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  1. Hm. It was my impression that Granger tried to emulate the spirit of Coleman's performance, abandoning his ruggedness/virility ?a la King Solomon's MInes, for a (for him) more refined, sophisticated portrayal. And which is why I don't care for him in this movie so much as in others.
  2. >SansFin said: >It is sad to say that is not practical. There is no 'color or black and white' setting. One must reset the color to the lowest setting and the picture is washed out very much but it is still tinged with color. If one does that and then adjusts the saturation to the lowest level then it is black and white but it is true black and white with no shades of gray. How right you are. I just tried it and it didn't work. And taking the risk for you, I fiddled around with the different settings and couldn't get anything to work. Then I thought about the cable box. I have a
  3. Well, if you really don't want to pay to see it, you can always wait until it come around again on TCM. But don't hold your breath, the last time it was on was just over three years ago.
  4. Wouldn't you know the only movie I'm not likely to see is the one where the monster doesn't die. And it's TWO monsters!
  5. Unbeknownst to me, I live in a corner of the universe where OBC is unavailable. So, not only has the chance to remove the one lifelong thorn in my psyche passed me by, I was not even aware of the opportunity I missed. Now I feel all bad. (And no, I am not going to drive up to Los Angeles at midnight on a Saturday night to see it. You can't even get me up there during the day.) Let me know how it turns out. Here's a guess: the monster dies. I wonder if there's a movie where the monster wins?
  6. Yes, yes. But be generous. You might be just as confused if you woke up 100 million years after you were supposed to be extinct. The image in my mind is of a long neck and the small, light figure sliding to the rear of the mouth. But it is the dim memory of a small child seen on the screen of a Black and White TV with rabbit ear antennas in the days of broadcast analog signals. If Gorgo turns up anywhere, I will take the opportunity of watching it.
  7. Maybe. . .I'd have to see the movie. Judging from the poster on imdb (French!: Du Jamais Vu!) it's a fire-breathing Godzilla-like monster. The one I remember is more like the actual Apatosaur. But maybe it's my memory that's monstrous.
  8. I do not much like the remake, but because Jane Greer was in it, I recorded it, as I do all her movies. Something has always nagged me as I watched it in the past (not all the way through, but different parts), and I discovered what it was. James Mason should have played Michael, not Rupert. He lacks the light, careless touch needed for the amoral blacksheep opportunist that Rupert is, and has the drawling, polished exterior, with the undercurrent of danger required for MIchael. Imagining him like that, he would have given Raymond Massey a run for his money. For Rupert? Gilbert Roland?
  9. Thanks for the trouble you went to, but those were two of the movies shown last night, and ones I had high hopes for, especially The Giant Behemoth, as it was from England, and I associate the croft with a heathy context.
  10. Yes, this is the distressingly common portrayal of women in all movies of this period. It occurs in these kinds of movies, too. Frankly, it bores me. And it's one reason why I don't watch them more than once, if at all. But there is this theme which runs through these films of accomplished, competent women, who are more than the pretext for heroics on the part of the male lead, and who don't degenerate into squeally hysterics, or any of the other tired, obsolete, outdated, overused, outworn, tiring, stereotypes. So what is the connection between Miracle and Them?
  11. I am done trying to insert quotes into my replies. If someone can't figure out what I am referring to, I'll have to live with that. As for the 20K beast, I would have had no trouble keeping up a constant patter of comments á la MST3K while the film was playing. In fact, I did.
  12. Re: RayFaiola That show was for crummy movies. BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS is an outstanding film for its genre. As was THIS ISLAND EARTH, which MST3K DID pillory in its theatrical feature. Feh. {font:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif} It may have been outstanding for its genre, but I would have had no trouble keeping up a constant patter of comments on the film á la MST3K while it was running. In fact, I did. {font}
  13. <{font:arial, helvetica, sans-serif}Your best bet is to do a search all forums for the particular subject (movie title, actor, etc). There is not much discipline on these boards, many posters only use the top main message boards. It may have been outstanding for its genre, but I could have easily kept up a constant patter of comments á la MST3K while it was showing. In fact, I did. {font}
  14. >That show was for crummy movies. BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS is an outstanding film for its genre. As was THIS ISLAND EARTH, which MST3K DID pillory in its theatrical feature. Feh. It may have been outstanding for its genre, but I would have had no trouble keeping up a constant patter of comments on the film á la MST3K while it was running. In fact, I did. Edited by: slaytonf on Jun 24, 2011 9:53 PM Edited by: slaytonf on Jun 24, 2011 9:55 PM
  15. None of the movies tonight was the one from the murk of my past. I only remember one scene. The monster, a brontosaur-like, or is it now apatosaur, or brachiosaur? Anyway. It comes upon an isolated croft in a wild and storm-wracked landscape, perhaps by the sea; in it living a solitary old woman. It snatches her out of it and swallows her, whole. The only image I have is of her sliding into the creatures gullet. Ah well, I suppose I will have to reconcile myself to living with this mystery, and move on.
  16. Did Mystery Science Theater 3000 ever do Beast From 20,000 Fathoms? Seems like perfect fodder for it/
  17. There are two things which are disagreeable to me when I encounter them. One is uncritical approval, the other is setting up straw men. All About Eve is a great film. That does not mean it has no flaws. Films can have flaws, even major ones, and still be great. On the other hand, the inappropriate claims of others should not be used to discredit a film, or affect one's appreciation of it. Neither should a film be criticized for not having what it should not have. This is a film about the interplay of people's personalities. The drama and energy is in the writing and performances. The
  18. The one about a gun is called "The Gun." It's a TV movie. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071590/
  19. I find it interesting that people consider as far-fetched in movies that which happens not infrequently in real life. The thing about big egos is that they are vulnerable to flattery--after all, they are only hearing opinions that they consider natural for the entirety of humanity to have. And there is nothing shrinking about the egos of the people in this movie. In any case, what I like about the movie is the acting, the performances polished and refined to tolerances within one ten-thousanth of an inch.
  20. The Story of Three Loves is pretty much a dog-so much so even Leslie Caron isn't able to lend it any charm-save for the shining presence of Moira Shearer, who manages to communicate beauty and ecstasy, in spite of all the superfluous embellishments Mr. Minnelli dresses up the segment with.
  21. That was clearly his best role. It is both wonderful and painful to watch him in it. Wonderful because of his commanding performance. Painful thinking of all the performances we don't have of him because he was black. Lena Horne doesn't represent the only collection of lost opportunities due to the idiocy of racism. I like to imagine Shanghai Express with Anna May Wong and Marlene Dietrich playing each others roles.
  22. I will watch and record for my library any movie with Juano Hernandez. Any movie. Even Rachel Cade.
  23. With regard to Shirley MacLaine, she also starred in What a Way to Go, which chronicled her character's marriages, wherein her husbands all achieved spectacular success, and all ended in disaster and death. Naturally, it was a comedy. Edited by: slaytonf on Jun 16, 2011 9:47 PM
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