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Everything posted by ennisdelmar2

  1. I gave up long ago trying to figure out what goes on in the minds of the Academy voters (both past and present). I have figured one thing though. There are 5 nominees for Best Actor ,Best Actress, etc. Just say there are 100 voters. That means, theoretically, that three of the nominees could each receive 20 votes. One nominee could receive 19, and the fifth one would WIN the award with 21 votes. So the winner gets the Oscar even though 79 out of 100 voters voted for someone ELSE. It would be very interesting to see the actual vote counts over the years. Whenever I shake my head and have that
  2. I don't recall the exact movies that were playing, but I do remember the old downtown movie theatres I used to go to when I was a kid and teenager. Old brick buildings with narrow aisles and just enough room for one screen. My fondness for them really has nothing to do with the actual movie experience (small screens, not very good sound, the ubiquitous gum under the seats:). I remember them with a smile because they were NOT multi-plexes with three screens showing the latest THOR movies. They were not massive arenas with game rooms and 500 people all going in different directions to different
  3. For all of the "they don't make 'em like they used to" crowd: a really good , old fashioned , kinda movie: " Water For Elephants" ...wow, what a really good , moving movie. also, have you checked out the "Twilight" movies? very good , escapist fun and Kristen Stewart is just about the finest interpretation of "teenage" I have ever seen and, oh, by the way , yeah, Edward is HOT.....
  4. Fred, I agree. Many people forget it's a PERFORMANCE. Gloria Swanson wasn't over the top. Norma Desmond was. I agree it took guts to go all out the way Swanson did. It's just too bad there weren't more great roles like that for the great stars of the 20's and 30's who were entering (or were already in) middle age around 1950.
  5. Henry Fonda in "Once Upon A Time in the West" Deborah Kerr in "From Here To Eternity"
  6. I just recently saw Daisy Kenyon for the first time a few weeks ago when it ran on TCM. I'll admit I'm coming late to the Joan Crawford fan club, but , for what it is, the movie has its appeal. Crawford is classic late 40's Crawford; perilously close to the parodies of herself that Carol Burnett, et.al. would mine decades later. I agree Fonda looks completely out of place, and it doesn't help that his character is barely a cardboard cut-out. I am a fan of Dana Andrews so at least I enjoyed watching him. In the opening scenes with Crawford in her apartment working, I had hopes for an interestin
  7. I had made a post some time ago about distinguishing an actor's PERFORMANCES from their off-screen life. You touch on a lot of this. Some people cannot seem to separate the two. I had taken this thread to mean performers whose WORK irritates me. I don't give a rat's a** what an actor's politics or bedroom antics are or are not. If I respond to the performances, that's fine with me. Granted, it's not always easy. I don't particularly LIKE knowing everything I know about an actor, but I can't let it stop me from enjoying the movies. (Btw, I've always had a love/hate relationship with Katharine
  8. Nice post!. You've captured a lot of the feelings I've had about TCM over the years. Thanks.
  9. Thank God that we all don't find the same thing attractive. Isn't that what makes life interesting? When two people fall for each other, it hardly matters that other people may not "get it". What matters is that the attraction is real. I've heard sexual (physical) attraction compared with humor. I think it's a good comparison. What I find funny is totally subjective. You can't convince someone something is funny if they don't think it is. Friends and acquaintances can try all they like, I am never going to find Chevy Chase funny. Likewise, I have friends who think Tom Cruise is hot. Sorry, n
  10. I have to admit I didn't even know who Tyrone Power was until about 10 years ago. I had heard of him, but had not seen any of his movies. (once again) thanks to TCM and , back in the day, AMC, I discovered what a great star he was. Now, for me, he represents the absolute essence of the term 'classic movie star'. When I think of him now I just smile.
  11. "Rear Window" (1954) and it is very cool to see so many younger people have discovered the classic,old movies. There is hope..LOL
  12. Great post. As I was reading it, I was wondering how long it would take until somebody put a negative spin on it..WOW. I didn't have to wait long. TCM IS a great network. Some people will find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and complain it's on the wrong side. After being a TCM fan for years, it is still my go-to channel when I watch TV. Robert Osborne, Ben M., Alec B are all interesting and informative. Glad to see some people can just sit back and enjoy.
  13. well, from news reports I've been reading, we only need to find an actor who can hide behind a woman. So, maybe the question should be, Who to portray woman that Bin laden is hiding behind? In that case, DEFINITELY Robin Williams.
  14. As someone who was too young to really know what was going on in the world in the early 60's, I have a question. Was the innocence depicted in so many of these movies real or just Hollywood's sanitized version of reality? I can sure see a difference in the movies from early to late 60's, but how much of it was the world actually changing, or Hollywood finally showing reality? I mean, I find it hard to believe that everything was all pure and innocent in 1959 (Pillow Talk year) and then, all hell done broke loose by 1969 (Midnight Cowboy year). Any comments?
  15. I agree with Misswonderly. I love the accents; even when they're bad. (come on, sometimes a bad accent is the most enjoyable thing about some movies). I was just a kid when I saw Mary Poppins so I didn't know if Van Dyke was speaking proper Cockney (there's a twist) or not. I thought he was fun.
  16. Having read pages and pages of replies to this question, I've come to the conclusion that the overwhelming answer for most people is Wayne. But what I find interesting is that so many of the Wayne supporters have to add some little comment along the lines of "not even a contest" or " this isn't even close" or something to that effect. Ok, guys, you win. ......by the way, I still stand by my original answer. Clint Eastwood.
  17. I'm probably not gonna be too popular here, but, what's the big deal? Baldwin is just voicing his opinion. I like Natalie Wood, but I sure never thought of her as a particularly great actor. And, I am not an elitist critic, just a movie fan. I don't want the TCM hosts to be 'yes men', people who always rave about every perfomer. I am as interested in hearing why someone dislikes an actor as much as why someone DOES like an actor.
  18. I think Hepburn was a greater 'star' in the old movie sense. I remember seeing "The Philadelphia Story" and "Holiday" at a revival house theater years ago and you really could feel the star presence of Hepburn. Streep is far more versatile, but,like so many modern era actors, she gets so far into her character that there is almost a disconnect between her and the rest of the movie. (and the audience). Still, even after almost 30 years, I will never forget her performance in "Sophie's Choice".
  19. I think this discussion is very interesting. We have dozens of young Hollywood "stars" who all look manufactured and pre-fabricated. They all come out with the same nose, the same lips, the same breasts and I can't even tell most of em apart. Now, I am not a big Sarah Jessica Parker fan. I can take her in very small doses. But, thank God, she doesn't look like everybody else. I'm glad she said no to the advice to change her looks. (Don't forget what happened to Jennifer Grey. Great, now she's a 'traditionally' attractive woman, but , damn If I can pick her out in a crowd). I for one am very g
  20. how cool to see all the responses to this thread. I too grew up "watching" him on Bullwinkle & Friends and was pleasantly surprised to find , years later, that he was actually a movie actor from way back. And, I, too, had totally forgot about the F Troop appearances. What nice memories.
  21. LOL... I thought the same thing.. That's quite a 'dislike' list for someone in a classic movies website. Just goes to show ya. There really is a WIDE variety of tastes in here. As for the list, some of my favorite performers ever are on it. Jack Lemmon, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe? wow
  22. great thread. lots of fascinating info. I, too, have always loved Fred/Ginger movies. I remember years ago when I was a kid, one of the local Chicago TV stations would show about 4 or 5 of their movies every year on New Year's Eve. It's when I first discovered them. They were just so ..I guess the word is charming. And funny. I never realized what great comedies they were also. As was mentioned by an earlier poster, I too love Ginger the wise-cracking comedienne. Didn't care for her so much in drama. Fred was basically Fred Astaire in everything he did. But, heck, when you can dance like that,
  23. I completely agree. To me, there is absolutely no comparison between Taylor and Jolie. To me, Jolie is all packaged, synthetic HYPE. You can't manufacture what Taylor had. It was inate. She was born with it. Beauty, talent and the one thing sorely lacking in most of today's "stars" : CLASS
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