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Everything posted by JamesJazGuitar

  1. I understand the point you are making but can Holden's character in SB be considered a hero? I don't see anything heroic in this guy. He really is a deadbeat and a user. This is one of my favorite movies. What is key is that Holden does have a lot of charm. So in that respect one wants to make him a hero. For example, when he is able to ditch the repo men to keep his car. We are pulling for him to get away but at the same time we know that this is NOT the character of your standard hero. Thus when he is shot at the end it is a just ending for the type of person he was.
  2. Don't forget The Uninvited with Ray Milland, Ruth Hussy and Gail Russell made in 44.
  3. When one has to use 'total' or 'pure' or some other similar term to further define something it really limits any discussion unless as you noted the specific criteria are listed. The term 'noir' has many definitions; some very limited (e.g. must be BW), to very broad ones. While I agree with your comment 'And yet they're indisputably "noir"', the fact this discussion occurs very often at this forum clearly shows that nothing is 'indisputable' by definition!
  4. Well I did enjoy the part of the movie at the piano player's home where they were jamming, playing Blue Moon. His blond girl 'friend' was playing a really nice guitar but I couldn't tell what kind it was. There was another guitar player and he was playing some very cool riffs. It was a hip version of Blue Moon that the 'dull blind guy' commented on when Joan came into the scene. Overall the movies wasn't that good only then Joan's legs.
  5. The image isn't insulting to Monroe unless one believes the entire "Monroe as an icon" movement is insulting since sex is what Monroe was all about. I find it hard to believe that one cannot see the sexist aspect associated with the Monroe persona. e.g. the not very bright, vulnerable sexy blond. I don't make a big deal out of that (i.e. it is what it is), but it is also silly to pretend otherwise. But if one is going to celebrate Monroe one of course has to capture that persona. Otherwise there isn't any other reason to celebrate her. i.e. that persona is the only
  6. I see the point you are making and I overstated my point; Yes, she have a negative impact on many of the men in her life but the one that is the biggest fall, from a noir perspective, is the lawyer. Yes, she killed her ex-boyfriend but she didn't have to use her femme fatale powers to do that; she used a gun. In this relationship the boyfriend had the power over her, and not the other way around. The husband was weak and milk toast. So it didn't take much for him to fall and he didn't fall far. But the lawyer is shown to be a man of honor. One is given the impression he
  7. You posted this " I just don't transfer my own interpretations (that have no validity) onto his films in order to find things that are either not there or that the filmmaker didn't intend". Isn't the post I'm replying to full of your own interpretations?
  8. Can you explain what you mean by 'banned'? I don't think any of the movies or TV shows you mentioned have been banned as I defined banned. i.e. the FDC doesn't permit them to be shown. Instead stations that are privately owned have decided NOT to show certain material. That is their choice and thus no freedoms are being restricted. Also if someone that has the the copyrights to certain content decides not to allow the commerical sale of said material they have that right since they own the copyright. Now often I do NOT agree with these decisions. i.e. I say show the material or make i
  9. How would one model themselves after god as it relates to human sexuality?
  10. While I agree the program would be more balanced if there was, say, a panel of guests with different POVs to discuss the topic that isn't very practical since the time set aside for the discussion portion of the series is limited. Here is what I'm seeing going on; Many people are now used to hearing only what they wish to hear. This has become very common with news in the 24 7 news cycle. i.e. people seek out those stations and or programs they know will echo their POV. Just look at the ratings Nancy Grace has gotten with her daily rants about Casey Anthony. One doesn't seek
  11. Based on the description it doesn't sound like Out of The Past at all. In that scene no one is running around and the only shot fired is after the bad guy is pulled by the fishing line and hook. While the bad guy could be viewed as a Richard Widmark type, no one would say Robert Mitchum and Farley Granger are alike.
  12. First what movies, music, or arts I enjoy or not are not related to the personal lives of the creator of said work. I find that rather silly; e.g. Libs not wanting to watch a John Wayne movie, or cons a Robert De Niro one. As for Allen and Soon Yi. It is my understanding that he lived in the same house as a father figure when she was under the age of 18 (i.e. a teen). So yes, while nothing occured prior to the age of 18 and thus nothing is illegal, I still feel it is creepy. Yea, that is the word; creepy. It is fair to assume Allen used his power, wisdom, and intellect (whic
  13. Flynn and DeHavilland made 7 movies together; They were a romantic couple in 4 or them. Captain Blood, Robin Hood, Died with their Boots On, Dodge City. In two of them one loved the other, but the love wasn't returned; Charge of the Light Brigade (E loves O), and Lives of Eliz and Essex (O loves E). In Four Is a Crowd they flirt but at the end each marries someone else.
  14. One key criteria which I mentioned was the number of times a song is featured by jazz musicians. Thus if a jazz record is released and it contains a pop song that is NOT a jazz standard. But if that same pop song is featured by jazz musicians on multiple albums over the years it then becomes a jazz standard. For example, the Beatles - Here, There and Everywhere is now considered to be a jazz standard because for a Beatle song it has been featured on multiple jazz albums over the years. It also uses a cycle chord progression in G (Gmaj, Amin, Bmin, Cmaj, F#m7b5, B7) that harmonically
  15. All the jazz players I know (and I know many), define a jazz standard as a song that is often played in a jazz style. It has nothing to do with the origins of those songs. Take Cole Poter. Most of his songs were written for plays but many are now jazz standards in that jazz musicians love to play them and we are 'required' to know at least the chord changes. (i.e. if someone calls out a 'standard' and I say I don't know it, I look like a bozo,,, and hey this has happened since I'm not a pro!). For example, Autumn Leaves is a major jazz standard (as I define the term), but was
  16. Isn't it more accurate to say Ashley is a sappy wimp when it comes to his interactions with Scarlet but not in his other actions; like being a officer in war and thus leading many battles, standing up to the rights of the southern man after the war and participating in the anti-carpet bagger meeting where he was wounded and could of been hanged etc...? Of course I have to assume Ashley is protrayed that way with Scarlet because she has such power over all men (like the 3 fools, including Rhett, that were her husbands).
  17. I agree with Harry on Vertigo. Yea, I did sit and watch the entire movies but it never really caught fire with me. Like Harry I know that many Hitchcock fans feel this is one of his top movies. I'm a big Hitchcock fan but Vertigo doesn't make my top 10 favorite movies of his. But I do enjoy seeing San Francisco in all that wonderful color.
  18. Well it does help when the strong willed actress is sleeping with the strong willed director as was the case with Davis and Wyler. But Wyler might of been able to handle her anyhow. I think he did a great job with many fine actresses; e.g. DeHaviland in The Heiress.
  19. Yes, as soon as I posted that I realize that Rhett did join in at the last second and I was wrong. But I believe the general point I was making still goes; That while Ashley wasn't a diehard supporter of the war (based on his comments defending Rhett during the party break), he joined the fight, was in many battles and was willing to die for the honor of the South. Rhett instead only cared about himself and to make money and then after there wasn't anymore money to be made since the South was broke, he decided to join the fight. Just more evidence that Ashley was more of a true man
  20. I don't know if one should assume Bette's comment was a put down of Kay as much as she didn't want to be a cheesecake type of gal. This is why the Warner studio style fit Davis to a T after Jack realized what he had (especically after Davis ran off to England). Davis told Jack to build movies around her. He did and what we got were some very great pictures. Davis didn't need a big male star to shine.
  21. Now that is very funny!@ I have to agree with another poster here; At the end of the day what matter is we have these great songs. I play many of these songs since they are jazz standards and I just love them. Even though I play them as instrumentals I always learn the words since that helps get the melody just right. So when I play the melody I try to 'sing it' on guitar like Frank would sing it.
  22. Just for the record I view Gable as a ladies' man and a very romantic character in many movies but just not so much in GWTW. But of course that is because of how the script was written. In the first scene Rhett comes in as a 'bad boy' and expect for his actions with Melanie he continues in that vein. I always felt that Rhett didn't really love Scarlet but just had a need to conquer her and thus it was all about his ego. Otherwise why would he marry a women he knew didn't love her? (unlike the her other two dead husbands, Rhett didn't lack for the company of women). Hey, I can
  23. Well you have written something that is impossible to agrue with. Of course one could say that results are all that matter. In this case the actual lyrics one creates and that talent is just a word applied to people that don't produce results (or have limited results). e.g. that James Dean sure had talent! Since there isn't way to measure talent there is nothing much to discuss. I have to hand it to you for leaving me speechless (ha ha).
  24. I'll admit I wasn't much of a Wayne fan since most of the Wayne movies I saw were mostly one dimensional characters. What is funny about that is big Wayne fans would point to those movies an charaters as being the movies I should see to become a Wayne fan and they had the opposite effect. Then I saw Red River, The Searchers, Liberty,,,, and I understood there was more to Wayne. I'm a very big fan of Howard Hawks. For some of my favorite actors, Grant, Bogie, Wayne, best movies were directed by Hawks.
  25. Maybe the reason all the acting was so good was that everyone was fairly balanced; they all had about an equal part. To be fair to Brent, most of the movies I have seen him in are Bette Davis movies and most of the time Ms. Davis's light just shined a little brighter. (you think!). Only Barrymore could be said to be hyping up the acting but than she was bedridden and someone crazy so the role called for that. I felt the direction was just right. It gave me that borderline feeling of a Universal horror picture from the 30s but without going overboard. I have to admit I was f
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