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Everything posted by brianNH

  1. I think it was just jarring to have a whole week of Christmas movies, the reason for which is Christmas Day, and then on that very day suddenly switch gears to something "completely different" -- in Monty Python lingo. Say, you're at the Kentucky Derby watching the race, and then at the last furlong all the jockeys dismount and start playing baseball. Sure, baseball's fine in and of itself, but wouldn't we rather see the end of the race first? Then the jockeys can play ball to their hearts' content. On the very day of why we celebrate this whole season, the point of everything
  2. The Alastair Sim version just finished running on Movies! TV, and there's one thing that clinches it for me in its favor over the others. This, when all arguments for and against have sputtered out. It is the maid at the home of nephew Fred and his wife. She says not a single word, yet she has the sweet, expressive face of the kindest angel. And I think if I had been one of the guests at the Christmas party that day, I would have dropped to one knee and proposed marriage on the spot. Well, there it is. For me at least. And today I wish you all a most Merry Christmas, fill
  3. My favorite closer is Peter O'Toole as Lawrence of Arabia, blowing out the lit match. Hard to top that. I think this year's tribute is ok. It seems a bit more democratic in that each person receives about the same amount of time per remembrance, and I agree that it all does go by rather quickly. The one beef I have is probably because I'm just an old guy, but I really don't care for the songs and singers that are chosen for these tributes. Not my cup of tea is all. I know there are plenty of folks who really find them emotionally matched with what's on the screen.
  4. Urban legend, is it? Sorry about that, folks. I don't remember where I came across this or I would try to go back and see what's what. Anyway, thanks for the correction, EricJ. And, as Emily Litella would say, "Never mind."
  5. Yes, I agree with the original post. Alasatir Sim is Scrooge. There is really no other. Have to mention, though, that I remember watching the George C. Scott version when it first appeared on TV and try to see it whenever I can. It is pretty not too bad. And the Muppets manage to do the story some justice -- from back in the day when they took their art seriously. And just for the plain, sheer, silly fun if it -- Mr .Magoo does Dickens. It screws up the story pretty well; but it has songs by Jules Styne, who is no slouch. Incidentally, I came across a tidbit of informat
  6. Yeah, I remember "The Pruitts of Southampton." I guess I was about 9 years old when it was on, and I think I usually watched it -- until one day it didn't show up anymore! Boy, was I disappointed, as only a nine-year-old can be I suppose. Looking at the IMDB, there was a whole bunch of talented people that came and went with the show. Grady Sutton, Charles Lane, Billy deWolfe (also of "Good Morning World" fame) Richard Deacon, John Astin, Eleanor Audley, Elvia Allman. What a shame.
  7. O, Roger Corman, what hast thou now made That witches and gravediggers both applaud? 'Tis Billy Barty dwarfed by Hayes's shade, And Neumann's haggish features as Meg Maud.
  8. Hey, Toto! Glad to have you aboard the band wagon, where there's always room for one more! I've been talking up this movie for a couple of years now, especially with some of the regular attendees of our parish movie nights. I'll confess that as a Catholic I see this movie in a very particular way -- a way which had to develop over a couple of viewings. And I maintain that, while constantly reminding myself that it was written by Preston Sturges, it is at its heart one of the most spiritually enriching films of the season. It superabounds with imagery and symbols taken straight fro
  9. Oh, dear, no! This can't be. He was supposed to be with us forever.
  10. Just out of curiosity, Swithin, have you ever been in one of the photos that Sven shows during his "Thank you for all the cards and letters" segments? I have a suspicion that you are out traveling the country wearing Svengoolie tee-shirts, gear, and a big smile . I know we can always count you for a heads-up for the Svengoolie weekly movies and info tid-bits. Thanks for your intrepid appreciation of Koz's show. Brian
  11. Just couldn't wait til Christmas, couldn't'ya?
  12. The more I watch "It Happened on 5th Avenue," the more/Moore I like it! Simply a true Yuletide heart warmer. I can't believe I'd never seen it until just a couple of years ago, though there's undoubtedly some explanation for that. And, Filmnoirguy, I'll strongly second "Christmas in July" with Dick Powell. Fell in love with it the first time I saw it. (By the way, whenever my wife and I raise a glass to each other at dinner, one of us will say, "Bildocker," and the other will respond "Shellhammer!" -- the William Demarest character in a couple of Sturges movies and Maureen O'Hara's
  13. Thanks, Sewhite, for the information. I'm not surprised that this film would be the one to push Sturges over the creative control edge. It reads as a Sturges film, but on screen it doesn't look like one exactly. One of the extraordinary things about Preston Sturges was his ability to draw so vividly the characters that inhabit his often wacky universe. MacMurray and Stanwyck are no exception in "Remember the Night." The two of them come from such completely different backgrounds, and for a short time become intertwined with one another. On their journey, they first come to Stanwyck
  14. Thanks, Toto, for starting this thread. From the "classic" age of Hollywood I don't think there is a Christmas movie I won't watch. To tell you the truth, the first -- the very first -- movie I remember ever seeing in my life, more than 60 years ago, is that Mexican "Santa Claus" film with Santa having at it with Old Scratch himself. My mother and some of the other neighbors took all us kids on the block to a little run-down theater in Napoleon, Ohio to see it. And it stuck with me for nearly 6 decades! Now, more recently, I have come across "Remember the Night" with Fred MacMurr
  15. Mr. Gorman, I'll bet it was the Burger King chicken sandwich that was the red flag! Everybody knows that the profile of a '64 Falcon thief is an appetite for those sandwiches. (And boy! Did we learn that the hard way one night at Lakefront Park in Port Huron!) But I'm so glad that your record is clean enough to have been cleared for participation on this forum.
  16. OH, yeah! I remember this one. This is just flat out bizarre stuff. Clouds hanging out around the Alps causing people to disappear, right? The movie poster does its best to get you in to see it. After that, you're on your own.
  17. Boy, the joke's really on us, isn't it?! Here, I thought TCM was plotting to turn into the new AMC; but no, it's now Car Talk! Hey, this is great! I'm thoroughly enjoying this turn in the road. I've never been all that interested in automobiles, but in the last couple of years this retiree has "discovered" NASCAR, hot rods and drag racing, and the Mecum Auctions. Right now the Mecum Auto Auction is going on in Kansas City, and my wife and I turn it on to watch and have as background. It's really fascinating to hear all this new stuff about old cars. You want a "Then meets No
  18. Sure, you just gotta have color so you can see what Robinson's amateur masterpiece paintings really look like! Makes perfect sense -- unless he painted only in black and white. (Incidentally, when I was in college I knew an art student whose paintings were all in deep, dark earth tones. When it came time for his Master's exhibition, his parents were thrilled that the pictures had bright colors in them. Another friend of mine told me that, in order to finish enough work for the show, the artist had to lay off drugs for a while and therefore had extra cash to buy the brighter, more expe
  19. I agree, Tikisoo. I watched this when it was on and thought that this is what a documentary should be. Extremely well-done with fascinating bits of information scattered throughout. I've been quite put off lately with some of the contemporary documentaries and series that TCM has been running that seem to focus more on the filmmaker's journey through the subject. How many shots from a moving vehicle on a rainy and windswept coastal road do we have to look at before you get to the point? That's been my reaction, anyway; and many of you will see it differently, I'm sure. (The excepti
  20. My word! So this is what happens when people actually start thinking about what they've seen! And all from a pretty little movie with a red-head dancing all over the place on her tip-toes. Seriously, Slayton, this is a well-thought out and crafted response to add to the discussion so far. Simply amazing all the stuff one can draw from watching this movie. I think that it is in large part because it truly deals with universal and elemental themes of love, loyalty, aspiration, and despair. And I think you've nailed it with this very detailed look at what leads to the final scenes. I w
  21. Wonderful, MissWonderly! I really hadn't thought that much about the film until this discussion started me down a certain path of discovery. So this is all kind of off the cuff reactions to things. Where to draw the line between Greek tragedy and fairy tales? I think we can hold off for our next graduate seminar. I'm sure you know that all the babbling on my part wasn't meant to persuade you to like the movie! We all have all sorts of reasons -- as you stated -- for liking and not liking any particular movie. I still don't understand why my wife doesn't like the "Stooges!"
  22. Thanks, MissWonderly. We are dealing with fairy tales in "The Red Shoes." And fairy tales deal with elemental fears and emotions; that's why they are so frightening at times. In the real-life story of the movie the fates of the three characters are intertwined. And I think I'm going to have to push back a little on the idea that the men are demanding Vicky set aside her career for them, because I think the opposite is what is happening. Lermontov sees her as worthy of his creative, artistic power and demands from her all she has in order to fulfill that. And she goes along with it
  23. MissWonderly and Cineman: some thought-provoking comments on this so far. I wonder, though, if we take this line a bit further it may come back to what I think is the integral aspect of the whole film. For what has happened by the time we see those final scenes of the three main characters? Vicky has been drawn back into Lermontov's world while Julian has escaped it. Now, at the moment of his success, Julian has left England to try to get back his wife. Lermontov is trying to convince Vicky that her place can only be at the mountain-top of his making. Gosh, where do we go from here?
  24. MissWonderly, thank you for your responses toward some comments I had made. I appreciate your point of view on these things, and I'll add a bit more later on. Now I'll admit that "The Red Shoes" is overwrought: and I, too, share your aversion to such display being paraded through many movies. Yet somehow, given the style and artistic vision that the Archers group brings to this movie -- as well as to "Black Narcissus" -- I'm with them straight down the line. I know if had a neighboring office cubicle with any of these chucklehead characters, I wouldn't be able to hold my tongue ver
  25. Didn't Virginia Mayo once mention that one of her eyes was slightly askew? Maybe it was in that filler piece where she pooh-poohed "Mr. Skeffington."
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