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Everything posted by SansFin

  1. 1000! Sadly I made very big mistake. I wanted to make 1000th movie to be a momentous one. There are several Hitchcock and Ford films left and some with noted actors in roles I have never seen. I was wanting to post some titles and ask for suggestions which would be best. I am sad to say I miscounted because when I choose DVDs to watch yesterday I forgot there were two movies on one disk and watched both. My 1000th movie was *Crime Unlimited* (1935). It was nice little period crime drama. Now only 341 more to watch!
  2. The only thing I would change on that most excellent list is from 1950s sci-fi to 1930s sci-fi but I would truly be happy with either.
  3. I love them! Thank you TCM for showing them back-to-back! I find new things in them every time I watch. They were very good at slipping in little quips which can slide under the radar. I cannot wait for the one in November. Edited by: SansFin on Sep 25, 2010 5:17 PM Edited by: SansFin on Sep 25, 2010 6:27 PM
  4. MFF - What I love about a Challenge is how clever every entry is. I do not think any entrant expects their entry to be used as is as real schedule but it is definite plus that real programmers have used some of the cleverer ideas. It is standard part of communication skills that excellent way to influence people is to be a bit over the top so people can say to themselves: "This is ridiculous but we can use it if we tone it down a smidge." CineMaven - I agree it is a brain-buster. It is also great thrill when last piece falls into place. It is less than great thrill when I see I made a mis
  5. I know this is long shot but I have to ask - would you allow individual and joint entries? Capuchin and I work with databases and CAD so we both finish very quickly. We have kept our ideas and selections secret from each other until we post our entries. I think it would be nice to work with him on an entry. I still want to do one of my own although my mind is totally blank about what I might do. -I think the nursery rhymes I used in last one will be the highpoint of my challenge career.- I know he wants to do an entry because he mentioned a strange idea for week-long UberTheme. Could
  6. We have a copy of Sekely's *The Day of the Triffids* It is a Cheezy Flicks release and that seems to me to sum it up. It is a lot of fun and very camp sci-fi. I do not see the story so horrific or important as to warrant a remake but I think that about 99.99% of all remakes done in last two decades.
  7. I feel 1990 was very thin year. Best of the year is *Nikita* (La Femme Nikita) by Luc Besson with Anne Parillaud. It has wonderful overlays of frustration, futility and sense of duty with moments of comedy and tenderness. I will always remember two bathtub scenes. *Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead* One of my favorite films. *Like the Clouds, Like the Wind* (Kumo no yoni, kaze no yoni) Very touching in odd way. *Almost an Angel* Paul Hogan in odd little movie. *La voce della luna* Fellini's last movie.
  8. I believe it edges into conspiracy. It was led by one man but had many different people working independently. Good example is when Roman thief kidnaps boy and holds him for ransom. It is his normal work. When he learns boy is a friend of The Count he is very cross with his people because they did not tell him before kidnapping. He instantly apologizes to The Count and releases the boy. Thief later kidnaps banker and makes him buy his meals with money he stole from charity. Money is returned to charity. The thief keeps nothing. These incidents show thief and his gang are independent and s
  9. *Guys and Dolls* (1955) Made by The Samuel Goldwyn Company. Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Theatrical American Broadcasting Company - TV, original airing, pan/scan CBS/Fox - Laserdisc Hallmark Video - Video Image Entertainment - Laserdisc MGM/UA Home Entertainment - DVD Network Entertainment - VHS
  10. > {quote:title=hamradio wrote:}{quote} > I wish they show M-O trying to clean up the completely trashed Earth after landing, poor thing would have blew a fuse. The one who blows a fuse is Burn-E. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TkCTLNnCtM
  11. Those I have seen definitely belong on list of most influential. I am surprised at how many I have not seen since it is one of my favorite genres.
  12. Pinking shears are commonly associated with clipping things .... um ... down there Swann escaped but afterwards talked in a high falsetto and gained weight but he no longer had to worry about paternity suits.
  13. > {quote:title=hlywdkjk wrote:}{quote} > "WALL-E" is a Sony Walkman cassette player. "EVE" is an Apple I-pod mp3 player. Your comparison is apt and balanced. I once experienced something unbalanced but more like what I feel when I see Wall-E and Eve together. We were spending our mornings learning to do simple repairs and replace accessories on diesel engines so we would not need as many mechanics in the field. We were spending our afternoons as guinea pigs for environment testing of heads up display. Because data to be shown in working model was classified and because lead techn
  14. A long time ago I saw the movie of Eugenie Danglars character. It was mostly faithful to book and I think it showed only things told in the book. Movie seemed to assume everyone knew all the other parts to the story. It was mostly her meetings with The Count of Monte Cristo and what a terrible father she had and her fleeing Paris to avoid being married off to her mother's lover. I will never forget scene where she was caught in bed with Louise d'Armilly. I have searched everywhere and can find no mention of it in any lists of The Count of Monte Cristo-related films. It may have been stude
  15. > {quote:title=traceyk65 wrote:}{quote} > I don't know, bit I will check out those titles. Thanks! There has never been good movie made of Count of Monte Cristo The story is much too large. I believe the book is four volumes. Each volume should be miniseries at least. Some chapters should be separate feature-length movie. *Prince of Foxes* shows only one incident in arc of domination-by-wealth. It is a very good movie but one must look for undertones to see 'I deserve to rule the world' mentality. Conspiracy part is implied by fact that others will do things they think Borgia wa
  16. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote:}{quote} > What do you think about the pre-noirs, such as Scarface (1931) and Public Enemy (1931)? I love them both but I do not personally consider them film noir. They do not fit 'average guy with a dark side' idea. > I mean, those of us who have experienced similar situations with dames, know what he is thinking as soon as he sees her and as soon as we see him seeing her. I look more at woman's face when she knows he is looking at her. I am delighted to see: 'This is going to be fun.' look. You can tell whether she intends to play wit
  17. I believe basis for film noir is showing people are not simple constructs. There is so much good in the worst of us, And so much bad in the best of us, That it hardly behooves any of us To talk about the rest of us. - Edward Wallis Hoch Before advent of anti-hero most movies showed only one side of characters. Film noir showed good people can have dark side. Racism is one of those dark sides.
  18. I have read that part of inspiration for The Count of Monte Cristo by A. Dumas pere was idea that people above certain level of wealth could create their own justice and secretly decide fate of others. *Prince of Foxes* (1949) is about machinations of Borgia family which was infamous for their wealth and power. Is that type of thing you mean?
  19. I have seen *Short Circuit* (1986) only once. It was part of mindbend. Esso had me watch it and then watch *High Art* (1998) to see Ally Sheedy as naive greenie and then as junkie lesbian artiste. Is MO's name a play on Omnibot 17mu? -I am sorry I do not know how to put Greek letter into post but mu is English version of Greek letter used in name.- MO does not look like Omnibot 17mu but there is similarity to Omnibot 5402 as if it could be ancestor before species evolved very high foreheads: I saw connection between Wall-E and Buster Keaton. Sad eyes and fidgety hands. Always seeming
  20. Most of the recent movies I like are animation. It may be because they follow traditional storytelling techniques. It strikes me that good animation needs to make watchers identify with something which is not human and so does much more towards characterization than live-action movies do. Wall-E is defintely a character! I am chuckling now because I remember frustration of little brush robot trying to clean up after Wall-E. I will have to watch this movie tomorrow.
  21. Horror The Black Cat (1968) Throne of Blood (1957) The Haunting (1963) 13 Ghosts (1960) Cat People (1942)
  22. > {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:}{quote} > But I don't ever see someone who creates art or entertainment as " having a job" in terms of depicting anything specifically moral or immoral. I believe that is part of any job description for creating content for Hallmark Channel Some of their movies have been very good but I do not believe they are memorable or truly influential.
  23. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote:}{quote} > You mean you want to teach kids with movies that its ok for them to kill or lynch people who make their lives miserable? So you think its ok for husbands to kill nagging wives, irritating bosses, rude school teachers, etc.? What is being shown is concept they may be killed if they are a bad person. This is shown very often in real life. I have not seen it but have heard of a movie called *Burning Bed* which is based on true story. I am sure there are many others.
  24. > {quote:title=C.Bogle wrote:}{quote} > Maybe some classic movie fans are so enamored of these films that they think they > play a huge part in a person's intellectual and moral development. Guess again. I have seen interviews with staff at NASA and Goddard saying they became rocket scientists because of sci-fi movies and television shows. I very much believe art does not have great influence on extreme behavior. It is more likely that people with violent tendencies will prefer movies with depictions of violence than they will like movies about bunny rabbits making friends
  25. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote:}{quote} > When kids see movies like this on TV, they think its ok to kill someone if the person is bad, like Rebecca was supposed to have been. It is same as western morality of killing man in black. Children learn robbers and murderers get shot by man in white. Faithful-to-book version of *Rebecca* may teach them that making spouse's life miserable carries same penalty as claim jumping. Different people take different things from same story. Classic example is *Cinderella* Cinderella slept in a wood bin. She dressed in rags. She had to work ve
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