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Posts posted by jamesjazzguitar

  1. 3 hours ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

    I was thinking of her, she has the lightest eyes I have ever seen in my life. Almost like an android's.

    I agree.   Very unique.   But it appears they weren't always appreciated:

      "On some occasions film and television producers did have Foster wear contact lenses to lessen what they viewed as the distractive effects of her eyes during screen performances".


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  2. 1 hour ago, Vautrin said:

    I think that should be clueless dip*****. They realize that one vote in millions or tens of millions of votes is insigficant

    and makes no difference whether Donny is reelected or not.

    It does make a difference because, sadly,    there are thousands of clueless folks like you,  that also think their 'one vote' doesn't count in the battleground states (some where Trump won in 2020 by only a few thousand votes).

    If you were the only clueless one   it wouldn't matter but again,  you're not.    Instead your just one clueless fish in this school of cluelessness.


  3. 16 minutes ago, Vautrin said:

    Cry of the City was pretty good, nothing very original, but

    well done. In Maltin's book, he or whoever wrote the entry said it was a rehash of Manhattan Melodrama.

    Yeah, sort of, but it didn't have those dull flashbacks about how the bad kid shoplifts from the corner

    drugstore and the good kid refuses to join in and so on. Yeah, we get it. Cry of the City just shows that

    Mature has known Conte and his family for a long time. I was impressed by that one shot at the end

    where we see the dead or near dead Conte holding the knife in his hand and not moving. 

    Like Joe,  I'm really enjoy Cry of the City,  and as you note,  while nothing very original,  it was well done (on all levels;  direction,  acting,  photography,  score).

    I really don't see much of the Manhattan Melodrama aspect since the detective wasn't a big-wig,  and they were never in love with the same gal. 

    There is the Dead-End (Bogie, McCrea),   connection but mom,  doesn't reject her bad-boy until the end so. 

    For me the films takes various themes from prior films and weaves them into a story that,   while seen before,   keep me interested into what was clearly a forgone conclusion. 



  4. 1 hour ago, CinemaInternational said:

    The reason I felt this way was because I really feel it would be hard to top or equal the 1955 film. The '55 film had one of Robert Mitchum's best performances, it was one of Shelley Winters finest hours, you had Lillian Gish, you had the children, the black and white photography, and the haunting nature of it all.  While it is true that two of the best films of the last decade were remakes of literature first filmed years ago (True Grit, Little Women), I have a feeling that the film will be hurt by the fact it will undoubtedly be done in color, regardless of how solid everything else is in it; the soul of this work is black and white, and color just seems all wrong for it. It's kind of like Psycho all over again in a way.

    The Psycho remake is the only 'true' "remake" I know of since it was done to be as close to the original as possible.   So in this specific case that film should have never been made (and I was going to cite that film in my reply because it is always mentioned when one criticizes "remakes",   and I find that point irrelevant since it is the exception to my point about adaptations,  which again I do NOT define as "remakes").

    Anyhow,  I see we are still have a vastly different perspective on this topic since you posted this:  "I have a feeling that the film will be hurt by the fact it will undoubtedly be done in color,,,,,"

    You still wish to compare a new adaptation to a prior one when my perspective,  as stated above was:   I recommend one compare each (film) to the source material (instead of comparing films).

     Note that my perspective comes from that of a jazz musician,  where the entire concept of 'remake' doesn't exist.     E.g.  Cole Porter has written a song (original source material).   A group of musicians record the song.      Another group does,  etc...       Just because someone recorded that song FIRST,  doesn't make subsequent versions "remakes",  just new \ additional adaptations,   where each should be judged as stand-alone works of art.






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  5. 27 minutes ago, DougieB said:

    I'm ashamed to say I've only seen about 50% of these, though I'm 100% in love with Ann Sheridan. Really looking forward to seeing these, especially Juke Girl, which I missed last time it was shown. Seeing the list of her costars reminds me of what a pro she was and how versatile an actress to be able to pair with such diverse  personalities. She could do sweetheart, hard-boiled and smart-talking equally well, which put her on a short list of classic movie actresses. Love her. 

    You're in for a treat then.      I've seen Juke Girl and Ann is very good in it and gets lead billing over Ronald Reagan  (who is fine but someone like John Garfield,  who WB had under contract,  would have added more juice).       

    As one can see from the promo poster WB didn't really know how to market such a film,  where the male stars (expected in the case of Davis),  wasn't  'sold' as the main attraction.

    Sure,  she's easy to meet...  but try and forget her,   and She's a good girl.... For guys to let alone.

    Those contradict each other! (ha ha).





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  6. Just now, speedracer5 said:

    I am eagerly waiting for this podcast.  My other podcast (You Must Remember This) doesn't come back until the end of May.  

    While I don't know if Bogdanovich has suffered any recent health issues, his glasses were definitely dirty.  Or maybe there was light or something reflecting off of one of the lenses? I don't know.  But regardless, I do really enjoy his films.  Paper Moon is one of my favorites. 

    I am very interested to hear about his life and movie experiences. 

    Bogdanovich was mentored by Orson Welles.     Maybe he knows the answer to if Flynn was in The Lady from Shanghai (ha ha).

    I'm reading the book about John Huston - Art and Courage,  and he does mention how close Flynn and Welles (sharing much in common,  like boats, drink and drugs during the making of Flynn's last film The Roots of Heaven).    So yea,  I can see Welles having Flynn is a background shot in that film. 

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  7. 1 minute ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

    That one is not a good example. It's true that the 1962 version was able to use lesbianism whereas the original was not allowed to. But that does not mean it was better.

    The pivotal role of Mary Tilford, the evil school girl was excellently played by Bonita Granville in the original. The role in the remake was played by the untalented Karen Balkin, who sunk the film.

    It is a great example of what I was trying to communicate;    how enforcement of the "code" impacted the context of a film related to the original source material (a play in this case).   And while the 'code' was still being enforced in 1962,    topics like homosexuality could be explored more openly in the 60s.    E.g. Victim (1961) breaking new ground.

    I didn't use that as an example of a 'better' film;    I like both adaptations and don't feel one is 'better' than the other (but I favor the 1936 one more).       (and I do like the casting in These Three more because of Bonita Granville as well as the three stars).     In the 1962 version only Shirley MacLanie and studio-era veteran Fay Bainter shine IMO.

    (Miriam Hopkins is fine in both).  


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  8. 3 hours ago, spence said:

    To be a Holocaust denier is ABSOLUTELY STUNNINGLY OUTRAGEOUS!!!

    I find the fact that a majority of GOP voters in this state would vote for such a politician even more outrageous!!!!


  9. 4 hours ago, spence said:

    I asked this on here before, what this time is WOODY accused of please?

    Because as much as I always liked her MIA can be vindictive

    Not vindictive here, but she also insisted RONAN FARROW was SINAITRA'S son all over the media

    Nothing new.    The Farrow family complained to the publisher and they canceled the deal.    Woody has a new publisher so the book should be out soon. 

  10. 19 hours ago, CinemaInternational said:

    https://variety.com/2020/film/news/night-of-the-hunter-remake-universal-1234573387/ Here you go. It's a bad idea to mess with perfection.......

    I disagree and I'm surprised by such a comment coming from you given your knowledge and respect of cinema from all eras.

    Typically there is no such concept as a 'remake' of a film but instead another adaptation of the original source material  - in this case the 1953 novel by Davis Grubb.

    Therefore instead of comparing one film adaptation to the next I recommend one compare each to the source material.     E.g.  how faithful is the film to the book?   How are the characters represented by the actors?    Etc...      Note that the 1941 Huston version of The Maltese Falcon is often referred to as one of the most successful "remakes".     The main reason why to me is that it is faithful to the novel in ways the other two prior adaptations were not.

    The Night of the Hunter is a solid novel.     Why shouldn't a new generation take a stab at bringing this to life via the film media.   



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  11. Related to making an actor look bigger, my wife and  I were watching The Racket (1951) with Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan.

    The first scenes only featured Ryan.    She commented on how big and tall he was.     I said that while he was 6-4,   the scene where he goes into the office of the mob's right-hand-man sitting at his desk looks like Ryan is standing on a platform.      He looked way too tall.    I told her this was done to increase his presence and make him more physically threatening (which was key to the plot).    She didn't believe me.      

    Well Mitchum comes into the film and there is a scene with both of them,  standing very close together,   as well as others (where in those earlier scenes only with Ryan he looked at least a foot taller than anyone else).   

    Mitchum,  who was 6-1 and Ryan looked about the same height,   and the background guys looked only slightly shorter than the both of them.

    She said "yea,  you were right!".

    Youtube that initial office scene.     Ryan looks somewhat comical,  like one of those clowns that are all stretched out! 




  12. 1 hour ago, Arsan404 said:


    Joan Bennett



    Do you know what film this photo was from?  (assuming it was a promo photo from a film).

    Looks like it was from a horror film.     Hey,  Joan is still beautiful here but she has a Lily Munster look given the make-up.


  13. 1 hour ago, spence said:

    I know some stuff gets flack, but didn't know about birthday's?


    Makes no sense of course

    Many people don't like a full day of programming to be devote to ONE 'theme' (e.g. actor,   genre,  holiday).

    While I'm not one of them (unless over done),   not liking what is perceived as a lack of variety,  makes sense to me.

    As already noted I'm against birthday tributes because on most days,  there is are 'famous' actors that had a birthday.     Even if one was to limit the select to the top 50 actors,  would you really want 50 days of TCM's programming devoted just to birthday tributes?    NOT! 

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