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Everything posted by jamesjazzguitar

  1. Didn't plan on watching this movie but since I got of work early I saw it. I really liked it and Lucy was very good. I was impressed. I keep thinking to myself; hey this is the biggest female comedy star of her generation (i.e. post Lombard, Authur), but she can really act. Also she looked wonderfull. Of course there were a lot of references to her red hair which doesn't show up in BW but still she was pleasing to the eyes. Aways love Sanders and the entire cast was first rate. Glad I saw this movie. As for Garbo; I do believe her range was limited. Yes, this could of been because of how MGM cast her but she was a star and could of demanded other type of roles.
  2. Barbara Stanwyck is one of my favorites. She was great in many different roles; drama, noir, comedies,,, She could do it all. I'll have to check out this new book but I assume it really doesn't have anything 'new' to tell.
  3. I tend to agree with you that most of those that complain are way over the top, but times do change and thus there is a legit concern that things at TCM might change 'too much'. For example, as a Jazz fan here in So Cal I love the local, non profit, commercial free station we have but it has changed. First they added blues on the weekend. Than latin jazz, than more softer jazz, etc.... Hey, it still is mostly classic jazz and some of this other jazz is good music but they did change to try to increase their member base. But there is no need for the type of sky is falling nonsense we see too often here.
  4. Can we at least agree that many of her currrent followers are followers only because they are trying to use her name and legacy to push a political agenda? Again, I have most of her books and enjoyed them but the only reason we are even discussing her is because some have decided to make her political and thus use her to promote their political objectives.
  5. Having read the book Cooper makes a good Roark and I enjoy the movie a lot. As for Rand's point of view I agree with you that it is not very usefuf with regards to 'practical solutions for society's problems', just like Marx's POV isn't. I have read most of her books and found them interesting. I don't bash Rand but I do admit I bash (oh but with love), those I have meet since she became 'hot' again that try to use her POV as a 'practical solution for society's problems'. i.e. using Rand to justify a specific policial policy or viewpoint.
  6. Well in the original verison of The Women there is that fight between the Russell character and the Goddard character. If that is gentility, manners and lady like behaviour I would like to see the two of them in a ring filled with mud! There is also the ladies lunch where Russell character is down right nasty to Shearer's older friend. But yea, Shearer acts with class and to me that is key to the movie. As a man to me it showed what the husband was giving up and of course getting with Crawford in return. Not a good 'exchange' in my book especially since his child would be exposed to Crawford.
  7. My informal polling on Julie Roberts is that women 'like her' way more than men do. Mags like Maxim rate her very low just like Sarah Jessica Parker (who was rated the lowest star viewed as being 'hot' by the media that men clearly say is not). As for Roberts I feel she does good acting and to me she is a likely character, but she isn't no great beauty. Both women have a great sense of style but for many men that isn't of much interest.
  8. I enjoyed the movies but and while I'm a big fan of Dan Duryea, I did feel he was somewhat miscasted. He is very American to me and I don't see him as a tailor. I would want him measuring me!
  9. I tend to agree with you; I'm a big fan of Warners and their stars and then RKO, and then Paramount. MGM did some nice comedies (I love Powell Loy), but otherwise I like the grit of a Warner picture way more than the MGM glamor. Funny you mention Harlow because I'm not really much of a fan of hers. Now I'm more of a fan since I saw all of the movies TCM showed this March. To me Harlow didn't fit MGM; i.e. I would of liked to see her in a Warner movie with say someone like Bogie or Cagney (yea she did do Public Enemy with him but she was still in the learning mode then). But her movies with Gable were good (i.e. they made a good team since their characters fit well together). Of call the MGM stars I like Joan Crawford. Joan was also a hard women and thus she added something to those MGM movies that they really needed in my view.
  10. I'm a big fan of Russell but I do find it stange you pick Picnic as a role she was really funny in. In that movies she is somewhat irriating. Now her performance in The Women is one of the funnies I have ever seen but I would of added His Girl Friday before Picnic.
  11. I'm a big fan of Russell but I do find it stange you pick Picnic as a role she was really funny in. In that movies she is somewhat irriating. Now her performance in The Women is one of the funnies I have ever seen but I would of added His Girl Friday before Picnic.
  12. My wife finds Shelly Winters irrating. I know a few others that do also. Now I like her because she is unique, but many of her characters are irriating. Take her role in Lolita. Now she does a great job of acting but that is one very irriating women. Don't you feel more sorry for the prevert Mason plays than the character Winter's plays in the movie? To have to have that women as one's wife just to be next to Lolita? This made it very clear the guy had a major obsession. Take her role in The Night of the Hunter. Very similar. So in many ways I would say Winters was irriating but in her case it is what I liked about her.
  13. Didn't you know Sean and Scarlet went to Hati. Sean has been there a lot the last year. His priorties must be all messed up right!
  14. Like you I'm picking 4 in each category since that is easier! You have a nice well rounded listing and I love all those movies. Note that many would say High Sierra is more noir than gangster but of course that would be splitting hairs! Mine would be: High Sierra White Heat Dead End Angels With Dirty Faces The Big Sleep Out of the Past His Kind of Women The Glass Key
  15. I asked someone else this and didn't get a reply; What films roles has Depp done that you really like; that you believe are really good action good work? Hey, I also like the guy and he has that element of bad boy charm but I admit I'm very disapointed with him when I look at this actual work. A few good roles but mostly camp movies. In the last 10 years I don't see any serious acting from the guy. Mostly just a disney camp actor.
  16. When since the studio system died around the time Taylor was 30 or so, so of course there was NO actress that was a studio system star like Taylor after that. In fact Taylor was barely one herself. Taylor is a transition star between the two eras (classic studio system Hollywood and director star driven movies we have today). I'm mostly a fan of the former which is why I'm not much of a fan of Taylor. Again, that says a lot more about the ways movies were done (and the era of the 60s especially), and not the talents of Taylor. i.e. if she was born in 1925 or so she might of been one of the great studio era stars.
  17. Not sure I'm following you here; are you saying an actor's political view impacts if you enjoy their acting? Hey I might have different political views than say John Wayne but I can still enjoy his movies and his good work (I feel he is somewhat overrated but he did do some very good work like in The Searchers, Red River, etc..). As for Powell, I'm glad you asked that question. I don't see how that guy could get under someone's skin. What does too much class irriate people? (and unlike Hepburn, Powell type of class doesn't come off like he is look down on others). Powell is #5 on my all time actor list.
  18. The dialog in this movies is great. In fact I cannot think of a movie with better dialog. So intelligent. There are some key scenes or sets that stand out. First there is the one in Margo's (Davis) dressing room at the start. Watch the reaction of all the actors when they are NOT speaking. Then there is a famous party scene. Monroe as a bit part. This is one of the best movies from the classic era. George Sanders really stands out but all the players do. They don't make them like this anymore (and they didn't make many like this during the classic period!).
  19. I don't like the movie very much. I assume Rogers won more because of the topic than the acting. To me an more enjoyable movie with a similar topic is To Each His Own done 6 years latter with DeHavilland. But hey I'm a DeHavilland nut so I'm biased!
  20. Not sure I understand your point that Kate had plenty of suitors. Did she have relationships with these suitors. (I mean more in the emotional sense). I really hope so because that is what an independent person would do instead of waiting for a phone call from a married person. Kate was indeed perfect for a role like "Baby" (Grant was miscasted). But I do agree with others that Kate took the same type of roles more than the other great actresses of her generation expect for someone like Garson as you noted. Take Stanwyck for example.
  21. Just for the record as far as movies they were in and their legacy on the sceen I love both Bette and Kate, but Bette is #1 in my book (Kate is #6). But I do question how indepedent Kate was. Can someone really claim to be independent when they waited around for a married man (Tracy) to come vist them when the guy could get away from his family committments? I really don't think so. I'm not saying a women has to be married and I'm not judging their affair from a moral POV but to me an indepedent women would of moved on. My understanding was that Tracy wasn't really a very nice man and I just don't see a women, that is known for being such an independent sprit putting up with that entire affair. In some ways Kate acted like a 15 year of school girl. Yes, she was independent in that she had a busy life and didn't need or want (so she claims but I'm not buying it), a great love. My gut tells me she was loney and this 'I don't need anyone' was more of her putting on airs.
  22. We have a lot of films in common in our top 10 and some like The Petrifed Forest that most people wouldn't put there (but Howard Davis Bogie, how can that NOT be one of the best!). I don't think I have ever seen a list as close to my as yours. Here is mine: Big Sleep Petrifed Forest Casablanca My Man Godfrey It's Love I'm After (Howard Davis Dehavilland) Only Angels Have Wings Captain Blood His Kind of Women Holiday Ball of Fire (have to have Babs and Coop!). My favorite actors are Howard, Bogie, Grant than Powell and Actresses are Davis, Dehvailland, Babs and Authur. Of course the list of movies is subject to change. I know I have a lot of comedies. Oh well I feel happy!
  23. Horton didn't appear to age. I also love him in those Fred and Ginger movies but I assumed he was 50 years old then. But I see him in movies 20 years latter and he still looks about the same. I don't know when he was born but I assume he was younger than he looked in those 30s movies and thus he held up well in those movies he did in the 60s.
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