten (eleven...twelve lol!) are tops for me... The Seven Samurai Rear Window Sunset Boulevard Dracula Casablanca The Roaring Twenties The Unknown King Kong
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