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Everything posted by jamesjazzguitar

  1. How about this more pointed question: What movie year has produced more of your favorite movies (say top 25) than any other year? This is how I decided to approach the question of this thread. I have a list of my top 25 movie (yes this list changes of course but in the last 10 years it has been fairly stable), and then I just counted what year was listed the most. 1936 and 1941 rose to the top. What does this all mean. Well nothing but it was fun!
  2. Well I have about 300 also but mine are on BETA! Yea, I started this collection over 25 years ago and Beta was the better format in terms of quality. I had a flexable work schedule so I could be at home to tape any movie at any time (before TCM classic movies were shown on local stations often during the day or otherwise really late at night). I didn't want to tape commericals so I always was there to stop and restart the tape. Yes, I was a classic movie nutcase! I don't own any DVDs since TCM fills my fix and if there is something I really wish to see I break out the Beta tape. Since my mom is from Japan I was able to get two Sony Beta units real cheap from relatives and one of them still works and is still like new (but it is over 20 years old).
  3. Well call me selfish but I'll continue to be disappointed since I wish there were more movies like Topper that she was in since I enjoyed her in that one so much. In some ways she reminds me of the great jazz guitar player Howards Roberts. Now many will say he is the greatest of all time but he didn't make many jazz albums. He said he needed money and thus he made 'pop jazz' albums and created the Guitar school here in LA. Those pop jazz records are OK but not at the level of the few (less than 3 or 4) pure hardcore jazz records he made. But hey my jazz guitar friends also tell me not to be disappointed.
  4. I'm also not a big fan of Vertigo but for both of the reasons each of you gave. But I do love how SF is filmed in the movie. I can understand why many rank it as one of Hichcock's best but it just doesn't have much of a pull for me.
  5. I agree with your take on film critics. After all they are human too (well some of them!).
  6. Thanks for the info. I love Topper and when I first saw this movie I wanted to know more about her and to see her in more movies. So then I saw Two Faced Women (because I could). While that movie is only OK, Bennett is what gives the movie what little fire it has. But from there I just ran into a dead end. i.e. TCM is the main way I experience classic movies and I didn't see her in any others. Note that I didn't start this thread but the disappointment line does related to Lombard (at least for me), and other comic greats of the 30s 40s. When I saw Topper I said to myself 'hey this gal has it all,,, she is just as funny and hot as Lombard'. But while Lombard made 8 or more 'Toppers' in her career I never was able to find other Bennett movies that moved me as much as Topper did. (the second Topper doesn't have a much magic but I do enjoy it).
  7. Hey the reunion was great. Thanks for asking. I played two sets and everyone liked the music. It was the first time I played music for my 'new' brothers and sister. It was so funny because I had old friends at the party that didn't know about them yet. So these friends would ask 'hey who are those guys over there,,, we have never seen them before'? I would tell them they were my brothers and many didn't believe me. They believed I was joking and would ask 'no really,,, who are they!'. It was a hoot. Yes, that XMAS album is now worth a lot of money. For a while I got so into jazz I gave away all my rock albums to friends. YES I was a major snob! Of course now I play all types of music and this period didn't last that long but that is the reason some rare material I had was given away for a song.
  8. Ok here are my top 5 favorite Wilder movies (as director), in order: Sabrina Double Indemnity Sunset Boulevard Stalag 17 The Apartment Yea, I don't list Some Like It Hot either. The drag queen bit gets old real quick to me and thus a lot of the movie is just a one-joke type of stunt. Thus I find Love In the Afternoon even more enjoyable that Some Like It Hot. (even with Cooper being WAY to old for the Hepburn but hey so was Bogie in Sabrina).
  9. With regards to the question you asked I have discussed this topic many times in various threads. I also believe that one's favorites do NOT have to be the 'best' (what I define as highest quality). You ask 'how can that be'? Well for example, my favorite movie might be one like The Big Sleep because I just love how Bogie is a wiseguy, the interplay between him and Bacall, and how Bogie wins out at the end and how I have a romantic attachment to his role (i.e. I also wish I could be that type of toughguy!). BUT do I believe that is one of the greatest pictures in terms of direction, use of the camara, acting, and other technical areas? Better than, for example, Citizen Kane? No. One's favorites are 100% subjective and thus don't have to be backed up with 'data'. But when someone says something is of high quality than we enter an area a lot less subjective (nothing is really objective of course), and thus one does have to have some 'data' to make their case and a certain degree of knowledge in the said field. For example, if someone tells me XYZ is the best guitar player EVER, I have a list of criteria I ask that person to explain their POV. These questions relate to technique and other technical and musical areas that I feel I have some advanced knowledge of. Most of the time what they really meant to say is that guitar player is their favorite (of course I also get 'whatever' as a reply a lot!). Now when it comes to movies I don't have this advanced knowledge. This is why I like this site since there are so many people here that have more knowledge than me and I learn something each day.
  10. I tend to agree that Ingrid is one of the best looking and most talented actresses of the classic era. Ok, there are some that are better looking and some that are better actresses but not many (any?), that I can rate as high on both levels.
  11. As C Bogel points out Hey Bulldog was released on an album but as I said not at the time of its creation (i.e. it was released years later as part of the Yellow Sub movie soundtrack record). I felt that record was a rip off (not a Beatles album) since there were only a few Beatles songs on it (but yea I got the record anyhow since I had to complete my collection!). I also had the X-mas album (like a dummy I sold it!), but I don't remember the song being on that. But hey that was over 15 years ago so I could be mistaken.
  12. I admit I really haven't seen that many of her movies. So maybe it is TCM that is the disappointment? In other words if I had seen more of her movies I would see that they are just as good as the movies I do know about from major stars that made it big starting in the 30s like Lombard, Arthur, Stanwych, Loy etc.. For example, I feel Lombard had the greatest period of movies for any comic actress from 1935 - 37. During that time she released Hands Across the Table, The Princess Comes Across, My Man Godfrey, Swing High Swing Low, Nothing Sacred, and True Confession. All of these movies are first rate with Godfrey being one of the greatest comedies of the 30s and Nothing Sacred being right up there with it. Does Constance have movies comparable to these? If yes, please let me know which movies those are when TCM shows them I'll make sure I check them out.
  13. It isn't 'narrow minded' to classify something and discuss that something within that classification. This is very common (e.g. often used when discussing sports). It would only be narrow minded if one believed that, for example, foreign movies were of little to no importance. I also don't see how 'fair' becomes involved here. People generally created classification so they can discuss things they have knowledge about. e.g. I have enough knowledge to discuss the best point guards of the past 30 years since I know the players of that period. If it was of 'all time' than that wouldn't be fair since I wouldn't give players their due since I'm not very familar with them. Since many people are not that familar with foreign movies it is only natural to limit 'best year in Cinema' to movies made in the USA and Britian. Anyhow how that I understand that 'cinema' include all movies I don't have an opinion (since I'm not familar enough with non english movies). But for 'hollywood' movies I still could make the case (as others have), that 1939 is the best year and other years like 1936, 1933, or 1941 were better. Edited by: jamesjazzguitar on Aug 6, 2010 9:43 PM
  14. To me what Jack posted helps makes the case of why some of us classic movie fans feel Constance is a disappointment. Here is part of what Jack posted: "Constance Bennett was not terribly interested in propelling her career, and in fact, turned down many roles because she was too busy with other business and social interests. She was more a cultural icon than actress,,,," She is a disapointment because there appeared to be a lot of potential but since she wasn't 'terribly interested in propelling her career' this potential wasn't met. Thus she doesn't have the legacy of films someone like Lombard, Arthur or others of her era had. As I stated before that isn't a knock on Constance. For one to be a disappointment one has to have potential.
  15. Picking one year is very difficult, but a decade is easy for me; It would be the 30s. The 40s and 50s are a toss up for me. My reasons are simple; The 30s had the best comedies. The 40s and 50s are about equal because I'm a big fan of film noir and both of these decades had great ones. I would say the late 40s had some of the best but that era also had a lot of war movies (duh), and I'm not a big fan of these. I find the comedies of the 40s were better than the 50s. But picking a year? Oh well it would be a toss up between 1936 and 1941.
  16. Hey BullDog has to be one of the best lesser known Beatles songs here in the USA. (lesser known since it wasn't released on any of the USA releases of Beatles albums at the time of their original release. Great riff and more of a rock feel than many of the other tunes release around this time. i.e. It would of made Magical Mystery Tour a better album so sure.
  17. Funny, I didn't even notice that, and as someone else points out a lot of his movies have one word titles. But I would place Rear Window at number 6 so there!
  18. Below are the Hitchcok films I enjoy the most (in no specific order). i.e. the ones I like to watch multiple times. My choices are based a lot on the actors; i.e. I'm a hugh fan of Grant and not much of a fan of Stewart (i.e. I like a lot of movie Stewart is in but I don't watch a movie just because Stewart is in it). In terms of trying to convince people of one's choices; Well this is only necessary if one is saying which movies have the best acting or best use of the camara or some other technical quality where there can be some type of objective discussion. I don't know enough about the art of film for that type of discussion. Spellbound Notorious Rebecca Suspicion Psycho
  19. Can you be more specific on what you don't agree with? I.e. are you saying a the films directed by Welles are favored more by classic movie fans than, say the films of Wilder? That Welles movies are not moody or darker than movies from directors like Wilder or even Hitchcock? Take Touch of Evil. A great movie, but it has many 'creepy' scenes in it. Other than the main characters the rest of them are very strange (off). Of course this is why I love the movie but it is complex material. Same with The Lady From Shanghi. The diaglog is complex and the movie exotic with the story not being that easy to follow. Not your typical Rita type of picture by far. Take The Trial etc.... Note that I said I enjoy Welles movies but I wasn't commenting on my taste. My view here is based on infomal information like the list of favorite movies at TCM and other discussion I have seen where some believe Welles is overrated (I would say misunderstood). Of course maybe I'm wrong and if there was a poll of most favorite director (not best or most artistic), Welles would be in the top 5. Maybe I should of made it clear that I would welcome Welles being given an entire day (at least!). That wasn't the point of my post. I still believe that because Welles was complex his movies are often just not as popular as those from more conventional directors or plots.
  20. With regards to Welles, the question isn't his ablity when compared to other directors but how enjoyable his movies are to the 'average' classic movie fan when compared to someone like Wilder or Hitchcock. This debate was discussed in around about ways in the Citzen Kane vs. Casablanca thread a while back. The average classic movie fan would rather watch Casablanca before Kane. The best American movie ever doesn't mean it is the one people want to watch the most. Many of Welles movies are moody and dark. I would hope most people could agree that Wilder movies, overall, are just more entertaining. I'm a major fan of Welles but he is like complex be-bob jazz music. To get the full enjoyment (i.e. to milk the complex) I have to THINK and engage my brain. This isn't something I typically wish to do while I'm making dinner! Edited by: jamesjazzguitar on Aug 3, 2010 8:02 PM
  21. I agree with you 100% that The Women is essential to Norma's career. The open question is should the movies shown on a day like SUTS be those that are essential even if some of these movies are shown often or have been shown recently OR is it better to show non-essential movies that are rarely shown? I'm stuck on the fence on this one and being the program director is a no-win job.
  22. Yes, Waterloo Station is one of the Kinks' best songs. As rock bands go the Kinks are my second favorite (Beatles being first).
  23. With regards to the diner scene, I assumed that detective was out there at that time of night morning because he was assigned to find Vincent Perry. In other words he was there to observe people in all night places like the diner. Thus anyone that didn't 'fit in' and had a general appearance like Perry he should ask them questions. I assume this because otherwise the dick was too nosey to be asking questions like that to someone so well dressed and why would he be hanging out in the joint at that time unless he was part of the manhunt for Perry (and it was a major manhunt since the movie made a point about before). Moorehead just fell? Yea, is someways that is more logical than her killing herself but it also is a one in a million type of fall. If those windows were so weak the buliding would of been condemed since Moorehead wouldn't of been the first to die that way!
  24. For me Johnny Guitar took a while for it to grow on me. I didn't like it all that much the first time I saw it (and found myself changing the chanel), but I watched the entire movie again and now I like it. It is a rather strange movie but I really like how Hayden played his part. The fight between the gals is over the top but it ends up working.
  25. So did Moorehead's character kill herself at the end or not? If she did, why? As I posted below the end makes no sense. Yes, the sense you mention, which includes Bennett also, if one of the best in the movie. Moorehead keeps saying how she will call Bacall and Bacall keeps saying she will be busy,,, until Bennett tells Bacall to hit her with something and maybe then Moorehead will undestand! Classic.
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