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Everything posted by jamesjazzguitar

  1. Warners is my favotite studio by far. Many of my favorite males stars were Warner contract players (Bogie, Cagney, E.G. Robinson), as well as my two favotite female stars (Davis and DeHavilland but some of her best work wasn't with Warner) as well as Ann and Ida. I just loved the grit, face paced action and style of Warner movies during the 30's and 40's. Of course on the other end of the spectrum is MGM. I'm really not much of an MGM guy but of course I do enjoy many of their movies (some great comedies and of course they had Powell Loy and Tracy Hepburn), but overall I'll take grit over class and glamour. RKO would also be a studio that had a style that fits my taste more.
  2. Well if a movie is going to have cars that crash, burn or get driven over hills it might as well be an Edsels!
  3. It is great that Mundel Lowe is still performing. I went to his 70th birthday party a few years back and it was great. I have seen him many times over the last 30 years. He is such a nice down to earth guy as well as a great jazz guitar player. I'll have to check out these Eagle Rock concerts. Now I live in the OC but about 2 months ago I found out I had 3 'new' brothers and a sister (long story but dad got around!), and they live in that area. So I'll contact them and see if they wish to join me. I can kill two birds so to speak since we are just 'learning' how to build a relationship after not knowning the other even existed after 30 years!
  4. Someday My Prince Will Come is very popular but since it is a Disney song many of us jazz 'cats' don't feel it is a hip tune i.e. it is somewhat corny. The Coltrane version of My Favorite Things is known as one of the his biggest recordings and always rated very high in jazz ratio station polls. So while My Favorite Things wouldn't be considered hip either after Coltrane did it, it became the standard waltz tune many jazz players would play.
  5. There is nothing like watching a movie in a theater. Now I didn't watch them where they were released (hey, I'm only in my 40s!), but since I live near Hollywood there were (about 20 years ago), at least 2 - 3 rival theaters that would show the classic movies. So I was able to see movies like Casablanca, The Big Sleep, and many of classic movies on the big screen. Nothing like sitting near the front and seeing Bogie 20 feel tall! Also, while the theater wouldn't be pack, it would have about 30 or so people and it is fun to watch a movie with others to see how everyone reacts to different parts of a film.
  6. This is a great question. I'm 'middle aged' (late 40s), so I didn't grow up with these movies. When I was around 22 I had to move back in with mom and her new boyfriend. He liked Bogie a lot and since he controled the remote and I didn't have any money to go out I watched what my mom and him watched. I saw the classic Bogie films and the Maltese Falcon and the Big Sleep really had an impact on me. So when I moved out I found out more about these movies. Around the same time I changed from a rock guitar to a jazz player (since rock blues was too simple to play), and learned that many of the jazz standards my teacher told me to learn came from classic movies plays. From there I just started watching more and more classic movies on local TV stations mostly, often late at night since this was before cable and TCM. I also taped movies that were shown during the day while I was working. Since I live near Hollywood I went there to Larry Edmunds Cinema Bookshop and started to collect books, posters, original promo stills etc...
  7. I felt some sympathy for the guy since he wasn't bad at heart (the script made this very clear from his childhood and in scenes after that), but the gal was bad from the start (e.g. the hint that she had killed a man prior to even meeting him). So while he was 'gun crazy' she was 'kill crazy'. Of course he was weak to allow a femme fatale to influence his behavior. Only a very weak man allows sex to drive his behavior (hey that is over half of the male population ha ha!).
  8. Well Take 5 is actually in 68 time but it does still have that waltz feel. I would say the most famous 34 time tune performed as a jazz standard would be My Favorite Things and then West Coast Blues by Wes, but Bluesette is also a great one. Also check out Afro Blue by Coltrane. I love to play songs in 34 time since one can make them have that combination of a waltz feel and swing at the same time.
  9. Gidget is also my favorite beach party movie. It has a cute story, some very good actors, like Cliff Robertson, and while it of course has it silly movements it also has a good story about growning up (the balance between not being a corporate sell out but also not being a leach and a bumb). Plus Gidget is sooo cute. (and cute is the right word since she isn't a overstuffed (in many ways), bombshell but just darn cute).
  10. Mingus is indeed a jazz great. Did you know that in his early years he had to become a mail man in order to pay the bills? Red Norvo had to get him to quick so he could become part of the Red Norvo Trio with Tal Farlow around 1955. This is one of the greatest trios in my opinion (the best without a piano by far). Mingus wasn't only a great bass player but also very good composer. I play a few of his songs like Pork Pie Hat. His songs have some funk in them which was unique for the times (like Horrace Silver).
  11. Judy sings to a picture of Clark in, I believe, one of the Andy Hardy movies.
  12. As soon as I saw who posted it I knew what the answer would be without any clues. Garbo.
  13. Could it be that These Three was better than The Children's Hours because instead of dancing around a taboo topic it just change the topic? (in These Three the so called subversive behavior was that the man was having sex with both women). Why remake the story if there was still the need to dance around it? Why not just wait, say another 5 years, so the story could be done openly?
  14. Well of course and I wasn't talking about the 50s. My point was that the movie was made in the 21st century and thus it shouldn't of been something that shocked people. i.e. the story was completely dated to someone like me, who grew up in Southern California where one can be openly gay without it being a shock to most people.
  15. I had to look that one up in the TCM database. One reviewier defined it as 'Somewhat reminiscent of "Gaslight", British film noir, and excellently done'. I have to check it out if TCM ever shows it.
  16. Since you mention Brokeback Mountain I'm going to comment on it. To me the sad thing about that movie and how the media and so many in the public felt the movie was controversial. The movie was NOT something that should of surprised anyone in this day and age. In fact the movie protrayed gays in a very negative light in my view (e.g. they lived a lie, they cheat on people (their wifes) they say they love and care about, and they act all mixed up about who they are which is a hetro stereotype of gays. Yea, Rock got married as a gay man but that is so 1950s! Thus the entire story of Brokeback Mountain was a throwback story and the fact that this was 'new' or even a little taboo to so many people in this day and age just shows how far society had NOT gone. To me it was no more ahead of its time than teen movies of the 60s. Which, here is a shocker, had the nerve to imply young women enjoy and have sex!
  17. Well in the book Film Noir by Silver Ward she is only listed in Angel Face. Of course what is a noir is somewhat gray. What other noir movies did Simmons make?
  18. In Beat The Devil the focus of the movie is more around the actions of Jennifer Jones than anyone else. She is key to most of the plot lines (e.g. her lies are what get her husband and Bogie in hot water). I still don't agree at all with your POV with regards to what would make a director sexist. I'm not saying Huston wasn't (I assume like most men of the era he was sexist if judged by today's standards), but the example of Beat the Devil isn't a good one and either is the point about having to make every movie that shows the POV of the other sex, even when it would be forced and illogical. PS: Everyone's work is slanted. They are human beings.
  19. Yes, I go to Twin Lakes and Bridgeport every year to fish (the place where Out of The Past is set), and thus I go to Lone Pine a lot. I have hiked in those hills and it looks about the same as it did when Gunga Din was made. If one goes in April (i.e. before it gets too hot), it is great with the interesting rocks in the foothills and the largest mountain range in the continential USA in the background. I stop and eat at this place in Lone Pine that has a bunch of signed pictures by the stars who made movies there. It is neat.
  20. I'm not going to critize Huston for his focus on male bonding and 'manly' issues in many of his movies, anymore than I would Cukor for his focus on women issues in his movies. As we all know Cukor was great with actresses (e.g. He directed many of the women only scenes in Gone With The Wind). What do you find sexist about a movie like The African Queen? Both leads where 'backwards' when it comes to love and the Kate character was indeed a strong women and when Bogie wanted to fight the germans alone, Kate insisted she come along. That doesn't sound sexist to me.
  21. I'm a member so thanks for the tip. I'll have to check that out. Nothing like seeing a movie in that type of forum.
  22. I'm not saying that a good screen writer or director cannot successfully include the other gender in a plot that centers around one gender, but that often this gender mixing is forced on those artists by studio heads not in the interest of making a better picture but only to ensure a better box office. Most of the time this cheapens the work.
  23. Man you are a hoot! Love how you placed Paulette Goddard (right?), in with Bogie and Holt. Thanks for the info. Of course I have seen 3 on a Match since Bette and Bogie are some of my favorite. Very good short movie and Ann Dvorak (underrated) and Joan Blondell also shine.
  24. Wow, great point! Since today we buy a ticket for a single show (when did that become the norm??), I didn't think about how the pairing of movies and the entire concept of 'A' and 'B' pictures, had such an impact to the movie experience, but of course it did. Do you know who decided the movie pairings? Was it the theaters or did the studios have a hand in it? e.g. would a theater show 2 movies from different studios (of course after the law that prevented studios from owning theaters)? Man, now you got me thinking about something I never considered before.
  25. The new show, Hot In Cleveland is basiscally a remake of Golden Girls with gals in their late 40s and 50s and one very old gal (the great Bette White). TV shows take awhile to develop their characters and by the time they do we are so into the actors playing them that remakes don't cut it. Get Smart is one of my favorite comedies and it was remade but I didn't care for it at all. It is best to do a movie while most of the originial stars are still around; e.g. Sex In The City movies are big box office.
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