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  1. I think my favorite is the Winona Ryder version. I hadn't really cared for her much, but this is the performance that won me over. She hits the right chord I think and doesn't come off nearly as butch or "tomboyish" as Hepburn. I have to admit I'm not an Allyson fan and her Jo comes off as almost a parody of 'spunky' tomboy 'acting'.
  2. Hey, I'm not meaning to "run down" anybody. I was just answering a simple question, "was chaplin funny?". and, No, I don't think he was. Regarding Astro's comment, I think there is a lot of truth to it. I don't happen to find any of the so-called classic silent-era comics very funny. Maybe it's a generational thing, but I don't think so. I don't think most of the people my contemporaries find funny to be too funny either.
  3. Glad to see someone agrees with me regarding Garland's talent as an actress. I really believe she was a really good actress. She never got the recognition for it she deserved.
  4. imho : Streisand is a lot of fun to watch for the first hour or so of FUNNY GIRL, then the whole damn thing becomes a soap opera (and a bad one at that) Hepburn is compellingly watchable (as is the whole movie) in LION. It's too bad Hepburn won the year before for GUESS WHO'S.....? She really didn't deserve it that year. Might have made it easier for her to win alone in '68.
  5. and a trip to the Governor's mansion as well?
  6. In no particular order: Best: THE GODFATHER II ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT CASABLANCA REBECCA THE LOST WEEKEND THE GODFATHER FROM HERE TO ETERNITY THE APARTMENT WEST SIDE STORY THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and the worst: MRS. MINIVER THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH MARTY THE SOUND OF MUSIC KRAMER VS. KRAMER ORDINARY PEOPLE CRASH RAIN MAN NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
  7. I can definitely see both sides of this issue. But to randomly discount any movie made after 1970 (for example) as being ineligible to be considered a classic is as silly as automatically assuming that every movie made in the 30's and 40's IS a classic. Have you seen some of the crap they made back then?? Granted, when I turn on TCM I do not want to watch Chevy Chase (again, for example), but do I really need to told that every damn Deanna Durbin movie ever made deserves to be called a CLASSIC? Gimme a break. Classics, as has been said, come from every era, every genre. But I do not want Life
  8. very interesting thread. Love your original post JG. Just a few random thoughts on it all: totally agree about the last third of ALL ABOUT EVE. and the ending is a JOKE Sunset Boulevard still seems modern today, (I think it's a Wilder thing) I could never get into "Marty" and Ernest Borgnine reached his peak in From Here To Eternity I love Grace Kelly, but "Country Girl"?? really? Charlton Heston had nice pecs in 1959. End of story. "Greatest Show On Earth" : biggest joke in Oscar history Bogart was good, but Brando in "Streetcar" made movie history .....and it's unanimous....
  9. Just my personal opinion, but the best of all ('funny version", I guess) still has to be the great Keenan Wynn in "The Clock". Unforgettable.
  10. Great thread. Always fun to read about other people's personal favorites. Personal Meaning: Shakespeare In Love deserves wider audience: Gods and Monsters Pure Escape: The Philadelphia Story Favorite Performer in Role: It's A Wonderful Life Fave Director Movie: Rear Window
  11. I had a very similar reaction. I had heard the name before, but didn't know much about her. She was the best thing in the movie. I , too, read up on her and , yes, it was a sad life.
  12. always loved this movie. One of the few actually that I really liked Hepburn in. I love the scene on the stairs when she is explaining how something HAS to happen...how desperate she is to get out .... she makes me really feel her character as she rarely did (Alice Adams is another one) . Grant was cementing the "Cary Grant" character here; his athleticism and wit and good looks were all part of the package; as for Doris Nolan, who can say why any of us fall for the people we fall for? I always figured something awfully exciting must have been going on over that winter holiday ....
  13. so many great responses. I certainly agree with both Davis and Swanson from 1950. (maybe a tie?).. I also would have the following on my list: Jack Nicholson (Chinatown) 1974 Olivia deHavilland (Snake Pit) 1948 Joan Fontaine (Rebecca) 1940 Marlon Brando (Streetcar Named Desire) 1951 Bette Davis (Dark Victory) 1939 Cicely Tyson (Sounder) 1972 Susan Sarandon (Bull Durham) 1988 Kevin Costner (Bull Durham) 1988 Barbara Stanwyck (anything and everything) 1937-1948
  14. On a side note, Gavin was certainly one of the hottest, sexiest guys in the movies there for awhile. His early scenes with Janet Leigh in PSYCHO still get me going. lol
  15. I've always really like Michael Caine, but I recently (finally) watched 2002's THE QUIET AMERICAN and was completely blown away by Caine's performance. What an extraordinary piece of movie acting. So much so, I just had to make a comment. Thanks.
  16. brings up an interesting observation. Bette Davis was 42 when she played Margo (the character herself just turned the big 4-0)...that's the same age as Julia Roberts, Naomi Watts and Mira Sorvino, to name a few, are now. The Channing character spends the whole movie bemoaning her old age and lost youth/beauty, etc. The whole thing is unimaginable with so many modern actresses. So, what has changed? movie stars? society? our view of aging? Interesting.
  17. As Blanche DuBois once said, "I don't want realism. I want magic!"
  18. Its funny. Years ago when I was first getting into old, classic movies , I started to notice how many of my favorite films were from this studio called RKO. Unlike Warners, MGM, 20th and Paramount, I had never even remembered hearing of it. The studio may never have had the 'prestige' or fame of some of its competitors, but, boy , it sure put out some great movies.
  19. interesting.... Is the documentary Memphis Belle ever shown on TCM or any other network?
  20. among others : Margo Channing (Bette Davis) Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) Stanley Kowalski (Brando) and, I agree, the best example, The King (Yul Brynner).. I remember seeing Yul Brynner on stage in Chicago in the late 70's in a production of The King and I.....God, the guy still had the magic.
  21. Just my two cents worth. What a really likable, great character actor Carson was. I, too, remember early on, thinking 'who the heck is this guy?' 'He's in every other movie on TCM!" But, I have come to learn more about him and really like him and respect him . It is too bad that he died so young (52). Yesterday would have been his 100th birthday.
  22. another fun thread.....but, like somebody already said, this is only my list for 'today' : 20s: Passion of Joan of Arc 30s Holiday 40s Best Years of Our Lives 50s Rear Window 60s To Kill A Mockingbird 70s The Godfather II 80s Local Hero 90s Unforgiven 00s Brokeback Mountain
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